January 29, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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EASTON

Fire early Tuesday morning kills two people at house

The Maine Fire Marshal's Office said two people were killed in an early-morning fire in northern Maine.

A spokesman for the state Public Safety Department said the bodies were discovered in a home in the town of Easton early Tuesday morning.

The blaze was reported about 5 a.m.

No names or other details were released.

Easton is in Aroostook County, about five miles east of Presque Isle along the Canadian border.

BERWICK

High carbon monoxide level sends one tenant to hospital

Fire officials say at least one person was taken to a hospital after suffering from the apparent effects of high levels of carbon monoxide.

The Berwick Fire Department said it was called about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to an apartment complex in town, where a high level of carbon monoxide was found in one apartment.

Officials told WMTW-TV that one tenant was removed from the apartment and taken to a hospital.

AUBURN

Male teenager dies at home; police say it's not suspicious

Police are investigating the death of a male teenager but don't consider the death to be suspicious.

Officers found the teenager unresponsive and not breathing when they were called to a home at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials said family members were being notified, and that police were meeting with school officials to ensure that counselors are prepared for students on Wednesday.

Police released no other details.

RANGELEY

Gray man on probation faces heroin trafficking charges

A Gray man who was released from prison recently after attacking a man with a baseball bat is back behind bars after his arrest in Rangeley on heroin trafficking charges.

Police charged Tyler McFarland, 31, of Gray, Jami Driscoll, 23, of Auburn and Michael Chandler, 33, of Philadelphia in the trafficking case.

Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency searched a home and a motel room Monday morning and seized 157 bags of heroin, 20 grams of crack cocaine and $8,200 in cash, as well oxycodone and amphetamine capsules, police said.

Agents had been investigating a crack cocaine and heroin distribution ring in the Rangeley area for several months and say they learned during the weekend that Chandler was bringing a shipment to the area from Philadelphia.

The three are scheduled to appear in Franklin County Superior Court on Wednesday.

McFarland was sentenced in 2009 for attacking a man in Gray with a baseball bat and stealing drugs. He was sentenced to four years in prison and released recently. He is on probation.

WESTBROOK

Teacher due in court March 19 to face sex assault charges

A teacher at the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center, who is on administrative leave from his job, is free on $5,000 bail and isn't scheduled to appear in court until March 19 to face charges of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact.

Derek Hanscom, 32, of Gorham was charged Monday with incidents involving a junvenile that occurred over the past two weeks. Police have not said whether the alleged victim was a student.

Hanscom has been on administrative leave with pay since Thursday from his job as an instructor in the school's automotive program, said Westbrook Superintendent Marc Gousse. The leave will continue indefinitely pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Gousse said.

Gousse would not elaborate on the case or say whether the charges involve a student. Hanscom has been a teacher at the vocational center since January 2011.

Hanscom's bail was entered as $10,000 in property or $500 cash Monday but a jail official said that may have been a clerical error because it was later revised to $10,000 in property or $5,000 cash. The bail commissioner who set bail for Hanscom could not be reached for comment.

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