September 6, 2013

Local & State Dispatches


Car crashes head-on with dump truck, leaving 2 dead

A couple from Dixfield were killed in a crash in Canton on Thursday afternoon when their car collided head-on with a dump truck, state police said.

Howard Child, 73, and his wife, Carrie Child, 75, were killed instantly when their Subaru Legacy crossed the center line and struck the truck. The collision occurred about 1 p.m. on Route 108 near the intersection with Route 140.

It was unclear if the two victims were wearing seat belts, said Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland.

"Because of the severity of the crash, it would have made no difference" if they had worn belts or not, McCausland said.

James Bagley, 66, was driving the dump truck -- owned by Crane Brothers of Canton -- and will not be charged, McCausland said.

The truck was carrying potatoes from a nearby farm, he said.


Man earns 4 years in prison after guilty plea in drug case

A New York City man who came to Portland by bus last year with a stockpile of oxycodone to sell was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to serve four years in federal prison.

Michael Falu, 25, was arrested in November 2012 after he arrived on a Concord Trailways bus and was found to have 386 15mg and 863 30mg oxycodone pills in his boxer shorts, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Falu pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and for possessing with intent to distribute oxycodone in May.


Council incumbents face challengers in five-way race

The Town Council's chairman and vice chairwoman will face three challengers Nov. 5 in a five-way race for two, three-year terms.

Councilors Ronald Ahlquist and Judith Roy will be challenged by William Donovan, Jean-Marie Caterina and Carol Rancourt, a former councilor who ran up against her three-term limit last year.

Caterina challenged state Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough, for her House seat last year and lost. Donovan narrowly lost to Katherine St. Clair last year to fill a two-year vacancy on the council.

Running in a three-way race for two seats on the Scarborough Board of Education are incumbent John Cole, Jane Leng and Jodi Shea. Both seats are for three-year terms.

One was vacated by Aymie Hardesty, who resigned for health reasons earlier this year.

Nomination papers for candidates to get on the town ballot in November were due to the town Wednesday evening.


Two fires at lumber yard keep firefighters busy

Hours after firefighters extinguished a fire at a lumber yard on New Dam Road on Thursday they were called back for another fire right after closing time.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the first blaze at Pleasant River Lumber Co. on Thursday morning.

The fire in Building 5 started in a wall near some machinery around 9:28 a.m., setting off a sprinkler system inside and sounding an alarm. Lumber company employees saw flames climbing the wall at the side of the building and used a hose and fire extinguishers to keep it from spreading until firefighters arrived, said Sanford Fire Capt. Brian Smith.

Firefighters were called back to an area of planing equipment, which is full of sawdust, for another fire in a wall of the same area at 5:17 p.m., said Capt. Gary Cushing.

Cushing said the origin of the second fire and cause of the first are still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's office.

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