September 6, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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He said firefighters and investigators were at the lumber yard for several hours after the initial fire and saw no indication of flare-ups.


Police intend to charge man who fell from UMF gym roof

Authorities say a Farmington man who fell 40 feet from the roof of a University of Maine at Farmington building will face charges as soon as he's released from the hospital.

Police say two men climbed onto the roof of a university gym about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The Sun Journal reported that officers on patrol saw them and ordered them down.

Devon Pease, 21, of Farmington tried to escape by climbing down, but fell 40 feet to the pavement and sustained serious injuries.

Joshua Farthing, 25, of Panama City, Fla., was issued a summons for criminal trespass and released after a fire department ladder truck helped him down.

Neither man was a student at the school. Police did not say what they were doing on the roof.


Judge gives man 7½ years in child molestation cases

A Buckfield man has been sent to prison for 7½ years for sexually assaulting two girls over a period of years.

Gary Noyes was sentenced Wednesday in Oxford County Superior Court after pleading guilty to two charges of gross sexual assault.

A judge sentenced him to 25 years on each count, with 7½ to serve and the rest suspended.

Prosecutors say Noyes, 43, molested the girls from 2006 to 2012.

The case came to light after one of the girls reported the assaults in a letter to her school guidance counselor.

The counselor reported it to authorities. Noyes was arrested in December.

The Sun Journal reports that one of the girls said in a statement read in court that Noyes made her feel "small and useless."


Motorcyclist, 25, dies after hitting Route 1A guardrail

Police say a Milbridge man died in a motorcycle accident in which speed and alcohol may have been factors.

Authorities say Bryan Reed, 25, was headed north on Route 1A about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday when he lost control when crossing Bridge Street.

Responders told WABI-TV that Reed fell off his bike and hit the guardrail. The road was shut down until midnight during the investigation.


Productions up dramatically in 2013, film office reports

The Maine Film Office says the number of film and television productions in the state is way up this year.

The office says that it has certified 14 productions in Maine so far this year, bringing about $3.7 million into the state.

In 2012, the state certified eight productions with $1.5 million spent in Maine.

Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais said in a news release that credit for the boost in film production goes to the film office's new director, Karen Carberry Warhola, who took over last year.

The office says it has also taken steps to improve Maine's standing as a destination for producers, like updating the website to make it easier for producers to find locations.


Park near new bridge's base will honor nation's veterans

Construction is expected to start next week on a park honoring the nation's veterans near a bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine.

The Portsmouth Veterans Memorial Circle and Park will be built on grounds near the base of the new Memorial Bridge as a gift from Jim Teetzel and his wife.

Teetzel is chief operating officer of Wilcox Industries, which makes equipment for the U.S. Special Forces.

The Portsmouth Herald said the couple have pledged $25,000 for the park, which will feature a fountain with granite slabs from the original Memorial Bridge.

Teetzel said two walkways and the circle will be lined with brick pavers.

A website has been set up to take orders to engrave the bricks for $35. It's at

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