December 6, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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Buxton man injured in car collision held on four warrants

A Buxton man suffered injuries and was detained on four arrest warrants after an accident on Mast Hill Road late Wednesday.

Police said the accident was reported shortly after 11 p.m. and when officers responded, they found two cars damaged -- including one on fire -- wires in the road and a telephone pole damaged.

Saco police said the circumstances of the accident are under investigation, but one driver was Lincoln T. Kimball, 23, of Buxton. They said the second car is registered to Matthew Pelletier, 25, of Saco, but they are still investigating who was driving that car.

Police said Kimball's black 2006 Mercedes was heavily damaged and on fire, and Pelletier's 2002 Lincoln was damaged.

Kimball was taken to Southern Maine Medical Center for injuries to his face, most likely from the air bag, police said. He was also arrested on warrants issued by the York County Sheriff's Office in July for unauthorized use of property, driving 30 mph or more over the limit, driving after license suspension and failing to report an accident.

Police said Kimball made bail on those charges and was also charged with drunken driving, driving after license suspension and refusing to sign a criminal summons. Those three charges were the result of Wednesday's accident, police said.

Kimball is due to appear in Biddeford District Court on Jan. 30 on those charges. Pelletier was not injured, police said.


Fryeburg water wins top spot in taste championship

The Fryeburg Water District has won bragging rights and a trip to the national water tasting championships at Maine's 26th annual drinking water taste test competition.

Fryeburg was named the overall winner at Thursday's competition, held by the Maine Rural Water Association in Freeport.

For the testing, water districts compete in chlorinated and non-chlorinated categories. The winners in each category then compete in a "taste-off" to determine the winner, which represents the state in the National Rural Water Association's Great American Water Taste Test in Washington, D.C., in February.

The New Portland Water District was the winner in the non-disinfected category, while Fryeburg was tops for disinfected water.


Logger could face $100,000 fine for cutting town trees

A logger from Jay could be on the hook for more than $100,000 for cutting down about 1,250 trees on Livermore town land without permission.

The select board is waiting on one more estimate before making a decision on how much to ask John Korhonen to reimburse the town.

Town administrative assistant Kurt Schaub told the Sun Journal the town is seeking fair compensation for the trees cut down in Memorial Forest.

Officials say Korhonen cut down trees on his own land then harvested timber on about 10 acres of town land that does not abut his land. Scahub says it is a logger's responsibility to know where property lines are.

Korhonen has not responded to two letters from the town and has not responded to media requests for comment.


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