December 26, 2012

Maine/New England Dispatches


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Daisy, a 6-year-old Shih Tzu mix owned by Joe Corriveau of Saco, left, gets a greeting from Parker Roenick, 5, also of Saco, at the Young School playground in Saco on Sunday.

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Two brothers found dead after early-morning blaze

Officials say the bodies of two brothers have been found in a burned-out house following a fire in Orono.

The Fire Marshal's Office said the victims are believed to be Cris Davis, 49, of Milford and Randy Davis, 47. They were killed in a fire that was discovered shortly after 3 a.m. at Randy Davis' home on Hillside Road.

One body was found on the second floor, and the other was in the first-floor living room.

Officials say the fire was possibly caused by either the wood stove or chimney. The house didn't have working smoke detectors.

Investigators said the brothers and a friend had been out drinking Saturday night and took a taxi home. The friend had the taxi continue on to his apartment in Bangor.


Man guilty in knife attack to serve more than 6 years

A 29-year-old Maine man is going to prison for 6 1/2 years for a savage knife attack on his girlfriend after a night of drinking.

Matthew Wycoff previously pleaded guilty to elevated aggravated assault for stabbing Katherine Erbes of Bath in the throat and neck on Feb. 20. In a plea agreement, he was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison, with all but 6 1/2 years suspended.

The Times-Record reported that Erbes told the judge that Wycoff deserved more time in prison, calling the plea agreement "insulting."

Wycoff apologized, saying he takes responsibility for his actions.

Wycoff's mother told the judge her son was class president in high school, graduated with high honors and was accepted into the pre-med program at the University of Maine.


Hours for counter service cut at 5 Maine post offices

The U.S. Postal Service says 5 small Maine post offices have reduced their hours as part of a cost-cutting plan, and 200 more will do the same in the next two years.

The financially troubled Postal Service announced this year it was planning to shut down post offices but this plan was shelved in favor of reducing operating hours.

The Bangor Daily News reported that most post offices that regularly had eight hours have been cut to six or four hours.

In more extreme cases, some post offices are open only two hours a day.

Postal Service spokesman Tom Rizzo said the changes affect only counter service, and in most cases  people will still be able to gain access to the lobby and post office boxes when counters are closed.

Note: This dispatch was changed on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 to correct inaccuracies.

Council OKs forming panel to find steward for school

The Portland City Council has approved creation of a committee that will attempt to find a new steward for the former Nathan Clifford School.

City Councilors this month unanimously endorsed a list of recommendations, which were developed by a school Reuse Advisory Task Force.

Those recommendations will require that future occupants preserve the century-old school's historic features -- including having the school placed on the National Register of Historic Places -- and that future uses contribute to the character and vitality of the surrounding Oakdale neighborhood.

The Task Force said suitable uses could include educational purposes, residential dwelling units, or low impact uses focusing on products that could benefit area residents.

The timeline adopted by the City Council suggests that the school be sold to a new owner by no later than November 2013.

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