Two charged with trafficking in raid related to shooting

A case in which shots were fired into a house in Falmouth may have a drug connection, as two people arrested in a related raid now face charges of trafficking in cocaine.

Police investigating the 2 a.m. Wednesday shooting at 407 Route 1 in Falmouth searched the home at 1082 Bridgton Road in Westbrook on Wednesday afternoon.

They say they found 7.6 grams of what they suspect is cocaine base, also called crack cocaine. Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency charged a married couple who were at the house, Cory A. Reid, 27, and Lyndsay N. Reid, 26, with trafficking in cocaine.

Lyndsay Reid also was charged with violating bail conditions, said Sgt. Kevin Cashman of the MDEA. Lyndsay Reid had been charged by Portland police Saturday night at Congress and Center streets with possession of crack cocaine.

Falmouth police did not indicate that anyone had been charged in the shooting incident. The shots were fired into the south side of the ranch-style house, penetrating the wall and lodging inside. Nobody was injured. The rented house is occupied by four adults in their 20s and a toddler, police said.


No one hurt when part from plane crashes through roof

Authorities say a small part broke off a single-engine plane and crashed through the roof of a Bangor home earlier this month.

The part, known as a piston wrist pin, fell through the attic and drywall ceiling, ending up on the wood floor.

Fire officials said no one was hurt, but damage was estimated at $5,000. Authorities did not identify the homeowner, who was home at the time, or provide the address.

The part was about 1-inch in diameter and 4 inches long. It connects the arm and head of a piston inside the engine’s cylinder.

Rick Eason, faculty adviser for the University Flying Club, was in the Cessna 172 with the pilot at the time. He said they heard a loud bang and the plane started shaking, but they landed safely.

Some Maine mail deliveries to take a day or two longer

The U.S. Postal Service says first-class mail deliveries to some parts of Maine that used to take one day will soon take two or three.

The Postal Service is changing its service standards beginning July 1. Maine spokesman Tom Rizzo said delivery times are being changed as fewer people use the mail and the Postal Service tries to save money. It’s projected to run a $14 billion deficit this year.

A first-class letter mailed in Portland currently arrives in Aroostook County the next day. After July 1, it could take longer. But one-day delivery within certain groups of zip codes will still take a day.

The change will mean fewer trucks and fewer trips between Maine’s two processing locations.


Embezzler sentenced to year in jail, must repay $59,000

A Bath man who embezzled more than $59,000 from a local excavating contractor has been sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay restitution.

Dale Marshall pleaded guilty last month to theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and was sentenced to five years in jail, with all but one year suspended, and three years of probation.

The Times Record reported that as conditions of probation, Marshall, 57, is prohibited from having contact with Stephanie and Jamie Hill, owners of J.R. Hill and Sons of West Bath.

Investigators say Marshall stole the money while he worked as office manager from 2007 until 2011. Authorities say Marshall wrote checks to himself that were supposed to be used to pay the company’s vendors.


Edgecomb man killed when truck leaves road, crashes

The driver of a dump truck towing an empty trailer was killed in a crash Thursday afternoon on Route 1 in Newcastle.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department identified the victim as Malcolm Giles, 72, of Edgecomb.

Police said the 2004 Peterbuilt dump truck was traveling southbound in the area between Sheepscot Road and Reny’s warehouse when it entered the road’s shoulder. The truck continued until it hit a utility pole anchor wire and embankment, coming to rest against a grove of trees. Giles was declared dead at the scene.

A blood alcohol sample was taken, but police said there is no indication that alcohol was involved.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection was called in after some diesel fuel from the truck spilled on the ground.


Police charge three after finding a methamphetamine lab

Police have charged three men with drug trafficking related to a methamphetamine operation in Monmouth.

The three were arrested Wednesday night, and a local road where the lab is located remained closed Thursday as police wearing protective chemical gear secured the area.

State officials did not release the names of those arrested, but the Kennebec Journal in Augusta said jail records show those charged with unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs are Robert Dumont Jr., 27, and James Renaud, 33, both of Monmouth, and Brandon Proctor, 42, of Oxford.

The three men were taken to the Kennebec County jail and are expected to make initial court appearances today.


Two-vehicle crash leaves child dead, three adults injured

Authorities say a 4-year-old girl was killed and three adults were injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday in Presque Isle.

Police said the girl was in a minivan driven by Sarah Berube, 26, that was stopped on Route 1 south to take a turn when it was struck from behind by a sport utility vehicle. The SUV was driven by Arthur Cullins, 73, of Caribou, who told police he did not realize the minivan had stopped.

The impact sent both vehicles into the northbound lane and shoulder, forcing other vehicles off the road.

Police tell the Bangor Daily News the girl was taken by ambulance to Aroostook Medical Center where she died. Her name was not released.

The crash remains under investigation.


Man killed in fiery crash was new U.S. citizen from India

The victim of a fiery car crash in Somerville last week has been identified as a new U.S. citizen originally from India who had recently voted in his first American election.

The state medical examiner said Wednesday that DNA has confirmed that the victim of the June 14 crash was Nikhil Andrew Rodrigues, 27, of Somerville. His car left the road, struck a tree and caught fire. The cause of the crash has not been determined.

Somerville First Selectman Susan Greer said Rodrigues was “a nice young man, very smart, very clever.” She said the June election was his first vote as a U.S. citizen.

His mother is a teacher in Regional School Unit 12, which includes Somerville.


Justices deny man’s appeal of manslaughter conviction

Maine’s highest court has rejected the appeal of a Newport man who is serving an eight-year sentence for killing his father.

Perley Goodrich Jr. was found guilty of manslaughter last year in the Oct. 26, 2009, shooting death of his father, Perley Goodrich Sr.

The 48-year-old Goodrich was also found guilty of aggravated assault for pistol-whipping his mother before shooting his father.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday upheld his manslaughter conviction.

In the appeal, Goodrich’s attorney argued that the judge should have stopped Goodrich’s trial when his attorney at the time said Goodrich wasn’t engaged after failing to get his prescribed dosage of medication in jail.

Museum to unveil updated logo

The Portland Museum of Art will unveil a new logo at 5 p.m. today.

The museum wanted to update its visual image with the opening of the Winslow Homer Studio in September. The logo – with the letters PMA dropped out within a circle of red and white – looks to the future while honoring the past, said museum director Mark Bessire.

“The new brand takes into consideration the post-modern I.M. Pei-designed building, the iconic face of the museum, and brings it to the next level of contemporary design,” he said in a news release.

The museum worked with the local firms Garrand, Murphy Empire Design and TypeCulture.