Police investigating fight that sent three to hospital

Police are investigating a fight at 255 Oxford St. that left one person requiring surgery for a stab wound.

Police were called to the area at 1:21 p.m. Wednesday and found three people with injuries. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, police said.

All three were taken to the hospital. Police have secured the apartment where they believe the fight happened and are obtaining a search warrant. No arrests have been made.


Two passers-by save three in burning car, police say

Two passing motorists are being hailed as heroes for saving the lives of three men trapped in a burning vehicle.

Auburn Fire Department Battalion Chief Dean Milligan said there’s “no doubt” that the passers-by saved the men who were trapped in the vehicle after it rolled over and burst into flames about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday.

He said the man and the woman were in separate vehicles when they came upon the crash scene before emergency responders arrived.

The unidentified woman attacked the fire with bottled water and a jacket.

The man, identified as Pawel Kruszewski of Auburn, used a knife to cut the seat belts and pull the men from the vehicle. They were identified as David Call, 40, and Ronald Call, 48, of Lisbon.

“It’s one of those things,” Kruszewski told the Lewiston Sun Journal. “Car was on fire — you just gotta yank them out.”

The Calls were taken to the hospital. The driver, Robert Hack, 43, of Lisbon, was cited for driving without a license.


Library gets $50,000 grant for roof from King charity

A southern Maine library says it’s received a $50,000 grant from the charitable foundation set up by best-selling author Stephen King and his wife to partially cover the cost of a new roof.

Dyer Library in Saco said it’s housed in a brick mansion that was built in 1869, and that its slate roof that was installed when the house was built is in serious need of replacement.

Library officials said they’re seeking other donations to raise the funds that are needed beyond the grant money from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation.


Chesterville woman killed in crash with logging truck

Police say a Chesterville woman died after her SUV collided with a logging truck in Wilton.

Investigators said the crash at the intersection of routes 2 and 156 at about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday took the life of Claire Trask, 59. She was declared dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police it appeared that Trask ran a stop sign.

The truck flipped on its side and spilled its load of logs on the highway, but the 37-year-old driver was unhurt.

Trask’s SUV was totaled.

The Wilton Board of Selectmen last week voted to ask the Maine Department of Transportation to hold a preliminary public hearing on plans to improve the intersection, which has been the site of other accidents.


Dover-Foxcroft man admits robbery, possession of drug

A Dover-Foxcroft man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Bangor pharmacy last year.

John Harmon also pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing oxycodone and an unrelated charge of aggravated assault.

Police said Harmon, 27, walked into a Rite Aid store at the corner of Union and Fourteenth streets one evening in October, demanded prescription painkillers and ran off.

He was arrested within an hour at a nearby apartment.

WABI-TV reported that prosecutors are recommending a four-year prison sentence for Harmon. But Harmon wants to prove he deserves less time than that, so the judge delayed sentencing until April.

Harmon’s getaway driver was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison earlier this year.


Vermont caseworker denies sexual contact with girl

A Vermont caseworker has denied a charge of unlawful sexual contact with a girl after doing a follow-up visit with her in Maine.

Police in Bangor said Jeffrey Parfitt, 26, of Middlebury, Vt., is accused of doing an unnecessary and inappropriate exam on the girl after asking her father to leave. He was indicted by a grand jury on a felony charge of unlawful sexual contact.

WABI-TV reported that Parfitt pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.

The Vermont Department of Child and Families has placed Parfitt on administrative leave.


Detroit Zoo has new seal found near Georgetown

The Detroit Zoo has a new seal that was found stranded along the coast of Maine.

The zoo in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak said the female gray seal pup turned up near Georgetown by Marine Mammals of Maine.

Named Georgie, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determined that she couldn’t be released because she has compromised eyesight.

The seal arrived at the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center in March. She got to the Detroit Zoo in June and now weighs 140 pounds.

She joins gray seal Kiinaq, harp seal Pequot and harbor seals Sidney and Freita in the Arctic Ring of Life exhibit.


Police arrest three after probe of drug distribution

Three people, including two Biddeford residents, were arrested Wednesday following an investigation into the illegal distribution of heroin and cocaine.

Cmdr. Scott Pelletier of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said drug agents seized 21 grams of heroin and 26 grams of cocaine from a home on Water Street in Thomaston.

The approximate street value of the drugs, which were being distributed throughout the midcoast, was $10,000.

Stafford Goodman, 27, of Biddeford was charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in schedule drugs. Arrested for Class B drug trafficking were 20-year-old Lauryn Smith of Biddeford and 30-year-old Alicia Santamore of Thomaston.

All three suspects are being held at the Knox County Jail..

— From staff and news services

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