Two suspects face charges in stabbing of Hollis resident

Two men have been arrested after they allegedly stabbed a Hollis resident with a box cutter during a drunken fight.

John Siciliani, 27, of Bridgton and Todd Thomas, 44, of Standish were arrested by Maine State Police after they allegedly showed up intoxicated at a house at 64 Chadbourne Ridge Road on Thursday night and confronted the residents inside, police said.

Siciliani and Thomas began fighting with people inside the home and one resident was stabbed in the leg, police said. Police later recovered a box cutter believed to be used in the stabbing.

The homeowner, whose name has not been released, is being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland for a deep stab wound to the leg.

Thomas was taken into custody after being treated at Goodall Hospital in Sanford for injuries sustained in the fight. Siciliani was arrested at gunpoint at a Hollis convenience store.

Siciliani is charged with aggravated assault, criminal threatening and criminal mischief. Thomas is charged with assault and violating bail conditions from an earlier drunken driving arrest.

Both are being held at the York County Jail. Police said both men have long criminal records.


Dollar Tree store damaged when vehicle crashes into it

No one was injured but a store in Gray was damaged when a woman pulling into a parking spot failed to stop her car Friday, police said.

According to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Marilynn Randall, 69, of Gray was pulling into a spot in front of the Dollar Tree store on Portland Road in her 2002 Subaru about 11:40 a.m., when she failed to stop and continued on until she hit the storefront.

Randall was not hurt, but sheriff’s deputies said the store was closed until a structural review could be completed.

Deputies said an investigation into the crash is continuing, but no charges were filed.


Missing 16-year-old placed in protective custody in Va.

A missing teenager from South Berwick has been found in Virginia.

Police said Kimberly M. Sanborn, 16, was placed in protective custody Friday in Amelia County, Va.

Sanborn was last seen around 4 p.m. Wednesday near Hanover Street in Portsmouth, N.H. Police had said she may have gotten onto a bus, but did not know her destination.

Sanborn is expected to be reunited with her family soon. No other details were immediately available.


Delegation questions move to end concession contract

Maine’s congressional delegation is questioning a recent decision to end a Maine-based company’s concession contract with Acadia National Park.

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King wrote a letter to the National Park Service on Thursday asking for answers about the decision to end the concessions contract with The Acadia Corp. and select a new, out-of-state company for the park’s concessions.

Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree wrote a similar letter to the House Committee on Natural Resources expressing concerns over the potential impact on the economy.

Michaud and Pingree’s offices said that a subsidiary of New Mexico-based Ortega National Parks LLC has been awarded a 10-year contract.

Congress must review the contract change before it becomes official.


Michaud wins endorsement of police and firefighters

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud has won the endorsements of the Maine Association of Police and the Professional Fire Fighters in his bid for governor.

John Martell of the Professional Fire Fighters of Maine said the labor union wanted to “get out early” behind Michaud, saying he stands behind firefighters and treats people with respect.

Paul Gaspar of the Maine Association of Police said Michaud “has a proven track record” on issues concerning working families and is “admired for his ability to work across the aisle.”

Michaud is running against Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler.


Local hardware store closing after 150 years in business

An Auburn hardware store that’s been run by members of the same family for nearly 150 years is shutting its doors.

Owner Robert Hayes said he has signed an option to sell J.L Hayes and Co.’s four-acre property to a developer and will likely close next spring.

He said that at some point, the land became more valuable than the business and he expects the property to be redeveloped for retail.

J.L Hayes was founded in Lewiston in 1868 by his great-great uncle.

Robert Hayes, a city councilor, told the Sun Journal that he plans on going into semi-retirement. He wants to spend more time with family, and more time skiing.

He says he expects he’ll get a part-time job at some point because he loves working in retail.


New Hampshire State Police warn about telephone scam

The New Hampshire State Police are warning people about a phone scam that has already victimized mostly older residents of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Police say people have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The caller claims the person has won the lottery and/or a car and must pay a transfer fee to collect the winnings.

Victims are sometimes instructed to buy prepaid money cards at a local store and told how much to load onto the card.

Police say legitimate sweepstakes don’t require winners to pay to collect.

They recommend people never wire money or provide personal information, such as bank account numbers or Social Security numbers, to a stranger.

People should contact a phone provider, local police or the Federal Trade Commission if they suspect a scam.

– From staff and news services