Downeaster strikes person on tracks near cemetery

A person was struck by an Amtrak Downeaster train Saturday evening in South Portland, police said.

The accident occurred on tracks near Calvary Cemetery. South Portland police and Amtrak police are investigating the accident.


Police searching for suspect in woman’s shooting death

A 31-year-old woman was shot to death early Saturday in St. Francis, and police launched a search for a man who was seen leaving the house.

The man, Jesse Marquis, 38, was described as armed and dangerous by Maine State Police.

The shooting took place at a home at 754 Main St. in St. Francis, a small town in northern Aroostook County, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

McCausland said the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call at 5:45 a.m. reporting domestic violence at the house. Witnesses told police they had seen Marquis leave the home and enter the woods behind the house with a rifle.

Police have not released the identity of the victim.

They described Marquis as 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes. He was wearing bluejeans, a green hooded sweatshirt and a Cabela’s ball cap. He was last seen entering the woods on the south side of Route 161.

The U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection helped in the search. State police have asked anyone who has seen Marquis or someone matching his description to call them at 532-5400 or the Aroostook County Crime Stoppers at 800-638-8477.


Standish motorist suffers serious injuries in car crash

A 21-year-old Standish man was critically injured Friday night when he drove his car off the road and crashed into trees.

The driver, Cameron Morrissette, was unconscious, with what appeared to be “significant” head trauma, when police arrived, according to Gorham police Lt. Christopher Sanborn.

He said the accident occurred about 10:45 p.m. as Morrissette was traveling west on Shaws Mill Road heading toward Standish.

He said Morrissette appears to have lost control of his 2003 Subaru Forester and drove off the road.

When police arrived, the car was on its side and resting on a tree, with Morrissette still in his vehicle, he said.

Morrissette was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was in critical condition Saturday night.


Seven people face charges after drug investigation

Seven people were arrested Friday after a four-month investigation into drug trafficking, police said.

Biddeford police and state and regional drug enforcement agents raided an apartment at 10 James St. and found several people injecting heroin, Biddeford police said. There were several uncapped syringes as well as cook spoons on the table, police said.

Police, who had previously determined that a considerable amount of illicit narcotics was being sold at the apartment, found crack cocaine, heroin and ecstasy, with a total street value of $10,500.

Lywon Sanders, 28, of New York City and Gerald Regis, 49, of Biddeford were charged with drug trafficking. Steven Sayles, 25, of Everett, Massachusetts, who had been living in the apartment with Regis, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a probation revocation.

Laura Palkovic, 47, of Old Orchard Beach was charged with a probation violation.

Belinda Sutton, 38, of Lyman was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. She had a 2-year-old with her in the apartment.

Megan Constable, 23, of Sanford was arrested on an outstanding warrant for probation revocation.

Salli Hansen, 23, a transient, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for burglary.

Police said the investigation is continuing and there will be additional charges and arrests.


Sixteen-year-old stabbed on Pine Street on Friday

A 16-year-old was stabbed in Lewiston on Friday night.

Police described the teenager’s injuries as not life-threatening.

The teenager was stabbed near 131 Pine St. about 8:15 p.m.


Teen barely escapes fire that was deliberately set

An early-morning fire on Pine Knoll Road that one man escaped minutes before flames blocked his only way out was set deliberately, investigators said.

Fire Chief Dan Brooks said the fire at 4 Pine Knoll Road, which broke out around 3 a.m. Saturday as four people slept inside, was not accidental. “It’s definitely an arson,” he said.

Nobody was hurt in the fire, but the outcome could have been much different, Brooks said. Storme Lunt, 19, who shares the house with his parents, Patrick and Beth Lunt, escaped down the only exit from his attic-level bedroom just a few minutes before the stairs were engulfed in flames.

“Probably another five minutes, he wouldn’t have made it down those stairs on his own,” Brooks said. “His means of escape was right where the fire was.”

Aroostook County

Fire and rescue service gets grant for new equipment

A fire and rescue service in far northern Maine will receive a nearly $125,000 federal grant to replace all of its air packs and masks.

North Lakes Fire & Rescue officials said the service will contribute $6,500 of its own money toward the purchase. The grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

North Lakes Fire & Rescue serves four unorganized territories in Aroostook County.

– From staff and news services