A man serving 14 years in prison for killing an 8-month-old girl wants to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial.In 2008 Todd Gamache pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the March 2007 death of Emmy Leigh Cole.Gamache told police he accidentally dropped the girl while baby-sitting, but an autopsy showed she died from blunt force trauma to the head.In a hearing Tuesday, the 27-year-old told justice Robert Clifford that he didn’t understand what he had pled guilty to.He maintains that the baby’s death was an accident.The judge is expected to make a decision in the coming weeks.
State inspectors continue to probe Tuesday’s chair lift incident at Sugarloaf Mountain.Ski lift chairs fell up to thirty feet to the ground below, sending eight people to hospitals.Others were stranded, suspended on the chairlift, some for more than an hour.Sugarloaf officials Wednesday, said workers were trying to realign a cable on the lift, and were getting ready to shut it down when the cable jumped its track.Meghan Hayward reports.Inspectors with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation are working with Sugarloaf to gather information in the investigation of what caused chairs to somehow detach from a chair lift, sending skiers plummeting about thirty feet into the snow.Rebecca London was in one of the chairs that derailed.” All of a sudden I realized we were dropping and I could see the chair in front of me dropping as well.”London did not need medical treatment.” I was still in my chair, so when I hit the snow I kind of got some whip flash and went forward and hit the restraining bar but I had my goggles on so it saved me from injury.”Seven of the injured people were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.Four people were treated and released on the same day.
Despite a christmas grinch that stole gifts for needy children, Toys for Tots says it was able to bring Christmas to kids who needed it most.Skip Young, Organizer of the Greater Bangor Area Toys for Tots says they were able to give toys to about seven thousand children.The fate of Christmas was uncertain after one of the group’s volunteers, Jim Nickerson, admitted to stealing thousands of dollars worth of toys from the group.After the crime, the public came together to support Toys for Tots to help them spread Christmas cheer.”They were behind us 100 percent, the donations were still coming in and we had nothing to worry about and the little hurdle, we just left it alone,” Young said when we caught up with him at the Hannaford supermarket in Brewer.The District Attorney’s Office is still investigating the incident.
In the middle of this week’s major snow storm, plow drivers were out in full force cleaning up mother nature’s mess.David Cote, the Director of the Brewer Public Works Department, says all 14 plow drivers were out spreading salt and sand to ensure a safe commute for those on the road.”When the storm started, everybody came in around 9 o’clock at night on Sunday and they were here until about 10 to 10:30 Monday then a couple of guys stayed to attend to snow drifts.”The city’s Public Works Department budgeted one hundred thousand dollars for snow cleanup.
The grand jury handed up an indictment against a man from Milford who allegedly stabbed a student from Husson University in Bangor.Police say in October, 18-year-old Mickey Heath got into a fight with another 18-year-old man, which involved a knife and brass knuckles.Heath is charged with aggravated assault, assault and criminal threatening, along with some other counts.A judge says the incident took place after Health found out his girlfriend sent a cellphone picture of herself and the victim, to the victim.The man was treated for a gash to his arm.
A man from Brewer accused of raping a University of Maine student was indicted today by the Penobscot County grand jury.18-year-old Kyle Harriman is charged with gross sexual assault.The Umaine student called Orono campus police in October, saying Harriman assaulted her.Harriman did not attend the university and was ordered to stay off the campus.
The Penobscot County grand jury indicted two men today in connection with a drug bust at a Brewer motel.29-year-old Leroy Dunn of Hampden is charged with two counts of selling drugs.Police say they were tipped off earlier this month that he was dealing crack out of his motel room.The man police say was Dunn’s supplier was also indicted on four counts of selling drugs, among other charges.Police say 37-year-old Shawn Bradley of New York City was staying at the motel, too.We’re told he’s also wanted in New York on a probation violation and served time for a 1991 murder.Two other people were arrested in the bust, too.
The Penobscot County Grand Jury indicted a woman from Orono Wednesday, accused of breaking her 9-month-old son’s leg.23-year-old Lynn Crossman of Orono is charged with assault.She was arrested last month after police questioned her about her sons injury.A doctor from Eastern Maine Medical Center alerted authorities, saying the boy’s injury was not consistent with Crossman’s story.
Bangor City Council meets Wednesday night to talk about possibly hiring professional services for gaming legislation.Councilor Gerry Palmer says council will consider hiring someone to represent the city in Augusta.Palmer says he wants Hollywood Slots to be able to have table games, saying that would bring in more money which will add to funding for a new arena.The council meets in executive session at 6:15 p.m..
One person is dead and four others injured after a head-on collision in northern Maine Tuesday evening.According to Sergeant Joey Seeley with the Presque Isle Police Department the crash happened on Route 1 about one mile south of the Caribou town line at 6 p.m..Route 1 was closed for three hours while the crash was investigated.The names of the victims have not yet been released.
For the second time in less than a year, Lincoln is looking for a new police chief.Scott Minckler moved from Northfield, Massachusetts to take the job in March.His wife remained behind until she could land a job in the Lincoln area, but didn’t have any luck doing that.So Minckler is resigning, effective at the end of next month, so he can move back to Massachusetts to be with his family.Lincoln Town Manager Lisa Goodwin says the search for a replacement will start immediately.