A thirty two year old man died after a motorcycle accident Tuesday night.Shawn Burrill failed to negotiate a curve on Route 6 in Topsfield, left the road and was thrown from the bike.He was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene.The accident is still under investigation by the Maine State Police, but they say speed does appear to be a factor.
From the bucket brigade, to stage services, to the info booths — volunteers can be seen all around the American Folk Festival.With the festival just around the corner organizers are starting to prepare those volunteers for their duties.In all the festival has close to 800 volunteers right now.
Police have recovered more than thirty handguns reported stolen from a store in Winthrop.Police say on Saturday somebody broke in to Audette’s Hardware Store by climbing through the roof.Police say the suspect took thirty-four guns and ammunition from the store.Winthrop Police have identified the suspect as 49 year old John Woodley of Winthrop.Woodley was summonsed and remains free.In an unrelated case, police have charged Woodley with one count of burglary and theft.We’re told Woodley is being cooperative with police and he could prove to be helpful in solving a number of other recent burglaries in the area.
A judge in Piscataquis County has denied a motion to suppress evidence against a man from Guilford accused of looking at child pornography on the internet.49-year-old Larry Daggett of Guilford had filed the motion, saying his Miranda Rights were violated when State Police visited his home back in April.Police say Daggett admitted to downloading the pornography to his computer.Daggett’s wife ran a child care facility in the Sangerville area.Officials say there’s no evidence any of the children at the daycare were victimized.
Maine State Prison inmate Michael Chasse continues to call witnesses in his trial in Rockland.He’s accused of kidnapping and assault at the prison and is representing himself.Prosecutors say Chasse held a prison worker and an inmate hostage for seven hours in the office of the prison library in june of 2008.Chasse has pleaded not guilty.Tuesday, Chasse called a law librarian from the prison to the stand.He testified that he and the prison worker who was held hostage worked closely with each other, but she has bigger responsibilities.The law librarian said both he and the other worker are very accommodating to inmates and try to get them all the material they ask for.He said only a handful of inmates were dissatisfied with their accommodations, one being Chasse.He also said Chasse is able to store his materials in a room at the prison and has more storage space than anyone else.District Attorney Geoff Rushlau tells us Chasse will testify Wednesday.Closing arguments are expected to begin Thursday.
The American Red Cross wants new england residents to donate blood!The organization hosted a blood drive at the YMCA in Ellsworth Tuesday.In just two hours, 60 people donated to help give the gift of life.The organization says they are at a critical level and are accepting all blood types, especially O Negative because that can be given to any blood type.Nicholas Applebee donated blood for the first time when he was 17 years old, these days he makes an effort to donate blood three times a year, in honor of his nephew.”Growing up I had a nephew who had cancer and he had a lot of surgeries and you go through a lot of blood so I wanted to help him get back in,” he said.Robyn Lassard donated blood for the second time on Tuesday.
Folks are coming together in Deer Isle to help a family of six who lost their home to a fire.The 9-1-1 call came in around 4 Monday afternoon from Church Lane, just off route 15.Some kids in the house said a power surge had sparked a fire inside a bedroom.A Hancock County dispatcher told the kids to immediately leave the home, which they did.Fire fighters spent more than eight hours battling the fire, but they couldn’t save the house.
The first woman to complete the 740 mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail alone has laid down her paddles and pulled her kayak out of the water after finishing the landmark trip yesterday.Cathy Mumford, a 50 year old mother from New Jersey, started the trip June 19th in New York and paddled through Vermont, southern Quebec and New Hampshire before ending in Fort Kent.She was joined for certain parts of the trip by friends and family but says a big reason she embarked on the journey was to spend some time alone.”You know I was at a crossroads in my life, I was going through all kinds of changes and I kind of wanted to be alone to think and I wanted to do something that would be good for me.
Fire Fighters spent more than eight hours battling a house fire on Deer Isle.Crews from at least five departments were called to Church Lane, just off Route 15.We’re told some kids inside the home called 9-1-1 around 4 o’clock Monday afternoon, saying that a power surge inside a bedroom had sparked a small fire.Dispatchers told the kids to immediately leave the home, which they did.Fire Fighters were unable to save the house.Electricity was out for some time, for neighbors in the area.Around the same time as that fire, another call came in just down the road on route 15 in Blue Hill.It appears a malfunctioning furnace sparked the blaze.We’re told the homeowner was able to get out safely and the fire was quickly put out.
State fire investigators say a fire in Knox Monday night was arson.Fire crews from at least 10 towns responded to that barn fire on the Kenney Road around 9:30.We’re told the barn was full of hay, and was attached to a home.Crews managed to save much of the barn, and the house was untouched.Firefighters and the Fire Marshal’s Office cleared the scene around 4:15 this morning.