A Lewiston man charged with murder was in court today.Bob Ryder of Lewiston did not enter a plea.He’s accused of killing Danita Brown of New Gloucester.Her body was found in the basement of Ryder’s apartment building on Main Street in Lewiston last week.Court records say Ryder hit Brown over the head with a clock.Police believe Brown may have been dead for several weeks before her body was found.Ryder’s lawyer tells us he expects the case to go before a grand jury for possible further charges against his client.
Bangor Police are on the lookout for a tire thief.They say sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, someone broke into a storage unit and stole between 60 and 80 tires from Bennett Tire on Thatcher Street.The value of the tires is estimated to be in the thousands of dollars.If you have any information, you’re urged to call Officer Eric Tourtelotte at 947-7382.
Testimony in the trial of a man accused of a hit and run that killed a University of Maine student started Tuesday.Twenty-three-year-old Garrett Cheney of South Berwick is charged with manslaughter, aggravated criminal drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident.Police say he was driving drunk in Orono in January of last year when he struck and killed 20-year-old Jordyn Bakley of Camden.” The evidence will show that as he drove up Middle Street he drove his vehicle completely on the wrong side of the road.” District Attorney, Chris Almy laid out a timeline for jurors in his opening statements.He told them as the blood was leaving Bakley’s body, Cheney was leaving the area.” Jordyn Bakley laid there along the side of the road and in this cold night her body kept getting colder and colder and colder.”Hours after the alleged accident Cheney’s blood alcohol level was .15.The state says they know Cheney drove his vehicle that night.” The evidence will show Mr.
Deep in the heart of the woods of Milford, volunteers from the ATV Airline Riders brave the heat and bugs as they build a bridge for their fellow riders to enjoy.President Earl Oak says it’s part of giving back and making things better for the ATV community.”Without the bridge we have to go other places to get around it, which would be further around and it just makes another good trail network,” Oak said.This new bridge will replace one just down the road they say is now just a collection of wood.The old bridge was on a steep hill and after rowdy riders abused it, it’s no longer safe.The group’s Vice President, Jim Butler, says it’s an example of the kind of image some people have in mind when it comes to ATV riders.”The general public sometimes has a consensus that we’re all rebels and like to ride around and tear things up, we have to overcome that,” said Butler.The airline riders want to change that perception.
The family of an elderly Farmington woman who died after being attacked in her apartment has established a reward fund in hopes of capturing her killer.Grace Burton died last month from stab wounds as a result of the attack.Police say the attacker lost a lot of blood and that they have DNA samples but haven’t found a match.The account has been established at Franklin Savings Bank.You can send a donation to the Grace Burton Reward Fund.
A five year old boy has been killed in Jackman, after a logging truck crashed into the home where he was sleeping.Authorities say the truck was travelling on Main Street when it went off the road, struck some telephone poles and then ran into the home.The crash happened around 2:30 this morning.The young victim was sleeping on a downstairs couch at the time.We’re told many of the logs fell into the house.Other family members were also home at the time, but they were not injured.The driver of the truck has been taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with unknown injuries.We’re told the logging truck was from Canada.The accident remains under investigation.Main Street in Jackman was closed immediately following the accident but as of 8:30am one lane was reopened to traffic.
Bangor’s Finance Committee talked about buying a fire rescue boat at its meeting Monday.City Council wanted to spend $180,000 to buy a boat from a company in Washington state.But that’s been put on hold while discussions take place to see if the boat can be bought from a Maine company.Monday, Bangor’s Fire Chief announced that they have found a naval artitect and boat builder here in Maine, but they still have to iron out the details, such as the total price of the project.Memebers will be presented with more detials at the next Finance Committee meeting.