A woman who played a role in burning down several buildings that belonged to a former friend will not go to jail.64-year-old Joann Farris has been sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $70,000 restitution.She pleaded no contest to arson last month.Prosecutors say she drove her daughter to buy kerosene then took her to property owned by a man she knew in Albany Township, which is just south of Bethel.Her daughter is accused of setting a fire that destroyed two log cabins, a maintenance building and two storage buildings, which were not insured.
No one was hurt when a fire broke out at the PERC plant in Orrington early Monday morning.We’re told it began in a room where processed trash becomes fuel for the boiler.Plant workers shut down the processor and tried to fight the fire, but cold weather caused a pipe to break, so they called the fire department.
State police say icy roads are to blame for an accident on Route 9 Monday afternoon.Authorities say the car was traveling east on Route 9 through Osborn, when the driver lost control.The car flipped over, landing on the side of the road.Three people were taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Authorities in Washington County are reporting at least two accidents on the road, with weather the possible culprit.Deputies and State Troopers responded to a roll over in Jonesport and a truck that went off the road in Harrington.The calls came in within minutes of each other at around 5:15.A dispatcher tells us both accidents resulted in minor injuries.It was raining in the area which created tough road conditions for drivers.Authorities are urging drivers to be careful and if possible stay off the roads.
After a third day of searching, authorities are still no closer to finding a missing 20-month-old toddler from Waterville.Authorities here – as well as family members, neighbors and just about everyone – have one thing in common: Everyone wants little Ayla Reynolds brought home alive and well.Waterville Police, the Maine Warden Service, and the FBI spent all of Monday searching for Ayla Reynolds, focusing the search on Messalonskee stream, which is about an 1/8 of a mile from the home that Ayla’s father Justin Dipietro shares with his mother.
Residents at Winterberry Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care in Bangor were treated to holiday cheer Monday.The children’s choir from All Saints Catholic School dropped in to sing songs of the season.Photojournalist Kenn Thompkins was there.
A man from Shirley was killed over the weekend after being struck by a car.It happened on Route fifteen around seven Saturday night.Lieutenant Bob Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department says 67-year old Norman Pelletier was walking on the shoulder of Route 15.Young says the driver of the car fell asleep at the wheel and veered across the road, striking Pelletier, who died at the scene.
The trial of a man accused of setting fire to a Vassalboro business continued in Augusta Monday.Prosecutors say 50-year-old Raymond Bellavance Junior torched the Grandview Topless Coffee Shop on Route 3 because he was angry his former girlfriend was working there.On Monday, a friend of Bellavance’s testified saying the night of the incident she drove him and another person to a wooded area.She says she dropped them off and the two had gas cans with them.According to police, gas cans were found at the scene of the crime.Bellavance is charged with two counts of arson.The trial will continue tomorrow.
It started in the Midwest and has popped up in the news around the country.Now a national trend has reached Maine.Proving the Christmas spirit is in full swing.”Our market is eleven stores from Madawaska to Salem, New Hampshire,” said Bangor K-Mart store manager Melinda Frost.
The search continues for a missing Waterville toddler who was reported missing Saturday morning.The mother of the missing 20-month-old girl says she’d filed paperwork seeking sole custody of the toddler a day before her daughter went missing.