April 05, 2020

Hampden man treated after lantern altercation> UMaine student charged with possession of pot

An altercation over kerosene lanterns erupted at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday when the power went out at Hermon Pond in Hampden. A 40-year-old Hampden man was treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for a cut to the back of his head and welts on his face after three men — at least two of whom were juveniles — allegedly hit him with sticks, according to Officer Scott Webber of the Hampden Police Department.

Webber, who said the man was later released, will present the statements of the four men to the District Attorney’s Office to decide “who needs to be charged with what.” —-

A 20-year-old University of Maine student was charged with civil possession of marijuana at 3:20 a.m. Sunday after Officer Richard Johnston of the Old Town Police Department stopped the car in which she was a passenger because a headlight was out.

According to Johnston, Danielle Gregoire of Bristol, Conn., had “probably a quarter of an ounce” of marijuana in a leather cigarette case. He said she was “very cooperative” and told him marijuana should be legalized and that alcohol should be made illegal “because it does more damage.”

Johnston asked for and was granted a consent search of the vehicle after he discovered Gregoire had a prior charge for possession of marijuana. —-

A McCain’s Potato tractor-trailer truck carrying 38,000 pounds of frozen french fries rolled over on Interstate 95, five miles south of Medway, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, after slushy conditions caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

The driver was not injured, according to state Trooper Henry Dusenbery.

Dusenbery said the tractor ended up in the breakdown lane, while the trailer broke loose, rolled down an embankment and broke open, scattering bags of french fries.

According to Dusenbery, Stewart’s Wrecker Service in Orrington hauled away the damaged tractor Saturday night. He said Gil’s Wrecker Service in Presque Isle took the trailer Sunday, after employees from McCain’s home office in Presque Isle gathered the bags of potatoes.

The state trooper said the Department of Agriculture was notified since the truck was carrying food. —-

LaGrange firefighters discovered at around 9:30 p.m. Friday that ice had caused part of the roof of the fire station to cave in.

No one was injured and the two trucks were not damaged, according to Chief Roger Stanley.

He said the firetrucks were moved Saturday morning to a Department of Transportation garage in LaGrange, but that they will be relocated sometime this week to a storage building in the center of town.

The old cinderblock fire station, which was built in the 1950s, will not be repaired, he said.

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