Central Maine News: Dec. 29, 2015
These are some of the stories central Maine is talking about today.
Fire fighters last night responded to a fire at a multi-family home on Winter Street in Gardiner last night. According to WABI, Red Cross officials are providing aid to those who live at the building. (WABI)
Jamie Morrill of Randolph has been charged in connection with last month’s robbery of Trademark Federal Credit Union, Edison Drive, Augusta. He was arrested yesterday afternoon inside his Clark Street home and charged with robbery. (centralmaine.com)
An Abbott, Maine man who eluded police in what has been called the longest manhunt in the state's history yesterday said he was not guilty of killing his former girlfriend. Robert Burton is charged with killing Stephanie Gebo at her home in Parkman last June. Burton led police on a manhunt for two months over the summer. The search more than $500,000. (AP)
Investigators continue to conduct interviews and the state police crime lab is processing evidence following a double homicide in Manchester. One of the victims — police haven't said who — called 911 at around 3:30 a.m. Friday from an isolated dirt road about a mile from their home. Officers who responded found both of them dead. The bodies of 35-year-old Eric Williams and 26-year-old Bonnie Royer were found in his SUV early on Christmas Day. Police say they were both shot to death. (AP)
Police say a Rome, Maine woman who was critically injured when a car crashed into a horse-drawn carriage in Waterville on Christmas Day has died from her injuries. 56-year-old Kathy Marciarille was thrown from the carriage and run over by the car Friday. Six other people who were injured were treated and released from area hospitals. The motorist, 68-year-old Richard Libby of Clinton, may have been blinded by the late-afternoon sun. The carriage was giving rides to guests and volunteers at a Christmas dinner hosted at the Waterville Elks Lodge. (AP)
Police say an unidentified man driving with a 5-year-old passenger lost consciousness after overdosing on opiates in Portland's Old Port. Charges are likely. Emergency responders were alerted when a car backed onto the sidewalk in front of a pub. (AP)
Maine game wardens say an Alton man has died after capsizing his canoe. 57-year-old Paul Malicky had tended his bait fish traps on a farm pond before the canoe capsized as he returned to shore Sunday afternoon. They say he apparently fell while exiting the canoe and he'd gone underwater by the time help arrived.
Carrabassett Valley Academy is ready to start construction on a new competition center, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation. Construction is set to begin in May. It won't be finished before the U.S. Alpine Championships, which returns to Sugarloaf in March 2017. (AP)
The average retail gasoline price in Maine has fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week. Maine gas is now averaging $2.08 per gallon. The national average did not move and is still $2 per gallon. Maine gas prices were 39.2 cents per gallon than the same day a year ago. (AP)