Valeri comes clean about his drug addiction

Twenty-year-old Patrick Valeri of Otisfield is a heroin addict and in the process of kicking his habit and he wants to help others along the way. He's seen here with dog, Rosie, at his family's home, overlooking the White Mountains.

OTISFIELD — Patrick Valeri didn’t mean to become an advocate for himself and others struggling with heroin and opiate addiction — it happened through a mother’s love. His mother, Barbara, woke him up in the late afternoon of Aug. 6 and dragged his groggy butt out of bed, telling him they had to go. His mother wanted […]

Harrison ponders drug-free zone

HARRISON — Drug users and dealers beware: Harrison is not open for business. This is the message the Board of Selectmen wants to send those wheeling and dealing in illegal substances through the proposed development of a Safe Zone Ordinance, which could increase penalties for people caught trafficking, furnishing or cultivating drugs within a designated […]

Norway woman charged with water dumping

NORWAY — A Norway woman was issued as summons for a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits scam known as water dumping after a recent investigation by police and the Department of Health and Human Services. Linda T. Goodman, 57, has been charged with unlawful trafficking in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits, a Class […]

Paris Police Chief Michael Madden’s OUI apology accepted by town

Paris Police Chief Michael Madden apologizes to town residents during the Board of Selectmen meeting at the Paris Town Office on Monday.

PARIS — An apology from Paris Police Chief Michael Madden for Operating Under the Influence in November was good enough for Selectmen and the few residents who addressed the chief during Monday night’s meeting. He teared up at the beginning of his comments after he saw that every full-time employee in the department — sans […]

Oxford County prisoners’ get dinner fit for a restaurant

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By Christopher Crosby PARIS — Just prior to mealtime rushes at Market Square Restaurant, cooks prepare food for a very different sort of place: the jail. The restaurant has cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for the inmates of the Oxford County Jail since 2009, when a relationship was born out of budget constraints and convenience […]

Paris Police Chief fights license suspension

AUGUSTA — Almost four months after his arrest for allegedly Operating Under the Influence, the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) issued a driver’s license suspension notice for Paris Police Chief Michael Madden. However, he will be able to continue to drive at least until an administrative hearing is held, which his lawyer requested on Tuesday. […]

Paperwork not filed in Paris police chief OUI arrest

Paris Police Chief Michael Madden

PORTLAND — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputy who pulled over Paris police Chief Michael Madden nearly three months ago and summoned him to court for operating under the influence never sent the required paperwork to suspend Madden’s driver’s license, according to Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon. He said Sgt. Andrew Feeney could face disciplinary action if […]

Domestic violence is a community issue, educator says; presentation at Mechanic Falls Town Office on Tuesday

MECHANIC FALLS—Hosting the upcoming discussion on domestic violence is one way Safe Voices Community Educator for Androscoggin County Julia Teitel helps shed light on what she calls a “community issue” by not keeping the once taboo subject behind closed doors. Teitel will be on hand from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at […]

The Lowe decision leaves questions unanswered

By Erin Place PARIS—Neither side of the Kristina Lowe manslaughter case—which left two West Paris teens dead two winters ago—feel that justice is being served. Lowe is the now 21-year-old Oxford woman who in May a jury found responsible for the deaths of 16-year-old Rebecca Mason and 19-year-old Logan Dam. The trio and a fourth […]

Kristina Lowe will serve 18 months for manslaughter, but not yet

Kristina Lowe (middle) of Oxford cries during her sentencing hearing on Wednesday in Oxford Superior Court in South Paris as she sits next to her defense attorney James Howaniec (left).

By Erin Place PARIS—Kristina Lowe will spend 18 months in prison and will then be on probation for four years, Active Retired Justice Robert Clifford announced at her sentencing hearing in Oxford County Superior Court on Wednesday—but she will not step foot inside a jail cell until the appeals process is over. The actual sentence Lowe […]