Maine: Cianbro chairman Pete Vigue indicted in connection with cannon blast that hurt referee

Image result for Man shot with cannonballOne of Maine’s most prominent businessmen has been indicted on criminal charges in connection with the firing of a small cannon that injured a referee at a Maine Maritime Academy football game in September.

Peter Vigue, 72, has been charged with Class B aggravated assault, Class C reckless conduct with a firearm, both felonies, and Class E discharging a firearm on school property, a misdemeanor, according to the indictment a Hancock County grand jury handed down Thursday.
Vigue, the former CEO of Cianbro Corp. and chairman of the Pittsfield-based construction company’s board of directors, could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the aggravated assault charge.
Founded in 1949 by the Cianchette Brothers, Cianbro is one of the United States’ largest employee-owned construction companies.
Vigue began working for Cianbro as a laborer in 1970, gradually working his way up through the ranks until he was named CEO of Pittsfield-based company in 2000. He held the position until 2018, when he stepped down and was replaced by his son. Vigue remains chairman of Cianbro’s board of directors, a post he has held since 2008.
Vigue, who lives in Pittsfield, did not return a phone call Thursday evening, and could not be reached for comment. It could not be determined whether he will be represented by an attorney in the pending criminal matter.
Image result for Maine + Peter vigue cannon firing cartoonA Maine Maritime alumnus, Vigue fired a small cannon during a football game at the academy in Castine on Sept. 21, authorities said. The blast from outside an end zone fence after the home team scored a touchdown discharged material that struck a referee in the face, News Center Maine (WCSH/WLBZ) reported.
In a video that captured the incident, the referee can be seen walking along the back of the end zone when he is engulfed by a small cloud of smoke. The referee collapsed as several onlookers and referees rush to his aide. The referee was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
The severity of his injuries are unknown.
The cannon had been loaded with black powder and a substance that had been made into a wad, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office said at the time.
It was tradition for a cannon to be fired after MMA scored a touchdown. but the firing of cannons and other similar devices was banned by the academy’s president following the accident.

Maine State Police find two bodies in Greenbush

The deaths of the man and woman appear to be drug-related.


Maine State Police are investigating after two bodies were found Wednesday inside a home in the Penobscot County town of Greenbush.

State police said the bodies were discovered around noon after troopers went to a residence at 1104 Springs Bridge Road.

It wasn’t clear why police visited the home.

State police said the man and woman apparently died from drug overdoses.

Their bodies were transported to a local funeral home where they will be examined by the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

The names of the individuals are being withheld pending notification of their families.

Maine: Death of missing Westbrook man Henry Jacques, 45, not considered suspicious by police

The body of Henry Jacques, 45, was found Tuesday afternoon after he went missing Nov. 8 from his apartment.

The death of a Westbrook man who was found dead four days after he went missing from his apartment is not considered suspicious, Westbrook police said.

Henry Jacques, 45, was last seen at 55 Brown St., Apt. 2, at approximately 3 p.m. by his girlfriend, according to the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit, which assisted Westbrook police with the investigation. Jacques shared the apartment with his girlfriend and a roommate.

His body was found Tuesday afternoon in the woods behind Saint Anthony’s Church on Brown Street in Westbrook, police said.

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday by the office of the Chief Medical Examiner, but further tests are required before pathologists can determine the cause and manner of death, said Westbrook Police Capt. Steven Goldberg.

(how can we yet know then if his death was suspicious or not? – S.)

Westbrook, Maine: Have you seen this missing man?

Police are asking the public’s help locating a Westbrook man who left his apartment without any shoes on.

State police and officers from Westbrook are asking the public to be on the lookout for a missing man who left his apartment on Brown Street on Friday and has not been seen since.

Henry Jacques, 45, was last seen leaving his apartment about 3 p.m., wearing blue jeans, multiple layers of shirts and no shoes. He shares the apartment with a live-in girlfriend and a roommate, but he has not returned home.


Jacques stands about 5’9″ tall, weighs about 200 lbs., and has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who sees Jacques or has information about his whereabouts should call Westbrook police at 854-0394, or the Maine State Police at 624-7076.


Maine: Veteran bus driver, Richard Tanguay, carrying Biddeford field hockey team charged with OUI (DWI)

A state trooper pulled the school bus over after he observed it speeding and driving erratically, according to Maine State Police.

State Trooper Patrick Hall, who was on routine patrol, stopped the school bus around 8 p.m. on the Maine Turnpike southbound in Scarborough after he observed it speeding in a construction zone, failing to signal lane changes, and failing to stay in one lane.

According to a news release posted Sunday on the state police Facebook page, Hall stopped the bus for erratic operation and speeding. Once he had pulled the bus driver over, Hall said he observed signs of impairment. Hall proceeded to conduct a field sobriety test on the driver, Richard Tanguay, 68, of Biddeford, before transporting him to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

At the jail, state police said that Tanguay was given an Intoxilyzer breath test and an exam by drug recognition experts from the Freeport Police Department. Tanguay was charged with operating under the influence of drugs, driving to endanger and endangering the welfare of a child, state police said.

Tanguay posted $500 bail and was released from the jail. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Jan. 9 in Portland District Court.

Attempts to reach Tanguay at his Biddeford home were unsuccessful Sunday night.

School officials said the bus was carrying about 30 coaches and student athletes from the Biddeford High School girls’ field hockey team, which had traveled to Oakland for the state Class A championship game. Biddeford lost the game, 3-0, to Skowhegan High School, snapping its 35-game unbeaten streak.

According to Biddeford School Superintendent Jeremy Ray, the school department’s designated spokesman on the incident, Tanguay has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation by the school department and by state police.

“We are cooperating with the authorities,” Ray said in a statement posted Sunday on Facebook. “Authorities do not believe alcohol was a factor, but are still investigating what caused the driver’s condition. We are not able to discuss additional details as this is a personnel matter. The police may elect to share additional information with the public when the time comes, but all parties are currently working to ferret out the facts.”

“We will continue to gather the facts and interview the employee before making any conclusions about this unfortunate development,” Ray said. “But, be clear. We have zero tolerance for any behavior that imperils students.”

Contacted by phone Sunday night, Ray described Tanguay as a full-time, veteran bus driver with more than 30 years of experience. Ray said the charges filed against Tanguay are not alcohol-related.

“What we do know for sure is that this man did not take a sip of alcohol,” said Ray.

Ray said that all school bus drivers must complete an annual Maine Department of Transportation physical exam and medications screen test to qualify for a commercial driver’s license. Biddeford’s bus drivers underwent the physical exam in August, but Ray said the school department does not receive any details due to health privacy laws. All the school department gets is whether the doctor conducting the exam passed or failed the driver.

During their annual commercial driver’s license exam, drivers are required to disclose prescription medications. Doctors must determine if the drugs a driver has been prescribed will interfere with his or her ability to operate a bus, Ray said.

In addition to the annual screening tests, any employee who operates a vehicle for the Biddeford School Department is subject to random drug testing administered by a third party.

Ray said that no one on the bus Tanguay was driving reported noticing anything out of the ordinary during the ride back from Oakland.

Ray said that students texted or called their parents during the police stop, keeping them informed of what was happening. He said the field hockey coach, Caitlin Trembert, kept him informed as well. Ray in turn kept in communication with parents. He said a substitute bus driver was notified and drove the students’ bus back to Biddeford.

Saturday night’s incident was not the first one involving a school bus driver from York County accused of impaired driving. In 2010, a Saco school bus driver pleaded guilty to one count of drunken driving and two counts of endangering a child’s welfare. In December 2009, the driver was arrested after being removed from a bus as she was about to drive dozens of Saco Middle School students home. She was charged with drunken driving again after authorities learned that she had driven herself home from the police station after telling police she had arranged a ride.

Maine: Fatal accident on I-95 in Howland; 30-year old Ted MacArthur of Fort Fairfield, rest in peace.

State Police say the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt when he was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

HOWLAND, Maine — The Maine State Police say 30-year-old Ted MacArthur of Fort Fairfield died in a single-vehicle accident on I-95 south near exit 217 in Howland. The accident happened on Saturday at about 7:30 p.m.

Troopers say the driver, 30-year-old Leslie Greenlaw of Linneus, left the roadway and down the embankment hitting a culvert and rolled over.

MacArthur was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Greenlaw was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.

State Police Reconstruction team was called to the scene to assist and troopers continue to investigate the cause of the crash.


Maine: Family injured, including an 11-year-old girl, after an animal attack in Lisbon

According to police, the attack happened around 6:30pm on Saturday on a walking path in Lisbon.
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LISBON, Maine — According to Police, a family was injured after an animal attacked a family on Saturday evening on the Lisbon walking path near Androscoggin River.

The unknown animal is believed to be a dog or coyote of around 80 pounds.

The animal attacked an 11-year-old who suffered bite wounds to her leg.

The mom of the girl suffered a bite wound to her hand and piece of her finger when she attempted to pull her daughter away from the animal.

The dad suffered minor wounds to his hand when prying the animal’s mouth off his spouse’s hand.

The family dog was with them at the time of the attack was not bitten.

The family immediately fled the area and responded to St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston. All three are being treated for their wounds include rabies vaccine.

The Lisbon Police Department would like to warn anyone on or near the walking path to notify this agency immediately if you see any dog that is not with its’ owner, or coyote, in the area by calling 911 or 353-2500.

The police department will be conducting patrols on the walking path throughout the next several days as the investigation continues.

If anyone witnessed this attack or has further information as to the possible identity of the animal or its’ owner, you are asked to contact the Lisbon Police Department at 353-2500.