Maine: 1 killed in fiery Hampden crash, police trying to identify victim

A single car went off the road on I-95 into several trees and burst into flames on April 30 around 5:15 p.m., according to Maine’s Public Safety spokesperson Steve McCausland.

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HAMPDEN, Maine — Maine State Police are still trying to identify the driver who died in a fiery crash  along I-95 southbound in Hampden Tuesday afternoon.

The single car went off the road into several trees and burst into flames on April 30 around 5:15 p.m., according to Maine’s Public Safety spokesperson Steve McCausland.

McCausland said the vehicle is registered in southern Maine. Troopers are still trying to determine who was driving it.

The crash happened near mile marker 176, located between the Route 69 exit in Newburgh (174) and the Coldbrook Road exit in Hampden (180).

Smoke could be seen a distance away from the scene.

Drivers were advised to seek alternate routes until the scene was cleared about two hours later.

Real-time traffic maps showed traffic backed up as far as two miles.

Maine: Missing Wiscasset man, Casey Main, found dead in car

The cause of Casey’s death has still not been determined, but officials believe Main drove his vehicle into the Back River from the parking lot of the Old Ferry Road boat launch.
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WISCASSET, Maine — The search for missing man from Wiscasset, Casey Main, came to a close Saturday afternoon when police discovered Main’s body inside his 2003 Toyota Camry.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office say the search on April 27th was conducted in Wiscasset on the Back River near a boat launch off Old Ferry Road.

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The cause of Main’s death has still not been determined, but officials believe Main drove his vehicle into the Back River from the parking lot of the Old Ferry Road boat launch.

Main was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.

His death did not appear to be suspicious.

Maine: Sam Crawford, 40, dies trying to save his dog during Orland house fire!

Fire Officials say Sam Crawford escaped the Orland house fire but then went back in searching for his missing dog.

ORLAND, Maine — Fire Marshals say 40-year-old Sam Crawford died Monday night after escaping a fire at his home in Orland and then going back for his missing dog.

Officials say Crawford and four others escaped the house, including Cassandra Morse, 26, Alex Chaffee, 19 and Crawford’s two daughters, Lillian Crawford, 9, and Ella Crawford, 5.

Crawford reportedly moved his skidder to a neighbor’s property and when he returned told survivors he was going to look for his missing dog.

His body was found in the basement late Monday night in the rubble of the burned home. The dog’s body has not been found.

Officials say the fire started in the garage of the home shortly after a space heater was turned on.

Maine: Is there an obituary for Clifford Brown?

Clifford was found dead outside his home and initially police were not able to locate his family

Brown was an Army veteran in the late 50s, early 60s.

The VA cannot release any information about next of kin but they were willing to generate a ‘next of kin’ letter that will likely be going out in 10 days, Chief Ryan Reardon said in a statement.

We received more views on Clifford’s situation than we have for any other story featured on the chalkboard.  Clifford seemed to have lived an interesting life, and we’d love to post his obituary here.  If anyone knows of one, please let us know.  If there isn’t one and you’d like to contribute any information you think is relevant, then we can create one for him here.

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“And when I reach the other side
I’ll find a place to rest my spirit if I can
Perhaps I may become a highwayman again
Or I may simply be a single drop of rain
But I will remain
And I’ll be back again, and again and again and again and again.”

– “the Highway Man”

Be well!

R.

Maine: 51 year-old Joseph Webber found dead in Alton home

Police have identified the man as 51-year-old Joseph Webber. Police responded to 4592 Bennoch Road in Alton following a 911 call where the caller said there was an altercation taking place.

ALTON, Maine — Maine State Police are investigating the death of a man that occurred in a home in Alton on Saturday night.

Police have identified the man as 51-year-old Joseph Webber. Police responded to 4592 Bennoch Road in Alton following a 911 call where the caller said there was an altercation taking place.

When police arrived, Webber needed medical attention, but died before being transported to a hospital.

An autopsy began Sunday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta where the results are pending further testing.

Maine: Police need help finding deceased man’s family: are you related to Clifford Brown?

An elderly man was found dead outside his home on Tuesday, police are not able to locate his family
Police need help finding the family of Clifford Brown. The 77-year-old was found dead outside his home on Tuesday afternoon.

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Brown was an Army veteran in the late 50s, early 60s.

The VA cannot release any information about next of kin but they were willing to generate a ‘next of kin’ letter that will likely be going out in 10 days, Chief Ryan Reardon said in a statement.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dover-Foxcroft police at (207) 564-8021.

Richmond, Maine: Murder, suicide ruled cause of Richmond couple’s death, police say

Neighbors in the small community who knew the victims personally are already feeling their loss Sunday night.
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State Police say say the death of a Richmond woman over the weekend was a domestic violence homicide. Detectives say Niomi Mello was shot to death by her long time boyfriend, Kirk Alexander Jr., who then turned the 9mm handgun on himself. Both were shot in the head. Families members were updated on the case Monday.

The bodies of the couple were found in the kitchen of their home Saturday morning by Mello’s 11-year-old son, after he awoke. The boy then went to a nearby store and police were called. The shooting likely took place late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

The two bodies found deceased inside of a Richmond home Saturday afternoon have been identified as Kirk Alexander Jr., 46, and his longtime girlfriend, Niomi Mello, 37.

Their cause of death still has not been released to the public.

Neighbors in the small community who knew the victims personally are already feeling their loss Sunday night.

Pastor Lester Dow Jr. and his wife, Mary, have been with the Richmond Corner Baptist Church for more than 15 years.

“Our neighbors, we care about them all,” Dow told NEWS CENTER Maine Sunday.

Something happened inside of their neighbors’ Post Road home Saturday, where police confirm Mello’s 11-year-old son found the couple’s bodies in the kitchen.

“Very sad thing and very tragic thing,” said Dow.

Though not close with his neighbor, Dow recalls seeing Alexander from time to time.

“Several years ago, we were back and forth some and I invited him over for coffee and we talked about the Lord’s word and scripture,” said Dow. “I hadn’t seen him for a long while until just the day before this happened. Two days ago now. I had a little conversation. Everything seemed fine.”

Standing inside his church Sunday afternoon, Dow now realizes everything may not have been fine.

He said Alexander was more than just his neighbor. He was the church’s neighbor.

“I feel it personally but also folks in the area here and the church because they’re right next door, you know, a neighbor in that sense to everybody,” exclaimed Dow. Dow plans to spend the next few days comforting the community, which is already feeling the gravity of this loss, while the police continue to investigate the couple’s manner of death.

Autopsies have been completed by the State Medical Examiner’s office in Augusta and the results will be released Monday, according to state police.