Wood chip truck overturns in Wayne, driver escapes injury
WAYNE — A Jefferson man escaped injury Monday when his tractor-trailer loaded with wood chips overturned on Main Street.
Francis Plourde, 64, was not hurt in the accident, which occurred around 1 p.m. just north of Wayne Village on Route 133.
Crews spent several hours unloading the chips so the truck could be righted and taken away, said Sgt. Scott Taylor, of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash occurred as Plourde drove the 18-wheeler, a 1992 Peterbilt owned by Jefferson-based American Container Corp, toward Jay. Plourde crested a hill and entered a straight section where vehicles usually pass his truck, Taylor said. Plourde looked in his mirror for passing cars and the truck drifted onto the shoulder of the road, Taylor said.
“He got off in the shoulder and the snow sucked him right in,” Taylor said. The truck overturned on a steep embankment.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection was called to evaluate and clean a fuel leak that Taylor said totaled less than 10 gallons. Trooper Patrick Munzing of the Maine State Police’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement assisted with the accident investigation.
Taylor said speed was not a factor in the crash and no charges are expected.
At 12:04 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Glenridge Drive.
12:26 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Northern Avenue.
12:42 p.m., there was a complaint involving an all-terrain vehicle on Cross Hill Road.
1:32 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Middle Street.
3:23 p.m., a panic alarm sounded at the Augusta Dental Association on Fuller Road.
5:32 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Hartwell Lane.
6:07 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Eastern Avenue.
6:50 p.m., mischief was reported on Eastern Avenue.
8:58 p.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct on Northern Avenue.
11:34 p.m., a burglar alarm sounded at Sears on Whitten Road.
At 9:12 a.m., there was an accident on Civic Center Drive.
10:31 a.m., theft was reported at Sears on Whitten Road.
11:10 a.m., firefighters responded to an alarm at the Maine Veterans’ Home on Cony Road.
12:12 p.m., there was an accident on Memorial Circle.
12:45 p.m., shoplifting was reported at Sam’s Club on Marketplace Drive.
1:38 p.m., police investigated a report of a robbery inside a Mill Street apartment. No injuries were reported. Police are investigating.
A 50-year-old Farmingdale woman was charged with attaching false plates during a traffic stop on Maine Avenue.
A 30-year-old man was charged with possession of a useable amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs during a traffic stop for a headlight violation on Maine Avenue. A search of the vehicle with the driver’s consent reportedly turned up two marijuana pipes, marijuana and two oxycodone pills.
There was a report of a stolen vehicle. Police are investigating.
Police responded to a 911 call from a woman that her 7-year-old grandson had assaulted her and was out of control. Police spoke to the boy and his grandmother, who is the mother’s legal guardian, and told her it was a parental issue.
There was a 911 hang-up call. Police determined a father and son had been fighting. There was no assault. The two were separated for the day.
Police responded to a 911 hang-up call in the area of Pine Tree Road. Police checked several homes and were unable to find the caller.
A 24-year-old Gardiner man was charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana during a traffic stop for a seat-belt violation on Maine Avenue.
Two Gardiner residents, a 42-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman, were each charged with possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop for an inspection sticker violation on Maine Avenue.
A 32-year-old Gardiner woman was charged with operating a motor vehicle unregistered more than 150 days during a traffic stop on High Street.
A 42-year-old Gorham man was charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle greater than 150 days during a traffic stop on Interstate 295.
At 4:34 p.m., there was an accident on Shady Lane.
There was a report of a bag of returnables being stolen outside a storage shed. The investigation is ongoing.
There was a report of a burglary of a summer home owned by a Florida couple. The investigation is ongoing.
Two men, ages 20 and 23, were charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana after police saw them pull into a parking lot on Hallowell-Litchfield Road and smoke marijuana.
At 2:07 p.m., a woman suffered minor injuries when her car hit a utility pole on Tower Road. Police said the woman may have been driving too fast for conditions. No charges are expected.
A 21-year-old Waterville woman was charged with operating after suspension during a traffic stop for a seat-belt violation on Interstate 295.
A 53-year-old man was charged with operating with a license expired more than 90 days during a traffic stop for an inspection violation on Route 126.
There was an accident on Route 17. No injuries were reported.
At 9:21 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.
10:04 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on main Street.
At 9:53 a.m., an intrusion alarm sounded on Rambler Road.
10:01 a.m., there was a report of a family fight on Route 41.
10:28 a.m., a burglary was reported on Lower Diamond Farm Road.
At 10:55 p.m., Nicholas Penney, 24, of Augusta, was arrested on a warrant on Old Winthrop Road.
Blair Laubenstein, 30, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence.
At 12:25 a.m., Lewis A. Hamilton, 27, was arrested on charges of violating an order of protection, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, trafficking in prison contraband and possession and distribution of dangerous knives.
3:30 a.m., Dorothy Cormier, 26, of Waterville, was arrested on a warrant charging failure to pay fines.