Fire crews battle blaze at Athens pellet company

ATHENS — A fire at the production facility for Maine Woods Pellet Company in Athens drew firefighters from four area fire departments on Wednesday morning.

No serious damage occurred and no one was injured in the fire, which appears to have started when wood debris collected around a piece of machinery, said Athens Fire Chief Travis Thompson.

He said it is not unusual for such fires to break out in wood pellet factories.

Firefighters from Athens, Cornville, Harmony and Madison responded.

Police charge man in choking attack

ROME — A local man has been charged after he reportedly choked a woman in front of her son.

Dustin Sprague, 27, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with domestic aggravated assault, said Sgt. Aaron Hayden of the Maine State Police.

The 28-year-old woman met state police around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Police Department. She told troopers that she and Sprague had fought about their prescriptions Tuesday morning.

“She stated that Sprague had (choked) her during the altercation twice that morning and hit her several times with a blunt object,” Hayden said.

The woman said Sprague stopped her when she tried to call 911.

“The victim’s 9 year-old son was also present during the assault,” Hayden said.

IN ANSON, Tuesday at 11:18 a.m., a report of threatening was taken from Valley Road.

Wednesday at 7:36 a.m., police made an arrest after a motor vehicle stop on Main Street.

IN ATHENS, Wednesday at 7:08 a.m., fire crews from four towns were sent to a call on Harmony Road.

IN CHINA, Monday, at 5:39 p.m., harassment was reported on Heino Lane.

IN CLINTON, Monday at 8:49 p.m., a theft was reported on Hill Road.

Tuesday at 11:02 p.m., criminal trespass was reported on Pleasant Street.

IN CORNVILLE, Tuesday at 10:45 a.m., police made an arrest after a motor vehicle complaint on Beckwith Road.

IN FAIRFIELD, Monday, at 7:28 a.m., a civil complaint was investigated on Winter Street.

11:41 a.m., vandalism was reported on Island Avenue.

8 p.m., a reported theft was investigated on Martin Streams Road.

Tuesday at 1:50 p.m., a brush fire was extinguished on Eskelund Drive.

10:34 p.m., a report of an assault was investigated on Main Street.

IN FARMINGTON, Monday at 3:25 p.m.., a disturbance was reported on Bailey Hill Road.

6:25 p.m., criminal trespass was reported at The Roost on Main Street.

IN MADISON, Tuesday at 1:08 p.m., a harassment complaint was investigated on Abnaki Road.

6:25 p.m., a report of suspicious activity was investigated on Brown Street.

Wednesday at 8:40 a.m., police were called to assist another agency on Naomi Avenue.

IN OAKLAND, Monday, at 11:02 a.m., a civil complaint was reported on High Street.

3:42 p.m., reported harassment resulted in an oral warning on Fairfield Street.

IN PALMYRA, Wednesday at 9:39 a.m., a theft was reported on Raymond Street.

IN PITTSFIELD, Tuesday at 1:01 p.m., fire units were sent in response to a call on Canaan Road.

6:01 p.m., a report of a domestic disturbance was investigated on Webb Road.

7:39 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Harriet Street.

Wednesday at 1:14 a.m., a report of a domestic disturbance was investigated on Cardinal Street.

9:26 a.m., a report of a violation of bail or of a protection order was investigated on Watrous Court.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Tuesday at 11:56 a.m., a theft was reported on Madison Avenue.

4:23 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Malbons Mill Road.

4:58 p.m., a report of a domestic disturbance was investigated on Smith Street.

6:39 p.m., a harassment complaint was investigated on Timberview Drive.

8:16 p.m., a complaint was investigated on Silver Street.

Wednesday at 12:46 a.m., a report of suspicious activity was investigated on Waterville Road.

4:51 a.m., police investigated a report of a burglar alarm on Leavitt Street.

7:03 a.m., a fire call was reported on North Avenue.

9:51 a.m., a report of a past burglary was investigated on Cote Street.

10:18 a.m., a report of a domestic disturbance was investigated on Pooler Avenue.

10:55 a.m., a report of criminal mischief was investigated on East Leavitt Street.

IN WATERVILLE, Monday at 2:39 p.m., an intoxicated person was reported on Union Street.

5:03 p.m., an intoxicated person was reported on College Avenue.

Tuesday at 3:11 a.m., an assault was reported on Broad Street.

6:30 a.m., a theft was reported on College Avenue.

6:49 a.m., a vehicle accident involving personal injury was reported near Pleasant and Winter streets.

10:26 a.m., threatening was reported on Western Avenue.

11:44 a.m., criminal mischief was reported on Autumn Street.

12:49 p.m., a fight was reported at Home Place Inn on College Avenue.

3:53 p.m., a shoplifter was reported at Treasure Chest II on Sanger Avenue.

5:57 p.m., a theft was reported on Roberts Avenue.

5:58 p.m., a theft was reported on Paris Street.

6:21 p.m., a theft was reported at Mainely Brews at Post Office Square off Main Street.

10:10 p.m., a caller from West River Road reported receiving an harassing or obscene phone call.

Wednesday at 12:49 a.m., a theft was reported at the Bob-In on Temple Street.

1:50 a.m., a shoplifter was reported at the Big Apple on Elm Street. A 17-year-old was charged with unauthorized taking or transfer and minor possessing liquor, according to the report.

IN WINSLOW, Monday, at 10:38 a.m., reported theft was investigated on Patterson Avenue.

1:03 p.m., harassment was reported on Halifax Street.

3:20 p.m., reported theft was investigated on China Road.

9:51 p.m., reported suspicious activity was investigated near power lines on Albion Road

Arrests

IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, Monday, Carl Bayington, 19, of Wilton, was arrested on a warrant and for failure to appear.

IN OAKLAND, Monday, at 6:34 p.m., Ronald Joseph Morin, 47, of Church Street, was arrested on a charge of violating condition of release, on Center Street.

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Tuesday at 3:14 a.m., Randall Lee Brackett, was arrested on charges of burglary, violating the conditions of release, criminal mischief and possession or transfer of burglary tools.

8:15 a.m., Wayne Michael Blanchard, 31, of Norridgewock, was arrested on a charge of failure to report or update information.

IN WATERVILLE, Monday, Arnold Craney, 44, listed as transient, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and attempted criminal mischief, near Main and Common streets.

Tuesday at 4 a.m., Tucker Foxwell, 21, of 5 Burrill St., was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence, on Western Avenue.

8:08 p.m., Lacie Chapman, 29, of Roderick Road, Clinton, was arrested on a warrant, on Common Street.

8:35 p.m., Michelle Lancaster, 30, of 24 Elm St., Apartment 15, was arrested on a warrant, on Elm Street.