Lodge fire’s cause remains unknown

FAYETTE — A State Fire Marshal’s Office official said a rental lodge on Echo Lake was so badly damaged by fire Tuesday the cause of the fire cannot be determined.

Sgt. Kenneth Grimes said the fire’s cause has been deemed undetermined, and because of the extensive damage, unless additional information comes forward, it may remain undetermined.

Fire destroyed the main lodge of Echo Lake Lodge and Cottages on Tuesday in Fayette. The property is owned by James and Evelyn Feagin, who rented out the lodge, and several cottages nearby that were not damaged.

Grimes said the fire appeared to start in the upper reaches of the building’s second floor, as did Glen Craig, a former owner of the property who was the first to see and report the fire Tuesday morning.

James Feagin speculated at the fire scene that an ember from a fire in the lodge’s fireplace could have started a chimney fire that eventually spread to the rest of the building. He said the lodge was occupied over the weekend by renters who left Sunday.

The lodge was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

The lodge was built in 1936 and was a sporting camp for many years.

Grimes said anyone with information about what might have caused the fire can contact the fire marshal’s office.

AUGUSTA

Tuesday

At 12:14 p.m., mischief was reported on Green Street.

12:34 p.m., a disturbance was reported at the Super 8 Motel on Western Avenue.

2:12 p.m., a disturbance was reported at Best Western Plus on Community Drive.

3:04 p.m., a disturbance was reported at Daniel’s Garage on Mount Vernon Avenue.

3:08 p.m., trespassing was reported at Best Western Plus on Community Drive.

3:28 p.m., there was an accident on Cony Street.

3:47 p.m., there was an accident on North Belfast Avenue.

3:52 p.m., threatening was reported on Chase Avenue.

6:08 p.m., a burglary was reported on Water Street.

6:13 p.m., there was a traffic complaint on Spring Road.

7:30 p.m., there was an accident on Western Avenue.

7:31 p.m., there was a report of an intoxicated person at Cumberland Farms on Mount Vernon Avenue.

7:50 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported at MidMaine Maintenance on Northern Avenue.

9:01 p.m., an assault was reported on Crosby Street Place.

9:50 p.m., a person went to the police station on Union Street to report someone missing.

10:12 p.m., there was a traffic complaint on Water Street.

11:28 p.m., there was a report of a recent burglary on Chapel Street.

Wednesday

At 12:14 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Washington Street.

12:53 a.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct on North Belfast Avenue.

2:30 a.m., there was an accident on Civic Center Drive.

7:05 a.m., littering was reported on Mount Vernon Avenue.

8:08 a.m., there was a traffic complaint on Cony Circle.

10:04 a.m., fraud was reported on Boothby Street.

11:09 a.m., there was a report of trespassing at the Preti Flaherty building on Memorial Circle.

11:20 a.m., there was an accident on Riverside Drive.

12 p.m., an assault was reported on Crosby Street.

12:06 p.m., an 18-year-old Augusta woman was charged with operating after suspension by police responding to a crash at the intersection of Linden and Bangor streets.

1:24 p.m., there was an accident at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Leighton roads.

1:27 p.m., threatening was reported on Northern Avenue.

2:43 p.m., there was a report of an intoxicated person at Rite Aid on North Belfast Avenue.

2:50 p.m., there was an accident on Western Avenue.

3:58 p.m., there was an accident at the intersection of Stone and East Chestnut streets.

4:20 p.m., there was a traffic complaint on Hospital Street.

BELGRADE

SATURDAY

Tools were reportedly stolen during a burglary on West Road.

FARMINGDALE

Tuesday

At 11:15 a.m., mischief was reported on Hill Street.

5:03 p.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on Roberta Street.

7:21 p.m., a person was reported missing from Brookview Lane.

FAYETTE

Tuesday

At 4:33 p.m., there was a 911 hang-up call on North Street.

GARDINER

Aug. 28

A 42-year-old Augusta woman was charged with operating after suspension during a traffic stop for an expired inspection sticker on U.S. Route 201.

AUG. 29

A 44-year-old Chicopee, Mass., man was charged with marijuana possession during a traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 295.

Tuesday

At 3:31 p.m., threatening was reported on Spring Street.

7:58 p.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on Brunswick Avenue.

11:21 p.m., threatening was reported on Blueberry Hill Lane.

11:23 p.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on Spring Street.

Wednesday

At 3:23 a.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on Clinton Street.

HALLOWELL

Wednesday

At 12:25 p.m., firefighters responded to a car fire outside the lottery building on Water Street.

LITCHFIELD

Aug. 27

Two juveniles were charged with possessing a usable amount of marijuana and sale and use of drug paraphernalia.

Saturday

Police believe a juvenile is to blame for a burglary in town, but the victims declined to seek charges.

MONMOUTH

Tuesday

At 11:23 a.m., a burglary was reported on Karen Avenue.

Wednesday

At 12:42 a.m., threatening was reported on Hansons Wood Road.

MOUNT VERNON

Aug. 25

One person was charged by police responding to a report of a domestic disturbance on Pond Road.

PITTSTON

Sunday

Police were called to intervene in a family fight involving two teenage boys. The boys were gone when police arrived.

RANDOLPH

Sunday

Police investigated a report of a purse stolen from a car parked outside Goggins IGA on Water Street. The investigation is ongoing.

READFIELD

Aug. 26

One person was charged by police responding to a report of a domestic assault on Winthrop Road.

ROME

Aug. 29

There was a report of theft from a vehicle.

SIDNEY

Tuesday

At 2:18 p.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on Belgrade Road.

VIENNA

Tuesday

At 5:39 p.m., there was an accident on Townhouse Road.

WAYNE

Tuesday

At 9:30 a.m., theft was reported on Besse Road.

7:33 p.m., theft was reported on Lovejoy Pond Road.

WEST GARDINER

Tuesday

At 4:11 p.m., mischief was reported on High Street.

5:29 a.m., a burglar alarm sounded on Neck Road.

WINDSOR

Friday

A 45-year-old Coopers Mills man was charged with criminal speeding after police clocked his motorcycle at 77 mph in a 45-mph zone on Route 32.

WINTHROP

Friday

At 7:04 p.m., there was a report of suspicious activity.

11:56 p.m., there was a report of a bad check.

Saturday

At 5:59 a.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct.

9:15 a.m., there was an accident.

10:33 a.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct.

12:41 p.m., there was a report of mischief.

3 p.m., injury was reported after a crash.

3:05 p.m., there was a 911 hang-up call.

3:23 p.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct.

Sunday

At 10 a.m., there was an accident.

1:43 p.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct.

5:23 p.m., there was a report of a family fight.

6:45 p.m., there was a report of a traffic offense.

Monday

At 10:50 a.m., there was a report of a traffic offense.

11:55 a.m., there was a report of a family fight.

6:33 p.m., there was a 911 hang-up call.

Arrests

AUGUSTA

Wednesday

At 6:20 a.m., Jason Allen Grant, 34, of Oakland, was arrested on warrants at the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office on State Street.

GARDINER

Saturday

Dusty A. Whitney, 25, was arrested on a warrant during a traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 295. Whitney was a passenger in the vehicle.

RICHMOND

Aug. 26

Michael Perry, 32, was arrested on a warrant during a traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 295. Perry was a passenger in the vehicle.

WINDSOR

Sunday

Jason Vanderveld, 35, was arrested on a charge of domestic assault by police responding to a complaint on Caswell Road. Police subsequently charged Jennifer Mangin, 37, of Augusta, with telephone harassment after she reportedly called Vanderveld numerous times.

WINTHROP

Saturday

At 2:06 a.m., Richard A. MacCabe, 65, of Mesa, Ariz., was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence on Highland Avenue.

Sunday

At 1:10 a.m., Zachary Edwards, 19, of East Winthrop, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence and operating without a license on Memorial Drive.

6:20 p.m., Christopher A. Barter, 44, of Winthrop, was arrested on a charge of reckless conduct on Mount Pisgah Road.

Tuesday

At 1:09 p.m., Jebb Mitchneck, 22, of Winthrop, was arrested on a warrant charging failure to pay fines at the police station on Town Hall Lane.