Christmas night fire hits Richmond home

RICHMOND — A fire Christmas night that started around a wood stove badly damaged a Plummer Road home.
Susan Richardson owns the home at 218 Plummer Road and lives there alone, said Richmond Fire Chief Andrew Pierce, but three people were inside when the fire broke out.

All were able to get out safely and nobody was hurt fighting the fire, Pierce said.
The home sustained fire, smoke and water damage, primarily to a wall and ceiling around the wood stove. Pierce estimated the fire caused $20,000 in damage.

The few personal belongings that were damaged probably can be salvaged, Pierce said. The home is insured, Pierce said. Richardson is living with a friend in a neighboring town.
The fire broke out around 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

“It was called in as a chimney fire,” Pierce said. “When I arrived flames were coming through the back wall and trying to get through the roof.”

Firefighters from Litchfield, Dresden, Bowdoinham and Bowdoin were called to help put the fire out, but Richmond firefighters were able to douse the flames in about 25 minutes, just as the first mutual aid trucks arrived.

“The guys did a good job of knocking it down,” Pierce said.

Pierce said the fire started near where the stove pipe connected to the chimney.

“It was somewhere around the thimble, where the two meet, is where it started,” he said.

Woman rescued from Sidney stream

SIDNEY — A local woman was injured Sunday when the sport utility vehicle she was driving skidded out of control and wound up upside down in a stream off West River Road.

Diane Libby-Gilbert, 48, was taken by ambulance to MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Thayer Campus in Waterville with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, according to a report filed by Kennebec County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pierce.

Libby-Gilbert was driving her 2011 Kia west on Drummond Road around 5:30 p.m. Sunday when she tried to stop at the West River Road intersection, Pierce said. The SUV continued to slide on the snow-covered road and skidded across West River Road and over an embankment before going airborne, Pierce said. The Kia rolled over several times before landing on its roof in a stream bed, Pierce said.

Libby-Gilbert, who was wearing a seat belt, was alone in the vehicle, Pierce said.

Alna
Monday
A 2006 Subaru Forester being driven east on Alna Road by a 57-year-old Southbridge, Mass., woman spun out of control and hit a tree.

Augusta
Monday
At 3:47 p.m., police responded to a burglar alarm at a Water Street store.
3:55 p.m., police responded to a report of disorderly conduct at a Western Avenue restaurant after an apparently intoxicated man started eating food from a patron’s tray. The intoxicated man was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
4:08 p.m., there was suspicious activity on Madison Street.
4:58 p.m., firefighters responded to an alarm on Hospital Street.
6:53 p.m., an assault was reported on Eastern Avenue.
7:41 p.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct on Jefferson Street.
7:56 p.m., there was a 911 hang-up on Western Avenue.
8:40 p.m., there was a 911 hang-up at a Western Avenue business.
10:20 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Jefferson Street.
11:59 p.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct on Hospital Street.
Tuesday
At 12:09 a.m., a 24-year-old Augusta woman was issued a summons charging her with operating a vehicle with a suspended registration during a traffic stop on Calumet Bridge.
8:06 a.m., there was a disturbance on Cony Street.
11:02 a.m., there was a report of an intoxicated person at a Western Avenue business.
11:43 a.m., minor injury was reported after a crash at the intersection of Western and Brann avenues.
11:58 a.m., there was an accident on Riverside Drive.
12:57 p.m., theft was reported at a State Street business.
1:45 p.m., there was a hit-and-run accident on Water Street.
2:32 p.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct on Hospital Street.

Belgrade
Sunday
At 3:06 p.m., there was an accident on Manchester Road.
Monday
At 7:32 a.m., a 48-year-old Winslow man complained of head pain after the 2002 Dodge pickup he was driving left Smithfield Road and hit a culvert. The driver told police he fell asleep.
2:31 p.m., a 51-year-old Sidney woman complained of leg pain after the 1999 Ford pickup she was driving south on Knowles Road skidded out of control and crossed the northbound lane before hitting a tree. The woman was driving too fast for conditions, according to police.
6:53 p.m., there was a 911 hang-up on Chaput Drive.

Chelsea
Friday
At 11:30 a.m., there was an accident on River Road.
12:08 p.m., there was an accident on Hillcrest Drive.
6:12 p.m., two people were issued summonses by police responding to a report of suspicious activity at an Eastern Avenue business. A 32-year-old Coopers Mills man was charged with violating conditions of release and attaching false plates. A 31-year-old Augusta woman was charged with sale and use of drug paraphernalia.

China
Friday
At 9:29 a.m., there was an accident on Back Deer Hill Road.
4:30 p.m., a passenger complained of head pain after a Chevrolet car skidded out of control while traveling south on Rockwood Drive and hit a tree. The driver and two children in the vehicle, ages 10 and 11, were not injured.
Saturday
At 9:38 a.m., theft was reported on Hanson Road.

Dresden
Dec. 21
A 2001 Chevrolet Blazer being driven south on Middle Road by a 73-year-old Dresden woman slid on the ice-covered road and struck an embankment head-on.
Sunday
A 1998 Buick LeSabre being driven east on Middle Road by a 68-year-old Woolwich woman spun out of control and came to a stop in the ditch.

Farmingdale
Friday
A vehicle being driven on Blaine Road by Sean Estabrook, 30, left the road. Estabrook reported the crash six hours later, according to police. He told police that he had gone off the road because of black ice. Estabrook was issued summonses charging him with failure to report an accident by quickest means and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
Monday
At 7:56 p.m., there was suspicious activity on Hill Street.

Gardiner
Friday
At 9:12 a.m., there was an accident in the parking lot of a Bridge Street restaurant.
10:57 a.m., there was suspicious activity on Spring Street.
12:24 p.m., theft was reported on Spring Street.
12:42 p.m., there was an accident on Maine Avenue.
1:25 p.m., there was a 911 hang-up at a Water Street business.
2:07 p.m., theft was reported on Brunswick Avenue.
6:44 p.m., there was an accident on Rideout Lane.
7:18 p.m., there was suspicious activity on Chestnut Street.
Saturday
At 3:24 p.m., there was an accident on Adams Street.
Sunday
At 5:09 a.m., there was suspicious activity on the Gardiner/Randolph bridge.
5:58 a.m., a burglar alarm sounded on Spring Street.
8:47 a.m., there was a 911 hang-up on Lincoln Avenue.
Monday
At 3:46 p.m., there was suspicious activity on Water Street.
5:03 p.m., there was an accident on Brunswick Avenue.

Jefferson
Dec. 21
A 2000 Ford Explorer being driven west on Rockland Road by a 30-year-old Washington woman spun out of control on the icy road when she pulled out to pass a vehicle she had been following. The Explorer crossed the center line and went into the eastbound lane before going into a ditch and hitting a utility pole.

Litchfield
Sunday
At 7:22 a.m., a burglar alarm sounded on Plains Road.

Manchester
Sunday
At 2:52 p.m., there was a 911 hang-up on Friendship Drive.
6:26 p.m., there was an accident at the intersection of Readfield Road and Western Avenue.
Monday
At 9:48 p.m., there was an accident on Lakeside Farm Road.

Monmouth
Friday
At 11:40 a.m., there was suspicious activity on Main Street.
Sunday
At 4:20 a.m., a burglar alarm sounded at a Main Street store.
Monday
At 1:09 p.m., injury was reported after an accident on Route 135.
1:10 p.m., a burglar alarm sounded at a Main Street business.
Tuesday
At 11:25 a.m., injury was reported after a crash on Fish Hatchery Road.

Mount Vernon
Sunday
At 8:31 p.m., an assault was reported on Cottle Hill Road.
Monday
At 10:40 a.m., there was an accident on Route 41.

Pittston
Friday
At 8:41 p.m., there was an accident on Route 126.
Tuesday
At 6:52 a.m., theft was reported on Route 27. The report proved to be incorrect.

Readfield
Tuesday
At 6:39 a.m., there was an accident at the intersection of Beaver Dam Road and Memorial Drive.

Richmond
Thursday
At 2:55 p.m., police responded to a report of a man hitting a woman. Police determined the couple were children — a brother and sister. The children’s father arrived home and told police he would handle the situation.
Friday
At 2:02 a.m., firefighters responded to 426 River Road because of a carbon monoxide alarm. The house was full of smoke because of a faulty furnace. The lone resident, an elderly woman, and her cats stayed at some friends’ home until the furnace could be fixed.
10:34 a.m., there was a report of a burglary on Ridge Road.
8:04 p.m., there was a report of a malfunctioning furnace on Hatch Street.
Saturday
At 2:09 p.m., there was an accident on Hathorn Street.
2:31 p.m., theft was reported on Lena Road.
5:58 p.m., an assault was reported on Front Street.
Sunday
At 3 p.m., there was a problem with an animal on Water Street.
7:11 p.m., there was an accident on Interstate 295.
Monday
At 1:51 a.m., there was a 911 hang-up on Grants Drive.
2:43 a.m., there was an accident on Dingley Road.
4:41 a.m., there was suspicious activity on Main Street.
6:38 a.m., there was a problem with an animal on Brunswick Road.
9:17 a.m., there was a report of a burglary on Kimball Street.
Tuesday
At 12:07 a.m., a 36-year-old Gardiner man was issued a summons during a traffic stop on Brunswick Road charging him with operating after suspension.

Sidney
Sunday
At 10:52 a.m., there was an accident on Middle Road.
Monday
At 1:39 p.m., a burglar alarm sounded on Birch Circle.
2:44 p.m., a burglar alarm sounded on Birch Circle.

Somerville
Sunday
A 1998 Ford Explorer being driven east on Rockland Road by a 51-year-old Manchester woman went out of control and crossed over the westbound travel lane before landing on its roof in a ditch.

Vassalboro
Friday
At 10:29 p.m., there was suspicious activity at a Riverside Drive business.
Saturday
At 10:14 p.m., a burglar alarm sounded on Oak Grove Road.
11:53 p.m., there was suspicious activity on Bog Road.

Wayne
Sunday
At 5:28 p.m., there was an accident at the intersection of Leeds Road and Main Street.

Whitefield
Dec. 21
At a time unknown, a 2003 Dodge being driven west on Route 194 by a 54-year-old Whitefield man slid on the ice-covered road and hit an embankment and a tree.

Windsor
Saturday
At 7:41 a.m., there was an accident on South Belfast Road.

Winthrop
Monday
At 5:15 p.m., there was a complaint of all-terrain vehicles on U.S. Route 202.
Tuesday
At 5:06 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a propane smell outside a Main Street business. Firefighters were unable to find a problem, but shut down the system as a precaution and called for a service technician.

Arrests

Farmingdale
Thursday
Cody Brady, 21, of Sarasota, Fla., was arrested on Northern Avenue on a Florida warrant charging him with being a fugitive from justice.
Monday
At 8:10 a.m., Theodore Zagwyn, 24, of Farmingdale, was arrested on warrants on Shady Lane.

Gardiner
Dec. 20
Scott York, 35, was arrested on Pleasant Street on warrants charging him with drug trafficking and receiving stolen property.
Saturday
At 1:01 a.m., Rockne James Albert, 50, of Gardiner, was arrested during a traffic stop on Bridge Street and charged with operating under the influence.

Litchfield
Thursday
Matthew Edgecomb, 42, of Litchfield, was arrested on warrants charging him with disorderly conduct by police responding to a 911 hang-up on Old Lodge Road. Police went to Edgecomb’s home after he got into an argument with his girlfriend about going out with his friends. The girlfriend called 911 to get Edgecomb’s attention, said police, who learned of the warrants while responding to the call.

West Gardiner
Dec. 21
Dylan Hendsbee, 20, of West Gardiner, was arrested on a warrant.