CHINA — A single stab wound to the chest killed a local man Friday night, police said today.

James Dodge, 38, died as a result of a homicide, said Mark Belserene of the State Medical Examiner’s office.

Over the weekend, police would only say Dodge’s death was “suspicious” and did not specify how it happened.

Belserene declined to release additional case details this afternoon. Maine State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland did not immediately return a message today seeking comment.

A homicide is a determination that the death occurred as a result of another person’s actions, but is not necessarily an indication that a crime occurred.

Dodge was taken from his home by ambulance to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, where he died, McCausland said Saturday.

McCausland said police were called to Dodge’s home at 324 Hanson Road about 9 p.m. Friday.

Three other people were in the home at the time and are cooperating with the investigation.

“The goal is to figure out what happened and figure out the circumstances,” said Lt. Christopher Coleman, who was on the scene at Dodge’s home Saturday.

Coleman said local troopers responded to a 911 call from the home, which came in at about 9:05 p.m. Those troopers then called in the major crimes unit.

He said there did not appear to be a risk to public safety. Coleman said he always encourages residents to take normal precautions. “Nothing that occurred (Friday) night would cause me to tell them to increase precautions,” he said.

On Saturday, the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit van was parked in the dirt driveway near a red Ford Escort wagon. All four doors were open on the compact vehicle, and there was a small pile of blue beer cans near the driveway, next to a pile of lumber.

Records in the Kennebec County Registry of Deeds indicate the home is owned by Rebecca Bragg, and police and others said she is Dodge’s girlfriend.

According to Kennebec Journal archives, Dodge had been in court for misdemeanor offenses over the past few years, most recently in May.


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