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BikeMaine riders thankful for support crew volunteers


SWEDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - After a rest day Wednesday, the BikeMaine riders hit the road again Thursday. Cyclists started in Bethel and rode to Sweden. They took a 60-mile route, passing through the White Mountains National Forest.

Each day, a few "support and gear," or SAG, vans follow the cyclists as they ride. They help the cyclists who have flat tires or broken chains, and the ones who just can't quite make it up a hill.

"Of course, some of them are your frequent fliers, if you will," Rob Bakker said.

He operates the ham radio while Allan Harville drives. The two have been volunteering in the support vehicles since the ride started three years ago. Over the years, they've become friends.

Four dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in Byron


BYRON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Oxford County Sheriff's Department has confirmed four people and a dog were found dead Friday night in Byron.

Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant says the victims were found by a parent.

Officials said the five appear to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning produced by generator that had been running in the basement. Authorities said the generator apparently had been in operation before running out of gas.

Gallant said the victims drove to the camp Tuesday from Massachusetts to celebrate a graduation and a birthday.

Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant identified the victims Saturday as 21-year-old Brooke Wakelin and her boyfriend 23-year-old Keith Norris, both of Attleboro; and Wakelin's brother, 18-year-old Matthew Wakelin and his friend, 22-year-old Deanna Lee Powers, both of Mansfield.

Severe ski accident at Sunday River


NEWRY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A spokesperson for Sunday River confirms a male was seriously injured in a ski accident Saturday morning.

Sarah Devlin, spokesperson for Sunday River, says a male, approximately 18 to 22-years-old, was taken by LifeFlight to Central Maine Medical Center for treatment.

Oxford County Sheriff's Department says it received a call from Ski Patrol at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday requesting an ambulance.

There is no update on the condition of the victim, but NEWS CENTER will bring updates when they become available.


Police chief in town of Paris charged with drunk driving


Chief Michael Madden, 50, of Harrison was pulled over by a Cumberland County sheriff's deputy on Wiley Road just after midnight last Friday.

Police said Madden was pulled over for "erratic operation" and given a field sobriety test, which he failed.

Police would not release the results of the blood alcohol test until after Madden's scheduled arraignment on Jan. 20.

Madden was taken to the Bridgton Police Department where he was released on bail.

Madden was driving his personal vehicle and had no passengers. It is not clear where he was coming from or headed to. Police said he was cooperative during the stop.

Firefighters battled a massive blaze in Otisfield Sunday night.


OTISFIELD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It took firefighters from 12 towns about three hours to knock down flames that tore through a 2-family farmhouse in Otisfield Sunday night.

The call came in just before 5:30 p.m. The Otisfield Fire Department said no one was home at the time and there were no injuries, but the blaze destroyed the home along Route 121.

The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.


Paris man faces charges for injuring baby


PARIS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police said a Paris man is facing charges after allegedly breaking his infant daughter's ribs.

24-year-old Joshua Dodd faces charges including assault on a child under 6 years old.

The alleged incident happened on Nov. 12. Police said Dodd said he lifted his 1-month-old daughter up by her arms and used his fingers to push down on her stomach because of bowel complications. Dodd said he saw a doctor use the same technique and thought it was okay.

Dodd is at the Oxford County Jail on $500 bail.


Traffic stop leads to drug bust in Bethel


BETHEL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A traffic stop led to a drug bust in Bethel.

Maine State Police said a car was stopped, for operating without tail lights, at a residence on East Bethel Road at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday. The operator of the vehicle, 39-year-old Keith Behan was arrested for violation of bail conditions for a previous offense. The owner of the residence, 30-year-old Ashley Hautaniemi, was a passenger in Behan's car. Four pounds of marijuana and a growing operation were found in the residence. A total of 14 live plants and three to four pounds of processed marijuana were discovered.

The case will be turned over to the District Attorney's office for review and charges.