ME Man Nick Day ID’d As Victim In Wednesday Morrill Fatal Crash Involving Dump Truck

WALDO COUNTY, ME. (THECOUNT) — Nicholas Day, of Center Belmont, Maine, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Wednesday two-vehicle crash in Waldo County.

Day, 34, was killed in a vehicle crash involving a dump truck near Morrill Wednesday.

According to reports, Day was operating a vehicle on ME-3 in Morrill, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and into opposing lanes. The vehicle then collided head-on with a dump truck.

Day was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

It is unknown if the driver of the truck, operated by Wayne company, C.H. Stevenson, was injured in the incident.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Waldo County is a county in the state of Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 38,786. Its county seat is Belfast. The county was founded on 7 February 1827 from a portion of Hancock County and named after Brigadier-General Samuel Waldo, proprietor of the Waldo Patent – Wikipedia.

ME Teen Ethan Tucker ID’d As Victim In Thursday Scarborough Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, ME. (THECOUNT) — Ethan James Derby Tucker, of South Portland, Maine, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Thursday morning vehicle crash in Cumberland County.

Tucker, 18, was killed Thursday morning in a single-vehicle crash near Scarborough.

According to reports, Tucker was operating a vehicle on Highland Avenue, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and exited the roadway around 6:15 a.m. Thursday. The vehicle then made contact with a substantial tree.

Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Geo quick facts: Cumberland County is a county in the U.S. state of Maine. As of the 2010 census, the population was 281,674, making it the most populous county in Maine. Its county seat is Portland – Wikipedia.

ME Teen Maiah Reilich-Godino ID’d As Victim In Tuesday Night Fatal TN Jeep Fall

BLOUNT COUNTY, TN. (THECOUNT) — Bangor, Maine teen, Maiah Reilich-Godino, has been Identified as the victim in a fatal fall from a moving vehicle while visiting Blount County, Tennessee on Tuesday.

Reilich-Godino, 18, was killed after falling out of a moving vehicle traveling on the Foothills Parkway near Tallassee, Tennessee, according to Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials.

Rangers responded to reports of a vehicle ejection on Foothills Parkway between Chilhowee Lake and Look Rock, in Tallassee 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3. When officials arrived, they determined Reilich-Godino was sitting in an open window of a moving Jeep Patriot when she fell from the vehicle after the roof rack she was clinging to gave way.

The driver and front-seat passenger, the only other occupants of the vehicle, were not injured during the deadly incident, according to officials.

Reilich-Godino was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

Park Rangers are in the process of completing the accident investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Blount County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 123,010. It had an estimated population of 131,349 in 2018. The county seat is Maryville, which is also the county’s largest city. Blount County is included in the Knoxville, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

ME Couple Chris & Christal Denis ID’d As Victims In Saturday Night Waterboro Murder-Suicide

WATERBORO, ME. (THECOUNT) — Christopher Denis and Christal Lee Denis have been identified as the North Waterboro man and wife dead in an apparent murder-suicide Saturday night, according to Maine State police.

Chris and Christal Denis were found deceased inside their home on New Dam Road, in Waterboro, around 8 p.m. Saturday. Officials responded to the location after receiving a request for a welfare check by relatives, York County deputies said Sunday morning.

Detectives believe Chris shot Christal at their residence before turning the gun on himself.

Autopsies will be conducted Sunday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta, reports WMTW.

State police said the couple owned Deer Pond Fuel Inc. in North Waterboro.

Geo quick facts: Waterboro is a town in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 7,693 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area – Wikipedia.

ME Woman Samantha Rinaldi ID’d As Gray Pedestrian Killed By DUI Man With Child In Vehicle

GRAY, ME. (THECOUNT) — Samantha Rinaldi has been identified as the pedestrian struck and killed by a drunk driver in Gray, Maine, Saturday night.

Rinaldi, 40, was on-foot in the area of 39 Yarmouth Road, in Gray, Maine on Saturday before 8 p.m., when she was fatally struck by a vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 58-year-old Jay Westra, of North Yarmouth, ME. He was arrested on the scene and accused of drunken driving.

Westra’s passenger, his young daughter, was in the vehicle at the time of the crash and suffered unknown injuries. Her condition was not provided.

Cumberland County deputies said Rinaldi was found unresponsive in the road upon arrival, reports WABI.

Rinaldi was transported to an area hospital where she later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Westra was transported to the Cumberland County Jail.

Via Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office:

The investigation is ongoing.

Geo quick facts: Gray is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. The population was 7,761 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area – Wikipedia.

MA Woman Elizabeth Abelson In Third Trimester Of Pregnancy ID’d As Saturday Fatal Maine Snowmobile Crash Victim

GREENWOOD, ME. (THECOUNT) — Elizabeth Abelson, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, has been identified as the victim in a fatal snowmobile crash, that also took the life of her unborn child late Saturday morning.

Authorities in Maine say Abelson, 30, and her husband were riding on a snowmobile Saturday around 11 a.m. on a trail in Greenwood, Maine when the fatal crash occurred. It is unclear if Abelson’s husband was injured.

Abelson and her unborn child, due in March, did not survive the crash.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife said Elizabeth Abelson was driving a snowmobile Saturday at 11 a.m. on a trail in Greenwood when she lost control, was ejected from the snowmobile and collided with trees. source

An accident report noted that Abelson was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Greenwood is in western part of the state and is home to Mount Abram ski area.

The crash is under investigation.

Geo quick facts: Greenwood is a town in Oxford County, Maine, United States. The population was 830 at the 2010 census. The town was named for surveyor Alexander Greenwood. The village of Locke Mills, on State Route 26 in the northern part of Greenwood, is the town’s urban center and largest settlement – Wikipedia.

NH Man Adrian Bunker Killed During Thursday ME Police-Involved “Armed Confrontation”

OLD TOWN, ME. (THECOUNT) — Adrian Bunker, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, has been identified as the suspect shot and killed by an Old Town, Maine, police officer during a traffic stop Thursday.

Bunker, 37, was killed by Old Town officer, Joseph Decoteau, early Thursday morning following an “armed confrontation” during a traffic stop in the 800 block of Stillwater Avenue, in Old Town, Maine.

Decoteau is on paid administrative leave pending a review by the department, according to police.

Officer Joseph Decoteau ordered Adrian Bunker, 37, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, to pull over his gray Silverado pickup truck around 3:20 a.m. According to the police department, the “armed confrontation” that ensued resulted in Bunker’s death. Continue reading

Staggering 1 Million Go Dark During Brutal Nor’easter Storm

At least 900,000 customers in the Northeast are without electricity Thursday after being hit with a powerful storm.

The massive storm, which followed another devastating storm last week, pelted the area with heavy snow, ice and strong winds, downing power lines and leaving precarious road conditions.

The nor’easter may drop several more inches of snow in Massachusetts and northern New England into Thursday afternoon, but largely the storm did its worst Wednesday, leaving about 900,000 customers without power along the East Coast from Virginia to Maine. Continue reading

Maine Prisoners Moved Pre-Dawn Staff Placed On Leave After Gov Page Says Close

The Maine State Police conducted a pre-dawn relocation of all inmates from Washington County prison, Downeast Friday morning.

The entire staff of the correctional facility located in Machiasport were reportedly placed on administrative leave.

“Gov. Paul LePage placed all staff members at the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport,” said Jim Mackie, a representative for the union representing correctional officers.

The move to relocate the inmates comes as some legislators try to stop LePage’s plans to close the minimum security prison, which costs the state about $5 million a year to operate. Republican Rep. Will Truell proposed a bill that would provide $5.5 million to find the facility for the fiscal year beginning in July and order a comprehensive study to determine the impact of closing the jail. Last May, state correctional authorities announced the closure of the 150-bed prison and notified 55 employees that they would lose their jobs within weeks. While the facility did stay open, the state has not sent any new prisoners there since October. There were about 60 inmates at the jail in January. Continue reading

Hebron Woman Shot Dead In Maine Hunting Accident Identified

Family members and friends of Karen Wrentzel, of Hebron, took to social media to remember her after she was named as the victim of a Saturday hunting accident. She was 34.

Wrentzel, of Greenwood Mountain Road, was on her property when she was shot and killed, a family member said on Facebook.

Wrentzel’s uncle said in a Facebook post ‘at the very least I can say that you passed doing something you enjoyed… Digging around for rocks, in the side of a mountain, made out of rocks’. Wrentzel’s uncle told News Center she was digging for rocks and gems at the time of the incident. Continue reading