CALAIS, ME — Devon Staples was killed while celebrating Fourth of July with friends after he tried to launch a firework off the top of his head.
The 22-year-old was drinking with friends in the backyard of a home Saturday night, when he got the bright idea to launch a reloadable fireworks mortar tube from the top of his head.
Despite his friends’ warnings not to do something so goddamn stupid and irresponsible, Staples did it anyway. According to Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, Staples was killed instantly when the firework exploded.
Staples’ brother was only a few feet away when the firework exploded and said there was nothing they could do to help Staples afterwards.
“There was no rushing him to the hospital. There was no Devon left when I got there,” said Cody Staples.
Aside from the Darwin Award nomination, Staples is also the first fireworks fatality in Maine since they legalized them on Jan. 1, 2012. Until that day, fireworks had been illegal in Maine for over 50 years.…
On Friday night, Small was with friends drinking around a rock-lined fire pit in his backyard. By 2 a.m. Saturday, he was alone and somehow managed to fall into the fire.
Although he suffered serious burns to 60 percent of his body, Smalls didn’t think it was worth seeking medical treatment.
““Small managed to stagger into his home, refused medical attention and went to bed,” according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. His friends ended up calling an ambulance for him several hours later.
Small was taken to the Maine Medical Center in Portland before being transferred to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He would die there Sunday evening.
This brings up one of the most horrifying stories I have ever written on the site, from five years ago. It happened in Arizona where a 45-year-old man and his cousin were drinking while preparing a 3-foot deep fire pit to roast a pig.…
AUBURN, ME – Three decades ago, 66-year-old John Lane was convicted of killing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter by cooking her in an oven. Now a federal judge says that Lane should seek a new trial.
On the night of October 27, 1984, John Lane, then 37, was living with 30-year-old Cynthia Palmer and Palmer’s two daughters. 4-year-old Angela Palmer and 5-year-old Sarah.
That night, Lane beat and tortured Angela before forcing her into an oven and wedged a chair against the door so she could not get out. Lane then turned the heat up as high as it could go as Angela screamed, “Let me out, Daddy, let me out!”
It was the smell and smoke of Angela’s cooked body that eventually led police to the apartment and discover Angela’s smoldering body after tracing the source of the smoke and opening the oven.
Lane would end up charged with murder while Angela’s mother would be charged with manslaughter. She would later be acquitted because, according to her, she had overdosed the night of Angela’s murder and was not aware of what had happened.…
NOBLEBORO, ME – Police have arrested 53-year-old Linda Currier after they say she ran over a man she caught sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.
On Saturday night, police responded to a home for a domestic disturbance report and found 48-year-old James Oliver had been ran over by a car in the driveway.
The car that ran over him was driven by his girlfriend, 53-year-old Currier, and it was no accident. She told police she ran over Oliver because she caught him attempting to sexually assault a her 12-year-old niece.
She said that after catching her boyfriend, who also happens to be a convicted sex offender, the two got into an argument that continued outside the home. That’s when Currier flattened Oliver’s ass in the driveway.
Oliver was taken tot he hospital where he was treated for a serious, but non-life threatening injury to his leg. After being released from jail he was arrested and charged with attempted gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual touching and failing to comply with the sex offender registration act.…
BANGOR, ME — Adam Morton has been charged with aggravated assault after the 27-year-old dumbass put a 2-year-old boy in a running clothes dryer, leaving the toddler with second degree burns.
The incident occurred last month while Morton was watching his girlfriend’s son and three other children. He initially told police he didn’t know how the boy was injured because he was in the shower when it happened, but would later admit that he’d put the boy in the dryer – but not for very long.
He said the boy was only in the dryer for one revolution, but that was inconsistent with the boy’s injuries that included second degree burns to his back and arms, as well as burns and blisters on this feet.
Dr. Lawrence Ricci also conducted a forensic examination of the boy that had him concluding the boy was in the dryer much longer and may not have been the first time.
“There were lesions on the lower back that looked like they could have been healing burns and incidentally, the two circular lesions correspond to bolts on the inside of the dryer,” the doctor noted.…
PORTLAND, ME — Holly Morrison has been charged with gross sexual assault after police say the 34-year-old allowed her boyfriend to sexually assault a developmentally disabled 14-year-old relative.
Back in November, the victim told friends and counselors at school that Morrison’s boyfriend, 59-year-old Donald Cass, had been sexually assaulting her for a month. She would later tell police that Cass would use objects to sexually assault her.
Even worse, she alleged these assaults were encouraged by Morrison, who she said encouraged her to get in the bed with the couple and shower with them. When interviewed, Morrison admitted to seeing Cass assault the girl on three occasions.
Although she said she didn’t approve of Cass’ behavior, she said he’d convinced her that sexually assaulting the developmentally disabled teen was normal. Morrison said she met Cass at a swingers’ party and that Cass, who is married, had visited her on weekends for the last five years.
In February, Cass would plead guilty to two counts of gross sexual assault. He was sentenced to eight years in prison with four years suspended.…
Farmington, ME — Meet 43 year old Robert Parker Jr., the man with a face I dearly want to punch with some especially nasty brass knuckles. If his face alone doesn’t inspire the same in you, allow me to add some details that will surely push you there, if not further.
On September 25, 2013, Mr. Please-Throat-Punch-Me-Repeatedly, was arrested two days after Deputy Kevin Hartley of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, was sent to investigate a complaint regarding his handing out cigarettes to two girls under the age of 15. (Can you say, “grooming”? I bet you can!) One source indicates that he forced each of the girls to smoke around 50 cigarettes, which just seems like a waste of cigarettes to me.
After being arraigned, he was released on a pretrial contract that same day. I bet he was really relieved, but not for long.
The following day, Deputy Hartley received a new complaint. The ever charming Mr. Parker was apparently sending some rather impolite messages to the family of one of the girls involved in the cigarette charges, threatening to kill her if she told anyone about his disgusting, pervy ways.…
ROQUE BLUFFS, ME – Two women got lost in Roque Bluff State Park where rescued by an off-duty firefighter only to drown minutes later when they accidentally drove their car into the ocean.
Melissa Moyer, 38, was in Maine from Pennsylvania to visit long-time friend, 37-year-old Amy Stiner, who was five months pregnant. The two decided to go hiking at Roque Bluff State Park but ended up getting lost during a heavy storm.
It was getting dark, so Moyer called for help. The women were found by nearby landowner and member of Sunrise Search & Rescue, Wayne Hansom, who gave them rides back to his house on his ATV. Once there, a warden picked them up and dropped them off at their vehicle in the state park’s parking lot.
But what could have been one of those stories the women laughed about with friends turned disastrous when Stiner made a wrong turn. Police say heavy fog may have contributed to Stiner accidentally driving down a boat ramp and into the ocean.…
BANGOR, ME —Earlier this month we reported that 20-year-old Kyle Dube had been charged with the murder of 15-year-old Nichole Cable. Yesterday an affidavit reveals that Nichole died after Kyle intended to kidnap Nichole, hide her and then find her so he could be deemed a hero. Unfortunately for Nichole, Kyle is an idiot who accidentally killed her in the process.
Nichole went missing on Mother’s Day after leaving her home to meet someone she had met on Facebook named Bryan Butterfield. A week later, after receiving information from several sources, police found Nicole’s dead body in a wooded area. The following day, Kyle Dube was charged with intentional and knowing murder.
At the time we first reported on this, there were not a lot of details regarding the relationship between Kyle and Nichole. The information in the affidavit fills in some of those blanks. Turns out Kyle had made sexual advances towards Nichole, but Nichole had turned him down. Kyle then created a fake Facebook profile using someone else’s identity and began communicating online with Nichole.…
BANGOR, Maine – Police have charged 20-year-old Kyle Dube with the murder of Nichole Cable, the 15-year-old who has been missing since Mother’s Day.
According to the girl’s mother, Cable was last seen near her home before she went to meet Dube, whom she met through Facebook. Dozens of law enforcement officers, using aircraft and dogs, and hundreds of civilian volunteers, spent days searching for Cable.
On the Wednesday following her disappearance, Cable’s mother pleaded for her daughter’s return during a press conference.
“I would like to say, ‘Nichole, we love you and if you’re scared because you ran away — you’re not in trouble. It’s OK,’” Kristine Wiley said. “If somebody has her — I don’t care [what happened] — take her to a gas station or a park. I don’t know what else to say. I’m waiting for you to call me and I love you.”
The day after Cable was reported missing, Dube posted the following to his Facebook regarding his girlfriend, who is not Cable:
“OK so I don’t with the droma.…
According to the police report, Valerie Nile was hanging out at her neighbor’s trailer, drinking, when the discussion took a turn for the dirty.
Two of the three needed for a threesome must have sobered up a bit because it didn’t happen.
This displeased Valerie. Police say it was then that she walked into the neighbor’s kitchen and armed herself with three knives – she slipped a large kitchen knife into her waistband, and stashed two smaller knives in her socks. Then, she apparently started yelling, threatening, terrorizing and stuff.
In fear for his life, the victim, 56-year-old Edward Sabatino, beat feet out of the trailer and called 911.
When officers arrived on scene, they found Sabatino’s female roommate, 30-year-old Shanna Chickering, snoozing on the couch. When questioned about the knives and the threats and the other craziness, she stated that she did not witness the incident because she was, like, asleep.…
Rockland, ME — A 62-year-old man was recently sentenced to five days in jail following an incident earlier this year in which he reportedly bitch slapped his estranged wife in the face with his dick after she refused to have sex with him. rawr.
The victim in the case was apparently staying at the home of her estranged husband, Fred Thomas, this past July when he offered to pay her twenty whole dollars to have sex with him. When she refused his generous offer, he whipped out his member and smacked her upside the head with it.
I, for one, am impressed. Not to mention slightly turned on….
Anyway, Thomas’ attorney argued in court Wednesday the poor man was upset that his marriage of 39 years was ending and his wife was supposedly planning to run off to Pakistan to hook up with some dude she met online.
“This was not his normal conduct,” Defense Attorney Justin Andrus told the court during the sentencing hearing.
Initially charged with domestic violence assault, indecent conduct and unlawful sexual contact, Andrus was asking his client get probation and no jail time.…
FAIRFIELD, Maine — Here’s a story you may want to keep your eye on, regarding the July death of a 3-month-old girl that has since turned into a homicide investigation.
Back in July, Nicole Greenaway left her 3-month-old daughter, Brooklyn, in the care of friend and co-worker, Amanda Huard. The plan was for Brooklyn to spend the night but at 1:34 a.m., Haurd called 911 to report Brooklyn wasn’t breathing and was unresponsive. Six minutes later, paramedics arrived and rushed Brooklyn to the hospital but sadly, she didn’t make it.
The next day Huard would post on Facebook that she was living a nightmare.
“My friends 3 month old daughter stopped breathing in her sleep last night:( in devasted that it didn’t realize it soon enough. For the cpr to work:(,” she posts, adding that her daughter was the one who found the baby unresponsive.
Yesterday, reports were that the death was now being considered a homicide. Greenaway told WMTV that police have told her that Brooklyn was sleeping in the bedroom of the Haurd’s 10-year-old daughter.…
FARMINGTON, Maine – Police arrested a woman after they say she punched and kicked a female rival in the checkout line of a Walmart. God knows I have wanted to do this on occasion whenever someone in front of me pulls out their checkbook after they just watched their fifty items get rung up in slow motion, but this was more of a domestic issue.
According to reports, 32-year-old Sarah Hanson and her husband were shopping in Walmart when Hanson found her husband talking with another woman inside the store. Hanson ran up to the woman and let out a string of obscenities before leaving the store with her husband.
Outside in the parking lot, Hanson and her husband got into an argument that ended with Hanson going back inside the Walmart where she found the other woman standing in the checkout line. Witnesses say Hanson called the woman a name before punching her in the face. After the woman fell to the ground, Hanson allegedly began kicking her before leaving the scene.…
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 5-year-old boy is in the hospital today as doctors try to reattach the hand he had severed in a freak jump rope accident.
The boy was in the back seat of his grandmother’s car Tuesday evening and found something to do with a jump rope that was worse than the restraining methods I use them for–from a personal safety standpoint, that is.
The boy had one end of a jump rope wrapped around his wrist while the other end was hanging outside the car window. As they sat at an intersection, the rope got tangled in a car that had pulled up alongside them. When that car drove off, the rope was pulled, and the boy’s hand was yanked off.
A passerby stopped to assist the boy and provided aid until EMS workers arrived. The boy was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and the driven to Mass General by ambulance after poor weather conditions prevented the LifeFlight aircraft from being used.
No word on if the surgery was successful or how the boy is doing.…
LEWISTON, Maine – The whereabouts of a woman who went missing 28 years ago may have been discovered after a body was found in a freezer owned by a man who died recently.
Frank Julian was 52-years-old when his on-again-off-again girlfriend, 29-year-old Kitty Wardwell, went missing back in 1983. Julian was the last person to see her alive and told authorities that the last time he saw her was when he dropped her off at a motel after a fight.
Wardwell has never been seen or heard from since and police said she probably was the victim of foul play. Julian was interviewed by police on several occasions, but never got enough evidence to warrant searching his property. Now the mystery of what happened to Wardell may have been solved after Julian died unexpectedly on October 1.
Some of Julian’s family members were cleaning out a storage unit he rented when they found an unplugged freezer that contained a gruesome surprise; human body parts.
The freezer was removed with the remains inside to be taken to the chief medical examiner for an autopsy and DNA test. …
AUGUSTA, Maine — Police say a man currently in jail for his role in a Massachusetts triple homicide previously served time in prison after an assault in which he licked a teenager’s blood and claimed to be a vampire — and his facial tatts, piercings and body modifications on display in his mugshot are making him quite the online sensation.
Caius Veiovis, 31, along with Adam Lee Hall, 34, and David Chalue, 44, has been charged with three counts of murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation after the men allegedly murdered then disposed of the bodies of 44-year-old David Glasser, 58-year-old Edward Frampton, and 47-year-old Robert Chadwell.
The murders were allegedly an attempt to keep Glasser from testifying against Hall, a ranking member of the local Hells Angels, in his upcoming trial for kidnapping, assault and battery and witness intimidation. Not surprisingly, Veiovis is no stranger to the justice system.
Belfast, ME — You thought the purse snatcher who accidentally sent his picture to one of his victims was dumb? Check out 22-year-old Jesse Grinnell.
He was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack from a vehicle parked at a restaurant in Camden, Maine. Among the booty was a credit card which he reportedly began making purchases on.
His crime spree ended, though, when police say he called the issuing bank of the stolen credit card to ask how much credit remained.
Bad idea? Yes. Especially when you call from your own phone…
Grinnell appeared to be well on his way to getting away with the crime. The original theft did not appear to have been witnessed. The two purchases that he made at a store in Belfast, Maine totaling $165 were videotaped – but he was not recognized. The caller ID log was his undoing.
Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham checked the phone number from the banks call logs against police records and discovered that the number belonged to Grinnell. A police mug shot of Grinnell from a prior arrest was compared to the store video footage to link him to those purchases, police said.…