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Kittery police arrest suspect in with home burglary


KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Kittery Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with a home burglary.

Kittery police say a homeowner on Blueberry Lane came home to find that their residence had been broken into on Thursday.

Several items had been taking including a Macbook, wedding ring and a necklace, police say. The value of these items was well over $2000.00.

Eliot man accused of strangling Kittery woman


KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Kittery police have charged a man with several crimes after responding to a domestic violence assault report Friday night.

The Kittery Police Department says Byron Buzzell, 40-years-old of Eliot, has been charged with Aggravated Assault (Class B Felony), Domestic Violence Criminal Threatening, Obstructing Report of a Crime, and Domestic Violence Assault (Class D Misdemeanors) after Friday's incident.

Officials said when they arrived at the Wyman Street home, they found a 55-year-old woman who had allegedly been assaulted and strangled to the point of unconsciousness. Police said Buzzell was named as a suspect in the assault. Buzzell was not located after an initial canine search of the area.

Kittery police did find Buzzell at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Goodwin Road in Eliot.

Bear sightings in Wells neighborhood


WELLS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Wells Police Department is asking residents to secure items after numerous bear sightings Friday night.

Wells officials say several people have reported sightings of a bear in the area of Wire Road at Natanis Ridge.

Officials say photo captured Friday evening (above) shows the bear eating from a bird feeder.

Police recommend residents take down bird feeders and secure all trash in a garbage can or shed.


Two alarm fire damages home, sends one to hospital


YORK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Several York County communities responded to a Saturday morning two-alarm fire that sent one man to the hospital.

York Beach Fire Chief Dave Bridges said when crews arrived at the Libby Lane home; flames were showing 15 to 20 feet high on the roof.

Bridges said that firefighters were able to contain the flames to the left side of the duplex and that the fire was knocked down within 20 minutes.

Officials said a man home at the time of the fire. Chief Bridges said the man saw his television on fire, his attempt to extinguish the flames was unsuccessful. The man was transported to the hospital with minor smoke inhalation injuries.

Manpower was a huge help in this fire according to Chief Bridges. Bridges said if this fire had occurred during the week, the resulting damage could have been much worse.

Kittery police warn residents about possible mail theft


KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Kittery Police Department says they have received several reports of mail and packages being removed from mailboxes in their town.

Officials posted the warning on the town's Facebook page saying reports had been coming in that boxes on Dennett/Martin Road as well as Love Lane showed signs of tampering.

Kittery police suggested people living in those areas be very aware of the packages and mail they receive. Police ask that residents check their receipts and bank statements to confirm they have received what they expected to receive.


Missing Portsmouth baby returned safely


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- A 4-month-old from Portsmouth was located safely after her mother fled the state with her.

According to Portsmouth Police, Tabitha Rantanen was served a court order mandating she surrender custody of her daughter Khalieya last week.

Once aware of the order, Rantanen fled the state with her daughter.

Saturday morning, the Portsmouth Police Department was notified that Rantanen brought Khalieya to the Greenfield, Mass. Police Department.

The baby is in good health and is in custody of Child Protective Services.

Rantanen will appear in Massachusetts District Court Monday.


Fire destroys Hiram home




HIRAM, Maine —Fire officials say a fire destroyed a home in Hiram Friday night.

Fire Chief James Siracuse says the call came in from 200 Duringtown Road, just after 9 p.m. Friday night.

The Chief says there were no injuries, largely due to the family of seven were not at home at the time of the fire. Officials say the family did lose at least four dogs and may have lost a dog that had just had a litter of puppies.

Officials say the state fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire. Chief Siracuse believes they have determined the cause of the fire, but they are waiting for official word from the Fire Marshal.

Siracuse says his department had to return to the home for rekindles throughout the morning.