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The Roberts Trap is Sprung

By:  Bill Dunne
One of the most overlooked aspects of the year just ended is the vindication of Chief Justice John Roberts -- a vindication that showed up as the national catastrophe known as ObamaCare got rolling.  Roberts may have also doomed Hillary Clinton's chance to live in the White House again... click here to read whole editorial



Former Fort Fairfield Barber

Dies in Motorcycle Crash


24 Motorcycle Deaths in Maine So Far This Year


By:  David Deschesne

Fort Fairfield Journal, September 16, 2015


   Caribou Police Chief Michael Gahagan says 40-year-old Colin Campbell was traveling east on Route 89, near the Limestone town line in Caribou on Labor Day when he attempted to go around a motorcycle that was turning left onto the Madawaska Road.

   Campbell lost control of his bike, causing it to lay down on the road and ejecting him from the motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet, Gahagan said.

   Campbell was transported by Caribou Ambulance to Cary Medical Center where he later passed away from his injuries. The cause of the accident is under investigation by Officer Timothy Dubois of the Caribou Police Department.

   Campbell was a barber in Fort Fairfield from the summer of 2005 thru 2010 before moving his business to Caribou.  He served briefly as a Fort Fairfield town councilman in 2010 before resigning.

   Five people are reported to have died in motorcycle accidents in Maine over the Labor Day weekend and twenty-six so far this year, making it the deadliest year for motorcycle accidents since 1991, with thirty four motorcycle deaths.

   The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office says a 60 year old man died Sunday from injuries he received in a motorcycle crash on August 30. That wreck was on Route 2 in Mercer.

Those two deaths are in addition to the four people who were killed in three separate motorcycle crashes in Maine over the weekend, investigated by State Police. Those crashes took place in Falmouth, Lebanon and Hiram.

   State police say a husband and wife from Wales were killed instantly, also on Labor Day, when their motorcycle was struck by a pickup in Hiram. Dead are Patrick Vaillancourt ,67, and his 64 year old wife Margaret. Troopers said they collided with the truck which had veered into their lane on Route113.

The pick up's driver was 33 yr old Kenneth Bouffard of Hiram who was taken to Maine Medical with non life threatening injures . So far there is no explanation why the truck was in the wrong lane but the Oxford D A's office will review the crash report when it is completed. The crash was on a slight curve in the road. Route 113 was closed for about 4 hours while troopers investigated the crash.

   A New Hampshire man was luckier in his motorcycle accident.  State police say Randall Goslin, 40, of Farmington NH man is in critical condition after his motorcycle struck a utility pole in Lebanon just after 7pm on September 5.  He was flown to Maine medical on Portland. Troopers said his motorcycle struck the pole on rt 202, near the New Hampshire state line where he was thrown several feet and landed onto the adjacent River Road. Speed and alcohol are the likely cause of the crash. Lebanon Rescue and Fire assisted at the crash site.

   Also on September 5, at around noon, there was a report of a motorcycle crash on Interstate 295 Northbound near mile 11. Witnesses observed the male operator, Alexander Small, 21, from Richmond on a Yamaha motorcycle driving erratically at a high rate of speed in and out of traffic. Small came upon a Honda Pilot driving in the travel lane. He was unable to slow down to avoid hitting the rear bumper. Small lost control and both he and the motorcycle struck the guardrail.  The Honda Pilot was driven by Cary Phoenix, 40. Passengers were Luke Rioux, 35 and two small children all from Portland. Alcohol was NOT a factor with Phoenix. Blood results are pending for Small.  There are no charges pending for Phoenix. Both evidence at the scene and witness statements appear to show Small’s operation as the cause of the crash.


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