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Courts and Crime

5 Shot, 2 Killed in Northern Maine Crime Spree; Ex-Convict in Custody

LEE, Maine - A manhunt that virtually shut down the northern Maine town of Lee ended Friday after state police took 35-year-old Anthony Lord into custody after tracking him down in Houlton. At a news conference in Lincoln late this afternoon, police said Lord kidnapped a woman and shot five people in three northern Maine communities overnight. 

The overnight shootings in the towns of Lee, Benedicta and Silver Ridge killed two men and injured three other people. Lord has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping, and additional charges are likely.

The dead men have been identified as 58-year-old Kevin Tozier, of Lee, who was shot at a woodlot in Winn, and 22-year-old Kyle Hewitt, of Caribou. Authorities say Hewitt was the boyfriend of kidnap victim Brittany Irish, 22.

Wounded in the spree was 55-year-old Kim Irish, Brittany's mother, who was shot at her home in Benedicta, Carlton Eddy of Benedicta, who was shot while driving in his pickup truck near the Irish home, and 54-year-old Clayton McCarthy, of Mattawamkeag, who was shot at the Winn woodlot. The three are being treated for gunshot wounds and are expected to survive, officials say.

In addition, Cary Mayo of Silver Ridge Township, was assaulted inside his home. 

Brittany Irish was with Lord when he was taken into custody at his uncle's home in Houlton. She was not physically harmed.

A pulp truck Lord is alleged to have stolen from the woodlot in Winn was located late this afternoon in Haynesville.

Lord has a criminal record that includes convictions for domestic assault, criminal threatening and assault; he's also on the state's sex-offender registry.  

He is being held at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton and is expected to make his first court appearance early next week.