Knox denies murder attempt


PARIS – Among those arraigned in Oxford County Superior Court on Monday was Dwight Knox, who is charged with attempted murder for an incident that occurred in May.

Knox, 38, of 337 Franklin St., Rumford, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault, burglary, violation of a protection order, and violation of conditions of release.

Knox is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home and stabbing her boyfriend in the neck with a knife. The attempted murder charge states that Knox intended to kill her boyfriend and took a significant step toward doing so.

Also arraigned was Susan G. Lizotte, 49, of 685 Prospect Ave. in Rumford. Lizotte pleaded not guilty to theft by unauthorized taking.

Lizotte, a former secretary with the Mountain Valley Middle School, is accused of stealing about $14,000 from the school in November 2005. Lizotte reported the missing funds, and was fired after an investigation into the matter.

Rodney A. Heath, 32, of 970 Gore Road in Otisfield, pleaded not guilty to three counts of gross sexual assault and violation of conditions of release.

Heath is serving a five-year prison sentence after being found guilty by a jury of entering his ex-girlfriend’s home and sexually assaulting her. The new charges stem from an accusation that he had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

Stephen Gravel, also known as Robert Flanders, was not present for his arraignment. Gravel, 47, of 655 King St., Oxford, is charged with gross sexual assault. Justice Joyce A. Wheeler issued a warrant for his arrest and ordered him held on $10,000 bail or $100,000 worth of real estate.