July 21, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Lawmakers mull student loan relief, hand-held devices ban

AUGUSTA Lawmakers spent one of their last days in Augusta this year considering vetoes and left in limbo $95 million worth of bond issues that would fund a first-of-its-kind student loan relief program. More...

Lawmakers concerned about state’s proposed child care regulations

AUGUSTA   Some Maine lawmakers are voicing their concerns about the state’s proposed child care rules and the care of incarcerated young people with mental illness.  More...

2 injured after motorcyclist strikes pedestrian

SHAPLEIGH (AP) — Two men in Maine have been hospitalized in a crash involving a motorcycle and pedestrian.  The Kennebec Journal reports the crash happened in Shapleigh Thursday afternoon. More...

‘American Pie’ singer’s domestic assault charge dismissed

CAMDEN (AP) — A domestic assault charge against “American Pie” singer-songwriter Don McLean has been dismissed after he met the terms of a plea agreement, including staying out of trouble for a year.  More...

City: those traps are to transport turtles, don’t vandalize

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s largest city is telling its residents to stop vandalizing traps that are designed to help move turtles to a pond.  Portland’s official Twitter account says Thursday that traps at Evergreen Cemetery are p More...

Maine dredging projects clear hurdle in U.S. Senate

SACO (AP) — U.S. More...

Fentanyl crash driver gets 7 years

ALFRED   A 42-year-old Limerick man whom authorities said had snorted fentanyl and was driving on a suspended license when he struck and killed a bicyclist in Limerick last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison.  More...

Police investigating Down East death as homicide

CHERRYFIELD (AP) — Maine State Police say they're treating the death of a woman found alongside a highway as a homicide.  State police declined to identify the victim whose body was found Wednesday morning. More...

Mainer involved in 2 shootings gets 10 years for gun charge

PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine man involved in two shootings in Portland's Old Port has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on a gun charge tied to the weapon used in the shootings.  The Portland Press Herald reports that Moses Okot plea More...

Casino campaign groups miss deadline for financial reports

AUGUSTA (AP) — Three  organizations tied to a Maine casino referendum campaign that is being investigated by state officials have missed a deadline for reporting financial activity. More...

Reps seek to reauthorize border commission

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A bipartisan group of seven members of the U.S. More...

State upholds 60-year sentence for karate school pedophile

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld a 60-year prison sentence for a former Lewiston karate school operator convicted of drugging and raping two boys.  But Wade Hoover won't begin serving the state sentence until he c More...

Ruptured pipe causes sulfuric gas leak at UMaine facility

OLD TOWN (AP) — Officials say a rupture in a pressurized pipe caused a sulfuric acid vapor leak at a former paper mill in Old Town, Maine.  Old Town officials say the incident happened Monday night at a University of Maine-affiliated labor More...

Paper mill closes machine, blames declining demand

JAY (AP) — A Maine paper mill says declining demand is behind the upcoming closure of a paper machine.  The Sun Journal reports that Verso Corp. will permanently close its No. 3 paper machine by Aug. More...

Combat veteran top fundraiser so far for 2018 governor race

AUGUSTA A combat veteran who wants to be Maine’s next governor has become the top reported fundraiser so far as the 2018 gubernatorial field shapes up. More...

Maine to raise price of nips and other cheap spirits

Days after failing to ban the sales of nips, state regulators are imposing a 50 percent price hike on most of the increasingly popular single sip liquor bottles.  Regulators announced a new plan that would dramatically increase the price of nips More...

Armed standoff ends with surrender

LINCOLN (AP) — Police say a 22-hour standoff in Lincoln, Maine, is over because of the surrender of a man who was wanted on charges of sexual assault.  WMTW-TV reports officers responded to William Bradbury’s home at noon on Monday b More...

911 transcript: Man promised not to hurt woman amid rampage

MADISON (AP) — A Maine woman who fled to safety amid a deadly rampage says her boyfriend’s father promised not to hurt her as he killed his wife, his son and a neighbor.  More...

Woman sentenced for giving man gun used in police shootout

PORTLAND (AP) — A  Maine woman has been released from jail after being sentenced to time served for giving a gun to a man who later died in a shootout with police. More...

Feds to resume most whale disentanglement efforts

PORTLAND (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it has reviewed safety protocols and is allowing its whale-disentanglement teams to resume most rescue operations.  More...