April 1, 2013 RSS feed / Maine

Guilty of prostitution, fitness teacher faces jail

Wright could get 10 months for paid-sex scheme

PORTLAND   The dance instructor who used her Zumba fitness studio as a front for prostitution faces jail time after pleading guilty in a case that captivated a quiet seaside town known for its beaches and picturesque homes.  More...

Maine Turnpike opens high-speed toll plaza

NEW GLOUCESTER (AP) — The Maine Turnpike is opening its first high-speed toll plaza.  Beginning today, drivers who use E-ZPass can pay their tolls electronically while driving at highway speeds at the plaza in New Gloucester.  More...

Man rescued after fishing on Poland lake

POLAND (AP) — A man fishing on a Poland lake had to be rescued after falling through the ice.  Fire Chief Mark Bosse says the man walked about 1,500 feet out onto the ice of Thompson Lake on Sunday night to go ice fishing. More...

Marijuana lobbyist wins dinner with gov

AUGUSTA (AP) — A lobbyist for a medical marijuana trade group will be breaking bread with Maine Gov. More...

Project to renovate copper dome delayed

AUGUSTA (AP) — Legislative leaders have decided to delay a decision on replacing the copper sheathing on the State House dome.  They were poised to approve the $1.2 million project Thursday, but decided they want more information about the More...

2 hospitalized after Gardiner knife fight

GARDINER (AP) — Two men have been hospitalized after being involved in a knife fight in the parking lot of a Gardiner supermarket.  Police say they responded to multiple calls about a fight outside a Hannaford store at about 3:30 p.m. More...

Debate on tax and wage bills put off

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine lawmakers are putting off until next week further debate and action on a minimum wage increase, and a pair of contentious tax-related bills.  The House on Thursday endorsed its earlier vote to raise Maine’s minim More...

Gov. LePage criticizes Portland’s mayor

PORTLAND (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is condemning the Portland mayor for calling for the Maine attorney general to investigate allegations of financial mismanagement at a charter school.  More...

Zildjian, cymbal manufacturer, dies

BOSTON (AP) — Robert “RZ” Zildjian, founder of the Sabian Inc. musical cymbal manufacturing company, has died. He was 89.  Sabian announced Zildjian’s death on its website Thursday. More...

Bill would raise minimum wage to $9

Party-line vote pits business owners against state’s lowest-paid

AUGUSTA   The Maine House took a step toward raising the state’s minimum wage Wednesday, voting in favor of a bill that would increase the wage level to $9 an hour by 2016, then raise it annually in proportion with increases in the Consume More...

Medical marijuana workers unionize

HALLOWELL (AP) — Employees at Maine’s largest medical marijuana dispensary group have unionized, but the head of the company that employs more than 40 people won’t say if they’ll recognize the union, officials say.  More...

Gas company holding job fair in Maine

AUGUSTA (AP) — A company involved in a natural gas distribution project in central Maine plans a job fair in Augusta to fill 45 positions.  Summit Natural Gas of Maine will hold the job fair on Wednesday at the Senator Inn in Augusta. More...

Auburn man cleaning gun shoots himself

AUBURN (AP) — Police say a 22-year-old Auburn man accidentally shot himself in the hand while cleaning his handgun.  Sgt. Laurie Woodhead says the man was in his Newbury Street apartment at about 7:20 p.m. More...

Man hurt in Pittston dirt bike accident

PITTSTON (AP) — Authorities a 22-year-old man has suffered serious injuries in a dirt bike accident in Pittston.  The Kennebec County Sheriff ’s Office says the accident occurred at about 6:45 p.m. More...

Man pleads guilty in pill fraud case

AUGUSTA (AP) — An Augusta man has pleaded guilty to selling his OxyContin and hiding income from Social Security officials.  Benjamin Peaslee Jr. More...

Fewer furlough days for shipyard workers

KITTERY (AP) — Union officials at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard say they’re still concerned about lost work time following the Defense Department’s announcement that furlough days will be reduced from 22 to 14.  More...

Man charged with tattooing two teens

SCARBOROUGH (AP) — A man living in a Scarborough motel is facing charges for allegedly tattooing two 14- year-old girls.  Joshua Grant was charged Thursday after police executed a search warrant at The Downeaster Motel.  All tattoo ar More...

Plea talks resume today in Zumba case

PORTLAND (AP) — Closeddoor plea negotiations are resuming for a fitness instructor accused of using her Zumba dance studio as a front for prostitution in Kennebunk.  The defense and prosecutors were expected to resume a settlement conferen More...

Home heating oil drops 3 cents a gallon

AUGUSTA (AP) — A weekly survey has found that average price of home heating oil in Maine has dropped three cents a gallon to $3.66.  The Governor’s Energy Office said Thursday that the average price was 19 cents lower than this time More...

Maine joins Indian case before court

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine is joining South Carolina and several other states in defending a federal law that deals with Indian adoption rights and will be a central topic in a case that goes before the U.S. More...