May 31, 2013 RSS feed / Maine

Zumba instructor gets 10 months

ALFRED (AP) — A Zumba fitness instructor who pleaded guilty to using her Maine studio as a front for prostitution is going to jail, bringing to an end a scandal featuring sex videos, adultery and exhibitionism.  Alexis Wright was sentence More...

Fake bomb under bus was there for 4 years

PHILLIPS (AP) — School officials in Phillips are relieved that what looked like a pipe bomb found attached to the undercarriage of a school bus turned out to be a harmless model used in training exercises.  But now they want to know how th More...

4 people, 2 dogs stranded on river

AUBURN (AP) — Four people and two dogs were rescued from the Androscoggin River in Auburn after the engine in their small boat cut out and the craft got caught above Great Falls.  More...

S.C. man pleads guilty to porn charges

PORTLAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a South Carolina man has pleaded guilty to sending pictures of himself engaged in sexual activity with two young girls over the Internet to a Maine man.  Daniel Cobb of Rock Hill, S.C., pleaded guilt More...

Offshore wind turbine being launched

BREWER (AP) — What’s called the first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine in North America is being launched in Brewer.  More...

University celebrates new aviation degree

AUGUSTA (AP) — The University of Maine at Augusta is celebrating the launch of its new aviation program.  The university and Maine Instrument Flight are holding an open house at the flight school’s Augusta State Airport hangar today More...

Education chief to visit schools

SKOWHEGAN (AP) — Maine’s education commissioner is visiting Skowhegan and Canaan as part of his ongoing tour to visit schools that are deemed to have innovative education programs.  Canaan Elementary and Bloomfield Elementary in Skow More...

Air quality warning issued for Maine, N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Officials say the high temperatures and light winds are expected to bring air pollution into New Hampshire and Maine that could be unhealthy for some people.  More...

Senate rejects gun show checks bill

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Senate has rejected a bill that would require background checks at gun shows.  The bill to close what’s been called the gun show loophole was rejected Thursday by a 16 -19 vote. More...

Worker on N.H.-Maine bridge suffers injury

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Firefighters say a man working the center span of a new bridge that will connect New Hampshire and Maine suffered a serious injury when a 40-foot-long steel beam struck him in the leg.  More...

Veto stands

Senate fails override attempt to link Medicaid expansion with paying back hospitals

AUGUSTA Democrats’ first effort to link Medicaid expansion with a plan to repay Medicaid debt to Maine hospitals died officially on Wednesday when the Senate failed to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that would do so. More...

Police say man staged kidnap in Maine girl’s death

BANGOR (AP) — A man indicted for the murder of a teenage girl used a fake Facebook account to lure her from her home so that he could stage her kidnapping and rescue and appear to be a hero, according to a state police affidavit.  More...

Skowhegan Savings to buy Camden branches

SKOWHEGAN (AP) — Skowhegan Savings is buying five bank branches in western Maine from Camden National Bank.  More...

Groups seek to make pot possession legal

PORTLAND (AP) — Supporters of legalizing marijuana possession in Maine’s largest city say they’ve collected more than twice the number of signatures needed to put the question up for a vote.  More...

House OKs cellphone privacy measure

AUGUSTA (AP) — A bill that protects the privacy of cellphone users has been approved by the Maine House of Representatives.  The House voted 113-28 Wednesday to pass the measure, following its passage in the Senate last week. More...

Woman sentenced for defrauding state

AUGUSTA (AP) — A woman who once lived in Maine has been sentenced to serve 20 months in prison for illegally obtaining more than $80,000 in state benefits. More...

Minot man held on bail in alleged arsons

AUBURN (AP) — A Minot man charged with burning down his home, his estranged wife’s new home, and ramming her minivan, has been held on $500,000 bail. More...

Bill to protect the elderly passes House

AUGUSTA (AP) — A bill that cracks down on financial abuse of the elderly has passed the Maine House of Representatives.  The measure introduced by Portland Democrat Mark Dion clarifies state law to say those with dementia and other cogniti More...

Widow of hunter sues alleged shooter

AUBURN (AP) — The widow of a Maine hunter shot to death last fall has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the other hunter charged with firing the fatal shot, seeking $500,000 in compensation.  More...

Ex-Maine teacher of the year loses job

PORTLAND (AP) — A former Maine teacher of the year has been laid off as expected from her current job as an assistant principal at a Portland elementary school.  Gloria Noyes was one of 17 teachers and administrators whose layoffs were app More...