February 7, 2014 RSS feed / Maine

Dems push through revenue share boost

AUGUSTA (AP) — After nearly three hours of highly partisan debate, Maine’s Democrat-controlled House gave initial approval Thursday to a bill that would restore $40 million in revenue sharing to cities and towns, where municipal officials More...

Great Northern Paper idles 200+ workers

EAST MILLINOCKET (AP) — A paper mill has announced that is temporarily laying off more than 200 workers from its East Millinocket facility.  WLBZ-TV reports that the 212 employees worked at a Great Northern Paper mill that was shut down la More...

3 survive ATV plunge through China Lake

CHINA (AP) — Three people, including a 6-year-old boy, escaped serious injury when the all-terrain vehicle they were on broke through the ice of China Lake.  The operator of the ATV, Lucas Cole of Benton, was trapped in the water for about More...

Woman pleads not guilty to burning son

BELFAST (AP) — A mother charged with deliberately burning her 6-year-old son’s hand on a wood stove as punishment has retained custody of all three of her children. More...

8 charged with illegal hunting in Aroostook

ALLAGASH (AP) — Maine authorities have charged eight Aroostook County residents in a crackdown on illegal hunting in the region. More...

Cellphone company hands over 50k texts in ME divorce case

PORTLAND   A cellphone company turned over more than 50,000 text messages in a divorce case in which a protection order was in place, violating federal privacy law, a state supreme court justice concluded.  More...

CMP crews helping

AUGUSTA (AP) — Back in December, utility crews from as far away as Pennsylvania came to Maine to help out after the ice storm. More...

Librarian spreads wealth after his death

PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine reference librarian who died last summer at 89 is still showing his generosity.  The man who spent much of his life reading, volunteering at a hospital and bicycling around Portland has left hundreds of thousands o More...

Augusta man pleads not guilty in slaying

AUGUSTA (AP) — An Augusta man has pleaded not guilty to killing his livein girlfriend.  Justin Pillsbury remained held without bail after entering his plea to murder charges at an arraignment Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court.&nb More...

Athens gun incident leads to guilty plea

SKOWHEGAN (AP) — A Norridgewock man prosecutors say brought a gun into an Athens store and threatened people has pleaded guilty, even though he says the entire incident was a misunderstanding and he did nothing wrong.  More...

Bear bait foes post 78,528 signatures

AUGUSTA (AP) — A group that wants to ban bear hunting using bait, dogs and traps says it has submitted 78,528 signatures to the state.  Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting says the secretary of state needs to certify only 57,277 signatures to qu More...

GOP, Dems reconcile after spat over vote

AUGUSTA (AP) — After trading jabs over a committee vote on a bill that would restore $40 million in revenue sharing for the state's cities and towns, Republican and Democratic members on the committee said the whole thing was a misunderstanding More...

Pirates reach deal to return to Portland

PORTLAND (AP) — The Portland Pirates will be able to play games in Maine's largest city next season under a five-year lease agreement announced Tuesday by the team and trustees of the Cumberland County Civic Center.  More...

Robber with hammer robs bank again

CLINTON (AP) — A hammer wielding bandit has struck again, robbing a bank twice in less than three weeks in Maine.  Skowhegan Savings Bank in Bingham was robbed Tuesday by a man described by police as wearing a ski mask and wielding a hamme More...

Banning fake guns is ‘too broad’

AUGUSTA   State law enforcement officials said Monday that a bill that would ban BB guns and non-firing replica firearms in schools is necessary to protect students from potential tragedies, but opponents contend it is too broad and would do lit More...

911 call offers detail on toddler’s disappearance

PORTLAND   The biggest criminal investigation in state history began with a 911 call in which a father said his 20- month-old daughter was last seen about 10 hours before, gave a brief description of the pajamas she was wearing and said “t More...

LePage to deliver State of the State

AUGUSTA   Gov. More...

Police seek to ID man found near OOB

OLD ORCHARD BEACH (AP) — State police say an autopsy is scheduled on a man in his 30s whose body was found in a tributary off the Ocean Park section of Old Orchard Beach.  Police say workers at a wastewater treatment plant made the discove More...

Military flight delayed nearly 24 hours

BANGOR (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a military flight was delayed at Bangor International Airport for hours because defense contractors lacked paperwork for their military gear.  More...

Woman injured in house fire dies

BERWICK (AP) — Public safety officials say a 63- year- old Berwick woman died from injuries she suffered in a house fire.  The Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office says Rebecca Galleshaw suffered severe smoke inhalation and was transfer More...