March 26, 2014 RSS feed / Maine

LePage again targets general assistance funds

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine cities like Portland, Bangor and Lewiston could receive less money from the state to help run municipal welfare programs that provide housing, food and medication to low-income residents under a proposal from Republican Gov More...

Franklin fire units consider collaboration

FARMINGTON (AP) — Fire departments across Franklin County have scheduled a meeting to discuss ways they can work more closely during a time of fewer volunteers and tighter budgets.  Farmington Selectman Ryan Morgan brought up the idea of a More...

Man gets 6 months on child porn charge

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Monmouth man has been ordered to spend six months in jail for possession of sexually explicit materials depicting a child under 12.  Carroll Edwin Cooper Jr. More...

Police pursuing leads in Paris hit-and-run

PARIS (AP) — Two people identified by police as persons of interest in a hit-andrun in Paris that took the life of a Turner teenager have been cleared of involvement in the case.  Police Chief Michael Madden says one person came to the pol More...

Bill targets false claims in campaigns Maine-Nova Scotia ferry issues prices

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine legislative committee is examining a proposal from Republican Gov. Paul LePage under which the state ethics panel would have to determine the verity of claims made by candidates for office.  More...

Maine man arrested for meth trafficking

HODGDON (AP) — Maine State Police say an Aroostook County man has been arrested on a charge of making the drug methamphetamine in his home.  Marcus Toner, 24, of Hodgdon has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine.  The Maine D More...

Restaurant manager gets prison time

PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine woman faces prison time after she pleaded guilty to harboring illegal workers and tax conspiracy in connection to managing two restaurants in Waterville.  The U.S. More...

Mother of actor Patrick Dempsey dies

LEWISTON (AP) — Amanda Dempsey, who inspired her son, actor Patrick Dempsey, to help create a cancer support organization at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, has died at age 79.  More...

Welfare overhaul proposals divide lawmakers

AUGUSTA   Seeking support for proposed limitations on welfare benefits and job-search requirements for recipients, Gov. More...

Sen. King appraises the Arctic after trip

PORTLAND   U.S. Sen. Angus King met with Navy officials in a military excursion in the Arctic, where he boarded a submarine that burst through the ice in the style of a James Bond movie.  More...

Man charged with choking girlfriend

AUBURN (AP) — Auburn police have charged a city man with attempted murder for allegedly using an electrical cord to choke his girlfriend.  Mack Williams Jr. More...

Slaying suspect’s records turned over

AUGUSTA (AP) — The medical records of an Augusta man charged with fatally stabbing his live-in girlfriend have been handed over to the court.  The records of Justin Pillsbury’s treatment at MaineGeneral Medical Center immediately aft More...

Machiasport residents decry prison closure

MACHIASPORT (AP) — Washington County residents are speaking out against the proposed closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport.  Gov. More...

Down East prepares for more spring snow

MACHIAS (AP) — Folks in Down East Maine are getting ready for some downright wintry weather.  The National Weather Service in Caribou has issued a winter storm watch, and even a blizzard watch, for eastern Maine.  More...

PUC ponders what’s next for wind deal vacated by court

What happens to a multimillion dollar energy deal when the state’s highest court says the Maine agency that approved the deal was wrong?  The question is further complicated by the fact that the energy partners are currently operating nine More...

Invasive crabs targeted in workshop

HALLOWELL   Maine is helping its communities reduce populations of invasive green crabs officials say threaten shellfish.  The Department of Marine Resources is holding a workshop on Friday on how to trap the crabs. More...

Obama official in Maine to urge hike on minimum wage

PORTLAND   A member of President Barack Obama’s administration is traveling to Maine to support a Democratic plan to raise the federal minimum wage.  More...

Portland police investigate 9 suspicious fires

PORTLAND   Portland police are questioning two people in connection with a series of suspicious fires in the city over the weekend.  Authorities say there were nine fires overall from Saturday night into Sunday, most of them in large trash More...

Spring is welcomed by Maine Coast Guard

PORTLAND (AP) — Spring is getting its official welcome in Maine from the Coast Guard breaking up winter ice.  Tugs boats are scheduled Wednesday to tackle winter ice in the main channel of the Kennebec River from Merrymeeting Bay to the to More...

Hampden man killed in snowmobile crash

HERMON (AP) — Maine authorities say a Hampden man has died in a snowmobile crash in the town of Hermon.  Maine game wardens say 41-year-old Austin Gardiner crashed into several trees near the shoreline of Hermon Pond shortly after 9 p.m. More...