September 19, 2014 RSS feed / Maine

An Elephant Never Forgets

Old friends trumpet arrival of Rosie, Opal in Oklahoma, says shelter director

HOPE   A week after Hope Elephants co-founder Jim Laurita’s sudden, tragic death in his elephant pen, the two Asian elephants he always called “his girls” are settling in at the Endangered Ark Foundation in Hugo, Oklahoma.  More...

OSHA investigating death of Hope Elephants co-founder

AUGUSTA   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Augusta on Thursday confirmed that the federal agency is investigating the Sept. More...

Rhode Island woman dies in Kittery crash

KITTERY   Police say a woman from Rhode Island on the way to her summer home in Maine died in a collision on the Maine Turnpike in Kittery when a tractor-trailer crashed through guardrails, crossed a median and hit her SUV head on.  More...

Environmentalist’s group targets LePage

AUGUSTA   A California billionaire’s political operation is entering Maine’s three-way race for governor and will target 90,000 potential voters who it believes can help defeat Republican Gov. More...

Lawmaker arrested for indecent conduct

WEST GARDINER (AP) — A Maine state lawmaker who’s facing criminal charges after being caught having a sexual encounter in a van in a park-and-ride lot says he’s seeking treatment.  More...

Town will borrow, tap fund to avoid tax hike

MADISON (AP) — A Maine town reeling from a drop in the valuation of its largest taxpayer will borrow money and dip into its reserve fund to stave off a projected tax increase.  More...

Oldest chocolatier under new ownership

WESTBROOK (AP) — Maine’s oldest chocolate maker is under new ownership.  Erin Collins of Freeport this week took over 99-yearold Haven’s Candies in Westbrook, which counts Intel and HBO among its customers.  The 36-year- More...

2 face charges after raid on apartment

AUGUSTA (AP) — A police raid on an Augusta apartment has resulted in two arrests and the seizure of a variety of illegal drugs worth an estimated $30,000.  Police say 38-year-old Franklin Arbour Jr., of Augusta, and 32-year-old Angie Sousa More...

Biddeford fire sends 8 to hospital

BIDDEFORD (AP) — The Maine fire marshal’s office says an apartment building fire in Biddeford that injured two people was intentionally set.  Two young men were rescued from a third floor apartment early Thursday morning.  Main More...

Political appointees, LePage staff earned extra vacation time under new state policy

AUGUSTA   A new policy instituted by Gov. More...

Census: Poverty down but so are wages

AUGUSTA (AP) — New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau suggest the number of Mainers living in poverty has dropped from 2012 to 2013. But the figures also suggest income dropped, as well.  More...

Boehner to raise money for Poliquin

PORTLAND (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is visiting Maine next week to raise money for 2nd Congressional District Republican candidate Bruce Poliquin.  Poliquin Finance Director Jessica Corbett said that Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, More...

Activists go to court to get pot on ballot

YORK (AP) — Maine promarijuana activists are going to court to try to force a town to put a question about legalizing possession of small amounts of pot on this November’s ballot.  More...

Priest held on $100K bail for child porn

BANGOR (AP) — A judge has ordered a Greek Orthodox priest held on $100,000 bail on a charge of possessing child pornography.  More...

Tim McGraw sings about Portland

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw doesn’t know where it is. More...

Multiple proposals received for Navy prison redevelopment

KITTERY   The Navy says it has received more than one proposal in its latest attempt to enlist the private sector to redevelop the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's shuttered prison.  It isn't saying much else, though, because the proposals are c More...

Couple sues Portland police after arrest

PORTLAND (AP) — A Bar Harbor couple is suing a Portland police officer after their arrest in May.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Sgt. Benjamin Noyes on the couple’s behalf.  More...

Federal panel to issue cod fish ruling

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — A key federal panel is set to make a recommendation about the future of the Gulf of Maine’s declining cod fish stock.  More...

Man gets 6 months for stealing from library

BANGOR (AP) — A Bangor man who volunteered at the city library has been sentenced to six months in jail for stealing $31,000 worth of Civil War-era photographs and other historical memorabilia that belonged to the library.  WABI-TV reports More...

Suspect in drug store robbery dead

CAMDEN (AP) — A man who took a pharmacist hostage during an attempted drug store robbery in Camden was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.  Officers entered the Rite Aid store at about 2:30 a.m. More...