February 20, 2015 RSS feed / Maine

Gas leak causes museums to evacuate

PORTLAND (AP) — Officials say that falling ice is to blame for a gas leak that caused two Portland museums to be evacuated.  WMTW-TV reports that the Portland Museum of Art and the Children’s Museum of Maine were evacuated after the More...

LePage joins offshore energy coalition

AUGUSTA (AP) — Paul LePage has joined a coalition of state leaders that wants the federal government to allow more offshore energy development.  LePage joins the chief executives of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South C More...

Woman to testify against brother’s wife

SKOWHEGAN (AP) — A former Maine resident who pleaded guilty to her role in a 2013 New Hampshire murder will testify against her brother’s wife, accused of being an accomplice.  More...

Nonprofits line up to decry LePage tax proposal

AUGUSTA   Gov. More...

FairPoint, unions reach tentative deal to end strike

PORTLAND   Negotiators for FairPoint Communications and two unions on strike for more than four months have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that would return the employees to work Feb. 25.   More...

Communities fight LePage plan to cut state aid

AUGUSTA   In what has become an annual event, municipal officials from around the state descended Wednesday on the State House to lobby against proposed cuts to state aid that they say will hurt towns’ and cities’ ability to provide More...

Firefighter injured in high school blaze

BANGOR   A firefighter was injured Wednesday morning while fire crews battled a blaze at John Bapst Memorial High School caused by a maintenance worker using a torch to melt ice on the roof of the iconic building on Broadway.  Bangor firefi More...

UMaine warns of potential data breach

ORONO (AP) — The University of Maine is warning of a potential data breach after the theft of a laptop computer and memory card belonging to a faculty member.  Officials say the items were stolen from a checked bag on a Seattle-to-Boston More...

City moves forward with airport plans

BIDDEFORD (AP) — The Biddeford City Council has voted to move forward with safety improvements at the city-owned airport, ending a six-year stalemate over the fate of the property.  More...

Woman convicted of abducting own kids

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine woman has been convicted of taking her own children from their legal guardian and driving them to South Carolina.  BethMarie Retamozzo, of Fairfield, was convicted Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court of two c More...

Man injured falling through mall skylight

AUBURN (AP) — Police say a man was seriously injured after falling 40 feet through a skylight on the roof of the Auburn Mall.  The man was repairing a heating and ventilation system when he fell Wednesday afternoon. More...

Man convicted in wife killing seeks new trial

AUBURN (AP) — Lawyers for a Maine man convicted of killing his wife say in a petition for post-conviction review that their client deserves a new trial because of ineffective defense at his original trial.  Brian Nichols, of Turner, was se More...

Officials say FEMA funds ‘unlikely’ for snow-covered towns

Help from federal government may not be in the cards for Washington County’s hardest-hit spots

LUBEC   Despite a “freight train” of successive snowstorms that have buried two of the easternmost municipalities in Maine under several feet of snow in the past three weeks, it doesn’t look like the federal government will hel More...

Missing teens found after frigid night

MEXICO (AP) — Authorities say that a pair of 15-yearold Rhode Island boys who got lost while snowmobiling tried to make a fire before hunkering down overnight in below-zero temperatures.  The Maine Warden Service said Ty Howard-Gotto and h More...

Public to weigh in on LePage’s tax plan

AUGUSTA (AP) — Supporters and opponents of Gov. More...

CDC whistle-blower to be paid $142,500

AUGUSTA (AP) — The settlement announced last month in a whistle-blower case targeting the Maine Center for Disease Control calls for a former employee to receive $142,500.  More...

Man dies kite-skiing on Harrison lake

HARRISON (AP) — Authorities say a kite-skier has died after striking a metal shed in Harrison, Maine.  More...

Secretary of State OKs clean elections sigs

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s secretary of state says a group hoping to strengthen the state’s clean publicfinancing elections law has submitted enough signatures to put its proposal to voters.  More...

Woman pleads guilty to embezzling charges

AUGUSTA (AP) — A former Maine woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling from two youth sports organizations and to stealing state welfare benefits.  Wendi Willette, formerly of Winslow, but who now lives in Whitefield, New Hampshire, entered More...

Police: Woman bit officers after crash

WATERVILLE (AP) — A Waterville woman is accused of biting two police officers trying to investigate after she crashed her Jeep.  Police say 33-year-old Jennifer Merry rolled her vehicle onto its roof and into a ditch early Monda evening.&n More...