October 26, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

On 911 call, Winthrop teen says he ‘snapped’ when he killed parents

The agency collected nearly $200 million in entrance fees in the last fiscal year. It expects to raise an additional $70 million annually by charging visitors more to get into the 17 parks during the five busiest months of the year. More...

State holding forums to gather data on pedestrian safety

WINSLOW (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation says it is spearheading a new project to make the roads safer for state residents who like to walk.  More...

New light shed on mental state of man accused of killing 4

GROTON, Mass. (AP) — Newly released documents are shedding light on the state of mind of a recent college graduate accused of fatally beating his mother, grandparents and their caretaker with a baseball bat in Massachusetts.  More...

Officials: 2 people shot in Bucksport, suspect in custody

BUCKSPORT (AP) — Maine police say a suspect is in custody after two people were shot in Bucksport.  Bucksport police have not released any information about the shooting. More...

Home prices climb more than 10 percent

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Association of Realtors says the median sales price for existing, single-family homes in the state jumped more than 10 percent from September 2016 to September of this year.  More...

Jury selection for Maine mom charged with killing baby

BELFAST (AP) — Jury selection is getting underway in the trial of a Maine woman charged in the death of her infant son. Miranda Hopkins, of Troy, originally was charged with murder in the January death of 7-week-old Jaxon Hopkins. More...

Former fire chief admits starting blaze that burned 42 acres

ALFRED (AP) — A former Maine fire chief has pleaded guilty to setting a wildfire that burned 42 acres in 2016.  The Journal Tribune reports that 61-year-old Ricky Plummer pleaded guilty Wednesday to starting the fire when he was chief, und More...

Shopper takes cart with baby, causes lockdown

PORTLAND (AP) — Police  say an absent-minded shopper at a Maine grocery store took somebody else’s cart with a sleeping baby inside, causing a lockdown and a police investigation.   More...

High school students charged with unlawful sexual touching

ELLSWORTH (AP) — Three Maine high school students have been expelled and charged with unlawful sexual touching and assault for unspecified behavior at the school earlier this month.  The Portland Press Herald reports that the boys were exp More...

Euthanasia order upheld for dogs that killed Boston terrier

WINSLOW (AP) — Maine’s high court has upheld a ruling that two dogs should be euthanized for killing a Boston terrier and injuring its owner.  The Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued a brief decision Tuesday denying an appeal by Dani More...

Lawmaker proposes peer-support centers for opioid addiction

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine lawmaker is proposing the creation of a statewide system of peer recovery centers to help grapple with the opioid addiction problem.  More...

Backers of ranked voting say they’ll fight delay efforts

AUGUSTA Supporters of Maine’s new ranked-choice voting law vowed Tuesday to fight a bill approved by lawmakers to delay, and possibly repeal, the voter-approved system. More...

USDA giving $100K to Maine seaweed products company

BUXTON (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators say the U.S. More...

Backers push doctor assisted suicide

AUGUSTA (AP) — Groups fighting to give terminally ill people the right to physician assisted suicide in Maine are launching a petition drive to force a statewide referendum on the issue. More...

Writer rallies community to fix spelling on grave

STOCKTON SPRINGS (AP) — A Maine writer has rallied a community to help fix a spelling error on the gravestone of a soldier stationed in the state in the 1800s.  More...

PD: Driver searching for lighter flipped truck

WOODLAND (AP) — Maine State Police say a driver flipped his pickup truck end over end while trying to find a lighter he had dropped.  Police say 29-year-old Ryan Lowell, of Limeston, was driving on Route 161 in Woodland in Aroostook County More...

Child's leg severed by front-end loader

NEW VINEYARD (AP) — Police say the leg of a 4-yearold child was severed by the bucket of a front-end loader at a gravel pit in Maine.  They say the child was with his grandfather, who was working at the family's gravel pit with the front-e More...

Poliquin focuses on helping veterans

LEWISTON   U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin said Thursday he intends to push a measure aimed at making it possible for more nursing homes to treat veterans without facing as much bureaucratic rigmarole.  More...

Phippsburg fisherman’s device puts a little ‘life’ in dead fish

PHIPPSBURG, Maine (AP) — A Maine fisherman says it was a slow day on the water when he started to wonder if there was a way to bring a little life back to the dead fish he was using as bait.  More...

Much-needed rain on tap in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont

(AP) The National Weather Service says much-needed rain that's on the way will help to reduce the fire danger across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  Meteorologist Eric Schwibs in Gray, Maine, says the rain will begin on Tuesday and up to 3 in More...