June 23, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Richmond police hosting youth bike rodeo Sunday

RICHMOND   Richmond Police Department will hold an annual youth bike rodeo Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the police station at the corner of High and Gardiner streets.  More...

Car snaps Harpswell utility pole

Power cut for repair

HARPSWELL   A Harpswell man apparently fell asleep at the wheel and struck a utility pole along Route 123 in Harpswell Thursday morning, according to police.  The crash was reported at approximately 9:20 a.m. More...

Bill would give preference to Maine, U.S. companies

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Democratic senator’s bill to give preference to Maine and U.S. companies in state contracts is receiving support in the Senate.  Lawmakers voted Thursday to approve Sen. More...

Kayaker found alive a day and a half after issuing mayday

MILBRIDGE (AP) — A Maine kayaker found by the U.S. More...

Maine lawmakers consider raising smoking age to 21

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine Republican’s bill to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 is headed to the House.  The Maine Senate on Thursday voted 31-4 against an effort to kill the bill.  The bill also expands the More...

Agents seize heroin/fentanyl, cocaine bound for Midcoast area

Drugs were to be sold in York County, Brunswick regions

SANFORD   Maine Drug Enforcement Agents seized nearly three pounds of cocaine and heroin/ fentanyl in Sanford Tuesday that were to be resold in the Brunswick area and York County, and arrested four men for drug trafficking.  The street valu More...

Soldier who lost 4 limbs opening retreat to help others

ROME Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills awoke in a hospital on his 25th birthday to learn that an explosion in Afghanistan had robbed him of all four limbs. He later told his wife to take their daughter and their belongings, and just go. More...

Rep. Pingree honored for sustainable food advocacy

PORTLAND (AP) — Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree is being recognized for her sustainable food advocacy.  She’s one of six recipients of this year’s James Beard Foundation Leadership Award.  More...

Man who experimented with explosives killed in explosion

LINCOLN (AP) — Investigators say a Maine homeowner is dead after an explosion in the basement of his home.  The explosion was reported by Lincoln residents around 7 p.m. More...

Massachusetts man admits he embezzled $700K from boatyard

BANGOR (AP) — A Massachusetts man who worked as a financial manager for a Maine boatyard has admitted to embezzling over $700,000 from the company.  The Portland Press Herald reports 50-year-old Steven Nygren, of Salem, Massachusetts, plea More...

Student loan servicer fights back as Maine, other states eye protections

AUGUSTA   The nation’s largest servicer of federal student loans has lobbied against states’ efforts to license student loan servicers in Maine and elsewhere this year as it seeks to become the nation’s single servicer of stude More...

Faulty parking kiosks cost Maine town thousands in lost fees

YORK (AP) — Officials of a Maine town say they’ve lost hundreds of thousands of dollars due to faulty parking kiosks installed in May.  More...

Schoolhouse built in 1872 vandalized with profane graffiti

NEW BRUNSWICK (AP) — Police are searching for suspects who vandalized a Maine schoolhouse originally built in 1872 with profane graffiti.   More...

Lawmakers expected to stay in Augusta for an extra week

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine lawmakers have reached the last official day of the session but are expected to stay for another week or so to hash out a budget deal.  Lawmakers will likely vote on the matter today.  Loose ends to tie up include More...

Lawmakers vote to ban use of hand-held phones while driving

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine drivers may soon only be able to use cellphones and electronic devices with hands-free technology. More...

Police arrest man who allegedly spat on, threatened woman in Bath

BATH   A man was charged Saturday afternoon with domestic violence assault after allegedly spitting in a woman’s face and threatening her.  Bath police charged Josue Ramirez, 31, of South Portland, with domestic violence assault and d More...

Audubon trustees tap LL Bean exec to lead group

FALMOUTH (AP) — The acting director of the Maine Audubon is going to be taking the role on a permanent basis.  Maine Audubon trustees selected Andy Beahm to serve as executive director of the 174-year-old wildlife conservation organization More...

Maine AG joins investigation of opioid makers

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is joining an effort by state attorneys general in multiple states to investigate the practices of opioid manufacturers.  More...

Bill to prohibit talk of wage history faces uncertain future

AUGUSTA (AP) — A bill to prohibit employers from seeking information about a prospective employee’s prior wage history faces an uncertain future after passing the Maine House and Senate.  The Democratic-controlled House on Monday vot More...

Police: Not yet clear if deadly shooting was criminal

WEST GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say they have interviewed the person who shot and killed a man outside a party over the weekend, but have not yet determined if anyone will be charged with a crime.  Forty-one-year-old James Hask More...