December 30, 2011 RSS feed / Maine

State set to promote young driver safety

AUGUSTA (AP) — During the past year, Maine had about 50 fatal crashes involving young drivers. More...

Mayor undergoes cancer treatment

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland’s first popularly-elected mayor in nearly 90 years has undergone cancer treatment. More...

Firefighter pleads guilty to arson

AUBURN (AP) — A former volunteer firefighter in Maine has pleaded guilty to setting a fire at a Mechanic Falls restaurant that caused an estimated $30,000 in damage. More...

Search for toddler in 11th day; 330 leads

WATERVILLE ( AP) — Police said Tuesday they’ve received more than 300 leads from the public in their search for a toddler who vanished from her dad’s home a week before Christmas. More...

Maine professor receives national award

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — A professor at Southern Maine Community College has been awarded the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award from the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. More...

Odd news keeps New Englanders laughing, thinking

BOSTON Unlucky and stupid criminals, natural oddities, strange quests and weird accomplishments may not be earth-shattering news, but they all grabbed headlines across New England in 2011, providing comic relief and touching moments to the tragic an More...

Search continues for girl

WATERVILLE ( AP) — Members of a Maine community are praying for a missing toddler. WCSH-TV reports that on Christmas Day members of the First Baptist Church in Waterville took time to pray for Ayla Reynolds and police who are searching for her. More...

BRIEFS

Coastal frontage in Biddeford preserved BIDDEFORD ( AP) — An undeveloped coastal parcel of 98 acres in Biddeford that’s home to nesting eider and bobolinks, deer and foxes is being preserved. More...

Floor gives way under contractor

SANFORD (AP) — Officials say a contractor escaped serious injury when the floor gave way while he was operating a small loader in a former mill building in Sanford. More...

Suspected meth lab eyed in Presque Isle

PRESQUE ISLE ( AP) — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating a suspected methamphetamine lab in Presque Isle. Officials searched the Main Street apartment on Thursday. More...

Boothbay Harbor lab to get $603K grant

BOOTHBAY HARBOR (AP) — A coastal Maine ocean research laboratory is to receive a federal grant of more than $600,000. More...

Closing arguments slated in arson trial

AUGUSTA (AP) — Closing arguments are scheduled in the arson trial of a 50-year-old man charged with burning down a topless coffee shop where his ex-girlfriend worked. More...

Authorities arrest Baldwin man

PORTLAND ( AP) — Authorities have arrested a 41-year-old Baldwin man they say gave girls under the age of 18 money and drugs to perform sexual acts on each other in his presence. More...

MAINE BRIEFS

Large searches end for missing toddler WATERVILLE (AP) — After a nearly two-week search for a 20-month-old girl who disappeared from her home, Maine wardens on Wednesday wrapped up work that involved combing woods, fields, private properties a More...

BRIEFS

Marijuana facility amenities targeted PORTLAND (AP) — A state health official says plans by the operators of a medical marijuana dispensary scheduled to open in Portland next month to include a coffee bar, acupuncture clinic and “vapor l More...

Photo

IN THIS SEPT. 28 file photo, a cat with two faces, named Frank and Louie, sits on a mat in his home in Worcester, Mass. More...

4 killed in Palermo crash

PALERMO (AP) — Maine State Police say four men have died in a Christmas Day traffic accident, the state’s deadliest this year. The four died instantly in the two-vehicle crash about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. More...

Lawmakers dig in for 2012 session

Energy costs, Medicaid cuts, state worker union fees and missing child reports are among the issues that should keep the State House jumping during the election-year session that starts Jan. 4. More...

Little snow delays snowmobile season

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — With the ground bare and temperatures in the 40s in the days before Christmas, the head of the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association wasn’t checking the forecast anymore. Why bother? More...