January 2, 2012 RSS feed / Maine

Maine road deaths lowest since 1959

PORTLAND   Even as drivers are increasingly distracted by cellphones, email and texting, the number of highway deaths dipped to the lowest level in more than five decades in Maine and to an all-time low in neighboring New Hampshire in 2011, offi More...

Maine 2011 fire deaths more than double from ’10

PORTLAND ( AP) — The number of fire deaths in Maine more than doubled last year from the state’s record low set in 2010.  Steve McCausland of the Maine Public Safety Department says the state recorded nine fire deaths in 2010. More...

Missing toddler’s dad pleads for her return

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — The father of a missing Maine toddler says he hopes to tell whoever has her that “they have no right” to have taken her.  In his first on-camera interview, Justin DiPietro told NBC’s “Today& More...

High court to hear woman’s suicide case

PORTLAND ( AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments to decide if the parents of a 25- year-old woman were legally obligated in preventing her from committing suicide.  Kristin Cummings shot herself with her father’s 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.  The occupants of the apartment were not home but hav 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...

Mayor undergoes cancer treatment

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland’s first popularly-elected mayor in nearly 90 years has undergone cancer treatment.  The city announced Thursday that Mayor Michael Brennan had successful surgery last weekend to remove a tumor from his small 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.  Joshua Michaud pleaded guilty to arson Thursday in Androscoggin County S More...

Maine aims to build sustainable urchin fishery

PORTLAND — During the heyday, Maine urchin fishermen harvested more than 40 million pounds of the spiny creatures a year. A move is now under way to jumpstart the industry, which has fallen on hard times and is just a skeleton of its former self. 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.  Florence Chambers, who came to the South Portland c More...

TAKING THE PLUNGE

Maine ocean plunge benefits Special Olympics

OLD ORCHARD BEACH (AP) — Hundreds of Mainers are greeting the new year by taking a plunge in the frigid ocean waters off Old Orchard Beach for the 24th annual cold-water fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Maine.  The Lobster Dip is Mai More...

Conditions remain unsafe as Maine ice fishing begins

PORTLAND ( AP) — Maine’s ice fishing season is kicking off with the new year, but wildlife officials are warning that ice conditions are unsafe across much of the state.  Ice fishing season began Sunday, but ice has been slow in form More...

Shrimp fishing season kicks off in Maine gulf

PORTLAND (AP) — Fishermen are casting their nets as the Gulf of Maine shrimp fishing season kicks off.  Shrimp boats from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts take to the waters each winter for the sweet northern shrimp, with Maine boats 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.  Assistant Fire Chief Steve Benotti says the man and the machine fell 18 f More...

State set to promote young driver safety

AUGUSTA (AP) — During the past year, Maine had about 50 fatal crashes involving young drivers.  Secretary of State Charlie Summers says that’s almost one crash involving someone between the ages of 16 and 24 per week, and it’s 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.  Raymond Bellavance Jr.’s trial is entering its 10th day in Kenneb 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.  The Cumberland County Sheriff ’s Office announced tha 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 proper 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...

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 “v More...