January 5, 2012 RSS feed / Maine

UPDATED: Senate District 20 voters will elect Trahan's successor on Feb. 14

Primary could set up historic rematch

AUGUSTA — Secretary of State Charlie Summers announced Thursday that voters in state Senate District 20 will go to the polls Feb. 14 to elect a new senator to complete the term of Sen. More...

Ex-Chelsea official seeks settlement

AUGUSTA (AP) — An attorney for a former Chelsea selectwoman accused of accepting kickbacks from a plowing contractor in exchange for getting him work with the town says he is working with federal prosecutors on a possible settlement. More...

Man arrested for Augusta abduction

AUGUSTA (AP) — Augusta police say they have arrested a man who abducted a woman at random from a Walmart parking lot last month. More...

L.L. Bean to offer limited-edition paddle

ORONO (AP) — Two Maine companies are teaming up to make limited edition 100th anniversary paddles for L.L. Bean. Shaw & Tenney in Orono has been making wooden oars and paddles since 1858. More...

2 arrested, 1 sought in meth lab case

PRESQUE ISLE ( AP) — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says its investigation into a meth lab in Presque Isle has led to two arrests and a warrant for a third suspect. More...

Maine heating oil prices remain steady

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s heating oil prices are holding steady. The Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security said the average statewide price Tuesday was $3.56 a gallon, down a penny from a week ago. More...

Maine lawmakers return to Augusta

AUGUSTA Maine’s Medicaid shortfall will be the dominant and most pressing issue as lawmakers return to the State House today to begin their 2012 session. More...

Maine to get grant for wetlands project

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine is one of 13 states receiving grant money from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for coastal wetland properties. More...

New Hampshire man seeks new trial

PORTLAND (AP) — A New Hampshire man convicted of strangling his fiancee in her Maine home has asked a judge to grant him a new trial based on “newly discovered evidence.” More...

Councilor facing DUI charge works on deal

SCARBOROUGH ( AP) — Prosecutors and defense lawyers say the drunken driving case against a Scarborough town councilor is likely to be settled through a plea agreement before it goes to trial. More...

Lawmakers open session

AUGUSTA ( AP) — Gov. More...

Five people accused of welfare fraud

AUBURN ( AP) — Four Lewiston men and a woman from Waterford are facing welfare fraud charges. More...

Maine DEP resurrects environmental awards

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection is resurrecting a program that recognizes environmental stewardship. The DEP is taking nominations for the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. More...

Hunter charged with shooting family dog

YORK (AP) — A hunter has been charged with fatally shooting a family’s dog in southern Maine. Gregory Brown, 39, says he mistook the dog for a coyote. More...

Maine organization fires online reporter

PORTLAND (AP) — A conservative advocacy group has fired a reporter for its newly established online news service after he was accused of having a history of making racist comments. More...

Man accused of robbing supermarket

WATERBORO (AP) — Bail has been set at $250,000 for a 23- year- old Maine man accused of robbing a supermarket and suspected of several other robberies. Sheriff ’s detectives arrested Christopher Dimastrantonio of Gorham on Tuesday. More...

Owner of strip club will not appeal ruling

WESTBROOK (AP) — The owner of a strip club that was open for one day before being shut down says he won’t appeal following a federal judge’s ruling that the city of Westbrook didn’t violate his constitutional rights by revokin More...

Officials urge online filing for benefits

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The Maine Department of Labor is ramping up for a rush of post-holiday, seasonal layoffs. More...

Bridge connecting N.H., Maine closing

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The nearly 90- year- old bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine is closing to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Monday as contractors get ready to demolish it for a replacement. More...

Camden town official under investigation

CAMDEN ( AP) — Camden’s economic development director is being investigated for allegedly impersonating a state official whose job he once held. More...