January 9, 2012 RSS feed / Maine

Maine readies for caucuses

AUGUSTA — With Iowa’s caucuses just over and New Hampshire’s primary a day away, presidential politics to be played out this year are revving up in Maine, where Republicans will hold caucuses over several days next month. More...

Mainer charged after 3-year-old overdoses

LEWISTON (AP) — Police in Maine’s second-largest city have brought child endangerment charges against a man whose 3- year- old son overdosed on a prescription painkiller. More...

Gas prices shoot up nearly 9 cents in week

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The price of a gallon of gas has jumped dramatically in Maine in the past week. Price- tracking website maineGasPrices.com reports today that the average price for a gallon of gasoline has jumped nearly nine cents to $3.45. More...

Raye seeks rematch against Rep. Michaud

EASTPORT (AP) — Senate President Kevin Raye says he’s going to seek a rematch with Democratic incumbent Rep. Michael Michaud in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.  More...

Woman seeking drugs robs pharmacy

CORINTH ( AP) — Maine State Police are looking for a woman who robbed a Corinth pharmacy and made off with a large amount of prescription drugs.  The Whitney Family Supermarket was robbed on Wednesday around 6:45 p.m.  More...

Body found on shore of Maine island

GOULDSBORO (AP) — A search pilot looking for an eastern Maine man who went missing more than a month ago has found a body on the shore of an island.  More...

Maine-based cutter returns 125 Haitians

MIAMI ( AP) — A Mainebased Coast Guard cutter has returned 125 Haitians to their island country.  A Coast Guard air crew spotted the overloaded sail freighter this week and directed the Reliance to intercept the vessel. More...

Father of missing toddler speaks out

WATERVILLE (AP) — The father whose 20- month- old daughter went missing before Christmas in Waterville has some words for TV talk show host Nancy Grace.  Justin DiPietro says he feels like Grace from HLN has kept attention focused on Ayla More...

Sex offender facing new abuse charges

BETHEL (AP) — Police say a registered sex offender living in Bethel has been charged with sexually abusing a teenager.  Rumford Detective Sgt. More...

Man wanted welfare to pay electric bill

ROCKLAND (AP) — Police say a Rockland man lied and forged documents in an attempt to get welfare benefits they say he needed to pay a delinquent $1,000 electric bill.  More...

Police: Teens killed in crash were at party

WEST PARIS (AP) — Law enforcement officials say four young people were returning to an underage drinking party at the time of a crash that killed two teenagers in western Maine. More...

Two wind forums to be held this week

FREEPORT ( AP) — The Greater Portland Council of Governments and the Windependence group that promotes wind energy are holding events this week to promote the idea of municipally owned wind power. More...

LePage gets early start on 2014 campaign

PORTLAND ( AP) — The next gubernatorial election in Maine is nearly three years away, but that hasn’t stopped Gov. Paul LePage from forming a re-election committee, holding a fundraiser and launching a re-election website.  More...

Fire marshal retiring after 14 years

PORTLAND ( AP) — Maine’s fire marshal for the past 14 years is retiring at the end of the month.  John Dean of Winthrop was a Maine firefighter for 27 years before becoming fire marshal in 1998. More...

CDC: 19 sickened by ‘bad’ beef

PORTLAND (AP) — A total of 19 people from seven states have become sick from salmonella linked to ground beef sold by Hannaford.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday most of the victims indicated they bought the be More...

Witness in coffee shop trial arrested

WATERVILLE ( AP) — A key witness in the trial of a man convicted of burning down a Vassalboro coffee shop that employed topless servers has attempted suicide while in jail.  More...

CMP sets 1,000th pole in power project

AUGUSTA (AP) — Central Maine Power Co. More...

Driver in crash had suspended license

GARDINER (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a cargo van that crashed in Gardiner last weekend, killing him and his adult grandson, was not legally allowed to drive.  The secretary of state’s office says 62-year-old Dennis Kay&rsquo More...

Portland man gets 16 years for robberies

PORTLAND (AP) — A Portland man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for a series of robberies, including one in which he and his girlfriend drove to the robbery site with their 4-year-old son in the car.  John Libby III pleaded guilty More...

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...