January 12, 2012 RSS feed / Maine

Controversial book to stay in RSU 10 libraries

DIXFIELD ( AP) — The board of a western Maine school district has voted to allow a book that contains sexual themes and strong language in district middle school libraries, but will only lend it to students who have parental permission.  More...

Maine confirms 1st ‘bath salts’ OD death

BANGOR ( AP) — The Maine medical examiner’s office says a man who died at a Bangor hospital last summer is the state’s first confirmed death as a result of an overdose of the drug known as bath salts.  More...

6 Maine schools to be replaced, renovated

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The Maine Board of Education has signed off on improvements to six schools in critical need of renovation or replacement.  Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen said Wednesday that the board approved the list of six schools More...

Farmland Trust hits preservation milestone

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The Maine Farmland Trust says it’s reached the 30,000-acre mark in its campaign to preserve 100,000 acres of farmland for future generations of farmers.  Executive Director John Piotti announced the milestone at this More...

New search begins for toddler

WATERVILLE (AP) — Dive teams from the Maine Warden Service and the state police will begin searching bodies of water around Waterville today for a toddler who’s been missing since December.  More...

Officials ID body found on island

GOULDSBORO ( AP) — Officials say a body found on an eastern Maine island on Jan. More...

Maine warns of investment schemes

GARDINER ( AP) — Officials are warning potential entrepreneurs to be wary of certain business investment schemes, especially “work at home” ventures.  More...

Reward offered in 4-year-old homicide

WOODLAND (AP) — State police are hoping a $ 40,000 reward will bring in tips that lead them to the person who killed a Woodland man nearly four years ago.  The body of 56- year- old Darrel Smith was found by his wife in February 2008 insid More...

Man accused of taking lunch money

HALLOWELL ( AP) — Police say a man attending his son’s basketball game at an elementary school went to the cafeteria and stole $40 in student lunch money.  Police say 46- year- old Christopher Cope of Dresden told them that he needed More...

Police: Driver in fatal crash texted partygoers

WEST PARIS ( AP) — A teenage driver had been drinking alcohol and was texting back and forth with friends at an underage drinking party when her car crashed, killing two passengers, including a 16-year-old she’d just picked up, investigat More...

Man dies after being found lying in alley

ELLSWORTH ( AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man found lying on the ground in an Ellsworth alley.  Police say 64- year- old Ronald LaCasse of Machias was found Wednesday morning by a man headed to work at a nearby shellfi More...

Maine snowpack at low level historically

AUGUSTA (AP) — Officials say Maine’s snowpack is currently at one of its lowest levels on record for this time of year.  The results of Maine’s cooperative snow survey found measurable snow at only 14 out of 59 locations around More...

Biddeford bakery unaffected by filing

BIDDEFORD (AP) — A Biddeford city official says he has been assured that the bankruptcy filing by the company that makes Wonder Bread and Twinkies will not immediately affect the company’s bakery in the city.  Hostess Brands employs More...

Divers search icy river for tot

Ayla Reynolds was reported missing Dec. 17

Divers searched a half-mile stretch of an icy river Wednesday for any sign of a toddler who’s been missing for more than three weeks, and authorities said investigators are considering all possibilities related to the girl’s disappearance More...

Maine court hears Moosehead case

PORTLAND   Critics of a massive residential development in the Moosehead Lake region urged the state supreme court on Tuesday to send the case back to Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission, while a lawyer for the agency argued that the pa More...

CMP clears another municipal hurdle

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

Maine seeks update of expulsion rules

AUGUSTA ( AP) — A legislative committee has endorsed a bill that would bar Maine school districts from expelling students without giving them a time line or plan for returning to class.  Sen. More...

Dental office worker receives 6 months

AUGUSTA ( AP) — A former bookkeeper at an Augusta dental practice has been sentenced to six months in jail for embezzling about $120,000 from the business.  More...

Woman pleads guilty to wire fraud, theft

PORTLAND ( AP) — A Westbrook woman has pleaded guilty to stealing about $29,000 from her ex-husband’s retirement savings.  Martha Collins pleaded guilty in U.S. More...

Private prison bill heads to dead files

AUGUSTA — A bill to allow a privately run prison in Maine, carried over from last year’s session in hopes of addressing the needs of aging inmates with more medical concerns, was killed Monday after lawmakers were told no one is interested in r More...