January 19, 2012 RSS feed / Maine

Penobscot sheriff told activist of probe

BANGOR ( AP) — The Penobscot County sheriff is defending his decision to tell friend and longtime area activist the Rev. Robert Carlson that he was under investigation by Maine State Police just hours before his suicide. More...

Lawmakers to hear ‘Caylee’s Law’ bills

AUGUSTA ( AP) — A legislative committee is holding hearings on a pair of bills requiring notification of authorities when a child is missing. More...

Portland-bound jet diverted to Albany

COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) — A regional jet made an unscheduled stop at the Albany International Airport after its crew noticed a problem with a fuel gauge. More...

Man requests flogging instead of prison

BANGOR (AP) — A Maine man who asked to be publicly flogged instead of being sent to prison will undergo a psychiatric evaluation. U. S. District Judge John Woodcock on Tuesday ordered the evaluation for 34- year-old Domingos Nobrega of Bangor. More...

Vigil held in support of missing toddler

PORTLAND Community members and relatives of a toddler reported missing from her father’s Waterville home a month ago are trying to keep her disappearance from fading from public view. More...

Court date approaching for Occupy Maine

PORTLAND Occupy Maine demonstrators who say police got a chuckle over the theft of dozens of signs from their encampment hope to get some respect for their movement when they go before a judge next week. More...

Hospital starts review after skier’s death

FARMINGTON ( AP) — Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington has launched a review into an ambulance crew’s actions while transporting a man who died on the way to the hospital after a skiing accident at Sugarloaf resort. More...

Heating oil prices go up 2 cents a gallon

AUGUSTA (AP) — Heating oil prices are continuing to climb in Maine, going up an average of 2 cents a gallon in the past week. More...

Maine coalition touts renewable energy

AUGUSTA (AP) — A coalition that’s pushing for a referendum to mandate increased use of renewable energy in Maine says its initiative would reduce dependence on foreign oil, strengthen the economy and promote energy efficiency. More...

Temperatures fall in northern New England

PORTLAND (AP) — Northern New Englanders awoke to bone-chilling temperatures Monday with the mercury falling to well below zero across much of the region. The National Weather Service said some of the cold spots in Maine at 6 a.m. More...

Toddler’s mom unable to finish polygraph

PORTLAND ( AP) — The mother of a toddler reported missing from her father’s Waterville home a month ago says she was unable to finish a lie detector test because of a medical condition. More...

Tobacco use report card shows slide

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s latest report card on tobacco use shows a continuing slide in the state’s grades. More...

LePage to hold 12th Capitol for a Day

LEWISTON ( AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is meeting with business and community leaders in Androscoggin County for his 12th Capitol for a Day event. The governor today is visiting Geiger Bros. More...

DEP approves revised Oakfield wind project

AUGUSTA ( AP) — State environmental regulators have approved a revised plan for the Oakfield wind power project in northern Maine. More...

CMP stops contractor’s work after death

SACO ( AP) — Central Maine Power Co. has ordered one of its contractors to stop work pending an investigation into the death of an employee who fell from a utility pole. John Plante of Oakland was working for Hawkeye LLC of Hauppauge, N. More...

Utility worker falls to his death in Saco

SACO (AP) — Police say a man working on a utility pole in Saco has fallen to his death. Sgt. Chris Handiman tells WCSH-TV that the man fell about 55 feet from a pole on Boom Road at about 4 p.m. on Monday. More...

Police investigate Vassalboro shooting

VASSALBORO ( AP) — Maine law enforcement authorities are investigating the shooting of a 22-year-old New York man inside a Vassalboro home. More...

L.L. Bean to donate to national park group

FREEPORT ( AP) — L. L. Bean is giving up to $1 million to the National Park Foundation with a goal of increasing family outdoor recreation and getting children to visit national parks. More...

Colby has biomass plant for heat, energy

WATERVILE (AP) — While temperatures dropped below zero in Maine, Colby College fired up a new biomass plant that will offset the need for oil by burning wood chips, bark and treetops. More...

Plan for education improvements unveiled

AUGUSTA Public schools need more flexibility to try new methods and place more emphasis on real-life learning experiences, digital learning and independent study, a report released Tuesday by Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen says. More...