January 31, 2012 RSS feed / Maine

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

SPECIAL OLYMPIAN Tyler Lojas, 15, of Stratton, sets to light the Special Olympics torch marking the official start of the Maine Winter Games on Monday at Sugarloaf USA in Kingfield. More...

Bill would drop terms for housing chief

AUGUSTA ( AP) — Amid increasing scrutiny of Maine State Housing Authority spending, a legislative committee is taking up a bill aimed at making the agency’s director more accountable to its board and the governor.  More...

Couple charged with counterfeit scam

PORTLAND ( AP) — Authorities have arrested two people they say have been spending counterfeit money in Maine.  Authorities say since October, nearly $30,000 in counterfeit money from the same source has been passed in and around Maine.&nbs More...

Ayla’s blood found in house

Analysis continues on evidence from father’s home

WATERVILLE ( AP) — Some of the blood found in a home where a missing toddler was last seen six weeks ago belonged to the little girl, an official said.  State Police spokesman Steve McCausland on Sunday would not say how much of Ayla Reyno More...

Gov: We must pay our bills before borrowing

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the state must pay its bills before it borrows more money.  More...

Sebago reservations open Wednesday

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine park officials say they’ll accept reservations for one of the state’s most popular campgrounds, Sebago Lake State Park, later this week.  The Bureau of Parks and Lands reservation system will be open for Se More...

Jay man accused of stealing 22 guns

JAY (AP) — A Jay man has been charged with stealing an arsenal of 22 guns as well as a bottle of rum and a laptop computer from another home in town.  Police say 33-year-old Roger Briscoe was arrested within 12 hours of the theft on Friday More...

Senators blast new base closings idea

KITTERY (AP) — Senators from Maine and New Hampshire are blasting a request by the Obama administration for Congress to authorize an additional round of base closings.  More...

Association clears Penobscot sheriff

BANGOR ( AP) — The Maine Sheriffs’ Association says it has found no ethical misconduct by Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross who alerted the target of a state police investigation, who later committed suicide.  More...

Workshops reveal no ash borers in wood

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Forest Service insect experts say a “bark-peeling” workshop aimed at finding evidence of tree-killing bugs found no evidence of the insects.  More...

Renewable energy referendum pushed back

AUGUSTA (AP) — A coalition that’s pushing for a referendum to set a state minimum for renewable energy fell short of the voters’ signatures needed by Monday’s deadline to force a November vote.  More...

Police: Ayla’s dad not telling all he knows

WATERVILLE   Unable to find any evidence missing toddler Ayla Reynolds was abducted, police on Monday pressed the three adults who were home with her on the night she disappeared to provide a full account of what happened.  More...

Man pleads not guilty to threatening Obama

BANGOR (AP) — A Maine man already behind bars on drug charges has pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill President Barack Obama.  A lawyer for Leroy Dunn of Hampden, previously convicted of threatening Republican Maine Gov. More...

Bangor grandfather scammed out of $7K

BANGOR (AP) — Bangor police are warning elderly residents of the city not to fall for the so-called “grandparent scam.”  Police say a city man in his 70s was bilked out of $7,000 last week by a con artist pretending to be his g More...

Biddeford man shot by U.S. Marshals

PORTLAND ( AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says a 22-year-old man is in stable condition after being shot in the leg by officers who were trying to apprehend him in Portland. More...

6-year-old girl hurt in snowmobile crash

ORONO (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old girl lost consciousness and required hospitalization after crashing a snowmobile.  Game wardens say the girl was a passenger on a snowmobile being driven by her 16- year-old cousin in Orono on Sund More...

Prof named editor of journal on Thoreau

FARMINGTON ( AP) — A Maine professor is taking the editorial reins of an academic journal devoted to author Henry David Thoreau.  Kristen Case at the University of Maine at Farmington has been named editor of the Concord Saunterer, an annu More...

Coast Guard to hold hearings on tidal plan

LUBEC (AP) — The Coast Guard is holding a pair of meetings this week to hear from mariners about a tidal energy proposal in Cobscook Bay at Maine’s eastern tip.  Ocean Renewable Power Co. More...

Maine Senate OKs judicial appointments

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The Maine Senate has confirmed Gov. Paul LePage’s appointments of a district prosecutor and a family court magistrate to Maine’s District Court bench. More...

Fisherman sentenced for tax evasion

ROCKLAND (AP) — A 43- year-old commercial fisherman is going to jail for 30 days for failing to pay his state income taxes for five years.  Daniel Gargan Jr. More...