February 1, 2012 RSS feed / Maine

Lobster catch tops 100 million pounds

HALLOWELL ( AP) — Maine lobster fishermen last year caught more than 100 million pounds of lobster for the first time, indicating the state’s signature seafood is robust as other fishery resources continue to struggle, the state’s t More...

5 taken to hospital after bus collision

FARMINGTON ( AP) — Police say a tractor- trailer slid head-on into a school bus, sending five students to the hospital in western Maine.  More...

Anti-gay marriage group loses appeal

PORTLAND ( AP) — An appeals court on Tuesday upheld the state’s campaign disclosure law that requires a national anti-gay marriage group to release its donor list, but the group plans to take the fight to shield the list to the U.S. More...

Sebago reservations being taken today

AUGUSTA (AP) — Reservations for one of Maine’s most popular campgrounds, Sebago Lake State Park, are being accepted.  State park officials say the reservation system will be open today for only Sebago, and for all state park campgrou More...

Driver dead after car drives into woods

WATERBORO ( AP) — Authorities say the driver of car that left the road in Waterboro and ended up about 50 feet into the woods appears to have died from a medical condition.  A spokesman for the York County Sheriff ’s Department says More...

School official drops ‘Tebowing’ suspension

CALAIS (AP) — The superintendent of a Maine school district has rescinded the onegame ban given to a student who ran onto the floor after a basketball game last week and kneeled in the prayer stance made famous by Denver Broncos quarterback Tim 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...

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...

Sauschuck picked for Portland’s top cop

PORTLAND (AP) — Acting Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck is the city manager’s choice to hold the job on a permanent basis.  City Manager Mark Rees said Tuesday that he’s confident Sauschuck is “the right person for More...

Ex-Postal Service employee sentenced

BANGOR (AP) — A former U.S. More...

Downtown Showdown canceled in Portland

PORTLAND ( AP) — The smattering of snow and sleet over the past 24 hours in Portland won’t be enough to prevent the cancellation of Friday’s Downtown Showdown.  More...

Maine boat builder to launch new yacht

SOUTHWEST HARBOR (AP) — One of Maine’s bestknown boat builders is launching the first yacht in a new line of luxury motor vessels.  The Hinckley Co. More...

China man pleads guilty to sex assault

AUGUSTA (AP) — A China man has pleaded guilty to breaking into a neighbor’s home and sexually assaulting her last summer.  James Bickford pleaded guilty in Kennebec County Superior Court on Tuesday to gross sexual assault and a burgl More...

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...

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...