February 14, 2012 RSS feed / Maine

Retired Maine public employees sue state

AUGUSTA (AP) — An organization representing retired Maine state workers and teachers has filed a lawsuit challenging retirement system reforms implemented last year to save money. More...

Sebago man sues police over loss of arm

PORTLAND ( AP) — A Sebago man whose right arm was amputated after he was shot by sheriff ’s deputies has filed a federal lawsuit alleging police used excessive force. Douglas Tenczar says in his suit filed in U. S. More...

Welfare fraud gets officials’ attention

LEWISTON (AP) — Maine grand juries returned a dozen indictments last year charging welfare fraud, double the number in 2010, one indication that officials are stepping up efforts to catch and convict people who cheat the system at taxpayers&rsq More...

Film focusing on King to premiere in Maine

AUBURN ( AP) — A film with a humorous take on Stephen King will premiere in the horror writer’s home state of Maine in April. More...

Lack of snow worries snowmobile businesses

BINGHAM ( AP) — This winter’s lack of snow has some resorts and businesses that rely on snowmobilers’ dollars worrying as the Presidents’ Day holiday week approaches. More...

Turnpike interchange bridge to be 1 lane

PORTLAND ( AP) — The Maine Turnpike says the interchange bridge at Exit 53 of the toll road will be reduced to one-lane traffic. The change, which begins today, is due to removal and replacement of the existing bridge deck. More...

Bail bill addresses domestic violence

AUGUSTA ( AP) — A bill addressing domestic violence, prompted by the killings of a family in Dexter last June, is coming up for a legislative hearing. More...

Unity man dies while cutting tree in woods

THORNDIKE (AP) — Police say a Unity man has died after a tree fell on him while he was in the woods of Thorndike chopping wood. More...

Talking encouraged in USM library space

PORTLAND ( AP) — The University of Southern Maine is encouraging talking in the library. More...

Football coach posts nude photo to Facebook, resigns

OXFORD ( AP) — A high school football coach who posted a nude photo of himself on Facebook has resigned. More...

Budget cutting plan reaches Legislature

AUGUSTA ( AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is due back in Maine just as the Legislature takes up a budget package that closes a $120 million hole with program cuts and savings initiatives. LePage left for Florida on Saturday and is due to return today. More...

Good Will-Hinckley School going solar

HINCKLEY ( AP) — The Good Will-Hinckley School in central Maine is going solar. President Glenn Cummings says the school has begun powering its campus with renewable energy from a new $125,000 rooftop solar project. More...

Explosion reported at Bangor police station

BANGOR ( AP) — Police working the early shift at the Bangor Police Department got quite the surprise. Officers reported hearing a loud explosion from the boiler room at about 6: 40 a. m. More...

Adjutant general to address lawmakers

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The head of the Maine National Guard, Adjutant Gen. John Libby, will address a joint session of the Legislature for the first time. More...

Drug agency creates smartphone app

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has a new crimefighting tool. The agency says it now has a smartphone application to make it easy for people to contact and send information to MDEA. More...

Body of missing snowmobiler found

TURNER ( AP) — Maine wardens say they’ve recovered the body of a snowmobiler who had been missing since leaving his home on Friday. More...

Retired Maine priest under investigation

PORTLAND ( AP) — The leader of Maine’s Catholic church says the diocese is investigating allegations of sex abuse against a retired priest. Bishop Richard Malone said a complaint filed with the church in November alleges that the Rev. More...

Mass. man found dead in Maine driveway

BINGHAM (AP) — Authorities in Maine are investigating the unexplained death of a Massachusetts man found dead in the driveway of a Bingham home. State police say 61-year-old Ernest Sayers of Haverhill, Mass. More...

Ex-turnpike chief pleads guilty

PORTLAND (AP) — The former executive director of the Maine Turnpike pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing tens of thousands of dollars of turnpike funds over many years to pay for upscale hotels in Maine, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe, meals a More...