February 15, 2012 RSS feed / Maine

East-west highway idea resurfaces

AUGUSTA (AP) — In Maine, the old saying goes, you can’t get there from here. More...

Otisfield gets boost from London banker

OTISFIELD (AP) — Efforts to save a historic building in Otisfield are getting a boost from an unlikely source thanks to an international friendship forged a half century ago.  More...

Windham man indicted in shooting

PORTLAND ( AP) — A Windham man accused of fatally shooting another hunter last year has been indicted on a manslaughter charge.  Authorities allege 61-yearold William Briggs of Windham shot 46- year- old Peter Kolofsky in the Sebago woods More...

Hypnotist appeals sex assault conviction

PORTLAND ( AP) — A Maine hypnotist convicted of sexual assault of a minor and accused of using hypnotism to keep the teenage girl quiet about their sexual encounters is appealing his conviction to the state’s highest court.  More...

Planning office director resigns

WATERVILLE ( AP) — Maine’s acting director of the State Planning Office is out of a job after his arrest for drunken driving.  Richard Swanson Jr. says the action was swift. More...

AG: Officer justified in using deadly force

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s attorney general has ruled that a Belfast police officer was justified in using deadly force when he shot and seriously wounded a 26-year-old man who was armed with a shotgun and refused to heed orders to put his ha More...

Budget cutting plan reaches Legislature

AUGUSTA ( AP) — Gov. 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...

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...

Budget cutting plan gets first House OK

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The Maine House on Tuesday gave initial approval to Medicaid cuts that are intended to help close a $120 million state budget shortfall, but the governor says they don’t go far enough to cut state spending.  More...

Waldo-Hancock Bridge to come down

VERONA ISLAND (AP) — The 86-year-old Waldo-Hancock Bridge that spans the Penobscot River in the shadow of its modern replacement is coming down.  Maine transportation officials say removal of the suspension bridge linking Verona Island and More...

End of N.E. shrimp fishing season looms

PORTLAND ( AP) — The end of the New England shrimp fishing season is looming.  Regulators are expected to set a closure date for the fishery during a conference call today to review how much shrimp has been caught since the season began Ja More...

Three men fall into river as ATV sinks

GARDINER (AP) — Three men escaped serious injury after the all-terrain vehicle they were riding on sank into the frigid waters of the Kennebec River.  The Morning Sentinel reported that one of the men was able to get out of the water and c More...

Maine activists want chemical out of food

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine environmental-health activists say they’ll press state officials to consider a new rule eliminating the chemical bisphenol-A from containers of infant formula, baby and toddler foods.  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.  School Superintendent Rick Colpitts confirmed to the Sun Journal that former Oxford Hills School District football coach Paul Withee More...

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...

MAINE’S PARTISAN DIVIDE

CHRIS McDONOUGH, a Republican, left, and Robert O’Brien, a Democrat, argue about political issues for 30 minutes outside a caucus, Saturday in Portland. More...

Adjutant general to address lawmakers

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The head of the Maine National Guard, Adjutant Gen. More...