June 20, 2013 RSS feed / Maine

Harpswell woman takes koi fight to state’s highest court

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Harpswell woman is taking her fight with state wildlife officials over her right to keep exotic pet fish to the state’s highest court.  Georgette Curran last month lost her bid to ease restrictions on a permit issued More...

LePage to papers: ‘No comment’

PORTLAND   Maine’s blunt-spoken governor doesn’t mince words when opponents dare to cross him but he’s saved some of his harshest criticism for newspapers, once telling schoolchildren he isn’t a fan of papers and another More...

Ex-deputy pleads guilty to charges

SKOWHEGAN (AP) — A former Somerset County sheriff ’s deputy has been sentenced to four years behind bars after pleading guilty to sexually molesting four young girls at his wife’s Norridgewock day care center.  More...

Portland man gets 25 years in drug case

PORTLAND (AP) — A man described as a major player in a New York-to-Maine drug smuggling operation has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.  Hasan Worthy of Portland also was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. More...

House overrides LePage energy veto Jeb Bush to raise money for LePage

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine House of Representatives has voted to override the governor’s veto of an energy bill that aims to expand the region’s natural gas infrastructure and lower energy costs. More...

Man dies from burns while cutting oil tank

BLAINE (AP) — Fire officials say a 72-year-old northern Maine man has died after being critically burned while cutting up an old heating oil tank with a welding torch.  More...

Candidate Cutler calls for election changes

PORTLAND (AP) — Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is calling on his likely opponents to support either a run-off election or ranked-choice voting in the 2014 election to ensure Maine’s next governor earns at least 50 percen More...

State gets low grade on bridge conditions

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine is getting a low grade on the condition of its bridges.  In a new report examining the state of the nation’s bridges, Washington-based Transportation for America ranked Maine ninth in the percentage of bridges c More...

Former teacher won’t face retrial

SEARSPORT (AP) — Prosecutors have decided not to retry a former Searsport elementary school teacher whose conviction on charges he sexually abused a 12-yearold were overturned by the state’s highest court.  William Wiley had been sen More...

Maine seeks to limit use of police drones

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine lawmakers have advanced a proposal to ban law enforcement from using unmanned aerial drones for surveillance unless they have a search warrant.  The Democratic-led House approved the bill on a 108-39 vote on Wednesday. More...

House approves gun background check bill

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine lawmakers have approved a bill designed to encourage gun sellers to perform background checks.  The Democratic-led House gave final approval to the bill on Wednesday. More...

Basketball star’s hall induction revoked

BANGOR (AP) — The Maine Sports Hall of Fame has revoked the induction of a former college basketball star following his conviction on a child pornography charge.  More...

Maine releases details of health plan

AUGUSTA (AP) — The state has released some information about a proposed health insurance plan being put together by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and MaineHealth after a hospital group sued to make it public.  The state Tuesday made pu More...

Maine boy improving after falling into pool

AUGUSTA (AP) — Law enforcement authorities say a 2-year-old Farmingdale boy found floating face down in his family’s pool last week appears to be improving.  Police say Cody Campbell had a pulse but no brain activity after he was pul More...

No charges coming in Starks shooting

STARKS (AP) — A Maine grand jury has declined to bring charges in the case of a Starks man who was shot on his own property following a confrontation with a group of hunters.  Kerry Hebert was shot in the stomach on Oct. More...

Man goes to jail for recording teen girls

PORTLAND (AP) — A 45- year-old former Maine man who installed hidden video cameras in a home to record unsuspecting teenage girls is going to jail for two years.  Michael Femling apologized Monday and told a judge that installing the camer More...

Man pleads guilty to 1980s sex offenses

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Corinna man has pleaded guilty to sex offenses against two young girls that occurred more than a quarter of a century ago.  Glenn Graves pleaded guilty Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court just before he was scheduled More...

Man charged in teen death to be arraigned

BANGOR (AP) — A Maine man accused of using a phony Facebook profile to lure a 15-year-old girl to her death is due in court.  Kyle Dube, 20, of Orono was indicted on murder and kidnapping charges in last month’s asphyxiation death of More...

Korean chefs learn all about Maine lobster

PORTLAND (AP) — Four chefs from high-end hotels in South Korea are continuing their visit to Maine to learn about lobsters.  During their five-day visit that began Monday, the chefs are getting a hands-on education about Maine’s sign More...

Maine church making endangered list

PORTLAND (AP) — The Abyssinian Meeting House is the nation’s third-oldest standing African-American meeting house, used for religious, social, educational and cultural events until its closing in 1917.  Today, the National Trust for More...