June 21, 2013 RSS feed / Maine

Brunswick Landing gets national recognition

27 employers, 255 new jobs outpaces ex-bases elsewhere

BRUNSWICK   The group overseeing the civilian resettlement of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station is ahead of its peers nationwide in terms of attracting businesses and creating jobs, a top Defense Department official said.  More...

Craft beer fans gather in Portland

PORTLAND (AP) — Thousands of craft beer aficionados and brewers from around the globe are gathering in Portland for a two-day festival that’s being billed as a showcase for the stars of the beer world.  More...

Man to enter plea in 2012 fatal stabbing

ALFRED (AP) — A Maine man has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to the fatal stabbing of a friend in exchange for a sentence of no longer than 40 years.  Assistant District Attorney Lisa Marchese says Michael Swenso More...

Man gets 27 years on drug, arson charges

PORTLAND (AP) — A former Lewiston man has been sentenced to more than 27 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug conspiracy and arson charges.  More...

Jay man gets 5 years for sexual assault

FARMINGTON (AP) — A 53-year-old Maine man is going to prison for five years for sexually assaulting a child several years ago.  David Grover of Jay was sentenced Thursday in Franklin County Superior Court to a 10-year sentence, with five y More...

Home sales grew 17 percent in May

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — The Maine Association of Realtors says existing home sales jumped 17 percent in May over a year earlier.  The association says agents sold 1,214 single-family homes for the month. More...

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...