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Sheriff Wayne Gallant solicited sex from employees, union official says

Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant solicited sex from at least two of his employees, according to an agent for the union that represents 23...

After 28 years on the job Strong woman to deliver last newspaper

Kay Brackley loads bundles of newspapers she just picked up at the Mt. Blue Shopping Center in Farmington at 3 am on a recent...

Livermore couple escapes fire, home destroyed

LIVERMORE — A couple is safe after fire destroyed their home on River Road on Wednesday morning. Timothy Spencer had fallen asleep in his recliner...

Jay's Thursday curbside pickup moves to Friday for holiday

JAY — Curbside trash and recyclables collection for this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, will be moved to Friday. If your trash is normally picked up Thursday, you should...

Wilton awards bid for asbestos abatement at Forster mill site

 WILTON — Selectpersons awarded a bid of $26,895 Tuesday for asbestos abatement at the former Forster Manufacturing mill. The town received four bids for the...

Livermore Falls Fire Station overhang deemed unsafe

LIVERMORE FALLS — The front roof overhang at the Fire Station isn’t safe, said Interim Town Manager Stephen J. Gould at Tuesday’s selectmen meeting. He noted...

Franklin County hires 2 corrections officers, seeks cruiser quotes

FARMINGTON — Franklin County commissioners voted Tuesday to hire two full-time corrections officers to fill two vacancies at the Franklin County Detention Center. Corrections staff...

Franklin County arrest log

• Darcy Ellis Jr., 48, of Starks, violation condition of release, Nov. 18, $150 cash bail, Jay Police Department. • Noah Duncan-Perley, 18, of Wilton,...

Jay woman pleads not guilty to assaulting police officer

FARMINGTON  — A Jay woman pleaded not guilty Monday to kicking a police officer and refusing to submit to arrest on Oct. 6 in...

UMF Mitchell Scholars donate meal to homeless shelter

FARMINGTON — In an effort to give back to the community, the University of Maine at Farmington Mitchell Scholars Club donated ingredients for a Thanksgiving...

Wilton man pleads guilty to stealing car that ended up in retention pond

FARMINGTON — A Wilton man admitted Monday to stealing a car, driving without a license, and crashing it in a retention pond in Wilton...

This week's agenda

Monday Casco: Open Space Commission, 6:30 p.m., Casco Community Center Casco: Zoning Board, 7 p.m., Casco Community Center Dixfield: Selectmen, 5:30 p.m., touring 33 Nash St. Jay: Special...

Face Time: Farmington garden expert Emily O'Donnell

Those colorful and healthy-looking gardens one sees on the traffic islands and town property in Farmington don't start out that way.  After the snow melts,...

Farmington team wins robotics competition

JAY — Students from a private school in Farmington were the big winners in the third annual robotics competition at Spruce Mountain High School...

UMF hosts fitness activities

The Kids' 1-Mile Fun Run begins Saturday during the 10th Annual Turkey Trot at the University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center....

Sock Drive covers feet of Head Start children

Children at Jay Early Learning Center receive shoe boxes filled with new socks from a sock drive held at area businesses. The sock drive...

Chesterville told CMP projects could benefit town, state

CHESTERVILLE — A Central Maine Power spokesman shared information about proposed projects that could benefit the town with selectmen Thursday night. "Anything affecting the New England...

Franklin County arrest log

 FARMINGTON — The following arrests were recently logged at Franklin County Detention Center: • Vanessa Gordon, 28, Farmington, possession of illegal drugs, violation condition of...

UMF promotes safe community with 'Peace in the Park'

Mana Abdi of Lewiston, a student at the University of Maine at Farmington and a member of the UMF Diversity and Inclusion Action Team,...

Jay woman sentenced on theft charge

Bobbie J. Dawes (Franklin County Detention Center)FARMINGTON —  A Jay woman was sentenced Friday in Franklin County Superior Court to one year with all...

Auburn Democrats to meet

AUBURN — The monthly meeting of the Auburn Democratic City Committee will be held Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Auburn Hall from 7 to 9...

Lewiston restaurant owner denies sales tax charges

LEWISTON — The owner of a Lewiston Thai food restaurant on Wednesday denied charges of using for his own benefit money that should have...

FEZtive crowd visits Kora Temple

Rianna St. Pierre, 9, of Poland, mulls which tree she wants to win with her raffle ticket at the Kora Temple in Lewiston on...

Longley school cleaning continues

Longley Elementary School custodian Joel Brooks cleans the blades of a fan in the cafeteria of the school Wednesday afternoon. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)LEWISTON —...

Santa coming to Mexico on Friday

The Mexico Firemen's Relief Association will present the annual Santa Claus parade Friday. Santa arrives at last year's parade.MEXICO — The holiday season officially gets...

Expert: Keep your card balance below 30% of limit

 Here's a credit score tip from David Leach of the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection: Never let the balance on any of your...

Black Friday: Shop like a banker

AUGUSTA — David Leach, a consumer credit protection expert, wants people to enjoy Black Friday and Christmas shopping this season, but he’s urging Mainers...

Couple raising money to train service dog

Kristen Scott had her first seizure when she was six weeks old. She was diagnosed with epilepsy — grand mal and absent seizures, and...

Board abruptly postpones vote on Paul LePage workforce funding proposal

AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Labor abruptly postponed a potential vote Wednesday on a controversial LePage administration proposal to require workforce development agencies...

Major safety violations discovered at iconic Time & Temperature building in Portland

The Time & Temperature building has failed a surprise fire inspection, adding to problems in the iconic downtown Portland high-rise. Fire department officials found 19...

Father, son arrested in Illinois, Florida in Auburn armed robbery case

AUBURN — Police say two arrests have been made in last month's burglary and robbery on Park Avenue. John Michaud, 49, of Lewiston, was arrested Tuesday...

U.S. Navy plane with 11 aboard crashes into Pacific; eight rescued

In this March 14, 2017, file photo, a U.S. Navy C-2 Greyhound approaches the deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during...

Forest pest spreads, forcing Maine landowners to cut down hemlocks

Tom Briggs of Berwick stands on the land trust property where hemlocks were cut down to reduce the presence of the hemlock woolly adelgid....

Driver with cat in lap collides with school bus in northern Maine; some students...

NEW CANADA (AP) — Maine State Police say a driver with a cat on her lap got distracted and collided with a school bus...

Teen idol David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' star, dies at 67

In this Aug. 8, 2009, file photo, actor-singer David Cassidy arrives at the ABC Disney Summer press tour party in Pasadena, Calif. Former teen...

Maine home sales up 8 percent in October

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Association of Realtors says sales of single-family existing homes increased by a little more than 8 percent in October...

Police log

Lewiston • Lloyd Killam, 35, of 69 Horton St., on warrants, 7:30 p.m. Monday at that address. • Lee Davis, 53, of 144 Bates St., on...

Paving starts in Minot

MINOT — It was announced at Monday night's selectmen meeting that the salt shed roof has been installed and the shed filled with salt. Town...

Holiday celebration in Twin Cities Saturday

LEWISTON — The annual Twin Cities Holiday Celebration will be held Saturday, Nov. 25, and will include tree lightings in Lewiston and then in...

Poland now owns Camp Connor

POLAND — Town Manager Matthew Garside announced at Tuesday night's selectpersons meeting that the sale of Camp Connor is official, and the town now...

National Honor Society students get ready for 'TrucksGiving'

Caleb Yarnevich talks with Evy Bilodeau while helping to pack 100 care bags for truck drivers at Edward Little High School in Auburn on...

Lewiston City Council: What you need to know

Lewiston City Council Tuesday, Nov. 21 Sex offender residency restrictions  What happened: The City Council approved a final reading of new sex offender residency restrictions, which prohibit...

Rumford police log

• Nov. 17, 6:41 a.m.: A Clachan Place resident called reporting the theft of a gaming device from her unlocked motor vehicle. Sgt. James...

Oxford County sheriff admits to sending lurid photo

PARIS — Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant has admitted to a news station that he sent a sexually explicit photo while in uniform. WGME reported...

Lewiston food pantry's traffic doubles over last year

LEWISTON — As people streamed through the line at St. Mary's Food Pantry on Tuesday morning to grab Thanksgiving boxes, the first face they...

‘We don’t need a liberal person’: Donald Trump defends Roy Moore

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday discounted allegations of sexual assault against Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore and said voters should...

Recount confirms Jason Levesque is Auburn mayor

AUBURN — A recount of the mayoral election confirmed that Jason Levesque squeaked out a win over Adam Lee.  Levesque's initial lead of six votes...

Shawn Moody announces bid for governor

GORHAM — Shawn Moody, a plainspoken auto body entrepreneur who recently joined the Republican Party, announced his campaign to be Maine’s next governor Tuesday,...

FCC takes a step toward rolling back net neutrality rules

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai took a big step toward his goal of voiding Obama-era net neutrality regulations Tuesday as he submitted his...

Maine again sees high number of pedestrians killed by vehicles

As Maine heads into the most dangerous time of the year for pedestrians on roads, the number of pedestrians struck and killed by vehicles...