Maine

Westbrook officer exposed to fentanyl during traffic stop, goes to hospital

A Westbrook police officer was briefly hospitalized Tuesday after he was exposed to suspected fentanyl powder during a late-night traffic stop and began to...

Augusta woman uses roadside signs to find a new kidney for herself

AUGUSTA — A half-dozen signs set up this week along property on busy South Belfast Avenue piece together a highly visible plea from Krystal...

August continues ‘banner year’ for Maine home sales

August sales remained strong for existing, single-family homes in Maine, with sales volume up nearly 6 percent and home values up nearly 7 percent...

Common Ground Fair to focus on strengthening agriculture

Three keynote speakers at this year’s Common Ground Country Fair will address the work being done on Maine farms and the interconnectedness of the...

Day shelter serving Portland’s homeless cutting hours

PORTLAND — Beginning next week, the nonprofit social services provider Preble Street will begin scaling back hours at its busy day shelter, a move that...

Maine bans projecting political messages on State House

AUGUSTA — Legislative leaders voted Thursday to prohibit political messages from being projected onto the Maine State House in what they said was an effort...

Brunswick man's attempted murder case argued before judge

AUGUSTA — The prosecution maintains Scott Bubar placed a shotgun and car keys under his father’s dead body after a shootout with police May...

Historic newspapers found in Norway attic returned to Skowhegan

SKOWHEGAN — Bundles of old newspapers, some from the 1800s, have been returned to Skowhegan, where they were published, after untold decades in the...

Well-known Unity winemaker killed when lawnmower, SUV collide

A business owner and former Unity selectman died Thursday morning from injuries suffered Wednesday when a vehicle struck the lawnmower he was riding with...

Former SAD 15 bus driver charged with assaulting autistic student

A former bus driver for Maine School Administrative District 15 is charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting an autistic student. Raymond Files, 58, is...

Really, Maine? Why is Sour Patch Kids the top Halloween candy sold?

Wow, you think you know a state. On Thursday, CandyStore.com released the three most popular Halloween candies by state after combing through 11 years of its...

USM police investigate report of man exposing himself to female student

Campus police are warning students at the University of Southern Maine about a man who exposed himself Sunday to a female student at the...

Lobster industry brainstorms market strategies

ROCKLAND — With overseas markets shaky at best, the leaders of Maine’s $1.4 billion lobster industry came together Wednesday to talk about how to...

World War II plane lands at Jetport

A B-24 Liberator makes its landing approach on Wednesday at the Portland International Jetport in South Portland. The World War II-era plane is the...

Portland officials consider expanding tax-shelter districts

PORTLAND — Portland officials plan to add more than a dozen properties to the city’s network of tax shelter districts, a move that could...

Group pushes for mountain bike trail in Topsham

TOPSHAM — A group of mountain bikers have revived the push to add a series of mountain bike trails in town. The Six Rivers chapter...

Semipro football team gets home field advantage

ATHENS — The Twin City Riot semiprofessional football team in the Bangor-Brewer area has named Athens as its new home field for practice and...

Winthrop teen pleads guilty to murdering parents

AUGUSTA — In front of a courtroom packed with news media, Andrew Balcer, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering his parents on Halloween morning...

State denies teaching credentials to former Democratic lawmaker accused of inappropriate behavior

A former Westbrook lawmaker who resigned his seat amid allegations he engaged in inappropriate relationships with female students can no longer teach, coach or...

Cannabis & crustaceans? These lobsters may get baked before customers can cook them

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A local lobster pound owner believes she may have found a new, marijuana-based method for killing Maine’s signature seafood species more...

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Why size doesn’t matter in the produce aisle

I can't tell you off the top of my head how large a "large" onion is. Or how hefty a "medium" tomato should be....

Fire rousts Pine Street tenants in Lewiston; no injuries reported

LEWISTON — An air conditioner went up in flames Thursday afternoon starting a fire and sending tenants of a three-story apartment house scurrying for...

Police log

Accidents Auburn • Vehicles driven by Skyla M. Jacobs, 20, of Salem, New Hampshire, and Paul N. Morin, 59, of New Gloucester, collided at 7:38 p.m....

Angling before work

Jacob Kolar of Auburn fishes for trout Thursday on the Little Androscoggin River in Minot. Kolar fished before heading to work, where he drives...

Retired teacher embraces life of outdoor adventures

POLAND — With last Friday’s hike to the summit of Isolation Mountain in New Hampshire behind her, Madelyn Given has completed all of New...

Culvert replaced in Farmington

Workers from Ranger Contracting of Fairfield install a large culvert and new drainage system on Front Street in Farmington on Thursday. It goes together...

RSU 58 board announces hires, resignations

KINGFIELD — Regional School Unit 58 directors bid farewell to several staff members and welcomed others Thursday night. The board welcomed Johanna Prince as Kingfield...

Norway board schedules vote for solid waste agreement amendments

NORWAY — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Thursday evening to schedule a special town meeting Oct. 18 on changes to the Norway-Paris Solid Waste...

Woman pulled from burning apartment in Lewiston

LEWISTON — A woman was pulled out of a burning apartment on Shawmut Street after flames tore through the building at about 8 p.m. Thursday. The...

POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony tonight in Jay

JAY — A ceremony marking National POW-MIA Recognition Day will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the POW/MIA Remembrance Bridge on Riley Road....

Farmington to hold POW-MIA ceremony

FARMINGTON — The public is invited to attend a ceremony marking National POW/MIA Recognition Day at 5 p.m. Friday in Meetinghouse Park. Gordon Webber, commander...

Rumford woman jailed for high-speed chases through Turner

LEWISTON — A Rumford woman who led police on multiple high-speed chases in March pleaded guilty to related misdemeanor charges Thursday. Heather Grant, 42, of...

Rumford downtown construction could go to 2019

Construction equipment fills Congress Street in Rumford on Thursday. Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs said Thursday that the goal is, at a minimum, for crews...

Maine motorcyclist dies after doing wheelie into Japanese steak house

NEWINGTON, N.H. (AP) - Police say a man was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle while doing a "wheelie" and crashed into...

Strong investigates employee use of town accounts for personal purchases

STRONG — The Board of Selectmen is investigating employee use of town accounts with retailers.   “We have been made aware of people using the town...

Rangeley to receive $11.47 million to extend airport runway

RANGELEY — The town has learned it will receive almost $11.5 million to expand the runway at Stephen A. Bean Municipal Airfield for emergency medical...

Suspect in threat against CMCC arrested on bail violation then released again

TOPSHAM — Police arrested a Bowdoinham man accused of threatening to “shoot up” Central Maine Community College for violating the conditions of his bail,...

4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland Rite Aid warehouse shooting

ABDERDEEN, Md. (AP) — An employee at a Rite Aid warehouse opened fire at work Thursday, killing three people before taking her own life,...

Video: Teacher accused of putting girl in game machine to steal prizes

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts teacher has been charged with putting his toddler into a game machine at a New Hampshire shopping mall...

Susan Collins: It's 'not fair' if Christine Blasey Ford doesn't testify

BANGOR — Maine's Republican senator says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford should testify, and added that she's "saddened" by the...