Maine

NewPage reaches agreement on Chapter 11 plan

RUMFORD — A little more than a year ago, NewPage Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. On Monday, the Ohio-based firm announced that it had reached an agreement on the bankruptcy plan. George F. Martin, president and CEO of the seven-mill company, said in a statement that...

Man who tried taking Portland officer’s gun subdued by Taser

PORTLAND — A New York man was subdued by Taser early Monday morning after trying to escape arrest by taking a Portland police officer’s holstered gun, city police said. Fitzgerald Carryl, 30, was charged with assault on a police officer and aggravated reckless conduct for his a...

Masked men forced their way into two Portland homes at gunpoint

PORTLAND — Two masked men forced their way into Portland homes at gunpoint Sunday, city police said. According to a Portland Police Department announcement issued Monday, the suspects, dressed in dark clothing and wearing masks, first approached a woman standing outside of 218 Park A...

King campaign releases 7 years of tax returns

BRUNSWICK — Former Maine governor and independent U.S. Senate candidate Angus King released seven years of his federal tax returns Monday. In eight separate messages e-mailed to reporters King's campaign staff released the jointly filed income tax returns of King and his wife, Mary H...

Federal judge rules "Cutler Files" not journalism

PORTLAND, Maine — Dennis Bailey’s controversial “Cutler Files” website, which anonymously criticized then-gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler in the weeks leading into the 2010 election, does not count as a journalism website, a federal judge ruled Sunday and upheld a Mai... 1

Cushing murder suspect claims victim had cut off his drug supply

CUSHING — Andrew Kierstead told police that he fired a shotgun repeatedly at his friend Richard Mills because the victim had hooked him on drugs, had been supplying him for 10-15 years, but then shut him off Thursday for not paying. Kierstead, 40, of Tenants Harbor was arrested Thurs...

Supreme Court won't hear anti-gay marriage group appeal in Maine campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a national anti-gay marriage group that tried to thwart Maine's campaign disclosure law requiring it to release its donor list. The high court turned aside an appeal from the National Organization for Marri...

Maine's 1st charter school opens

FAIRFIELD (AP) — Maine's first charter school is opening its doors. The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences at Good Will-Hinckley begins classes on Monday, making it the first charter school in the state's history. The academic program uses hands-on methods focused on agricultur...

Maine man accused in fatal shooting to appear in court today

ROCKLAND (AP) — A Maine man accused of shooting a man multiple times, killing him, is scheduled for a court appearance. Andrew Kierstead of Tenants Harbor has been charged with murder in the death of 48-year-old Richard Mills on Thursday. Mills was found in his driveway in Cushing.

Doctor in Fireball Run stops to check on fallen Maine troop greeter

BANGOR — When the Waterbury “Spin Doctors” team arrived at Davenport Park on Saturday for its Fireball Run Adventurally stop, the team jumped out of its ambulance and real emergency room doctor Peter Jacoby put on his real-world hat. A member of the Maine Troop Greeters, ...

Maine gas prices up slightly

AUGUSTA (AP) — After a big drop last week, gas prices in Maine are back on the rise. Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that the average retail price of gasoline in Maine has risen just over a penny in the past week to an average of $3.95. Nationally, p... 5

New homeless shelter set to open in Waterville

WATERVILLE (AP) — A new 40-bed homeless shelter is almost ready to open in Waterville, and guests could move in within a couple of weeks. The Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter on Colby Street is scheduled to host an open house next week with a speech by Gov. Paul R. LePage. Betty Pal...

Hearings scheduled for Maine scallop season

MACHIAS (AP) — Maine fishery officials are holding public hearings on proposed rules for the upcoming scallop fishing season. The Department of Marine Resources has proposed rules that create three scallop zones along the coast, with some localized areas in eastern Maine being open a...

Suspect leads police on golf course chase in Bangor

BANGOR (AP) — Police say three pharmacies in the Bangor area reported robberies within about an hour of each other, and a man who attempted to elude police by driving onto a golf course and circling the fairways has been arrested in connection with one of them. Rite Aid pharmacies in...

No one hurt as gunfire exchanged in Yarmouth

YARMOUTH (AP) — Two people are in custody after at least 12 rounds were fired in an exchange of gunfire outside a Yarmouth home over the weekend. No one was hurt during the shooting at about 1 a.m. Sunday, but bullets struck a parked car and the house. Police say 47-year-old M...

LePage says governors association dues a waste: Maine’s governor says he’s leaving national organization

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage has pulled the state out of membership in the National Governors Association because he says the state is not getting enough benefits for its $60,000 a year membership fee. He is also urging other state officials to review whether they are getting value from the v... 3

Auburn man sought for questioning in connection with Brunswick stabbing

BRUNSWICK — Police here are searching for an Auburn man in connection with a stabbing that unfolded early Sunday morning. Jamie Mondragon, 31, fled the scene of the stabbing in a Perryman Drive apartment before responding officers arrived at about 2 a.m. Sunday. Mondragon was believe...

Volunteers struggling to recreate piece of Maine’s role in settling the New World

BATH — In 1607, a group of Englishmen who were among the first Europeans in the New World made history with the construction of a ship called the Virginia at the mouth of the Kennebec River. Cold, isolated and suffering from a loss of leadership, the settlers of the Popham Colony boa...

Three pharmacies robbed within two hours Sunday

BANGOR — Robberies were reported at three pharmacies in greater Bangor within a two-hour span Sunday afternoon, and one man was arrested. Emergency calls to police were placed from Rite Aid pharmacies in Bangor and Brewer within minutes of each other, and the pharmacy at the Hannafor...