Seth Koenig

Seth Koenig

Portland Bureau Chief

Seth Koenig, formerly of the Brunswick Times Record, covers the Greater Portland area for the Bangor Daily News. He has been named both New England Journalist of the Year and Maine Journalist of the year.

Meet the Portlander who killed Iron Man

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
You may have heard the name Alex Irvine. If not, he’s one of Portland’s most prolific contemporary authors, and I guarantee you’ve heard of some of the main characters of his books: Batman, the Transformer Optimus Prime and Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow are among them. In addition to his …
Maine Connections Academy Principal Karl Francis and Gov. Paul LePage smile for photos together at the academy's open house in South Portland on Thursday morning.

‘One size does not fit all’: LePage lauds state’s first virtual school

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday celebrated the opening of the state’s first virtual charter school, saying Maine Connections Academy represents a new opportunity to reach students for whom traditional schools don’t work. He also used the forum to criticize traditional public school systems in the state, …

LePage: ‘The most important person in the classroom is the student’

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:09 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage discusses his views on education in Maine during the inaugural open house for Maine Connections Academy, the state’s first virtual charter school, in South Portland on Thursday morning.

60-year-old man hit by car while walking in Casco

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 18, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.
CASCO, Maine — A 60-year-old man was critically injured on Thursday morning after being hit while walking on Poland Spring Road, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Capt. Don Goulet of the sheriff’s office said in a news release that Richard Crossman of Casco was walking southwest on the …
The nationwide Polaris Project released its 2014 ratings of state human trafficking laws Wednesday. This map shows Maine as being a Tier 2 state in the organization's rankings, a step below the highest ranking available, but the same tier as in last year's rankings.

Annual report draws attention to trafficking of children, others in Maine

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 17, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An annual report by the national Polaris Project ranks Maine near its top level in terms of efforts to combat human trafficking. But that same study finds that Maine has stalled at its Tier 2 ranking while several other states have increased protections for victims and taken …

Traffic stop in Gray results in drug arrest

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
GRAY, Maine — An early Tuesday morning traffic stop in Gray for speeding escalated to a case of multiple charges against a Massachusetts woman, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office announced. Carla Barbosa, 36, of Boston was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking, possession of a usable amount of marijuana and …
Chocolate lobsters cool in their candied shells in Westbrook on Tuesday.

Westbrook’s Haven’s Candies sold to new owner before 100-year anniversary

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 16, 2014, at 10:46 a.m.
WESTBROOK, Maine — Andy Charles recalls one customer who bought a box of needham candies and started to gently complain: “They’re all different sizes and shapes.” Charles’ response? “I know, isn’t it great?” Over Westbrook-based Haven’s Candies’ nearly 100 years in business, the operation has added some factory chocolate mixers …
Greg Shinberg of Shinberg Consulting goes over a proposed master plan for the Midtown development project in Portland's East Bayside at a neighborhood meeting.

Portland allocates $2.7 million to raise street near four-tower Bayside project

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 15, 2014, at 9:24 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The city of Portland will devote $2.7 million to raising the street grade along one side of the four-tower, $150 million Midtown project after councilors passed a slate of measures related to the development Monday night. Construction on Midtown — which, if all four phases are completed, …

‘Between a rock and a hard place’: Portland’s big gamble on undocumented immigrants

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 9:13 p.m.
The city of Portland and the LePage administration have seemingly always had an uneasy relationship. As far back as 2011, a member of Gov. Paul LePage’s cabinet said the Republican administration wouldn’t work with Portland — which has been ranked the most liberal city in Maine and consistently has eight …

Police say bicyclist hit by car in Portland may have been drinking

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 15, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A bicyclist who was hit by a car crossing Forest Avenue in Portland on Sunday night may have been drinking, according to Portland police. Steven Bowie, 43, of Portland was taken to Maine Medical Center after the crash, which occurred in the area of 1871 Forest Ave. …
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Eight phrases Stephen King thinks writers should never use

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
Aspiring writers, take note. Stephen King, one of the bestselling authors of all time and perhaps Maine’s best-known resident, believes there are certain phrases that should be stricken from your notebooks and computer screens. In an interview with Jessica Lahey of The Atlantic published earlier this month, Lahey asked King …
Portland city attorney Trish McAllister talks to reporters outside the federal courthouse in Portland.

‘It was difficult, but it was also remarkably fun’: Maine’s first neighborhood prosecutor to leave Portland

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 12, 2014, at 3:41 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — When Patricia McAllister was hired as Portland’s newest attorney in 2010, she was sent to work in places that looked nothing like courtrooms or law offices. “I’ve been in some of the most disgusting apartments in this city — places where, when you leave, you’re gagging,” she …

Cause of death for pair found at Biddeford motel might not be known for a month

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 12, 2014, at 12:37 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — The administrator for the state medical examiner’s office said it may be weeks before authorities know for sure what killed two people found dead this week in a Biddeford motel. However, Biddeford Police Chief Roger Beaupre told the Journal Tribune and multiple other media sources that investigators …
Austin Theriault, NASCAR driver and Fort Kent native, will drive this car promoting the state of Maine and several of its private companies in a nationally televised race on Sept. 20.

LePage, Theriault unveil Maine-branded NASCAR ride

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 12, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Alongside logos for nationally known brands like Hertz Rent-a-Car and Toyota, emblems for the state of Maine and several of its local companies will be seen zipping around a Kentucky racetrack this month at 185 mph. NASCAR driver Austin Theriault on Friday morning unveiled a Maine-branded car …

Police looking for person accused of sneaking into Portland homes while residents sleep, stealing cash

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 11, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police are on the lookout for an individual they say has entered a series of homes over the past week while residents have slept, sneaking in through unlocked doors or windows and stealing cash and other items. “This is an unusual and concerning trend because the …
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Cumberland Center ranked as the most affluent place in Maine

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.
According to survey and census research released by the publication Business Insider, Cumberland Center — an approximately four-square-mile section of the town of Cumberland — is the most affluent community in Maine. This 2,500-person census-designated place [CDP] boasts a median household income of $101,375, the highest such figure in the …
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‘There will be no bargain, young Jedi’: Maine kids steal the show with realistic Jabba sand sculpture

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 5:34 p.m.
Sandsations, the annual sand-sculpting competition benefiting the southern Maine nonprofit Birth Roots, was held this past weekend on Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, and The Forecaster’s Ben McCanna was there. He snagged these pics of the eventual Golden Shovel Award winners, chosen by the judges for the top sand sculpture. Ben …

Portland principal, who is in the running for $100,000 grant, needs online votes to win

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
Derek Pierce, principal at Portland’s Casco Bay High School, is in the running for a $100,000 grant, and he needs your votes to win. From now until noon on Sept. 30, you can go to the Nellie Mae Foundation website — click here to do so now — and vote …

Police say deaths of two at Biddeford motel not homicide

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 10, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — State police believe the case of two people found dead at a Biddeford motel Tuesday night was not homicide. Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Wednesday morning that state police, who were initially called in to aid Biddeford police after the bodies …
A sign outlining Planned Parenthood's buffer zone is shown in Portland in June.

Portland attorney suggests Planned Parenthood, not city, pursue buffer zone

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 09, 2014, at 7:42 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A City Council subcommittee delayed its decision on whether to seek alternatives to an abortion clinic buffer zone after attorneys advised that there’s little the city could do that would survive a legal challenge. But while the city’s hands may be tied from a legal perspective, city …
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