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.

Portland man drowns in lake at Scarborough campground; police suspect alcohol as a cause

By Seth Koenig on June 30, 2014, at 8:24 a.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Gorham police on Monday identified Giot Nguyen, 45, of Portland as the man drowned while swimming Sunday at the lake in Wassamki Springs Campground. Nguyen was not wearing a life jacket and police suspect alcohol was a factor in the drowning, according to Lt. Christopher Sanborn of …
Gov. Paul LePage and Senate President and Justin Alfond both smile in Portland on Friday as a series of federal education grants are announced.

Grants to help at-risk students ignites fight over what federal funds are OK to accept

By Seth Koenig on June 27, 2014, at 6:24 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — All in attendance at the news conference in Portland on Friday afternoon agreed that $11.3 million in grant funding to help at-risk students is good news, but the announcement quickly reopened schisms between Maine Democrats and Gov. Paul LePage over MaineCare expansion and aid for undocumented immigrants. …
A statue of Joshua Chamberlain stands sentinel near an entrance to Bowdoin College in Brunswick on Thursday, where he served as president. Chamberlain died 100 years ago of a wound he received 50 years earlier in Petersburg, Virginia. History buff Dean Clegg is raising money for a marker to placed near the spot where he was wounded.

Maine native seeks to place historical marker at Virginia site where Joshua Chamberlain was shot

By Seth Koenig on June 27, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Joshua Chamberlain surveyed the scene at Petersburg, Virginia, where he had been ordered to help launch one of the last key battles of the Civil War, and knew the siege could kill him. His concerns would turn out to be justified. Now, 150 years to the month …
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Undead cats, rabid dogs and ghosts: Why Buzzfeed thinks Maine is the world’s scariest place

on June 26, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
This is mostly Stephen King’s fault. Buzzfeed posted its latest listicle about Maine on Wednesday, this time steering clear of all the celebratory “great ocean views” and “delicious seafood” items that usually mark a good pandering Maine listicle. This one is titled: “13 Reasons Maine is the Scariest Place in …

With Coyne and Leeman leaving, will the Portland City Council become more liberal?

on June 26, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.
A day after the Portland City Council’s only registered Republican — District 4′s Cheryl Leeman — announced she won’t seek re-election, one of the panel’s more conservative Democrats said he’ll be walking away as well. District 5 City Councilor John Coyne confirmed to The Forecaster’s David Harry in a Wednesday interview …

Wednesday afternoon fire destroys home in Livermore Falls, CBS 13 reports

By Seth Koenig on June 26, 2014, at 11 a.m.
GRAY, Maine — Firefighters in Livermore Falls responded to an afternoon fire on Wednesday that destroyed a home, Portland television station CBS 13 reported. The fire destroyed a mobile home and spread to a garage between 15 and 20 feet away, CBS 13 reported. A local fire official told the …
Planned Parenthood's controversial buffer zone sign in Portland.

Supreme Court decision on abortion clinic buffer zone could be blow for Portland ordinance

By Seth Koenig on June 26, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Until Thursday, federal case law in the United States had largely reinforced the city of Portland’s argument that it could legally force anti-abortion protesters to stay at least 39 feet away from the city’s Planned Parenthood clinic. But on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down …

What’s so funny in Portland? City stand-up lives on after the Comedy Connection

on June 25, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
For almost two decades, Portland area comedy fans could count on the Comedy Connection as a place to reliably find laughs. It was the best-known — and only dedicated — venue for stand-up comedy in the city, and Maine’s most famous comedian, Bob Marley, long considered it his home club. …
This nearly life-sized statue of Jason Voorhees from the "Friday the 13th" horror movies welcomes customers to Portland's Coast City Comics. The first actor to play the character will pose for photos and sign autographs at the store next month to raise money for charity.

First actor to play Jason in ‘Friday the 13th’ films makes Portland his next haunt

By Seth Koenig on June 25, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland is only about 20 miles away from Crystal Lake — albeit the one in Gray — so maybe it’s natural for Jason Voorhees to make a pilgrimage here. Ari Lehman, the first actor to play the now-iconic antagonist of the “Friday the 13th” horror movies, will …
U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty

Man living in Maine sentenced to 16 months for racking up tax debt and drunken driving charges on Texan’s identity

By Seth Koenig on June 25, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Texas man was denied credit cards, detained at the U.S. border for hours and nearly had his driver’s license revoked for repeated drunken driving convictions and unpaid taxes in Maine. But none of those convictions or Maine tax problems were his. Investigators determined a man living …
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Lobster, Duckfat and … Hampton Beach? Some of the best parts of Maine are in NH, website finds

on June 24, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
The latest list of Maine things making the rounds on the Internet comes our way from the real estate blog Motovo, which is gaining momentum as a click bait contender alongside more established social media trawlers like UpWorthy and Viral Nova. Not long ago, I posted on this blog about …
Justice Warren M. Silver

Maine supreme court upholds suspension of jail guard who dragged inmate with two broken ankles across floor

By Seth Koenig on June 24, 2014, at 3:35 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday upheld a one-year suspension for a corrections officer who dragged an inmate with two broken ankles more than 100 feet. In a decision written by Justice Warren Silver, the court ruled that the Maine Criminal Justice Academy board of trustees …

Westbrook woman accused of helping boyfriend sexually assault her relative rejects plea deal

By Seth Koenig on June 24, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A court hearing for Holly Morrison, a Westbrook woman accused of helping her boyfriend sexually assault a young relative, ended quickly on Tuesday when attorneys told the judge she will not change her plea. Morrison’s case will proceed to trial, and jury selection is scheduled for July …
Andrew E. Demers

Former Maine State Police chief accused of sexually assaulting child appears in court

By Seth Koenig on June 24, 2014, at 2:07 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The former head of the Maine State Police, who is accused of felony sexual assault against a young child, appeared at the Cumberland County Courthouse on Tuesday for preliminary talks in the high-profile case. Former Maine State Police Chief Andrew Demers, 74, a decorated law enforcement veteran …

St. Joseph’s College students who threw bombs from dorm window plead guilty, sentenced to community service

By Seth Koenig on June 24, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Two students at St. Joseph’s College in Standish pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to throwing makeshift explosives out their dorm windows during a snowy day in February. Brandon Ward of Houlton and Victor Santos of Framingham, Massachusetts, each pleaded guilty in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court to one …

Three men wearing bandannas over their faces rob man walking in Portland, police say

By Seth Koenig on June 23, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A man walking along Mountfort Street was held up in broad daylight by a trio of men wearing bandanas as masks, Portland police Lt. James Sweatt said late Monday afternoon. According to Sweatt, a man reported to police he was walking in the area of 116 Mountfort …

Cab company owner suspended, fined over allegations he harassed and verbally abused women

on June 23, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.
I know many readers of the Bangor Daily News and its affiliated blogs have been following the case of Portland’s Yellow Cab company and its owner, who allegedly berated two women who refused to get in his taxi and provide his male passengers with some kind of unspecified birthday treatment (more …
Country Acres Farm Inc. in this February 2007 file photo.

Maine dairy farmer claims former state commissioner — not mishandling of manure — put him out of business

By Seth Koenig on June 23, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A former Maine dairy farmer is arguing in court that a former state agriculture commissioner put him out of business as payback for a dispute over federal crop subsidies. But on Monday, the commissioner’s attorney countered that the farmer’s “flagrant disregard for environmental regulations” were the cause …
Judge Andrew Horton

Judge finds school district overcharged West Bath by $1.9 million but doesn’t order repayment

By Seth Koenig on June 23, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
WEST BATH, Maine — West Bath town officials declared a key legal victory as a Sagadahoc County Superior Court justice ruled that the Bath-area regional school system overcharged the member town by more than $1.9 million over a four-year period. But in a multifaceted ruling issued last week, Justice Andrew …
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Buzzfeed lays out the ’25 best parts about being from Maine’

on June 19, 2014, at 6:05 p.m.
Tip of the cap to our BDN newsroom head Anthony Ronzio for noticing this latest piece by the listicle factory Buzzfeed. The folks over at Buzzfeed have apparently noticed that whenever Maine gets mentioned in one of their “Top places” lists, Mainers share the heck out of it on social …
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