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.

10 Portland stories to follow in 2015

on Jan. 02, 2015, at 5:10 p.m.
This time of year, as we slog through the first few days of the new year and everyone recovers from their holiday vacations, it’s a good period to take inventory of the top news stories to follow in the coming 12 months. For Portland, some of the big stories of …
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United States of Self-deprecation: What Maine’s sarcastic slogan would be

on Jan. 02, 2015, at 10:36 a.m.
The website Distractify — which is a perfect name for a website that posts distracting things like listicles and other clickbait — collected sarcastic or self-deprecating one-sentence descriptions of each of the 50 states from people who live in those states. It’s funny what people come up with for slogans …
Portland Police Officers Graham Hults (left) and Joe Chappell pose for a photo with the staff at Casco Bay Eye Care earlier this month. The duo's temporary walking beat assignment ends this week.

#FOOTBEAT: Portland police build rapport by pounding the pavement, posting online

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 31, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.
PORTLAND, MAINE — For nearly three weeks, the faces of Portland police officers “Graham and Joe” have been all over the place — in the real world and the virtual one. In a revival of the Portland Police Department’s walking patrol, which in recent years has been dormant during the …
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NBC’s ‘Today’ show discovers acres of hidden sculptures in the Waldoboro woods

on Dec. 31, 2014, at 12:34 a.m.
Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy OK, I’ll do it. I’ll start with a typical social media clickbait-type lead-in: This national television news crew stopped in a small Maine town, and you’ll never believe what they found. In all seriousness, Bob Dotson and his …

Portland Trails looks to go to the next level with ‘unexpected’ financial boost

on Dec. 30, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.
The nonprofit Portland Trails announced Monday afternoon it has been awarded a three-year, $100,000 grant by the Old Bug Light Foundation, a gift organization leaders described as “unexpected” and transformative. In a statement, Executive Director Kara Wooldrik talked about how the grant will serve as a bridge between the “scrappy” …
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What was the most distinct Maine Internet search term in 2014?

on Dec. 30, 2014, at 11:22 a.m.
Tip of the cap here to my colleague, Beth Brogan, for pointing this out to me. The real estate blog Estately used Google Trends to determine which term people in each state searched for more often than people in other states in 2014, then made one of those fun maps …

2014 in superlatives: The top 10 top 10 lists Portland landed on

on Dec. 29, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
If you’ve read this blog in the past, you know I typically post whenever Portland gets named to a top 10 list or receives some other significant mention by national publications, and you also know that happens fairly regularly. I joke in this space about how frequently somebody somewhere — …

Portland police release details about weekend gunfire

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 29, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
Portland police on Monday afternoon released more information about gunshots reported in the city early Sunday. Portland police are working alongside investigators in neighboring Westbrook to determine if cases of overnight gunfire in the two cities were related. So far few details have been released, but the …
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One Maine town is counted among America’s 19 ‘most beautiful’

on Dec. 29, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
I knew once I came across a listicle on the lifestyle website Impulcity a few weeks back it would join the likes of Travel + Leisure, Buzzfeed and Forbes as an inexhaustible reservoir of material for our #Maine blog. I’ve already shared Impulcity lists showing off Maine’s strangest abandoned site …
Students exit Thornton Academy in Saco after a phone threat.

Thornton Academy put on lockdown, evacuated after phone threat

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 18, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
SACO | Thornton Academy in Saco evacuated students Thursday morning after officials there received a threat by telephone. A news release issued by the school indicated students were released at 9:15 a.m. “Thornton Academy has been in lockdown and the Saco Police Department is on site and has secured …
Lt. Jim Boudreau of the Windham Police Department speaks at a Wednesday morning news conference at the town’s high school. Boudreau said investigators executed a search warrant and arrested a suspect Tuesday evening thought to have made threats against local schools.

Teen arrested for Windham email threats ‘could have been a danger’

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 17, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
Windham police on Tuesday night arrested a teenager they say was behind the email threats that closed area schools for most of three days, reaching a milestone in a case they say could have gone very differently. Lt. Jim Boudreau of the Windham Police Department said at …
Trista Reynolds breaks into tears while talking about her missing daughter, Ayla, in September 2013. Trista is still hoping for answers in her daughter's disappearance three years later.

Ayla Reynolds’ mother still seeking answers three years after toddler disappeared

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 16, 2014, at 5:13 p.m.
PORTLAND | Wednesday marks the three-year anniversary of the disappearance of toddler Ayla Reynolds, and the girl’s mother said she’s still seeking answers and clinging to hope for some kind of resolution. Trista Reynolds told Portland television station WGME, CBS 13, she plans to light a candle and release …
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No ‘babe in the woods’: Judge sends Saco attorney to federal prison for money laundering

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 16, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.
PORTLAND | A federal judge had to reconcile two sharply contrasting images of Saco lawyer and hockey agent Gary Prolman presented Tuesday before settling on a sentence for conspiring to launder drug money. Ultimately, U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal said he didn’t buy Prolman’s story he was …
Roxann White (center) talks to reporters, Portland Codes Enforcement Officer Chuck Fagone and Portland Fire Capt. David Petruccelli (right) outside the 188 Dartmouth St. residence where she rents a unit from landlord Gregory Nisbet. Since a fire at another of Nisbet's buildings on Noyes Street killed six people in November, the landlord's other properties have come under scrutiny.

‘We don’t want to end up like that’: Tenants lodge new complaints about Portland landlord whose building burned, killing six

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 16, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
A Portland landlord whose building was the site of Maine’s deadliest fire in four decades is being taken to task by residents in another of his properties this week. Tenants in landlord Gregory Nisbet’s building at 188 Dartmouth St. told Portland television station WGME, CBS 13, they …
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Think warm: Maine beach ranks alongside Miami, Maui as one of America’s best

on Dec. 15, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
Now may not be the time you want to test the waters — brrrrr — but Coastal Living magazine recently Tweeted that it considers one of our Maine beaches to be among the 21 best in the country. I guess you could file this under “Think Warm.” Right up there …

Windham schools will remain closed Tuesday after school officials received email threats

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 15, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
Students were sent home early from Windham schools Monday morning after district officials say a “threat” was made. Cindy Kennie — executive assistant to the superintendent of Regional School Unit 14, which includes Windham and Raymond — said the district began dismissing students from all schools in …

Portland police chief talks to reporters about ‘suspicious item’ brought to police station

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 11, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.
Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck talks briefly with reporters near the intersection of Franklin and Middle streets late Thursday afternoon. Construction workers in the area brought an item they found to be suspicious to the police department nearby for investigation.
An officer stands near the corner of Middle and Franklin streets in Portland. Police closed the area to traffic while investigating a suspicious package. A bomb squad has been called in. Portland officials said Police Chief Michael Sauschuck would offer an update about the situation at 4:40 p.m. Thursday.

Portland’s Hazardous Device Unit ‘disrupts’ suspicious item, streets reopened

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 11, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
Sections of Franklin and Middle streets were reopened about 6 p.m. Thursday after the Portland Police Department’s Hazardous Device Unit used a robot to “disrupt” a suspicious item brought to the police station by a local construction crew, city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said in an email update …
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10 things to look for in a natural Maine Christmas tree

on Dec. 11, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
So, you’ve seen all your friends posting pictures on Facebook of the Christmas trees they cut down themselves and decorated. But you haven’t had a chance to get out and get yours, yet, because it’s been raining for what seems like a whole week. When you do get your chance, …

Biddeford doctor reprimanded for not ordering mammograms

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 11, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine reprimanded a Biddeford doctor after receiving a complaint alleging, in part, that he didn’t order yearly mammograms for a patient with a family history of breast cancer. The complaint against physician Nicholas Handanos also said he failed to immediately refer …
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