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The moon is seen through trees as the sun sets over Bangor on a very warm Christmas day Thursday.

‘Some great days ahead’ of mild temperatures and sunlight, weather forecasters say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 25, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
CARIBOU | Record-setting warmth added to the joy of Christmas Day through much of Maine, with meteorologists predicting similarly comfortable temperatures — and clear skies — through most of the weekend. Caribou’s 48-degree high temperature matched a record set on Christmas 2003, while Bangor’s 54-degree temperature bested a record …
The MacMaster family (from left) Tripp, Scott, Parker and Jake, poses with a drawing of the boys' mother, Cyndi MacMaster, on Wednesday. Cyndi MacMaster died on Dec. 19.

Father, three young sons searching for new Christmas normal less than a week after mother’s death

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 24, 2014, at 5:28 p.m.
DRESDEN | Cyndi MacMaster was the kind of woman who knew what had to be done today to ensure a better tomorrow. With young children at home and a husband working three jobs, she trained to sell real estate, then earned her bachelor’s degree in social work. For a …
Douglass McCaig

Man remains jailed on Christmas Eve after Monmouth standoff

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 24, 2014, at 4:20 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A 67-year-old Greene man remained at the Kennebec County Jail on Christmas Eve unable to post $10,000 cash bail after being accused of causing a standoff late Tuesday. Douglass McCaig, who also lives in Vero Beach, Florida, is charged with one count each of failing to stop …

Rapist accused of assaulting woman, creating police standoff

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 23, 2014, at 3:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A local man who was convicted of rape in 1997 was arrested on Tuesday after an alleged assault and a lengthy standoff, police said. Lorne Sherwood, 45, attempted to sexually assault a 32-year-old woman at his Water Street residence, according to Augusta police Lt. Kevin Lully. When …
Robert Hernandez

Four arrested in connection with heroin, crack operation in Augusta

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 23, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
Four people, including a man from the Bronx, were arrested on drug charges Monday after a search warrant was executed at an Augusta apartment. Robert Hernandez, 24, of the Bronx and Heather Wilkinson, 48, Randy Haskell, 54, and Joshua Carey, 24, all of Augusta, were arrested after …
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler E. Woodcock speaks during a press conference announcing a broad coalition of groups that oppose a proposed referendum that would outlaw the hunting of bears by hound, trap or bait in Augusta in this 2013 BDN file photo. The Maine Ethics Commission recently voted to push for a mandate that would require state agencies and employees to disclose any campaign activity.

Ethics panel wants campaign groups to reveal political involvement of government agencies, employees

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 22, 2014, at 6:12 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Campaign groups that enlist government agencies or their employees for political activity should have to disclose that participation in campaign finance filings, commissioners on the state ethics panel said Monday. In a 4-1 vote, members of the Maine Ethics Commission chose to advocate for such a disclosure …

University of Maine student makes custom cribbage boards

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 21, 2014, at 6:45 a.m.
Travis Higgins, a UMaine student, started making cribbage boards after making one for his mother for Mother’s Day. His work sells in stores like Rock and Art Shop in Bangor and features Maine images like lobsters and sea scenes.
Firefighters extinguish a fire on a train engine Saturday morning in Monmouth.

Monmouth firefighters extinguish burning train engine

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 20, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
Quick thinking and quick action Saturday morning helped to minimize the damage caused when a train engine caught on fire, according to Monmouth Fire Chief Dan Roy. The train, which had three engines and 80 cars, was heading south through Monmouth when it started to lose power …
Leroy Herbert Smith III, 24, in Kennebec County Superior Court in May where he appeared on a charge he murdered his father.

Gardiner man charged with murdering, dismembering father to appear in court

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 19, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A Gardiner man charged with the gruesome murder of his father at their apartment in May is scheduled to appear in Kennebec County Superior Court on Jan. 5 to allow Justice Donald Marden to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. Leroy Smith III, 25, was …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan said earlier this year that Portland would not comply with a directive from Gov. Paul LePage to cut General Assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants. Both Portland and Westbrook have asked a state judge to make the state pay the overdue General Assistance reimbursements until the legality of the governor's order is settled.

Portland, Westbrook ask judge to make state pay overdue GA reimbursements

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The cities of Portland and Westbrook are asking a Superior Court judge to make the state pay more than $1.2 million worth of reimbursements for General Assistance spending while the cities challenge the state’s decree that such aid not be given to some immigrants. The two cities, …
Allison Trask, 31, of Windsor.

Windsor woman arrested after nearly shooting Kennebec County deputy

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 18, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
A local woman is in jail Thursday after a Wednesday night incident in which a Kennebec County sheriff’s deputy was nearly shot. The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Allison Trask, 31, started at 7 p.m. when Sgt. Galen Estes responded to a Legion Park …

Man arrested at Maine State Museum after attempting to leave with 2-year-old girl

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 18, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A Bath man was arrested Tuesday morning at the Maine State Museum after attempting to leave with a 2-year-old girl, state police said. James Cavallaro, 58, is facing charges of assault and violating conditions of release, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said. Capitol Police is …

Man accused of assaulting mother of his unborn child

By CBS 13 on Dec. 16, 2014, at 5:36 a.m.
AUGUSTA | An Augusta man is facing drug and weapons charges and police believe he may have assaulted the mother of his unborn child. Investigators say 18-year-old Stephon Davis displayed a firearm in a “reckless manner” outside his home on Littlefield Street on Sunday night. When police came to …
Aaron Tardiff

Augusta man arrested after allegedly breaking into estranged wife’s apartment, assaulting her

By CBS 13 on Dec. 15, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
An Augusta man is being held without bail after police said he barged into his estranged wife’s apartment, assaulted her and threatened her new boyfriend early Saturday morning. Aaron Tardiff, 27, faces several charges, including a felony burglary charge and misdemeanor charges of domestic violence assault, domestic …
The Verso Paper mill is seen in Bucksport Tuesday. Union officials are afraid that the sale of mill to a Canadian metal recycling company means the end of papermaking at the mill. Democrats and Republicans have allied to ensure Verso pays severance to millworkers by Jan. 8.

Democrats, Republicans ally to ensure Verso pays severance to Bucksport millworkers

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 11, 2014, at 6:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA | State officials from across the political spectrum are lining up on the side of more than 500 workers at the Verso paper mill in Bucksport, who are locked in a fight with the owner of the soon-to-be shuttered facility over severance packages worth up to $45 million. …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, is lauded by Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Florida (center), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, during a farewell gathering in his honor on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Michaud ends his 12 years in Congress on Jan. 3.

Michaud bows out after 3 decades in office confident he ‘made Maine a better place’

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 11, 2014, at 5:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA | U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud capped a 32-year political career Thursday confident that he has “made Maine a better place” and content with the prospect of returning to a quiet life in the Katahdin region. Michaud, who gave up his seat in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District for a …
Kimberly Maldonado

New Jersey couple facing multiple drug charges after Augusta bust

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 11, 2014, at 2:11 p.m.
A New Jersey pair were arrested Wednesday when drug agents seized a large quantity of crack cocaine, cash and oxycodone. Kimberly Maldonado, 47, and Otis Tosen, 43, were arrested outside an Augusta motel, according to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Commander Peter Arno. Arno said both had outstanding …
Lt. Scott Ireland (left) and Detective David Pelletier of the Maine State Police carry Long Island ballot boxes into a hearing on Tuesday at the State House in Augusta.

Investigation into Senate District 25 election reveals 21 votes were tallied twice during recount, likely reversing outcome again

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 09, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA | In a dramatic turn of events, an inspection of ballots from Long Island on Tuesday showed that 21 votes for Republican Cathy Manchester appear to have been counted twice during a Nov. 18 recount in Senate District 25. That would be enough to deprive Manchester of the …
A truck traverses the Maine Turnpike in Sabattus on Tuesday where the speed limit was down to 45 mph.

Snow, freezing rain, sleet moves into Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 09, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
GRAY | Maine is in the midst of yet another storm, expected to bring up to a foot of snow to some communities, according to the National Weather Service. The bulk of the snow was expected to fall in northern and western Maine. Sleet, rain and freezing rain also …
Five people and four cats escaped a three-unit apartment house fire on Tuesday morning at 20 State Street in Augusta.

Fire destroys multi-unit apartment building in Augusta

By CBS 13 on Dec. 09, 2014, at 7:20 a.m.
A fire destroyed a three-unit apartment building in Augusta. Five people lived in the building on State Street, and they all made it out unharmed, along with four cats. The blaze was less than half a mile away from last week’s fire on Northern Avenue, which displaced …
 
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