The National Weather Service office as seen Monday in Caribou.

‘Calm before the storm’: National Weather Service readies for blizzard in Maine

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 26, 2015, at 7:06 p.m.
CARIBOU | Things were pretty quiet Monday afternoon at the National Weather Service office in Caribou as what could be a major snowstorm started churning its way up the Eastern Seaboard toward Maine. “This really is the calm before the storm,” Richard Okulski, meteorologist in charge at the Caribou …
Mike Marshall (left) directs the driver of a plow truck to attach to a plow with Robert Lyford (right) at Bangor Public Works on Monday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming storm, which is predicted to drop 18 to 24 inches of snow starting Monday night.

Flights canceled, plows readied, shoppers hit stores before blizzard

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 26, 2015, at 11:33 a.m.
BANGOR | As Maine braced for a major snowstorm expected to include blizzard conditions late Monday through early Wednesday, the state’s airports canceled flights, plow crews prepared for difficult road conditions, and shoppers stocked up before hunkering down. The National Weather Service put much of the state under a …

Massachusetts man killed in Bethel single-vehicle crash

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 25, 2015, at 2:07 p.m.
A Massachusetts man driving on Sunday River Road died when he crashed his car into a snowbank that launched him into a utility pole early Saturday morning, Oxford County Sheriff Sgt. Tim Holland said Sunday. Mickael Jette, 25, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, was driving south in a 2006 …
Snow falls in downtown Ellsworth early Saturday afternoon as a storm moves north along the East Coast. With predictions between 6 and 10 inches, interior portions of Hancock and Washington counties were expected to get the majority of the snowfall in Maine.

Winter storm moving up East Coast causes accidents in coastal Maine

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 24, 2015, at 12 p.m.
A winter storm moving up the East Coast that is expected to bring several inches of snow to eastern Maine by Sunday morning caused a spate of vehicle accidents Saturday in coastal Maine, according to reports. The storm is expected to dump between 6 to 10 inches of snow in …
A week after the auction of unsold items from the former Gediman’s Appliance began, the lawyer representing owner Peter Gagnon said Friday that the store would not file for bankruptcy protection, but Gagnon is considering personal bankruptcy.

Customers remain in limbo as owners of appliance store that closed without filling orders consider bankruptcy

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 23, 2015, at 3:05 p.m.
BATH | A week after the auction of unsold items from the former Gediman’s Appliance began, the lawyer representing owner Peter Gagnon said Friday that the store would not file for bankruptcy protection, but Gagnon is considering personal bankruptcy. Attorney Leonard Sharon said Friday that a business attorney advised …
Keith Barry, pictured here with his wife, Jenica, and their children, Leah (from left), Zack and Luke, has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. A potluck supper will be held Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus hall in Brunswick to benefit the family.

Fundraiser planned for Lisbon father of 3 recently diagnosed with cancer

By Darcie Moore on Jan. 20, 2015, at 1:49 p.m.
It was like a bad cold and sinus infection that wouldn’t go away, Jenica Barry said, which made the holidays a difficult time for her husband, Keith Barry. The illness persisted, and he continued to get sicker, which is “when this stuff started happening really quick — …
Hector Cedeno

24 arrested on drug charges in Lewiston area

By CBS 13 on Jan. 20, 2015, at 12:29 p.m.
More than a dozen people face charges in a major drug bust in the greater Lewiston area. Multiple agencies were involved in the bust including the Lewiston Police Department, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, a gang task force made up …

Fourteen facing drug charges in Lewiston-Auburn ring

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 16, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
PORTLAND | Approximately 14 people were indicted by a grand jury in connection with the distribution of cocaine and heroin in the Lewiston-Auburn areas, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. According to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office, 11 suspects were arrested and indicted on Friday, while three …

Waterford gun club rejects neighbors’ offer to buy silence

By Marissa Bodnar, CBS 13 on Jan. 15, 2015, at 11:55 a.m.
After years of controversy, some people in Waterford are offering to buy the silence of a local gun club. But the club says it isn’t for sale. “Bang, bang,” said Waterford resident John Howe, describing the sound he and his wife hear seven days a week. “You …
Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte (left) joined Finance Commissioner Richard Rosen to brief reporters on Gov. Paul LePage's two-year state budget proposal on Wednesday in Auburn.

Auburn mayor, who works for LePage, calls governor’s reform plan a plus for cities, taxpayers

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 14, 2015, at 5:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA | As Maine lawmakers continue to dig into Gov. Paul LePage’s two-year budget proposal, which includes sweeping changes to the state’s tax policy, Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte said cities and taxpayers should gain more than they lose. Among other changes, LePage’s proposal eliminates about $62 million of state …
The gaming floor at the Hollywood Casino in Bangor Wednesday.

Hollywood Casino net revenue dips in 2014, while Oxford sees increase

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 14, 2015, at 4:47 p.m.
BANGOR | Coming out of 2014 with a slight drop in net revenue, Hollywood Casino tried a 10-day experiment in which it kept its doors open around the clock. The test run didn’t yield the results casino officials hoped for, so the gambling facility has returned to its normal …
Four months after Gediman's Appliance in Bath and Lewiston abruptly closed, more than 300 appliances will be auctioned off beginning at 9 a.m. Friday.

Appliance store that closed in September hasn’t compensated customers; auction of unsold merchandise begins Friday

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 14, 2015, at 11:25 a.m.
BATH | Four months after Gediman’s Appliance abruptly closed its Bath and Lewiston stores, prompting dozens of customers to complain to the attorney general’s office about goods or services they were owed, more than 300 floor model refrigerators, ovens, washing machines and other appliances will be sold at auction …
Northbound traffic on Interstate 95 in Augusta was expected to be slowed for much of Tuesday afternoon after a tractor-trailer overturned at mile 111.

Interstate 95 traffic in Augusta remains at one lane after tractor-trailer wreck

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 14, 2015, at 10:48 a.m.
Work continued Wednesday morning to remove the wreckage of a tractor-trailer that overturned on Interstate 95 on Tuesday, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said. Traffic remain at one lane and backups are expected, according to McCausland. The truck’s driver, Matthew Blackburn, 42, of Portland, was …
Shawn Stevens

Norway man accused of beating woman three times in a week

By CBS 13 on Jan. 13, 2015, at 6:22 a.m.
According to police, a man is accused of beating a woman three times in a week. Police say Shawn Stevens, 43, of Norway threw a frying pan at the victim, slammed a door on her arm repeatedly as she was trying to leave, hit her head on …
Police are at the scene of a standoff at Chickadee Drive in Auburn.

Auburn standoff ends peacefully

By CBS 13 on Jan. 11, 2015, at 2:52 p.m.
An Auburn standoff involving an elderly couple ended peacefully Sunday afternoon. Chickadee Drive was blocked off as Auburn and state police spoke with the elderly couple. Police said the man called 911 and said he and his wife had health issues that he had a gun. Just …

12-year-old saves siblings from Saturday morning fire in Winthrop, fire chief says

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 10, 2015, at 4:10 p.m.
An alert 12-year-old saved his two older siblings from a fire that broke out at their home Saturday morning, according to firefighters. “He did a great job,” Winthrop fire Chief Dan Brooks said of the child on Saturday afternoon. “He did all the right things in the …

Man sentenced to 18 more months after forging prison release papers

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 09, 2015, at 6:02 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Bryant Pond man accused of forging documents to get out of prison early will spend another 18 months behind bars. His attorney acknowledged Friday that Joseph Ryan Cox was supposed to be credited with time served at a county jail so he could be released early …
Timothy Davison

Reward increased to $60,000 for information on road rage shooting of Maine man in Pennsylvania

By Staff, The Evening Sun on Jan. 09, 2015, at 3:26 p.m.
In an effort to encourage more tips, the family of a man killed on Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania is increasing their reward from roughly $22,000 to $50,000. The family’s reward, in addition to the $10,000 being offered by Crime Stoppers, raises the total award to $60,000 for information that leads …

Chesterville man accused of assaulting girlfriend, sheriff’s deputies

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 09, 2015, at 9:04 a.m.
A local man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and others at a party at a Vienna Road residence, sheriff’s deputies said. The series of events leading to the arrest of Scott Lagace, 21, occurred around 9:30 p.m. when police responded to an …
Mr. Bernard's School of Hair Fashion's campuses in Bangor (above) and Lewiston abruptly closed on Monday, one day before classes were scheduled to resume after the holiday break. The owner of Mr. Bernard's said Thursday that the beauty school closed due to "purely financial" reasons.

Bangor beauty school closed due to ‘purely financial’ reasons, owner says

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 08, 2015, at 6:05 p.m.
Students who attended a 55-year-old Bangor beauty school that closed abruptly earlier this week gathered at the facility on Thursday to pick up their belongings and chat with their peers. Mary Hunt, who has owned Mr. Bernard’s School of Hair Fashion since her father, Andrew Fournier, died …
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