Glenn Geiser Jr. (center), his attorney Joe Baldacci (right) and Eugene M. Sullivan Jr., Baldacci's associate, leave the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at the Airport Mall in Bangor through the back door after a public hearing Monday was postponed.

Police say My Maine Ride dealer illegally purchased inspection stickers from Winterport auto shop

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 12, 2014, at 6:37 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A vehicle purchased from My Maine Ride in August that had an inspection sticker but was deemed defective by Maine State Police investigators led to suspensions and charges against Glenn Geiser Jr., 48, of Brewer, the dealership’s owner. Geiser’s license to inspect vehicles was under suspension when …

Lewiston man accused of trying to smuggle drugs into prison

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 12, 2014, at 6:03 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 31-year-old Lewiston man is being held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail after he was arrested on a charge of trying to smuggle Suboxone by mail into the Maine State Prison. Jacob A. Koch made his initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in Rockland District Court before Judge …
Two bodies were found Wednesday at the scene of a Tuesday night fire in Sumner. Police said they couldn't identify the two, but they are believed to be Robert Keach, 52, and Della Keach, 60, the brother and sister who lived there.

Two bodies found in rubble after fire destroys Sumner home

By Tony Reaves on Feb. 12, 2014, at 7:29 a.m.
SUMNER, Maine — The state fire marshal’s office reports that two bodies have been found in the rubble after fire swept through a house late Tuesday night. Investigators found both bodies Wednesday morning, according to a release from Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. They were taken to …
 Foster Chicoine, 17 months, lost his left eye to a rare form of cancer. His mother, Jerusha, will participate in a polar plunge in Portland on Feb. 15 to fundraise for Camp Sunshine. Foster attended the camp after being diagnosed.

After boy loses eye to cancer, Maine family finds solace at Casco camp

By Jackie Farwell on Feb. 10, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — Jerusha Chicoine’s son was just four months old when she noticed a tiny white dot on his pupil. No one else could see it — not her husband, her mother, or even little Foster Chicoine’s pediatrician. “I thought I was losing my mind,” Chicoine said. But …

Fire in Gray drives 7, including 5 children, from home

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 10, 2014, at 10:05 a.m.
GRAY, Maine — Two adults and five children escaped a fire Monday morning at a home at 16 Weymouth Road. No one was injured by smoke, heat or flames, which destroyed the home, according to Portland ABC affiliate WMTW-TV. The fire was reported at approximately 8 a.m. and extinguished by …
Drug agents gather evidence from a pickup truck on Route 26 in Oxford on Friday morning.

Two methamphetamine labs discovered in Oxford County

By Ryan McLaughlin and Nell Gluckman on Feb. 07, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
GILEAD, Maine — Eight people were arrested and charged with trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine after drug agents and police found evidence of two methamphetamine labs in Oxford County. An investigation by the Western District Task Force of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency revealed that “an organized group of individuals routinely …
Stephen Colvin

Husson University football player dies in skiing accident at Sugarloaf

BDN staff reports on Feb. 04, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — A Husson University football player died at Sugarloaf Tuesday morning after he skied off a steep trail into the woods, authorities said. Stephen Colvin, 21, of Hoosick, N.Y., was skiing with three other men, including two teammates, when the accident occurred, according to Carrabassett Valley Police …

Births in Lincoln, Houlton and Lewiston

on Jan. 31, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
Penobscot Valley Hospital Lincoln To Chelsey Cox and Tyler Pelkey-McLaughlin, Medway, a son, Brandon Robert Pelkey-McLaughlin, on Jan. 8, 2014. To Terri Shorey and John Freeman, Lincoln, a son, Dawson Kade Freeman, on Jan. 21, 2014. To Chelsea and Brendon Ireland, Lincoln, a daughter, Lillian Grace Ireland, on Jan. 24, …

Births in Machias, Damariscotta, Bar Harbor and Lewiston

on Jan. 31, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
Down East Community Hospital Machias To Rachel Davis, Campobello, New Brunswick, and Jeremy Lyons, Lubec, a son, Jace Carter Patrick Lyons, on Jan. 11, 2014. To Hillery Trickett and Ashley Gray, Marshfield, a son, Brody Terry Gray, on Jan. 18, 2014. To Elizabeth and Michael Stover Jr., Addison, a daughter, …

Lewiston man pleads guilty in federal court to sexual exploitation charge

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 31, 2014, at 12:21 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Lewiston man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to one count of sexual exploitation of a child. By pleading guilty, Derek Hinkley, 30, admitted that he used his computer in summer 2012 to webstream images of a teenage boy masturbating. Hinkley threatened to cut off …
From the community

Work begins on Exit 80 Turnpike project in Lewiston

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 30, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Turnpike Authority has begun mobilizing crews and safety equipment for a project to construct a new interchange that will replace the existing Lewiston Exit 80 Turnpike Interchange, and replace both bridges which carry Turnpike traffic over Alfred Plourde Parkway. Work will take place during daylight …
The NewPage paper mill in Rumford

Verso-NewPage merger could be in trouble

By Whit Richardson on Jan. 30, 2014, at 8:40 a.m.
Verso Paper Corp. has run into a problem that has the potential to derail its $1.4 billion deal to merge with NewPage Holdings Inc. As part of the merger agreement, which was announced earlier this month, Verso Paper initiated a debt exchange offer in which holders of its debt would …

Auburn man pleads guilty to firearm charge

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 27, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An Auburn man pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of possession of a firearm, according to officials. Kenneth Sales, 23, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. According to court documents, Auburn police investigated a possible stabbing …
Students at the University of Maine at Farmington in this undated handout photo.

University system trustees approve Farmington campus’ plan to switch to natural gas

By Nell Gluckman on Jan. 27, 2014, at 3:13 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine at Farmington hopes to save $4 million over the next 10 years by switching from oil to less expensive natural gas to heat the school’s buildings. On Monday, the University of Maine System’s board of trustees brought the university one step closer to …
Doug Walker, professor of economics at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and author of the book "Casinonomics."

How many gambling venues are too many for Maine and New England?

By Kathryn Skelton on Jan. 26, 2014, at 6:16 a.m.
People walked into Maine’s two beckoning casinos last year and gambled more than $1.1 billion. Newcomer Oxford Casino, without a hotel or amenities except a restaurant with a $5 burger night, saw more than half of that action. With numbers like that, other companies want in. The rhetoric is high …

GRAPHIC: The proposed merger: What mills are involved?

By Eric Zelz on Jan. 26, 2014, at 6 a.m.
Rumford's NewPage paper mill as seen from Granite Street in Mexico.

Verso-NewPage merger could bring upheaval before prosperity for Maine mills, say experts

By Whit Richardson on Jan. 26, 2014, at 5:42 a.m.
The proposed merger of Verso Paper and NewPage Holdings, announced on Jan. 6, sent shockwaves through the local and global paper industries. Verso’s stock shot up more than 570 percent, analysts started chattering about implications for the global paper market, and millworkers in Maine expressed hope the deal would improve …

Shareholders approve Oxford Networks’ sale to Canadian firm

By Whit Richardson on Jan. 24, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The shareholders of Oxford Networks voted on Thursday to approve a deal that would see the Lewiston-based telecommunications company be acquired by a Canadian private equity firm. The vote paves the way for Montreal-based Novacap to acquire Oxford Networks for $50 million, which includes a payment of …

Gray woman gives birth in driveway by herself

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 24, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Steve Bronish got the surprise of his life Friday morning when his daughter gave birth to a baby girl while standing in her Gray driveway. At 5:18 a.m., by herself, Abigail Cain delivered her own baby, Danica AnnMarie Cain, who weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured …
Stephen Ray Gravel

Maine State Prison inmate’s death due to cancer

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 24, 2014, at 1:44 p.m.
WARREN, Maine — A 53-year-old prisoner at the Maine State Prison who died Tuesday succumbed to cancer, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety. Stephen Ray Gravel died in a cell in the prison infirmary, Maine Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Friday. The prison death was reviewed by …
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