Revised school budget gains initial approval in Appleton

By Beth Brogan on July 24, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
APPLETON, Maine — After defeating a proposed 2014-15 school budget last month, Appleton residents voted 65-9 at Tuesday’s special town meeting to approve a smaller increase over last year in their portion of the Union 69 budget. Voters must still approve the proposed $1.12 million budget by written ballot at …

Lightning strike causes fire at home in Farmington

By WGME on July 24, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — Four families need a place to stay after a lightning strike caused a fire at their home in Farmington on Wednesday afternoon. No one was inside the home at the time, but witnesses who heard the lightning strike described it as deafening. Michael Whittemore, who lives at …

Police arrest Clinton man after he had been on the run for two days

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 24, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
CLINTON, Maine — A local man with a lengthy criminal record, who had been on the loose since Monday, was captured by police Wednesday. According to Clinton police Chief Craig Johnson, an officer went to the residence of James Simonson, 54, Monday with intent to arrest and charge him with …
This Pan Am Railways train collided with a truck in Livermore Falls about 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Pan Am train, logging truck collide in Livermore Falls

By Dawn Gagnon on July 23, 2014, at 6:06 p.m.
A train and logging truck collided in Livermore Falls on Wednesday afternoon, blocking Main Street to traffic for several hours but resulting in no serious injuries. The crash happened at 3:15 p.m., when a logging truck traveled into the path of a Pan Am Railways train and was struck, causing …

Authorities responding to crash involving train, tractor-trailer

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 23, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.
LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine — Police and rescue crews were en route to an accident involving a train and a tractor-trailer in Livermore Falls on Wednesday. An Androscoggin County Communications dispatcher said the accident is on Route 17, but no other details were immediately available. Check bangordailynews.com for updates

Paving work set for 13-mile stretch of I-95 starts this week

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 23, 2014, at 10 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — Paving work on Interstate 95 will slow traffic over a 13-mile stretch, according to Maine Department of Transportation officials. The paving work will cover a stretch from Newport to Carmel in the highway’s northbound lanes, according to MDOT spokesman Ted Talbot. Work is expected to start by …
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Paving to begin on I-95 northbound Newport to Carmel

Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014, at 9:24 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — Paving work begins this week on Interstate 95 northbound at Exit 157 in Newport, extending 13.3 miles to Carmel, according to Maine Department of Transportation.Motorists should allow extra time with reduced speeds and one lane of travel through the work zones, in addition to uneven lanes and …

Waterville police issue warning after black bear makes several local appearances

By Dawn Gagnon on July 22, 2014, at 9:05 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — Waterville police are warning the public not to approach a black bear that was spotted several times Monday near Silver Street and Pleasantdale Avenue. Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said the first bear sighting reported about 5 a.m. on Pleasantdale Avenue, but the bear had wandered back …
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Skowhegan man charged in central Maine copper thefts

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 22, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
WINSLOW, Maine — A Skowhegan man is facing multiple charges after a lengthy investigation regarding copper thefts in central Maine. Michael Grant was charged Monday with aggravated criminal mischief and felony theft in connection with copper thefts in Winslow, Waterville, Augusta, Farmingdale and Windsor, according to Winslow Police Chief Shawn …

Newport police arrest woman after complaints of drug activity at residence

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 22, 2014, at 1:41 p.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — A local woman was arrested on Monday afternoon after police had received numerous complaints of alleged drug activity occurring at her Highland Avenue home. Amy Boudreau, 40, was taken into custody without incident, according to Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid. Macdaid said police had been receiving calls …
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Thomas Follette, 100, sits in a truck at Dysart's.

100-year-old has ‘big rig’ dream fulfilled at Dysart’s

on July 22, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
HERMON, Maine — Thomas Follette, 100-year-old resident of Arbor Terrace in Gardiner, has dreamed of going for a ride in a “big rig” and having lunch at a legendary local favorite – Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant. His wish came true Monday, July 21, thanks to the generosity of Dysart’s who donated the …

Franklin County man accused of stealing check from ex-roommate

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 22, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
WILTON, Maine — A local man is facing a felony theft charge after allegedly stealing a check worth more than $600 from his former roommate, according to police. Tristan Ridlon, 29, faces up to five years in jail if convicted of the Class C crime. Wilton police Officer Derek Daley …

Workhorse and Worksong Hootenany

By Gabor Degre on July 22, 2014, at 5:46 a.m.
North Branch Farm was host to the Workhorse and Worksong Hootenany, a workshop organized by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this video incorrectly identified the organization as the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association
Anna Goff of Rockland tries her hand at driving workhorses as farm co-owner Seth Yentes walks alongside during the  Workhorse and Worksong Hootenany.

A visit to the Workhorse and Worksong Hootenany

By Gabor Degre on July 22, 2014, at 5:29 a.m.
MONROE, Maine — It was a perfect summer day, with the sun shining over the fields. A man driving horses cultivated vegetables as sounds of a song came from a distance, where others weeded the crops. You would think it’s a movie about life 100 years ago, but in fact …

Quebec man arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle wife into US near Jackman

By Dawn Gagnon on July 21, 2014, at 8:14 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Quebec man who was arrested last week after allegedly attempting to smuggle his wife into the country made his initial court appearance Monday at U.S. District Court in Bangor. Pierre Poulin, 40, of St. Martin, Quebec, is charged with encouraging and inducing illegal entry into the …

Vigil, fundraiser set for 14-year-old Pittsfield boy who died of aneurysm

By Dawn Gagnon on July 21, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
PITTSFIELD, Maine — Friends and family of a 14-year-old Pittsfield boy who died unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm will gather Monday night to light candles in his memory and show their support, according to a community organization. The gathering for Nolan Berthelette is set for 9 p.m. Monday at Warsaw …

Brunswick man will not be charged in I-95 camper rollover

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 21, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
FAIRFIELD, Maine — An elderly Brunswick man involved in a camper rollover on Interstate 95 on Sunday will not face charges, state police said Monday. Paul Adams, 83, was heading southbound near mile marker 134 when an apparent mechanical failure caused him to lose control, Maine State Police Sgt. Blaine …
The disappearance of Geraldine Largay, pictured wearing the black jacket, continues to plague wardens and locals one year later.

Mystery of missing Appalachian Trail hiker still vexes wardens, locals one year later

By Jennifer Long, CBS 13 on July 21, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — A mysterious disappearance in the Maine woods still has wardens searching for answers. Tennessee hiker Geraldine Largay disappeared while hiking the Maine portion of the Appalachian Trail a year ago. Maine game wardens believe they know what might have happened to her, but locals also have …

Athens biomass plant to get $30 million investment

By Darren Fishell on July 21, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
ATHENS, Maine — In a deal that would trigger about $12 million in state tax credits, a Missouri-based investment firm plans to put more than $30 million into a biomass plant connected to the Maine Woods Pellet Co. The Finance Authority of Maine approved the investment from CCG Community Partners …

Camper rollover forces partial shutdown of I-95 in Fairfield

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 20, 2014, at 12:13 p.m.
FAIRFIELD, Maine — A largely wooden 32-foot camper rolled over on Interstate 95 and jammed southbound traffic for 5½ hours on Sunday and broke apart when rescue workers tried to move it, officials said. An elderly Brunswick man was towing an apparently brand-new Hornet camper with a pickup truck in …
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