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Man taken to Waterville hospital after found unconscious on riverbank

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 25, 2014, at 9:37 a.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — A 20-year-old local man was taken to a nearby hospital Thursday afternoon after he was found unconscious on the banks of the Kennebec River, according to police. Police were called to an area known as the Head of Falls around 2:15 p.m., when a passer-by spotted the …

Drowning under investigation in Anson

By WGME Staff on July 25, 2014, at 7:11 a.m.
ANSON, Maine — A drowning is under investigation in Anson and rescue crews are at the scene. A Maine Department of Transportation spokesman said Route 201A between Campground Road and Preble Avenue is closed and likely will be through the morning commute. That road is along the Kennebec River. Watch …
Donn Fendler reflects on the 75th anniversary of his being "Lost on a Mountain in Maine," Thursday at his camp in Newport.

75 years after being ‘Lost on a Mountain in Maine,’ Donn Fendler to be feted in Freeport

By John Holyoke on July 25, 2014, at 5:28 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — Donn Fendler has lived a full life during the 75 years that have elapsed since a state and a country rooted, prayed and prepared to mourn for the boy who had become lost on Maine’s largest mountain. But as he’s regularly reminded, to many Fendler is neither …
An aerial view of burnt train cars after a train derailment and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec July 8, 2013.

Bankrupt railway, creditors expected to honor Quebec police request to preserve Lac-Megantic engine

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 24, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
DERBY, Maine — The locomotive that led the Maine train that killed 47 people in Quebec last year will likely be withheld from an auction next month at the request of Quebec provincial police, officials said Thursday. Sûreté du Québec officials must preserve the locomotive for pending court actions, said …

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
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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 …
 
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