Snow drifts blend into and over the domed roof of Wild Blueberry Land at the intersection of routes 1 and 187 Saturday in western Washington County. Another few inches of fresh snow fell in Maine on Saturday night and Sunday morning, adding to record-breaking winter weather over the past several weeks in the state and New England.

Weekend snow secures winter records for Maine, New England

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 22, 2015, at 9:51 a.m.
BANGOR | Just when you thought the piles couldn’t get any higher, it happened. Again. Not satisfied with having set snowfall records in much of New England over the past several weeks, Mother Nature dumped another several inches of snow across Maine on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Snowfall …
Police are looking for Exeter resident Derek Avery, 32, who is wanted in a domestic violence case after he reportedly used his car to ram his ex-girlfriend's vehicle (pictured) damaging it and forcing her off the road. Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for Avery, who is driving a silver 1999 Honda Civic with a license plate number 8670TV, and to call the police department at 368-3263.

Exeter man accused of ramming car, choking his ex-girlfriend turns himself in

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 21, 2015, at 2:38 p.m.
NEWPORT | An Exeter man who on Friday night used his vehicle to ram his ex-girlfriend’s car forcing her off the road, and then choked her until another man driving by stopped to help, according to Newport police, turned himself in Saturday after the public was asked to help. …

Andover man initially refuses to leave burning mobile home

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 21, 2015, at 11:56 a.m.
A local man who lives in a remote trailer on South Arm Road at first refused to leave his burning home, delaying crews from fighting the fire during Friday night’s frigid cold, Fire Chief Rob Dixon said Saturday morning. “On our arrival, the resident was not very …
Police say they have arrested the man suspected of robbing the Rite Aid in Gardiner on Wednesday.

Man suspected of robbing Rite Aid in Gardiner in custody

By CBS 13 on Feb. 21, 2015, at 7:54 a.m.
Police say they have arrested the man suspected of robbing the Rite Aid in Gardiner on Wednesday. Rudger Ellis, 21, was arrested at a home in Gardiner at 7:45 p.m. Friday. Ellis faces multiple charges. His bail is set at $10,000.  
The man who robbed TD Bank in Waterville earlier this month is a suspect in three other bank robberies in central Maine.

Central Maine police seeking possible serial bank robber

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 20, 2015, at 11:40 a.m.
WATERVILLE | The man who held up TD Bank on Main Street earlier this month is a suspect in three other bank robberies in central Maine. According to Waterville Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey, the robberies have occurred over a 26-month span, starting in December 2012, when the Franklin …
A car driven by local resident Ashley Scott is stuck in the drifting snow on Deep Cove Road in Eastport on Monday, Feb. 16, while a van driven by her husband, Chris Scott, idles nearby.

Snow, freezing rain possible this weekend

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 20, 2015, at 10:07 a.m.
GRAY | A weekend winter storm potentially could bring up to 6 inches of fresh snow throughout the state, according to the National Weather Service’s Gray forecast center. Forecaster Tom Hawley said Friday coastal areas could see mixed precipitation, resulting in sleet or freezing rain. Hawley said forecasters expect …
Gardiner police are looking for a man who held up a Rite Aid Pharmacy on Wednesday.

Gardiner police seek Rite Aid robber

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 20, 2015, at 9:21 a.m.
Police are looking for a man who robbed the Rite Aid on Wednesday. According to a statement from Gardiner police, the lone robber walked into the store around 2 p.m. with his face concealed, went to the pharmacy counter and reportedly demanded drugs. The suspect fled the …
Police released this security video photo of the man they suspect of robbing the Rite Aid pharmacy on Wednesday afternoon in Gardiner.

Police searching for man accused of robbing Gardiner Rite Aid pharmacy

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 19, 2015, at 2:33 p.m.
Police continued to search Thursday for a man they say robbed the Rite Aid on Wednesday afternoon in Gardiner. At about 2 p.m. Wednesday, a man about 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants approached the store’s pharmacy counter and demanded …

Lisbon man dies following collision with garbage truck

By Darcie Moore on Feb. 19, 2015, at 1 p.m.
TOPSHAM | Topsham police say a man seriously injured in a crash on snow-covered roads the morning of Feb. 9 has died from his injuries. Police reported Christopher Wheeler, 48, of Lisbon was driving west on Route 196 when his vehicle slid into the oncoming lane, where it was …
A Hampden resident clears his driveway after the weekend storm. Forecasters have predicted up to 12 inches of snow starting Thursday in parts of Maine.

Up to 12 inches of snow possible in parts of Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 18, 2015, at 7:44 p.m.
BANGOR | Weather forecasters upgraded the storm heading for Maine from a watch to a warning on Wednesday. They also increased the expected snowfall amounts to up to a foot in some locations, possibly more in southern Hancock County. Meteorologist Mark Bloomer of the National Weather Service’s Caribou office …

Richmond man charged with robbery, assaulting police officer

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 18, 2015, at 10:47 a.m.
A 26-year-old man is in Two Bridges Regional Jail on Wednesday morning charged with Class A robbery, assault on an officer and multiple other crimes following a Tuesday night incident in which a police officer was injured. Jedidiah Wasilewski of Richmond was also charged with operating under …
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Former Winslow booster, China coach pleads guilty to theft, fraud

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 17, 2015, at 7:39 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A former Winslow High School wrestling booster and China field hockey coach accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from school sports organizations in Winslow and China pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of felony theft during a hearing in Kennebec County Superior Court. Wendi Willette, …
Winds blew snow across Maine Avenue in Bangor on Sunday afternoon. The weekend storm, predicted to bring nearly two feet of snow to parts of Maine, only brought several inches of snow, but high winds caused much blowing and drifting.

Up to 8 inches of snow possible Wednesday into Thursday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 17, 2015, at 3:59 p.m.
GRAY | Winter-weary Mainers tired of snow and shoveling can expect more of the same Wednesday night and into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. According to the weather service’s Gray forecast center, a low pressure system approaching from the Great Lakes could bring up to 8 inches …
From the community

Palmyra selectmen to meet Feb. 18

Bangor Daily News on Feb. 17, 2015, at 12:17 p.m.
PALMYRA, Maine — The Palmyra Board of Selectmen will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the town office, 768 Main St., to finalize the warrant for the 2015 annual town meeting.   This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →
Fred Getchell of Presque Isle got a firsthand look at the whiteout driving conditions as he drove to Easton at around 8 a.m. Monday on Route 10.

High winds, blowing snow create whiteout conditions across Maine

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 16, 2015, at 12:01 p.m.
FORT KENT | High winds and blowing snow created headaches for drivers around the state Monday. The winds, combined with the snow that fell over the weekend, created near whiteout conditions. “We recorded a wind gust of 60 mph in Frenchville early this morning,” said Pete Rahe, observing program …
Snow drifts start to take over Harry Snyder's home in Whiting. Washington and York counties gained about 2 more feet of snow with high winds. Inland and northern Maine only received several inches of snow.

Down East, southern Maine get brunt of weekend snowstorm

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
FORT KENT | Not since his days as a lineman on a Montana cattle ranch in the early 1970s has Harry Snyder seen snowdrifts like the ones forming outside his Whiting home this weekend. “Back then, I was snowed in for three days before they could get to me,” …

Connecticut man dies in snowmobile accident

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 3:07 p.m.
CARATUNK | A Connecticut man died Saturday afternoon while snowmobiling in Somerset County. Lars Otto, 46, of Danbury, Connecticut, was riding with another person when he apparently failed to negotiate a turn on Bald Mountain Loop Trail, according to Warden Lt. Kevin Adam. Otto was riding a snowmobile behind …
A Bangor resident clears his driveway Sunday afternoon.

Downgraded weekend storm still buries York, Washington counties

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 9:41 a.m.
FORT KENT | Most Mainers expecting to wake up to blizzard conditions Sunday morning were either disappointed or relieved, as the National Weather Service dropped the expected amount of snowfall over most of the state. Heavy snow and high winds are still expected along the coast in far eastern …

Dogs, puppies die in Hiram house fire

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 14, 2015, at 2 p.m.
At least four dogs and an unknown number of puppies perished in a blaze that destroyed a home on Durgin Town Road on Friday night, according to Fire Chief James Siracuse. The family of seven who resides there was not home at the time of the fire, …

Bangor woman pleads guilty to picking up bath salts at post office

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 14, 2015, at 12:57 p.m.
A local woman pleaded guilty to a drug charge in U.S. District Court on Friday. Krystal Bell, 28, of Bangor in May admitted to investigators that she went to the St. Albans post office to pick up bath salts mailed to Maine from China, according to the …
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