Opponents step in to test Iberdrola on wind power project in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 31, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
Three groups have asked to challenge Central Maine Power Co. parent Iberdrola’s plan to build a wind farm in Somerset County, but not with the usual arguments against wind power. The parties lining up in the case are the same who challenged a joint venture by Emera and Massachusetts-based wind …

Mainers report seeing what appeared to be large fireball in night sky

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 30, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
PORTLAND | More than three dozen Mainers on Monday night reported seeing what appeared to be a large fireball. According to the American Meteor Society, more than 330 reports of a bright fireball were received on Monday, and the fireball was observed from Maine to as far south as …

St. Dominic Academy hockey player, father die in Leeds crash

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 30, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
A father and his son, a 14-year-old freshman at St. Dominic Academy, were killed on Tuesday morning in a collision on Route 202 in Androscoggin County, according to officials. The two-vehicle collision occurred shortly after 8 a.m. in the area of the intersection of Route 202 and …

Atlantic Wind advances Fletcher Mountain wind project in Somerset County

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 29, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
PORTLAND | A sister company of Central Maine Power Co. is moving ahead with a wind power project that may include as many as 50 turbines near Fletcher Mountain in Somerset County. Atlantic Wind, an indirect subsidiary of the Spanish utility Iberdrola S.A., which is also the indirect parent …

Oakland ordinance banning ‘loud and unreasonable’ noise gets mixed reviews

By Jon Chrisos, CBS 13 on Dec. 29, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
Oakland residents now have to keep the noise down or it could cost them. Last week, the Oakland Town Council passed a new noise ordinance. Residents are subject to fines if they make too much “loud and unreasonable noise.” Fines can be given out by police if …

Vassalboro man left homeless after his home is vandalized

By Jared Pelletier, CBS 13 on Dec. 29, 2014, at 12:17 p.m.
A Vassalboro man’s plan to get back on his feet after falling on hard times financially is shattered. He said he found his mobile home on Webber Pond Road trashed last Tuesday. “When I saw it I was devastated and I thought who would do such a …
First Sgt. Joseph Taylor of Bingham, Maine, picks up a letter during a recent mail call at the National Police Training Center in Paynesville, Liberia.

Maine soldiers helping Ebola treatment efforts in Liberia

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 27, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
A Mainer from Hartland, a platoon leader with the 902nd Engineer Company, helped build a 50-patient Ebola treatment unit in Liberia, and another from Bingham is the noncommissioned officer in charge of protection, lodging and logistics for the facility. 1st Lt. Abraham Richardson and the 902nd built the first Ebola …
Fairfield police are looking for this man who allegedly robbed a convenience store early Friday morning.

Fairfield police seek Cumberland Farms robber

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 26, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
A lone man robbed a Main Street convenience store early Friday morning, and police are searching for him. Fairfield police Sgt. Paul St. Amand said the robbery at Cumberland Farms was reported shortly before 2 a.m. Although the robber did not display a weapon, he allegedly told …
The moon is seen through trees as the sun sets over Bangor on a very warm Christmas day Thursday.

‘Some great days ahead’ of mild temperatures and sunlight, weather forecasters say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 25, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
CARIBOU | Record-setting warmth added to the joy of Christmas Day through much of Maine, with meteorologists predicting similarly comfortable temperatures — and clear skies — through most of the weekend. Caribou’s 48-degree high temperature matched a record set on Christmas 2003, while Bangor’s 54-degree temperature bested a record …
William Quattrocchi

Solon man accused of sexually assaulting boy in 2012

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 23, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
A local man is facing multiple charges after an alleged sexual assault against a 12-year-old boy in 2012, police said. William Quattrocchi, 24, who was already at the Somerset County Jail on a probation hold for an unrelated burglary, is facing additional charges of gross sexual assault …

Soaking rain expected to start as freezing rain in northern, western Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 23, 2014, at 8:32 a.m.
CARIBOU | A soaking rain that is forecast to make for a wet Christmas, not a white one, is expected to start as freezing rain in northern and western counties, according to the National Weather Service. With freezing rain expected to fall late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, …
Dana Craney

Autopsy reveals Wilton grandmother died of blunt force trauma to head

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 22, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
The grandmother found dead Saturday afternoon in the backyard of her home died from blows to the head, according to a spokesman for the Maine medical examiner’s office. Dana M. Craney, 22, was charged with murder Sunday morning in connection with the death of his grandmother, Joanne …

Franklin County deputies net pair of domestic violence arrests, including one involving shotgun

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 22, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
AVON | Franklin County sheriff’s deputies on Sunday made two arrests involving domestic disputes, including one involving a shotgun, according to Sheriff Scott Nichols. Nichols said in a statement that when deputies arrived at a Duck Scout Road home in Avon, they learned Diane Bouley, 47, of Massachusetts had …
Dana Craney

Wilton man faces murder charge in connection with death of grandmother

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 21, 2014, at 9:47 a.m.
A young Wilton man has been charged with the murder of his grandmother, according to Maine State Police. Dana Craney, 22, was charged early Sunday morning in connection with the death of Joanne Goudreau, 67. Her body was discovered Saturday afternoon in the backyard of the mobile …

Police: Man who killed himself in school parking lot had sexually assaulted girl

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 19, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
WATERVILLE | A local man who took his own life in the parking lot of Benton Elementary School on Wednesday had apparently sexually assaulted a teenage girl earlier in the day, according to Waterville police. Anthony Harding, 41, sexually assaulted the girl at a storage shed that he had …

Crash claims life of man from Jay

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:15 a.m.
WILTON | A man from Jay was killed early Thursday morning in a single-vehicle accident on Route 156, according to police. Dennis Hanson, 37, was traveling west when he lost control of his Chevy Blazer, according to Wilton police Chief Heidi Wilcox. Hanson was traveling home from work at …

Winter storm expected to wind down throughout Thursday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
CARIBOU | Much of Maine woke up Thursday morning to fresh snow on the ground, including more than a foot in some locations. Timothy Duda, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said the Houlton area already has about 13 inches of snow, with a total of …

Benton, Fairfield schools locked down after parking lot suicide

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 17, 2014, at 5:18 p.m.
Schools in the SAD 49 towns of Benton and Fairfield were placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon after a man took his own life on school property, according to Superintendent Dean Baker and Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty. The incident occurred in the parking lot of Benton Elementary …
Darryel Wright

Skowhegan man arrested after drug raid produces heroin, other contraband

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 17, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
A local man is facing multiple charges after a drug raid produced 445 bags of heroin and other contraband, sheriff’s deputies said. A search warrant was executed Tuesday morning at the residence of Darryel Wright, 36, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s …

Lawrence High School in Fairfield briefly locked down

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 17, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
Lawrence High School was briefly locked down on Wednesday afternoon, according to officials. An official at the SAD 49 Superintendent’s Office said shortly after 3 p.m. the lockdown has been lifted. Details about the circumstances of the lockdown or how long it lasted weren’t immediately available. Watch …
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