Vermont man sentenced to prison for role in New England burglary ring

By Alyssa Dandrea, The Keene Sentinel on Sept. 20, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
BRATTLEBORO, Vermont — A local man will serve four to 10 years in prison for his role in a burglary ring that investigators say committed roughly 100 break-ins in Maine and four other states. Dillon W. Lange, 23, whose last known address was Alstead, pleaded guilty recently in Windham Criminal …
Kyanna McLean, 6, of Bangor gets her face painted at Bangor's first ever Day of Hope on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

‘Lots of need here’: Bangor churches see thousands at their ‘Day of Hope’

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff on Sept. 20, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Ashley Ouellette can’t afford to see a dentist. The 27-year-old Bangor woman studies 25 to 30 hours a week when she isn’t taking classes electronically at the University of Maine-Machias or mothering her three young children. She and her fiance, a sales rep at Sears, pour their …
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PAWS’ CATS MEOW Dinner – Reserve Your Tickets Now!!

By SA Lambert on Sept. 20, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Cat's Meow Purrfectly Delicious Surf & Turf Dinner, Eastport Arts Center 36 Washington St, Eastport, Maine For more information: 207-853-0099 Looking for a terrific end-of-summer evening out? On Saturday, September 27th, PAWS Brave Hearts is once again hosting a festive …
Theodore Berry

Three-way race set for Rockland council

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 20, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Three candidates have made the ballot for two open seats on the Rockland City Council. The three people who had taken out papers all turned them in Friday. Making the ballot are Theodore Berry of Crescent Street, William Clayton of Acadia Drive, and Valli Geiger of Broadway. …

Knox County Jail inmate accused of hiding drugs inside ‘Hunger Games’ book

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 20, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 23-year-old South Thomaston woman could get more time in jail after police say she hid drugs inside a book while being held at the Knox County Jail. Briannah Parlin made her initial court appearance Friday in Rockland District Court on a charge of trafficking in prison …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage bets GOP will take Maine House in 2014

By Susan Morse, York Weekly on Sept. 20, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.
YORK, Maine — A forceful Gov. Paul LePage faced the Portsmouth Herald’s editorial board Thursday, saying flatly he does not want the newspaper’s endorsement for governor. “I have no interest in being endorsed,” he said. “None, zero.” He went on, “I’m not about politics. I’m about issues. I do not …

2 men injured in plane crash north of Telos

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 20, 2014, at 9:39 a.m.
Two men suffered minor injuries from a plane crash Friday night north of the Telos area, officials said Saturday. Millinocket’s ambulance service received a radio report about 9:13 p.m. that a man with a head injury was being taken down the Golden Road in a pickup truck. A dispatcher from …
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Old Trophies Wanted!

By Joe Pelletier on Sept. 20, 2014, at 8:50 a.m.
The Bangor High School Speech and Debate Teams will be hosting their 25th Annual Debate and Speech Tournaments in late October and need your help. A few years ago, to help lower our team budget for the school department, we started recycling old trophies. We order new plaques to put …
This 2008 photo of Ned, an Asian elephant that performed at a circus in Bangor, helped generate awareness he was emaciated.

Bangor photographer ordered to testify in DC in case against elephant trainer

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 20, 2014, at 6:07 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Avid photographer Jeff Kirlin had no ulterior motives when he asked for backstage access to the Anah Temple Shrine circus that came to the Bangor Civic Center in April 2008. But among the thousands of photos he took that week of spangled trapeze artists, jolly clowns and …
Randy Cross, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, looks over a black bear's teeth during a study of wild bears near Ashland in this February 2013 file photo.

As tagging stations report solid bait season, biologists say bears will head to dens soon

By John Holyoke on Sept. 20, 2014, at 5:53 a.m.
As what could be the final bear hunting with bait season comes to a close Saturday, representatives at tagging stations across the state say that it’s been a solid four-week hunt and they’ve seen some large bears. The general bear hunting season began on Aug. 25 and continues until Nov. …
Dr. Michael "Micky" Collins

Red Sox’s Brock Holt receives good news after treatment for concussion by Maine native

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 19, 2014, at 8:46 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — Brock Holt got encouraging news Thursday. The Boston Red Sox infielder/outfielder was cleared to resume baseball activities after being examined by head trauma specialist Dr. Micky Collins at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Holt has not played since Sept. 5 because of a concussion. Collins is Hermon, …
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media at a press conference at the New York Hilton on Friday.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell promises revised conduct policies for league

By James Queally, Los Angeles Times on Sept. 19, 2014, at 8:41 p.m.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell promised major revisions to the league’s conduct policies as he spoke out Friday for the first time in days after a series of domestic violence allegations rocked the league this week. “At our best, the NFL sets an example that makes a positive difference,” he said, …

Pennsylvania boy, 9, feared kidnapped on sailboat in Pacific Ocean

By Reuters on Sept. 19, 2014, at 8:39 p.m.
SEATTLE — An international search was underway on Friday for a Washington state father who vanished on a sailboat with his 9-year-old son, possibly to islands in the Puget Sound or South Pacific, or to Mexico, officials said. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Jeffrey Ford Hanson, 46, after …

White House seeks to stop rape on campus

By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post on Sept. 19, 2014, at 8:37 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The White House launched an ambitious campaign Friday aimed at ending sexual assaults on college campuses, in part by enlisting major college sports leagues and prominent celebrities to get men involved in the effort. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launched the initiative, called “It’s On …

US won’t ‘telegraph’ when Syria strikes will begin, official says

By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Sept. 19, 2014, at 8:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Ten days after President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the White House gave no sign Friday that attacks were imminent as he prepared to meet world leaders at the United Nations. At a White House briefing, National Security Adviser …

Texas triple murder suspect kills himself in jail, police say

By Lisa Maria Garza, Reuters on Sept. 19, 2014, at 8:33 p.m.
A 63-year-old man charged with killing three adults and wounding a child during a shooting spree at a trailer park in Corpus Christi, Texas, committed suicide in his jail cell, police said Friday. Sammuel Everett Toomey was being held in Nueces County Jail on three counts of capital murder and …
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud speaks with reporters Friday at the Portland International Jetport.

Mike Michaud, Maine Republicans clash in crude lyric controversy

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 19, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Democratic gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Friday criticized the Maine Republican Party for what he called “dirty, gutter politics,” after the GOP attempted to blame him for a video containing a crude comment about U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. The video was created by Knack …
School Superintendent Quenten Clark [with microphone] answers a question from Budget Committee member Cathy King during East Millinocket's annual town meeting June 3, 2014.

East Millinocket to see slight increase in school budget in third referendum

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 19, 2014, at 8:01 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Residents will have a third opportunity to vote on a proposed $4.02 million school budget, this one about $9,400 larger than the last one they saw, during a validation referendum held Tuesday, officials said. Ninety-nine residents who attended a town meeting Thursday voted to approve the …

ICE arrests 81 during operation targeting criminal aliens, immigration fugitives in New England

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 19, 2014, at 6:54 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — As part of its ongoing efforts to remove criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and egregious immigration law violators, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a four-day operation in New England that resulted in 81 arrests, the agency said Friday in a news release. The operation, which wrapped up …
Jesse N. Mansir, 31, of Gardner

Gardiner man indicted in connection with Rite Aid robbery

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 19, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Gardiner man facing a robbery charge in state court was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury on a count of interference with commerce by robbery in connection with a holdup last month at the Rite Aid in Gardiner. Jesse N. Mansir, 31, allegedly got away …
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