Study: Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young

By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters on April 15, 2014, at 10:23 p.m.
Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, …

High winds leave more than 6,000 Mainers without power

By Dawn Gagnon on April 15, 2014, at 8:49 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Emera Maine and Central Maine Power repair crews are working to restore power to more than 6,000 customers, according to the utilities’ live outage and restoration maps. As of 8:30 p.m., CMP was dealing with more than 4,000 outages in its service area, with the bulk of …

Pentagon says automatic budget cuts would hit F-35, other weapons

By Andrea Shalal, Reuters on April 15, 2014, at 8:46 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Tuesday detailed $48.3 billion in cuts to major weapons programs like Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet that would kick in from fiscal 2016 to 2019 if Congress does not reverse automatic budget cuts that are to resume in 2016. It said the cuts would …

Ukraine launches ‘gradual’ operation, action limited

By Gabriela Baczynska and Thomas Grove, Reuters on April 15, 2014, at 8:08 p.m.
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces launched a “special operation” on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking East, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited. Soldiers disembarked from two helicopters at an airfield at Kramatorsk, where reporters earlier heard gunfire that seemed to …
North Yarmouth Town Meeting on April 12 started with Steve Palmer, chairman of the Board of Selectman, honoring Greely Middle School student C.J. Bates for being a winner in "If I led my community ...," a statewide seventh-grade essay contest held by the Maine Municipal Association.

North Yarmouth town meeting voters reject budget that would have cut taxes, approve tax increase

By Alex Lear on April 15, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
NORTH YARMOUTH, Maine — Although the Board of Selectmen proposed a town budget that would have reduced municipal taxes by 5.5 percent, North Yarmouth town meeting voters on April 12 approved changes that will instead raise taxes 2.8 percent. Selectmen recommended a fiscal 2015 budget of $2.41 million, while the …

Woman pleads guilty to involvement with Bangor bath salts distribution ring in 2011

By Judy Harrison on April 15, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A woman accused of being part of a conspiracy to distribute bath salts in Penobscot County two years ago pleaded guilty to a drug charge Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Jessica Bryden, 21, of Greenbush worked with the her boyfriend, Ryan Ellis, 32, formerly of Greenbush and …

Piscataquis Community Secondary School third quarter honor roll

By Julie Harris on April 15, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
Piscataquis Community Secondary School, Guilford Third quarter honor roll Grade 12, high honors: Chelsea Baillargeon, Kyla Desmarais, Jamie Libby, Casey Northup; honors: Katelyn Bates, Elaina Bennett, Courtney Brackett, Jenna Chapman, James Chastenay, Tiia Flick, Danica French, William Gilbert, Spencer Martell, Paul Martin, Kayla Oldham, Miranda Pettit, Zachery Pratt, Courtney Richardson, …

Winterport man sentenced after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child

By Abigail Curtis on April 15, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A Winterport man charged last summer with multiple counts of sexual abuse of a child was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison, with all but nine months suspended. David Hyatt, 74, pleaded guilty last week at Waldo County Superior Court to three charges of unlawful sexual …

Three Oxford County men arrested in connection with heroin distribution ring

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 15, 2014, at 3:56 p.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Three people were arrested Monday and Tuesday in connection with a heroin distribution ring in Oxford County, police said. William Heller, 61, of Rumford, Jason Howe, 26, of Bethel and David Cherkis, 45, of Greenwood are all facing multiple charges, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency commander Scott Pelletier …

Attorney general: Watch out for Bureau of Motor Vehicles phone scam

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 15, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The state’s attorney general is urging the public to be wary of a phone scammer claiming to be from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The caller demands a fee be paid immediately or the driver will have a warrant for their arrest issued, according to Attorney General …
A sign along the Maine Turnpike tells motorists that Exit 75 leads to Lost Valley and Sugarloaf ski areas.

Bill to restrict signs on Maine highways goes to LePage after final Senate approval

By Mario Moretto on April 15, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that would relocate or remove dozens of signs advertising schools, beaches, ski slopes and other attractions from Maine’s interstate highways is headed to Gov. Paul LePage after receiving final approval in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill, LD 1831, protects an estimated $170 million in …
Katie Solman (left) and her mother, Kristi Solman, both of Bangor, say Katie has experienced fewer epileptic seizures since she began taking medical marijuana in September. The Solmans joined other patients, parents and activists on Tuesday to call on President Barack Obama to remove medical marijuana from the list of scheduled drugs.

Maine patients, parents, activists call on Obama to remove medical marijuana from list of scheduled drugs

By Beth Brogan on April 15, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — Three times each day, 19-year-old Katie Solman of Bangor adds drops of a medical marijuana tincture into a cup of juice or tea and swallows it. Sometimes, she lets a lozenge dissolve in her mouth instead, in order to obtain the effects of the medical marijuana she …
Donchian Murray

Saco man accused of attempting to sell EBT card to undercover detective

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 15, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
SACO, Maine — A 21-year-old local man was arrested Monday after allegedly trying to sell an EBT card at a supermarket, police said. Donchian Murray had tried to sell the card to an undercover detective in exchange for $35 in cash, Saco Deputy Chief Jeffrey Holland said. Murray’s card had …
Mike Mills of R.E.M.

‘We were pretty damn good songwriters’ says Mike Mills of R.E.M. in advance of Record Store Day visit to Scarborough

By Kathleen Pierce on April 15, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
Mike Mills, bass player, songwriter and key vocal harmonizer for R.E.M. will visit Maine this weekend for Record Store Day. Mills will come to the Scarborough Bull Moose to sign limited editions of the band’s new release, “Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions,” on April 19. The four-LP box …

Yarmouth eyes first property tax rate cut in decades, but sewer fees will likely soak up savings

By Brendan Twist, The Forecaster on April 15, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Yarmouth residents could see the property tax rate decrease by about 1.5 percent in fiscal 2015, the first property tax reduction in decades. But for many residents, those savings will be at least partially offset by the enactment in recent months of sewer and transfer station fees. …

Teenage girl, 13, bitten trying to break up scuffle between family dogs

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 15, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
GREENBUSH, Maine — A teenage girl who tried to break up a scuffle between two family dogs Monday afternoon wound up going to a local hospital after being bit on the hand, police said. The 13-year-old, whose name was not disclosed, was not seriously injured, Sgt. Roy Peary of the …
Boston police stand beneath a "Boston Strong" sign near the site of one of the two bomb blasts on the anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Mass., on Tuesday.

Boston marks anniversary of bombing with song, prayer

By Scott Malone, Reuters on April 15, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
BOSTON — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, other leaders and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance on Tuesday at a tribute to the three people killed and 264 wounded in the attack one year ago. From Patrick Downes, who lost a leg when a …
Harbor Island

Heart-shaped Maine island goes back on the market for $1.275 million

By Bill Trotter on April 15, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
BROOKSVILLE, Maine — A lot of people love the coast of Maine. And though people have said money can’t buy love, it can buy a 22-acre symbol of love off the local village of Buck’s Harbor. Harbor Island, a heart-shaped island that helps provide shelter to boats that come and …
From the community
Husking Corn, Farmington, Maine. Penobscot Marine Museum

Searsport Farmers Market opens May 13

Bangor Daily News on April 15, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Tuesday, May 20, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Tuesday, May 27, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Tuesday, June 3, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Tuesday, June 10, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Tuesday, June …
Eugene Conlogue

Conlogue resigns in Houlton, police chief appointed interim town manager

By Jen Lynds on April 15, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — During a brief meeting on Monday evening, town councilors accepted the resignation of Gene Conlogue, who has served as town manager for a year and a half, and appointed the town’s police chief to serve as the interim town manager. Conlogue’s resignation is effective immediately. He did …
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