From left, Carter, 6, Holden, 10, and Grace, 10, Adragna sled down a hill Thursday morning at Hayford Park in Bangor. A storm brought several inches of snow to Maine on Thanksgiving Day.

More than 32,000 customers still without power from Thanksgiving storm

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 27, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.
FREEPORT | About a foot of heavy, wet snow fell across much of the state overnight Wednesday, thwarting Thanksgiving plans by knocking out power to more than 100,000. But by 4:30 p.m., ovens were heating up in more than half those homes as line crews for the state’s two …
Heavy rain was falling Monday in Bangor.

Maine sees unseasonably high temperatures before Thanksgiving snowstorm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 25, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
CARIBOU | With a Thanksgiving snowstorm churning up the East Coast, Mainers woke up Tuesday morning to unseasonably high temperatures. While it’s not impossible that some communities will see record-breaking high temperatures, Rich Norton, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said it’s unlikely any records will …
Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, smiles as the crowd applauds in Portland where she was honored by the state's pre-eminent conservative think tank, the Maine Heritage Policy Center, in July 2014.

DHHS chief lobbies Maine congressional delegation for tougher food stamp laws

By Mario Moretto on Nov. 24, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA | In a letter dated Monday, Maine Commissioner of Health and Human Services Mary Mayhew is petitioning the state’s congressional delegation for their help in reforming federal welfare laws. “The people of Maine are concerned about the proliferation of welfare benefits and the seeming lack of reasonable limits …
A West Gardiner teen was lucky to escape alive from this vehicle after he crashed it on High Street in West Gardiner on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, state police said.

West Gardiner teenager flips car, levels utility pole in High Street crash

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 23, 2014, at 8:26 p.m.
A 16-year-old is lucky to be alive, suffering only minor injuries, after his car snapped a utility pole and flipped over several times on High Street early Sunday, state police said. The impact of the crash was so violent that it tore the engine from the …
Matt Gagnon, CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, lays out the conservative think tank's policy agenda Thursday during a luncheon with supporters and donors at DiMillo's on the Water, a floating restaurant in Portland.

New leader of Maine conservative group aims to build upon Election Day wins

By Mario Moretto on Nov. 20, 2014, at 6 p.m.
PORTLAND | With fewer than three months under his belt as CEO, Matt Gagnon is laying out an agenda that he says will see the Maine Heritage Policy Center leading a charge for conservative policymaking in Augusta. During a luncheon Thursday at DiMillo’s on the Water, a floating restaurant …
Bob and Julie Miner talk to the Bangor Daily News with one of their baby lemurs Tuesday at their home in Mr. Vernon. The Miner's own and run DEW Animal Kingdom & Sanctuary in Mt. Vernon and will be the star in the reality show, "Yankee Jungle," which premieres Nov. 29 on Animal Planet.

Inside the Maine family-run zoo, star of new reality series “Yankee Jungle”

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Nov. 20, 2014, at 5:29 a.m.
“Tundraaaaa-ooooo,” Bob Miner bellowed, standing on the doorstep of his home. Lions roared and wolves howled in reply, their wild chorus echoing through the tall white pines of Mount Vernon, Maine. Tundra is the eldest lion at DEW Animal Kingdom and Sanctuary, which is home to more than 200 exotic …

Two drivers critically injured in head-on crash in Augusta

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 18, 2014, at 7:20 p.m.
Drivers from Rockland and Manchester are in critical condition following a head-on crash on Route 17 Tuesday morning. A 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by 51-year-old Lucretia Smith of Rockland was traveling west at the same time a 2004 Alero sedan driven by Salley Beane, 49, was traveling …

Waterville man who distributed oxycodone, cocaine in central Maine gets nearly 16 years

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 18, 2014, at 7:08 p.m.
BANGOR | A Waterville man who recruited his girlfriend, mother, stepfather and other relatives to bring drugs from New York City to Maine for distribution in Kennebec County was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to nearly 16 years in federal prison. Maurice “Mo” McCray, 34, pleaded guilty in …

Head-on collision sends two women to hospitals

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 18, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Two women were hospitalized Tuesday after a head-on collision on Route 17, according to police. Salley Beane, 49, of Manchester and Lucretia Smith, 51, of Rockland are both listed in critical condition at area hospitals, according to Augusta police Lt. Christopher Massey. Beane was traveling east and …
Members of the Maine Human Rights Commission listen to testimony during hearing about religious discrimination accusations filed against Moody's Diner by an employee on Monday in Augusta.

Maine rights panel agrees Moody’s Diner employee dating co-owner’s son suffered religious discrimination

By Mario Moretto on Nov. 17, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Human Rights Commission has ruled there are reasonable grounds to believe a longtime employee of Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro was discriminated against by her boss for religious reasons, which resulted in a hostile work environment. The commission also said there are reasonable grounds to believe …

Maine Senate recount confirms Democrat won in Lewiston district

By Staff Report, Sun Journal on Nov. 17, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – Nate Libby, a Lewiston Democrat, was officially declared the winner in the race for state Senate District 21 on Monday, according to Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap. Libby, who currently serves in the Maine House of Representatives and on the Lewiston City Council, was running against …
Maine Central Institute’s Austin Tolman (right) and Braden Monteyro (center) raise their hands in the air to pump up the crowd during the East Class D championship against Bucksport Saturday night in Pittsfield. Maine Central Institute won 21-7 and will play Wells for the Class D state title at 2:36 p.m. Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

State football championship game times announced

on Nov. 17, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Game times have been announced for Maine’s 2014 high school football state championship contests. The four-game weekend kicks off Friday night with the Class C contest between Winslow and Leavitt of Turner scheduled for 7:06 p.m. at the University of Maine at Orono. That’s followed by a …

Late-fall snowstorm wraps up late Friday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 14, 2014, at 8:34 a.m.
CARIBOU | Much of Maine woke up Friday morning to fresh snow coming down and their vehicles needing to be cleared of the new powder. Penobscot, Hancock and Washington counties were under a winter weather advisory for much of Friday. As of noon, that had been lifted, according to …

Kennebec County men charged in federal court with Augusta pharmacy robbery

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 13, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.
BANGOR | Two Kennebec County men were charged Wednesday in U.S. District Court in connection with the Sept. 2 robbery of an Augusta pharmacy and the attempted robbery of a store in the same city on the same day. Dominic J. Pomerleau, 21, of Augusta, and Lance M. Szady, …
Guy Cousins, director of the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, was removed from his position within the department.

Maine providers wonder if ouster of 2 top managers signals change in direction for DHHS

By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 13, 2014, at 5:22 p.m.
The departure of two high-level managers in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday left some social services providers surprised and concerned about the fate of vulnerable children and Mainers struggling with addiction. Guy Cousins, director of the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, and …
From the community

Food Trucks to Roll in to Black Friday at the Marketplace at Augusta

By Ally Penella on Nov. 13, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 12 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Location: Marketplace at Augusta, 197 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, Maine For more information: 617-232-8900 AUGUSTA, Maine — Food trucks will roll in to feed Black Friday shoppers while they wait in line at the Marketplace, 197 Civic Center Drive in Augusta. …

Police probing damaged gravestones in Augusta cemetery

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 13, 2014, at 10:16 a.m.
At least 60 headstones were found damaged in a city cemetery on Wednesday morning, and police are investigating. The damaged stones at Riverside Cemetery were discovered around 10:30 a.m. by the city’s parks and recreation director, Augusta police Lt. Kevin Lully said. “Obviously somebody had a lot …

Woman’s body found behind abandoned house in Augusta

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 13, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.
The body of a 44-year-old woman was found on Tuesday morning behind a house on Longwood Avenue, according to police. Officers were called to the area just after 10:30 a.m. after the body was discovered by a couple of children playing, according to Augusta police Lt. Kevin …

Friday conference to promote Maine wood products, sustainable forestry

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 13, 2014, at 8:21 a.m.
A coalition led by the Kennebec Land Trust has organized a conference Friday focused on sustainable forestry and its role in Maine’s local economies. The land trust said the conference at the Augusta Civic Center will discuss the economic value of locally made wood products and the regional dynamics of …
Augusta Police Chief Robert Gregoire

Augusta police chief may never walk again after a motorcycle accident

By Staff, CBS 13 on Nov. 11, 2014, at 8:43 a.m.
Augusta Police Chief Robert Gregoire may never walk again after a motorcycle ride left him badly injured. Over the summer Chief Gregoire and his wife were injured in a charity motorcycle ride. According to a post on Facebook, Chief Gregoire is still in a wheelchair and it’s …
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