Nathan Beckett (left) and Casey Smart examine a dog as part of their coursework in the veterinary technology program at the University of Maine at Augusta in 2007. Beckett went on to become a practicing veterinarian, according to the school.

University of Maine at Augusta to relaunch vet tech program

By Nick McCrea on May 06, 2015, at 4:06 p.m.
BANGOR | The University of Maine at Augusta will revive a veterinary technology program in the fall semester of 2016, this time offering a bachelor’s degree. The former associate’s degree program was put on the chopping block in 2014, scheduled for phased elimination in order to help close a …

Fire danger remains high with dry weather

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 06, 2015, at 8:54 a.m.
GRAY | With dry weather once again hovering over the state Wednesday, fire danger remains high, according to the National Weather Service. For the third consecutive day, the weather service has issued a red flag warnings for all of the state, with the exception being far southwestern York County. …
Numerous area fire departments were called to Monmouth on Tuesday afternoon when the A&E Electric building ignited.

Crews from multiple towns battling Monmouth fire

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 05, 2015, at 4:02 p.m.
Crews are battling a fire at A&D Electric on South Monmouth Road Tuesday afternoon. Multiple towns are battling the blaze, according to a Monmouth police dispatcher. No injuries have been reported. CBS 13 reported a three-story chicken barn used for storage has been destroyed, multiple vehicles are …

Red flag warnings remain in effect for entire state

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 05, 2015, at 11:03 a.m.
GRAY | Fire danger remained high throughout the state on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. With gusty winds and dry air in the forecast, the weather service had the entire state under a red flag warning. A red flag warning occurs when critical fire danger is evident, …
A tractor-trailer became stuck underneath the train trestle on Water Street in Augusta Tuesday.

Tractor-trailer gets stuck underneath Augusta train trestle

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 05, 2015, at 10:42 a.m.
Traffic on Water Street was disrupted Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer got stuck underneath a train trestle, police said. The 22-year old driver, whose name was not disclosed, was not injured but he did not see the height warnings signs, according to Augusta Police Lt. Kevin Lully. …

Body found in Kennebec River identified

on May 04, 2015, at 9 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The state medical examiner’s office confirmed Monday that the body found in the Kennebec River on Friday was 54-year-old Kelly Voytasko of Augusta, who last was seen stepping off the ice and into the river on March 21, the Kennebec Journal reported Monday evening. The Maine Marine …

Woman’s body recovered from Kennebec River

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 01, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A woman’s body was recovered from the Kennebec River early Friday afternoon, according to the Maine Marine Patrol. The body, which has not been identified, was found floating about 20 yards from shore near the Pittston side of the river, across from Westerlands Landing in South Gardiner, …

Augusta man charged in burglary ring

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 01, 2015, at 11:17 a.m.
A local man arrested earlier this week in connection with numerous burglaries in Kennebec County was formally charged by police on Thursday. Michael Joseph Gagne, 38, allegedly burglarized six Augusta businesses between March 26 and April 27, according to Augusta Deputy Chief Jared Mills. Gagne had been …
Lise Ouellette, mother of 15-year-old Ashley Ouellette, who was murdered 15 years ago but whose killer has never been found, advocated for a bill to fund a cold case squad on Thursday, April 30, in Augusta. On Ouellette's left is Trista Reynolds, the mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds.

Lawmakers fast-track bill to create cold-case squad

By Christopher Cousins on April 30, 2015, at 4:11 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The prospect of creating a cold-case squad to reopen investigations of unsolved murders in Maine has never had trouble winning votes in the Legislature. Finding the money to pay for it has posed a far bigger problem. Now a group of Republicans and Democrats again has taken …

Augusta man convicted on ninth drunken-driving charge

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 30, 2015, at 12:05 p.m.
A local man is facing up to 10 years behind bars after he was convicted on his ninth drunken-driving charge Tuesday. Peter Dubord, 54, will be sentenced at a later date that has not been determined, Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said. Dubord was immediately taken …
Senator Roger Katz, Majors James & Patricia LaBossiere and Speaker of the House Mark Eves attended the Salvation Army's recent Legislative Breakfast.

Salvation Army holds legislative breakfast in Augusta

on April 29, 2015, at 3:44 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Legislators from across the state of Maine joined with Salvation Army leaders, officers, staff and volunteers on Tuesday, April 28, at The Senator Inn in Augusta for the religious and charitable organization’s first ever Legislative Breakfast. The historic event, co-hosted by Speaker of the House Mark Eves and Senator …

Augusta man arrested in connection with burglary ring

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 29, 2015, at 2:53 p.m.
A local man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a burglary ring in central Maine, according to Augusta Deputy Police Chief Jared Mills. Michael Joseph Gagne, 38, was arrested on a probation hold and is being held at the Kennebec County Jail, according to Mills. A group …

Press Herald papers purchased by midcoast businessman Reade Brower

By Darren Fishell on April 28, 2015, at 5:37 p.m.
PORTLAND | Midcoast businessman Reade Brower has reached a deal to purchase MaineToday Media, the newspaper group that owns the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel. A memo sent to MaineToday Media staff late Tuesday confirmed financier S. Donald Sussman, husband …
The Maine Warden Service is investigating the report of a dead deer found in Chesterville last week. The deer was pregnant with twin fawns.

Operation Game Thief raises reward in cases of poached deer

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 28, 2015, at 11:13 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Warden Service and Operation Game Thief continue to seek the public’s help in numerous deer poaching cases, according to Cpl. John MacDonald. MacDonald said Tuesday three additional deer have been discovered in Livermore Falls, Livermore and Leeds since a pregnant doe was found dead in …

Firefighters knock down Red Robin kitchen fire

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 28, 2015, at 8:50 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Crews were quickly able to extinguish a fire in the kitchen area of Red Robin restaurant on Sunday night. The fire broke out around 11:15 p.m., a little more than an hour after the establishment had closed for the evening, according to Augusta Fire Chief Roger Audette. …

Augusta woman in Nepal still missing

By CBS 13 on April 26, 2015, at 9:51 p.m.
The family of an Augusta woman on a 10-day trek across Nepal has not heard from her since Saturday’s earthquake, reports Portland television station WGME, CBS 13. Khaled Habash says he has exhausted all efforts to try to locate his mother, Dawn Habash, who began her trip through Langtang National …
Theodore S. Curtis Jr.

Orono mainstay Ted Curtis dies at the age of 74

By Judy Harrison on April 26, 2015, at 5:41 p.m.
Theodore “Ted” Curtis Jr. understood the urge that causes young people to leave Maine but he always encouraged them to do what he did — come home and get involved. Curtis, who died Friday at the age of 74, served in both houses of the Legislature, on …
Demolition crews take down the building that once housed Graziano's Casa Mia restaurant in this 2013 Times Record file photo.

Maine lawmaker seeks tougher stance on derelict buildings

By Scott Thistle on April 25, 2015, at 11:46 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill meant to help municipal governments in Maine more quickly deal with abandoned and blighted properties is picking up solid support in the Legislature. The measure, LD 1203, sponsored by Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, is scheduled for a work session and possible vote before the Legislature’s …
Daniel Wathen

Maine accused of violating law, not admitting psychiatric patients

By Mal Leary on April 24, 2015, at 6:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The court master in the consent decree covering mental health services at the Riverview Psychiatric Center says the Department of Health and Human Services has stopped admitting patients in violation of the decree. Daniel Wathen, the court master and former chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial …

A second virtual charter school prepares to open in Maine

By Nick McCrea on April 24, 2015, at 3:19 p.m.
A second player is preparing to enter Maine’s virtual school game. Earlier this year, the Maine Charter School Commission approved a contract with Maine Virtual Academy, which is enrolling up to 297 students who will start in the fall. To date, more than 100 students have filed a commitment to …
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