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Guido Hernandez

Augusta man charged with sex crimes against minor

By J.W. Oliver on Dec. 02, 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
A 24-year-old Augusta man accused of committing sex crimes against a minor in Wiscasset was arrested Wednesday.
April Meserve

Six charged and over $18,000 in drugs seized in Augusta

By CBS 13 on Dec. 02, 2016, at 11:04 a.m.
Police seized 62 grams of heroin, 62 grams of crack cocaine and $2,500 in cash.
Steve Sherman demonstrates how his skidder, nicknamed Matilda, works in Oxbow, Maine.

The forces pulling apart the lives of Maine’s loggers

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
Three loggers fight to survive as the world shifts around them.
Gov. Paul LePage

Using rare vote, Democratic leaders block LePage’s $3M plan for Riverview

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 30, 2016, at 4:41 p.m.
Construction of a crucial forensic psychiatric unit in Augusta was dealt a blow by Democratic legislative leaders who, using an oft-overlooked oversight power, voted against Gov. Paul LePage’s administration’s plan.
Steve Sherman, the first assessor in Oxbow Plantation, led his community through the process of deorganizing, culminating in a final town vote Nov. 8. He’s pictured on his Christmas tree farm in Oxbow on Nov. 7.

How the decline of Maine’s rural places changes the people left behind

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 6:01 a.m.
Three people grapple with the decline of the communities that made them.
The first major snow of the season hit northern Maine over Thanksgiving weekend. By early Sunday, the National Weather Service reported that 10 inches of snow had fallen in some parts of Aroostook County.

Rain to fall across most of the state Tuesday, with snow in The County

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 27, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.
A fast moving wave of low pressure is expected to sweep across Maine, bringing 2 to 3 more inches of snow to northern Aroostook County and rain to the rest of the state.
Antonio and Alice Balcer

Winthrop teen enters ‘no answer’ in double murder, affidavit to be unsealed in 60 days

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 17, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
The Winthrop teen accused of killing his parents on Oct. 31 entered a “no answer” plea Thursday afternoon at the Capital Judicial Center.

Maine man charged after allegedly threatening to kill Obama, Pingree

By Michael Shepherd on Nov. 17, 2016, at 3:25 p.m.
The indictment was sealed until Thursday, when Peter Hamilton entered his plea at an initial video appearance in U.S. District Court.
Orono resident Jeff Sanders went to the town office for early absentee voting on Wednesday in Orono.

Maine city, town clerks say early voter turnout strong this year

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 02, 2016, at 7 p.m.
“We haven’t see this many absentees since 2008,” the Bangor city clerk said.

I-95 northbound reopens after US mail truck rollover

By Tony Reaves on Oct. 28, 2016, at 10:05 a.m.
The northbound lane reopened to traffic shortly before noon Friday after an overturned tractor-trailer was towed away.
Ricker Hamilton is the Deputy Commissioner of Programs for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and former director of the Office of Aging and Disability Services.

New Riverview unit hits roadblock

By Mal Leary on Oct. 27, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
The LePage administration’s plan to build a new facility for mentally ill patients next to the Riverview Psychiatric Center has hit another roadblock.

Author of book on America’s First Ladies to speak in Augusta

on Oct. 21, 2016, at 4:36 p.m.
Derek Blake, 30, of Sidney

Early morning raid nets four arrests for drug trafficking

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:53 p.m.
One ounce of crack cocaine, 8 grams of heroin, a half pound of marijuana and $1,000 cash were seized.
Fail Better Farm owner Clayton Carter said recently that the yield of several vegetables was significantly lower due to the drought in Maine.

Weather Service: Current rain won’t cure Maine drought conditions

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 21, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
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The State House shines through the the fog on June 16, 2015.

LePage promised transparency, but multimillion-dollar contract awards remain in the shadows

By Danielle McLean on Oct. 18, 2016, at 6:04 a.m.
It is nearly impossible for Maine residents to know how much state money is being spent on contracted services, which private businesses and nonprofit organizations receive large state contracts, and why those vendors won the work — even though a new state law requires information about competitive contracts to be made public online.
Dan Leclair, project associate at UMA, demonstrates how to pilot a drone at the University of Maine at Augusta Thursday. UMA is offering a course, starting Oct. 27, for students and nonstudents to learn how to pilot Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones. UMA will be the first institution of higher learning in Maine to offer such a course.

UMA unveils Maine’s first drone piloting course

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 13, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Visitors to campus may notice small unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, commonly referred to as drones, whizzing about overhead in coming semesters as the university works to build a training center and specialize in training new pilots.
After Protea in Hallowell abruptly closed its doors recently, many of its patients were left scrambling to find ways to get their medications. Gavin Gabrion, who has a mental illness and heroin addiction and was receiving Suboxone from Protea, was lucky enough to have his doctors continue to fill his medications.

Patient, caregivers: Suboxone clinic’s closure means clients will get ‘really sick, really fast’

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 12, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
“I fear there are going to be many people who are in danger of relapse [if they can’t] find new physicians before their prescriptions run out.”
Lenore Wilson

Mother of missing girl in Amber Alert case charged

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 11, 2016, at 2:34 p.m.
Karen Lea has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Lenore Wilson

Police: Rarely used Amber Alert played key role in return of Augusta child

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 05, 2016, at 8:53 p.m.
“The system worked like it was supposed to,” Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said of Tuesday’s incident, noting that the child was located within four hours.
Lenore Wilson

Police: Amber Alert over, missing Augusta girl returned

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 04, 2016, at 6:10 p.m.
A 3-year-old girl who went missing from her home on Sewall Street early Tuesday, triggering an Amber Alert, has been turned over to the police department, officials say.