The lot at 159 Hogan Road in Bangor is seen recently.

LePage won’t wait for lawmakers to make a decision on new psych unit

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 05, 2017, at 12:03 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage formally ended his pursuit of building a forensic mental health unit in Augusta, following through on his stated intention of placing the facility in Bangor to avoid the need for legislative approval.
A customer enters the Sears store in North Vancouver, British Columbia, in this February 2011 file photo. Sears announced Wednesday it is closing its store in Augusta.

Sears to close its store in Augusta

By BDN staff on Jan. 04, 2017, at 9:13 p.m.
Troubled retailer Sears announced a raft of store closings nationwide on Wednesday, including one in Maine.
A plow works to remove snow from a bridge in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo.

Ice storm in Maine cancels school for many, delays for others

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 04, 2017, at 2:23 p.m.
“Bangor reported 0.15 inches of ice. That glaze of ice can make traveling dangerous.”
Marina Moscone (right) and her daughter Sasha, 4, take a walk through Chapin Park in Bangor on Friday.

Maine power companies still grappling with effects of season’s first nor’easter

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 31, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
As of noon on Saturday, more than 16,000 CMP customers were without electricity. Meanwhile, nearly 700 Emera Maine accounts were waiting for service to be restored.
Air-supported indoor practice facility Mahaney Dome, which collapsed under the pressure of heavy snow that fell Thursday night into Friday, can be seen on Friday at the University of Maine in Orono.

Nor’easter blankets Maine, collapses UMaine’s Mahaney Dome

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 30, 2016, at 6:34 p.m.
The snow knocked out power to more than 100,000 residents, brought down utility lines and even caused the University of Maine’s Mahaney Dome to collapse.
Tim McCann (right) enjoys an evening sledding session with his children Alora (from left), 7, Clare, 4, and Connor, 3, on Thursday at Hayford Park on Union Street in Bangor.

Nor’easter leaves more than 100K without power, 20+ inches of snow

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 29, 2016, at 2:58 p.m.
The nor’easter “is a little further east, so Bangor will be on the colder side of it.”

Man injured in Richmond fire

By CBS 13 on Dec. 26, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
Wade Welner is being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland for smoke inhalation.
Leroy Smith III is escorted back to his seat during a competency hearing before Kennebec County Superior Court Justice Donald Marden on June 30 at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.

New competency hearing set for Maine man accused of dismembering father

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 21, 2016, at 6:40 a.m.
A Gardiner man accused of killing and dismembering his father in their Gardiner apartment in 2014 is scheduled to appear in court next month to see if forced medication has made him competent to stand trial for murder.
Guns, drugs and cash seized in a drug bust in Augusta on Tuesday.

12 arrested, drugs and guns seized in Augusta

By Tony Reaves on Dec. 20, 2016, at 9:10 p.m.
The street value of the drugs is estimated to be $10,000, according to a release from state police.
Robert Smith picks out food items from the Save-A-Lot grocery store in Dover-Foxcroft one day in late November.

What a close look at 1 school district shows about decisions in struggling Maine towns

on Dec. 19, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
“If the children are in poverty, so are their parents.”
The sun peaks out as a snow squall swept over Presque Isle Thursday afternoon, as seen from the slopes of the Quoggy Joe Ski Club.

Messy storm brings wild weather swings over the weekend

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 18, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
More ice and low temperatures expected Monday.
A plow works to clear an area of snow on Tuesday in Broadway Park in Bangor. According to Reuters, the cold blast that hit Maine on Thursday was brought by a polar vortex.

Mainers urged to prepare for deep freeze

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 15, 2016, at 8:10 p.m.
The weather service issued a warning of potential wind chill temperatures down to minus 38 degrees through Friday evening for the northern half of the state.
Augusta Police Department issued a notice on Thursday that the department's Facebook page had been spoofed, and disturbing fake news about deaths and accidents within the city have been posted. The legitimate page is listed as a government site and has over 11,000 likes.

Fake Augusta Police Facebook page under investigation

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 15, 2016, at 11:50 a.m.
“These stories [are] FALSE and Detective Blodgett is investigating this situation.”
Travis Anderson shovels snow Monday afternoon in the driveway of his Brewer home. "I lived here all my life, and I hate this," he said about the snow.

Storm blankets Maine, causing fatal crashes, multiple closings

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 12, 2016, at 5:49 p.m.
Two people died in crashes on slick roads Monday as a storm that began in southern Maine late Sunday dropped between 6 and 10 inches of snow across the state as it traveled northward.
Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks during the first session of the 128th Legislature on Wednesday at the State House in Augusta.

House speaker, LePage agree to cooperate on new mental health facility

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 09, 2016, at 4:31 p.m.
Maine’s new House speaker emerged from a meeting with Gov. Paul LePage to say they agreed to a path for legislative leaders to approve a new, privately run mental health facility in Augusta by 2016’s end.

Woman charged in Wal-Mart parking lot gun incident pleads no contest to assault

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 08, 2016, at 8:54 p.m.
A man walks out of Lily Bay State Park in Greenville on Nov. 22, 2016. The park closes to cars but is still open to visitors in the off season.

This remote Maine region has a chance to grow

on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“If you don’t change, you die.”
Omar, 4, Anas, 7, and Eyad Raslan, 6, resettled with their parents to Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, this summer. They came through a program of the Canadian government that allows private citizens to sponsor refugees.

Immigrants built rural Maine. Canada shows how they could do so again

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“It’s a lot harder to hate people once you meet them.”
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.