The Maine Department of Agriculture's Meat and Poultry Inspection Program has recalled three turkey products made by a 19-year-old Coopers Mills company that said the recall came as a surprise.

State orders recall of turkey products from small Coopers Mills company

By Darren Fishell on May 28, 2014, at 7:07 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The state has ordered a small Coopers Mills producer of turkey wontons, egg rolls and dumplings to pull those items from store shelves as state officials have apparently placed closer scrutiny on smaller poultry operations. Angela Fagin said the state called her last Tuesday with the notification …

Electrical fire destroys Augusta home

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 28, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A home on Riverside Drive was destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning, officials said. Firefighters from five departments were dispatched to the scene shortly before 7 a.m., according to Augusta Fire Chief Scott Dunbar. Heavy fire was spewing from the building when crews arrived on scene, Dunbar …
A truck fully loaded with potatoes and bound for Connecticut swerved to avoid a moose, according to police, and crashed in Richmond. The impact broke the trailer in half, spilling the potatoes.

Truck loaded with potatoes crashes, dumps spuds after avoiding moose in highway in Richmond

BDN staff reports on May 28, 2014, at 8:04 a.m.
RICHMOND, Maine — A truck loaded with potatoes crashed Tuesday night after swerving to avoid a moose in the southbound lane of Interstate 295 in Richmond. The driver, Marc Benoit, 63, of Hampden, Mass., suffered minor leg injuries, according to a release from Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department …
Lois Ozias, Jefferson, adds flowers to the flag marking her husband Robert's grave Saturday morning at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta.

Volunteers place thousands of flags on veterans’ graves in Augusta

By Abigail Curtis on May 24, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Mauno Kankainen, 89, and David Holmes, 84, both of Kingfield, carefully picked their way through the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Saturday morning, bearing an armload of small American flags to decorate the graves of the service members buried there. They also brought the kind of can-do …

Skowhegan man indicted on gross sexual assault charges

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 22, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Skowhegan man arrested in February on a charge of possession of sexually explicit materials is facing additional charges after a grand jury indicted him on Friday, according to the district attorney’s office. Neal Teixeira, 30, was indicted on two charges of gross sexual assault with a …
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew

Pregnant employee stabbed by patient at Riverview says state should have protected her, files lawsuit

By Mario Moretto on May 20, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A mental health worker who was stabbed repeatedly by a patient wielding a pen at Riverview Psychiatric Center last year is suing the Department of Health and Human Services, claiming the state failed to protect her from a man known to be violent. Jamie Hill-Spotswood was 18 …

Winthrop woman charged in March collision that claimed life of Mount Vernon woman

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 20, 2014, at 12:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Winthrop woman is facing a pair of felony charges in connection with a head-on collision that claimed the life of a Mount Vernon woman in March. Alyssa Marcellino, 23, was indicted by a grand jury Friday on charges of operating after suspension causing death of a …

Weld woman dies in Augusta car crash

By Beth Brogan on May 18, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A 21-year-old Weld woman was killed and her boyfriend suffered a broken neck in a car crash early Sunday morning. Karen Schwartz was heading east on Route 17, also known as Eastern Avenue, just before 3 a.m. Sunday when the 2006 Pontiac G6 she was driving went …
“We reject the notion that a school can be given a single grade that has much meaning at all,” said Michael Wright, superintendent of School Administrative District 41, which serves the communities of Milo, Brownville, LaGrange and Atkinson. “Schools are much more than how they perform on a single test or measure.”

State’s grading system frustrates school administrators

By Nell Gluckman on May 18, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A day after the Department of Education released report cards for Maine’s schools for the second year in a row, school administrators expressed frustration over what they call a flawed grading system. “We reject the notion that a school can be given a single grade that has …
Leroy H. Smith III

Gardiner man indicted in father’s murder

By WGME Staff on May 17, 2014, at 12:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Kennebec County grand jury indicted Leroy Smith III of Gardiner for his father’s murder Friday. Smith, who claimed he is God and admitted to killing his father in an exclusive interview with CBS 13′s Jon Chrisos, faces a charge of intentional or knowing or depraved indifference …
From the community

Daphne Izer honored at White House for truck safety advocacy

Bangor Daily News on May 15, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – It has been announced that Daphne Izer, founder of Parents Against Tired Truckers, will be recognized by the White House as a 2014 Transportation Champion of Change. As PATT marks its 20th anniversary this month, Daphne was recognized for her tireless efforts to improve highway safety at an event held …

Bar Harbor to use Augusta firm to find new manager

By Bill Trotter on May 14, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — The local Town Council decided Tuesday night to find a new town manager with some help from an Augusta consulting firm. Gary Friedman, vice chairman of the panel, said the council plans to hire the Eaton Peabody Consulting Group to find an interim town manager and …
William Hall during his arraignment at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Oct. 31, 2011.

Bangor man found not criminally responsible for June 2011 murder; says he was ‘possessed’

By Beth Brogan on May 12, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Bangor man who in 2011 threw another man off a balcony to his death was found not criminally responsible of murder on Monday and was returned to Riverview Psychiatric Center. William Hall, 32, told Judge Ann M. Murray that he “suffered a bout of possession” the …
Jim Rier is Maine's commissioner of education.

School report cards to be released starting May 13, will include data on school poverty levels

By Nell Gluckman on May 10, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s Department of Education will release controversial school report cards in the coming week, assigning a letter grade to each of Maine’s public schools and districts. The grades are based on how well students performed and improved on standardized tests. Schools will get their grade of A-F …
Leroy Herbert Smith III, 24, is shown in Kennebec County Superior Court on Thursday morning where he appeared on a charge that he murdered his father, Leroy Smith Jr.,  in the apartment they shared in Gardiner. He was represented by Waterville attorney Pam Ames.

Gardiner murder suspect claims he is a ‘political prisoner,’ ordered to undergo psych evaluation

By Beth Brogan on May 08, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — During his initial court appearance Thursday, Leroy Smith III of Gardiner, the man accused of killing his father at their Cannard Street home, was ordered held in jail until he can undergo a psychological exam. No plea was entered, and Justice Donald Marden said Smith will be …

Gardiner murder suspect may have hidden ‘improvised pyrotechnics’ in woods, police warn

By Beth Brogan on May 07, 2014, at 6:50 p.m.
RICHMOND, Maine — Police in Richmond and Gardiner are alerting residents that murder suspect Leroy Smith III may have placed improvised pyrotechnics in and around wooded areas in the two towns. Smith, 24, was charged Tuesday with killing his father, Leroy Smith II, at the Gardiner apartment the two shared. …
Leroy H. Smith III

Gardiner murder suspect due in court Thursday morning

By Beth Brogan on May 07, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
GARDINER, Maine — Leroy Smith III, the Gardiner man charged Tuesday with murdering his father at their Cannard Street apartment, is scheduled to make his initial appearance Thursday morning at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta. Brenda Kielty, spokeswoman for the Maine Attorney General’s Office, said Smith is due to …
Leroy H. Smith III

Gardiner man charged with murder in connection with father’s remains found in Richmond

By Beth Brogan on May 06, 2014, at 6:26 p.m.
GARDINER, Maine — The son of a 56-year-old Gardiner man whose remains were found in Richmond on Monday morning has been charged with murder in connection with his death. Maine State Police late Tuesday afternoon charged Leroy Smith III, 24, with murdering his father, Leroy Smith II, Stephen McCausland, spokesman …

State police investigating human remains in Richmond

By Troy R. Bennett on May 05, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
Maine State Police Lt. Christopher Coleman updates the press in Gardiner on Monday after police identify human remains found in a wooded area off Lincoln Street in Richmond.

Augusta man with history of drug abuse facing new drug charges

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 05, 2014, at 4:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — An Augusta man with a lengthy rap sheet was arrested Thursday after a search warrant was executed at his residence, according to police. Freeman Taylor, 40, who has convictions for robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon, burglary, theft and assault on his record, added heroin …
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