Maine Focus
Children's shoes are strewn on the floor of a home in Thomaston in this November 2016 file photo.

12,198 calls to Maine’s child abuse hotline went unanswered last year

By Erin Rhoda on March 02, 2017, at 7:06 a.m.
About 22 percent of calls — 12,198 out of 54,904 calls — weren’t answered on the first try in 2016.

Forecast calls for freezing rain to sweep across northern Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 24, 2017, at 5:35 p.m.
Ice accumulations of up to around a tenth of an inch could lead to slick road conditions and scattered power outages across the northern part of the state.
Firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze at the Winthrop post office Tuesday morning.

Fire destroys Winthrop post office

By CBS 13 on Feb. 21, 2017, at 10:26 a.m.
Everyone evacuated the building safely.

Alleged gunman in Wal-Mart parking lot shooting indicted on new federal drug, weapons charges

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10:41 a.m.
One of the men accused of being involved in an exchange of gunfire over drugs and money in the Augusta Wal-Mart parking lot in June was charged federally this week for allegedly dealing heroin while using a weapon and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
An Eastern Maine Railway plow train approaches the Route 171 crossing in Wytopitlock Wednesday morning as it works to clear rail lines following the blizzard earlier this week.

Third storm in a week to drop up to a foot of snow overnight

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 15, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.
A winter storm warning is in place for much of the state from 1 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday.
Leroy Smith III (right) is escorted back to his seat during a competency hearing before Kennebec County Superior Court Justice Donald Marden on Thursday at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.

Expert: Forcing accused Maine murderer to take meds has not made him fit for trial

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 14, 2017, at 3:06 p.m.
A psychiatrist testified that a Gardiner man charged with killing and dismembering his father has improved substantially since being forcibly medicated.
Superintendent of Bangor Public Schools Betsy Webb

Maine educators look beyond testing to measure student success

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on Feb. 13, 2017, at 4:32 p.m.
While school funding is at the center of public debate right now, educators are wrestling with another problem, too: how to measure student success.
Blaze maintenance man Robert McClure tries to keep on top of the falling snow so there's a clear path to the business on Monday afternoon in Bangor.

Paralyzing blizzard strikes Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 13, 2017, at 3:19 p.m.
A blizzard that dumped more than 2 feet of snow by 1 p.m. Monday brought parts of Maine to a virtual standstill.
Pedestrians walk down Garland Street in Bangor Thursday afternoon.

See where the storm dumped the most snow in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 13, 2017, at 10:24 a.m.
More snow is on the way Monday afternoon.
A snow plow works to clear Union Street in Bangor on Feb. 5, 2016. Much of the state could see as much as two feet of snow as a strong winter storm moves in Sunday afternoon into Tuesday morning.

A blizzard blast from Maine’s past

By Christopher Burns on Feb. 12, 2017, at 4:54 p.m.
Snowstorms are a fact of life in Maine. So here’s a look at back a few of nastiest storms in recent memory.
A man looks up Congress Street while crossing in the snow on Thursday. Much of the state could see as much as two feet of snow as a strong winter storm moves in Sunday afternoon into Tuesday morning.

Brace yourselves — blizzard expected to hit Maine Sunday through late Monday night

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 12, 2017, at 3:24 p.m.
What forecasters say will be the biggest snowstorm so far this winter is on target to hit Maine Sunday night and could stick around until Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

Second suspect shot by police in Vassalboro dies

Bangor Daily News on Feb. 12, 2017, at 9:07 a.m.
Kadhar Bailey, 25, of Gardiner and Ambroshia Fagre, 18, of Oakland both died after an officer-involved shooting in Vassalboro Friday afternoon.
People cross the pedestrian bridge in Bangor Thursday.

Maine hit with second snowstorm in 3 days

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 09, 2017, at 6:52 p.m.
Some places expected to be hit hardest were York County — where as much as 16 inches of snow was forecast — and the Down East region, which will see its first major snow event so far this season.

Ex-postal carrier to pay more than $1,100 in restitution for stealing mail in Orono

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 06, 2017, at 5:31 p.m.
Reps. Barbara Cardone and Victoria Kornfield, both D-Bangor, greeted students from Bangor High School on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Hall of Flags of the Maine State House. The students were in Augusta as part of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance.

Bangor High School students visit State House

on Feb. 03, 2017, at 4:05 p.m.
Jack May of South Freeport found these KKK fliers, folded and sealed in plastic baggies, in the driveways of his neighbors early Monday morning.

Maine House speaker to host community meeting in response to KKK fliers

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 31, 2017, at 9:26 a.m.
“The values they represent … is not ones any of us share and that we will absolutely, loudly drive them away.”
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Mills joins 14 other AGs in condemning immigration order

By CBS 13 on Jan. 29, 2017, at 4:51 p.m.
Attorneys general pledge to “use all of the tools of our offices to fight this unconstitutional order …”
Sliding footsteps in the build up of slush on downtown Bangor sidewalks Tuesday morning. A storm that is expected to last all day and into early Wednesday, laying ice, sleet or snow depending on region, has closed judicial centers, city halls, schools and businesses all around the state.

Storm encases Maine in ice, sleet and snow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 24, 2017, at 10:11 a.m.
Nearly an inch of ice will create hazardous travelling conditions, especially for those out on foot.
Snow blankets Pine Street in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo.

Cancellations coming in as icy storm approaches Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 23, 2017, at 6:56 p.m.
National Weather Service forecasters said Monday that the storm will arrive in southern reaches of the state late Monday night, mostly in the form of snow.

Thousands of Mainers attend women’s marches in Portland and Augusta to demonstrate against President Donald Trump

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 21, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.