Despite losing state contract, MaineCare ride provider gave employees bonuses for staying on job

By Kathryn Skelton on July 25, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — The company that lost the state contract to broker rides for MaineCare patients after thousands of complaints and missed pick-ups has offered bonuses to employees who stay on and keep answering the phones through next week. At least one lawmaker wants to know who’s paying for it. …
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Paving projects begin July 28 in Rumford

Bangor Daily News on July 25, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — A paving project will take place in three different sections of Rumford beginning on Monday, July 28, according to the Maine Department of Transportation. The locations are as follows:– The first section is located on Route 2 and begins at the intersection of Bridge Street and Prospect Avenue, …

40 displaced after apartment fire in Lewiston

By WGME Staff on July 25, 2014, at 6:07 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A Thursday night fire burned an apartment building and displaced 40 people, according to the Lewiston Police Department. The fire broke out at an apartment complex on Blake Street, the same neighborhood as multiple fires that destroyed several apartment buildings last year. Those fires are believed to …
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Culvert replacement project in Greene

Bangor Daily News on July 22, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
GREENE, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews will be replacing a culvert on Sawyer Road in Greene starting Wednesday, July 23. This project will necessitate the closure of Sawyer Road approximately one-half mile southwest of the intersection of Route 202. The detour route will take motorists from Sawyer Road …

Single-vehicle Monmouth accident sends man to hospital

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 22, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
MONMOUTH, Maine — A local man was taken to a Lewiston hospital Tuesday morning after a single-vehicle accident on Route 132, police said. Shawn Schultz, 37, and his wife and three children were on their way home from Pennsylvania when the accident occurred around 6 a.m., according to Monmouth Police …

Franklin County man accused of stealing check from ex-roommate

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 22, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
WILTON, Maine — A local man is facing a felony theft charge after allegedly stealing a check worth more than $600 from his former roommate, according to police. Tristan Ridlon, 29, faces up to five years in jail if convicted of the Class C crime. Wilton police Officer Derek Daley …

Maine hot air balloon hits power lines in Mass., explosion burns two

By Staff, CBS 13 on July 21, 2014, at 4:33 p.m.
CLINTON, Massachusetts — Federal Aviation Administration records show that a hot air balloon that hit power lines in Massachusetts over the weekend, injuring at least two, is registered to Derald Young, who operates Damn Yankee Balloons in Dixfield. On Saturday, witnesses say the balloon was trying to land in a …

Man accused of holding up Lewiston convenience store at gunpoint arrested

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 21, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A local man was arrested Sunday evening following an armed robbery at a College Street convenience store, according to police. Jacob Koch, 31, is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail on charges of robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, Lewiston police Lt. Michael …

Girl dies from Minot swimming pool accident

By Sun Journal on July 21, 2014, at 12:10 p.m.
MINOT — A 5-year-old girl found at the bottom of a pool Thursday night died over the weekend, according to police. Lt. Glenn Holt at the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office said Abigail Rodrigue passed away on Saturday. Read full story here: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-auburn/0001/11/30/girl-dies-minot-swimming-pool-accident/1563840

Durham woman killed in single-vehicle crash Saturday night

By Connie Footman, Special to the Sun Journal on July 20, 2014, at 6:26 a.m.
DURHAM, Maine — Police say a 20-year-old local woman was killed when her SUV crashed on Stackpole Road on Saturday night. Jessica Abbott was driving north in a 1999 Honda CRV when she apparently lost control of the vehicle, which left the roadway and struck a tree at about 9:30 …
The state of Maine has set a retroactive 2-year cap for those on MaineCare and taking methadone.

More money, less money: The effects of not expanding MaineCare

By Lindsay Tice on July 20, 2014, at 6:18 a.m.
The head of the Portland Community Health Center and her chief financial officer sat down last week to figure out which bills they could pay. They don’t have the money to pay all of them. More than half of their patients are uninsured, up from about 30 percent a few …

Minot girl found at bottom of swimming pool in critical condition

on July 18, 2014, at 6:58 p.m.
MINOT, Maine — A 5-year-old girl who was found unresponsive in the bottom of a Minot swimming pool Thursday evening remains at Maine Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition, Portland television station WGME reported late Friday afternoon. Officials from the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office said the child …
U.S. actor Patrick Dempsey gestures during a parade on the eve of the 82th 24-hours Le Mans endurance race in Le Mans, June 13, 2014.

Maine native Patrick “Dr. McDreamy” Dempsey competing in German motor racing series

By Alan Baldwin, Reuters on July 18, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
HOCKENHEIM, Germany — Maine native Patrick Dempsey, known to many millions worldwide as “Dr. McDreamy” from “Grey’s Anatomy,” is learning new lines. But what he means by that depends on who he is talking to and where. The 48-year-old, ranked fifth on the list of highest-paid actors on U.S. television …
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MDOT crews to replace culvert in Greene

Bangor Daily News on July 18, 2014, at 9:29 a.m.
GREENE, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews will be replacing a culvert on the Patten Road in Greene, beginning on Monday, July 21.The work zone is located approximately 1,000 feet south of the intersection of Route 202 and the Patten Road. Due to this work, this section of road will …

Sumner fourth quarter honor roll

on July 17, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
Sumner Memorial High School, Sullivan Fourth quarter honor roll Grade 12, highest honors: Whytne Crabtree; high honors: Olivia Driver, Brianne Gravit, Jordan Hanscom, Brailee Joy; honors: Kaleb Austin, Nathan Burnett, Hannah Gignoux, Keith Robinson, Michaela Robinson, Jasper Sheehan. Grade 11, highest honors: Chelsea Alley, Maria Cormier, Heather Havey, Sarah Hillock, …

River Valley residents in shock over deaths, injuries in Brewer accident

By Terry Karkos on July 17, 2014, at 6:43 a.m.
MEXICO, Maine — River Valley residents reacted with shock and disbelief Wednesday morning to the deaths of a Rumford couple and the serious injuries of a Mexico couple in a head-on collision in Brewer on Tuesday. Police said Joseph Richard, 76, of Mexico, was traveling west on Route 9 when …

Feds fine Auburn-based manufacturer $816,500 for failure to fix safety problems

By Darren Fishell on July 16, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Auburn-based Formed Fiber Technologies faces a fine of $816,500 from federal workplace safety regulators, who say the company failed to correct previous violations that exposed workers to amputation risks and other hazards at a manufacturing plant in Sidney, Ohio. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday …
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This is one of several Adirondack chairs to be auctioned July 19 at Bethel to benefit community and school art. This chair was hand-painted by Sarah Renee Lane; and sponsored by and located at Bethel Bait & Tackle.

ARTirondack Auction to benefit arts in community, schools

Bangor Daily News on July 16, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
BETHEL, Maine — Mahoosuc Arts Council will present its ARTirondack Auction 2014 at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Bethel Common Bandstand just after MollyOckett Day Parade awards. The auction will feature individual Adirondack chairs painted by local artists. The council said in a press release that the project celebrates …
Archery is one of the many activities military youth get to experience at the Maine National Guard youth camp, held every summer at Bog Brook training facility in Gilead, Maine.

Maine National Guard summer camp shows kids of military parents ‘they are not alone’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 15, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
GILEAD, Maine — When a mom or a dad in the Maine National Guard deploys, their children are often left to wonder what will happen without having a support group of peers going through the same experience. “The kids feel like they’re all alone,” Master Sgt. Barbara Claudel, organizer of …
Police investigate a suspected methamphetamine lab in the Franklin County town of Phillips on Tuesday.

Four arrested in connection with Franklin County meth lab

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 15, 2014, at 3:45 p.m.
PHILLIPS, Maine — Four people were arrested on Tuesday as police combed through and dismantled a pair of reported methamphetamine labs in Franklin County. Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said two men and two women were arrested in connection with the 17th meth lab discovered in the state …
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