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 …
A vehicle sits on its roof after a rollover accident in Rangeley Plantation on Sunday. The driver swerved to avoid a moose.

Man loses control of vehicle after swerving to avoid moose

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 14, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
RANGELEY PLANTATION, Maine — A West Gardiner man escaped injury Sunday after he apparently swerved to avoid a moose and lost control of his vehicle, police said. Nickolas Clements was heading southbound on Bemis Road just before 6 p.m. when he came upon a moose, according to Franklin County Sheriff …
Two people look at the train cars that derailed in Rumford on Friday.

Three train cars derail in Rumford

By WGME on July 12, 2014, at 6:40 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Three train cars derailed Friday, but the reason why wasn’t immediately clear. The derailment happened along Route 108 near the intersection with Riverside Drive at about 6 p.m. The cars derailed, and the track beneath them was badly ripped up. The derailment happened on the Rumford Branch …

Motorcyclist injured in New Sharon crash

By Donna M. Perry, Staff Writer on July 11, 2014, at 11:13 p.m.
NEW SHARON, Maine — A local motorcyclist was injured Friday afternoon when he tried to pass a vehicle, went off Starks Road/Route 134 and crashed in a field, Franklin County Deputy Nicholas Zecher said. Robin Flagg, 41, of was traveling north when the accident occurred, according to Zecher’s report to …

Fire damages Auburn apartment building, displaces 2 families

By Beth Jones, CBS 13 on July 11, 2014, at 11:15 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — Fire displaced two families Thursday in Auburn, but no one was injured. The landlord is crediting smoke detectors that are installed throughout the building. The fire broke out at an apartment building at 100 Riverside Drive. Firefighters arrived to find black smoke billowing out of the second …
Mario "Lee" Sirabella, of Brewer, holds a photograph of himself (left) with another soldier.  Sirabella photographed the salvaging of the B-17 aircraft that crashed near Rangeley in 1944.

‘Like a giant lawn mower went through there’: Brewer man recalls B-17 crash 70 years ago in western Maine

By Nick McCrea on July 11, 2014, at 5:36 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Somewhere under decades of dense forest growth on a remote mountain west of Rangeley are the remains of a B-17 aircraft in which 10 American fliers spent the last moments of their lives July 11, 1944. The entire crew of young men on their way to Europe …
William True

Lewiston man indicted in connection with April 2013 killing

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 10, 2014, at 9:11 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A local man was indicted on a charge of murder Wednesday in the 2013 slaying of another Lewiston man, according to reports. William True, originally charged with hindering apprehension, now faces a murder charge in the slaying of 20-year-old Romeo Parent, according to a Lewiston Sun Journal …
lizabeth Fossett plays fetch with her search and rescue dog Kobuk at her home in York, Maine, on Wednesday afternoon after the 5-year-old German shepherd discovered a South Portland woman who had been missing since Monday.

Reward for rescue dog? A game of ball with the missing South Portland woman he found

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 10, 2014, at 9:03 a.m.
YORK, Maine — A 77-year-old South Portland woman who had been missing since Monday was found safe Wednesday morning in the woods of Waterford by Kobuk, a 5-year-old German Shepherd search and rescue dog, and his owner, Elizabeth Fossett of York. Ruth Francis Brennan, who had been missing for 48 …
Elizabeth Fossett (left), her canine Kobuk and Ruth Brennan pose for a photo after Fossett and her canine located the 77-year-old Brennan in Waterford on Wednesday morning. Brennan had been missing since Monday.

Missing South Portland woman found safe in Waterford

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 09, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
WATERFORD, Maine — A 77-year-old South Portland woman who had been missing for 48 hours was found safe in the woods of Waterford Wednesday morning. Ruth Francis Brennan, who had been missing since Monday, was found safe by Maine Search and Rescue Dogs canine handler Elizabeth Fossett and her German …

Volunteers wanted for search for missing Waterford woman

By Dawn Gagnon on July 08, 2014, at 9:14 p.m.
WATERFORD, Maine — The search for an elderly Waterford woman wound down late Tuesday without success and will enter its third day on Wednesday. Tuesday’s effort to locate 77-year-old Ruth Brennan, who has dementia, covered mostly roadsides, trail edges, streams and travel ways, Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, who said the governor’s rule could cost his city $250,000 in aid per month, has called LePage’s stance “incredibly unfortunate.”

Portland to join municipal association lawsuit challenging LePage on distributing aid to undocumented immigrants

By Seth Koenig on July 08, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The city of Portland announced Tuesday evening it will join the Maine Municipal Association lawsuit challenging whether Gov. Paul LePage has the authority to cut off General Assistance aid to undocumented immigrants. Lewiston’s top administrator said earlier Tuesday his city has not taken that step, and Bangor …
Ruth Brennan

Search efforts continue for missing Waterford woman

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 08, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
WATERFORD, Maine — The search remains on for a Waterford woman who was last seen Monday, officials said. Search teams planned to use aircraft, canine teams and ground searchers on Tuesday to look for Ruth Francis Brennan, 77, of Spur Ridge Road, according to Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald. …
Ruth Brennan

Search on for missing Waterford woman

By Dawn Gagnon on July 07, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
WATERFORD, Maine — The Maine Warden Service is seeking information that might help them find a missing 77-year-old woman. Ruth Frances Brennan, who lives at 6 Spur Ridge Road, last was seen at 10:30 a.m. Monday at 5 Kezars Road in Waterford heading toward Melby’s Store. Brennan has dementia, Cpl. …

Police investigate string of car break-ins in Fryeburg

By WGME on July 07, 2014, at 8:47 a.m.
FRYEBURG, Maine police are warning residents to lock their cars following a string of burglaries. Police say 10 cars were broken into early Sunday morning in the areas around Morningside Drive, Meadow Lane and Lovewell Pond Roads in Fryeburg. They say the suspects stole money, cameras and alcohol from the …

Motorcycle driver injured in Lewiston crash

By Nell Gluckman on July 06, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A motorcycle and another vehicle were involved in a crash at about noon Sunday on Lisbon Road, near Foss Road, according to Lt. Mark Cornelio of the Lewiston Police Department. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to an area hospital with leg injuries, Cornelio said. Watch …

Flash flood watches in effect across Maine as more heavy rain expected

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 03, 2014, at 10:25 a.m.
GRAY, Maine — With more heavy thunderstorms and rain in the forecast through the end of the day Thursday, the National Weather Service has much of the state under a flash flood watch. A humid air mass over much of southern New Hampshire and Maine could produce heavy rain, which …

Heavy rains lead to mudslides, flooding

on July 02, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Heavy rains have lead to mudslides and flooding in Oxford County, according to our media partners at WGME. Check below for live updates.

Franklin County man accused of sexually assaulting disabled person

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 02, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — A Franklin County man is facing a gross sexual assault charge after his arrest on Wednesday, police said. Joseph Champagne, 37, of West Freeman Township was taken into custody without incident, according to Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols. Nichols said the alleged assault against a disabled adult …
From the community

Paving in several towns in Western Maine

Bangor Daily News on July 02, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
WESTERN MAINE — Maine Department of Transportation crews will pave 68.36 miles of road in the western section of Maine beginning Monday, July 7. The towns and locations are as follows:Chesterville: 9.35 miles from the Chesterville/Fayette town line northerly to the intersection of Luce Knowles Road and Pope Road.Fayette: 2.05 miles …

Arizona transient accused of exposing himself on walking trail

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 02, 2014, at 9:20 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — An Arizona transient was arrested Monday after allegedly exposing himself to several people on a walking trail, according to police. Ronald Oberst, 47, is facing a charge of indecent exposure, Farmington Police Secretary Bonnie Pomeroy said Wednesday. Pomeroy said Oberst had been camping out in an area …
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