Freeport private school teacher charged with federal drug crime released on bail, ordered to live in Winterport

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Aug. 12, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — A private school teacher who was arrested for allowing drugs to be sold from his Lewiston home has been released on bail. Noel Thibodeau, 43, was arrested Aug. 5 at his home at 5 Bradford St. in Lewiston. If convicted of the felony charge, Thibodeau could serve …
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Freedom Salute for 133rd Engineer Batallion, and 1035th Survey and Design Team

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 12, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Androscoggin Bank Collisee, 190 Birch St., Lewiston  AUGUSTA, Maine – A Freedom Salute ceremony will be held for the 133rd Engineer Battalion and 1035th Survey and Design Team at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Androscoggin Bank Collisee, 190 Birch St., Lewiston. Soldiers …

Income gap in Lewiston-Auburn among widest in nation, according to national mayors’ group report

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 12, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A new report issued Monday shows the gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. continues to grow and it highlights the gap in Lewiston-Auburn as one of the largest in the country. The report, issued by the United States Conference of Mayors, examines the difference …
Ophir and Oliver, two Seeds of Peace campers, went canoeing Friday afternoon.

Emotions run high at Seeds of Peace camp in Maine amid Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 09, 2014, at 5:51 a.m.
OTISFIELD, Maine — As young campers emerged from cabins on Thursday morning, some were holding each other crying, while others laughed and sang songs. Emotions have run high during this session of Seeds of Peace, a camp that brings teenagers from opposing sides of conflict zones around the world to …
At Lewiston City Hall, David Boyer (center), the political director for the Maine Marijuana Policy Project, turns in petitions Friday morning to put a recreational marijuana question on the Lewiston ballot.

Pot legalization advocates move step closer to November vote in Lewiston

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 08, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Lewiston voters will likely decide in November if they want to join Portland in sending a message to lawmakers in Augusta and Washington that marijuana should be made legal for adult recreational use. On Friday, advocates from the Maine Marijuana Policy Project met their deadline for turning …
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Culvert replacement project to begin in Grafton Township

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 08, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
GRAFTON TOWNSHIP, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews will replace a box culvert in Grafton Township beginning Monday, Aug. 11. The project will be on Route 26 approximately 1.78 miles north of the Newry town line. Temporary traffic signals will be used to provide alternating one-way traffic for motorists …

National Weather Service issues flood advisory for Oxford, Franklin counties

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 07, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
GRAY, Maine — With more thunderstorms expected throughout Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Oxford and Franklin counties. The flood advisory is slated to affect eastern Oxford and southern Franklin counties, the weather service said. Rainfall rates at over an inch an hour have …
This map shows the proposed route of a passenger train connection between Portland and Auburn, along with potential sites for train stops along the way.

Portland-Auburn passenger train could be first step toward rail connection with Bethel, Montreal

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 07, 2014, at 1:22 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The 2001 establishment of Amtrak’s Downeaster train service created a passenger rail pipeline tying Boston to Portland. That pipeline today carries more than 1,500 people a day between the two cities, a group that includes professional commuters and tourists alike, and generates an estimated $12 million in …

Former teacher at Freeport private school charged with federal drug crime

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 07, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — A former teacher at Freeport’s Coastal Studies for Girls was arrested by state and federal drug agents Tuesday and charged with maintaining a drug-involved premises. Noel Thibodeau, 43, of Lewiston faces a maximum of 20 years and a $500,000 fine if convicted of the charge. According to …

30-year-old man sentenced to 5 years for setting third fire in string of Lewiston arsons

By WGME staff on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A Lewiston man was sentenced to five years in prison for setting the third fire in a string of arsons that put the city on edge last year. Prosecutors said Brian Morin, 30, confessed to police, and in June, he pleaded guilty. The judge sentenced Morin to …

Burglars hit a dozen Livermore Falls properties, stealing more than $3,000 worth of copper

By Marissa Bodnar, CBS 13 on Aug. 06, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine — A string of copper thefts has police and residents on alert in Livermore Falls. A dozen break-ins have been reported in just a month and damage is estimated in the thousands. Police say the crimes are happening in town, the thieves are striking abandoned homes, so …

Lewiston boy chases ball into street, runs into car

By CBS 13 on Aug. 05, 2014, at 7:47 p.m.
LEWISTON — A 7-year-old boy was taken to a local hospital after he ran into a car while he was chasing a ball outside his home. The incident occurred on Bartlett Street on Monday night. Police say it appears the boy ran into the side of the car as it …
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows greets supporters gathered in Lewiston's Kennedy Park on Monday morning before a press conference at Dufrense Plaza on her walk from Houlton to Kittery.

Bellows strides into Lewiston in race against Collins

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 04, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows strode into downtown Lewiston on Monday as she approached the final miles in a 350-mile walk from Houlton to Kittery. With about 110 miles still to go, Bellows is walking to draw attention to her campaign against Republican U.S. Sen. Susan …
Three state troopers pose with "Charlie the Steer," a replica steer that allegedly was stolen from Town and Country Meats in Greene earlier this summer. Police and game wardens located the steer on an island in the Androscoggin River in Auburn last week.

Replica steer stolen from Greene establishment found by state police, game wardens

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 04, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
GREENE, Maine — State police and the Maine Warden Service have teamed up to find a mascot that belongs to a local food distributor. “Charlie the Steer,” a replica steer that has stood in front of Town and Country Meats in Greene for decades, was stolen from its perch in …

Jobs coming to Auburn as Panolam Industries closes South Carolina plastics plant

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 04, 2014, at 11:47 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The parent company of Pioneer Plastics Corp. in Auburn plans to close its South Carolina plant and move those manufacturing positions to Maine, where it will get new incentives and said it could employ up to 140 more people over the next two years. The Maine Department …

Heavy rain, thunderstorms produce flash flood warnings

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 04, 2014, at 8:52 a.m.
GRAY, Maine — A flash flood warning will remain in effect for western portions of Maine throughout Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Thunderstorms were producing heavy rain over portions of western Franklin and Oxford counties, according to the weather service. More heavy rain is expected throughout the …

Fox killed after attacking two people in Auburn

By Lindsay Tice, Sun Journal on Aug. 02, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
A fox attacked a cat, a boy and an elderly woman in an Auburn neighborhood Saturday before it was killed by a relative of the woman. It will be tested for rabies. Auburn police said the fox appeared first appeared Saturday morning in a Winter Street backyard, where it bit …
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Culvert replacement project in Greene

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 01, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.
GREENE, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews will replace a culvert on the Allen Pond Road in Greene beginning on Monday, Aug. 4.Allen Pond Road will be closed approximately five miles north of the Route 202 intersection. Motorists will follow the detour route from Allen Pond Road to Addition Road to …
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DOT to inspect Peru-Mexico bridge

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 01, 2014, at 9:34 a.m.
PERU and MEXICO, Maine — Starting on Monday, Aug. 4, Maine Department of Transportation crews will inspect the Androscoggin River Bridge on North Main Street that links the towns of Peru and Mexico.There will be one lane of alternating one-way traffic for passenger vehicles only. No heavy trucks will be allowed over …

Missing Massachusetts woman found alive

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 01, 2014, at 9:13 a.m.
WATERFORD, Maine — A Massachusetts woman reported missing from a campground early Friday morning was found safely, officials said Christine Loring, 62, had last been seen at 2:30 a.m. Friday, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service. She was reported to be wearing a maroon Harley Davidson …
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