State police responding to accident on I-95

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 13, 2014, at 9:11 a.m.
NEWPORT | Police are responding to an accident on Interstate 95 in Newport on Monday morning, officials said. A state police dispatcher said the crash involved two vehicles and occurred around mile marker 159 in the northbound lane. No other details were immediately available. Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.
Eventual winners Jesse Wall carries Christina Arsenault over the first obstacle while competing in the North American Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine on Oct. 11, 2014.

Wife-carrying competition in Newry brings Finnish whimsy to Maine

By Ted Siefer, Reuters on Oct. 12, 2014, at 7:19 a.m.
Men with their wives slung over their shoulders bounded over log hurdles and charged through a muddy pit on a mountainside in Maine on Saturday, as hundreds of spectators cheered them on at the North American Wife Carrying Championship. The annual event, now in its 15th year, …

Windsor father pleads guilty to felony assault in shaken baby case

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 10, 2014, at 6:14 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A 22-year-old Windsor man pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of aggravated assault that stemmed from the violent shaking of his infant child. Kevin Peaslee entered his plea in Kennebec County Superior Court during a hearing before Justice Michaela Murphy, Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said …

State police: Woman struck by tractor-trailer on I-95

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 10, 2014, at 1:41 p.m.
OAKLAND | A woman was taken to a hospital after she was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 late Friday morning, the Maine State Police said. Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said the accident happened shortly before noon. The victim, Marilyn Whitford, 65, of Orono, had …

Opponents appeal First Wind’s Bingham wind farm, the largest ever approved in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 09, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
PORTLAND | A group opposed to wind power developments in Maine and a private citizen have filed separate appeals of the largest project in the state, putting further delays in front of First Wind’s 62-turbine project in Bingham. Chris O’Neil, public affairs director with Friends of Maine Mountains, said …
Gov. Paul LePage shares a laugh with Independent Eliot Cutler, left, and Democrat Mike Michaud, right, as Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kimberly Lindlof makes some opening remarks at a gubernatorial candidate forum at Thomas College in Waterville on Thursday. The event, sponsored by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and Thomas College, focused on economic and business issues and was moderated by Thomas College President Laurie LaChance.

LePage, Michaud trade jabs on bipartisanship, Cutler puts pox on both houses at second debate

By Mario Moretto on Oct. 09, 2014, at 11:26 a.m.
WATERVILLE | The three gubernatorial candidates took the stage for the second time in as many days Thursday morning at Thomas College, where Democrat Mike Michaud and Republican Gov. Paul LePage had a heated exchange about bipartisanship and cooperation. Michaud, who has sought to capitalize on LePage’s high disapproval …

State police identify man found dead in Plymouth

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 06, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
A 52-year old local man was found dead along Rutland Road early Monday morning, according to state police. Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said Monday afternoon that the dead man has been identified as Mark Michaud of Plymouth. McCausland said Michaud’s body was located shortly before …
Police are investigating a convenience store robbery in Skowhegan on Saturday night.

Skowhegan police seek knife-wielding would-be robber

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 06, 2014, at 1 p.m.
Police are searching for a man who held up a local convenience store at knifepoint on Saturday night. Shortly after 7:30 p.m., a man wearing a black neoprene mask and a dark hooded sweatshirt entered the West Front Street market, threatened the clerk with a knife and …

Teenage boy charged in connection with Somerset County camp burglaries

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 06, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
SMITHFIELD | A teenage boy has been charged with criminal trespass and could face more charges in connection with half a dozen camp burglaries in late September, according to police. The burglaries occurred in the area of Lakeview and North Shore drives in Smithfield between Sept. 20 and 26, …

Man found dead in Plymouth, state police investigating

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 06, 2014, at 9:24 a.m.
A man was found dead in Plymouth Monday morning, and state police are investigating. A State Police dispatcher confirmed that a man was found dead in the area of Rutland Road, and state police remain on scene investigating. No other information was immediately available. Watch bangordailynews.com for …
Chris Dispenzieri of Bangor and Greg Hudak of Brewer play the slot machines at the Oxford Casino in this file photo.

Idea of more Maine casinos has existing gambling hubs concerned about ‘cannibalization’

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 05, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
BANGOR | A recent report released by a gambling management and advisory firm about the potential for more Maine casinos has excited state legislators. But the state’s two existing casinos and local governments invested in their success or failure expect to push back, arguing further casino development could stifle …
Below normal seven-day average stream flow compared  with historical stream flow.

Below average September rainfall near record levels in parts of Maine

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff on Oct. 04, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
Precipitation was below normal in parts of the state last month, reducing water levels in some brooks, rivers and streams across the region, according to an official at the National Weather Service in Caribou. Dustin Jordan, meteorologist at the NWS in Caribou, said Thursday that some parts of Maine are …
Skowhegan police are trying to find this man, suspected of trying to rob the West Front Street Market on Friday night, Oct. 3, 2014.

Skowhegan police looking for suspect in Friday night attempted robbery

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 04, 2014, at 9:24 a.m.
Police are trying to find a masked man who allegedly tried to rob the West Front Street Market at knifepoint before fleeing empty-handed. A man wearing a black neoprene mask, camouflage pants and a sleeveless camouflage shirt over a dark green hoodie waked into the store at …
Maine State Police, with the assistance of local and federal agencies, reportedly broke up a retail theft ring involving hundreds of stolen items from Wal-Mart being sold on eBay.

Police report breaking up major Wal-Mart retail theft ring

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 03, 2014, at 5:42 p.m.
BANGOR | A retail theft ring involving hundreds of stolen items from area Wal-Mart stores sold on eBay has been broken, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Friday. Maine State Police, with the assistance of local and federal law enforcement agencies, netted more than $240,000 in …
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Two Glenburn men accused of robbing medical marijuana patient, impersonating police remain jailed

By Abigail Curtis on Oct. 03, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.
BELFAST | Two Glenburn men accused of impersonating police to steal from a Winterport marijuana grower last month remained jailed Friday after a judge set bail of $10,000 and $15,000. Jeffrey Hurd, 47, and Scott Roberts, 35, made their initial appearance Friday afternoon at Belfast District Court by videoconference …
Ice cream containers at the Skowhegan-based Gifford's Famous Ice Cream company in this August 2014 file photo.

Gifford’s takes top honors at ice cream competition for fifth consecutive year

By Sarah Walker Caron on Oct. 02, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
For the fifth consecutive year, Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream took home top honors from the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest — the first ice cream company to win that many times in a row. Lindsay Gifford-Skilling, the general manager of Gifford’s, said that her family-run company is thrilled …
Jennifer Dorman, a special education school teacher at the Skowhegan Area Middle School, was named the Maine Teacher of the Year by Department of Education Commissioner Jim Rier. Pictured are Skowhegan Area Middle School Principal Zachary Longyear, Rier, Dorman and MSAD 54 Superintendent Brent Colbry.

Middle school special education teacher from Skowhegan named Maine Teacher of the Year

By Nell Gluckman on Oct. 02, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
Jennifer Dorman, a Skowhegan Area Middle School special education teacher, was named the 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Education and the nonprofit organization Educate Maine. Department of Education Commissioner Jim Rier made the announcement on Thursday at an all-school assembly that …

Gardiner man injured in motorcycle accident dies

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 30, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A Gardiner man injured in a motorcycle accident on Sunday in Lincoln County has died, police said Tuesday. Kenneth Black, 50, died of his injuries on Monday afternoon at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, according to Lt. Rand Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Black …

Unity man arrested after allegedly choking, assaulting woman

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 29, 2014, at 3:10 p.m.
A local man remained behind bars on Monday after he was accused of choking and assaulting a woman early Saturday morning at their home. Stephen Smith, 26, was charged with domestic violence assault and obstructing the report of a crime after the events of the night, Chief …

Feds award $2.5 million to Maine community college to support training in health care, construction, social work

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 29, 2014, at 10:38 a.m.
FAIRFIELD | The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Kennebec Valley Community College $2.5 million to support job training programs in health care, social work and construction. The grant award comes as part of the last round of a $2 billion pool of money from a federal fund to …
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