Messalonskee High School students console each other during a Project Graduation Benefit Dinner for the Class of 2016 and fundraiser for the Cassidy Charette Scholarship and Connor Garland's family at The Red Barn in Augusta in this 2014 file photo. Charette, 17, was killed and Garland, 16, was critically injured in hayride accident at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls. In response to the tragedy, Maine lawmakers will consider a number of bills in 2015 that aim at preventing future tragedies.

Hayride safety bills to go before state Legislature after deadly Mechanic Falls accident

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 15, 2015, at 6:07 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A hayride accident that claimed the life of a teenage girl from Oakland and sent 22 others to the hospital last October has prompted an outpouring of proposed law changes. The titles of six different bills released Thursday and sponsored by Democrats and Republicans, including top leaders …

Waterville police seek man who called in fake shooting

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 15, 2015, at 2:44 p.m.
Police are searching for a man who allegedly falsified a shooting report on Thursday afternoon, according to Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey. Shortly before 1:30 p.m., a man had contacted Waterville police stating a friend of his had been shot on Norman Avenue, according to Rumsey. The call …

Decades-long Franklin County health initiative praised in national medical journal

By Judith Meyer, Sun Journal on Jan. 14, 2015, at 1:07 p.m.
FARMINGTON | Forty years ago, the concept that the health of an entire community could be improved if everyone worked together for their shared benefit was launched by a handful of doctors and nurses at Franklin Memorial Hospital. That concept is earning high praise from the Journal of the …
Casey Cross

Milo woman gets 9 months, more than $2,500 in fines

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 13, 2015, at 6:25 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | A Milo woman was sentenced Monday to nine months in jail for a variety of charges resulting from four separate incidents in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties last year. Casey Cross, 24, also was ordered to pay more than $2,500 in fines and had her driver’s license suspended, …

Summit to pay $100,000 fine for drilling through sewer lines in central Maine

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 13, 2015, at 4:15 p.m.
PORTLAND | Summit Natural Gas of Maine has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine to state regulators and change several of its training practices for employees and contractors after it caused damage to sewer mains during installations in the Kennebec Valley. The Maine Public Utilities Commission approved the fine …
UPM-Madison paper mill

Madison paper mill to cut production, lay off some hourly workers for at least two weeks

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 13, 2015, at 1:10 p.m.
PORTLAND | UPM-Madison’s paper mill plans to reduce production of paper for catalogs and brochures for two weeks, laying off hourly workers during the cutback a spokesman for the mill attributed to international competition, market conditions and energy costs. Russ Drechsel, manager of the mill and president of Madison …

Winslow High School briefly evacuated because of threat

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 12, 2015, at 2:46 p.m.
Winslow High School was evacuated for a short time Monday after a threat was discovered on a wall in a boys’ bathroom, according to police Lt. Josh Veilleux. The threat was reported at 11:45 a.m., according to Veilleux, and school administrators and the school’s resource officer immediately …

Man arrested after attempting to break into drug store using snowplow

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 12, 2015, at 10:03 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A Wilton man was arrested Friday night after allegedly using the snowplow on his pickup truck to attempt to break into the Mt. Blue Drug store, according to police. Police were alerted to the activities of Kenneth Nurse, 62, thanks to two witnesses who were on their …
Darrin Cates

Winslow Web designer charged with possession of child porn

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 10, 2015, at 12:40 p.m.
Maine State Police arrested a local Web designer Friday and found hundreds of sexually explicit images and movies of children on his computer. Darrin Cates, 45, has been charged with possession of sexually explicit materials of children under the age of 12, Maine Department of Public Safety …
From the community

Colby’s Martin Luther King Jr. event features Majora Carter

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 09, 2015, at 11:46 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building, Colby College, Waterville, Maine For more information: 207-859-4256 WATERVILLE, Maine — Majora Carter, an urban revitalization specialist, Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and social enterprise pioneer, will provide the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Program’s keynote address “The …

Chesterville man accused of assaulting girlfriend, sheriff’s deputies

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 09, 2015, at 9:04 a.m.
A local man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and others at a party at a Vienna Road residence, sheriff’s deputies said. The series of events leading to the arrest of Scott Lagace, 21, occurred around 9:30 p.m. when police responded to an …

7 residents displaced after fire destroys Oakland duplex

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 08, 2015, at 7:18 p.m.
Seven residents were left homeless after a fire destroyed a Water Street duplex on Thursday, an Oakland Fire Department official said. All of those who were home at the time made it out safely, Fire Chief Dave Coughlin said late Thursday afternoon. While all seven tenants have …

Firefighters battling blaze on Water Street in Oakland

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 08, 2015, at 12:51 p.m.
Firefighters spent much of Thursday battling a blaze on Water Street, according to officials. The fire was reported around 10 Thursday morning and was at a two-unit house. Firefighters were still on scene shortly after noon Thursday and no other details were available. Check bangordailynews.com for updates.

At 22 below, Caribou just misses record for low temperature

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 08, 2015, at 9:06 a.m.
While Mainers once again woke up to a deep freeze on Thursday morning, the National Weather Service reported that no record low temperatures were set Wednesday night. Caribou came close, according to the weather service’s forecast center in Aroostook County. Caribou reported that temperatures dipped as low …
This house in Appleton is at the center of a four-year legal battle over enforcement of town ordinances.

Appleton homeowner offers to pay fine rather than move or tear down house

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 07, 2015, at 2:38 p.m.
The owner of a house that was built in violation of the town’s land-use laws has offered to pay a $2,500 fine rather than tear down or move the building. Appleton Code Enforcement Officer C. Toupie Rooney said Wednesday she received a response Tuesday from Jacob Boyington …
People fill out information forms at the Dexter Town office on Jan. 4, 2014.  A group of former shoe company executives and public officials are planning to revive some shoe manufacturing the the town.

One year later, shoe manufacturing revival in Dexter ‘progressing slowly’

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on Jan. 07, 2015, at 12:16 p.m.
Just over one year ago — Jan. 4, 2014 to be exact — more than 125 people showed up at a job fair designed to gauge interest in reviving shoe manufacturing in Dexter. The turnout in 20-below weather caught town officials and organizers by surprise. Respondents ranged …
Seagulls fly over Bangor's frozen waterfront Monday morning with temperatures still below zero.

Wind chills across Maine expected to tumble far below zero again

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 07, 2015, at 10:34 a.m.
GRAY | More arctic air was expected to move into the region Wednesday, with strong winds to produce dangerous wind chills, according to the National Weather Service. Once again Wednesday morning, Mainers heading to work and school bundled up as temperatures hovered around zero. The weather service has posted …

Winthrop man accused of stealing Build-A-Bear gift cards, other items in burglaries

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 07, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
A local man is facing burglary and theft charges after a pair of burglaries in which several items, including Build-A-Bear gift cards, were stolen, police said. Alleged burglaries involving Justin Lebourdais, 29, were reported on Dec. 19 and Dec. 26, according to Winthrop police Detective Pete Struck. …
Trista Reynolds, mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, talks with the press outside the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland on Sept. 25, 2013.

Mother of Ayla Reynolds supports effort to fund cold-case investigation squad

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 06, 2015, at 1:18 p.m.
PORTLAND | The mother of the little girl at the center of the state’s most extensive missing-person investigation is lending her voice to an effort to fund Maine’s first full-time cold case homicide investigation squad, she said. “I think it is great that there will be [detectives] working 24-7 …
Addison Duong

Former Unity man facing arson charge after allegedly setting girlfriend’s home on fire

By Abigail Curtis on Jan. 06, 2015, at 12:34 p.m.
A man who allegedly set his girlfriend’s mobile home on fire on Landry Lane in late December was arrested Monday and charged with arson. Addison Duong, 20, who used to live in the trailer with the woman, told police he had been upset over the couple’s relationship …
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