Maine town closes police department for ‘personnel issue’

By Staff Report on Dec. 28, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
The town manager told the Sun Journal he expected to resolve the situation in three to four weeks.
A tractor-trailer crashed in Oxford, spilling 100 gallons of fuel.

100 gallons of fuel leaks from tractor-trailer crash in Oxford

By CBS 13 on Dec. 28, 2016, at 7:47 a.m.
Main Street in Oxford was shut down Wednesday morning because of a tractor-trailer crash.

Fairfield man sets fire to estranged wife’s home, then fatally stabs himself

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff on Dec. 25, 2016, at 2:05 p.m.
He had gone to his estranged wife’s home on Norridgewock Road around midnight and set fire to two vehicles and the house while she still was inside.
Donna Pickard of Far Point Farm in Steuben may have to stretch her own meals, but she will give away her food to someone who needs it.

A simple change could give Maine’s hungry, rural people more food

on Dec. 23, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
The first in-depth look of its kind shows that 59 percent of people are using food pantries more this year than last.
Police are looking for a man who they say should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police: Sabattus man considered armed, dangerous turns himself in

By CBS 13 on Dec. 22, 2016, at 7:23 a.m.
Police are looking for a man who they said should be considered armed and dangerous.

Waterville man to serve 10 months for selling counterfeit coins

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 21, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
He faced up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Leroy Smith III is escorted back to his seat during a competency hearing before Kennebec County Superior Court Justice Donald Marden on June 30 at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.

New competency hearing set for Maine man accused of dismembering father

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 21, 2016, at 6:40 a.m.
A Gardiner man accused of killing and dismembering his father in their Gardiner apartment in 2014 is scheduled to appear in court next month to see if forced medication has made him competent to stand trial for murder.
Book about this elusive Maine hermit comes out in March by Penguin Random House.

The only journalist to interview the North Pond Hermit is coming out with a book

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 21, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The book comes out March 7, when Finkel will be in Portland giving a reading at Space Gallery.

NH police arrest 2 Waterville men on gun charges

By Elizabeth Dinan, Portsmouth Herald on Dec. 20, 2016, at 3:15 p.m.
According to police reports, the pistols were a 9 mm Springfield, a .40-caliber Glock and a 9mm Taurus.

Doctor dies in Franklin County crash

By CBS 13 on Dec. 20, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
A doctor died Tuesday morning after his car crashed into several trees in Freeman Township.

Skowhegan woman dies from fire caused by smoking while on oxygen

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 19, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
A Skowhegan woman who was seriously injured in a fire earlier this month has died, according to the state fire marshal’s office.
Robert Smith picks out food items from the Save-A-Lot grocery store in Dover-Foxcroft one day in late November.

What a close look at 1 school district shows about decisions in struggling Maine towns

on Dec. 19, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
“If the children are in poverty, so are their parents.”

Man dies in Turner house fire

By Staff Report on Dec. 17, 2016, at 7:49 a.m.
This is the second Turner resident to be found dead this week.
A plow works to clear an area of snow on Tuesday in Broadway Park in Bangor. According to Reuters, the cold blast that hit Maine on Thursday was brought by a polar vortex.

Mainers urged to prepare for deep freeze

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 15, 2016, at 8:10 p.m.
The weather service issued a warning of potential wind chill temperatures down to minus 38 degrees through Friday evening for the northern half of the state.

Officials investigating death of Turner man

By CBS 13 on Dec. 15, 2016, at 5:24 p.m.
The state fire marshal’s office said they are looking into whether one of the kerosene heaters in the trailer malfunctioned.
Ayla Reynolds

Ayla Reynolds’ family prepares to declare her deceased

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 14, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
Police investigators this week worked on leads in the 2011 disappearance of toddler Ayla Reynolds, while her family announced plans to declare her deceased in order to pursue civil lawsuits against adults in the home on the night she went missing.
Travis Anderson shovels snow Monday afternoon in the driveway of his Brewer home. "I lived here all my life, and I hate this," he said about the snow.

Storm blankets Maine, causing fatal crashes, multiple closings

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 12, 2016, at 5:49 p.m.
Two people died in crashes on slick roads Monday as a storm that began in southern Maine late Sunday dropped between 6 and 10 inches of snow across the state as it traveled northward.

Hampden man, 21, dies in New Portland crash

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 12, 2016, at 2:49 p.m.
The crash occurred shortly before 2 a.m. and was discovered by a passing motorist, who called 911, the chief deputy said.
Bruce E. Dunbar of Jefferson, Maine, was arrested Thursday night after allegedly crashing his tractor trailer into the gazebo in a Jersey City, N.J., park. Dunbar said he crashed intentionally, The Jersey Journal reported.

Police: Maine truck driver intentionally plowed into NJ gazebo decorated for holidays

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 12, 2016, at 10:15 a.m.
“Cops said he seemed disoriented and ‘non-cognitive’ but passed a field sobriety test.”
A 76-year-old Harmony man was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after suffering potentially life-threatening injuries in a rollover crash Friday morning on Guilford Road. Police cite slick road conditions and speed as factors.

Slick road, speed cited as factors in serious Cambridge crash

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 09, 2016, at 6:35 p.m.
A Harmony man suffered life-threatening injuries Friday when the SUV he was driving left the roadway, hit a curb and rolled over several times.