Officials investigate at a suspected methamphetamine lab in Oakfield on Tuesday.

Oakfield man arrested in meth lab bust

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
OAKFIELD, Maine — Drug agents on Tuesday raided a suspected methamphetamine lab in Aroostook County — the 18th in the state this year — and an Oakfield man was arrested as a result. Members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Aroostook County Task Force, along with the Clandestine Drug Laboratory …
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Jeffrey Cohen was named Southern Maine “Lawyer of the Year" in the specialty of workers’ compensation -- claimants -- in the 2015 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."

McTeague Higbee lawyers recognized in ‘The Best Lawyers in America’

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
TOPSHAM, Maine — Three attorneys from the Topsham-based law firm McTeague Higbee were recently selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America,” a peer-review survey in which more than 52,000 attorneys cast nearly 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their …
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Stephen King takes the #IceBucketChallenge, challenges John Grisham

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1:22 p.m.
The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness has been sweeping the Internet in recent days, and Bangor’s own Stephen King is the latest participant. King took the ice bath like a champ and challenged author John Grisham to take the challenge next. My shoes are wet, and I'm freezing. While …
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Larry Austin named director of security for Maine Department of Corrections

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1:18 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — In a recent statement, Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick named Larry Austin as the department’s director of security. “Larry Austin’s extensive knowledge, vast experience and understanding in the areas of adult and juvenile field and facilities will serve him well in this new director of security role,” …
Some of the marijuana plants authorities seized in Washington County.

Man who recruited workers for Township 37 pot farm gets 4 years in prison

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 19, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The man who testified that he recruited migrant workers to plant, tend and harvest marijuana at a Township 37 pot plantation in Washington County was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to four years in prison. Moises Soto, 53, of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, who took the oath …
Eight historic buildings, including the former North School and India Street Firehouse, are viewed as integral to the identity of the India Street neighborhood in a report recommending code and zoning amendments to enhance preservation and create a mixed-use neighborhood.

Panel urges more affordable housing, no new hotels in historic Portland neighborhood

By David Harry on Aug. 19, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Proposals to preserve the character of the city’s oldest street and surrounding neighborhood will be headed to city councilors next month. India Street, which runs from Congress to Commercial streets, is the focal point of recommendations in the India Street Neighborhood Sustainable Neighborhood Plan. Working on the …

Bar Harbor picks 2 finalists for manager job

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 19, 2014, at 12:06 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — The two finalists for the vacant town manager position are expected to be in Bar Harbor next week to visit with town staff and local residents. Both candidates have town manager experience in Maine and have been identified from a field of more than 50 applicants, …
A worker for Portland's Department of Public Services on Aug. 14 winds up caution tape alongside a section of High Street that was washed out during Wednesday night's torrential rains.

Portland still adding up Aug. 13 storm damage, might seek federal aid for cleanup

By David Harry on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Cleanups and calculations continued Tuesday after the Aug. 13 storm that dumped more than 6 inches of rain on the city. City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin on Monday said damage estimates were still being tabulated as the city considered whether it is eligible for disaster aid from …
Trains carrying crude oil have passed through the middle of Jackman, just as they had through Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

Canadian audit: Railway’s weak safety culture led to Lac-Megantic disaster

By Ashley Halsey III, The Washington Post on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
The runaway train that exploded into a small Quebec village last year was operated by a small regional railroad that cut corners on safety to save money, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said in its final report on the accident that killed 47 people. “This was a company with …

Connecticut man charged with fatally stabbing niece

By Reuters on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
A Connecticut man has been charged with murder for fatally stabbing his infant niece while babysitting the 1-year-old girl, police said on Tuesday. Arthur Hapgood, 36, of Waterbury was arrested without incident at the scene and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of undisclosed, non-life-threatening injuries, police said …
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Rotary Club of Bangor to host political candidates

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine – As part of its regular weekly speaker series, the Rotary Club of Bangor has announced that several candidates running for political office this fall will be speaking at club meetings between now and election day on Nov. 4.  Bangor Rotary meetings are held Tuesday afternoons at noon at Wellman Commons, 300 Union St. …
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Paving project to begin on Route 26 in Oxford

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
OXFORD, Maine – Crews will be paving approximately 1.9 miles of Route 26 in Oxford beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 20. The paving begins at the Record Building Supply Company and extends to the Skeetfield Road. Motorists should expect delays with alternating one-way traffic assisted by flaggers. While weather dependent, it is anticipated all …
In this August 2013 file photo, Todd M. Gilday is escorted into the Waldo County Superior Courthouse.

Woman’s admitted murderer will be sentenced this week, and sued in civil court

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The man who pleaded guilty earlier this summer to murdering a well-loved local woman last August will be sentenced this week at Waldo County Superior Court to 50 years in prison, according to a deal worked out with state prosecutors and his defense attorney. Todd Gilday, 44, …

Power restored to 2,300 in St. John Valley after utility equipment failure

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — An equipment failure on a pole near St. Agatha was the cause of a power outage that left more than 2,300 St. John Valley customers without electricity Tuesday morning, according to Emera Maine spokesman Bob Potts. Residents in Madawaska, Grand Isle, Van Buren, Limestone and St. …

Nobody’s running for Rockland City Council — yet

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Two weeks after nomination papers became available there are still no candidates for two city council seats up for a vote this fall. The deadline for candidates to take out papers and file them at city hall is Sept. 22. Dr. Eric Hebert has yet to decide …
Marijuana Policy Project holds a press conference before advocates turn in 1,521 signatures seeking a legalization referendum at City Hall in South Portland on last month. The referendum will go to South Portland voters in November.

South Portland voters to decide fate of marijuana legalization ordinance

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Voters in South Portland will get to decide the fate of a marijuana legalization ordinance there this November, supporters of the measure announced Monday night. The Marijuana Policy Project and its backers are hoping to get similar legalization questions on the ballots in York and Lewiston, …

Maine marine resources chief names panel to determine rockweed no-harvest areas

By Tim Cox on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced Monday the appointment of five people to a panel that will develop criteria for determining ecologically sensitive areas that should be off limits to rockweed harvesting. The working group is comprised of four scientists and conservationists and one representative of the industry that harvests …
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A portion of one of the beautiful stain glass windows at the Searsport First Congregational Church.

Fish and lobster chowder supper in Searsport

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Searsport First Congregational Church, 8 Church St., Searsport, Maine For more information: 548-0327; SEARSPORT, Maine — A public fish and lobster chowder supper will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Searsport First Congregational Church, 8 …

Quebec man sentenced in Bangor court to time served for trying to sneak wife into US for Florida vacation

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Quebec man who admitted that he attempted to smuggle his wife into the United States last month to vacation with family in Florida was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to time served and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Pierre Poulin, 40, of St. Martin, …

Police seek Waterville man involved in assault

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:20 a.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — A College Avenue man allegedly involved in an assault Monday afternoon is being sought by police on an arrest warrant. Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said he was not sure what exactly Emmanuel Hurtado, 23, is wanted for. Around 2 p.m. Monday, police got a call from …
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