NH man appeals conviction for killing college student

By Ted Siefer, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 5:41 a.m.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — A New Hampshire man is appealing his conviction for killing a 19-year-old college student lured to his apartment for sex. Seth Mazzaglia, 31, was found guilty in June of first-degree murder and other charges related to the 2012 killing of Elizabeth Marriott, who was a student at …
David Weiss, the founding director of Northeast Historic Film, recently announced he plans to retire after nearly 30 years at the helm of the nonprofit film archive.

Northeast Historic Film co-founder reflects on 30 years of archiving, preserving celluloid history

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — After nearly 30 years and 10 million feet of film safely stashed in the Northeast Historic Film archive, founding director David Weiss said it is time to retire. “It’s been a great deal of fun,” he said last week while reminiscing about his accidental career path that …
A standoff lasted more than seven hours Monday night into Tuesday morning at the downtown Rite Aid Pharmacy on Route 1 in Camden.

Camden standoff ends with hostage freed, suspect found dead

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:37 a.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — An all-night armed standoff at a downtown pharmacy ended with a hostage released unharmed and the suspect found dead from an apparent suicide. The suspect in the hostage taking and standoff was identified by Camden Police Chief Randy Gagne as Robert Beerman, 34, of Camden. Beerman’s body …
From the community

Somerset Avenue Mill & Fill Project in Pittsfield Scheduled to Begin

By Kathryn Ruth on Sept. 16, 2014, at 12:19 a.m.
The Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) plans to revitalize Somerset Avenue, which is a State Road through a Mill & Fill Project. The Town has been advised that the project will last approximately one month. At times during this project, it may be advantageous for traffic to take alternate routes …
Several law enforcement vehicles were parked at The Grove apartment complex in Orono in 2013.

Orono manager says The Grove management ‘very, very angry’ as town cracks down

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 15, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — After repeated attempts to work with operators of The Grove to curb the kind of loud, raucous parties for which it has developed a reputation, town officials are cracking down. And the management of Orono’s largest student housing complex is not pleased about it, Town Manager Sophie …
Greg Shinberg of Shinberg Consulting goes over a proposed master plan for the Midtown development project in Portland's East Bayside at a neighborhood meeting.

Portland allocates $2.7 million to raise street near four-tower Bayside project

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 15, 2014, at 9:24 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The city of Portland will devote $2.7 million to raising the street grade along one side of the four-tower, $150 million Midtown project after councilors passed a slate of measures related to the development Monday night. Construction on Midtown — which, if all four phases are completed, …

‘Between a rock and a hard place’: Portland’s big gamble on undocumented immigrants

on Sept. 15, 2014, at 9:13 p.m.
The city of Portland and the LePage administration have seemingly always had an uneasy relationship. As far back as 2011, a member of Gov. Paul LePage’s cabinet said the Republican administration wouldn’t work with Portland — which has been ranked the most liberal city in Maine and consistently has eight …
Several homes were evacuated on Fern Street in Bangor because of a gas leak in August.

Bangor-area gas line breaks spark talks about how to ensure safe digging

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 15, 2014, at 8:56 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — On four occasions this year, emergency responders and Bangor Natural Gas personnel rushed to the scenes of natural gas leaks, all of which were preventable. In three of those cases, third-party contractors digging near gas lines punctured a pipe, setting loose a stream of nasty-smelling, mercaptan-scented natural …

Police say hostage freed from Camden Rite Aid robbery

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 15, 2014, at 8:49 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — Police were outside the Camden Rite Aid on Monday night into Tuesday morning as a robbery was in progress, according to authorities. A woman who said she works at the Rite Aid said a man walked in just before the 8 p.m. closing time and ordered everyone …

Woman finds body in trunk, learns it’s her neighbor

By Reuters on Sept. 15, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — A southern California woman who found a dead body in the trunk of her Lexus after shopping over the weekend discovered that the man was a neighbor, police said Monday. The woman, who was not identified by authorities, returned to her car Saturday afternoon after shopping at …
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres (right) and U.S. actress and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie (center) visit the Armed Forces of Malta operations centre in Luqa, outside Valletta.

As many as 700 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

By Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters on Sept. 15, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
GENEVA — More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week, bringing the death toll this year to nearly 3,000, the International Organization for Migration said Monday. In the worst incident, as many as 500 migrants are …

Rapper Gucci Mane gets three years in prison for assault in Atlanta

By David Beasley, Reuters on Sept. 15, 2014, at 6:58 p.m.
ATLANTA — The rapper known as Gucci Mane received a three-year prison sentence Monday after pleading guilty to hitting a fan in the head with a vodka bottle at an Atlanta nightclub. It was the latest in a string of legal troubles for Mane, 34, whose gangster persona helped land …

Police urge owners to license pets after spate of calls over ‘dangerous’ dogs

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Police are asking dog owners to make sure their pets are licensed and up to date on their shots, after the department received multiple calls about several dangerous dog incidents in the last week. One dog owner was issued citations for having a dangerous, unlicensed dog last …
Kirk Francis

Penobscot Indian Nation chief re-elected

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
INDIAN ISLAND, Maine — Kirk Francis, 45, was re-elected chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation over the weekend, according to election results sent to the Bangor Daily News on Monday. Francis, who has been chief for eight years, was re-elected with 313 votes, defeating former chief Barry Dana, who had …

Winn man arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting woman

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:46 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Winn man remained at the Penobscot County Jail on Monday evening unable to post $5,000 cash bail on charges that he assaulted a woman last week in Chester. Michael Burt, 62, is charged with gross sexual assault, a Class A crime, aggravated assault, a Class B …
Lt. Christopher Coleman of Maine State Police (at left) briefly chats with troopers and detectives by the side of Newbury Neck Road in Surry on Monday afternoon.

Retiring Maine State Police officer gets surprise roadside salute

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
SURRY, Maine — A longtime officer with the Maine State Police, who over the course of his 25-year career rose through the ranks from patrol trooper to head of the agency’s northern criminal investigation unit, received his final salute Monday as a state police lieutenant. About three dozen law enforcement …
Pictured is the Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems Cianchette building in Brewer.

EMHS to eliminate more than 40 jobs in IT department

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems plans to eliminate more than 40 positions in its information systems department as part of a long-term effort to overhaul operations and avoid a $100 million shortfall in 2019, according to information obtained by the Bangor Daily News. The Brewer-based health care system, …
Adam Metropoulos

Bangor priest arrested after being accused of possessing child pornography

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The priest of St. George Greek Orthodox Church was arrested Monday after being accused of possessing child pornography and photographing a woman without her permission. Adam Metropoulos, 52, of Bangor was charged with one count each of possession of sexually explicit material, a Class C crime, and …
Rebecca Wyke

University of Maine System will ask for more state funding to maintain tuition freeze

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:09 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — For the first time in three years, the University of Maine System plans to ask the state for an increase in the amount of funding the seven-campus network receives from taxpayers. Pending approval from the Board of Trustees, the system will ask for $182.2 million for fiscal …

Woman struck by car in Hampden Hannaford parking lot

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — A local woman suffered minor injuries Monday afternoon when she was struck by a car in the Hannaford supermarket parking lot on Western Avenue. Melanie McGran, 31, of Hampden was taken to St. Joseph Hospital after she complained of pain at the accident scene, Hampden police Officer …
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