Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez looks at the prosecutor during his murder trial Tuesday at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Florida shooting inadmissible in Aaron Hernandez murder trial

By Daniel Lovering, Reuters on March 04, 2015, at 7:11 p.m.
FALL RIVER, Massachusetts — The judge in Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial ruled on Wednesday that jurors will not be allowed to hear about a former friend of the ex-NFL star who claimed Hernandez shot him in the face after an argument in Florida in 2013. Associate Justice Susan Garsh denied …
The front end of Shane Overlock's car after the I-95 pileup on Feb. 25. "That's a pic of our car, and we weren't even close to as bad as some other people that were in the accident," Ashley Overlock said of her 2000 Chevy Cavalier.

Cousin raising money to buy Dexter couple a car after theirs was destroyed in I-95 pileup

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 04, 2015, at 7:05 p.m.
A Dexter man said he felt like an unwilling participant in a demolition derby when he got caught up in the middle of a massive pileup on Interstate 95 in Carmel last week that left him with a wrecked vehicle. Shane Overlock said Wednesday that he was …
Executive director Bill Rae holds open the door to Manna Ministries' broken elevator, which no longer works and is not level with the floor. Repairs will cost about $4,000, he said.

Bangor’s Manna Ministries says it needs $9,000 to keep operating

By Evan Belanger on March 04, 2015, at 6:54 p.m.
Manna Ministries needs $9,000 by Friday to pay heat and electric bills and complete critical repairs to infrastructure, according to executive director Bill Rae. Rae called on the public for emergency donations this week, saying the faith-based nonprofit needed $18,000 to maintain operations. As of Wednesday, he …

Holden crash snarls Route 1A traffic during evening commute

By Dawn Gagnon on March 04, 2015, at 6:25 p.m.
Traffic on U.S. Route 1A returned to normal after it was disrupted for more than an hour during the busy evening commute Wednesday evening. The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Route 1A and Copeland Hill Road, Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell said Wednesday …

Waldo County man gets 18 months for threatening to kill ex-girlfriend, child

By Abigail Curtis on March 04, 2015, at 6:18 p.m.
BELFAST | A 23-year-old man from Stockton Springs who pleaded guilty last week to using Facebook to threaten to kill his ex-girlfriend and her child will spend 18 months in prison for the crime. Tyler J. Damon was arrested last August and charged with domestic violence terrorizing, violating a …
Keith Suitter

Police getting few tips in Houlton homicide investigation

By Jen Lynds on March 04, 2015, at 6:08 p.m.
Three days after a Houlton man was found slain in his home, police said Wednesday that the rural location of the dwelling could be one reason why an appeal to the public has not led to many calls about the case. Investigators still were sifting through the …
After more than two years in business, Tantrum Nightclub and Lounge announced Sunday it is closing effective immediately.

Bangor nightclub Tantrum closes after two years

By Evan Belanger on March 04, 2015, at 6:07 p.m.
After more than two years in business, Tantrum Nightclub and Lounge on Broad Street has closed. “It is with great sadness that we are announcing effective immediately that Tantrum will be permanently closed,” majority owner Michelle Fern and her husband, Mike Fern, announced in a Facebook post …
A section of Interstate 95 was closed for more than an hour and a half after two separate crashes that occurred only moments apart and in the same location on Wednesday in Ludlow

Melted snow causes two accidents on I-95 in Ludlow

By Jen Lynds on March 04, 2015, at 5:46 p.m.
A large pool of standing water that accumulated from melting snow caused a pair of accidents that reduced a section of Interstate 95 to one lane for more than an hour and a half on Wednesday. The first crash took place about 1:15 p.m. when Lisa Condon, …
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday released this sketch of a man who allegedly entered a Casco home Monday afternoon and violently beat a 31-year-old man.

Sketch released of man who allegedly entered Casco home, beat resident

By Beth Brogan on March 04, 2015, at 5:25 p.m.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday released a sketch of the suspect wanted for entering a Casco home Monday evening and violently beating the 31-year-old resident. Sheriff’s deputies went to Timbuktu Drive, off Tenney Hill Road, at 6:10 p.m. Monday for a report that an unknown …

Lewiston firm to invest $6 million in equipment upgrades

By Darren Fishell on March 04, 2015, at 5:01 p.m.
The Italian company Modula plans to invest $6 million at its System Logistics manufacturing plant in Lewiston that officials said could bring about 70 new jobs to the plant that employs about 50 people. The Sun Journal reported that Modula spokesman Rob Dolci confirmed the investment at the plant that …
Brewer police are attempting to identify the man who is circled in red in these photographs in connection with a credit card theft investigation.

Brewer police seeking man in connection with stolen credit card case

By Dawn Gagnon on March 04, 2015, at 4:56 p.m.
Brewer police are asking the public to help identify a man investigators want to interview in connection with a stolen credit card case, Deputy Police Chief Jason Moffitt said Wednesday afternoon. The man is shown circled in red in surveillance images posted on the Brewer Police Department’s …
Rep. Linda Sanborn, D-Gorham.

Hospital executives call LePage’s health care reforms bad medicine for Maine

By Scott Thistle on March 04, 2015, at 4:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Hospital executives and their representatives lined up Wednesday to tell legislators that the two-year budget offered by Republican Gov. Paul LePage would damage the state’s health care system and put hospitals deeper in debt if passed as is. Members of the Legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations and Health and …
The Armistice Bridge is seen in Belfast in this March 2012 file photo.

Granite benches approved for Belfast footbridge

By Abigail Curtis on March 04, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
Two years ago, local veterans groups reacted with vigorous opposition when they heard about a proposal to add benches and lighting to the Belfast Armistice Bridge, better known locally as the footbridge. “Armistice Bridge is a place of reverence,” one veteran said at a heated Belfast City …

Route 2 reduced to one lane due to Etna structure fire

By Dawn Gagnon on March 04, 2015, at 4:47 p.m.
Motorists are being asked to avoid Route 2 in Etna, which is reduced to one lane because of a structure fire, the Maine Department of Transportation said in an alert issued shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday. The fire was reported about 3:25 p.m. on West Etna Road, …
A yellow Department of Environmental Protection hazmat truck and a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency truck are seen early Wednesday evening in the driveway of a Bar Harbor home suspected by police of being a meth lab.

Police secure suspected meth lab on MDI

By Bill Trotter on March 04, 2015, at 4:18 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has secured a home on Gilbert Farm Road while waiting to obtain a search warrant for the property, officials indicated Wednesday afternoon. A suspected methamphetamine lab has been discovered inside the home, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen …

Talk on Penobscot Nation at Belfast library

on March 04, 2015, at 4:12 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — “The Case for the Penobscot: From Past Perspectives to Current Challenges,” presented by historian, environmental activist, and peace advocate Maria Girouard of the Penobscot Nation and founder of Dawnland Environmental Defense, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, at Abbott Room, Belfast Free Library. Come learn about broken treaties, land claim settlement interpretations, and …
Emily Cain addresses her supporters while waiting for election results at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor on Nov. 4, 2014.

Why Emily Cain announced another congressional bid so early

By Christopher Cousins on March 04, 2015, at 4:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA | On Tuesday, Emily Cain made it official: Her aspirations to serve in Congress did not end in November with her loss to Republican Bruce Poliquin. Citing continued encouragement from supporters, Cain, an Orono Democrat who served 10 years in the Maine Legislature, announced Tuesday that she would …

Secretary of state’s office says to beware the Maine Council for Corporations

on March 04, 2015, at 4:08 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Secretary of State’s Office has issued a warning to businesses not to hand over information to an entity operating under the name Maine Council for Corporations. State officials said numerous companies have recently received mailings from the entity, which typically lists an address as 126 …

Brainstorm session for Earth Days Waldo County

on March 04, 2015, at 3:51 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A second brainstorm session for Earth Days Waldo County will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at With Breath Puppetry Studio, second floor of the Masonic Building, 137 High St. With Breath Puppetry and event planners will present themes and stories developed for the April 26 …

TV’s ‘Wicked Tuna’ fishermen, seafood chefs to headline Rockport fishing forum

By Bill Trotter on March 04, 2015, at 3:49 p.m.
Last year, it was Captain Keith Colburn from the popular Discovery Channel television show “Deadliest Catch.” This year, David Carraro and his first mate, Sandro Maniaci, from the National Geographic Channel program “ Wicked Tuna” are expected to help attract attendees to the 2015 Maine Fishermen’s Forum …
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