Ann Kirkpatrick, superintendent of SAD 4.

Data breach at Guilford-area schools leads to identity thefts

By Nick McCrea and Stuart Hedstrom on April 28, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.
The district said anyone who received a W-2 from the district during the last filing period should take steps to protect their identities.

Police investigating collision between school buses

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 27, 2016, at 11:10 a.m.
Distracted driving is believed to be a factor in a rear-end collision involving two school buses on Route 94 on Tuesday, police said.
David Russell

Parkman man who offered kids candy to expose themselves to serve 6 months

By Judy Harrison on April 26, 2016, at 9:10 a.m.
He was accused of bribing children at his wife’s home day care with candy and gum so they would expose themselves to him.
Diane Kelly-Lokocz and her son, 4-year-old Rye, arrive at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

Above average temperatures likely this spring, summer

By Jen Lynds on April 22, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
Following the warmest winter on record in the Caribou area, officials at the National Weather Service in Caribou said Friday that warmer than normal spring and summer temperatures likely are on tap for Maine as well.
A Parkman man who was reported missing Thursday afternoon was found safe that night.

Parkman man, 78, found safe after evening lost in woods

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 22, 2016, at 9:27 a.m.
A local man who got lost Thursday afternoon while walking around his property, which is near Packard Brook, a densely wooded area, was found safely that night.
Milo Town Manager Damien Pickel

Milo residents opt to go with MRC for solid waste disposal

By Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer on April 21, 2016, at 4:31 p.m.
Residents voted during a special town meeting last week to enter into an agreement with the Municipal Review Committee to handle the town’s solid waste disposal starting in 2018 instead of continuing a partnership with the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company in Orrington.
Personnel from the Maine Forest Service battle a wildfire in Lubec in this May 2015 file photo.

Rising temperatures, dry air raise potential for Maine wildfires

By Jen Lynds on April 20, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
The conditions are dry as a result of it having not rained in much of Maine for “eight or nine days,” Todd Foisy said.

Firefighters combat wind-driven blazes around the state

Bangor Daily News on April 15, 2016, at 4:45 p.m.
The Maine Forest Service declared a red flag warning for Friday.

Greenville man accused of possessing child porn

By Michael J. Dowd on April 13, 2016, at 12:31 p.m.
Police arrested a local man Tuesday on a charge of possessing child pornography.
Bob McAllister, a lineman for Emera Maine, uses a saw  to remove a tree that fell onto power lines on Cross Road in Machias in July 2014. Strong winds knocked out power to thousands of Mainers on Sunday.

4,200 Emera, CMP customers without power

By Dawn Gagnon on April 03, 2016, at 3:04 p.m.
Emera Maine and Central Maine Power crews are working to restore power to customers affected by high winds on Sunday.
Zachary Grant of Abbot listens to his defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor during his manslaughter sentencing on Thursday in Dover-Foxcroft.

Abbot man gets 18 years in shooting death of his father

By Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer on March 31, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
An Abbot man who last month pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2015 shooting death of his father will spend 18 years in prison after being sentenced Thursday in Piscataquis County Superior Court.

Warm weather, rain could lead to flooding in northern parts of state

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 31, 2016, at 1:11 p.m.
With warm weather and rain in the forecast in northern Maine on Friday, the National Weather Service is warning of flooding potential.

CMP: Outages reported in Piscataquis County, Dexter

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 24, 2016, at 9:06 a.m.
Central Maine Power crews are investigating an outage that left more than 2,000 people in town without power Thursday.
Snow falls in downtown Madawaska in this February 2016 file photo.

St. John Valley may see 8 inches of snow, rest of state sleet

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 23, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
A slick morning commute can be expected statewide Friday.
Jim Chasse

Orono High principal takes Greenville superintendent post

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 21, 2016, at 8:36 p.m.
“I’m going to miss the student body,” Orono High School Principal Jim Chasse said.
David Russell

Parkman man convicted of bribing children to expose themselves

By Judy Harrison on March 21, 2016, at 5:28 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | A Parkman man was convicted Monday at the Piscataquis County Judicial Center of charges in connection with his bribing children at his wife’s home day care with candy and gum so they would expose themselves to him, according to the Piscataquis County district attorney’s office. David S. …

Police investigating roadside death in The Forks

By Dawn Gagnon on March 20, 2016, at 5:59 p.m.
Officials are looking into whether the Wiscassett woman jumped from a moving pickup truck driven by her boyfriend.

South Berwick police chief found guilty of illegal deer baiting

By Judy Harrison on March 17, 2016, at 6:27 p.m.
A Piscataquis County jury Thursday found a York County police chief guilty of one count each of illegal deer baiting and hunting over bait on Oct. 31, 2015, in Brownville, according to the district attorney’s office.
As an example of the mixed precipitation Maine experienced this winter, a plow truck pushes through more slush and water than snow on Feb. 25 in Fort Kent.

Maine winter saw below-average snowfall, snow depth

By Jen Lynds on March 14, 2016, at 4:51 p.m.
Along with being remembered for its above-average temperatures, this winter will go down as having “significantly below-average” snowfall and snow depth.
Berries on a tree are covered with ice at the Houlton Higher Education Center in Houlton as seen in this March 2, 2016, file photo. The National Weather Service on Monday put much of the state under a winter weather advisory as a low-pressure system was expected to bring freezing rain and light snow to western, central and northern parts of the state.

Freezing rain to pass over Maine overnight

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 14, 2016, at 9:07 a.m.
The weather service has posted a winter weather advisory effective Monday night into Tuesday morning.