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Bruce Bernier of Sanford was charged with OUI and leaving the scene of an accident after a single-vehicle accident in St. Francis on Tuesday night.

Sanford man charged with OUI, accused of leaving scene of Aroostook County crash

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 24, 2014, at 7:46 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS | A Sanford man is facing multiple charges stemming from a single-vehicle crash in the St. John Valley late Tuesday night. Bruce Bernier, 47, was headed south on Route 161 in St. Francis around 10:30 p.m. when he lost control of his 2002 Dodge pickup and skidded …

One of 3 men indicted in knife slaying of NH teen who was found dead in Maine

By Morgan Palmer, Foster's Daily Democrat on Dec. 24, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
DOVER, N.H. — One of three men accused of murdering Madbury, New Hampshire teen Aaron Wilkinson was indicted this month by a Strafford County grand jury. Tristan Wolusky, 18, of 46 Lowell St., Rochester, New Hampshire has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and falsifying …
Because rail quiet zones will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015, in Falmouth, Amtrak Downeaster passenger trains like the one seen here pulling into the Freeport station in February 2013 will no longer sound their horns as they travel across rail crossings in Falmouth on the route between Brunswick and Portland.

Falmouth quiet zone restrictions will muffle train whistles as of Jan. 1

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Dec. 23, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.
Trains traveling through town will stop blowing their horns Jan. 1, 2015, when a railroad quiet zone goes into effect. Speaking at a Town Council meeting about several projects, Public Works Director Jay Reynolds on Monday also said the town will not pursue plans for a roundabout …
Jill Theriault

Two facing drug charges after Sanford bust

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 23, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
Five people were arrested on Tuesday morning, including some on drug charges, as Sanford police and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officials raided a Calvins Way home. Arrested were Jill Theriault, 33; Seth Twohearts, 23; Timothy Duval, 41; Scott Bennett, 31; and Louis Zucco, 33, all of Sanford, …

Scarborough schools chief not picked for top job in Mass. district that recruited him

By Alex Acquisto, The Forecaster on Dec. 23, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | Superintendent of Schools George Entwsitle III isn’t going anywhere soon. Entwistle, who was recruited by the Lexington, Massachusetts, school district to apply to be its superintendent, was not offered the job last week by the Lexington School Committee. He was a finalist for the position alongside …
Engineers are recommending diagonal parking and no vehicle access to the trash hopper and compactor area at the Cape Elizabeth Recycling Center.

Tests show driver of vehicle involved in Cape Elizabeth trash compactor death was not drunk; town adds safety measures

By David Harry on Dec. 23, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.
Town Manager Michael McGovern on Monday said he hopes to have new traffic and parking patterns in place within a month at the town’s recycling center after receiving recommendations to improve safety. The study by engineers from Portland-based Woodard & Curran was ordered after the Nov. …
Donna Martin helps answer letters to Santa at the Forest Avenue Post Office in Portland on Monday. This year, volunteers will answer about 800 letters.

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas…: Postal Service employees bring the cheer and answer kids letters to Santa

By Troy R. Bennett on Dec. 23, 2014, at 5:47 a.m.
PORTLAND | An ear pressed to the frosted glass window of the postmaster’s office door on Forest Avenue today you can hear the sounds of Christmas. It doesn’t resemble jingling bells or belly laughs from the man in red. It sounds like tearing envelopes and shuffling paper. Four volunteers …

Post Office volunteers answer letters to Santa in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on Dec. 23, 2014, at 5:45 a.m.
Volunteers at the U.S. Postal Service answer more than 800 letters to Santa that end up at the post office on Forest Avenue in Portland.

Maine home sales dip for first time in nearly two years

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 22, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
The median sales price for homes in Maine dropped 1.43 percent, to $172,500, in November from one year ago.

Search warrant unsealed in probe of Maine treasure hunter’s dealings

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 22, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.
PORTLAND | Federal investigators have searched the Gorham home of deep-sea treasure hunter Greg Brooks, who earlier this month testified he was duped into a costly exploration by bogus research from a contractor. Federal Magistrate Judge John H. Rich III on Friday unsealed the search warrant for Brooks’ home, …
Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company in Tophsam and Penobscot McCrum in Belfast have developed the lobster stuffed potato. Two Maine classics in one delicious bite.

Lobster, meet potato: Two Maine food companies unite for culinary combo

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 22, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.
TOPSHAM | Just when you thought lobster had enough dance partners. Along comes another Maine classic, the potato, to waltz the celeb shellfish back into the spotlight. The lobster stuffed potato is the latest invention from Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. in Topsham. This fall, crustacean queen Cal Hancock teamed …
An antique shuttle loom displays a Brahms Mount blanket at the company's Freeport store. Brahms Mount was recently featured in America Online's This Built America series.

Maine-based Brahms Mount textiles featured in AOL’s ‘This Built America’

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Dec. 22, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
FREEPORT | The craftsmanship is apparent at Brahms Mount. A large, antique shuttle sitting in the window at 115 Main St. tells passersby the products are made with great attention and detail. The staging of blankets, throws and pillows inside the store looks like a page out of a …
Roxann White, center, talks to reporters, Portland Codes Enforcement Officer Chuck Fagone and Portland Fire Capt. David Petruccelli, right, outside the 188 Dartmouth St. residence where she rents a unit from landlord Gregory Nisbet.

Owner of fatal Portland apartment fire building given until Jan. 18 to correct safety violations at second property

By David Harry on Dec. 22, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
Gregory Nisbet, owner of a Noyes Street building where six people died in a Nov. 1 fire, has until Jan. 18, 2015, to remedy safety violations at 188 Dartmouth St. The deadline was set Dec. 17 by Portland Fire Department Capt. David Petrucelli in a report detailing …
Craig Cobbett operates 207 Taxi from offices on Presumpscot Street in Portland. He wants ride-share services like Uber to be governed by the same regulations covering his company and its drivers.

Uber official wary of Portland’s plan to regulate rideshare service like taxi companies

By David Harry on Dec. 22, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
An official at Uber, the rideshare service launched in Portland in October, expressed wariness on Sunday about the city’s possible regulation of the business. “We are eager to sit down with the city and answer any questions,” Billy Guernier, the company’s general manager of regional expansion, said …
Cumberland's proposed purchase of part of the Payson property off Foreside Road would include about 11 acres of public beach access.

Family that sold 100 shorefront acres to Cumberland sues over plan to create public beach

By Alex Lear on Dec. 22, 2014, at 12:10 p.m.
The heirs to a Foreside Road beach property filed a lawsuit Dec. 18 against the town and a local land trust, one day before the town and a developer completed the purchases of their portions of the approximately 100-acre parcel. Cumberland voters on Nov. 4 narrowly supported …

Sheriff’s deputies seeking woman who robbed Parsonsfield restaurant at gunpoint

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 22, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.
York County sheriff’s deputies are seeking a woman who held up a Parsonsfield restaurant at gunpoint Saturday night. Chief Deputy William King said the robbery occurred shortly after 6 p.m. at the China Garden on Federal Street. The woman allegedly entered the establishment through a front door, …
The scene of a crash Friday night that Stacie Sturgis, 16, said could have been far more serious.

Shapleigh family calls accident a Christmas miracle

By CBS 13 on Dec. 22, 2014, at 6:17 a.m.
“Had it not gone the way it did, had she been in the passenger seat, we would probably be going to a funeral,” said Brenda Sturgis after her daughter walked away from a serious accident without a scratch. On Friday night, 16-year-old Stacie Sturgis was driving down …
Michael Vangpa

Man sought in Bay State bank robberies arrested in South Portland

By Staff, CBS 13 on Dec. 21, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND — South Portland police arrested a man Saturday wanted in connection with two bank robberies in Massachusetts. Michael Vangpa, 25, of Lowell, Massachusetts, was arrested as a fugitive from justice on Landry Circle in South Portland around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Vangpa was taken to the Cumberland County Jail. …
Fire heavily damages an apartment building in Freeport on Saturday morning.

Freeport apartment building heavily damaged in fire

By CBS 13 on Dec. 20, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
An apartment building was heavily damaged by fire Saturday morning in Freeport, though firefighters said no one was injured. The investigation into the cause of the fire on Unity Lane in Freeport continues after crews from several towns responded around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The fire started in …
BENNETT THERE DONE THAT (blog)

Have you been good this year, or what?

on Dec. 19, 2014, at 11:14 p.m.
My partner in The Squid Jiggers, Dave Rowe, and I played an online concert last week on Concert Window. Thought you might like to see one of the highlights. The concerts are pay-what-you-want and completely live. We’re doing another one — with special guests — on New Year’s Day at …
 
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