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Two Gorham teens who got lost hiking in Deboullie Township are shown with Red River Camps owner Jen Brophy and Maine game wardens at Gardner Pond.

Maine wardens find lost teens in Aroostook County, fisherman in Casco

By Dawn Gagnon on July 24, 2014, at 6:33 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Searches at opposite ends of the state kept game wardens busy Wednesday but both ended successfully. One of the searches was conducted in Deboullie Township in northwestern Aroostook County, where two Gorham teenagers took the wrong trail back to their campsite and wound up in a remote …

Westbrook woman convicted of helping boyfriend sexually assault developmentally delayed teen

By Beth Brogan on July 24, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Westbrook woman was convicted Wednesday of gross sexual assault after a jury found she helped her boyfriend sexually assault a 14-year-old developmentally delayed girl. Holly Morrison, 34, was found guilty of one count of gross sexual assault but not guilty of two others, according to Cumberland …
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CMP President and CEO Sara Burns and Bob D'Orval of Nissan North America, Inc. shake hands before cutting the ribbon for one of two new DC Quick Chargers now available to plug-in electric vehicle drivers in Greater Portland. The chargers, located at the South Portland Community Center on Nelson Street and in the Fore Street parking garage, can bring an EV from 0 to 80 percent charge in 30 minutes.

Portland gets 2 ‘quick charge’ stations for plug-in electric vehicles

Bangor Daily News on July 24, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — People who drive plug-in electric vehicles now have two places to go in the Greater Portland area for a quick charge, courtesy of Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, and Nissan. The charging stations from Nissan were provided as part of CMP’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle …

Sanford police: Abduction report was fabricated

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 24, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
SANFORD, Maine — A report of an abduction in York County on Tuesday turned out to be a hoax, Sanford police said Thursday. On Tuesday, two 10-year-old girls told police a black van had pulled up beside them while they were walking on the corner of High and Bates streets, …

Police identify man killed by train in North Berwick, say likely suicide

By Seth Koenig on July 24, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
NORTH BERWICK, Maine — Police have identified the man struck by a train Wednesday night, and they have concluded his death was a suicide. North Berwick Police Chief Stephen Peasley said 43-year-old Paul Voisine of North Berwick was hit by an Amtrak Downeaster passenger train about 140 feet from the …

Cape Elizabeth town councilor not seeking re-election

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on July 24, 2014, at 10:07 a.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Town Councilor David Sherman said this week he will not seek re-election in November. Nomination papers are available Monday, July 28, for four open seats on the Town Council and School Board. Sherman was first elected to the council in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011. …

York County man injured in motorcycle accident

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 24, 2014, at 8:23 a.m.
ARUNDEL, Maine — A local man was injured Wednesday afternoon after his motorcycle struck a utility pole on Old Post Road, police said. Shawn Biggar, 47, lost control of his bike around 6 p.m., according to Chief Deputy William King of the York County Sheriff’s Office. Weather was not a …
Kennebunk High School

Kennebunk High School’s revised renovation plans come into focus as November vote looms

By Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star on July 24, 2014, at 7:58 a.m.
KENNEBUNK, Maine — The Kennebunk High School Building Committee presented two plans to the Regional School Unit 21 Board of Directors on Monday night, offering a glimpse into the debates to come as the board makes its decision on the plan it will take to voters in November. While the …

Pedestrian struck, reportedly killed by Downeaster train in North Berwick

By Dawn Gagnon on July 23, 2014, at 8:53 p.m.
NORTH BERWICK, Maine — A pedestrian was struck by an Amtrak Downeaster train on Main Street in North Berwick, according to a report by WMTW. The North Berwick police chief confirmed that the pedestrian died, according to a tweet from WGME reporter Katie Sampson. The incident occurred on Main Street …

Two wanted men arrested in Biddeford, US marshal says

By Dawn Gagnon on July 23, 2014, at 8:27 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Two men who were wanted on active warrants were arrested Wednesday by a team of law enforcement officers, U.S. Marshal Noel March said Wednesday. Jessy Kehling, 27, of Biddeford, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. at a residence on Prospect Street in Biddeford, March said. The Maine Violent …

Sanford police ask public to keep eye out for suspect in attempted kidnapping

By Dawn Gagnon on July 23, 2014, at 7:42 p.m.
SANFORD, Maine — Sanford police are asking local people to keep an eye out for a suspect in a possible attempted child abduction that occurred on Tuesday evening. The incident happened about 6:20 p.m. at the corner of High and Bates streets, Cpl. Matthew Gagne of the Sanford Police Department …
Descendants of Col. Ezekiel Cushing, including Anil Melwani (center), with his daughter Clara, his wife, Gloria Kui Melwani, and his mother, Jackie Cushing Gulhaugen (left), watch Glen Vaillancourt as he scans Cushing's unmarked grave Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Cottage Road in South Portland.

Descendants of colonial era hero come to South Portland to find lost grave

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on July 23, 2014, at 6:53 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Long before there was Bug Light Park, or even the city of South Portland, there was a prominent colonial man who dominated local history: Col. Ezekiel Cushing. What is now Bug Light Park once hosted Cushing’s prosperous West Indian trade center and home. The scenic spot …
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Portland adds a new attorney to its busy legal team

on July 23, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.
Christopher O’Neil, the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce’s government liaison consultant, has on a couple occasions joked that the city of Portland’s legal team is the busiest law firm in the state. In terms of high-profile cases, anyway, he’s probably right. Since the city successfully fought in the court system …
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 Monday.

Pot legalization advocates get enough signatures to qualify for South Portland ballot

By Seth Koenig on July 23, 2014, at 3:25 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Seven business days after holding a news conference to turn in their petitions, marijuana legalization advocates announced on Wednesday they officially have enough signatures to qualify for a spot on the South Portland ballot. “Voters were very receptive during the signature drive,” said David Boyer, Maine …
Lightning strikes during a thunderstorm in Bangor in July 2013.

Entire state under severe thunderstorm watch

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 23, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
GRAY, Maine — Stormy weather was bearing down on Maine on Wednesday afternoon, and the National Weather Service has all of Maine on alert. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the entire state through 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to the weather service. Rain and heavy thunderstorms were moving …
Kennebunk High School

Kennebunk High School’s revised renovation plans come into focus as November vote looms

By Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star on July 23, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
KENNEBUNK, Maine — The Kennebunk High School Building Committee presented two plans to the Regional School Unit 21 Board of Directors on Monday night, offering a glimpse into the debates to come as the board makes its decision on the plan it will take to voters in November. While the …
Kennebunk High School Principal Sue Cressey talks about what she feels are the many antiquated and unacceptable things at the school that students need to deal with as a new addition is being considered.

Two plans to renovate Kennebunk High School

on July 23, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
Plan A1 Total: $42,998,446 Total square footage: 213,426 (132,737 renovation, 80,689 new construction) Renovations: $11.4 million New Construction: $16.7 million Site development: $3.6 million Demolition: $824,258 Cost per square foot: $201.42 — Project planned to be built for 700 students — 480 seat auditorium — 72.5 percent of classrooms would …
A York Harbor resident has submitted a revision to his oceanfront property that does not include the Cliff Walk on the plan.

Private property owner cut public Cliff Walk out of plans for York Harbor land

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 23, 2014, at 1:55 p.m.
YORK, Maine — The Friends of the Cliff Walk are expected to turn out in force Thursday for a Planning Board meeting in which a York Harbor resident has submitted a revision to his oceanfront property that does not include the Cliff Walk on the plan. Town Planner Dylan Smith …
 A large tree some say is about 150 years old came down on two vehicles parked near the First Parish Church during a harsh storm that whipped through York on July 15.

York residents recall close calls as microburst cleanup continues

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 23, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
YORK, Maine — York Village is no longer the chaotic mess it looked last Wednesday, the morning after a microburst storm cut a swath through sections of town, uprooting trees, damaging homes, breaking utility poles and causing power outages. All those interviewed have said how miraculous it was that no …
Pictured is a tree house on the northeast side of Clapboard Island.

Falmouth island for sale, unless conservationists raise $200,000 in three weeks

By Brendan Twist, The Forecaster on July 23, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — Conservationists must raise nearly $200,000 over the next three weeks in order to purchase a 15-acre portion of Clapboard Island for public use and keep it from going back on the open market, a trust representative said Tuesday. Despite the sizable sum, there’s optimism among officials of …
 
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