This image depicts the latest version of the Midtown project proposed for Portland's Bayside neighborhood.

Developers agree to shrink major downtown Portland project to end legal challenge

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 21, 2014, at 5:35 p.m.
Developers behind a four-tower project in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood have agreed to scale back the proposed complex in a move city officials say is part of a compromise to end a lawsuit that has stalled construction for months. “It’s our understanding that a settlement of the lawsuit …
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree speaks during a debate at the WGME studios in Portland on Oct. 6.

With re-election bid seemingly secure, Pingree devotes attention — and cash — to electing other Democrats

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 21, 2014, at 4:13 p.m.
PORTLAND | Voters in Maine’s 1st Congressional District may not see any campaign television advertisements for their U.S. House race this year. In today’s world of politics — and with a barrage of TV ads coming from Maine’s gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and 2nd District candidates — the lack of …
Jesse Roy

Sanford man facing drug, weapon charges

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
A local man was arrested Monday and is facing multiple charges, including aggravated trafficking in schedule drugs, police said. Jesse Roy, 35, of Sanford also is accused of terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, according to Sanford Detective Sgt. Matthew Jones. Roy had been sought by police since …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan "tees-off" on a soccer ball at the city-owned Riverside Golf Course on Monday morning.

While Portland golf course introduces ‘footgolf’ venture, critics remain skeptical

By David Harry on Oct. 21, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
The nine-hole South course at Riverside Municipal Golf Course closed Sunday. On Monday, Mayor Michael Brennan was on hand to introduce the sport of footgolf, which begins play Friday. On Monday night, Congress Street resident Janet Daigle spoke to City Councilors about her opposition to playing footgolf …

Gardiner man pleads guilty to Rite Aid pharmacy robbery

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Gardiner man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty on Tuesday to a robbery charge, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Robert Richard, 26, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in connection with a Thanksgiving Day robbery of a Rite Aid in Bridgton. …

Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies seeking man accused of stealing purse

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
NAPLES | Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies are seeking a man who allegedly robbed a woman of her purse at the Umbrella Factory grocery store on Saturday. Detective Lt. Donald Foss said the 41-year-old woman was about to load grocery bags into her vehicle in the store’s parking lot when …

Plan to harvest trees from Falmouth town forests called ‘outrageous’

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Oct. 21, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
After hearing about a plan for harvesting trees at the Blackstrap Hill Community Forest and Woods Road Community Forest, the Falmouth Town Council recently decided that consultation from a forest ecologist is necessary before any decision can be made. However, the council cannot deny harvesting in the …

Portland man accused of taking video in public bathrooms to be held without bail

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 21, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
A local man accused of photographing boys in public bathrooms agreed Tuesday in U.S. District Court to be held without bail pending the outcome of his case. Anthony T. Thea, 20, of Portland was arrested Thursday in Falmouth and charged with receipt or distribution of child pronography …

Falmouth council OKs deal for AT&T cell tower

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Oct. 21, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
The Town Council last week unanimously accepted a lease agreement with AT&T to replace the public safety communications tower behind Town Hall with a monopole for both municipal and public cellular use. The council voted 6-0, with Councilor Sean Mahoney absent, at the Oct. 15 meeting. The …

Peaks Island school eyed for emergency solar array

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Oct. 21, 2014, at 12:05 p.m.
The island school could be home to a first-of-its-kind emergency energy power source. A group of people including teachers and engineers met at the school library recently to start discussing the possibility of making the school the island’s designated Red Cross emergency shelter, and powering it …
Lead Teacher Kevin Brewster demonstrates how to use a glockenspiel with kindergartners Logan Burns and Auyuub Cumar while others look on at Reiche Elementary School in Portland. This is part of a music immersion program at the school, where music is incorporated into the curriculum.

‘A universal language’: Portland Symphony Orchestra partners with local school for music immersion program

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Oct. 21, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
For students at a city elementary school, subjects like math will now sound like music to their ears. Kindergartners at Reiche Elementary School are participating in a music immersion program, as part of a partnership between the school and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. The goal is not …

Flood watch in place as fall nor’easter could bring 5 inches of rain

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
CARIBOU | A fall nor’easter is expected to bring at least 5 inches of rain to parts of the state over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service. Rain began falling Tuesday and was predicted to be heavy at times Wednesday and Thursday. Between 2 and …

Falmouth man sentenced to nearly 11 years on cocaine, drug charges

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 21, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
PORTLAND | A Falmouth man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to nearly 11 years in prison on drug and gun charges. Adam White, 27, was sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison for possessing more than a pound of cocaine and an additional five …
Maine gubernatorial candidates (from left) Democrat Mike Michaud, Republican Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler face each other in a televised debate on Monday night in Portland.

Candidates for governor exchange quips, policy in televised debate Monday night

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 20, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.
PORTLAND | In a freewheeling and heated hourlong debate co-sponsored by CBS 13 and the BDN, Maine’s three gubernatorial candidates on Monday night all found openings between their respective scripts to fight a war of quips, aiming for laughs and applause from a live audience stacked with a mix …
Writer Crash Barry (left) and Frank Rizzo (right) light up a joint at the "Yes on 1" headquarters in Portland Tuesday night after declaring victory in a referendum to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the city. Portland Police Chief Sauschuck recently announced that Portland police have issued more summonses for marijuana use in the 10 months since voters approved a local legalization ordinance.  He maintains that most of those issued summonses would not have been permitted to use the drug under the ordinance anyway.

Portland police have issued more pot citations than before voters passed legalization ordinance

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 20, 2014, at 8:57 p.m.
Since Portland voters overwhelmingly approved a city ordinance last November locally legalizing possession of 2.5 ounces of marijuana, city police have issued 48 citations to individuals caught with the drug. In the previous 10-month period, for comparison, Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said his department issued 33 such …
Mumford & Sons take the stage on Portland's East Promenade Saturday night, Aug. 4, 2012. The Portland City Council votes to allow a concert promoter to host a concert in August 2015 in the park, though the promoter has not yet secured an act.

Portland City Council votes to allow August concert on the Eastern Prom: Promoter has yet to secure acts for show

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 20, 2014, at 8:24 p.m.
Three years after chart-topping folk rock band Mumford & Sons attracted 15,000 people to Portland for an outdoor concert on the Eastern Promenade, the city-owned park may once again play host to a concert. Since Mumford & Sons brought their Gentlemen of the Road festival to Maine’s …

Man barricaded in bus behind South Portland Target store surrenders to police

By CBS 13 on Oct. 20, 2014, at 7:50 p.m.
A man from Oakland, California, who barricaded himself inside a school bus behind Target on Monday evening surrendered peacefully to South Portland police. Early reports indicated the man, later identified as Corbin Allen Pratt, 29, had a gun, according to South Portland police Sgt. Christopher Todd. …

Brothers who own Mexican restaurants in Maine sentenced to prison for illegal hirings

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 20, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
PORTLAND | The owners of three Mexican restaurants who pleaded guilty in June to hiring undocumented workers were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to federal prison time. Guillermo Fuentes, 38, of Westbrook was sentenced to 37 months followed by two years of supervised release, according to the U.S. …
Dockworkers haul a bowline around a bollard as the Nova Star arrives in Portland for the first time on Thursday, April 17.

Ferry operator resurrects proposal to challenge Nova Star for Maine-Nova Scotia route

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 20, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
PORTLAND — The leader of an earlier play to restore ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia has revived a similar effort, seeking to challenge the Nova Star ferry service and run what he called “a proper ferry line.” Bruce McNeil said Monday that his new venture, dubbed Canamerica Cruises, …
Candidates for governor (from left) independent Eliot Cutler, Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage greet each other on stage before a televised debate in Augusta on Wednesday night, Oct. 15.

Maine gubernatorial candidates tout support from across party lines, major party players

By Scott Thistle on Oct. 20, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
PORTLAND | The fight for cross-party support in Maine’s governor’s race is heating up with all three candidates in the race trotting out supporters willing to break the party ranks. Mark McKinnon, a Republican consultant, who once worked for former President George W. Bush and U.S. Sen. John McCain, …
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