Portlanders have their say about the city's next mayor. Clockwise from upper left, Roger Goodoak of Maine Homeless Veterans Alliance would like the next mayor of Portland hold regular office hours where the public could speak to him or her directly. Morgan Ditmars of Portland wants the next mayor to do more about what she sees as a rise in the city's homeless population. Chris Hall of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce points out that the office of Mayor in Portland isn't endowed with much executive power.

With mayoral election on the horizon, what are top issues facing Portland?

By Mario Moretto on July 28, 2015, at 5:49 a.m.
It will be late August before the slate of mayoral candidates in Maine’s largest city is set, and perhaps it will be even later before the average Portlander really begins paying attention to the race. But the key issues that will face the next mayor are in …

Police make second arrest in connection with Old Port shooting case

By Darren Fishell on July 27, 2015, at 6:22 p.m.
PORTLAND | Police on Monday arrested and charged a second man with murder and elevated aggravated assault in connection with a May 25 shooting at an Old Port recording studio. Portland police said officers from various agencies arrested 30-year-old Gang Deng Majok on Monday afternoon on Factory Island in …
The Salt Institute installs a popup gallery in a shipping container in Congress Square in Portland in this August 2013 file photo. From left to right, Judy Montgomery, a Portland downtown guide, Caitlin Allen, administrative staff at Salt Institute, Sara Rosario of Pulp and Wire, and Donna Galluzzo, executive director of Salt Institute.

Salt Institute explores Maine College of Art partnership to stay alive

By Darren Fishell on July 27, 2015, at 5:59 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies may be reborn in a partnership with the nearby Maine College of Art. Kimberly Curry, who leads Salt’s board of directors, said on Monday that the group is in discussions with the Maine College of Art that could involve locating somewhere …

Man accused of robbing Freeport bank faces deportation if convicted

By Beth Brogan on July 27, 2015, at 3:58 p.m.
PORTLAND | A 25-year-old foreign national accused of carjacking a sport utility vehicle in Portland and then robbing Key Bank in Freeport on July 17 faces deportation if convicted of state and federal charges. Jimmy Odong of Portland was arrested Thursday afternoon after a foot chase near the University …

North Yarmouth selectmen OK development vote ballot language

By Alex Lear on July 27, 2015, at 12:57 p.m.
The Board of Selectmen on July 21 unanimously approved special Town Meeting warrant language for a ballot question that will decide the future of the Village Center. Selectmen previously voted that North Yarmouth Memorial School – closed last year – will be redeveloped as a municipal …
The Maine EMS Memorial and Education Project, located on the state capitol grounds in Augusta, seeks to recognize the sacrifices of emergency medical services professionals, honor EMS leaders and supporters, and inform the public about the state’s system to ensure public safety.

‘Thank you for not forgetting my brother': Memorial honors emergency medical personnel

By Francis Flisiuk, BDN Staff on July 27, 2015, at 12:28 p.m.
Emergency medical professionals spend their careers helping save their patients from illness, injury and death. But their own lives are also put in danger on the job. Whether it’s traffic collisions, downed power lines or violent patients, many hazards affect EMS personnel both mentally and physically. An estimated 13 EMTs …
Cumberland residents Robin Williams, left, and her daughter Greta Van Curan at their ice cream shop, Mainely Ice Cream, which has space at Nina's Variety on Bucknam Road in Falmouth.

Falmouth ice cream stand a mother-daughter enterprise

By Colin Ellis on July 27, 2015, at 12:12 p.m.
These hot summer days just got little bit cooler, thanks to a mother-daughter business dishing out Maine-made ice cream. Mainely Ice Cream operates out of Nina’s Variety at 125 Bucknam Road, and serves up Sanford-based Shain’s of Maine ice cream. Robin Williams and her daughter Greta Van …

Waterboro man facing child pornography charges

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 27, 2015, at 11:50 a.m.
A local man faces child pornography charges after his arrest on Friday, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety. Edward Vallee, 41, is charged with two counts of possession of sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12, according to Department of Public Safety …
A September 2014 photo shows David Paul McCarthy, 29, out for a drive through Bar Harbor with his father, Kevin McCarthy, and stepmother, Nancy McCarthy.  A month later, on Oct. 17, David died of a heroin overdose.

Surge in heroin use overwhelms Falmouth family

By Marc Fisher, The Washington Post on July 27, 2015, at 10:43 a.m.
Everything finally seemed back on track. David was home for a short visit and looked happy, calm. He had a job, a girlfriend, a plan. His father, Kevin McCarthy, came home from work that Thursday and smiled to see his son take his dog, Kima, named for …

Portland programs get federal HUD grant

By The Forecaster on July 27, 2015, at 10:40 a.m.
Federal grants totaling $2.78 million will be used to fund low-income city housing programs, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced July 23. The grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development include $1.8 million in Community Development Block Grants, $821,000 for the HOME …

Fire destroys Acton barn

By CBS 13, Staff on July 26, 2015, at 6:28 p.m.
A barn on Milton Mills Road was destroyed by a fire on Sunday, according to officials. The 911 call came in about 10 a.m. Fire crews said part of the house had fire and smoke damage. Officials said someone driving by saw the fire, stopped and called …

Cape Elizabeth man dies in apparent fall from 2nd-story deck

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 26, 2015, at 1:44 p.m.
Police hope an autopsy will confirm whether a local man died as a result of a fall from his second-story porch on Saturday, a police spokesman said Sunday. John Knight, 38, of Cape Elizabeth was found dead at his single-family home at 10 Tiger Lilly Lane …

South Portland woman dies in motorcycle accident

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 26, 2015, at 11:23 a.m.
WESTBROOK | A South Portland woman died and an Old Orchard Beach man was seriously injured Saturday in a motorcycle accident on Pride Street, police said Sunday. Jennifer Lavigne, 35, was pronounced dead at Maine Medical Center in Portland following the accident, which occurred near 290 Pride St. around …
Newlyweds Ashley Perkins and Rod Salguero of Brooklyn, New York, were all smiles after the return of their missing dog, Popeye, in Brunswick on Saturday.

Popeye the missing dog found after 22-day adventure in Maine

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 25, 2015, at 5:44 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | The dog named Popeye, whose escape from a Freeport home on July 3 sparked its own Facebook page, is home. The miniature Australian shepherd was 3 pounds lighter and snoozing heavily as Rod Salguero and his wife, Ashley Perkins, drove home to Brooklyn, New York, after Salguero …
Drivers are urged to avoid the Maine Turnpike at Mile 13 because of a motor vehicle accident in the southbound lanes.

Turnpike traffic in Wells snarled by accident

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 24, 2015, at 2:46 p.m.
Drivers urged to avoid the Maine Turnpike at Mile 13 because of a motor vehicle accident in the southbound lanes. According to the Maine Turnpike Authority, state police were stopping traffic in the area early Friday afternoon. A LifeFlight helicopter was also en route to the area. …

Gorham police looking for two men in home invasion

By CBS 13 on July 24, 2015, at 7:39 a.m.
Gorham Police detectives are looking for two suspects after a home invasion on Huston Road Sunday afternoon. Detective Sergeant Dana Thompson says two men forced their way into a home through a back door and assaulted a woman on their way in. Thompson says the suspects stole …

Poll shows hypothetical mayoral candidate Strimling in dead heat with incumbent Brennan

on July 23, 2015, at 6:53 p.m.
There are five people who have taken out papers to run for mayor of Maine’s largest city, but it’s hard to have a conversation about the race without mentioning one person who hasn’t: Ethan Strimling. Strimling finished as the runner-up to current Mayor Michael Brennan in 2011, and has remained in …
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Jury: Freeport activist owes $14.5M in sex abuse defamation case

By Darren Fishell on July 23, 2015, at 6:07 p.m.
PORTLAND | A jury decided Thursday that a Freeport advocate for children sexually abused by clergy was reckless and negligent in publicly accusing former Catholic brother Michael Geilenfeld of molesting children in his care. The jury awarded Geilenfeld and an affiliated nonprofit, Hearts with Haiti, $14.5 million in damages …

Alleged bank robber arrested after chase near USM

By Christopher Cousins on July 23, 2015, at 5:42 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Portland man who faces an array of state and federal charges was arrested Thursday afternoon after a foot chase near the University of Southern Maine. Jimmy Odong, 25, was charged with robbery in connection with the carjacking of a woman on Baxter Boulevard on July 17. …
Customers wait outside for a table at Marcy's Diner in Portland on Thursday despite the recent controversy over owner Darla Neugebauer screaming at a family whose young child wouldn'’t stop crying.

Despite screaming owner controversy, Marcy’s as busy as ever

By Mario Moretto on July 23, 2015, at 4:46 p.m.
PORTLAND | National headlines, torrents of criticism from parents and threats of protest meant little to the line of hungry customers spilling out of Marcy’s Diner Thursday morning. Controversy erupted last weekend after Marcy’s owner Darla Neugebauer screamed at a family whose young child wouldn’t stop crying for more …
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