Westbrook woman accused of allowing boyfriend to sexually assault developmentally delayed girl

By Beth Brogan on April 16, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A 34-year-old Westbrook woman faces felony charges of gross sexual assault after police say she allowed her boyfriend to sexually assault a 14-year-old developmentally delayed girl. Holly A. Morrison was indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury on three class A counts of gross sexual assault, as …
Andrew E. Demers

Former Maine State Police chief pleads not guilty to gross sexual assault of young family member

By Beth Brogan on April 16, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Former Maine State Police Chief Andrew Demers pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a Class A charge of gross sexual assault. The charge results from an incident involving a young member of Demers’ family. Demers, 73, of New Gloucester entered the plea before Justice John O’Neil in Portland …
North Yarmouth Town Meeting on April 12 started with Steve Palmer, chairman of the Board of Selectman, honoring Greely Middle School student C.J. Bates for being a winner in "If I led my community ...," a statewide seventh-grade essay contest held by the Maine Municipal Association.

North Yarmouth town meeting voters reject budget that would have cut taxes, approve tax increase

By Alex Lear on April 15, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
NORTH YARMOUTH, Maine — Although the Board of Selectmen proposed a town budget that would have reduced municipal taxes by 5.5 percent, North Yarmouth town meeting voters on April 12 approved changes that will instead raise taxes 2.8 percent. Selectmen recommended a fiscal 2015 budget of $2.41 million, while the …
Donchian Murray

Saco man accused of attempting to sell EBT card to undercover detective

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 15, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
SACO, Maine — A 21-year-old local man was arrested Monday after allegedly trying to sell an EBT card at a supermarket, police said. Donchian Murray had tried to sell the card to an undercover detective in exchange for $35 in cash, Saco Deputy Chief Jeffrey Holland said. Murray’s card had …
Mike Mills of R.E.M.

‘We were pretty damn good songwriters’ says Mike Mills of R.E.M. in advance of Record Store Day visit to Scarborough

By Kathleen Pierce on April 15, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
Mike Mills, bass player, songwriter and key vocal harmonizer for R.E.M. will visit Maine this weekend for Record Store Day. Mills will come to the Scarborough Bull Moose to sign limited editions of the band’s new release, “Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions,” on April 19. The four-LP box …

Yarmouth eyes first property tax rate cut in decades, but sewer fees will likely soak up savings

By Brendan Twist, The Forecaster on April 15, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Yarmouth residents could see the property tax rate decrease by about 1.5 percent in fiscal 2015, the first property tax reduction in decades. But for many residents, those savings will be at least partially offset by the enactment in recent months of sewer and transfer station fees. …
Meg Perry Center board members William Hessian (left) and Brian Leonard at the organization's new headquarters at 36 Market St. in Portland, which is scheduled to open May 1.

Meg Perry Center finds new place for its feisty leftist politics, social change incubator in Portland’s Old Port

By David Harry on April 15, 2014, at 11:52 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — After losing its lease at 644 Congress St. last fall, the Meg Perry Center is ready to reopen May 1 in the basement at 36 Market St. in the Old Port, below Market Street Eats. A reopening celebration is tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. that day, and …
Thompson's Point Development Co. partner Jed Troubh and Portland City Manager Mark Rees chat after the groundbreaking April 11 for infrastructure at the Forefront at Thompson's Point.

Portland developer adds beer to golden shovels for groundbreaking at site that will host circus arts school

By David Harry on April 15, 2014, at 11:51 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Chris Thompson brought more than golden shovels to the party. He also brought the beer. The shovels were for the ceremonial groundbreaking for $3.8 million of infrastructure needed to connect the city to the $110 million mixed-use Forefront at Thompson’s Point along the Fore River. The beer …
University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow talks to people in the Shepard Lee Community Hall before an afternoon meeting of the school's Faculty Senate on March 14.

After reprieve, USM faculty will weigh in on where university cuts budget

By Nell Gluckman on April 14, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — University of Southern Maine faculty members are preparing to take a more active role in addressing a $14 million budget shortfall that the university must resolve before the end of May after USM President Theodora Kalikow announced Friday that faculty layoffs would be reversed. Kalikow surprised faculty …
Greg Brooks

Maine securities watchdog probes Portland-based undersea treasure hunter

By Darren Fishell on April 14, 2014, at 6:21 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An embattled Portland-based treasure hunter facing legal action from investors, a supplier and the British government is now under scrutiny from state regulators. The Maine Office of Securities announced Monday afternoon that it is seeking information from firms and people approached to invest in companies owned by …

Portland man faces federal charges after allegedly robbing CVS pharmacy

By Beth Brogan on April 14, 2014, at 5:20 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland man faces federal robbery charges after police said he showed a CVS clerk what appeared to be a bomb and then stole a variety of narcotics from the Congress Street pharmacy Friday morning. Just before 9 a.m. Friday, Jason Campbell, 39, allegedly walked into the …
Patrick Ridley

Bath man allegedly tied up, tried to strangle former girlfriend in kidnapping

By Beth Brogan on April 14, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Police on Monday released more details about the alleged kidnapping of a Brunswick woman by her ex-boyfriend Thursday night. Patrick Ridley, 28, whose last known address was in Bath, was charged Friday after police say he kidnapped his 24-year-old former girlfriend, took her to another residence, tied …
Elbert Ranquist Jr.

Suspect in Rockland pharmacy robbery set to change plea

By Stephen Betts on April 14, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A 43-year-old Cushing man is scheduled to change his plea to guilty Thursday in federal court to a charge that he robbed a Rockland pharmacy at knifepoint. Elbert Ranquist Jr. faces up to 20 years in prison followed by up to three years of supervised release if …
Mike Popovic, who rode his bicycle to Portland from Westbrook, browses in the new Sherman's Books and Stationery store on Exchange Street in Portland.

Sherman’s Books celebrates fifth store with grand opening in Old Port

By Jim Baumer, Special to the BDN on April 13, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The newest Sherman’s Books and Stationery store — in Portland’s Old Port — has been open for two weeks. On Saturday, Sherman’s rolled out the red carpet, hosting a grand opening party at the Maine-based independent bookseller’s newest location at 49 Exchange St. Warm temperatures and sunshine …

York County man charged in connection with Montana-based child pornography sharing network

By Judy Harrison on April 13, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A York County man was charged last week in connection with a Montana-based network that allegedly shared child pornography with others around the country on Internet bulletin boards, one of which required members to post images and videos of girls between the ages of 4 and 15. …

Police shoot, kill Windham man after he brandishes gun

By Stephen Betts on April 13, 2014, at 10:24 a.m.
WINDHAM, Maine — A 66-year-old Windham man was shot and killed Saturday morning after he displayed a gun and refused to drop it. The man who died was Stephen McKenney, said Brian MacMaster of the Maine Attorney General’s Office. MacMaster said Sunday morning that the AG’s office will investigate this …

One dead after police-involved shooting in Windham

on April 12, 2014, at 9:51 a.m.
WINDHAM, Maine — Maine State Police and the Attorney General’s Office are investigating a police-involved shooting that left one person dead this morning, Portland’s WCSH 6 reports. Police have not released any information about the victim, but WCSH reported that the shooting involved a Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy. The shooting …
University of Southern Maine business and economics major Laine Geistwalker (left) protests deep cuts proposed by President Theo Kalikow on March 24 in Portland.

USM announces it will reverse course on 12 layoffs, but budget questions remain

By Mario Moretto and Nell Gluckman on April 11, 2014, at 4:13 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Twelve University of Southern Maine professors who had previously been told they would be laid off will keep their jobs, according to USM President Theodora Kalikow. Kalikow announced that the layoffs were off the table during a Faculty Senate meeting in Lewiston on Friday afternoon. Upon hearing …

Portland man arrested in connection with CVS pharmacy robbery

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 11, 2014, at 4 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A local man was arrested and charged with robbery after allegedly holding up a Congress Street pharmacy Friday morning. Jason Campbell, 39, entered CVS pharmacy at 8:45 a.m., and he displayed what appeared to be an explosive device, according to Portland Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch. “He …

Woman hospitalized after being struck crossing Route 1 in Scarborough

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 11, 2014, at 1:24 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A 46-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital Friday after being struck by a vehicle on Route 1, police said. The woman, whose name was not disclosed, was crossing the road at the Hannaford Drive intersection shortly after 11 a.m. when she was struck by a …
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