Two kittens found at the boat launch in South Lincoln are the latest in what officials say is a chronic problem — abandoned pets.

Abandoned cats and dogs a chronic problem in Lincoln Lakes region

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 14, 2016, at 5:49 p.m.
Towns where mills close or unemployment spikes due to business downturns typically see increases in pet abandonment, said Liam Hughes, director of the state Animal Welfare department.
Storm clouds roll in over Bangor and Brewer in this August 2015 file photo.

Weather service issues severe thunderstorm warning for northern Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on July 14, 2016, at 4:48 p.m.
Quarter-sized hail and winds of up to 60 mph are possible, forecasters said.
George Bradford "Brad" Woodbury III, 32, died of asphyxiation during a physical altercation on June 25.

Asphyxiation listed as cause of death in Greenville homicide

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 14, 2016, at 11:47 a.m.
A local man who died in a June altercation, reportedly in a dispute over rental property, died of asphyxiation.
Rep. Stacey Gueri, R-Glenburn.

Via Maine, GOP platform seeks to curtail Obama on national monuments

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 13, 2016, at 5:02 p.m.
The platform to be voted on at the Republican party’s national convention next week in Cleveland includes limits to presidential authority to designate national monuments thanks, in part, to the work of a Maine lawmaker, officials said Wednesday.

Baked bean supper planned at Winn church

on July 13, 2016, at 9:14 a.m.
Saturday, July 16, 2016 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Sacred Heart Church, Routes 2 and 168, Winn, Maine WINN, Maine — A baked bean supper will be held 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Sacred Heart Church, Routes 2 and 168. The menu will include homemade baked beans, hotdogs, rolls, salads …
Firefighters use fans to air out The Bridge in Medway after a fire damaged the restaurant's basement.

Basement fire temporarily closes Medway restaurant

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 12, 2016, at 4:23 p.m.
The spontaneous combustion of oily cleaning rags may have ignited a two-alarm fire overnight Monday that damaged a Route 11 restaurant’s basement, officials said Tuesday.
National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis listens to local residents’ opinions on a proposed national monument in the North Woods of Maine during a breakfast gathering in Millinocket.

Acadia was Maine’s first monument. Here’s what that means for the North Woods.

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 11, 2016, at 12:03 p.m.
President Woodrow Wilson established 5,000 acres on Mount Desert Island as a national monument, the forerunner of what would become Acadia National Park.
Katahdin Paddlers members Lorie Land, Dwayne Stanley and Doug Bulley (rear) paddle kayaks in the East Branch of the Penobscot River on May 21.

‘Getting people out’: Volunteers working to draw people onto Katahdin region waters

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 10, 2016, at 4:47 p.m.
“We want everybody getting involved in the region, not just this town doing this and this town doing that.”

Oregon woman injured in 4-car pileup on Route 1A in Holden

By Dawn Gagnon on July 10, 2016, at 2:08 p.m.
The pileup shut down Route 1A for about 45 minutes and caused major traffic backups.

Baked bean and casserole buffet supper at Kenduskeag church

on July 08, 2016, at 4:01 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, 2016 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Kenduskeag Union Church, Across bridge from Route 15, Kenduskeag, Maine KENDUSKEAG, Maine — There will be a public baked bean and casserole buffet supper 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Kenduskeag Union Church, across the bridge from Route 15 in …
Allen Emerson

State revokes Dexter police sergeant’s certification over quashed speeding ticket

By Nick McCrea on July 06, 2016, at 6:06 a.m.
The Maine Criminal Justice Academy board of trustees revoked Sgt. Allen Emerson’s law enforcement certificate of eligibility in May after an investigation.
Exterior views of Fiberight's demonstration plant in Lawrenceville, Virginia.

Less trash than projected may shrink $69M waste plant in Hampden

By Dawn Gagnon and Nok-Noi Ricker on July 04, 2016, at 7:13 a.m.
The MRC has said the size of the Fiberight plant could be reduced from its planned annual capacity of 180,000 tons to 110,000 tons and still be financed, built and profitable.

Kingman man seriously burned in accident on Golden Road

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 01, 2016, at 5:46 p.m.
A Kingman man was seriously burned Friday when diesel fuel ignited at his construction worksite on the Golden Road, Millinocket Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Malcolm said.
A fire that smoldered for hours destroyed an unoccupied camp building on Thursday on an island in North Twin Lake.

Fire destroys island camp on North Twin Lake

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 01, 2016, at 4:52 p.m.
A fire that smoldered for hours destroyed an unoccupied camp building on an island in North Twin Lake on Thursday, officials said.
Clifford J. Sprague

Man involved in Guilford pharmacy robbery gets nearly 3½ years on federal charges

By Judy Harrison on July 01, 2016, at 4:04 p.m.
An Exeter man was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to three years and five months in federal prison for his role in a 2012 Guilford pharmacy robbery and lying to obtain disability benefits.

Connecticut gang member gets 25 years on cocaine charge

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 01, 2016, at 2:41 p.m.
A Connecticut gang member will spend 25 years behind bars on a cocaine charge, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Mount Katahdin reflects in a pond by the Abol Stream Trail in Baxter State Park on June 20, 2013.

Connecticut woman carried off Katahdin after falling on trail

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 30, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
It took 10 hours and more than 40 people to carry a 20-year-old hiker from Connecticut off Mount Katahdin Wednesday after she fell and injured herself while descending the Hunt Trail.

Chicken barbecue at Orrington church

on June 29, 2016, at 1:09 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, 2016 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: First United Methodist Church, 14 Center Drive, Orrington, Maine ORRINGTON, Maine — A chicken barbecue will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at First United Methodist Church, 14 Center Drive, by donation.  Story continues below advertisement. This post was …
Donald Jones

Missing Massachusetts man found safe

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 29, 2016, at 10:08 a.m.
A missing Massachusetts man who didn’t return home from a recent fishing trip has been located and is safe.

Donation Yard Sale to Benefit the Shaw House

By Nathaniel Coe on June 28, 2016, at 4:01 p.m.
The Shaw House is a youth homeless shelter in Bangor. We work with youth up to the age of 20 providing them with emergency shelter, transitional housing, food, clothing, transportation, and various other services to meet their individual needs. There will be a donation yard sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday …