Standish family handcuffed at gunpoint because of 911 hoax

By Brad Rogers, CBS 13 on July 06, 2015, at 7:33 p.m.
State and local law enforcement officers including a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team all raced to what they thought was an enraged gunman and a hostage crisis Sunday night at a home on Bonny Eagle Road. But it was all a hoax. “We’re putting a lot …
Michael LeComte, 30, hands out free Bernie Sanders buttons outside the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Monday as people filed in to hear Sanders speak.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders comes to Portland

on July 06, 2015, at 6:29 p.m.
Paul Kendrick

Arguments against clergy abuse crusader to begin Tuesday

By Beth Brogan on July 06, 2015, at 6:08 p.m.
PORTLAND | Attorneys are scheduled to give opening arguments Tuesday in the civil trial of Paul Kendrick, a Freeport man who was sued for defamation in 2013 by a former Catholic brother from Haiti and his nonprofit organization. Michael Geilenfeld, 63, of Port au Prince, Haiti, and Hearts with …
Jacqui Deveneau of Portland hangs portraits of those killed in the 2013 Lac Megantic oil train derailment fire in Monument Square on Monday. Activists with the international climate change group 350.org and the Sierra Club held a vigil marking the two-year anniversary of the disaster.

Environmental groups hold vigil for Lac-Megantic train explosion victims

By Darren Fishell on July 06, 2015, at 4:27 p.m.
PORTLAND | As church bells rang in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic to mark the two-year anniversary of the oil train derailment that killed 48 people, climate change activists in Maine held vigils around the state expressing concern about the potential for a future disaster. The state-level arm of …

Livable wage advocate announces run for Portland City Council

By Staff Report, The Forecaster on July 06, 2015, at 2:26 p.m.
Mako Bates, who calls himself the “primary author” of a proposed ordinance to establish a citywide “livable” wage of $15 per hour, took out nomination papers to be a candidate for City Council in District 2 on June 30. Bates joins lawyer Spencer Thibodeau in the race …
Jenna Vendil

Portland School Board member arrested for OUI in Scarborough

By Colin Ellis on July 06, 2015, at 1:56 p.m.
School Board member Jenna Vendil was arrested for allegedly operating under the influence June 27 in Scarborough. Vendil, 30, is the District 1 representative. She was arrested shortly after 11 p.m. on the Interstate 295 connector. Detective Sgt. Rick Rouse of the Scarborough Police Department said Vendil …
Manufacturing supervisor Alan Comeau of Saunders Electronics in South Portland demonstrates the component manufacturing process he helped create for a device invented by Lincoln podiatrist Todd O'Brien that helps diagnose diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a key precursor leading to foot ulcers, infections and amputations.

Lincoln podiatrist invents tool that measures nerve sensitivity

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 06, 2015, at 11:59 a.m.
LINCOLN, Maine ― Dr. Todd O’Brien likes the idea of patients everywhere getting consistent quality care, and he loves solving problems. From those two qualities arise the Lincoln podiatrist’s latest invention. The ninth medical device created by the 50-year-old Orono resident in the last 10 years, the ETF128 is a …
Gavin Dunphy fills his tank up at C.N. Brown's gas station in Pittsfield on Jan. 20.

Gas prices hold steady through holiday weekend

By Darren Fishell on July 06, 2015, at 10:20 a.m.
PORTLAND | Gas prices held steady through the Independence Day weekend in Maine and the country as a whole, driven by crude oil prices edging down. Maine’s average price for a gallon of regular gasoline held steady at $2.79, close to the national average as of Sunday, which was …
Authorities respond to a false report of a shooting at a home in Standish on Sunday night.

Police label false report of shooting in Standish a ‘swatting’ hoax

By Beth Brogan on July 06, 2015, at 7:49 a.m.
Police believe the tactical teams from six law enforcement agencies that went to a home Sunday evening on Bonny Eagle Road for a report of a shooting responded to a hoax known as “swatting.” At 7:46 p.m. Sunday, the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center received a call …
Paul Kendrick, an outspoken advocate for victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests, stands outside the Falmouth home of former Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland Bishop Richard Malone in this 2012 file photo.

Defamation trial involving Maine man, former head of orphanages set to start

By Judy Harrison on July 05, 2015, at 1:10 p.m.
PORTLAND | A civil trial set to begin Monday could justify claims that a former Catholic brother in Haiti sexually abused orphans for years or prove that a zealous advocate for victims of clergy sexual abuse has been defaming Michael Geilenfeld so vehemently that he was wrongfully imprisoned for …
Cariana Venible, who aspires to join a professional break dancing group one day, sits on Commercial Street on Tuesday, June 30, holding a sign asking for money.

In Portland, panhandlers cause friction amid growth of tourism, homelessness

By Francis Flisiuk, BDN Staff on July 05, 2015, at 6:07 a.m.
With the U.S. Supreme Court declaring last week that bans on panhandling are unconstitutional, what’s seen as growing visibility of panhandlers in Portland has some in the city’s thriving tourism industry concerned the practice may make the city less attractive to visitors. Visitors interviewed on Congress Street, however, said they …

Friday Fails: Fido not afraid of fireworks

on July 03, 2015, at 11:21 a.m.
Welcome to Friday Fails, where nothing goes according to plan. Here’s my favorite video of a wiener dog attacking a Roman candle. Someone forgot to tell this pint-sized pup that dogs are supposed to be scared of fireworks. Be safe out there this holiday weekend. Handle your freedom flares with …
Abe Dufort walks up and down a median panhandling, which he says he spends eight hours a day doing for money Tuesday, June 30, in Portland.

Supreme Court rulings may nix Portland panhandling law

By Judy Harrison on July 03, 2015, at 5:32 a.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court quietly reversed a decision Monday in a Massachusetts anti-panhandling case that most likely will keep a similar law off the books in Portland, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. The nation’s high court reversed a ruling by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of …

Dollar Tree to sell 7 Maine stores to appease trade officials

By Darren Fishell on July 02, 2015, at 5:21 p.m.
PORTLAND | Discount retailer Dollar Tree will sell seven Maine stores to a private equity firm as a condition of its $9.2 billion acquisition of competitor Family Dollar. The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Dollar Tree, requiring it to sell 330 stores nationwide, including its locations …

Jeweler G.M. Pollack going out of business

By Darren Fishell on July 02, 2015, at 5 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | Jeweler G.M. Pollack & Sons is going out of business after almost 60 years in business in Maine and New Hampshire, according to CBS 13. The company has gradually closed its 12 stores, consolidating down to five earlier this month. As of Thursday, it had closed …

South Portland man pleads not guilty to child porn charges

By Judy Harrison on July 02, 2015, at 4:54 p.m.
A South Portland man pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to child pornography charges. Wayne Niski, 28, was arrested in March by Maine State Police and charged in state court with possession and dissemination of sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 16. …

What will Portland’s minimum wage be? There are at least five possibilities

on July 02, 2015, at 4:13 p.m.
Portland City Councilor and former state lawmaker Jon Hinck announced on Wednesday that he, Mayor Michael Brennan and fellow councilor Justin Costa would be reviving a proposal to establish a citywide minimum wage of $10.10 per hour by Jan. 1, 2016. The City Council is already due to consider a …

Incoming Portland city manager appoints deputy

By Beth Brogan on July 02, 2015, at 3:53 p.m.
Incoming Portland City Manager Jon Jennings announced Thursday that he has appointed Anita LaChance, acting deputy city manager, to serve as deputy city manager on a permanent basis. LaChance was previously director of recreation and facilities management for the city and also served as budget director, assistant …
The Nova Star is seen in Portland in this September 2014 file photo.

Nova Star projects hitting ridership goal based on June totals

By Darren Fishell on July 02, 2015, at 3:08 p.m.
PORTLAND | Nova Star Cruises reported it had 26 percent more passengers last month than June 2014, putting the summer service at about 10 percent of its total ridership goal for the season. The company said in an activity report on its website that it had 8,530 passengers last …
Pratt-Abbott Cleaners on Broadway in South Portland can be seen from the backyards of homes on Parkside Terrace, near Mill Creek Park. Parkside residents and city staff want to know if soil and air contamination was fully mitigated.

South Portland renews concern about contamination from dry cleaner

By Alex Acquisto on July 02, 2015, at 2:01 p.m.
For at least 25 years, a harmful chemical has existed in soil beneath and air around Pratt-Abbott Cleaners at Broadway and Cottage Road. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recorded tetrachloroethylene contamination in the late 1980s and again in 2006, and led efforts to remediate part …
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