Texas man gets 14 years on child pornography charge

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 03, 2015, at 3:53 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Texas man is heading to prison for 14 years after he was sentenced Monday on a charge of transporting child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. In addition to prison time, Steven Sawyer, 37, also received 10 years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in March. …

Portland School Board prepares to start superintendent search

By Colin Ellis on Aug. 03, 2015, at 2 p.m.
When Jeanne Crocker was named interim superintendent of schools on July 7, she joined the ranks of a long list of city school chiefs. Crocker is temporarily taking over for Emmanuel Caulk, who was recently named superintendent of the 40,000-student Fayette County Public Schools System in Lexington, …

Cumberland planners OK Route 1 housing development

By Alex Lear on Aug. 03, 2015, at 1:33 p.m.
The Planning Board on July 30 unanimously approved a proposed housing development along U.S. Route 1. The Town Council in January approved a contract zone agreement and land sale for the Foreside Village development, where a 46-lot subdivision will be created on an approximately 27-acre parcel between …
Pedro Gutierrez

Six arrested during undercover prostitution sting in Portland

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 03, 2015, at 10:42 a.m.
Portland police arrested five men overnight Sunday for soliciting sex from an undercover female officer during a prostitution sting on the west end of Congress Street. Benjamin P. Kuku Kodi, 35, Christian Tshishimbi Kabeya, 29, Pedro G. Gutierrez, 48, Jean Marie Nkaka, 46, and Angel Poblano, 26, …
Richard Pate of Biddeford hired a plane Saturday to protest the suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the Deflategate case.

Biddeford man hires plane to troll NFL commish Goodell at Maine home

By CBS 13 on Aug. 03, 2015, at 10:16 a.m.
A Biddeford man delivered his message to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell through the air on Monday. Richard Pate, a long-time Patriots fan and life-long Mainer, hired a pilot to fly from Biddeford towards Old Orchard Beach and straight over Roger Goodell’s house in Scarborough. A banner was …

Trio arrested after robbing man of cash, cigarettes in Portland

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 02, 2015, at 1:16 p.m.
Police arrested three transients Saturday afternoon after they allegedly robbed a 39-year-old man of cash and cigarettes on Marginal Way near Forest Avenue. Romarico Gonzalez, 30, Amanda Ansolini, 28, and Mahad Hassan, 27, were charged with robbery, according to Portland police. Ansolini also was charged with carrying …
A view down Norway Road in Bangor during the snowstorm on Jan. 27, 2015.

Brrr … 2015 Bangor’s coldest year on record

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 02, 2015, at 12:37 p.m.
The National Weather Service has confirmed what residents of the Queen City have been saying for weeks — 2015 is the coldest on record for the city. Between Jan. 1 and July 31, the average temperature in Bangor was 38.9 degrees, the station in Caribou announced Sunday. …

Man charged in shooting at Portland office building

By CBS 13 on Aug. 01, 2015, at 6:35 p.m.
A man accused of firing four shots from a high powered pellet gun at a guard at One City Center has been arrested. The guard, Mike Conicelli, says he spotted the transient slumped over at One City Center around 5 a.m. Friday. According to Conicelli, Anjay Narayanan …

Man at ATM foils robbery attempt in Portland

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 01, 2015, at 5:26 p.m.
Local police are searching for the man who allegedly attempted to rob at knifepoint a man who had just used an ATM machine on Union Street about 4 p.m. Saturday. The victim foiled the robbery when he attempted to grab the knife, Portland police Lt. Robert Martin …
Firefighters work to douse the remaining pockets of flames at the scene of a fatal fire on Noyes Street in Portland in November 2014.

Portland landlord pleads not guilty in fire that killed 6

By Judy Harrison on July 31, 2015, at 5:36 p.m.
The owner of a Portland home that burned in November, killing six people, pleaded not guilty Friday at the Cumberland County Courthouse to six counts of manslaughter and four counts of violation of the life safety code, according to Penobscot County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson. Gregory Nisbet, …

6 things you didn’t know about shooting from Maine’s best young marksman

By Seth Koenig on July 31, 2015, at 5:01 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Nobody’s ever shot an air rifle more accurately than recent Scarborough High School graduate Brandon Bryer, the state record holder with a 580 score. That’s out of 600 possible points. “We’re aiming at a period at the end of a sentence from 33 feet away, and I …

Portland man convicted of sexually assaulting girl in Scarborough

By The Forecaster on July 31, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
A Portland man was found guilty Thursday of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in 2013. Timothy M. Hunt, 29, was convicted on six counts of gross sexual assault and six counts of unlawful sexual touching, according to a press release from the Scarborough Police Department. The conviction …

Man arrested after shooting out downtown Portland windows

By Beth Brogan on July 31, 2015, at 8:51 a.m.
A 37-year-old man was arrested near the Oxford Street shelter early Friday morning after police say he drew a pellet gun when asked to leave One City Center and then fled, shooting out windows in various buildings as he ran to the shelter. Ajay Narayan, whose address …
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is investigating an accident involving a pedestrian and this pickup that occurred Thursday on Middle Jam Road in Standish.

Pedestrian, motorist injured in Standish crash

By Dawn Gagnon on July 30, 2015, at 8:47 p.m.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash that sent two men to the hospital on Thursday, Capt. Don Goulet said in a news release. The accident happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. near 69 Middle Jam Road when Glenn Miles, 50, of Windham swerved his green …
Elizabeth Farley, 49, of Biddeford.

Police arrest 4 in Biddeford crack cocaine bust

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 30, 2015, at 3:22 p.m.
Four people have been arrested for allegedly trafficking crack cocaine in Biddeford, the Department of Public Safety announced Thursday. Crispina Mangual, 33, of Haverhill, Massachusetts; Herman Boyd, 21, and Robert Shand, 21, both of the Bronx, New York; and Elizabeth Farley, 49, of Biddeford were arrested and …

High temps, humidity may stir strong thunderstorms

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 30, 2015, at 2:48 p.m.
GRAY | With humidity and high temperatures baking the state yet again Thursday, there is a possibility of thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours, according to the National Weather Service. A few strong thunderstorms capable of producing large hail and damaging winds are possible in southern, western and …
Melanie Billings holds up a sign explaining how her online style company, Mix Match Men, works.

Mainers test wearable cup holders, other ideas at ‘Shark Tank’ audition

By Francis Flisiuk, BDN Staff on July 30, 2015, at 1:47 p.m.
PORTLAND | About 800 people showed up to pitch their ideas to casting directors for ABC’s reality show, “Shark Tank,” on Wednesday, in what was their first step toward the elusive dream of becoming nationally televised celebrity entrepreneurs. The casting call was held at the Italian Heritage Center in …
The Johnsonville Big Taste Grill, the world's largest touring grill at 53,000 pounds and 65 feet in length, will come to Old Orchard Beach this weekend.

65-foot-long barbecue grill coming to Maine to benefit firefighters, hold sausage-eating contest

By Seth Koenig on July 30, 2015, at 11:45 a.m.
Have a hankering for sausage?

Motorcycle speed, alcohol suspected in South Portland woman’s death

By The Forecaster on July 30, 2015, at 11:19 a.m.
A city woman who died Saturday, July 25, in a motorcycle crash in Westbrook was not wearing a helmet. It is believed that speed and alcohol were factors in the accident, Capt. Sean Lally of the Westbrook Police Department said Thursday morning. Jennifer Lavigne, 35, was …
The Spurwink Rod and Gun Club in Cape Elizabeth was informed July 24 that it must cease all live fire after a town-hired safety evaluator found the range unsafe.

Spurwink Rod & Gun Club president: Cape Elizabeth safety report ‘unfair’

By Kate Gardner on July 30, 2015, at 11:11 a.m.
The Spurwink Rod and Gun Club has been ordered to suspend live fire after a safety evaluator declared the club unsafe. The club president called the evaluation “unfair.” The Sawyer Road club was informed by Police Chief Neil Williams on July 24 that all shooting would …
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