Jesse N. Mansir, 31, of Gardner

Gardiner man indicted in connection with Rite Aid robbery

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 19, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Gardiner man facing a robbery charge in state court was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury on a count of interference with commerce by robbery in connection with a holdup last month at the Rite Aid in Gardiner. Jesse N. Mansir, 31, allegedly got away …
York Selectman Ron Nowell discusses his support for placing a marijuana legalization measure on the town ballot during an August news conference while fellow supporter Victoria Simon looks on.

Court ruling snuffs November vote on marijuana legalization in York

By Susan Morse, York Weekly on Sept. 19, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
YORK, Maine — A York County Superior Court judge Friday denied a motion by marijuana proponents to force the town of York to place a petition question on legalizing pot for recreational use on the November ballot. Judge Paul Fritzche made the decision less than an hour before the 4 …
The former Cumberland County Civic Center, know known as the Cross Insurance Arena, in Portland.

Firm that runs Cross Center in Bangor picked to manage Portland arena

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:51 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Trustees for the newly named Cross Insurance Arena have decided to outsource management of the former Cumberland County Civic Center to Global Spectrum, the Philadelphia-based entertainment venue manager that oversees Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center. The trustees for the Cross Insurance Arena voted Friday to begin negotiating a …

Van strikes utility pole on Buxton Road in Saco

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 19, 2014, at 2:57 p.m.
SACO, Maine — Three men escaped with minor injuries after a vehicle they were in struck a utility pole on Buxton Road Friday morning, police said. Larry Taylor, Jr., 44, of Waterville, apparently lost control of a van he was driving and struck a utility pole, causing power lines to …
Scott McMahon

Police arrest Saco Rite Aid robbery suspect

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 19, 2014, at 1:28 p.m.
SACO, Maine — A New York man allegedly responsible for robbing a Rite Aid in Saco last week has been arrested, police said Friday. Scott McMahon, 32, of Lackawanna, New York, was taken into custody shortly before noon Friday at an Ocean Park Road motel, according to Saco Deputy Chief …
Higgins Beach is seen in this 2008 photo.

Plan to expand retirement community onto conserved land near Scarborough beach meets strong opposition

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on Sept. 19, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A plan to expand the Piper Shores retirement community met strong opposition from Scarborough officials Wednesday night. In a joint workshop with the Town Council and Planning Board at the municipal building, five representatives from Piper Shores presented an application to amend their current contract zone for …
Eliot Cutler

Cutler touts endorsements of Republican business owners, says momentum growing

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 19, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Independent candidate Eliot Cutler on Friday appeared with GOP business owners who bucked their party to support him in this year’s gubernatorial election. The business owners said Cutler’s experience in international commerce as well as government, his dedication to building and expanding “the Maine brand,” and his …
A woman was killed when her SUV was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer on the Maine Turnpike Thursday afternoon.

Police identify woman killed in Maine Turnpike accident

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 19, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
KITTERY, Maine — A Rhode Island woman killed in an accident on the Maine Turnpike Thursday was headed to her summer camp in Rangeley, according to police. The victim has been identified as Christine Anderson, 59, of Smithfield, Rhode Island, according to Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland. Anderson and …
Yarmouth resident Don Richards, 81, at the Cumberland Fairgrounds with his horse, The Fighter. Richards, a 65-year veteran of harness racing, was severely injured in January while breaking a colt. He will be honored Sunday, Sept. 21, on opening day of the annual Cumberland County Fair.

Back in stable condition: Don Richards, a Maine harness racing legend, is also a legendary survivor

By Ben McCanna, The Forecaster on Sept. 19, 2014, at 7:45 a.m.
CUMBERLAND, Maine — Don Richards would rather not talk about the accident that nearly killed him. “I don’t feel any pain, so I don’t want people feeling sorry for me,” he said. Less than a year ago, the 81-year-old Richards was lying on a barn floor in a pool of …

South Portland, GWI team up for new high-speed Internet system in city

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The city of South Portland is scheduled to announce early next week a partnership with Great Works Internet to build out high-speed fiber-optic Internet for residential and business customers in the city. Mark Robinson, who handles publicity for the Portland-based Great Works Internet, wrote in a news …
A fire truck sits near the scene of a Thursday morning fire that injured eight in Biddeford.

Biddeford apartment fire that injured eight ruled arson

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:36 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — A Thursday morning fire that injured eight people was intentionally set, state officials said Thursday afternoon Two young men remained hospitalized Thursday afternoon, one in critical condition, after a fire was reported about 3:45 a.m. in an apartment building at 35 Main St. The state fire marshal’s …

Meet the Portlander who killed Iron Man

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
You may have heard the name Alex Irvine. If not, he’s one of Portland’s most prolific contemporary authors, and I guarantee you’ve heard of some of the main characters of his books: Batman, the Transformer Optimus Prime and Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow are among them. In addition to his …
Maine Connections Academy Principal Karl Francis and Gov. Paul LePage smile for photos together at the academy's open house in South Portland on Thursday morning.

‘One size does not fit all’: LePage lauds state’s first virtual school

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday celebrated the opening of the state’s first virtual charter school, saying Maine Connections Academy represents a new opportunity to reach students for whom traditional schools don’t work. He also used the forum to criticize traditional public school systems in the state, …

60-year-old man hit by car while walking in Casco

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 18, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.
CASCO, Maine — A 60-year-old man was critically injured on Thursday morning after being hit while walking on Poland Spring Road, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Capt. Don Goulet of the sheriff’s office said in a news release that Richard Crossman of Casco was walking southwest on the …
Kennebunk High School

Kennebunk-area school district won’t put building renovations on November ballot after cost discrepancy emerges

By Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star on Sept. 18, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
KENNEBUNK, Maine — Proposed building renovations will not go to voters in November, RSU 21 officials decided earlier this week, after an $8 million gap in construction figures surfaced. The district had been moving forward with the goal of bringing a $58.6 million renovation project for Kennebunk High School, Mildred …
A woman was killed when her SUV was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer on the Maine Turnpike Thursday afternoon.

Woman killed when SUV struck by tractor-trailer on Maine Turnpike

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 18, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
KITTERY, Maine — A woman is dead after her SUV was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer on the Maine Turnpike Thursday afternoon. State police spokesman Stephen McCausland said the tractor-trailer crashed through guardrails, crossed the median and struck the woman’s northbound vehicle head-on about 12:30 p.m. The name of the …
Cape Elizabeth's Zoning Board of Appeals decided in May to uphold the code enforcement officer's denial of building permits to Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility to erect cell service antennas and related infrastructure on and around the Avon Road water tower.

Cape Elizabeth asks federal judge to pull plug on Verizon Wireless cell tower lawsuit

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Sept. 18, 2014, at 2 p.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Cape Elizabeth officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss part of a lawsuit brought by Verizon Wireless after the company was denied permission to construct a cellular tower on an existing water tower. Verizon wanted to build the cell tower on the tower in Shore …

York moves forward with plans for $5 million performing arts center

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Sept. 18, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
YORK, Maine — Plans for a new community-based performing arts center at York High School are moving forward as a committee met Wednesday morning to discuss hiring an architect, according to Jim Amoroso, director of Finance and Operations for the York School District. The proposal is expected to go before …
State police are searching in the area of Allen Avenue and Knight Street in Portland for the people who led police on a high-speed chase.

Passenger in high-speed pursuit charged with bath salts possession; driver remains at large

By CBS 13 on Sept. 18, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Police continue to search for the driver of a vehicle involved in a high-speed pursuit that terminated on Allen Avenue Thursday. A passenger in the vehicle, Carlos Alcantara, 33, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, has been charged with possession of bath salts by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officers, according …
Marijuana Policy Project Maine director David Boyer holds a press conference before advocates turn in 1,521 signatures seeking a legalization referendum at City Hall in South Portland in July.

Pot legalization advocates seek court order to get on the ballot in York

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Sept. 18, 2014, at 10:57 a.m.
YORK, Maine — The Marijuana Policy Project on Wednesday requested York County Superior Court to order the York Board of Selectmen to place a question legalizing marijuana on the November ballot. A hearing on the request could be held as early as Friday, according to David Boyer, Maine director of …
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