Candidates for governor (from left) independent Eliot Cutler, Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage greet each other on stage before a televised debate in Augusta on Wednesday night, Oct. 15.

Maine gubernatorial candidates tout support from across party lines, major party players

By Scott Thistle on Oct. 20, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
PORTLAND | The fight for cross-party support in Maine’s governor’s race is heating up with all three candidates in the race trotting out supporters willing to break the party ranks. Mark McKinnon, a Republican consultant, who once worked for former President George W. Bush and U.S. Sen. John McCain, …
Mayor Michael Brennan (right) listens as Maine comedian Bob Marley jokes about footgolf at the Riverside Golf Course in Portland on Monday. The city has a nine-hole course for the mashup sport of soccer and golf.

Golf, soccer mashup sport called ‘footgolf’ tees off in Maine

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 20, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
PORTLAND | A mashup of two popular mainstream sports is spreading across the nation, and now Mainers can try “footgolf” for themselves. Portland’s Riverside Golf Course added the soccer-golf hybrid to its offerings in a kickoff challenge Monday that pit popular Maine comedian Bob Marley against Portland Mayor Michael …

Colorado man pleads guilty to photographing sexual abuse of 6-year-old, sharing online with agent in Maine

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 20, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Colorado man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to one count each of sexually exploiting a child and transporting child pornography. By pleading guilty, David William Burkman, 30, of Canon City, Colorado, admitted that on April 21 he engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a …

Dresden woman indicted on felony counts for allegedly striking child with car door

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 20, 2014, at 2:34 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | A Dresden woman who allegedly drove away in a Jeep Grand Cherokee while another woman and her child were leaning into the front passenger seat, injuring the 1-year-old boy, has been indicted on felony charges. Rachel Corson, 44, was indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury on …

Windham day care provider accused of assaulting 4-year-old

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 20, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.
A Windham woman who ran a child care business for nearly 20 years has been indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury on charges she injured a child in her care. Police say Eleanor Amo, 55, allegedly grabbed a 4-year-old boy around the neck, leaving bruises and …
Spurwink Rod and Gun Club President Tammy Walter

State grant of $28,000 puts Cape Elizabeth gun club on target to meet new safety rules

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Oct. 20, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
After receiving a grant of $28,000 and completing various studies, the Spurwink Rod and Gun Club is moving closer to completing a new registration process required by the town. Club President Tammy Walter received a letter last week finalizing the grant from the Maine Department of …
Firefighters wave traffic on Route 302 around the scene of a crash Sunday night in Bridgton.

Two people killed in Bridgton crash

By CBS 13 on Oct. 19, 2014, at 7:32 p.m.
The Bridgton Police Department responded to a fatal accident on Route 302 just before 6 p.m. Sunday night. Police Chief Kevin Schofield told CBS 13 the vehicle was driving south at a high rate of speed when attempting to pass another vehicle. The vehicle lost control and …

66-year-old Casco woman arrested in connection with multiple crashes

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 18, 2014, at 9:13 a.m.
NAPLES | A 66-year-old Casco woman was arrested Friday night, accused by police of driving drunk and causing multiple crashes, including striking a house. Barbara J. Thorpe was arrested by deputies from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Route 302 and charged with operating under …
President Barack Obama

Obama, George Mitchell to campaign for Michaud on Oct. 30 in Portland

By BDN Staff Report on Oct. 17, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
President Barack Obama will come to Maine on Oct. 30 to campaign for Democrat Mike Michaud, who is locked in a tight race for governor. The Michaud campaign announced late Friday afternoon that Obama will stump for Michaud during a rally at the Portland Exposition Building. The …

Messalonskee student injured in hayride accident released from hospital

By Staff Report, CBS 13 on Oct. 17, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
BELGRADE | A Messalonskee High School student injured in a hayride accident that claimed the life of his girlfriend last weekend has been released from a Boston hospital, according to family members. Connor Garland, 16, was released from Boston Children’s Hospital on Thursday, according to a posting on a …
FairPoint employees stand on the corner of Park and State streets in downtown Bangor on the first day of the strike on Friday.

‘We don’t know what to expect’: FairPoint workers in Maine picket during first day of strike

By Darren Fishell and Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 17, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
The parking lot at FairPoint’s call center on Riverside Drive in Portland was still empty at about 10 a.m. Friday. In the coming weeks and months, who might pull into those and other parking spaces at FairPoint offices around the state is one of the biggest questions ahead for about …

Heavy rains cause sinkhole on Biddeford street

By Beth Jones, CBS 13 on Oct. 17, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
Thursday night’s rain created a sinkhole on Elm Street in Biddeford. By 11 p.m. Thursday, the hole was covered up with sheets of metal, dirt and sand around the edges. Crews worked to fill the hole and repair the washout. The hole was about 8 feet long …
A black bear stands at the edge of the forest in Hancock in June 2014.

Judge to rule on request to stop state wildlife agency from campaigning against Question 1

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Oct. 17, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
An injunction request filed by Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, which aims to stop the agency from spending taxpayer dollars on the Question 1 campaign on bear baiting, hounding and trapping, is in the hands of a judge. A hearing on …
About 2,000 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike Friday. Union officials say negotiations for a new contract have not progressed since the company declared an impasse in talks Aug. 28.

FairPoint unions declare strike; 2,000 northern New England workers to picket job sites

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 16, 2014, at 8:23 p.m.
PORTLAND | Two unions representing workers at FairPoint Communications have called a strike starting early Friday morning. Leaders of the Northern New England chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers of America announced Thursday that 2,000 employees will begin picketing at job sites in Maine, …
Dorothy Fickett, 37, of Portland.

Portland woman facing second burglary charge

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 16, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
A local woman was arrested Wednesday on a burglary charge in connection with an August home invasion, police said. Dorothy Fickett, 37, of Portland, was taken into custody in connection with a Pine Street burglary that occurred on Aug. 2, according to Portland police Lt. James Sweatt. …
Patrick Arnold, president and CEO of Soli DG, eyes a container of crushed lobster shells on Thursday in Portland.

Portland entrepreneur borrows Iceland model to boost ocean product startups

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 16, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
Did you know there’s $1,600 of value stored in the guts of a cod? It’s not readily apparent, but one Icelandic company that got its start in a special business incubator is extracting digestive enzymes from the fish for use in cosmetic products. The amount produced from …
The Williston-West Church on Thomas Street in Portland's upscale West End is at the center of a development controversy.

State supreme court reverses zoning decision, development of Portland church allowed

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 16, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday dealt a blow to West End neighbors’ opposition to renovation plans for a historic church and parish house and handed a victory to city officials. The court unanimously reversed a lower court’s decision that said the developer’s plans violated Portland’s …

South Portland voters to consider bond for sewer system, streetscape improvements

By Lily O'Gara, The Forecaster on Oct. 16, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
A referendum question on the Nov. 4 ballot will ask voters to approve a multimillion-dollar bond for sewer and storm drain improvements. The $3.5 million bond will cover the remaining costs of the $12 million, four-phase plan to modernize the city’s sewer and storm-drain systems. The …

Is the Nova Star ferry sailing south for the winter?

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 15, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Florida port of Fort Pierce could be the Nova Star ferry’s home for at least part of the winter, but that’s just one option for the ferry service that just concluded it’s first season of daily trips between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Portland. The ferry’s management …
Prominent Waldoboro defense attorney Philip S. Cohen in Superior Court in Augusta on Aug. 26.

Maine attorney to serve 28 days in jail for violating plea agreement in domestic assault case

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 15, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
PORTLAND | A prominent Waldoboro defense attorney will serve 28 days in the Lincoln County Jail after violating terms of a deferred disposition granted for a 2013 domestic violence charge. Philip Cohen, 45, of Waldoboro was sentenced Wednesday to two concurrent 30-day terms on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct …
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