Lebanon man sentenced to 2½ years for illegal possession of firearm

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 25, 2015, at 9:42 p.m.
PORTLAND | A 54-year-old man was sentenced to 2½ years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm during a hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Lawrence Young of Lebanon was discovered hunting with a 16-gauge shotgun on May 1, 2014, in Acton, according to court …
A man walks around a bank of plowed snow on Feb. 16 in Eastport. More snow hit Maine on Wednesday with the Down East getting a foot of snow.

Down East slammed with another foot of snow Wednesday

By Kaylie Reese on Feb. 25, 2015, at 8:21 p.m.
Heavy snowfall Wednesday morning created hazardous driving conditions that contributed to a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 95 in Carmel, but the sun made an appearance in the afternoon while vehicles were being towed away. Wednesday’s storm hit Down East the hardest, burying the area with another foot of snow, according …

Chef files lawsuit accusing Portland police of brutality

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 25, 2015, at 5:41 p.m.
A Saco man is suing the Portland Police Department and several individuals therein for a 2013 incident in which he said officers used excessive force against him. Steven Tuggle said in his lawsuit that police were called to break up an argument between his girlfriend and her …

Portland police looking for woman accused of using pepper spray on store clerk

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 25, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.
Portland police are on the lookout for a woman they say sprayed a convenience store clerk with pepper spray and bit him before fleeing in a robbery attempt early Wednesday morning. According to a late Wednesday afternoon news release issued by Portland police Lt. James Sweatt, the …
The new student entrance to South Portland High School is one of three entrances for staff, administrators and the public.

Controversy over Pledge of Allegiance at South Portland High School

By Brad Rogers, CBS 13 on Feb. 25, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
A controversy is brewing in South Portland over the Pledge of Allegiance. Senior class leaders at South Portland High School want their classmates to know that saying the pledge is optional. But while Maine state law is on their side, a school policy committee is not. …

South Portland hires former EPA official as sustainability coordinator

By Alex Acquisto on Feb. 25, 2015, at 2:27 p.m.
Julie Rosenbach has been selected to fill the revived position of city sustainability coordinator. Rosenbach worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., as an environmental protection specialist liaison between the agency and other federal task forces on waste reduction initiatives and universal waste policies, …
 The Portland Co. complex at 58 Fore St. was nominated for designation as a city historic preservation district on Monday, Feb. 23, a day before the city Planning Board endorsed rezoning the Eastern Waterfront property for development.

Portland Planning Board endorses rezone of 10-acre waterfront complex

By David Harry on Feb. 25, 2015, at 2:23 p.m.
Zoning revisions to allow development of The Portland Co. complex at 58 Fore St. are headed to the City Council with a unanimous recommendation from the city Planning Board. The recommendation came after a two-hour hearing and meeting Tuesday in City Hall, where it was also learned …
Jacqueline Bilbrey

Former Turnpike tolltaker accused of robbing tollbooth at gunpoint

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 25, 2015, at 2:20 p.m.
BIDDEFORD | A former Maine Turnpike tolltaker is in jail after allegedly robbing a Biddeford Maine Turnpike tollbooth at gunpoint Friday, state police said. Jacqueline Bilbrey, 25, was taken into custody without incident at her parents’ residence on Tuesday, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Bilbrey …

Royal River ice preventing Army Corps from checking results of dredging

By Kate Gardner on Feb. 25, 2015, at 2:15 p.m.
YARMOUTH | The dredging of the Royal River is done, but icy water is preventing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from officially saying work is completed. The dredging was finished at the end of January by Burnham Associates, of Salem, Massachusetts, but the Army Corps still has to …

Coastal counties hit hard by Wednesday snowstorm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 25, 2015, at 9 a.m.
GRAY | A snowstorm that created hazardous driving conditions throughout the state Wednesday morning and led to a pileup that shut down Interstate 95 in Etna was expected to subside by the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Much of Maine woke up to heavy snowfall and poor …

Police: Maine man admitted downloading child porn at NH job

By Kimberley Haas, Foster's Daily Democrat on Feb. 25, 2015, at 7:53 a.m.
DOVER — The former Liberty Mutual employee who allegedly downloaded thousands of images and videos of child pornography to his work laptop admitted to doing so, according to police. During a hearing at Strafford County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon, Sgt. Mark Nadeau of the Dover Police Department testified before Judge …

Check out Portland police turn water into snow in this video

on Feb. 24, 2015, at 6:10 p.m.
Every so often, it gets so bitterly cold that you can actually go outside, throw a cup of water into the air and — instead of hearing it splash on the pavement — watch it seemingly dissolve into a cloud of snow. Today, Portland broke a nearly five-decade-old record with …

Woman, 90, dies after being hit by car in Falmouth Wal-Mart lot

By Colin Ellis on Feb. 24, 2015, at 6 p.m.
A Cumberland woman died after she was hit by a car in the Falmouth Plaza parking lot on Route 1. Police said Margaret McLeod, 90, of Cumberland was leaving Wal-Mart and pushing a shopping cart when she was struck by a car driven by Gladys Casale, 78, …

York selectmen reject proposal for resort expansion

By Deborah McDermott, The York Weekly on Feb. 24, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
Selectmen voted unanimously to kill a proposal to allow the Cliff House to rent a property it owns, after opposition surfaced to the measure at their meeting Monday night. At issue was a measure that the Planning Board proposed be placed on the May ballot that will …

Deadline for town to buy 97-acre York Village property expires

By Deborah McDermott, The York Weekly on Feb. 24, 2015, at 4:17 p.m.
The Davis family is “pursuing other interests” for its 97-acre property on York Street, now that the two-year exclusive agreement between the town and the family to purchase the land has come to an end. But R. Malcolm Davis, one of three sons of the late Mary …
Despite signs seeking a tenant, the old Shaw's Supermarket building in the Falmouth Shopping Center on Route 1 has been vacant for more than a decade.

Big commercial vacancies in Falmouth hide reality of short supply

By Colin Ellis on Feb. 24, 2015, at 3:49 p.m.
From almost the moment a Portland sports pub’s expansion into town was proposed, opponents have said they have no problem with the restaurant, just the location. They have suggested there are vacant commercial buildings that would be better homes for the Rivalries pub than a parking-challenged corner …

Wisconsin man accused of sending videos of children being sexually assaulted

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 24, 2015, at 3:39 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Wisconsin man has been charged in federal court in Portland with transporting child pornography depicting children as young as 1 years old being sexually assaulted. Ryan Jeremiah Abbott, 22, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 for the …
The former Thomas B. Reed School on Homestead Avenue in Portland as seen in this July 2014 file photo.

Portland panel still debating fate of vacant school building

By Colin Ellis on Feb. 24, 2015, at 1:48 p.m.
The vacant and unused Thomas B. Reed School will have to continue waiting for a new purpose. Christine Grimando, senior planner for the city, said a task force looking at ways to reuse the building is still evaluating potential uses of the building. But she added that …
A drawing presented Feb. 11 to Portland city councilors shows how an expanded Bayside Bowl would fit into a Department of Public Services building at 71 Hanover St.

Portland to sell city property to Alfond for bowling alley expansion

By David Harry on Feb. 24, 2015, at 12:26 p.m.
In a Monday night meeting, Portland city councilors approved the sale of city-owned land on Cliff Island and at 71 Hanover St. in Bayside. The City Council also approved a three-year labor agreement with 125 city police officers and detectives, retroactive to Jan. 5, 2014, and approved …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan

State audit finds people with more than $20,000 in savings stayed at Portland shelter

By David Harry on Feb. 24, 2015, at 12:04 p.m.
Despite audit findings that the city general assistance program violates state regulations in several ways, Mayor Michael Brennan on Monday defended its administration and operations. “I am confident the city has run GA in accordance with state law and with practices endorsed by this and previous administrations,” …
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