Stephen F. McKenney, 66, walks in front of a police dashboard camera before he was fatally shot April 12, 2014 in a screenshot from the video.

Attorney general: Windham man was approaching deputy, civilian ‘ride-along’ with a cocked revolver when police shooting occurred

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 21, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
WINDHAM, Maine — The office of Attorney General Janet Mills has determined that a Cumberland County deputy sheriff was justified in using deadly force during an April incident in which an apparently suicidal Windham man approached him and his vehicle with a loaded revolver. An unarmed civilian on a “ride-along” …

Rescue operation turns to recovery operation in Westbrook

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 21, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
Andrew Turcotte of the Westbrook Fire Department says the rescue operation in the Presumpscot River is now a recovery operation.
Firefighters from several communities launched boats Thursday morning to search the Presumpscot River for a man who was apparently swept over a dam.

Searchers recover body of man reportedly swept over Saccarappa Falls in Presumpscot River

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 21, 2014, at 10:50 a.m.
WESTBROOK, Maine — Shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, searchers found the body of a 35-year-old Westbrook man who reportedly had fallen into the Presumpscot River and been swept over the Saccarappa Falls about four hours earlier. The body was discovered a short distance downstream from the falls, according to a …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, head of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, listen Wednesday night as members of the public weigh in on a proposal to raise the minimum wage in Maine's largest city.

Restaurant owners tell Portland mayor not to raise minimum wage for waiters

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 20, 2014, at 10:41 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland restaurant owners told Mayor Michael Brennan on Wednesday night not to meddle with their payment system for tipped servers as part of his plan to increase the citywide minimum wage. Restaurant owners argued customer tips make waiters and waitresses some of the highest paid people in …
David Flanagan has being named the interim president at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

USM president announces team to help him cut more than $12.5 million from budget

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 20, 2014, at 6:35 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — University of Southern Maine President David Flanagan has put together a six-person team that will advise him on cutting more than $12.5 million from the university’s budget in the coming months. The team includes two new hires. Tom Dunne, who worked as a partner at Accenture from …

Premiere of Mainer’s monster hunt television show to be delayed

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
If you rush to your television on Friday night and turn on Discovery’s Destination America channel to catch the premiere of “Monsters Underground,” you’ll be disappointed. The scheduled Aug. 22 unveiling of the show, somewhat highly anticipated here in Maine because it features a cave-diving monster-hunting team led by Durham’s …
The Royal Bean coffee shop on Main Street in Yarmouth.

Yarmouth coffee shop saved 2 years ago by 17 investors closes after sale falls through

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Aug. 20, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — A downtown coffee shop rescued nearly two years ago by a group of local investors has closed after a plan to sell the business fell through. The Royal Bean closed Aug. 10, after the buyer backed out the day before the sale was to be finalized, owners …

Nighttime road work to close I-195 ramps in Saco

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 20, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
SACO, Maine — Several on- and offramps will be shut down to traffic on Interstate 195 on Thursday and Friday while nighttime road work continues, according to the Maine Department of Transportation. Paving and milling work will require the on- and offramps for Exit 1 to periodically be shut down, …
A worker walks across the recycled plastic that will make up the lower layer of Cape Elizabeth High School's new gym flooring. Part of the maple top layer have already been laid.

Cape Elizabeth High School gym floor goes ‘green’ after flood damage

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Aug. 20, 2014, at 2:06 p.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — A new, environmentally friendly floor is being installed after the high school gymnasium floor sustained major water damage. The new flooring, made by Connor Sports Flooring, has a surface of maple harvested from sustainable forests and a substructure of recycled plastic. Covering the floor will be …

York board rejects appeal to shut down marijuana growing operation

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
YORK, Maine — Over the objections of numerous abutters and residents who voiced concerns about increased traffic, safety and their quality of life, the York Appeals Board on Wednesday upheld a July 9 decision allowing a medical marijuana facility to continue operations. Neighbors of the medical marijuana facility at 17 …

So yesterday: Portland Harbor bids adieu to the Google barge, ‘for good’

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:38 p.m.
On Tuesday, Portland Tugboat LLC posted a picture on its Facebook page of the once-celebrated so-called “Google barge” being dragged away from Portland Harbor by the tugger Rowan — as the post said, “for good.” Thus ends a 10-month stay for the cube-like floating structure that was a whirlwind in …
Gov. Paul LePage

York County chamber cancels next week’s gubernatorial debate after LePage turns down invite

By Deborah McDermott, York County Coast Star on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
KITTERY, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has turned down a gubernatorial debate in Kittery on Aug. 27, prompting the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce to pull out of the event. “We can only do so much,” said Chamber board president Jeff Pelkey. “It’s unfortunate for southern Maine. This is …
Clothing designer Roxi Suger takes a look at model Paige Mooney as she tries on a piece from Suger's Angelrox collection in Biddeford on Tuesday. Sugar's creations will grace the catwalk at the Biddeford Ball this weekend.

Biddeford raises the roof this weekend

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — What do the mayor, a deep-pocketed developer and an award-winning novelist have in common? They are all set to rock the red carpet at the Biddeford Ball Saturday night. Organized by clothing designer Roxi Suger, the inaugural party in a former textile mill embraces the city’s industrial …
The Aug. 14 aftermath of Upper Mast Landing Road in Freeport after an Aug. 13 storm.

Freeport reopens roads washed out by rain storm, pegs damage at about $100,000

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — All roads in town are open after last week’s record-setting rain storm, but the cost to repair damage is climbing. Earl Gibson, public works superintendent, said damage from the Aug. 13 storm is estimated at about $100,000. No power lines went down, but several roads were washed …

Work on Falmouth Middle School upgrades falls behind schedule

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Aug. 20, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — The last Falmouth School Board meeting before the academic year begins had a lot of handshakes and applause, but it also had an emphasis on unfinished construction. Dan O’Shea, the school department’s director of finance and operations, said the construction at the middle school likely won’t conclude …
Paul McCarrier of Medical Marijuana Caregivers shows a cannabis plant at the Home Grown Maine Medical Marijuana Trade Show, a conference designed to teach individuals how to grow medical marijuana Saturday in Bangor.

Maine medical marijuana advocate objects to recreational legalization, calls plan ‘corporate give-away’

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:06 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Advocates for Maine’s medical marijuana caregiver industry said Tuesday they oppose a trio of ballot questions going before voters this fall in Lewiston, South Portland and York, seeking to make recreational marijuana use legal for adults under city ordinance. On Tuesday, Paul McCarrier, the legislative liaison for …

Rights panel finds housing agency discriminated against man suffering from alcoholism, PTSD

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 19, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
RICHMOND, Maine — A Gray man with problems including post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism was discriminated against by the assisted living facility that evicted him last summer, the Maine Human Rights Commission unanimously decided earlier this month. James Nichols had been living at Richmond Eldercare Coalition Inc., a facility for …
Portland City Manager Mark Rees abruptly announced his resignation Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.

‘The city got what it wanted in Mark Rees’: Portlanders consider the past, future of their city manager position

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 19, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Mark Rees’ predecessors as Portland city manager were well-known, high-profile men who had local histories. Following city managers who include Joe Gray and the late Robert Ganley, Rees was working under long shadows. But as Portlanders who helped reform the city’s government in recent years say it’s …

Body of missing Portland man found in Presumpscot River

By CBS 13 on Aug. 19, 2014, at 5:32 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police said they’ve recovered the body of a man missing since Friday night. Robert Koch, 52, was found Tuesday in the Presumpscot River just after 1 p.m. Portland police said a golfer and manager from Riverside Golf Club spotted his body in the water near the …
Stanley Dunham

Old Orchard Beach man arrested after police allegedly find him with 7 pounds of marijuana

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 19, 2014, at 4:24 p.m.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — Old Orchard Beach police charged a local man with drug trafficking after they allegedly found 7 pounds of marijuana in his car and home. Detective Cpl. Jeff Reagan told the Bangor Daily News on Tuesday that officers were responding to a report of a domestic …
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