Firefighters battle blaze at Old Orchard Beach motel

By CBS 13 on Jan. 20, 2015, at 10 p.m.
A four-alarm fire in Old Orchard Beach is under investigation after flames burned through the Americana Motel Tuesday night. First responders were called to the scene on Heath Street a little before 9 p.m. As of 11:30 p.m., crews were still on scene trying to …

New hotel in heart of Old Port complains noise from bars hurting business

By CBS 13 on Jan. 20, 2015, at 7:12 p.m.
PORTLAND — A Portland hotel says its losing business because of noise from bars in the Old Port. The manager of Hyatt Place, Alen Saric, says he’s receiving noise complaints from guests. “It’s coming from the, typically from the speakers put outside, from the doors being left wide open and …

Kennebunk area schools pick in-house candidate for superintendent job

By Donna Buttarazzi, York County Coast Star on Jan. 20, 2015, at 5:46 p.m.
The Regional School Unit 21 Board of Directors has selected Kathryn Hawes as the sole finalist to be the next superintendent. The board unanimously chose Hawes, who is currently serving as assistant superintendent, as the finalist and will vote at its Jan. 26 meeting to officially offer …

Kennebunk man accused of threatening family member with knife turns self in

By Donna Buttarazzi, York County Coast Star on Jan. 20, 2015, at 5:26 p.m.
BIDDEFORD | The Fletcher Street man who has been on the run from police since Jan. 11, turned himself in to the Biddeford Police Department early this morning. William C. Day, 40, of Fletcher Street, had been on the run after allegedly threatening a family member with a knife. …

Maine investment broker agrees to exit business in settlement with SEC

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 20, 2015, at 4:54 p.m.
PORTLAND | A former investment adviser fined in Maine for violating state securities laws and barred from operating in the state has agreed not to provide investment advice anywhere in the country to satisfy federal regulators. The Maine Office of Securities on Tuesday announced the settlement with Denmark, Maine, …

Developers ask city of Portland to donate Munjoy Hill parking lot for affordable housing

By David Harry on Jan. 20, 2015, at 4:47 p.m.
A proposal to build eight condominiums on a city-owned parking lot at 65 Munjoy St. is likely to be considered at the Feb. 11 meeting of the City Council Housing and Community Development Committee meeting. Given the report heard by committee members Jan. 14, approving the request …

10 bill titles to watch for Portland

on Jan. 20, 2015, at 4:13 p.m.
This is the time of year when state lawmakers submit bill titles — a sentence or so very generally describing the intent of the legislation — and those titles get fleshed out with text detailing what the bills would actually do and how much they’d cost. It’s a bit of …
Traffic on the Maine Turnpike was slowed Tuesday after a tractor-trailer crashed in Gray.

Turnpike traffic slowed after truck leaves highway in Gray

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 20, 2015, at 4:04 p.m.
A truck driver suffered minor injuries Tuesday after his tractor-trailer left the northbound lanes of the Maine Turnpike in Gray, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said. Timothy Lukas, 58, of New Hampshire was hauling paper products when he lost control around 12:30 p.m., McCausland said. …

Man accused of robbing bank scheduled to appear in Portland court

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 20, 2015, at 11:50 a.m.
A man suspected of robbing a bank at gunpoint in Connecticut was expected to appear in court on Tuesday, officials said. Odain Johnson is scheduled to be in federal court in Portland at 4 p.m., according to Jonathan Chapman of the U.S. attorney’s office. Johnson was arrested …
Approximately 56 police officers earned their badges Friday during graduation exercises at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Falmouth police chief: It’s getting harder to recruit good people to become cops

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Jan. 20, 2015, at 11:37 a.m.
The Falmouth Police Department held a community forum at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary on Jan. 14 to discuss whatever was on the public’s mind. Chief Edward Tolan and Lt. John Kilbride spent two hours answering questions from a small group of residents and the Rev. …
Quattrucci's Variety was in business for more than 30 years at 164 Veranda St. in Portland. The Otherside Delicatessen is scheduled to replace it at the end of the month.

Veteran Portland chef to open neighborhood market in former variety store space

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Jan. 20, 2015, at 11:12 a.m.
A neighborhood food landmark is gone, but in its place will be a new project by a rising star in the city’s restaurant galaxy. Quattrucci’s Variety at 164 Veranda St. was a neighborhood staple for more than three decades. The store closed without fanfare late last year, …

Slick roads lead to multiple York County crashes

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 20, 2015, at 8:34 a.m.
Icy road conditions kept York County sheriff’s deputies busy on Monday, as three crashes were reported within a few hours, according to Chief Deputy William King. None of the crashes involved serious injury, King said. The first accident was reported at 5:40 a.m. when Michael Linteau, 27, of Waterboro lost …

Cape Elizabeth school superintendent finalist for Massachusetts job

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Jan. 19, 2015, at 4:18 p.m.
Superintendent of Schools Meredith Nadeau is one of three finalists for the school chief job in Weston, Massachusetts. Nadeau on Thursday toured the district and spent the day meeting parents, community members, students and faculty. The day ended with an interview with the Weston School Committee. …

Portland homicide victim may have been trying to keep the peace when he was shot, court documents reveal

By David Harry on Jan. 19, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
Richard Lobor, who was killed Nov. 21, 2014, in an apartment on Brighton Avenue, may have been acting as a peacekeeper during a dispute, according to a police affidavit filed in the Cumberland County Unified Criminal Docket. The affidavit was released Jan. 15, after the initial court …
Teacher Abby Snyder speaks about the tutoring program for patients at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center on Monday in Portland. Snyder works in a hospital classroom or in patients' rooms.

Portland hospital will keep in-house classroom for ailing children thanks to endowment

By David Harry on Jan. 19, 2015, at 3:23 p.m.
The classroom on the sixth floor corner in the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center is cramped and caters to students learning everything from the basics of reading to trigonometry. And now it may be fully funded and supplied, with the Jan. 15 launch of …

Portland Phoenix to buy, shut down Dig Portland to end newspaper rivalry

By Seth Koenig on Jan. 19, 2015, at 1:13 p.m.
In the latest twist in what has been a short — but heated — rivalry between two alternative weekly newspapers in Maine’s largest city, the Portland Phoenix has purchased and discontinued Dig Portland. Officials with the two newspapers announced the deal jointly about midday Monday. “It was …
Rep. Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, speaks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Times Warner Cable Arena on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

At Portland MLK event, Barney Frank criticizes GOP ‘assault’ on voting rights, protesters who don’t vote

By Seth Koenig on Jan. 19, 2015, at 12:55 p.m.
Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank told an audience of nearly 500 people in Portland on Monday that refusing to vote insults the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Portland branch of the NAACP held its 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast at the …

Freeport fire chief serves two-day suspension for ‘appearance of a conflict of interest’

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 19, 2015, at 12:06 p.m.
Freeport Fire Chief Darrel Fournier served a two-day unpaid suspension Thursday and Friday, after Town Manager Peter Joseph determined Fournier’s previous part-time employment by a fire damage restoration company could have created “the appearance of a conflict of interest.” Fournier, who has been Freeport’s fire chief for …

Icy roads cause accidents, including six-car crash in Gorham

By CBS 13 on Jan. 18, 2015, at 9:22 p.m.
First responders throughout southern Maine were busy responding to numerous vehicle crashes Sunday afternoon. Freezing rain led to slick conditions quickly, according to Gorham police Sgt. Daniel Young. “It was probably within a matter of 15 to 20 minutes, maybe a half an hour, that we started seeing the roads …

Maine native, army veteran remembered for service, role with first moon landing

By Paige Jones, The Frederick News-Post on Jan. 18, 2015, at 4:12 p.m.
Lewis Walton’s years serving in the military sent him around the globe from Georgia to Germany and allowed him to play a role in the historic landing of the first man on the moon. As a member of a communications support team stationed in Germany, Walton facilitated the communication channels …
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