David Alvarez

Man arrested in connection with robbery at Bangor Savings Bank in Waterville

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 28, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — A daylong manhunt for a bank robber Friday concluded with the arrest of a Thomaston man, according to police. David Alvarez, 28, is facing multiple charges in connection with the holdup of Bangor Savings Bank on Main Street, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said. The robbery, which …

Orono council and school board candidates night set Thursday

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 26, 2014, at 8:04 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Members of the public will have the chance to hear from candidates running for Town Council and the school board during a forum 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Town Council incumbents Geoffrey Gordon and Cynthia Mehnert are running against residents Daniel Robert LaPointe and Derrick Slopey for two open …
Heywood Kennel Dog Sled Adventures in Augusta on Feb. 24, 2014.

Augusta kennel offers lessons in dog sledding

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 26, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
“Gee” means turn right, “haw” means turn left, and “woah” means stop — in dog sledding language, that is. These commands are just a few of the things I learned during my visit at Heywood Kennel Sled Dog Adventures at 25 Church Hill Road in Augusta. The kennel gives educational …

Sanford man indicted on charges connected to thousands of child porn images, videos

By Kimberley Haas, Foster's Daily Democrat on Feb. 26, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
DOVER, N.H. — A longtime Liberty Mutual employee with eight home-schooled children was indicted on 52 charges of child pornography possession at Strafford County Superior Court this month. David Polley, 53, of Sanford, Maine, allegedly had 3,093 child pornographic images and 1,185 movie files on eight thumb drives, two Zip …

Calais-Orono girls summary

on Feb. 22, 2014, at 10:43 p.m.
CALAIS 49, ORONO 30 Orono (19-2) Sypher 0-4 0-0 0, Smith 1-4 4-7 6, Souza Cunha 1-1 0-0 2, Kass 1-12 2-4 5, Gonyar 1-4 0-0 2, Chasse 1-3 0-2 2, White 0-1 0-0 0, Dill 0-1 0-0 0, Hernandez 0-0 0-0 0, Richards 0-0 0-0 0, Honey 1-1 0-0 …

Hodgdon-Southern Aroostook boys summary

on Feb. 22, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
HODGDON 49, SO. AROOSTOOK 37 Southern Aroostook (15-7) Landry 7-13 3-4 18, Mathers 3-10 0-1 7, McGary 0-0 0-0 0, Lassonde 0-3 2-4 2, Altvater 2-2 5-6 9, Cullinan 0-1 1-2 1, White 0-0 0-0 0, Burpee 0-1 0-0 0, Bivighouse 0-3 0-0 0, Buckley 0-0 0-0 0, Nelson 0-0 …

Office manager asks to join lawsuit against CDC alleging document shredding

By Lindsay Tice on Feb. 21, 2014, at 6:55 p.m.
A CDC office manager wants to join the whistle-blower lawsuit filed by a former Maine CDC division director. And the suit plans to accuse additional CDC officials — deputy director Christine Zukas and Office of Minority Health and Health Equity director Lisa Sockabasin — of rights violations. In a motion …

Hyde battles past North Haven in West Class D semifinal

on Feb. 19, 2014, at 9:48 p.m.
AUGUSTA — Warsame Mohamed scored 23 points to power No. 2 Hyde by No. 6 North Haven 49-39 in West Class D boys basketball semifinal at the Augusta Civic Center Wednesday over No. 6 North Haven. North Haven finished with an 18-2 record after advancing to the semifinal after recording …

Caribou-Hermon boys summary

By Pete Warner on Feb. 19, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
CARIBOU 58, HERMON 39 Hermon (12-9) Beaton 1-2 7-8 9, Thayer 9-24 6-7 26, Kelly 0-0 0-0 0, Plummer 2-5 0-0 4, Verrill 0-0 0-0 0, Bennett 0-0 0-0 0, Kipler 0-0 0-0 0, Feeney 0-2 0-2 0, Marseille 0-0 0-0 0, Putnam 0-0 0-0 0, Hawes 0-0 0-0 0; …
Emily and Jared Duggan are siblings who, while enrolled at the University of Maine, are volunteering in the Black Bear Mentor program.

Siblings work with local youth in Black Bear Mentor Program

on Feb. 18, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
Every Monday afternoon Jared Duggan, an accounting major at the University of Maine, heads to Leonard Middle School in Old Town to meet one of his close friends — a sixth-grader named Matt. When Jared arrives, the two head outside to play basketball, even though it’s winter. It’s the pair’s …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud

With help from Mike Michaud, industry-backed group tries to slow government’s move away from paper

By Lisa Rein, The Washington Post on Feb. 17, 2014, at 6:29 a.m.
WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration pushes to do more business over the Internet, finally seeking to close the technology gap with the private sector, the digital makeover is running into a dogged opponent called Consumers for Paper Options. The group is working the halls of Congress in closed-door meetings, …

UMaine baseball team braves storm, opens season at Miami

on Feb. 13, 2014, at 7:01 p.m.
MAINE vs. No. 13 MIAMI Time, site: Friday, Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon, Mark Light Field, Coral Gables, Fla. Records (2013): Maine 37-22, Miami 37-25 Series, last meeting: Miami leads 61-12, Miami 6-2 on 3/5/13 Key players (2013 statistics): Maine — SS Troy Black (.363, 1 home run, 24 runs …
Maine at War
Launched at Boston in November 1861, the USS Housatonic was a 1,240-ton steam sloop assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in mid-September 1862. Sailor John K. Crosby of Orland was assigned to the ship.

Confederate torpedoes ‘stalked’ Orland sailor John Crosby

By Brian Swartz, Special to the BDN on Feb. 11, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.
To paraphrase Psalm 107, Orland sailor John K. Crosby literally “went down [in]to the sea in ships” twice, but Confederate subs and torpedoes could not keep this “old salt” sunk for long. Born in Cutler on May 9, 1831, Crosby arrived in Orland with his family nine years later. He …
The 30,000-square-foot Brewer Public Safety Building that Nickerson & O’Day finished in 2008 houses the city police and fire departments on Parkway South.

Brewer construction firm has built many local projects

By Michelle Troutman, Special to The Weekly on Feb. 11, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
BREWER — Nickerson & O’Day has done many projects in the greater Bangor area, from the new Bangor Police Department to Hermon High School to projects at Bangor International Airport and the University of Maine in Orono. In 2012, under a $33 million contract, Nickerson & O’Day finished the 108,000-square-foot …
Ryan Priest (left) of Dennysville and Charles Sinclair of Charlotte (right) sort scallops aboard the Drusilla L. in December.

State closes Cobscook Bay, other scallop fishing areas

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 08, 2014, at 7:27 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — In an emergency measure, officials have closed down all of Cobscook Bay and the Saint Croix River to scallop fishing for the rest of the season, as well as five other smaller areas spread out along the coast. Maine Department of Marine Resources also has decided to …
Winner Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway celebrates during the flower ceremony for the men's biathlon 10 km sprint event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor on Saturday.

Norwegian upsets top guns in Olympic 10km biathlon; Maine native Currier finishes 61st

By Julien Pretot, Reuters on Feb. 08, 2014, at 12:02 p.m.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia — After almost two years without an individual win, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen stamped his authority on the Olympics on Saturday, claiming a record-equalling 12th medal by winning the biathlon sprint. After a 10 km effort punctuated with two shooting sessions, the 40-year-old Norwegian matched compatriot Bjorn Daehlie’s …
Universal Knowledge Allah, 36, is seen in an undated booking photo released Friday by the Milwaukee Sheriff's Office in Milwaukee, Wis.  Allah and Salah Jones, 41, have been charged with stealing a rare Stradivarius violin worth millions of dollars from a concert violinist in late January, prosecutors said on Friday.

Two men charged in Wisconsin theft of Stradivarius violin

By Brendan O'Brien, Reuters on Feb. 07, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
MILWAUKEE — Two Wisconsin men were charged Friday with stealing a rare Stradivarius violin worth millions of dollars from a concert violinist in late January, prosecutors said. The violin, which was made in 1715 and had an appraised value of $5 million for insurance purposes, was recovered late Wednesday from …
Liz Wood

Maine women’s basketball team rolls by Vermont for 12th win

on Feb. 05, 2014, at 9:50 p.m.
BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Maine Black Bears turned in a strong shooting effort and capitalized on turnovers en route to a 69-52 women’s basketball victory over the Vermont Catamounts in America East action Wednesday night. Maine improved to 12-11 overall and 6-4 in the league by nailing 53 percent of …

CVS Caremark to end all tobacco sales

By Noam N. Levey and Tiffany Hsu, Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT) on Feb. 05, 2014, at 9:09 a.m.
WASHINGTON — CVS Caremark, the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain, plans to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 retail stores by Oct. 1, a landmark decision that would make it the first national pharmacy company to cease tobacco sales. The move, which the company announced …

Report: Freeman’s deal may be for $125 million

By The Sports Xchange on Feb. 04, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms with first baseman Freddie Freeman on a contract extension, avoiding salary arbitration, and the deal could be for as much as eight years, $125 million, Fox Sports reported Tuesday. ESPN.com and CBSSports.com also confirmed the agreement. Just hours before Freeman’s deal, the Braves and …
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