Andrew Neff


The MV Harbour Feature has hit the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, and the bridge will be closed two to four weeks, officials said.

Maine-N.H. bridge repair estimate in works after ‘big hit’ from tanker

By Andrew Neff on April 03, 2013, at 8:55 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — There is no final estimate in yet for the repair work necessary to reopen the 73-year-old Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which spans the Piscataqua River and connects Kittery to Portsmouth. Some inspection and engineering analysis of the bridge, which was hit by an adrift, 473-foot, Portuguese-flagged tanker …
Garrett J. Brewer

Inmate dies at Maine Correctional Center in Windham

By Andrew Neff on April 03, 2013, at 5:21 p.m.
An Aroostook County man who was serving time at the Maine Correctional Center was found dead in the facility at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Department of Corrections confirmed the death of Garrett J. Brewer, 35, of Presque Isle. No details about how Brewer died were released. Both …

Lyman man gets 18½ years for distributing crack cocaine

By Andrew Neff on April 02, 2013, at 9:06 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Lyman man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 18½ years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal imposed the sentence on Kenneth Pelletier, 49, of Lyman after Pelletier entered …
The MV Harbour Feature has hit the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, and the bridge will be closed for two to four weeks, officials said.

Extensive damage from ship crash will close Maine-NH bridge for 2-4 weeks

By Andrew Neff on April 02, 2013, at 7:35 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Civil engineers have determined that the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic for two to four weeks after they performed a detailed examination of the damage caused Monday by an adrift, 473-foot tanker. Bill Boynton, New Hampshire Department of Transportation public information officer, …
Bangor High School sophomore Mary Butler won first place at the Maine State Science Fair. She won with her project of using cellulose nanofibers as filtration aid in a low cost water filtration system. The cellulose nanofibers were developed at the University of Maine, where Butler assisted in research involving this material.

Bangor High sophomore Mary Butler wins state science fair, trip to nationals in first try

By Andrew Neff on April 02, 2013, at 5:34 a.m.
It’s already been quite a spring for Bangor High School student Mary Butler. The sophomore didn’t think things could get much better after helping lead her Rams to an Eastern Maine Class A title and being named to the BDN All-Tournament Team. But they did, and this …

Hampden council revamps vehicle purchase policy, nixes budget resolution

By Andrew Neff on April 01, 2013, at 11:39 p.m.
The first item on Monday night’s Hampden Town Council agenda, a proposal to write and deliver a resolution against Gov. Paul LePage’s biennial state budget plan, took the most time to discuss, but in the end councilors voted unanimously to take no action on it. Or did …

Tanker crashes into Sarah Long Bridge, closes Route 1 bypass

By Andrew Neff on April 01, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A 473-foot cargo ship got loose from its moorings and slammed into the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge on Monday, causing unknown damage to both the bridge and ship, and shutting the bridge down for an undetermined time. “At 1:30 p.m. today a large ship came up the …

Frankfort residents approve proposal to join SAD 22

By Andrew Neff on March 29, 2013, at 9:15 p.m.
After a four-year effort, Frankfort voters approved a proposal Thursday to join SAD 22. The proposal was approved by two-thirds of the 240 voters who turned out at Frankfort Elementary School — which would be closed next year as a result of the school district switch. The …

Town Fair Tire to open Bangor store

By Andrew Neff on March 28, 2013, at 7:31 p.m.
Town Fair Tire, which calls itself the largest tire dealer in New England, is about to get larger with the addition of a shop in Bangor, it’s northernmost location. “This will be our sixth store in Maine and our 86th total in New England. We’re also opening …

Two men wound each other with knives outside Gardiner Hannaford

By Andrew Neff on March 28, 2013, at 6:04 p.m.
Two unidentified men were taken to area hospitals after their verbal altercation became physical and eventually led to them injuring each other with knives outside the Hannaford grocery store here Thursday afternoon. “From 3:15 to 3:30 p.m., we started receiving emergency calls from people outside in the …

Frankfort residents to vote on joining new school district

By Andrew Neff on March 27, 2013, at 10:38 p.m.
Residents of Frankfort will decide whether their town joins Hampden, Winterport and Newburgh as members of School Administrative District 20. Residents can vote at the Frankfort Elementary School on 48 Main Road South from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Last November, 74 percent of the residents …

Students, teachers warming up to new Hampden Academy after adjustments to heating system

By Andrew Neff on March 27, 2013, at 10:36 p.m.
Inconsistent heating problems at the new Hampden Academy seem to be a thing of the past now that adjustments have been made to the school’s cutting-edge geothermal heating and cooling system. “The recalibration needed on the heating system is almost 100 percent complete and effective now,” said …

Man charged after allegedly hitting ex-girlfriend during argument

By Andrew Neff on March 27, 2013, at 9:10 p.m.
BANGOR | A 28-year-old Bangor man was arrested and charged with domestic violence and obstructing the report of a crime after an argument with his ex-girlfriend outside a Pushaw Road residence early Wednesday morning. According to a preliminary police report filed by Bangor Officer Gary Decker, he and other …

Bangor woman with four outstanding arrest warrants turns herself in

By Andrew Neff on March 27, 2013, at 9:09 p.m.
A Bangor woman with four outstanding warrants turned herself in by walking into the Bangor police station at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The woman, Amanda Rounds, 25, had four arrest warrants — three in Penobscot County and one in Aroostook County, according to a report read by Bangor …
Garland Republican Rep. Frederick Ladd Wintle.

Former Maine state representative who brandished gun pleads guilty to reduced charge

By Andrew Neff on March 27, 2013, at 8:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A former Maine state representative who pointed a loaded gun at a stranger in a Waterville doughnut shop parking lot two years ago withdrew his guilty plea to felony criminal threatening and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on Tuesday, according to his attorney. Frederick Wintle — …

St. Joseph plans expansion, new building on Broadway

By Andrew Neff on March 26, 2013, at 9:26 p.m.
BANGOR | St. Joseph Healthcare is literally building on an increased demand for primary medical care with two separate expansion projects. One involves the demolition of an empty house used for storage and construction of a 39-space parking lot at 275 Center St. The other involves building a new …

3-year police project to boost school safety completed with help from $250,000 in federal funds

By Andrew Neff on March 26, 2013, at 8:46 p.m.
BANGOR | Three years and $250,000 in federal appropriations money later, a unique cooperative effort involving schools and law enforcement agencies in three counties has produced an unprecedented amount of data to better respond to school emergencies. A laborious process lasting nearly three years and involving police agency personnel …
Fryeburg Academy student Luke Spencer tries to keep several balloonsin the air while juggling them as part of a "pregame" warmup before the start of the Maine Junior Classical League's Certamen Latin competition at Hampden Academy on March 15. Spencer was one of about 150 students competing for individual and team honors at the second of three annual competitions that draw schools from all over the state. Nine schools were represented at the Certamen, which tests competitors breadth and command of Latin.

School clubs, competitions say reports of Latin’s demise exaggerated

By Andrew Neff on March 26, 2013, at 8:18 p.m.
HAMPDEN | While some people might consider Latin to be a dying language, a recent competition hosted by Hampden Academy showed it is very much alive in Maine. “We definitely prefer the term static language, as much as it’s not one of the more widely taught languages anymore, but …

Biddeford man gets six years in prison on child porn charge

By Andrew Neff on March 26, 2013, at 6:37 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Biddeford man was sentenced to six years in prison and five years of supervised release for possession of child pornography at U.S. District Court on Tuesday afternoon. U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen also ordered Paul Roussele, 46, who pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 23, …
Gloriana will play at 9 p.m. Thursday at Portland’'s Asylum nightclub on Center Street.

Revamped Gloriana to perform in Portland

By Andrew Neff on March 26, 2013, at 10:36 a.m.
Mike Gossin of country band Gloriana stopped to think a bit after being asked if it felt like his band was getting a second chance to debut. “It definitely feels like a continuation, but it also feels like a new variation,” said Gossin, vocalist and guitarist in …