Articles by The Forecaster


Portland man gets 25 years for molesting child

By The Forecaster on Sept. 18, 2015, at 2:06 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH | A Portland man who sexually molested an 8-year-old girl at a Route 1 motel in 2013 was sentenced Friday in Cumberland County Superior Court to 25 years in prison, according to a Police Department press release. Timothy M. Hunt, 30, of 991 Forest Ave., Portland, was convicted …

Topsham toasts Germany with Oktoberfest

By The Forecaster on Sept. 16, 2015, at 12:47 p.m.
German beers and games will be on tap when Oktoberfest Maine returns to the Topsham Fairgrounds Saturday, Sept. 19. The third annual event, presented by the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber, will run from noon-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person in advance, or $15 at the gate. …

Portland agency gets $1.7M to help homeless vets

By The Forecaster on Sept. 15, 2015, at 10:50 a.m.
Preble Street will get $1.7 million to serve homeless veterans in Maine, according to announcement by U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine. The grant comes from the Department of Veterans Affairs and will allow Preble Street to continue the Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families program, which …

Honeybee infestation discovered at Cape Elizabeth gun club

By The Forecaster on Sept. 09, 2015, at 4:31 p.m.
Cape Elizabeth’s Spurwink Rod & Gun Club on Tuesday discovered a nest of honey bees on the club building.

2 Portland schools get new administrators

By The Forecaster on Aug. 21, 2015, at 8:44 a.m.
The School Board unanimously appointed an interim principal at King Middle School. Kathleen Bouchard will return to the school for one year following the Aug. 18 decision. Bouchard, a former assistant principal at King, replaces Mike McCarthy, who retired after nearly 30 years. Bouchard began working for …

Scarborough police ID man who drowned at Pine Point Beach

By The Forecaster on Aug. 10, 2015, at 12:44 p.m.
A man who drowned Saturday off Pine Point Beach was identified Monday as Scott Ducott, 56, of Scarborough. Police said dispatchers received an emergency call at approximately noon Saturday, Aug. 8, reporting that Ducott was swimming and had gone underwater near the jetty. He was brought ashore …
Bath Iron Works' largest crane towers over the shipyard in Bath in this May 13, 2015, file photo.

Group of BIW employees shares $3 million lottery prize

By The Forecaster on Aug. 07, 2015, at 3:12 p.m.
BATH | A crew of Bath Iron Works employees won $3 million in the Maine Lottery’s Mega Millions game. After playing Powerball for years, “Harding’s Maintenance Crew,” as the group calls itself, in July tried its hand at the Mega Millions game, according to a Maine Lottery press release. …

Portland man convicted of sexually assaulting girl in Scarborough

By The Forecaster on July 31, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
A Portland man was found guilty Thursday of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in 2013. Timothy M. Hunt, 29, was convicted on six counts of gross sexual assault and six counts of unlawful sexual touching, according to a press release from the Scarborough Police Department. The conviction …

Motorcycle speed, alcohol suspected in South Portland woman’s death

By The Forecaster on July 30, 2015, at 11:19 a.m.
A city woman who died Saturday, July 25, in a motorcycle crash in Westbrook was not wearing a helmet. It is believed that speed and alcohol were factors in the accident, Capt. Sean Lally of the Westbrook Police Department said Thursday morning. Jennifer Lavigne, 35, was …

Portland programs get federal HUD grant

By The Forecaster on July 27, 2015, at 10:40 a.m.
Federal grants totaling $2.78 million will be used to fund low-income city housing programs, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced July 23. The grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development include $1.8 million in Community Development Block Grants, $821,000 for the HOME …

Contractor causes Falmouth natural gas leak

By The Forecaster on July 16, 2015, at 11:29 a.m.
A gas leak on Route 1 resulted in a few homes and businesses being evacuated. The leak near the intersection of Route 1 and Route 88 was reported around 8:30 p.m. on July 14, and was caused when a one-inch line was accidentally cut by a contractor, …

Portland man charged in 2012 pharmacy burglary

By The Forecaster on Dec. 27, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
YARMOUTH — A Portland man was charged Tuesday with committing a 2012 burglary of the pharmacy at the Hannaford Bros. store on U.S. Route 1. Police Lt. Dean Perry said Charles B. Gardner, 33, whose address was not disclosed, was charged with three Class C felonies, theft, burglary and aggravated …
Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick.

Democrat Stan Gerzofsky beats back challengers in Senate District 24

By The Forecaster on Nov. 05, 2014, at 5:23 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Long-time state legislator Stan Gerzofsky won another term to the Maine Senate Tuesday in a three-way race to represent District 24 Gerzofsky, a Democrat, won 48 percent of the vote, beating back challenges from Republican Jennifer Johnson and Green Independent Fred Horch. According to unofficial results released …

Falmouth punts plan to charge students to attend high school sporting events

By The Forecaster on Sept. 16, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
After considering charging students $1 to see high school athletic events, the Falmouth school system’s athletic department decided to stay the course and let students in for free. Students will still be able to use their IDs to gain free admission. The fees would have applied to …

Woman, 19, indicted for arson for Portland hotel fire allegedly caused by remote control in microwave

By The Forecaster on Sept. 16, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
A 19-year-old woman is the second person indicted for arson from a Dec. 14, 2013, fire at the Hampton Inn at 209 Fore St. Olivia Richards, formerly of Cumberland Avenue, faces a Class A arson charge after a Cumberland County grand jury handed up an indictment on …
Portland City Councilor Cheryl Leeman listens to local restauranteur and President of the Downtown District, Doug Fuss, speak during the public comment period regarding a new food truck ordinance Monday night July 16, 2012.

Former Portland mayor, veteran city councilor won’t seek re-election

By The Forecaster on June 24, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
Two-time mayor, longtime city councilor and former school committee member Cheryl Leeman announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election to Portland City Council this fall. “Although I have enjoyed my work on the City Council, I am calling it quits,” Leeman said in a release. “I plan …

Falmouth woman linked to crime spree in Portland and western Maine indicted on 6 counts

By The Forecaster on May 13, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
A Cumberland County grand jury this month handed up six indictments against a Falmouth woman accused of dozens of crimes in greater Portland and western Maine. Holly L. Doherty, 47, of Jensen Way, Falmouth, was arrested at Sunday River Ski Resort in Bethel in February for allegedly …

Portland man indicted on charges that he forced a 16-year-old into prostitution

By The Forecaster on April 21, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.
A Portland man faces six charges related to sex trafficking of a minor after his April 11 indictment by a Cumberland County grand jury. Alexander Mitchell, 20, whose last known address in court records was 343 Cumberland Ave., was indicted on three counts of Class B aggravated …
Park'N Jet, which opened last month on Westbrook Street near the Portland International Jetport, provides valet parking and extras like oil changes.

Portland park-and-fly business will wash your car, get it inspected while you fly

By Brendan Twist, The Forecaster on Dec. 19, 2013, at 8:04 a.m.
When Tom Toye opened Thrifty Car Rental and Thrifty Airport Parking at the Portland International Jetport in 1970, he had a few acres of land, a small handful of cars, and a novel idea: offer valet parking to airport commuters. “I’m not sure people really understood what …

Portland public hearing on marijuana legalization set

By The Forecaster on June 19, 2013, at 7:23 a.m.
The city is a step closer to legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, after the City Council voted unanimously Monday to hold a public hearing on the matter. The July 15 hearing will be held in response to a citizen-proposed ordinance that would allow adults to possess …