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Stacey Pingree of Poland runs electricity underground in August 2014 at Simard-Payne Memorial Park while getting the grounds ready for the Great Falls Balloon Festival. Pingree works for Harold Brooks Construction. The power cords were stored in a trailer that was burglarized. Festival organizers estimate $40,000 to $50,000 worth of copper power cords were stolen.

$40,000 worth of copper power cords stolen from balloon festival trailer

By Sun Journal on April 10, 2015, at 9:28 a.m.
AUBURN | Organizers of the annual Great Falls Balloon Festival announced Friday morning they had discovered that a storage trailer used to store festival property had been burglarized. The copper power cords used to electrify the field at Simard-Payne Memorial Park were stolen, according to a written statement from …

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Lewiston

By Sun Journal on March 07, 2015, at 1:24 p.m.
A local man was hospitalized Friday night after he was struck by a car while walking on Lisbon Street. Click on link to access the full story:
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew (left) and Dr. Sheila Pinette speak at a press conference in Bangor in this October 2014 file photo. Mayhew announced Tuesday that Pinette will become the chief health officer for DHHS.

DHHS commissioner replaces, reassigns Maine CDC director

By Staff Report, Sun Journal on Feb. 24, 2015, at 4 p.m.
Sheila Pinette is no longer head of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. However, even without managing the department, it appears she will still be responsible for a number of the public health-related duties she had at the CDC. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, which …
Cars cautiously go through the intersection of Pine and Bates streets after a power outage shut down traffic lights across Lewiston.

Three-quarters of Lewiston loses power after squirrel gets into substation

By Sun Journal on Oct. 30, 2014, at 2:19 p.m.
The city reported that three-quarters of Lewiston lost its electricity supply midday Thursday. Central Maine Power reports that a squirrel got into a substation. They are working to restore power to more than 6,200 customers. Lewiston School Superintendent Bill Webster says Longley, Farwell, Montello and Lewiston High …

Mechanic Falls woman killed by tractor-trailer in Auburn Walmart parking lot

By Sun Journal on Oct. 23, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
A 33-year-old Mechanic Falls woman was killed when a tractor-trailer truck struck her in the parking lot of Walmart on Mount Auburn Avenue early Thursday morning. Kassandra Lavoie died at the scene, according to local police. Lavoie had been a suspect in a Lewiston theft case investigated …
Sen. Susan Collins

Collins’ re-election campaign kicks off with 3-day bus tour of Maine

By Staff Report, Sun Journal on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.
BANGOR | U.S. Sen. Susan Collins hits the road this week on a three-day bus tour of the state as part of her re-election campaign. Collins, a Republican, is running for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate against Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows, the former executive director of the …

Girl dies from Minot swimming pool accident

By Sun Journal on July 21, 2014, at 12:10 p.m.
MINOT — A 5-year-old girl found at the bottom of a pool Thursday night died over the weekend, according to police. Lt. Glenn Holt at the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office said Abigail Rodrigue passed away on Saturday. Read full story here:
A Maine State Police officer takes photographs of a mini van involved in a two car, head-on collision on Route 202 in North Monmouth late Friday morning. The female driver was taken to Central Maine Medical Center with serious injuries.

One killed, one seriously injured in Monmouth crash

By Sun Journal on June 27, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.
A man was killed in a two-car crash just before 11 a.m. Friday on Route 202, according to Monmouth police. A woman was taken to Central Maine Medical Center with serious injuries. According to Officer Dana Wessling, a Lincoln heading north on Route 202 toward Winthrop crashed …

Town manager gets temporary protection order against resident

By Sun Journal on May 31, 2014, at 6:33 a.m.
NEW GLOUCESTER | The town manager has taken out a temporary protection from harassment order against a resident accused of threatening to kill town officials. Town Manager Paul First received the temporary order from the Cumberland County District Court on Friday against Frank Staton Jr. It covers all town …
Local and state police and DEA agents were at an apartment complex on the corner of Maple and Knox streets in Lewiston on Thursday morning during a series of crack cocaine and heroin arrests across the Twin Cities, the culmination of a months-long federal investigation.

Lewiston-Auburn drug sweep nets a dozen arrests Thursday morning

By Sun Journal on May 22, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
Federal, state and city law enforcement agents were initiating a series of crack cocaine and heroin arrests across the Twin Cities on Thursday morning, the culmination of a months-long federal investigation. Lewiston Police Chief Michael Bussiere said more than 60 officers from multiple local, state and federal …

Individual Maine welfare fraud cases closed in 2013

By Sun Journal on March 02, 2014, at 6:09 a.m.
1. Lori Boutot (Kennebec County) stole $80,752 in TANF and food stamp benefits by lying about where she was working, where she was volunteering, where she was going to school, where she was living and who was baby-sitting her children. She was sentenced to five years, with all but 20 …
Gov. Paul LePage

Federal probe finds LePage’s actions created ‘pressure to be more sympathetic to employers’

By Sun Journal on Feb. 27, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A federal investigation found that Maine’s governor and Department of Labor officials intervened in unemployment hearings in a way that could damage the fair hearings process. The investigation report released Thursday concluded that the administration acted with “what could be perceived as a bias toward employers” and …

‘It’s never been just about the beer for us here’ — Baxter Brewing to hold adventure races

By Sun Journal on Feb. 21, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
LEWISTON | A local brewery has formed a company that it hopes will encourage the community to be active and enjoy the outdoors. Baxter Outdoors, a subsidiary of Baxter Brewing, is planning adventure races and outdoor excursions throughout New England. They promise to hold competitions based on skills such …

Legislative watchdog panel will subpoena Maine CDC officials in document-shredding case

By Sun Journal on Feb. 21, 2014, at 11:53 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Lawmakers on the Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously Friday to subpoena officials at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to appear before the committee. The Government Oversight Committee had invited five CDC officials to provide information Friday about the destruction of public records. The five …
Lewiston police officer Nicholas Meserve keeps an eye out for a robbery suspect at the corner of Knox and Birch streets in Lewiston as fellow officer Craig Johnson, background, talks to an LA Cab driver Saturday afternoon.

Police seek robbery suspect in Lewiston

By Sun Journal on Jan. 19, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.
Police were looking for a woman Saturday who allegedly held up a City Cab driver, showed a gun and fled on foot after getting a small amount of money. Sgt. Dan LaChance said the woman was described as white and was last seen wearing black pants and …
A Lewiston police officer draws his weapon as another police officer knocks on the door of an apartment on Cole Street in Lewiston on Monday morning. Officers evacuated the apartments on either side of apartment 15-2 before entering. No suspects were found in the apartment.

Lewiston police search for suspect in reported shooting

By Sun Journal on Jan. 13, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
A reported shooting shut down the neighborhood around Rideout Avenue and Hillside Lane on Monday morning. Neighbors said a disturbance involving two men occurred in a parking lot behind Building Number 5 of the Hillview Apartments. Neighbors said police responded just after 7 a.m., searching several units …

Auburn boxer, son of boxing champ Gamache fined for drug possession

By Sun Journal on Jan. 08, 2014, at 7:08 a.m.
A local boxer pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge Monday. Steven Gamache, 30, of 1660 Riverside Drive was fined $400 in Androscoggin County Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, a Class D crime, punishable by up to 364 days in …

Report: Maine CDC supervisors ordered staff to destroy documents

By Sun Journal on Dec. 12, 2013, at 12:08 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A state investigation has concluded that Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention staff were ordered by their supervisors to destroy documents related to the redistribution of healthy community coalition state funding last year. In June 2012, over a two-week period after the state budget was enacted, …

Lewiston lawyer suspended, ordered to address addiction

Sun Journal on Dec. 05, 2013, at 9:33 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A Lewiston lawyer has been suspended from practice because of his substance abuse problems, according to information released Thursday by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. William B. Cote, 58, was temporarily suspended Tuesday, according to the organization that governs the conduct of lawyers licensed …
Tara Chase

New Gloucester woman, 20, killed in Auburn crash

By Sun Journal on Dec. 02, 2013, at 1:18 p.m.
A 20-year-old New Gloucester woman was killed on Riverside Drive on Monday morning when her car skidded into the path of an oncoming car, police said. Tara Chase, a 2011 Lewiston High School graduate, died instantly at the scene of the crash, which occurred on Route 136 …
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