Augusta police probing Cony High School bomb threat

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 02, 2015, at 11:37 a.m.
Police are investigating a bomb threat at Cony High School, according to an Augusta police dispatcher. The high school was evacuated shortly after 11 a.m. when suspicious writing was found on a bathroom wall, according to Augusta police. All students were sent to the Augusta Civic Center, …

Progress slow as lawmakers face deadlines on state budget negotiations

By Mario Moretto on May 31, 2015, at 8:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Republicans and Democrats on the Legislature’s budget committee made incremental progress toward a deal over the weekend but as of late Sunday evening had yet to advance most of the mammoth budget bill provisions to votes. Lawmakers, lobbyists and reporters spent most of Friday night, Saturday and …

Man pleads not guilty to $80,000 bank fraud

By Judy Harrison on May 29, 2015, at 6:18 p.m.
PORTLAND | A former Richmond man pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to committing bank fraud in 2008 when he was president of an investment firm. Howard Hoffman, 52, who now lives in Moorpark, California, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, appeared by video conference from …

Driver charged after U-turn causes of Route 3 accident

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 28, 2015, at 9:20 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A semi truck making a U-turn in the middle of the Calumet Bridge on Route 3 caused two other vehicles to crash into each other early Thursday, police said. The truck was traveling west on Route 3 when it made the U-turn at the end of the …

Police: $15,000 stolen from Augusta Elks Lodge

By CBS 13 on May 27, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Augusta police are trying to find whoever broke into the Elks Lodge and stole thousands of dollars in cash. The crime happened early Tuesday morning. In addition to $5,000 worth of vandalism, police say $15,000 was stolen. Police say the $15,000 stolen was money the lodge was …

Augusta man, Chelsea woman accused of robbery, assault indicted

By Dawn Gagnon on May 26, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
A man from Augusta and a woman from Chelsea accused of a 2014 robbery in Augusta are among 19 people indicted Friday by the Kennebec County grand jury. Corey J. Dionne, 25, and Sara R. Negrete, 32, were indicted on charges of robbery, aggravated assault and theft …

Waldoboro motorcyclist badly hurt in I-95 crash

By Abigail Curtis on May 24, 2015, at 10:44 p.m.
SIDNEY | A motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries Sunday afternoon and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by helicopter for treatment after a crash on Interstate 95. Michael Tracy, 59, of Waldoboro may have suffered a medical problem at about 5:30 p.m. as he was traveling south …
Rep. Michelle Dunphy, D-Old Town (right), and Rep. Russell Black, R-Wilton, as seen on May 21.

Is a stagnant Maine Legislature turning into Congress Jr.?

By Christopher Cousins on May 24, 2015, at 5:43 a.m.
AUGUSTA | With less than a month until adjournment, “divided reports” has become the theme for the first session of the 127th Legislature. By the time the final gavel drops, that theme may have morphed to “the session of no progress.” “Divided reports” is a term that means little …
Corey Arsenault enjoys a cigarette during his smoke break Thursday in Bangor.

Health groups fear lawmakers may shift Maine’s anti-smoking stance

By Mario Moretto on May 21, 2015, at 7:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Health advocates say that if lawmakers aren’t careful, they could undo decades of successful anti-tobacco policy. Elements of Gov. Paul LePage’s budget and several bills in the Legislature could each push Maine toward a backslide, they said during a news conference Thursday. “For over 25 years, we …
Oxford Street Shelter awaits the night's occupants as Portland Democrats and social services leaders said that a recent state audit claiming the city mismanagement of its General Assistance program is part of a “coordinated attack” by Gov. Paul LePage's administration at a press conference on Friday, Feb. 27, outside the Portland shelter.

Maine Senate approves 9-month limit for General Assistance

By Mario Moretto on May 21, 2015, at 1:18 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Senate on Thursday approved a bill to impose for the first time a cap on the number of months a person can receive aid through the General Assistance program. LD 1035, by Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, would limit recipients to nine months of assistance in …

Maine EMS awards given during National EMS Week

on May 20, 2015, at 4:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine EMS Awards were distributed during a ceremony held Monday, May 18, at the Hall of Flags in the Statehouse, at the beginning of National EMS Week. A wreath laying ceremony at the Maine EMS Memorial and Education Site, located beside the Law Enforcement Memorial on State Street. The …

Augusta pharmacy robber gets seven years behind bars

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 20, 2015, at 1:40 p.m.
BANGOR | A Sidney man will spend the next seven years behind bars for a September 2014 pharmacy robbery in Augusta, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Wednesday. Dominic Pomerleau, 22, will also serve three years of supervised release once he completes his prison term. He was sentenced in U.S. …
The collection of weapons that police found on Monday at a Leeds man's home, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Police: Arsenal of guns found with felon in Leeds after he shot at a rat

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 19, 2015, at 5:43 p.m.
When officers arrived at 54 Fish St. on Monday to investigate reports of gunfire, they learned the man who lives there is a convicted felon and not allowed to possess guns, according to police. Guy Schultz, 43, was arrested Monday “after he fired a gun close to …

Three arrested in connection with burglary of trooper’s garage

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 19, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
WEST GARDINER | Two men and a woman have been arrested in connection with the burglary of a state trooper’s West Gardiner garage, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Arrested were Dustin Woodworth, 29, of Augusta, Ian Watson, 27, of Farmingdale and Sarah Giampetro, 25, of …
The Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media offices in One City Center in Portland.

Maine Today Media lays off 5, union leader frets more to come

By Tom Porter, MPBN News on May 19, 2015, at 12:22 p.m.
PORTLAND | Union officials representing some employees at MaineToday Media — publisher of the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, the Morning Sentinel and Coastal Journal — have voiced their concern over the impending sale of the organization. Journalist Tom Bell is president of the News Guild of Maine — …
Rebecca Wyke

UMaine System passes $518 million budget, prepares for structure, oversight changes

By Nick McCrea on May 18, 2015, at 2:54 p.m.
BANGOR | University of Maine System trustees approved a nearly $518 million budget on Monday morning, but had to balance it by dipping into reserves to the tune of $7 million in spite of recent cuts across the system. The budget also holds in-state tuition steady for the fourth …
Canna Care Docs of Bangor, which opened its doors in April at 96   Harlow St., can be seen on Friday.

Walk-in medical marijuana certification clinics now operating in Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 15, 2015, at 6:51 p.m.
BANGOR | A health care company that operates walk-in clinics in five states that specialize in qualifying people to use medical marijuana recently expanded into Maine, with locations in Bangor, Augusta, Biddeford, and a fourth planned for Auburn. “There is such a need in the state. There are very …

Leaked Republican tax plan falls short of LePage’s goal

By Scott Thistle on May 14, 2015, at 6:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage has promised he would campaign against any lawmakers that oppose his efforts to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the state’s income tax. But a tax reform plan being offered by LePage’s Republican allies in the State House falls far short of the governor’s proposal, setting …
Amtrak Conductor Peter McHugh stows the gangway as the 2:35 p.m. Downeaster to Boston leaves Portland Tuesday July 10, 2012.

Bangor passenger rail inches forward in Legislature

By Christopher Cousins on May 14, 2015, at 3:44 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bid to study what it would take to bring passenger train service back to Bangor took a step forward Thursday with a supportive vote in the state House of Representatives. But don’t start tooting horns yet. The bill still faces considerable challenges. The House voted 76-69 …

Frost advisory issued for parts of interior Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on May 13, 2015, at 6:20 p.m.
BANGOR | In the wake of a stretch of relatively warm weather, the National Weather Service on Wednesday issued overnight frost advisories for parts of interior Maine. In effect from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Thursday, a frost advisory issued by the weather service’s Caribou office applies to southern …
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