Murderer found dead in prison, officials say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 05, 2015, at 6:44 p.m.
WARREN | A man serving time for murder and robbery died at Maine State Prison on Sunday, officials said. Willard Eastman, 63, had served approximately 21 years of a 50-year sentence. His death occurred at about 2:45 p.m. Per standard procedure, state police and the state medical examiner’s office …

Reports: Chesterville teen pulled from Rome pond dies

By Dawn Gagnon on July 03, 2015, at 8:16 p.m.
BANGOR | The Chesterville teen who was involved in a swimming accident Thursday afternoon on Great Pond in Rome has died, according to reports from several Maine media outlets. The teen’s name was not released by authorities Friday but he is said to be a 16-year-old Mount Blue High …
Two young men are sought by Maine State Police in connection with three Franklin County convenience store burglaries that happened late Tuesday night or early Thursday morning.

Police seek 2 suspects in convenience store break-ins

By Dawn Gagnon on July 01, 2015, at 7:10 p.m.
BANGOR | Maine State Police are seeking two young men they say committed burglaries at three convenience stores in Franklin County late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. The overnight break-ins occurred at Skoolhouse Variety on School Street in Weld, Our Family Variety in New Vineyard and My Dad’s …
Jeppie Phillips

Police: Prison inmate in Windham died of natural causes

By Beth Brogan on July 01, 2015, at 12:35 p.m.
A Lewiston man who died Monday at the Maine Correctional Center while serving a nine-month sentence for operating after habitual offender revocation died of natural causes, according to state police. Jeppie Phillips, 51, most recently of Lewiston, was found dead in his cell at about 2:30 a.m. …

Lewiston limits GA to current asylum seekers

By Darren Fishell on July 01, 2015, at 12:23 p.m.
The city of Lewiston voted Tuesday night to continue providing General Assistance funding to current recipients who came to the city seeking asylum from danger in a foreign country. The Sun Journal reported the City Council voted 6-1 to continue giving benefits those currently receiving aid while voting 4-3 to …

Boy, teen rescued from the Little Androscoggin River

By CBS 13 on July 01, 2015, at 6:40 a.m.
MECHANIC FALLS | A dramatic water rescue took place Tuesday afternoon in Mechanic Falls after a teen and a boy were stranded on some rocks in the fast-flowing Little Androscoggin River. The pair were stuck in the middle of fast-moving rapids for more than an hour after a dangerous …
The owners of Aurora Mills and Farms Sarah and Matt Williams grow and mill certified organic wheat for oats and flour in Linneus.

Boston University signs deal to serve organic Maine oats

By Kathleen Pierce on June 30, 2015, at 12:32 p.m.
PORTLAND | Aurora Mills and Farms in Linneus just signed a deal with Boston University to supply the school with Maine oats for the upcoming school year. It’s a big win for The County and the state’s burgeoning food economy. “It’s exciting that they are looking at local grains,” …
The Center Lovell Inn in Lovell.

State police: No laws broken in Center Lovell Inn essay contest

By Scott Malone, Reuters on June 30, 2015, at 9:01 a.m.
A Maine innkeeper broke no laws when she offered t o give away her historic hotel to the winner of an essay contest that charged a $125 entry fee, state police said on Tuesday after an investigation into the contest. The owner of the Center Lovell Inn …
Two men who robbed a 75-year-old Jay man were caught on the homeowner's game camera. Jay police are looking for the public's help in identifying the men.

Report: 75-year-old man woken, tied up, robbed by intruders

Bangor Daily News on June 29, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.
JAY | At least two people broke into a home late Sunday night and robbed a 75-year-old man of his collectible coins, wallet and cellphone, the Sun Journal reports. Jay police told the newspaper that two or possibly three people broke in through the front door to the house, …

Raymond man dies after falling into backyard fire pit

By Nick McCrea on June 28, 2015, at 9:51 p.m.
A local man died Sunday afternoon after suffering serious burns earlier in the weekend when he fell into a fire pit, according to the Maine fire marshal’s office. Timothy W. Small, 52, died Sunday evening in a Boston hospital where he was being treated for burns over …

Lewiston man drowns in Androscoggin River

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 19, 2015, at 3:18 p.m.
LISBON | A Lewiston man was found dead Thursday near the Worumbo Hydro Dam, according to a statement from Lisbon police. The body of Peter Bickford, 52, was found at 7:15 a.m. in the downstream fishway gates, according to the statement. Bickford had not been reported missing. Bickford’s death …

Man accused of eluding trooper, crashing motorcycle in chase that reached 131 mph

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 19, 2015, at 7:38 a.m.
AUBURN | A Minot man is facing multiple charges after allegedly eluding a state trooper who attempted to stop his motorcycle for speeding Thursday night, according to a state police statement. Blaine Rozanski, 21, was clocked traveling 71 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone on Perkin’s Ridge …
Elijah Akilo of African International Groceries and Export in Portland speaks during a press conference on June 15 in front of City Hall in Portland. Akilo said Gov. Paul LePage is playing politics with General Assistance in Portland.

Lawmakers from Maine’s largest cities oppose budget for scapegoating immigrants

By Scott Thistle on June 17, 2015, at 2:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A group of lawmakers from Maine’s largest cities banded together in opposition to a new two-year state budget that makes it easier for the state to deny financial help to asylum-seeking immigrants. During a series of floor speeches late Tuesday night, lawmakers from Bangor, Portland and Lewiston …
Lisa Frandsen of Lewiston discovered her house was listed for sale under a fake Craigslist ad after people kept looking around her property and peeping in her windows. She put this sign in front of her house to deter misled would-be buyers.

Fake Craigslist ad turns Lewiston woman’s dream home into nightmare

By CBS 13 on June 14, 2015, at 8:59 p.m.
Lisa Frandsen bought her house on May 15. Just a day or so after she moved in, she said she noticed something strange happening. “We noticed a lot of people driving by, a lot of traffic and they were slowing down, so I was looking out the …

Lewiston car dealer indicted on forgery charges

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 12, 2015, at 12:03 p.m.
A local car dealer was indicted on two felony charges this week after a month-long investigation by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, according to officials. Dan Pulkkinen, owner of U-Turn Auto Sales, is facing 15 counts of aggravated forgery and an aggravated theft charge, both Class B …

Death of woman found in Durham home under investigation

By CBS 13 on June 10, 2015, at 10:57 a.m.
The death of a 47-year-old woman in Durham is under investigation. Police say Sandra Corrigan of Whitefield was found dead at a friend’s house Monday. Officials say the 911 call was made for the man who lives in the home because he recently had heart surgery and …
Mohamed Mohamed and his wife Habibo Salat tend to a plot of broccoli Monday, June 1, in Pownal. The Lewiston couple, originally from Somalia, has been living in the United States since 2004, but this is their first year farming, thanks to the efforts of the Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine.

African immigrants feel ‘back at home’ at communal farm in Pownal

By Colin Ellis on June 08, 2015, at 2:43 p.m.
A new season, a new chapter, and new beginnings are taking root for an immigrant community and unused farmland.

Police: Man fails sobriety test, jumps back into car, flees, crashes

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 08, 2015, at 9:01 a.m.
CHESTERVILLE | A local man is facing multiple charges after leading police on a pursuit early Monday that landed him in the hospital. Dillian Burnham, 23, had been stopped for speeding by Franklin County sheriff’s deputy Andrew Morgan on the Ridge Road around 2 a.m. when the deputy determined …
HUD Secretary Julian Castro (center) and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (right) talk with New Beginnings alumnus Brittany Dixon on Friday at the Ann Geiger Center for New Beginnings in Lewiston.

Collins: Lewiston shelter helps homeless teens succeed

By Scott Thistle on June 06, 2015, at 1:02 p.m.
A Lewiston-based program that helps homeless young people get off the street, stay in school and reconnect with their families was in the spotlight Friday, thanks to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. Collins, along with a top official in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, Housing and Urban Development Secretary …
Lisbon Street, downtown Lewiston, Maine

Lewiston police looking to recruit Somali immigrants as diversity grows

By Scott Malone, Reuters on June 05, 2015, at 1:05 p.m.
From the Mogadishu market to the women in brightly colored veils walking their children to school, Maine’s second-largest city shows the signs of the growing Somali-American community that is making its mark on the former New England mill town. One place in Lewiston where that growing diversity …
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