China man sentenced for role in accident that killed co-worker

By Abigail Curtis on April 17, 2015, at 1:36 p.m.
BELFAST | A central Maine man who was behind the wheel in January 2013 when his vehicle hit a tractor-trailer head on, killing his co-worker and leaving him a quadriplegic, was sentenced this week on the charge of motor vehicle violation resulting in death. Christian Arsenault, 25, of China …

Police seek man who assaulted university student in Farmington

By CBS 13 on April 16, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.
Police in Farmington are searching for a man who assaulted a student on the University of Maine campus. University of Maine Farmington police told our media partners at the Sun Journal the female student was walking past the education center when she was attacked early Sunday morning …
The Maine Warden Service is offering a $500 reward for information regarding the dumping of dirty adult diapers in the Farmington area.

Used adult diapers dumped in Farmington, wardens offer reward for information

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 16, 2015, at 1:57 p.m.
The Maine Warden Service is seeking the public’s help in finding the person or people responsible for dumping buckets filled with disposed adult diapers in the Farmington area. According to the warden service, several bright orange five-gallon buckets of waste have been found disposed of at multiple …

Dry weather could lead to fast-spreading fires, weather service warns

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 15, 2015, at 9:07 a.m.
GRAY | After a winter which seemingly did not want to end, the state is finally experiencing spring conditions. However, with dry weather comes the risk for fast-spreading fires, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service’s Gray forecast office has posted a red flag warning for southern …

Palermo man arrested in theft of guns from Eagle Lake

By Jen Lynds on April 14, 2015, at 6:37 p.m.
HOULTON | State police Tuesday arrested a Palermo man in connection with the theft of five firearms from a home in Eagle Lake. An Eagle Lake homeowner contacted the Maine State Police at about noon Tuesday after discovering that a building he owned had been broken into, according to …
Dennis Nile

Anson man accused of assaulting Somerset County deputy

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 13, 2015, at 1:59 p.m.
A Somerset County man who is familiar to county law enforcement was arrested Saturday night after allegedly assaulting a sheriff’s deputy, Chief Deputy James Ross said. Dennis Nile, 69, of Anson is facing charges of assault on a police officer, operating under the influence and violating his …

Dog rescued after she goes through ice on Kennebec River

By CBS 13 on April 11, 2015, at 1:15 p.m.
WINSLOW | A dog is recovering after it went into the Kennebec River Friday morning. The dog’s owner says she was walking her unleashed Irish setter in Winslow when it went after some ducks. The dog, whose name is Keeli, ended up in the water and couldn’t get back …
Birch Island in Lake St. George recently has been sold and renamed Hawaii 2. The 6-acre island was bought by the Chicago-based game company Cards Against Humanity, which is giving 1 square foot of the island to 250,000 people that purchased the company's seasonal mystery packages.

Cards Against Humanity’s breakup of Maine island stirs controversy

By Abigail Curtis on April 10, 2015, at 7:48 p.m.
LIBERTY | There’s trouble in paradise, or rather on the 6-acre Lake St. George island recently renamed Hawaii 2 by its new owners, Cards Against Humanity. The Chicago-based party game company purchased the former Birch Island last fall for $190,000 and promptly divvied it up in square-foot parcels to …
Richard Dysart at the 1988 Emmy Awards

Maine-raised actor Richard Dysart dies at 86; best known for ‘L.A. Law’ role

By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times on April 10, 2015, at 6:29 a.m.
Richard Dysart, an actor whose quiet air of authority helped him play presidents, generals, corporate executives and his best-known character, low-key senior partner Leland McKenzie of “L.A. Law,” has died. He was 86. Dysart’s death Sunday at his Santa Monica home was caused by cancer, said his wife Kathryn Jacobi …
Lubec Selectman Dan Wagner shoveled a path to a friend's house in February.

Mainers weary of ‘brutal’ winter conditions, but end is in sight

By Julia Bayly on April 09, 2015, at 1:34 p.m.
FORT KENT | As parts of Maine woke to more fresh snow or freezing rain Thursday morning, residents took to social media to post photos of the latest round of nasty weather and lament the lingering winter conditions. “When will it end?” and “make it stop” seemed to be …

Brothers Grimm musical mashup to be staged in Waterville

By Natalie Feulner on April 09, 2015, at 6:48 a.m.
What do Cinderella, Jack — of beanstalk fame — and a childless baker have in common? They are characters in the upcoming Waterville Opera House musical just for “grown ups,” featuring an all-Maine cast and two veteran opera house directors. “Into the Woods” is a musical that intertwines the plots …
Leanna Norris enters the courtroom on the first day of her murder trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor in October 2014.

Prosecution to recommend 45-year sentence for Maine mom who smothered toddler

By Judy Harrison on April 09, 2015, at 5:27 a.m.
BANGOR | A Maine woman who killed her 2½-year-old daughter nearly two years ago will be sentenced Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Leanna Norris, 25, of Auburn, formerly of Stetson, was convicted in December of murder after a jury-waived trial. The prosecution will recommend she spend 45 years …
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MDEA arrests Skowhegan woman accused of being leader of heroin ring

By Dawn Gagnon on April 08, 2015, at 8:12 p.m.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a Massachusetts man and a woman from Skowhegan on Tuesday as the result of a months-long investigation that led to to the seizure of a significant amount of heroin before it could be distributed in central Maine, according to authorities. Kirsten …
A city vehicle clears overnight snow in front of Hadlock Filed Thursday morning in Portland on the Sea Dog's baseball team's opening day.

Mixed bag of wintry weather still in store for Maine

By Julia Bayly on April 08, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
FORT KENT | It’s going to get a bit worse before it gets better, according to the National Weather Service. Two weather systems moving into the state starting Wednesday night were expected to bring everything from snow to the far north to rain in the south and low temperatures …

Waterville electrician fined for working without a license on marijuana-growing facility

By Judy Harrison on April 08, 2015, at 3:47 p.m.
GARDINER | A Waterville man has been ordered to pay penalties of $8,250 for electrical work he did last year for a marijuana-growing facility in a Fairfield strip mall, the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation said Wednesday. Craig Shores was found on March 20 by the Electricians’ …
Rep. Stanley Short, D-Pittsfield

Democratic representative from Pittsfield quits party

By Christopher Cousins on April 06, 2015, at 11:57 a.m.
AUGUSTA | State Rep. Stanley Short, D-Pittsfield, announced Monday that he has started the process of leaving the Democratic Party and becoming an unenrolled representative. Short told the Bangor Daily News that he notified House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, and House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, of his …
Firefighters respond March 2, 2014 to a blaze at Birdsacre on High Street in Ellsworth.

Convicted vandal arrested in Ellsworth bird sanctuary fire

By Bill Trotter on April 06, 2015, at 11:19 a.m.
A homeless man with an extensive criminal history is facing several felony charges in connection with a fire last year that badly damaged the Cordelia Stanwood homestead at the Birdsacre bird sanctuary. Charged in the fire, which also resulted in serious injuries to a firefighter who fell …
By midday Saturday, nearly 5 inches of snow had fallen in northern Maine. Residents around the area like BDN reporter Julia Bayly were faced with spending at least part of the Easter weekend clearing their driveways.

Snowfall accumulating in northern Maine

By Evan Belanger on April 04, 2015, at 12:22 p.m.
CARIBOU | The National Weather Service in Caribou has upgraded its winter weather advisory for portions of Aroostook and northern Penobscot counties to a winter storm warning. A forecaster reported early Saturday afternoon that about 3 to 4 inches of snow had accumulated north of a line between Millinocket …
James Senior turned himself in Wednesday afternoon at the Waterville police station and admitted to robbing the Rite Aid on Tuesday, according to an affidavit.

Waterville man admits to robbing Newport pharmacy, turns self in

By Judy Harrison on April 04, 2015, at 10:49 a.m.
BANGOR | The Waterville man accused of robbing a Newport pharmacy earlier this week made his first court appearance Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center on a robbery charge. James Senior, 39, turned himself in Wednesday afternoon at the Waterville police station and admitted to robbing the Rite Aid …
A pedestrian walks down Larkin Street in Bangor as another snowstorm hits the region on Feb. 2.

Snow, sleet, rain in forecast leading up to Easter Sunday

By Julia Bayly on April 03, 2015, at 3:34 p.m.
FORT KENT | The good news is the winter weather advisories and hazardous weather outlooks covering Maine will expire before any Easter egg hunts Sunday morning. The bad news is in some parts of the state people may have to dig through up to 8 inches of snow to …
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