Fire destroys Readfield mobile home

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 23, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.
A mobile home on Butman Boulevard was destroyed by a fire on Monday morning, according to Readfield Fire Chief Lee Mank. Mank said the blaze broke out shortly after 11 a.m., and the lone occupant of the home and his dog managed to get out safely. Mank …
Christopher Knight

North Pond Hermit graduates from court program, starts probation

By Judy Harrison on March 23, 2015, at 1:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The man known as the North Pond Hermit, who admitted to committing more than 1,000 burglaries over the course of the 27 years he spent living in the Maine woods, graduated Monday from the Co-Occurring Disorders Court, according to the Kennebec County district attorney. Christopher Knight, 48, …

Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County dinner and auctions

Bangor Daily News on March 23, 2015, at 12:59 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County will hold its annual dinner and auctions beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at T&B’s Celebration Center, 414 Madison Ave. There will be a buffet dinner and dessert table, a live auction with auctioneer Charles Robbins, and a silent auction. A …
Christopher Wallace

Snapchat leads Somerset County sheriff’s deputies to wanted man

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 23, 2015, at 12:26 p.m.
FAIRFIELD | A man Somerset County sheriff’s deputies had been seeking in connection with a January burglary at remote sporting camp made it easy for police to arrest him on Sunday after he posted his hiding location on a social networking app. Christopher Wallace, 24, had apparently used Snapchat …

Sunrise Easter service in Winterport

Bangor Daily News on March 23, 2015, at 11:28 a.m.
Sunday, April 5, 2015 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Location: Oak Hill, corner of Boston Road and Route 69, Winterport, Maine For more information: 207-223-4751 WINTERPORT, Maine — A sunrise Easter service will be held at 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 5, at Oak Hill, near the corner of Boston …

Grant will help Dixmont create community forest

on March 23, 2015, at 11:12 a.m.
By Jim Horan “Why does Dixmont need a community forest, when you already have so many trees?” asked 15-year-old Conor Thompson as he was snowshoeing with Mike and Judy Dann in their woodlot recently. Judy, Dixmont’s First Select Person, had just mentioned that the town Conservation Commission had been awarded …
The King Pine lift at Sugarloaf malfunctioned, causing the lift to go backward on Saturday.

Mechanical, back up safety devices failed in Sugarloaf lift accident

By Julia Bayly on March 22, 2015, at 7:05 p.m.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY | An automatic braking systems did not deploy when a mechanical failure caused the rollback on the King Pine chairlift at Sugarloaf, according to preliminary findings of an investigation into the accident released Sunday evening. Three people were sent to the hospital and four others were treated …
Nearly a hundred Maine maple syrup farms opened their businesses to the public for Maine Maple Sunday. With temperatures in the teens in central Maine, some of the farms saw little to no sap running for the statewide event.

Mainers brave cold weather, biting winds for maple Sunday

By Brian Feulner on March 22, 2015, at 3:27 p.m.
KNOX | Despite chilly temperatures, strong winds and little to no sap running in central Maine, sugar shacks were full of people asking questions and filling long lines in wait to buy Maine maple syrup. “We hope for warm days and cold nights,” said Bill Spaulding, an employee at …
A Hampden resident clears his driveway after a snowstorm in this February 2015 file photo. More snow is possible on Sunday in parts of Maine.

Despite start of spring, more snow possible Sunday in Maine

By Julia Bayly on March 21, 2015, at 7:33 p.m.
FORT KENT | It may be spring according to the calendar, but much of Maine’s weather still has some winter left, at least over the next few days. Much of northern Maine is under a winter weather advisory while gale warnings are up along the coast thanks to two …
The King Pine lift at Sugarloaf malfunctioned, causing the lift to go backward on Saturday.

7 injured after Sugarloaf chairlift malfunctions, goes backward

By Julia Bayly on March 21, 2015, at 12:21 p.m.
CARRABASSET VALLEY | Investigators were still on the scene Sunday where three people were sent to the hospital with injuries not considered life threatening after an accident Saturday morning on the King Pine chairlift at Sugarloaf. Four more people injured in the accident were treated at the scene. “All …

VFW commander accused of running illegal gambling operation

By CBS 13 on March 19, 2015, at 8:15 p.m.
MADISON | A VFW commander is accused of running an illegal gambling operation out of VFW Post 7865 in Madison. State police say an Anson man gave payouts to people who played video poker. Police say Louis Padula, the commander of the post, illegally made payouts to people who …
It took firefighters from Waterville and surrounding towns slightly less than an hour to extinguish this garage fire on Washington Street on Thursday. Although the garage was demolished, crews were able to save a nearby home. The fire was ruled accidental and resulted from an electrical problem. The residents will be able to return to their home after an electrician isolates the garage wiring from the house.

Waterville garage, car destroyed in electrical fire

By Dawn Gagnon on March 19, 2015, at 7:20 p.m.
It took firefighters from Waterville and surrounding towns slightly less than an hour to douse a garage fire that, in turn, caused a car fire on Washington Street on Thursday. Although the garage and a 2014 Nissan Versa parked next to it both were demolished, crews were …
Messalonskee High School students console each other during a Project Graduation Benefit Dinner for the Class of 2016 and fundraiser for the Cassidy Charette Scholarship and Connor Garland's family at The Red Barn in Augusta. Charette, 17, was killed and Garland, 16, was critically injured in hayride accident at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls on Saturday night. To honor Charette's memory, 100 students from Messalonskee applied to Big Brothers Big Sister of Mid-Maine.

100 Messalonskee students apply to Big Brothers Big Sisters to honor fallen classmate

By Katie Sampson, CBS 13 on March 19, 2015, at 2:28 p.m.
OAKLAND | Some Messalonskee High School students are making a difference in honor of one of their own. They’re working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine to fulfill the dream of Cassidy Charette, who died last fall in a tragic hayride crash. “We get the satisfaction of giving …

Surveillance footage, Facebook posting leads to theft charge in Hartland wallet snatching

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 19, 2015, at 8:35 a.m.
A Palmyra woman was charged with theft after allegedly taking an elderly woman’s wallet from a shopping cart at the Hartland IGA earlier this month, according to officials. Surveillance images from the March 10 incident had been posted on the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, which …

Energy company seeks permits for wind testing towers in Somerset County

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on March 18, 2015, at 4:43 p.m.
MISERY TOWNSHIP | The company that recently received permission to build the Bingham Wind Project has its sights set on another area of northern Somerset County. Somerset Wind LLC — a subsidiary of First Wind — has applied for permission to install six meteorological towers in Chase Stream, Misery, …

Cumberland County Jail officer indicted for allegedly stealing father’s guns, truck

By Dominik Lobkowicz, Lincoln County News on March 18, 2015, at 3:51 p.m.
WALDOBORO | A lieutenant at Cumberland County Jail was indicted March 10 on five Class B felony theft charges in what police are calling a case of elder abuse against his own father. Scott M. Jordan Jr., 36, of Standish faces four counts of theft by unauthorized taking and …
A truck loaded with 30,000 pounds of live lobsters from Nova Scotia crashed on I-95 in Benton Wednesday morning.

Truck hauling 30,000 pounds of live lobster crashes on I-95

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 18, 2015, at 11:01 a.m.
BENTON | A throng of live lobsters survived after a tractor-trailer hauling 30,000 pounds of them rolled off Interstate 95 early Wednesday morning, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. McCausland said the driver, Horst Puff of Greenfield, Nova Scotia, was headed for New Hampshire and Rhode …
Thomas Towle, of Gardiner, once weighed nearly 800 pounds, but has lost more than 500 pounds over the last five years.

Maine man who lost 500 pounds raising money for skin-removal surgery

By Courtney Highfield, CBS 13 on March 18, 2015, at 9:42 a.m.
GARDINER | At 800 pounds, Thomas Towle was at his heaviest. In the past five years, he’s lost 500 of those pounds and he says he’s gotten his life back. When Towle was at his heaviest, he says he could hardly move, much less walk. Everyone had given up …
Gregory Strout

State police nab Cornville man on drug charges during I-295 traffic stop

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 18, 2015, at 9:22 a.m.
FALMOUTH | A traffic stop for speeding turned into drug charges for a Cornville man when multiple amounts of contraband were found in his car, according to state police. Gregory Strout, 28, had been pulled over along Interstate 295 in Falmouth when Trooper Doug Cropper discovered a large quantity …
Actor Robert Redford arrives for the premiere screening of HBO's The Big Picture : Rethinking Dyslexia in New York City on October 25, 2012.

Actor Robert Redford to speak at Colby College commencement

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 17, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
WATERVILLE | Actor and independent filmmaker Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Film Festival, will deliver the commencement address at Colby College this spring. The Waterville school’s 194th commencement exercises are scheduled for May 24 at 10 a.m. Redford is known for his roles in dozens of films including …
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