Report: State record retention program in disarray

By Lindsay Tice on April 11, 2015, at 9:14 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A working group has found the state’s records retention program is in disarray, a problem that could cause public records to be destroyed — and has already been a factor in a document-shredding scandal within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The working group found …
Tony St. Pierre

Man arrested after drunken crime spree ends in Androscoggin River

By Dawn Gagnon on April 10, 2015, at 6:58 p.m.
LISBON | A local transient formerly from Augusta was arrested Friday after he allegedly stole a pickup truck and numerous items from a Capitol Avenue business, then led a Lisbon police officer in a brief pursuit that ended with a more than 80-foot plunge down to the banks of …
Assama-vi Koumou-Nete

Man accused of kidnapping woman in Augusta

By CBS 13 on April 10, 2015, at 8 a.m.
LEWISTON | A Lewiston man is accused of kidnapping a woman. Police rushed to Walmart in Augusta after a woman grabbed an employee and told her she had been kidnapped and attacked. Police arrested Assama-vi Koumou-Nete, 27. Police say he had recently been released from jail and wasn’t supposed …
The State House in Augusta.

Document translation: Have Democrats offered Maine a ‘better deal?’

By Matthew Stone on April 09, 2015, at 2:20 p.m.
It’s been three months since Gov. Paul LePage came out with his two-year budget proposal and its cornerstone that has driven debate in Augusta all winter: His plan to overhaul Maine’s tax system with significant income tax cuts offset in part by higher, more broadly applied sales taxes. Now, Democrats …
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 …
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 …

Women’s Legislative Council to meet April 16

on April 07, 2015, at 11:04 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Women’s Legislative Council will meet Thursday, April 16, for a non-partisan review of Maine Legislative Issues. The morning speaker will be Richard Rosen, the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Financial Services, who will speak on budget issues from 10:30 until noon. In the afternoon Mark …

Discarded cigarette blamed in Augusta apartment building fire

By CBS 13 on April 04, 2015, at 3:51 p.m.
The fire at a three-story apartment building in Augusta that displaced 13 people Friday night was caused by an improperly discarded cigarette, according to the Augusta Fire Department. Officials said a tenant disposed of a cigarette by placing it inside a plastic bag which then ignited a …
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 …

Apartment fire in Augusta displaces five people

By CBS 13 on April 04, 2015, at 7:11 a.m.
Five people were burned out of their homes after a three-story apartment building went up in flames in Augusta. It happened around 7:20 p.m. Friday. Firefighters say the blaze already was well underway when they arrived, and they had to concentrate on containing the flames to the …
Jesse N. Mansir

Gardiner man sentenced for pharmacy robbery

By Judy Harrison on April 03, 2015, at 7:26 p.m.
BANGOR | A Gardiner man who admitted to robbing a pharmacy in his hometown last summer was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to four years and three months in federal prison. Jesse N. Mansir, 31, pleaded guilty in October to one count of interference with commerce by robbery. …
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 …
Rain falls into a puddle in Bangor.

‘Messy’ weekend storm to bring snow, rain, ice

By Julia Bayly on April 02, 2015, at 9:57 a.m.
FORT KENT | It’s looking more certain that the low pressure system heading toward Maine on Friday will produce significant snowfall to the north and rainy conditions Down East this Easter weekend. “That low is going to spread snow into the [north] Saturday morning and looks like it will …
Kristy Cookson

Litchfield woman facing fourth OUI charge after crash with son in vehicle

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 30, 2015, at 12:27 p.m.
WALES | A Litchfield woman is facing her fourth drunken driving charge after an accident in Wales last week, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Police had been attempting to locate Kristy Cookson, 33, after she was apparently released from a Lewiston hospital over the weekend …

You could be the next contestant on ‘Price is Right Live!’ in Maine

By Sarah Walker Caron on March 26, 2015, at 3:36 p.m.
Have you always wanted to be told to “come on down!”? You could have your chance right here in Maine next week when “The Price is Right Live!” makes three stops in the Pine Tree State. “The Price is Right Live!” will come to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor …

Traffic stop leads to arrest of wanted Augusta man

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 25, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
A traffic stop Wednesday led Augusta police to arrest a 25-year-old man wanted for a 2014 aggravated assault and robbery, according to Lt. Christopher Massey. Corey Dionne of Augusta was traveling along Stone Street when he was recognized by Augusta police Sgt. Danny Boivin and pulled over, …

Augusta police seek convenience store robber

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 25, 2015, at 2:43 p.m.
Local police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed the Circle K on Eastern Avenue late Tuesday night, according to Lt. Christopher Massey. The suspect, who was not armed, entered the store with a ski-type mask over his face and demanded cash, according to Massey. Even …
Allison Wood is the Meals on Wheels nutrition and volunteer coordinator for Spectrum Generations in Waldo County.

Meals on Wheels limiting service because of budget cuts

By Abigail Curtis on March 25, 2015, at 5:29 a.m.
BELFAST | Retired industrial arts teacher Jason Tibbetts, 82, can’t get around too well, and going grocery shopping is beyond his capacities. That’s why the Belfast resident, who lives alone, really appreciates the deliveries he gets from Meals on Wheels volunteers who drop off food for him — one …
The U.S. Coast Guard Thunder Bay cuts through the ice on the Penobscot River Tuesday.

Warm weather, rain could produce ice jams

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 24, 2015, at 10:08 a.m.
GRAY | Springlike temperatures and weather are finally predicted to roll into the state later this week. But the combination of warm weather and predicted rain also may produce ice jams, according to the National Weather Service. A warm front is expected to arrive on Wednesday night in Maine, …

Winthrop standoff ends in apparent suicide

By Dawn Gagnon on March 23, 2015, at 7 p.m.
A more than four-hour standoff involving a Winthrop man that prompted a lockout at a local school ended Monday afternoon in an apparent suicide, a police official confirmed. The deceased was identified as Ronald Tripp, 49, Winthrop police Capt. Ryan Frost said in an update early Monday …
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