Carey Nason is the director of Hope Rising, a residential treatment program that provides 24-7 care to sex trafficking victims. The program is located at an undisclosed location in Penobscot County.

It’s one thing for a sex trafficking victim to escape. It’s another to heal.

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
Recovery is possible, but all-encompassing care can be hard to find and fund.
Nurses like Michelle Markie, who have received Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner certification, are trained to record sexual assault victims' histories and collect evidence to help in the prosecution of their abusers. Markie, who works at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, estimated she personally encounters two to three cases of sex trafficking in her unit per year. She is pictured at a recent art auction to raise money for Hope Rising, a residential treatment program for survivors of the crime of human trafficking.

How 1 nurse knows when she’s looking at a victim of sex trafficking

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
Over the past four years, Michelle Markie has personally encountered about two to three cases of trafficking in her unit per year.
Two people are in custody after they allegedly drove a front loader the wrong way in the northbound lanes of the Maine Turnpike Monday morning, according to police.

Two teens in custody after leading police on chase in stolen front loader on turnpike

By CBS 13 on Sept. 12, 2016, at 7:22 a.m.
The front loader was driven southbound in the northbound lanes between New Gloucester toll and exit 75 in Auburn.
The sun sets on the Portland skyline. Sex trafficking is a problem in Maine towns and cities like Portland, where traffickers translate their deep understanding of how to manipulate and use people into personal gain.

What drives Maine sex traffickers’ inhumanity

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 12, 2016, at 6 a.m.
A look at the motives and calculations behind forcing people into the sex trade.
Sara was one of the 200 to 300 people in Maine estimated to be victims of sex trafficking each year.

Inside the minds of Maine’s sex trafficking victims

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 09, 2016, at 8:42 a.m.
Broke, with nobody to turn to, here’s how one 15-year-old Maine girl came to ‘the Life.’
For more than a year, a half-dozen organizations have relied on federal money to provide coaching and care coordination, psychiatric treatment and peer-to-peer mentoring to young adults.  On Aug. 23, those organizations received a letter from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services announcing all funding will cease Sept. 30.

With no explanation, Maine rejects scarce funds for young people with mental illness

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 08, 2016, at 11:02 a.m.
“To refuse these dollars makes no sense, especially because other states are using these dollars and using them well,” said Arabella Perez who previously led one of the organizations involved in the federally funded initiative. “We just don’t understand the decision behind this.”
Portland Police Officer Mark Keller said his department stages sting operations targeting johns a few times a year. He'd like to see more, but resources, manpower and expertise are in short supply.

Maine police know sex trafficking is here, yet many still fail to fight it

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 08, 2016, at 6:17 a.m.
“Our range of what we can do is very limited,” said one police officer. “We’re losing.”
Roberta Blood-Kemp of Lovell faces 14 charges after escaping arrest in Fryeburg and speeding away before police apprehended her.

Police track down Lovell woman after she escaped arrest in Fryeburg

By CBS 13 on Sept. 05, 2016, at 7:27 a.m.
A Lovell woman is facing 14 charges after police say she resisted arrest, ran off after being tased, drove away at high speed and was eventually arrested at her home.
Xerox confirms it is closing its Lewiston call center and laying off 142 employees by the end of October.

Xerox to close Lewiston call center, 142 Mainers to be laid off

By CBS 13 on Sept. 01, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
Xerox confirms it is closing its Lewiston call center and laying off 142 employees by the end of October.

Auburn man succumbs to injuries from motorcycle crash

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 28, 2016, at 10:42 a.m.
Kenneth Kilby, 73, died Sunday from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident on Saturday in Durham.

Toddler hospitalized after dog attack in Buckfield

By CBS 13 on Aug. 28, 2016, at 9:04 a.m.
A dog attack on Saturday left a 1-year-old boy injured.

Two people injured in separate crashes in Durham

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 28, 2016, at 8:39 a.m.
Two people suffered serious injuries in separate crashes Saturday evening in Durham.

NH triathlete dies in Oxford County bicycle crash

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 23, 2016, at 7:41 p.m.
A nurse who came upon the crash attempted to administer first aid and CPR but was not able to revive James Soroka.

The Elms, Mechanic Falls

on Aug. 23, 2016, at 11:18 a.m.
Mechanic Falls, a town in the southwestern corner of Androscoggin County, was initially part of Bakerstown Plantation, named for Captain Thomas Baker who was granted ownership by the Massachusetts General Court after services rendered in the 1690 Battle of Quebec. It was then named “Jericho” by renowned Maine physician Dr. …
Timothy Danforth pleaded not guilty before a judge Friday afternoon.

Wilton murder suspect pleads not guilty

By CBS 13 on Aug. 19, 2016, at 5:48 p.m.
A murder suspect appeared before a judge Friday, more than two months after a deadly shooting in Wilton.
Timothy Danforth

Wilton man charged with murder in shooting death

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 18, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
Timothy Danforth is charged in the death of 24-year-old Michael Reis, who was shot outside Danforth’s father’s home in June.
Kim Wagaman, a behavioral therapist, takes Dustin Strasser, 19, left, to visit Evan Roth, 12, whom he helps mentor.

We want to know: Have you ever been a mentor or mentee?

By Adanya Lustig on Aug. 18, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
We want to know about how some people uplift the lives of others, even when they don’t have to.
Photo: Penny Collins (left) and Heather Stultz started Adoption Partners of Maine after their previous agencies, Saint Andre Home and Stepping Stones, closed their adoption programs in 2015 and 2016. They are partnering with social workers throughout Maine to maintain adoption services to Maine women and families.

Maine women launch adoption agency after continued program closures in state

By Penny Collins on Aug. 18, 2016, at 11:01 a.m.
GRAY — Seeking to fill the space left by recent closures in adoption services, Adoption Partners of Maine has begun serving women, families and children in need of adoption services and support. Adoption Partners of Maine is a fully licensed child placing agency co-founded by licensed social workers, all formerly …

Three Ruby Tuesday restaurants close in Maine

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 15, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
The Ruby Tuesday restaurant at the Bangor Mall has closed, apparently along with the South Portland and Biddeford locations.
Sarah Vye

Woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty after abandoning dog outside shelter

By CBS 13 on Aug. 15, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
An Auburn woman changed her plea during a conference hearing Monday morning.