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The sign at the Biddeford Police Station.

Victims of alleged sex abuse by Biddeford cops take complaints public

By Maria Valvanis, CBS 13 on April 22, 2015, at 10:23 a.m.
Read an updated version of this story here. BIDDEFORD | It was standing room only inside the Biddeford City Council meeting Tuesday night, where alleged victims came forward with horrifying accusations. “This has been a total injustice. You knew you had a pedophile working in Biddeford,” one alleged victim, …

Falmouth retirement home seeks to add cottages, school property

By Colin Ellis on April 22, 2015, at 7:06 a.m.
Owners of the OceanView retirement community want to add affordable senior housing and expand onto town property at the former Plummer-Motz School, and build cottages on other newly acquired land. Matt Teare, director of development at Seacoast Management Co., which is associated with OceanView, said the company …

Portland woman says man broke in, cut her with knife

By CBS 13 on April 21, 2015, at 6:49 p.m.
Portland police say they arrested a man on Delaware Court after he went in a neighbor’s home and assaulted her with a knife. Charles Carswell, 47, was arrested Monday. According to police, the victim said she was home alone watching television when she noticed Carswell standing over …

Falmouth makes plan to harvest trees from community forest

By Colin Ellis on April 21, 2015, at 6:01 p.m.
A plan is in place for harvesting portions of the Blackstrap Hill Community Forest beginning in the winter of 2016. The plan, which was recommended by the Land Management Acquisition Committee and adopted by the Town Council on April 13, has two goals. The first, according to …

Cumberland-North Yarmouth schools find savings, pay for specialist

By Alex Lear on April 21, 2015, at 5:01 p.m.
With health insurance costs coming in lower than initially budgeted, School Administrative District 51 is planning to use the savings to hire a specialist for students with unique learning needs. The Cumberland-North Yarmouth district had expected an estimated 9 percent increase in health insurance costs, but has …
Mary Gibson, left, with her son Andrew Gibson. He was found dead in his Portland apartment April 11. The cause of death has not yet been officially determined, but she believes he was killed by a heroin overdose.

‘Killing a generation': Mother mourns Portland overdose victim

By David Harry on April 21, 2015, at 4:46 p.m.
She endured years of troubles, heartaches, courtrooms and counselors while trying to help her son regain a safe, sober life. Now Massachusetts resident Mary Gibson wants to spread a message about the horrors of heroin addiction, because her son, Andrew Gibson, 21, was found dead April 11 …
A still from a video shared by the Wells Police Department early Tuesday morning shows flooding at high tide.

Maine on flood watch as storm brings soaking rain, wind

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 21, 2015, at 4:23 p.m.
GRAY | Soaking rain and gusty winds rolled through the state Tuesday, with up to 4 inches of rain falling in some areas. According to the National Weather Service, Falmouth received the most rainfall, picking up 4.27 inches, while 3.64 inches of rain fell at the Portland International Jetport. …
Gov. Paul LePage made his case against raising the state's minimum wage or municipal minimum wages and for his plan to gradually eliminate the state's income tax.

LePage: Raising minimum wage would hurt Maine’s elderly

By Darren Fishell on April 21, 2015, at 4:05 p.m.
PORTLAND | Gov. Paul LePage told an audience Tuesday morning his reason for submitting a bill to prohibit municipal minimum wage increases in places like Portland and Bangor, which are considering such proposals, is because higher mandated minimum wages anywhere in Maine would harm older residents. “The reason for …
SETH AND THE CITY

AARP: Portland, South Portland among the best cities for folks over 50 to make new friends

on April 21, 2015, at 3:30 p.m.
The AARP — formerly known by the spelled out American Association of Retired Persons — issued its new livability index Monday, rating the country’s cities on a variety of metrics important to the group’s age 50-plus clientele. The two neighboring cities of Portland and South Portland shined particularly bright, according to …

Brothers accused of racially motivated assault in Portland

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 21, 2015, at 3:24 p.m.
Two men were arrested Monday in connection with a racially motivated assault, according to a statement from Portland police. Charles Bean Jr., 35, and Benjamin Bean, 30, of New Gloucester both face multiple charges, according to the statement. Police reportedly were flagged down and notified of a …
Alex Russek of the Old Port Vape Shop exhales a cloud of vapor on Thursday. Personal vaporizers, unlike cigarettes, vaporize liquid instead of burning tobacco.

Portland to consider outlawing public ‘vaping’

By David Harry on April 21, 2015, at 12:47 p.m.
Are electronic cigarettes a public health menace, or a valuable tool to help smokers quit the habit? The opposing viewpoints can be expressed Monday, April 27, when the City Council considers an order to add “electronic nicotine delivery systems,” commonly known as e-cigs and “vapes,” to the …

Head of Portland’s Downtown District steps down

By Staff, The Forecaster on April 21, 2015, at 11:42 a.m.
Steve Hewins, who has directed the nonprofit Portland’s Downtown District for two years, will step down at the end of June. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with PDD, especially working with all the people and organizations that make Portland what it is today,” Hewins said in a …

York County woman accused of violating bail conditions

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 21, 2015, at 11:12 a.m.
LIMINGTON | An intoxicated Biddeford woman who told police she had been kidnapped and abused was ultimately arrested Saturday when York County sheriff’s deputies learned she had bail conditions not to possess or consume alcohol, Sheriff William King said. The series of events leading to the arrest of Rebecca …
Presiding Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Head of U.S. Episcopal Church to visit Portland, Falmouth

By Colin Ellis on April 21, 2015, at 9:12 a.m.
The head of the Episcopal Church in the United States will make two stops in southern Maine this weekend as her term winds down. The Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the 26th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, will visit churches in Portland and Falmouth, where she will …
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A still from a video shared by the Wells Police Department early Tuesday morning shows flooding at high tide.

Flood watches remain in effect as rain continues to fall

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 21, 2015, at 8:46 a.m.
GRAY | Pounding rain and howling winds greeted much of Maine Tuesday morning, and much of the state remained under a flood watch with wet weather expected to continue throughout the day. According to the National Weather Service, flood watches will be in effect for multiple counties through Wednesday …
SETH AND THE CITY

Portland ranked one of the most ‘fitness friendly’ cities in America

on April 20, 2015, at 5:02 p.m.
It’s been a little while since I posted one of these pieces about Portland being named one of the country’s best cities for something or other. There was a stretch there when nary a week would go by without Maine’s largest city getting plaudits by a national publication for something, …
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David Boyer (left), head of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, and Scott Gagnon of the group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, faced off in a forum hosted by the Maine Law Federalist Society Monday in Portland.

Marijuana advocate, opponent square off in 4/20 debate

By Seth Koenig on April 20, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
PORTLAND | Access to marijuana among children and the economic impact of the drug were among points of contention Monday as top advocates for and against pot legalization took part in a campaign-style debate in Portland. David Boyer, head of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, squared off …

4/20 marijuana debate in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on April 20, 2015, at 4:38 p.m.
Access to marijuana among children and the economic impact of the drug were among points of contention Monday as top advocates for and against pot legalization took part in a campaign-style debate in Portland.
Nancy McAdam, food service manager for Portland's middle and high schools, at work last week at Portland High School, was named Manager of the Year by the Maine School Nutrition Association.

Portland school food service manager named Maine’s best

By Colin Ellis on April 20, 2015, at 4:25 p.m.
The food service manager for the city’s middle and high schools was named the Manager of the Year by the Maine School Nutrition Association. Nancy McAdam said she wasn’t even aware she had been nominated for the award until the organization phoned her about it last week. …
POLL QUESTION
Supporters of raising the minimum wage attend a meeting hosted by Bangor Councilor Joe Baldacci on April 9 in Bangor

LePage seeks to quash local efforts to raise minimum wage

By Mario Moretto on April 20, 2015, at 12:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage is promoting a bill to thwart municipal officials in two of Maine’s largest communities from raising the minimum wage for employers within their city limits. LePage’s bill — LD 1361, An Act to Promote Minimum Wage Consistency — faces preliminary action Tuesday in the …
 
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