AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials will do recounts in three tight races for spots in the state Senate.
The Maine secretary of state’s office says that a recount has been requested in the race for Senate District 11, where Democrat Jonathan Fulford challenged incumbent Senate Republican Leader Michael Thibodeau. Unofficial results show Thibodeau winning by 115 votes.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A house that was destroyed in Maine’s deadliest fire in 40 years had a history of complaints, including a concern about a possible illegal unit on the third floor.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man knew when he sent poison to a depressed Englishman that the recipient intended to use it to kill himself.
The Portland Press Herald reports that an investigation released by English police says Sidney Kilmartin, of Windham, Maine, and Andrew Denton of Hull, England, exchanged emails in which Kilmartin offered to sell Denton potassium cyanide and gave him advice on how to use it. Police say Denton was found dead in December 2012.
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A Maine fugitive who had been on the run for 33 years after escaping from the Aroostook County Jail is headed home after being captured in Vermont.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A Republican from Winterport has been chosen president of the state Senate in Maine.
Sen. Michael Thibodeau was unanimously elected by Republicans on Friday to lead the Senate, which is back in their party’s control after they picked up five seats Tuesday. Pending some recounts, the Senate is expected to be made up of 20 Republicans and 15 Democrats.
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Police say they’ve arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with an apartment fire in Biddeford, Maine, that killed two people.
Police say Dylan Lee Collins of Biddeford was charged early Friday with two counts of murder and one count of arson. He was scheduled to appear in York County Superior Court at 1 p.m. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — Elvis the rooster has left town.
The Cape Elizabeth Town Council on Thursday in a 5-2 vote banned residents from keeping roosters on lots smaller than 40,000-square feet, or just under an acre.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An investigation is underway after 41 employees of the Cumberland County Jail in Portland who were supposed to get a tuberculosis test instead received flu shots.
Sheriff Kevin Joyce says some guards have broken out in hives or have swelling around the injection area.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Sanford man who emailed sexually explicit videos of children to an undercover federal agent has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Richard Moulton Jr. was also sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland to 10 years of probation.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Five Maine health centers are getting $1.2 million for substance abuse and mental health services.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the funding will provide services for nearly 12,000 residents.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court has denied the appeal of a convicted killer who contends his right to a public trial was violated.
Daniel Roberts contended the judge in the 2007 trial violated his Sixth Amendment right by questioning potential jurors behind closed doors, keeping people wearing gang colors from the courtroom, limiting entry to the courtroom to breaks between witnesses, and locking the courthouse doors around the time of the verdicts.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The chairman of the Maine Democratic Party says he’s stepping down.
Ben Grant said Thursday that he won’t be seeking re-election. His announcement comes days after Democrat suffered big defeats in the midterm elections.
WELLS, Maine (AP) — Police in Wells, Maine say they pulled a body from the surf on Moody Beach on Thursday morning.
The Portland Press Herald reports the Wells Police Department received a call from someone who was walking dogs on the beach and found the body of an elderly woman. Police say the death is not suspicious. They say it appears to be the body of a local resident who was disoriented and ended up in the water.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine man is pleading not guilty to federal charges that he mailed a poisonous chemical to an English man who used it to kill himself.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Sidney Kilmartin of Windham entered his plea Wednesday. Court records say Kilmartin mailed potassium cyanide to Andrew Denton of Hull, England, who died in 2012.
READFIELD, Maine (AP) — Police say one person was killed and two others injured in a Readfield car crash in which the driver says he swerved to avoid hitting a deer.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The court-appointed overseer of the Riverview Psychiatric Center says the hospital has failed to abide by the terms of a consent decree by not adequately reducing risk of injury to clients and staff and by arbitrarily limiting treatment options for patients.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A former Auburn city councilor who also once published a local magazine and organized a community film festival has been indicted on child pornography charges.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Lewiston man on a manslaughter charge in connection with the bathtub death of his infant son.
The Sun Journal reports that the grand jury said 27-year-old Sean St. Amand “did recklessly or with criminal negligence” cause the death of his 11-month-old son.
SEBOOMOOK LAKE, Maine (AP) — State and federal officials say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is granting a permit to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the incidental capture of Canada lynx associated with state-regulated trapping programs.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — FairPoint Communications says the weekend snowstorm is adding to its backlog and it’s asking its customers for patience.
The company said Wednesday it’s working hard to eliminate the backlog of customer service requests and to mitigate the disruption caused when more than 1,700 workers went on strike on Oct. 17 in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.