PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s former top drug prosecutor who fled the state after he was convicted of child pornography charges faces sentencing this week.
A lawyer for James Cameron wrote in a court memo that he will seek a 6 ½-year prison term for his client at sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Children who visit the Airport Mall in Bangor, Maine, don’t have to wait until Christmas morning to get a gift.
Mike Strout has been the mall’s Santa for a decade. He told WCSH-TV that after hearing from many children from needy families, he and his wife began buying toys with their own money four years ago to give to each child who stops by to say hello or take a picture with Santa.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities say an inmate found unconscious in his cell at Cumberland County Jail in Portland had died.
A corrections officer doing a security check found 33-year-old Miles Hartford of Leeds unconscious just after 9 p.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead after efforts to revive him failed.
VIENNA, Maine (AP) — A home in the town of Vienna has gone up in flames, but firefighters say all the residents made it out safely.
The Vienna Fire Department responded to the home on Mountain Road at about 10 p.m. Sunday.
NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) — The owner of a Maine Christmas tree farm says customers are taking advantage of his business’ honor system by stealing trees and wreaths.
Todd Murphy, of Trees to Please in Norridgewock, says about $2,000 worth of merchandise has been stolen this season, including about a dozen trees worth $400 over the weekend.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says his focus during his final four-year term will be welfare reform, spending reform, lowering energy costs, and reducing the size of government.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Lobster fishermen say the 2014 season appears to have resulted in a lower catch than the previous two years. That would mean slightly higher prices for consumers.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Revision, revision, revision. That’s the message being delivered to elementary students by a young published author in Maine.
The author is 9-year-old Lydia Schofield of Thorndike. Lydia, who writes under the pen name Jo Jo Thoreau, says her book “Bendy Wendy” went through 75 revisions.
The company that bought the assets of a railroad responsible for a fiery derailment killed 47 people in Canada says it’s getting the business back on track.
Central Maine and Quebec Railway spent $10 million on track improvements over the summer to increase train speeds that had been lowered to 10 mph in some places because of deferred maintenance. Chief Operating Officer Ryan Ratledge says business is growing and he’s optimistic about the coming year.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Turnpike officials say nearly two-thirds of all the toll revenue collected on the highway this year is coming from motorists who don’t live the state.
BATH, Maine (AP) — Bath Iron Works has been awarded a $21 million contract to continue work on a class of U.S. Navy destroyers.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said in a statement Thursday night that it was a modification of a previously awarded contract for construction of DDG 51 destroyers.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is heading to the kitchen to prepare a dish from a vintage Maine cookbook.
Dunlap will prepare fish balls on Friday at the R.M. Flagg Maine Kitchen Cooking School demonstration kitchen in Bangor. The Democrat, who was recently re-elected by the Maine Legislature, used to be the lead cook for the University of Maine and has also worked in restaurants in Bangor and Bar Harbor.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine school superintendent is allowing students to display a poster protesting grand jury decisions not to indict two white police officers who killed unarmed black men.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A scaled back version of a 3.25-acre residential and commercial development in Portland is encountering new resistance from the city’s planning board.
The Portland Press Herald reports the board is ordering city staff to work with the project’s Miami developer to come up with a better design for four six-story buildings dubbed the “midtown” project. The order is coming nearly a year after the board approved Federated Cos. initial plan for four 14-story high rise buildings. A group of residents who called themselves Keep Portland Livable challenged that approval in court.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is bidding farewell to Congress after 12 years of serving the state’s 2nd district.
Michaud delivered his farewell statement into the Congressional record on Thursday. He touched on his efforts to improve transportation infrastructure in the largest Congressional district east of the Mississippi River.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Sen. Susan Collins’ effort to temporarily suspend some rest rules for truck drivers is drawing fierce criticism from safety advocates who say it will make the nation’s roads more dangerous.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine gynecologist has surrendered his medical license after prescribing medical marijuana to male patients.
The Sun Journal reported Thursday that Dr. Keng-cheong Leong was limited to in-office gynecology after a separate disciplinary action three years ago.
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Bowdoin College officials say 14 members of the school’s lacrosse team will face disciplinary action after dressing as Native Americans at an off-campus party.
The Portland Press Herald reports Thursday that the school’s Dean of Student Affairs, Tim Foster, sent out a campus-wide email this week explaining the incident.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The storefront location of a food co-op in Maine’s largest city is officially open after a year-long campaign.
Portland officials hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting for the Portland Food Co-op on Wednesday. The co-op has more than 2,300 members, a nearly six-fold increase from a year ago when the drive to open a storefront began. The members each gave $100 to the co-op, which makes them part owners with a voice in its future.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal regulatory board is discussing parameters for next year’s recreational black sea bass fisheries in Maine and New Hampshire.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is taking up the issue at a meeting in Baltimore on Wednesday. The two states have expressed interest in developing black sea bass fisheries as more of the fish have appeared off their coasts. Scientists say the bass are increasing in northern New England waters because of accelerated water temperature increases over the past 10 years.