LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Lewiston police have charged a man with criminal cruelty to animals for allegedly trying to neuter a cat with a rubber band.
Authorities say 25-year-old Derek Edgerton, who recently moved from Lewiston to Dixfield, was charged Monday.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The person who broke into an off-the-grid cabin in remote western Maine didn’t get away with money, jewelry or other valuables. Police say the thief took a pair of bear heads.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Sen. Susan Collins is starting her re-election campaign bus tour that will take her to all 16 counties.
The Republican senator’s “All of Maine” bus tour is kicking off in Bangor on Tuesday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three groups, including a virtual charter school that is applying for the third time, have filed papers to open charter schools in Maine.
There are four spots available for new charter schools in Maine under the state’s 10-school cap.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A church-run home for poor women in Augusta is closing after nearly 150 years.
Leaders of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, which operates the St. Mark’s Home on Winthrop Street, voted last week to close the facility, which opened in 1870 but now has just four residents.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Average gas prices in Maine have fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the last week.
The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.50 a gallon, down 16 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.
RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — Officials say that a man has been killed in an accident at a paper mill in Rumford.
Tony Lyons, a spokesman for the NewPage mill, told the Lewiston Sun Journal ( ) that the accident occurred Monday afternoon and involved a contracted employee.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine says a plan to require some welfare recipients to receive drug tests is unconstitutional.
At a public hearing Monday, Oamshri Amarasingham (ohm-SHRI’ AH-mahr-AH-sinhg-ham), the ACLU’s public policy council, said the government must have a warrant based on probable cause to get a drug test except in limited circumstances.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s bear hunting season gets underway amid a drive from animal rights activists to ban three methods of hunting the animals.
State residents will vote in November on a proposal to ban hunting bears with bait, dogs or traps. The general bear hunting season begins Monday and closes Nov. 29.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The head of Planned Parenthood and its political arm is heading to Maine this week to support Democrat Mike Michaud, for Maine governor.
Cecile Richards is hosting a “Women for Mike” rally outside of Portland City Hall on Wednesday.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man charged with falsifying evidence into the investigation of a slaying has been sentenced to time served.
The Sun Journal reports that Sebastian Moody pleaded guilty in November to a charge of falsifying physical evidence and on Thursday was sentenced to the 107 days he’s already served in jail. A felony charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution was dropped.
NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) — A Norridgewock man says he was shocked to find members of another family buried in his family’s plot in a town-owned cemetery.
Stephen Bishop tells the Morning Sentinel he first discovered the situation last year while he was moving the ashes of his brother, who died as an infant in 1944, from Skowhegan to Sunset View Cemetery.
WISCASSET, Maine (AP) — A decision by officials in Wiscasset to rename a road in town after the local high school’s former sports team nickname — changed because some people found it offensive — is drawing criticism from Native Americans.
ALFRED, Maine (AP) — An Old Orchard Beach man charged with beating and stabbing his grandmother to death in the home they shared, then setting it on fire, has been sent by a judge to a state psychiatric hospital for a 60-day evaluation.
BROWNVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for submitting false invoices to a Maine town has reached the end of his allotted time to file objections to a pre-sentencing reporting.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Regulators are set to begin reviewing a report that says the amount of cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine is at an all-time low.
Scientists at the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service say the amount of cod spawning in the gulf is estimated to be only 3 to 4 percent of its target level. Their updated assessment of the Gulf of Maine cod fish stock could be used to create new regulatory measures for the fishery, but it must first be peer reviewed. An assessment oversight panel will meet with peer reviewers and New England Fishery Management Council staff on Friday to begin that process.
WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Emergency officials say divers pulled the body of a man from the Presumpscot River in Westbrook after hours of searching.
The Portland Press Herald reports the man was pulled from the river on Thursday around 1:10 p.m. Deputy Fire Chief Andy Turcotte says emergency workers received multiple calls starting at 9:05 a.m. reporting a man in the water near the Saccarappa Power Plant. Authorities have not identified the man.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Democrats are calling on the Republican Party to retract campaign mailers that they say falsely blame gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud for the loss of jobs at a paper mill.
WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Maine’s attorney general says a police officer was acting in defense of himself and others when he fatally shot a 66-year-old man in Windham.
Janet Mills says that Cumberland County Deputy Sherriff Nicholas Mangino was legally justified in using deadly force against Stephen McKenney in April.
WINTRHOP, Maine (AP) — A Scarborough man has been charged with manslaughter in a November car crash in that killed a Winthrop couple.
The Kennebec Journal reports ( ) that 44-year-old Jeffrey Ray was indicted on double manslaughter charges on Wednesday.