It wasn’t just Mainers who were shopping at stores on Friday in search of bargains.
Canadians also got into the shopping mood, arriving by the busload and in cars for the traditional start of Christmas shopping season on Black Friday.
Maine’s regular firearms deer season came to an end Saturday. State wildlife officials have been predicting a reduced tally this year, saying last winter’s harsh conditions took a big toll on the state’s deer herd. The fish and game department predicted this year’s harvest would be about 24,000 deer – the lowest figure since 1987. Hunters last year tagged nearly 29,000 deer. As the season moved toward its close, tagging stations around the state reported registering a fraction of the deer they tagged last year. Also likely to affect the total is the fact that the state issued far fewer any-deer permits this year.
The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving has issued a report that’s critical of Maine’s laws to curb impaired drivers. A report released this week ranks Maine ranked 42nd of the 50 states. It says 36 percent of all traffic fatalities in Maine last year were the result of drunken driving. MADD’s report cites Maine’s discretionary, rather than mandatory, ignition interlock device law. It also says state laws permit drunken drivers with multiple convictions to retain their licenses. MADD figures taken from the state say 21,759 drivers on Maine roads have three or more drunk driving convictions. An additional 3,875 drivers have five or more such convictions.
A wayward seal that made its way nearly 50 miles upriver from the ocean is in recovery after being rescued from a parking lot in Waterville. A biologist with the Department of Marine Resources was called after the small seal was discovered in the parking lot of the Hathaway Building along the shore of the Kennebec River around 5 p.m. Friday. The animal’s mouth was bleeding and it appeared to be thinner than it should be for 5 or 6 months old. The seal apparently made its way up the Kennebec River to Waterville, which is about 50 miles from where the river flows into the ocean. Biologist Lynn Doughty said it’s unusual but not unheard of to see seals travel inland from the coast. The seal was taken to the University of New England marine animal rehabilitation center in Biddeford, where it will be treated before being released into the ocean.
Maine’s 2008 potato harvest will go down in the books as one of the smallest in decades due to reductions in potato acreage and yield. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says this year’s potato production is estimated at about 1.44 billion pounds, down 14 percent below the 2007 harvest. Harvest estimates will be updated next month. Farmers harvested an estimated 54,500 acres of potatoes, the smallest amount in decades. As recently as 25 years ago, Maine farmers were harvesting more than 100,000 acres of potatoes. According to the Department of Agriculture, the average yield this year is estimated at about 26,500 pounds per acre, down from last year’s yield of 29,500 pounds.
Wardens say it happened after his nephew shot him while the two were out hunting on Thanksgiving day.
According to authorities, 40-year-old Craig Mitchell was shot in the thigh by his nephew, 19-year-old Brian Mitchell.
(AP) The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation cautions consumers that the shopping season is a prime time for identity theft. Superintendent Lloyd LaFountain notes that the economic downturn may spur a rise in financial crimes.
The Corliss family opened up for the season Friday.
By mid-morning, the farm was packed with folks looking for the perfect Christmas tree.
Owner Jim Corliss says despite all the rain we’ve had, the trees are looking good, and he’s happy with the color he’s seeing.
The doors to J. C. Penney and Kohls opened around 4 o’clock Friday morning. Most other stores were 5 and 6am.
Best Buy in Bangor opened its doors to a crowd of early bird shoppers.
Firefighters were heading back to the station from another call about 8:30 Thursday morning. As they drove on Central Street, one of them noticed the Central Street Cafe.
Assistant fire chief Scott Bostock says the crews looked in the windows and the menus inside seemed tarnished. Bostock says the fact that the crews were on scene immediately prevented a situation that could have been much worse.
Police arrested 20-year old Charles Dione of Glenburn and 19-year old Jesse Hatch of Eddington.
They’re charged in a series of crimes culminating in the armed robbery of a Family Dollar Store.
56 year old Paul Englund was heading home to Mapleton when he noticed the smell of smoke. He pulled his rig over and unhooked the trailer. The truck burst into flames but England was still able to drive the truck forward and save his dog in the cab.
The accident happened just after 8 on Route 179 in Waltham. Police say a 17 year old girl from Waltham hit some black ice on the road and lost control of her car. Authorities say the car rolled over and slammed into a tree. The girl was trapped inside for some time and had to be cut out of the wreckage with the jaws of life.
Officials say a man forced his way into the Passadumkeag woman’s home in October.
Now they say another woman has been attacked in the very same town.
Public safety spokesman Steve McCausland says an intruder forced his was into a woman’s home Tuesday night on the Gould’s Ridge Road.
The company says a drop in demand for pulp is to blame, and that’s why the pulp mill won’t be restarted now, either.
111-employees returned to the mill after an investment firm in New York bought it out of bankruptcy for 11.5 million dollars.
23-year-old Richard Gainer of Searsport, along with 46-year-old Ricky Pomeroy, 21-year-old Thadeous Macleod and 21-year-old Derek Pomeroy, all of Stockton Springs, are charged with elevated aggravated assault.
They appeared in a Belfast courtroom onWednesday: accused of attacking 44-year-old Kirt Damon, senior, at his home in July.
The judge who presided at the murder trial of Shannon Atwood in Skowhegan will not impose a sentence. Justice Nancy Mills found Atwood guilty this summer in the bludgeoning death of his 38-year-old girlfriend, Cheryl Murdoch.
Tuesday night governor John Baldacci signed an emergency declaration allowing crews from out of state to come in to Maine and help restore power.
The declaration was signed at 9:35 Tuesday night, at that time, approximately 40,000 Maine homes were in the dark.
The Bangor Police Department says there is no threat to students attending Bangor High School. Following a scare Tuesday.
Police say school officials caught wind of some rumblings on Monday that something bad was going to happen at the high school the next day.
The trees are part of a program that began in 2005 called Trees for Troops.
":The program has grown to the point where, in 2008, 17,000 or slightly more are being delivered to at least forty military installations around the country, and a few are going overseas as well.": Jim Corliss told TV5 in Tuesday. Corliss is the co-owner of Piper Mountain Christmas Trees.