Maine’s 124th legislature was officially sworn into office Wednesday morning.
The ceremony took place at the state house in augusta.
Democrats have a strong hold in both chambers: 96 seats in the house and 20 in the senate.
The call for help came in just after 6 o’clock.
People living in the Newport home had reportedly started a fire in a woodstove, but somehow the flames spread onto the wall and then up into the attic.
The weather is getting some of the blame for a deadly crash yesterday in Carrabasset Valley. Police say 22-year-old Craig Morin of Whitefield was driving a compact car which slid out of control on slush-covered route 27. The car hit a pick-up truck head-on. Morin died at the scene. Police say he may have been driving too fast for conditions. A new jersey man was driving the pick-up and suffered minor injuries.
According to the Kennebec Journal, 25-year-old Craig Morin was on his way back to Whitefield after visiting his mother.
Police say his car skidded out of control while travelling along Route 27, and collided head on with a truck. Morin was pronounced dead at the scene.
The bomb squad was called to Beatham, Bernier, Seekins and Colpritt on Parkway South just before ten this morning. Peter Beatham says relatives of a client who died a few months ago brought over boxes filled with the client’s belongings. Beatham was digging through one of the boxes in search of a checkbook, when he found a hand grenade instead. He notified Brewer police and within a few minutes, the bomb squad arrived to remove the device.
The state education commissioner is not rejecting a consolidation plan that calls for $2.7 million dollars in additional costs for the proposed Regional School Unit 15, which covers students in Brewer, Dedham, Orrington, Aurora, Clifton, Eddington, and Holden.
The Hashey family bought the television as an early Christmas present to each other, but when they brought it home and hooked it up to cable, they got a very unwelcome present.
The Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security said Monday its latest survey found the average cash price for heating oil has fallen to $2.58 a gallon, down 2 cents from last week. The lowest prices were in southern Maine, with the highest in eastern parts of the state.
56-year-old Grantley Michell of Northport died when his Geo Tracker rolled over on the Nebraska Rd.
Officials say the road was slippery and not sanded, and his vehicle skidded before hitting an embankment.
Wardens are investigating the death of a 55-year-old New Gloucester man who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound while hunting in Piscataquis County.
The Maine Warden Service said Ernest L. Russell III went hunting by himself on Prong Pond Mountain in Beaver Cove Township shortly after noon on Saturday, the final day of deer hunting season.
Vehicle fatalities are down on Maine roads so far this year.
According to Maine State Police, there had been 140 vehicle fatalities in the state as of Nov. 20. That’s down 14 percent from the same time last year.
The ceremony was one of many events around the state for the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, a day when individuals and organizations from around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS situation.
Caravel Middle School in Carmel is closing at 12:30 Monday due to no water. Caravel Middle School is the only school in S.A.D. 23 that will be releasing the students early.
Maine State Police are investigating the
death of a 17-month-old boy who was reported to have fallen down a
flight of stairs.
Officials said 20-year-old Brandy Sweet called police Saturday
morning and said her son, Matteo Hanson, had fallen down the stairs
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.