The leader of Maine’s Roman Catholic diocese is issuing a letter opposing gay marriage.
Bishop Richard Malone’s letter was being read to Catholics at Masses across the state on Sunday.
The letter calls on Catholics to work to preserve the traditional sacrament of marriage by opposing efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.
Civil libertarians are going to court to help defend of the rights of all-terrain vehicle riders, which they say have been violated by a Maine game warden’s action. The Maine Civil Liberties Union says the Fourth Amendment rights of the ATV driver were violated when he was stopped without justification by a game warden. The state claimed that Maine law allows game wardens to detain ATV riders for any reason, but Superior Court in Aroostook County said wardens are bound by the constitutional prohibition on unreasonable search and seizure. The state of Maine has appealed the order and the MCLU filed a brief with the Maine supreme court in support of the driver.
Police have been notified about a sign posted at a Standish convenience store.
A reporter for the Associated Press says he saw a sign at the Oak Hill General Store for the Osama Obama Shotgun Pool, soliciting bets about when President-Elect Barack Obama would be assassinated.
Gas prices continue to decline in Maine, dipping to $2.05 to $2.07 at several locations in Greater Portland. AAA said Saturday the average price for regular gas in Maine is $2.28. A month ago the average price was $3.04: a year ago it was $3.10. AAA of Northern New England previously announced optimism that prices will continue downward, dropping below $2 per gallon.
The federal government says shellfish closures linked to red tide in waters off Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have caused a commercial fishery failure, a designation that opens the door to federal disaster assistance to the industry. The announcement Friday by Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez comes in response to a request two months ago by Massachusetts Gov. Duval Patrick. Shellfish closures arising from the toxic algae bloom began in May in waters off Massachusetts and spread north to New Hampshire and Maine. The closings bar the harvest of clams, mussels, oysters and other shellfish where red tide has been detected. Officials say some closings have been lifted, but many areas still remain off-limits to harvesting.
The Stone Road in Vassalboro is closed tonight as State Police investigate a serious accident. It happened just after 3pm Saturday. Initial reports were that one person was in critical condition and five others were also injured…no word yet on the extent of those injuries. We have a crew on scene and will bring you more information as soon as it’s available.
26-year-old James Wieland of Lewiston is charged with criminal invasion of computer privacy. Police say he hacked into as many as a thousand student e-mail accounts.
U Maine police began an investigation last month after getting a complaint about suspicious e-mail from a student.
First Wind of Massachusetts is seeking state Department of Environmental Protection and local approval for the 40-unit Rollins Mountain project, which would be built along ridge lines in Lincoln, Lee, Winn, Burlington and Mattawamkeag.
Prosecutors say there wasn’t enough evidence against 40-year-old Steven Arthur Hinkley.
Hinkley was accused of going to the home of a co-worker, forcing her to have sex, then threatening to kill her, her children and himself if she reported it.
Police say a woman was driving toward town on the Coldbrook Rd. when she attempted to pull into the Dysart’s travel stop.
As she did, her car collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Hilgard Wall of Searsport.
That opens the door to federal disaster assistance to the industry.
The announcement by Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez comes in response to a request two months ago by Massachusetts Gov. Duval Patrick.
Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies say 51-year-old Andrew Horchler died when the vehicles collided at the intersection of Rt. 1 and Schoolhouse Rd. around 11:30 a.m.
Deputies say 17-year-old Daniel Dodge of Brooksville was heading west on Rt. 1 in the center lane, while another driver was in the right hand lane.
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap called a news conference to raise awareness of the new requirement that people show they’re living in the U.S. legally to obtain or renew a license.
The crash happened on the Millvale Road at around 9:20pm.
Bucksport Police say they tried pulling the car over for speeding, but the driver sped away from the officers.
The brief chase ended when the car crashed and caught fire.
The race for the Blaine House is still two years away, but one name has already surfaced as a candidate.
That name belongs to outgoing Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe.
He’s reached his current term limit, and a new Maine Attorney General will be elected in December.
Robert LaPointe was sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars on Wednesday.
He was convicted in September of aggravated operating under the influence.
Prosecutors say he was drunk and speeding across Long Lake in Harrison when he crashed into a smaller boat, killing two people.
According to the Weston Observatory at Boston College, the earthquake happened at 5:26 a.m., and had a magnitude of 2.2.
The quake could be felt miles away, no damage has been reported
The Gerrish family’s nightmare started Sunday afternoon when Max, their 9-year-old Cocker Spaniel escaped out a door that was left ajar.
Max was an inside dog, and the Gerrish’s spent hours searching for him. When he finally made it home that night he had been shot in the abdomen.
The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department says 38-year-old Darlene Godfrey was walking her dog on November 3rd, when she was struck.
According to authorities, 47-year-old Helen Temple, was driving without a license when her vehicle struck Godfrey.
Two Franklin County men are free on bail after being arrested in a drug bust.
51-year-old Jeffrey Wing and his son 32-year-old Jason Wing, both of Madrid, are accused of dealing cocaine and pot.