(AP) – The Department of Corrections also says about 90 additional prisoners will be transferred within the next few weeks.
Commissioner Martin Magnusson says overcrowding in the system poses a danger for inmates and guards alike. In his words: ":We are at a breaking point and something had to be done.":
A man arrested last month and charged with trafficking drugs went before a judge in Bangor Wednesday.
Prosecutors say 25 year old Edwin Keys of New York was part of a drug operation that sold more than $300,000 worth of cocaine in the Bangor area over the past year and a half.
It’s known as a final resting place for solid waste, but soon, the Pine Tree Landfill in Hampden will be known for something else…..producing electricity.
The landfill was fitted with a gas collection system six years ago in order to control odor produced there.
A truck crash in Bradford Tuesday night left local residents without power, and left the operator of a gravel truck charged with drinking and driving.
State police say the accident happened along the LaGrange Road at around 9 pm.
Paul Gervais died of cancer at his home in Brewer on Monday.
Gervais worked in the restaurant business for nearly 40 years. He began as assistant manager of the former 95er Restaurant and Service Center, eventually buying the facility and renamed it Paul’s.
A Skowhegan teenager has been charged with manslaughter and drunk driving in connection with a crash that killed his friend.Police say 18-year-old Marcel Redmond was behind the wheel of a jeep that rolled over and crashed into a utility pole in Mercer in February. 16-year old Jonathan McGrail of Skowhegan was in that jeep, he was critically injured and died several days later.
The retailer will buy more than 50 acres of property in the area near the Hogan Road. A little more than half of the acreage will go into conservation.
Wal*Mart will also help to fund an extension of the Hogan Road in order to build a new entrance, to help reduce traffic on Stillwater Avenue.
The Maine Senate Tuesday joined the house and gave preliminary approval to a bill that would bar possession and sale of a mind-altering drug known as salvia.
The new restrictions would ban possession by anyone under 18.
A silent auction in Ellsworth this weekend will help raise money for a world class piece of art.
7 artists from around the world are taking part in a symposium in Winter Harbor over the summer.
Hancock, Somerset, Waldo, Sagadahoc, Franklin, and Lincoln counties are now all eligible for federal disaster relief funding.
That’s in addition to the other Maine counties that were declared disasters last week.
Maine has a new State Police Chief.
Patrick Fleming took the oath of that office Monday he was sworn in by the Governor.
He’s a 23-year veteran of the State Police and recently headed the agency’s liquor licensing, gaming and weapons division.
Statistics show predatory lending is a leading cause of home foreclosures across the nation and in Maine.
A new bill proposed in Augusta would ban the fraudulent and abusive lending practice in the state.
Fire marshals are still trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a Milbridge business Sunday.
Flames were spotted at Cole’s Redemption Center and by the time fire crews arrived the building was totally engulfed in flames.
A Canaan man has been indicted on double murder charges for the killings of his wife and another woman.
A Somerset Grand Jury has decided enough evidence exists to prosecute 37-year old Shannon Atwood for the deaths of 35-year old Shirley Moon Atwood, and 38-year old Cheryl Murdoch of Waterville.
(AP) -The records werefound near the State Archives Records Center in Hallowell as part of an investigation into how state government handles personal information.
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap characterized the incident as disturbing. He said that even though no laws were broken, it highlights a need for new policies and procedures to safeguard personal information of Maine residents.
(AP) – Officials say two boats and about 15 ground searchers continued looking yesterday for Alexandria Winship-Wright in Fort Fairfield.
The river flows into New Brunswick, where Canadian officials continued watching for signs of the girl.
A recent victim of racial prejudice in Bangor is trying to start a dialogue about race relations in Maine.
Assata Sherrill is a Bangor business owner and mother.
While walking her dog along the waterfront last month, she says she was verbally and physically assaulted by three teenage boys.
Friends and relatives gathered in Bucksport Sunday to remember Harrison Damon…the Bucksport High School sophomore who died after a fall from the Penobscot Narrows bridge last month.
His body has not been found.
No news to report in the search for a missing 3-year-old girl in Fort Fairfield.
Emergency crews and volunteer searchers have been looking for Allie Wright along the Aroostook River.
Her mother says Allie was last seen in her home around noon Wednesday.
Pets and their people braved the rain Sunday to raise money for the Animal Orphanage.
The fourteenth annual 5k run/walk for the shelter kicked off Sunday morning at the Old Town/Orono YMCA.