The average price of heating oil in Maine
has broken an all-time record dating back more than 25 years.
According to calculations done for the Portland Press Herald by
the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average oil price
of $2.78 a gallon in October was 11 cents higher than the all-time
annual average high — adjusted for inflation — reached in 1981.
And prices are going higher.
The weekly oil price survey by the State Planning Office says
the average price statewide hit $2.85 a gallon last Monday, which
was 65 cents a gallon higher than a year ago. Kerosene was
averaging $3.24 a gallon, or 58 cents higher than last year.
Authorities say a 78-year-old man’s body was found by a hunter three-days after he was last seen, ending a
search by game wardens, Piscataquis County sheriff’s deputies and
Lieutenant Pat Dorian of the Maine Warden Service says the body
of William Haskell of Guilford was found Saturday afternoon in a
thickly wooded area about 300 yards from his pickup truck, which
had become stuck on a woods trail. Dorian says Haskell had locked
the truck and walked away.
Dorian says Haskell was last seen Wednesday and was reported
missing the next day. Searchers used a plane and helicopter in an
attempt to locate Haskell.
The giant agribusiness company Cargill is
recalling more than one million pounds of ground beef that may be
contaminated with E. coli bacteria.
The ground beef was produced between October eighth and October
11th at Cargill Meat Solutions’ plant in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania.
A spokeswoman for Cargill says 10 states are included in the
recall – Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachussetts, Michigan,
New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The president of Cargill Regional Beef says no illnesses have
been associated with the product. John Keating also says the
Wayzata-based company is working closely with the USDA to remove
the beef from store shelves.
The very young, seniors and people with compromised immune
systems are the most susceptible to E. coli.
An accident involving a van, a car and a
school bus has left one person dead in the Somerset County town of
State police say a small school bus from Telstar High School in
Bethel was sideswiped on Route 2 by a van that crossed the center
line shortly before 9Saturday morning.
Police say the van then hit a car that was following the bus –
killing 16-year-old Dorothy Palmer of Andover, who was driving the
Four teenagers and two adults in the school bus, along with the
driver of the van, were taken to a Skowhegan hospital with non-life
threatening injuries. They were all were treated and released.
The driver of the van was 49-year-old Stephen Carter of
Whitefield and the school bus driver was 62-year-old Tommy Sweetser
High wind and heavy surf are hitting the
East Coast as remnants of Hurricane Noel bluster northeastward
across the open Atlantic toward New England’s shores.
The worst of the storm was expcted during high tide…and high wind warnings are in effect for coastal Maine,
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey and the eastern tip of New
York’s Long Island.
In southern Maine, winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour are
expected into early Sunday morning, and farther inland gusts could reach 50
miles per hour.
The weather service is also posting a winter storm warning for
northwestern Maine, where rain’s expected to change to snow during
the night and produce accumulations of up to 11 inches before the
weather improves tomorrow. Up to 16 inches could pile up in
elevations above 2,000 feet.
Central Maine Power is reporting outages affecting more than
1,000 customers, more than half of them in the Alfred area and
others in the Brunswick and Rockland areas. Bangor Hydro says more
than 600 customers are without power due to the storm. Along the
coast, officials say the state ferries suspended service as a
Police tell us the driver of a Chevy pickup was traveling over dips in the Willy D Road for fun.
The front end of the truck struck the ground at one point, sending the vehicle out of control. 12-year old Brandon matthews was thrown from the vehicle.
78-year-old William Haskel was last seen Wednesday morning, at the Shell station in downtown Guilford.
He had some appointments later in the day, but never showed up.
Game wardens, forest rangers, and others conducted a search on Wednesday, but didn’t really know where to look.
The district 6 Middle School Honors Music Festival in Calais has been postponed because of the weather.
It will now take place on November 10th.
We’re told that a fight broke out between 46-year-old Douglas Moore and 51-year-old Dean Curtis on Moore’s property off the Kingdom Road, Thursday afternoon.
It’s not known what caused the fight, but Curtis was shot.
Kellie LeBrecque says her two-year-old Rottie-Lab mix died recently, after eating rat poison.
LeBrecque thinks poisoned meat was thrown in to her yard, she says the dog started vomitting recently.
By the next day, he had lost the use of his hind legs.
They say an armed man waering a ski mask entered the Oakland Pharmacy just before closing on Wednesday.
He apparently wasn’t looking for money. He wanted drugs.
We’re told the robber got away with an undisclosed amount of narcotics.
State police say 75-year-old Lavaughn Rumney of Belfast drove through a stop sign, and was broadsided by a truck traveling on Route 141.
The force of the crash flipped Rumney’s car on its side and into a ditch.
The boyfriend of a Portland woman whose body was found in a river is being charged with her murder. Portland police arrested 27-year-old Joel Olavarria-Rivera outside a hospital in Westbrook. He had reported to police that his girlfriend, 21-year-old Jennifer Soto, was missing. Her body was found in a river Saturday morning. Olavarria-Rivera and Soto had two children together. Police believe Soto was killed in her Portland apartment.
A Bar Harbor man who was driving drunk when his car crashed and killed a passenger is going to prison for three years. Noah Mohr was sentenced on Wednesday.
Last week he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and operating under the influence.
This year they’re making it quicker and easier than ever before: early voting is being offered to every eligible person in Bangor.
It’s part of Maine’s early voting pilot project. Residents of Bangor, Portland, and Readfield will be able to vote a few days early. The process similar to election day: voters can head to the polls, cast their ballot, and then place it directly into the ballot box or tabulating machine.
The order came down Tuesday morning after a code enforcement officer found the building unfit to use, and told volunteers they had two days to get everything out of the store.
The Brewer city council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to authorize Cianbro the right to purchase the property when ready.
Cianbro is currently leasing the property.
Brewer’s economic development director says this decision allows the company to invest in the property and do what they need in order to complete the project.
Attorneys for 32-year-old Christian Nielsen apparently have issues with the judge who ruled that Nielsen was fit to stand trial.
In their notice of appeal, the attorneys argue that some of the evidence used to reach that conclusion should have been excluded.
Calls came in to the at around 12:45 am, saying that a building at 970 main street was ablaze.
Fire fighters said that they could see the light of the fire more than a mile away.
Crews from five departments responded to the scene on Route 15. They tried to contain the blaze to a concrete bin near the boiler room that held chips of wood.
The mill was evacuated for the rest of the day.