The average price for home heating oil in Maine is up by a penny from a week ago.The results of a weekly survey released Monday show an average price of $3.71 per gallon, an increase of 1 cent from last week and 14 cents from the beginning of the year.The Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security survey shows western Maine had the lowest price of $3.47 per gallon and central Maine had the highest at $4.01 per gallon.
Maine’s fisheries commissioner says the state’s lobstermen last year harvested more than 100 million pounds lobster, the first time the lobster catch has topped the 100 million-pound mark.Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the preliminary 2011 numbers show how healthy the lobster resource is along the state’s jagged coast.The previous record of 94.7 million pounds, worth more than $313 million, was set in 2010.Although the lobster catch came in strong last year, Keliher said lobstermen were hurt by low prices for their product.Lobster accounts for 70 percent of the value of seafood caught by Maine fishermen.
A South Berwick man in jail for seven years for manslaughter has been denied post-conviction bail.Garrett Cheney,23, was sentenced in December.He was in court last week asking to be released on bail while his appeal is pending in the Supreme Court.He was convicted in July for driving drunk in a hit and run accident in Orono that killed UMaine student Jordyn Bakley of Camden.In a written decision, a Bangor judge denied his request for bail.
Investigators say combustibles placed too close to a stovepipe caused a fire that damaged a house in Orrington last night.It happened on Dow Road a little after 7 o’clock.Crews were there for about three hours.The homeowners tell us the fire started in the family room and spread to other rooms inside.They weren’t home when it started, but they say they got to the house quickly and tried to put the fire out with an extinguisher.Two of their cats died in the fire.
A man from New York was in court Tuesday in connection with a drug raid last fall in Bangor.Abraham Lluberas, 21, surrendered to police Monday.In court Tuesday he pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.He’s on pre-trial release.His trial date could be set in April.
Millinocket police have tied a local teen to five burglaries in the town.Seth Johansen, 19, was arrested Friday in connection with a home burglary from early January.After interviewing Johansen, though, police tied him to four others.Officials say Johansen stole more than $4,000 worth of cash, jewelry and electronics.
Bangor police are warning elderly residents of the city not to fall for the so-called “grandparent scam.”Police say a city man in his 70s was bilked out of $7,000 last week by a con artist pretending to be his grandson who called him and said he was in jail in Spain and needed money.Sgt.
Maine Republicans are beginning to hold their local caucuses to choose presidential favorites, but the results won’t be known for a while.The Bangor Daily News says the town of Unity’s Republicans cast their votes Sunday in a straw poll marking one of the first caucuses to be held in Maine this presidential election year.Republicans have been asked by party leaders to hold their caucuses between Feb.
A bill before a Maine legislative committee has led to an agreement that snips red tape for businesses that want to bid on state contracts.The State and Local Government Committee has unanimously accepted a report that puts the process in force.The new system enables contractors to prequalify for contracts issued by the state Bureau of General Services.
Amid increasing scrutiny of Maine State Housing Authority spending, a legislative committee is taking up a bill aimed at making the agency’s director more accountable to its board and the governor.Republican Senate Majority Leader Jon Courtney’s bill is up for a hearing Tuesday before the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development.The bill removes the director’s four-year term of office and says the director must serve at the pleasure of the authority’s commissioners.It comes up as the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee orders an expedited review of housing authority spending for sponsorships, contributions, memberships, travel and meal expenses.
A Boston News Station is reporting that investigators believe the missing toddler is dead and have intensified the search for her body after State Police revealed that Ayla’s blood was found in the basement of the Violette Avenue home where the little girl was last seen.They are also reporting that several sources say the blood appears to have been “cleaned up.”But State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland says that report is “unattributed, irresponsible, and inaccurate.”
Maine wildlife officials say one lynx has been killed and at least six others captured in traps during the 2011-12 trapping season at a time state officials await federal action on a permit intended to shield the state from liability when the protected wildcats are inadvertently caught.Wally Jakubas of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says the six lynx released alive after being caught in foothold traps showed little or no sign of harm.He tells the Bangor Daily News the investigation into the killed lynx is continuing and the trapper faces charges.