CLINTON, Mass. (AP) — A popular Maine balloon festival is rescinding its invitation to a pilot whose hot air balloon crashed into power lines in Massachusetts, injuring several people.
The balloon, dubbed the Raspberry Ripple, was scheduled to participate in the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston-Auburn next month. It’s registered to Derald Young, who operates Damn Yankee Balloons in Dixfield, Maine. The business didn’t immediately return a call.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of the Maine Energy Marketers Association says zoning changes intended to keep tar sands oil out of South Portland will likely be challenged in court.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The controversial sale of a tiny park in Portland, Maine, looks unlikely to appear on the November ballot.
The Portland Press Herald reports the City Council showed no urgency about moving forward with the sale of Congress Square Plaza at its Monday night meeting. A June referendum blocked a proposed sale of two-thirds of the park and made it more difficult for the city to sell public parks in the future.
Millinocket leaders say they’re on the right path to resolving Great Northern Paper Company’s $1.18 million property tax debt.
Councilors spoke to attorneys representing the town in a conference call, Tuesday evening.
Gov. Paul LePage says that eight unaccompanied children who crossed the nation’s border illegally have been placed in Maine.
LePage said Tuesday that he learned the information on a conference call with White House officials on Tuesday, but received no details on where the children are from or where they were placed.
A tradition is underway on an island off the coast of Mount Desert Island.
It’s one that’s put together every year by a local resident.
Little Cranberry Island, also known as Islesford, has been visited by people all around the world for its breathtaking views, New England charm, and outdoor activities, like this 18-hole, homemade mini-golf course.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Supreme Judicial Court is reaffirming the manslaughter conviction of a Belfast man found guilty of shooting his best friend.
A judge in October 2012 sentenced then-21-year-old Luke Bryant to 15 years in prison with nine to serve and four years’ probation. The judge also ordered Bryant to pay more than $3,000 in restitution and forfeit the gun used to kill 19-year-old Tyler Seaney.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state has dropped 5 cents from earlier this month to $3.46 per gallon.
The Governor’s Energy Office said Tuesday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $3.15 to $3.87. It also found the average price of kerosene dropped to $3.93 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.82.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators have once again approved a deal that gave Canadian utility Emera a stake in First Wind.
The state supreme court in March ordered the Maine Public Utilities Commission to re-examine a deal in which Nova Scotia-based Emera invested more than $300 million to have a 49 percent stake in Boston-based First Wind’s Northeast project portfolio.
A local landmark in Thomaston is now more local than ever.
The Thomaston Cafe has been around for some 90 years.
“Well, this has been a restaurant since the 20s. We’ve pretty much overhauled the whole thing,” said co-owner Ryan Jones.
An Ellsworth man charged with unlawful sexual contact made his first court appearance Tuesday.
Police say 54-year-old Jeffrey Sargent had improper contact with a 12-year-old girl in September of 2012.
Sargent didn’t enter a plea in court.
One woman and two men were taken to the hospital after a two car crash on Route 15 in Corinth this afternoon.
Police say a truck struck a car that was pulling out of the Crescent Lumber parking lot…
The number of visitors to Maine’s only national park dropped last year – and so did their spending.
A new report by the National Park Service says 2.26 million people went to Acadia National Park in 2013.
A fire closed a section of State Street in Augusta this afternoon.
The call came in just after 3:00 Tuesday afternoon. Augusta Fire Chief Roger Audette said it was an electrical that fire broke out in the fully occupied five-unit apartment building at 32 State Street.
Police believe they know who stole copper throughout Kennebec County.
30-year-old Michael Grant of Skowhegan has been charged with aggravated criminal mischief and felony theft.
Police say he stole copper from several Central Maine Power substations in the Waterville and Winslow area.
Rescue crews are on the scene of an accident on Route 15 in Corinth.
3 people have been taken to the hospital.
The driver was flown to the hospital by Lifeflight.
Police in Waterville are warning residents to be on the lookout for a bear. On the Waterville Police Department’s Facebook page authorities posted this warning:
Bear Sightings: Over the last 24 hours, on two separate occasions, a bear has been reported in the Silver St. / Pleasantdale Ave. area. The police department urges residents to be cautious and make children aware of the danger. If spotted, do not approach the animal, but call the police department at 207-680-4700. Please do not leave trash out that can attract any animal. It is our hope that the bear has returned to the woods. The City is in contact with the Warden’s Service and if sightings continue, steps will be taken to safely relocate the bear.
Officials behind a proposed wood pellet plant in Millinocket say they’re still committed to the project, despite the loss of more funding for it.
A spokesperson for Cate Street Capital says Thermogen Industries is a solid project that will bring much-needed economic benefits to the entire Katahdin region.
The arraignment for an Ellsworth man involved in a standoff with police has been postponed until next month.
Jeffrey Barnard was supposed to be arraigned in Bangor Federal Court today but claimed he’s still confused after being shot.
Bail has been set for a Sidney man accused of running a sex trafficking ring. Frederick Horne, 47, went before a judge today and did not enter a plea.