BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Children who visit the Airport Mall in Bangor, Maine, don’t have to wait until Christmas morning to get a gift.
Mike Strout has been the mall’s Santa for a decade. He told WCSH-TV that after hearing from many children from needy families, he and his wife began buying toys with their own money four years ago to give to each child who stops by to say hello or take a picture with Santa.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities say an inmate found unconscious in his cell at Cumberland County Jail in Portland had died.
A corrections officer doing a security check found 33-year-old Miles Hartford of Leeds unconscious just after 9 p.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead after efforts to revive him failed.
A group managing the trash disposal needs of nearly 190 Maine towns wants to build a new, multi-million dollar, solid waste processing facility in Hampden.
Developers from the Municipal Review Community, or MRC, presented their plan to the Hampden Town Council Monday.
A suspected drug dealer from Augusta, accused of assaulting the mother of his unborn child, is behind bars.
18-year-old Stephon Davis is being held without bail at the Kennebec County Jail.
Wednesday will mark three years since 1-year-old Ayla Reynolds was reported missing from her home in Waterville.
On December 17th, 2011 her father and other residents of the house said they had seen Ayla the previous night.
District superintendent Sandy Price says a threat was e-mailed to his office overnight and to Windham middle school.
He would not discuss the nature of the threat.
Students in all grades were dismissed.
A Warren woman is accused of having methadone and dealing cocaine.
Police say they saw Hillary Long trying to sell drugs in the parking lot of a business in Rockland last week and recovered about 15 grams of cocaine.
Mainers are saving money this holiday season as gas and heating prices continue to fall.
According to the Governor’s Energy Office’s weekly survey of heating fuel prices, “The statewide average for heating oil has dropped yet again and now it is $2.86 a gallon which is pretty extraordinary,” said Senior Planner for the Governor’s Energy Office Lisa Smith.
A worker’s union filed a federal injunction against Verso Paper in Bucksport today, a move that could temporarily stop the sale of the mill.
The union is also asking the company to honor severance pay commitments to employees.
Striking Fairpoint workers in Bangor got some extra support on the picket line Monday.
They were joined by some holiday helpers.
Santa’s elves and Mother Christmas stood on the corner of Harlow and State streets with them.
Members of the Husson University community used art to symbolically rebuild the population of an extinct animal Monday.
During an exhibition, students, faculty, and staff created origami passenger pigeons as part of the “Fold the Flock” project.
The owners of a pet supply store in Bangor are asking folks to help low-income seniors feed their animals.
For the 6th year in a row, Green Acres Kennel Shop is collecting donations for the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank.
Here’s a schedule of training sessions for Bucksport mill workers:
Healthcare Session at Bucksport Regional Health Center
Thursday, December 18th at 1pm
Trade Sessions at Orland Community Center
Thursday, December 18th, 9am to 10am
“There’s a lot of talk these days, you hear from older people like about, oh those kids today,” explains local radio host Mike Dow. “Well, people who say things like that, they don’t know these kids and they don’t know the school and they need to come here and see what happens.”
Two lawmakers are hoping to use state-dollars to help put Maine’s cold-case squad into action.
Governor LePage approved establishing the squad last year but, without federal funding, it didn’t take off.
That’s what the owner of Eaton Mountain is saying about the return of skiing to the Skowhegan facility.
As Joy Hollowell tells us, it’s a milestone 5 years in the making.
Crews had a quick cleanup when a Dead River propane tank tipped over this afternoon in Hampden.
Officials say crews were trying to move the thousand-gallon tank on a dolly when it fell off, breaking the release valve.
A Bucksport man wanted in connection with a robbery at the Rite Aid pharmacy has been arrested.
Police tell TV5 that 44-year old Phillip Russell was taken into custody Monday afternoon in Orland.
VIENNA, Maine (AP) — A home in the town of Vienna has gone up in flames, but firefighters say all the residents made it out safely.
The Vienna Fire Department responded to the home on Mountain Road at about 10 p.m. Sunday.
NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) — The owner of a Maine Christmas tree farm says customers are taking advantage of his business’ honor system by stealing trees and wreaths.
Todd Murphy, of Trees to Please in Norridgewock, says about $2,000 worth of merchandise has been stolen this season, including about a dozen trees worth $400 over the weekend.