State fire investigators are looking into a chimney fire at the former Carriage House CafÃ© in Livermore.It happened Tuesday night. The owner of the building reported it.Fire crews were on scene until after midnight.No injuries were reported.
A New Hampshire man convicted of murdering his fiancee in her home in Maine is asking for a new trial.An attorney for Jason Twardus says the state of Maine failed to provide his client with evidence that might have implicated another man in the strangulation death of Kelly Gorham, 30, in 2007.In August, Twardus was sentenced to 38 years in prison for her murder.Gorham’s body was found on property owned by Twardus’s father. Prosecutors deny they withheld any evidence.
A nearly 90-year-old bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine is closing to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Monday, Jan. 9, as contractors get ready to demolish it for a replacement.Electronic message boards are in place at the bridge advertising the pending closure. The bridge was closed to motor vehicle traffic in July.The Memorial Bridge project will replace the bridge that carries U.S. Route 1 over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine. Archer Western Contractors of Canton, Massachusetts will be the general contractor for the $81.4 million project.The Portsmouth Herald reports that a new, daily shuttle bus service between Portsmouth and Kittery will start on Jan. 9. A website will be available later this week including a shuttle route map and full schedule. (The Associated Press, The Portsmouth Herald).
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating an explosion in Farmington.No one was reported hurt as a result of the explosion reported after 9 p.m. on Monday.Police responding to Bailey Hill Road found remains of the device in the road. A bomb squad was called in and they determined there was no additional threat.The reported explosion took place near a pasture and there were no homes nearby. The road was temporarily closed during the investigation. There are no suspects at this time. (The Associated Press).
A Maine timber management company is offering to donate a privately owned parcel around picturesque Katahdin Lake to Baxter State Park.Huber Resources Corp. of Old Town says it will give the land free of charge. The Bangor Daily News says the exact size of the property wasn’t immediately available, but is estimated to be 90 to 160 acres.The offer comes more than five years after Baxter State park officials accepted the deed to about 4,000 acres surrounding Katahdin Lake. But that deal didn’t include two small parcels that remained privately owned, the larger of which is owned by Huber Resources.The Baxter State Park Authority will vote Jan. 12 on whether to accept the donation. (The Bangor Daily News, The Associated Press).
An SUV hit a tree in Bowdoin saturday morning.Police say the driver, Andrew Klaiber, 46, of Topsham, was killed.Witnesses told police Klaiber had been driving erratically.
Five people died on Maine roads in less than 24 hours over the weekend.Carlton Norwood, 25, of Pittston and Dennis Kay, 62, of Gardiner were killed when the van they were in crashed along Route 201 in Gardiner.A third person in the van was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Police believe an icy road and speed contributed to the crash.
The operators of a medical marijuana dispensary that’s about to open in Portland say the site will not feature a “vapor lounge.”That’s an area where patients can inhale marijuana while avoiding the irritating and potentially cancerous effects of smoking.The facility’s operator, Wellness Connection of Maine initially planned to feature such a lounge.After state officials raised concerns, Wellness of Maine changed its plans.
Portland plans to install parking meters that take debit and credit cards in addition to coins. The city will pay $150,000 for 18 of the devices and install them next spring.
Wednesday’s gusty winds knocked down power lines throughout Maine.They also toppled a shed in North Berwick, causing an external fuel tank to fall over, spilling about 200 gallons of kerosene.Crews from the Department of Environmental Protection are removing contaminated soil. The DEP says there’s no threat to public drinking water, surface water or wetlands.
There was another meeting in Aroostook County Wednesday on the governor’s proposed supplemental budget.Tuesday a standing room only crown packed together to talk about it in Fort Kent with Governor LePage in attendance.Wednesday folks gathered at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.Again, much of the focus was on the governor’s proposed medicaid cuts.The governor did not attend Wednesday’s meeting but his senior health policy advisor, Katrin Teel, was there and got an earful.”The governor was not able to be here today because of a scheduling conflict but my role here is to represent the governor’s office and most importantly to hear what the people had to say to hear what were their concerns, what were their needs what were their questions, to gather this information and speak with legislators who we’ve been communicating with and see what do people feel, what do they need, what do they hope for and what can we do,” said Teel.The governor says he’s always willing to listen to Mainers’ views.He says difficult decisions have to be made to balance the budget and help the state move forward.
More testimony Wednesday in the case of an accused arsonist from Augusta.Raymond Bellevance Jr., 50, is charged with burning down the Grandview Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro.Defense attorney Andrews Campbell began calling witnesses Tuesday, including one that established an alibi for bellevance on the night of the fire.Investigators from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department were also questioned by Campbell.
Maine’s highest court will hear the appeal of a Portland man convicted of killing his girlfriend, cutting off her head and setting her body on fire.Chad Gurney, 40, goes before the Supreme Judicial Court on January 10. His lawyer says Gurney was delusional and did not understand that his actions were wrong when he killed Zoe Sarnacki in May 2009. Prosecutors claim Gurney showed that he could act rationally the day of the killing.Gurney was sentenced to sixty years in prison.
It’s the defense’s turn in the case of a man from Augusta, accused of burning down a topless coffee shop in Vassalboro.Raymond Bellevance Jr. is charged with arson.Police say Bellavance, 50, was angry that his former girlfriend was working at the business where wait staff worked topless.Defense attorney Andrew Campbell began calling witnesses Tuesday including investigators from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department.Campbell also called a witness that established an alibi for Bellevance on the night of the fire.
A lawyer for a Maine high school teacheraccused of having sex multiple times with a 15-year-old malestudent says his client is innocent. Jessica Pomerleau, a teacher at Massabesic High School inWaterboro, made her first court appearance Thursday. The 36-year-old Limerick woman did not enter a plea on chargesof gross sexual assault and aggravated unlawful furnishing ofscheduled drugs because she has not yet been indicted. She is dueback in court in March. The school district has put her on leave. The York County Sheriff’s Department says most of the encounterstook place in Pomerleau’s car. Her lawyer said after court on Thursday that the policeaffidavit in the case is merely a `snapshot” that does not tellthe whole story. (AP)
A $10.5 million project to repair 233 milesof state-owned railroad line in northern Maine is progressing butthere is still plenty of work to be done. Nate Moulton, director of the Maine Department ofTransportation’s rail program, says about half of the 7,500 feet ofrail replacement has been done, and 11,000 of the planned 50,000ties have been replaced since August on the stretch of line betweenMillinocket and Madawaska. The Bangor Daily News reports that workwill resume next year when weather conditions permit. The projectshould be complete by the fall. The line’s previous owner sought federal approval in February2010 to abandon the tracks, citing losses of $4 million to $5million annually. They were purchased by the state last January for$19.1 million.(AP)
Two teenagers have been arrested forrobbing a credit union in Portland. Police say a 14- and a 15-year-old boy were arrested at theirPortland homes Friday morning and taken to a juvenile detentioncenter pending court appearances. The teens face charges for Wednesday’s robbery at the UniversityCredit Union on Forest Avenue. Officials say they concealed theirfaces with hooded sweatshirts before fleeing on foot with anundisclosed amount of cash. (AP)
An Augusta man is accused of entering a stranger’s home in Randolph last week, falling asleep in a chair, then refusing to leave, despite having a gun pointed at him.John Rastelli, 39, is charged with criminal trespassing and violating conditions of release.State police say he appeared drunk when confronted by a woman and her son, who was armed.They told him to leave, but Rastelli insisted he was in a friend’s house and refused.No one was hurt.Rastelli’s free on bail.
Police in Maine say an 11-year-old boy hasbeen hospitalized after he was hit by a vehicle as he crossed aroad to get onto his school bus. Windham police say 22-year-old Ryan Boucher of Lewiston failedto stop for the bus, which had its emergency lights flashing, onRoute 115 shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday. The boy, whose name was not released, was conscious and alertafter he was hit. Sgt. David Thomas said Boucher faces a charge of failing to stopfor a school bus and that other charges may be forthcoming once aninvestigation is complete.(AP)
Dozens of accidents were reported all across the state Wednesday thanks to a combination of ice and rain on the roads.According to the Portland Press Herald, a 41-year-old woman from Limington is dead following a single-car crash on Hollis Road Wednesday morning.The York County Sheriff’s Office told the paper that Tanya Hart was traveling west on Hollis Road when she drove off the road.Hart’s car vaulted over a driveway and hit a truck that had been parked on the side of the road.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.