About 40 people are losing their jobs at the Portland Press Herald, that’s about 15 percent of its workforce.The newspaper blames the layoffs on declining revenues. The job cuts affect managers and union members.The company is reportedly offering voluntary buyouts first.
One of three men charged in a triple-killing in western Massachusetts claimed to be a vampire and Satanist after an assault in which he licked a teenager’s blood in 1999 in Maine.Roy Gutfinski Jr. changed his name to Caius Veiovis while in prison.Veiovis served almost 7 1/2 years in prison in Maine for charges including elevated aggravated assault in after he and his 16-year-old girlfriend cut a teenager’s back with a razor and kissed as they licked the blood. It took 32 stitches to close the cut. Veiovis claimed to be a vampire and a Satan worshipper.He’s now one of three men charged in Massachusetts in a triple killing. On Monday he pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping and three counts of intimidation of a witness.Veiovis is being held without bail until his next court appearance in October.
A Maine fire chief says a fire that destroyed four buildings in the town of Grand Isle started when a light fell onto a hot soldering iron. Seventy-two firefighters from eight Aroostook County fire departments battled the Sunday fire that destroyed a three-story building, two garages and a vacant house. Fire Chief Gary Campbell says that when the light fell onto the soldering iron the fire spread through the garage of property owner Mike True and his three-story house that included an antique shop on the first floor and his living quarters on the second floor. The fire spread to a neighboring homeowner’s garage and a vacant building.There were no injuries. (AP)
The operator of New England’s electric grid has scheduled a public meeting to review the 10-year plan for the region’s power system.The ISO-New England plan to be discussed Thursday at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston outlines the region’s electricity needs for the next 10 years and explores the generation, demand-side resources, and transmission improvements that can meet those needs.Two panel discussions will feature federal and state regulators and other industry experts discussing two key issues that will affect the region’s power grid: integrating wind resources in New England and the impact of environmental policies on the region’s generation fleet.The keynote speaker is scheduled to be Cheryl LaFleur, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.The final 2011 plan is expected to be issued in October.(The Associated Press)
The attorney for a man charged with setting fire to a Vassalboro topless coffee shop says DNA evidence on a gas can used in setting the fire does not match that of the suspect.The Kennebec Journal says Andrews Campbell made the claim in a pretrial hearing in the arson case against 50-year-old Raymond Bellavance, who’s accused of setting the fire that burned down the Grandview Topless Coffee Shop in 2009.The judge refused to dismiss an indictment against Bellavance, saying she considers it a priority case and expects it to be ready to go to trial in December.
A 34-year-old Farmington woman is facing charges after police say she sexually assaulted her friend’s 13-year-old son. Farmington police arrested Mandy Lynn Thibodeau at her home Wednesday on a charge of gross sexual assault. Police said they learned of the alleged assaults from the boy’s mother. Police said the allegations stem from incidents that occurred last month. Thibodeau is being held on $1,560 cash bail at the Franklin County Jail.
Maine utility officials say the number of power outages from Tropical Storm Irene is down to about 700 homes and businesses. Central Maine Power Company says most of the remaining outages are in York, Cumberland and Oxford counties.Meanwhile….Almost 200 National Guard soldiers from Maine and 50 from West Virginia are on their way to Vermont to help the state recover from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.The Maine soldiers belong to the 262nd Engineers.The Vermont guard is asking other states for dump trucks to help clean up debris.Hundreds of Vermont roads are closed or damaged and dozens of communities devastated by flooding from Irene.
Maine’s most popular campground park will be open this weekend.State park officials said they had hoped to have Sebago Lake State Park cleaned up and open in time for the Labor Day weekend.The Naples area campground will open Friday and the Casco day-use area will open Saturday morning.Eagle Island State Historic Site and Warren Island State Park have both been re-opened after being closed because of storm damage.
Maine utility officials say they’ve trimmed the number of power outages left by Tropical Storm Irene to a little under 4,000 customers.Central Maine Power says most of the remaining outages are in York, Cumberland and Oxford counties. About 280.000 CMP customers had lost electrical service at one time or another due to the weekend storm. The utility says Irene’s winds caused outages in 336 towns across all 14 counties served by CMP.
Amtrak says the Downeaster passenger rail service to Maine is canceled due to Tropical Storm Irene. The Boston-to-Portland passenger rail service is among several in the East canceled Monday due to conditions left by the storm.The Downeaster also serves points in New Hampshire. All Amtrak service between Boston and Philadelphia is also canceled due to extensive flooding, debris on tracks and power issues as a result of Irene. Amtrak crews are inspecting tracks and making repairs to the infrastructure along the Northeast Corridor. (AP)
New England is seeing a revival in farmers growing grain.Maine and Vermont were once the bread basket of the northern U.S., but they lost that distinction in the 1800s, when the Erie Canal and intercontinental railroad made it easier to bring grain east from the Midwest.But small farmers on the nation’s coasts are growing wheat again as more people clamor for locally grown food. An estimated 30 farmers in Vermont and Maine are growing an acre or two of grains, and a number of others with smaller plots.Ellen Mallory of the University of Maine Extension says they aren’t looking to compete with big growers in the Great Plains but hope to find their own niche by selling to local bakers, at farmers’ markets and in other venues.(The Associated Press)
One Portland building was evacuated due to the earthquake.The ten story Intermed building along Marginal Way was also evacuated last year in June following an earthquake in Ontario, Canada.Just like a year ago, it’s the people on the top two or three floors who tell us they really felt the building sway.Within minutes all floors were evacuated and the elevators were shut down, forcing people to walk down the stairs.From what we know, everybody made it out alright, even the many medical patients. The building was reopened and everybody allowed back in within 30 to 40 minutes.P.C. Construction built Intermed and says the building was actually designed to specific seismic codes and standards allowing it to withstand quakes much more powerful than todays.They say that’s why the building tends to sway more than others.
A sad end to the search for a missing Presque Isle man.Police say the body of 58-year-old Charlie Flint was found off a logging road in Ashland.Police believe he drove off the road and onto a skidder trail, then became stuck. He did not have his cell phone or his heart medications.Flint went missing two weeks ago.His dog was found, alive, in Flint’s jeep.
A motorcycle crash has claimed the life of a Lewiston woman.It happened early sunday morning in Turner.State police say 25-year-old Kristen Gagne was a passenger on the bike, which hit a tree.Police say the driver, 25-year-old Matthew Alexander, has minor injuries.
A New Hampshire man is going to prison for thirty-eight years for strangling a nursing student from Maine.Jason Twardus of Rochester was convicted of murdering 30-year-old Kelly Gorham four years ago. Twardus and Gorham lived together for two years before she broke off their engagement about two months before her death.She was living in Alfred, Maine, when she disappeared in August 2007. Her body was found a month later on property that belonged to Twardus’ father in New Hampshire.
A former town treasurer in Manchester who spent more than a year in jail for aggravated forgery says she can’t pay the $80,000 she owes.We’re told Patsy Rollins told the court she can’t pay $100 a month because she doesn’t have the money.Rollins was arrested in 2003 when authorities discovered more than $200,000 was missing from the town. A judge will decide if Rollins is able to make the payments.
A hiker has died after falling and hitting his head on the Appalachian Trail in Maine.Wardens were called to an area of the trail in the rugged mountains of northern Franklin County.The warden service believes the victim was a man from New York.
Presque Isle Police are searching for a Maine man with a heart condition last seen in the Ashland area. Fifty-eight-year-old Charlie Flint was last seen Monday. Presque Isle police say Flint had been living in Presque Isle, but was originally from Ashland. Flint is described as 5-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs about 240 pounds.He drives a 2004 silver Jeep Wrangler with a black top and might be with his pomeranian, Rusty. Police say flint has a heart condition and other health issues. If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Presque Psle police at 764-4476.
The warden service says a 72-year-old man from York has been found, two days after he went missing from his remote lakeside camp in northern Maine.A warden search team found Frank Wallace this morning on a dirt road in an unorganized township north of Chesuncook Lake.Wallace was reported missing Monday by a friend who became concerned after he didn’t return from picking mushrooms.Lieutenant Kevin Adam says once Wallace realized he was lost, he stayed on local woods roads until he was found about a mile from his camp.Adam says Wallace was wet, slightly hypothermic and had minor cuts and bruises.He was taken to the hospital for observation.
Amtrak is suing the Massachusetts company that owned the truck hit by the Downeaster passenger train last month in North Berwick.The driver of the truck was killed in the July collision. Amtrak claims the driver, 35-year-old Peter Barnum, of New Hampshire, ignored railroad crossing controls and warnings while crossing the tracks.Four passengers on the train suffered minor injuries. Amtrak says the collision and subsequent service disruption cost a total of 3 million dollars. The investigation into the crash continues.