PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped 4 cents in the past week.
The Governor’s Energy Office says the average price was $2.75 a gallon, according to the Dec. 29 survey. The average kerosene price of $3.35 was also 2 cents lower than last week. Propane prices increased 2 cents to $2.75. Heating oil averaged $3.76 per gallon a year ago at this time, while kerosene was $4.16 and propane was $3.06.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Federal officials say that more than 36,000 Maine residents have signed up for plans on the health exchange in the first month of open enrollment.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service said Tuesday that 39 percent of the 36,132 residents who selected plans have signed up for the first time. Sixty-one percent have re-enrolled on the exchange after buying a plan during the last open session.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would make it more difficult for Maine parents to opt out of immunizing their children.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Maine’s opt-out rate for children entering kindergarten has climbed recently to 5.2 percent in the 2013-14 school year, the fifth-highest in the nation.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Two heartbroken Lewiston children are appealing to the callous thief who stole the bicycles they received for Christmas.
Thirteen-year-old Austin Westleigh and his 10-year-old sister, Kelsey, have posted a handwritten sign outside their home that reads: “Would you please bring back our new bikes that we got for Christmas — thank you.”
SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Maine is in the midst of a boom in new urgent care centers, with several starting up in the past few years.
The Portland Press Herald reports that new centers have opened in Yarmouth, Portland, Brunswick and Saco. The newest is located in Scarborough. A state website says Maine has at least 23 urgent care centers.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Portland and Westbrook are investigating whether drive-by shootings in their communities are connected.
No injuries were reported in the shootings, which occurred within about 30 minutes of each other in the pre-dawn hours Sunday.
ACTON, Maine (AP) — An Acton man has been arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a sleeping 9-year-old boy.
Keith Poole is charged with unlawful sexual contact and burglary.
Police say the 22-year-old Poole entered the boy’s home at about 4 a.m. Saturday and sexually touched the boy while he was sleeping. The boy woke up and Poole fled.
CUMBERLAND, Maine (AP) — The heirs of a Cumberland estate are waiting for the town and a land trust to respond to their lawsuit that seeks to block the creation of a public beach on the land.
BOSTON (AP) — The 4 percent discount that Market Basket shoppers enjoyed on most purchases for the past year is coming to an end.
The New England supermarket chain introduced the discount in January in response to high energy costs and cutbacks in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Investors hoping to develop a historic pierce of Portland’s waterfront are at loggerheads with residents about whether the project would obscure views of the water for established property owners.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Farmington woman who worked at a doctor’s office has pleaded guilty to making out dozens of prescriptions for controlled painkillers using fake names and picking up the prescriptions herself.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Five New England states are working together to improve the accuracy of public education data and make it easier to share across state lines.
Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont are part of the New England Secondary School Consortium. Since 2009, they have been collecting and reporting high school graduation rates, dropout rates and other data using a set of procedures developed by a regional team of specialists.
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — An 18th century canoe unearthed on a Biddeford, Maine, beach nearly 30 years ago is on its way home.
The Biddeford Finance Committee last week agreed to contribute $3,000 toward the cost of bringing the canoe back to Maine.
ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Buxton man has been convicted of heroin trafficking charges following a bench trial that was delayed because a key witness was in the hospital.
Dale Pinkham Sr. was convicted this week in York County Superior Court of three counts of aggravated trafficking in heroin and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Three counts of possession of marijuana were dismissed. He was also ordered to forfeit firearms and cash seized during the course of the execution of a search warrant.
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A Boothbay Harbor home has been destroyed in a Christmas night fire, but authorities say all the residents made it out OK.
Several family pets, however, did perish.
LEBANON, Maine (AP) — Authorities say nine people have been injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Lebanon.
WGME-TV reports that one person has been air-lifted to Maine Medical Center in Portland and six have been taken to local hospitals for treatment. The others have been treated for minor injuries.
MONMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say a highway standoff ended peacefully with the arrest of a 67-year-old man who had threatened to hurt himself and police officers.
Police pulled over Douglass McCaig, who has addresses in Greene and Vero Beach, Fla., late Tuesday night when he failed to dim his high beams on Route 202 in Monmouth.
SACO, Maine (AP) — Police say they have searched a New Hampshire home and car in connection with a home invasion and shooting in Saco, Maine.
The Portland Press Herald reports the investigation into the Dec. 18 shooting that injured a homeowner and his guest is still ongoing. Fifty-five-year-old Rachel Owens and 55-year-old Steven Chabot were shot that day at Chabot’s home. Owens lives in Londonderry, New Hampshire, and was visiting Chabot and his wife when someone entered the house and shot them in separate rooms.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Cards Against Humanity has purchased a 6-acre private island in Maine and is doling out 1-square-foot parcels to participants in its holiday fundraising campaign.
The Portland Press Herald reports the game-maker bought Birch Island in St. George Lake for about $200,000. They renamed it Hawaii 2.
KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire have charged an Indiana man with hitting three striking FairPoint workers as they picketed earlier this month.
WMUR-TV reports 59-year-old Charles Hunter of Westville, Indiana, was working as a replacement for the striking employees when he struck them as he drove out of a parking lot on Dec. 2.