Massive fire destroys Maine Turnpike Authority facility in Litchfield

LITCHFIELD (WGME) – A massive fire destroyed the Maine Turnpike Authority facility in Litchfield Thursday night. Millions of dollars’ worth of equipment was destroyed. “My reaction is like most people, can’t believe it,” MTA Chief Operations Officer Peter Merfeld said. With the Maine Turnpike Authority building engulfed in flames, an...
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Violent crime spree hits western Maine

LOVELL (WGME) — Investigations continue into a string of car burglaries in western Maine, some of which turned violent when suspects fired shots at witnesses and homeowners who tried to stop them. The suspects’ vehicle is described as a silver mid-sized sedan. The Oxford County Sheriff’s Office said the early...
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Two more Mainers die as 795 additional coronavirus cases are reported

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Two more Mainers have died, and 795 additional coronavirus cases were reported in the state on Friday. The COVID-19 death toll in Maine stands at 1,332. There have been 122,242 coronavirus cases reported in Maine as of Friday. The Maine CDC says 87,375 of those cases are confirmed and 34,867 are probable. On Thursday, the Maine CDC reported 121,447 total coronavirus cases.

Maine teen raises $39,000 for Make-A-Wish by selling ornaments

AUBURN (WGME) -- A 16-year-old from Auburn is making a difference this holiday season with a tradition he started when he was just a kid. When Brayden Bashaw was just 8-years old, he used the $20 dollars he received from the "Elf on the Shelf" to make and sell ornaments.

'Tis the season! Freeport's Sparkle Celebration begins

FREEPORT (WGME) -- One of Maine’s most popular holiday celebrations kicks off Friday night. The Sparkle Celebration in Freeport begins at 6 p.m. with the Sparkle Celebration Parade of Lights, which ends with Santa Claus, who will bring the famous talking Christmas tree to life. The parade starts on Maple...

Man who put razor blades in pizza dough in Maine, NH sentenced

PORTLAND (WGME) -- A man who shoved razor blades into pizza dough in Maine and New Hampshire was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison on Thursday. Nicholas Mitchell pleaded guilty in June to "tampering with consumer products.”. Police arrested Mitchell in October 2020 after complaints of...

Bangor homeless encampment cleared out

BANGOR (WGME) -- Bangor city workers have cleaned up a homeless encampment near the waterfront. City officials said they want the camp cleared in part because of the coming winter. Assistant City Manager Courtney O’Donnell said emergency workers won’t be able to access the area when snow and ice arrives.

Last-minute vaccine cancelations leave Mainers scrambling for backup plans

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Last-minute vaccine cancelations have some Mainers scrambling for a backup. When Gretchen Schaefer's 11-year-old daughter was supposed to get her second dose, the Brewer Walgreens canceled her appointment the day before. “I have a list of places that offer the vaccine, so I went down the list...