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Mainers wear orange in Augusta, drawing attention to gun violence
AUGUSTA, Maine — On Saturday, June 3, fluorescent orange hats, jackets, and umbrellas cut through an otherwise dreary and rainy late morning. Dozens of Mainers gathered at Capitol Park in Augusta, bringing attention to gun violence. The Maine chapter of Moms Demand Action and the Maine Gun Safety Coalition...
Controversial coach, 7 players removed from Gorham High School lacrosse team
GORHAM, Maine — A group of seniors on Gorham High School's boys' lacrosse team missed the last two games of their regular season this week. Parents and players told NEWS CENTER Maine this is all tied to "harassment and verbal abuse" from the coach. "I’ve been playing lacrosse since...
Red Sox lefty Chris Sale goes on IL for 6th season in a row
BOSTON — The Red Sox placed left-hander Chris Sale on the injured list with shoulder inflammation on Friday, another setback for the seven-time All-Star as he attempts to re-establish himself as a reliable member of the rotation. “It’s just kind of a gut punch,” Sale told reporters before Friday...
911 transcripts point to chaos, fast-evolving situation Bowdoin, I-295 shootings
A frantic 911 call to report at least one person had been fatally shot led law enforcement to discover four bodies at a home in Maine and eventually to arrest a man who fired at vehicles on a nearby highway before confessing to police that he was behind the killings.
A Massachusetts man struck and killed his 82-year-old mother with her truck, police say
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — A Massachusetts man physically assaulted his 82-year-old mother in a hotel parking lot, then struck and killed her with her truck, police said. He was charged with murder. Daniel Uhlman, 53, of Westborough, was also charged with armed assault to murder a person over 60 in...
Independent review finds no problems in workplace culture of AG's office
AUGUSTA, Maine — An independent review launched after the disclosure of a relationship between Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey and a worker whom he supervises concluded the complaint was brought by a “disgruntled” family member, and that the episode provides an opportunity to strengthen policy and awareness surrounding interoffice relationships.
New Hampshire man charged with threatening to kill US senator
CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire man has been charged with threatening to kill a U.S. senator, federal prosecutors announced Friday. Brian Landry, 66, of Franklin, is accused of calling and leaving a threatening voicemail at a district field office of a senator on May 17, stating that he was a veteran sniper and was coming for the senator if the senator didn't change.
Hate crimes are on the rise in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine — Recent data from the FBI show an increase in hate crimes across the nation and here in Maine. Nationally, hate crime incidents increased 11.6 percent from 2020 to 2021, according to FBI data. In Maine in 2021, there were 75 reported hate crimes, which is the second highest in the past decade.
Friends rally to support a Maine caregiver who is losing her sight
WESTPORT ISLAND, Maine — Valerie Lovelace — Val, as her friends call her — is better equipped for change than many. She has spent nearly 20 years in the Navy, nearly 10 of which providing end-of-life care, and now has served one year as a certified interfaith chaplain. In this second act of her life, Val advocates for others to age and to die with dignity at home.
Portions of ND Paper mill in Rumford evacuated after chlorine gas buildup
RUMFORD, Maine — Portions of a paper mill in Rumford were evacuated after chlorine gas built up during a power outage at the facility Friday afternoon. The ND Paper mill on Hartford Street lost power at 2:20 p.m., according to ND Paper Director of Communications Jay Capron. Rumford Fire...
Investigation finds officers justified in deadly New Hampshire shooting
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Six New Hampshire police officers who fatally shot an armed man were justified in their use of deadly force and will not face criminal charges, the state attorney general said Friday. The man was struck at least 11 times. The “initial threat of the imminent use...
Why more travel nurses have decided to stay in Maine as full-time staff
MAINE, Maine — One of Maine's largest hospital systems said more travel nurses are choosing to stay on as permanent staff. Northern Light Health relies on about 200 travel nurses to fill staff shortages in a number of areas of the hospital system, often a much higher pay rate.
Many displaced after Bramhall Street fire in Portland
PORTLAND, Maine — Multiple people were displaced after an apartment building fire early Friday morning on Bramhall Street in Portland. Around 4:41 a.m., Portland fire crews responded to an alarm for a building fire located at 59 Bramhall St., a news release from the Portland Fire Department said. When...
Gov. Mills helps kick off Pride Month in Maine
OGUNQUIT, Maine — June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and Maine Gov. Janet Mills helped officially kicked it off by raising a rainbow pride flag at Ogunquit's Veterans Park Thursday evening. "Every person deserves to live their life with the person they love," Gov. Mills said before a packed crowd...
Westbrook man faced with multiple charges after Alfred crash
ALFRED, Maine — A Westbrook man faces multiple charges after reportedly crashing into two vehicles in Alfred Thursday night. At approximately 6:45 p.m., York County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area of Waterboro Road for a reported crash, according to Sergeant Josh Morneau of the York County Sheriff's Office.
Versant Power rate hike approved, Central Maine Power could be next
AUGUSTA, Maine — Versant Power customers will start to see a rate increase next month after the company's proposal was approved by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Wednesday. The total rate hike will be roughly 8 percent of customers' monthly bills. The increase is split into two phases:...
Review: 'Across the Spider-Verse' is the greatest Spider-Man film
MAINE, USA — [Editor's note: This article is a critical analysis of a film and does not represent the views of NEWS CENTER Maine, but that of the author.]. The famous webslinger is back in "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse." It's the follow-up to 2018's "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," which...
Crews begin cleaning ME Law Enforcement Officers Memorial following weekend vandalism
AUGUSTA, Maine — Crews began cleaning the Maine Law Enforcement Officers Memorial outside of the Maine State House in Augusta on Thursday. The memorial, which honors 88 law enforcement officers from various agencies who were killed in the line of duty, was vandalized over the weekend and had been covered by a tarp since.
Pipe that burst and caused closure of Willard Beach now fixed
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Update 7:45 p.m.:. As of Friday evening, the force main pipe at Willard Beach is repaired, officials say. Still, the beach will remain closed through Tuesday so more tests can be run to ensure safety, according to a tweet from the City of South Portland.
Northern Light Health is offering free CNA training program
BANGOR, Maine — A free statewide program through Northern Light Health is helping people get started in the nursing field. Northern Light Health is offering a free certified nursing assistant (CNA) training program for people looking for a career in nursing. The program allows people to earn an income and ensures a job after completion.
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