News from September 9, 2013

September 9, 2013

Motorcycle crash shuts down Warren Avenue in Portland

Witnesses said Tim Mitchell had been operating his bike erratically just prior to the crash.

September 10, 2013

US Open: Nadal tops Djokovic for 13th major title Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The 27-year-old Spaniard now ranks third all-time in men's major championships, behind only Roger Federer's 17 and Pete Sampras' 14.

September 9, 2013

Portland protesters oppose U.S. strike in Syria

About 50 protesters urge Congress to reject the president's proposed military attack.

September 9, 2013

Two men injured in N.H. gas station blast

The two workers were making repairs to an in-ground tank when a fire and explosion occurred.

September 10, 2013

Justices pose tough questions in Maine 911 transcripts case

Maine's highest court weighs the Press Herald appeal for transcripts in pending criminal cases.

September 9, 2013

Contamination closes more Massachusetts oyster beds

The action is taken after two cases of a gastrointestinal illness are linked to bacteria.

September 10, 2013

Portland businessman accused in international drug conspiracy

Robert Evon, a former owner of Port City Music Hall, is accused in a new court filing of conspiring to smuggle $2.7 million worth of cocaine.

September 9, 2013

WWII veterans hope lake in Italy yields GIs' remains

Two dozen American soldiers died when their amphibious vehicle sank, and volunteer divers hope to further explore such a vehicle found in Lake Garda.

September 9, 2013

Six file to run for positions in S. Portland

Two at-large seats on the City Council and one slot on the school board will be filled in elections Nov. 5.

September 9, 2013

Missing Maine toddler's father back in jail

The father of Ayla Reynolds is back in jail after police say he violated his bail conditions in connection with an assault charge in Portland.

September 9, 2013

Obama steps up his pitch to strike Syria

He says Syria's offer of giving up all chemical weapons is positive, but 'if we don't maintain and move forward with a credible threat of military pressure,' Syria may back off its proposal.

September 10, 2013

In Sanford, no run-of-the-mill success Several photos included in this story

Officials celebrate a public-private effort that helped restore the historic Sanford Mill and attract tenants.

September 9, 2013

Familiar faces vying for public office in Biddeford

Mayor Alan Casavant is among the incumbents being challenged by a predecessor.

September 9, 2013

Saco to elect new mayor, entire City Council

Mayor Mark Johnston, who has served in the office for a total of 14 years, is not seeking re-election.

September 10, 2013

Zimmerman's wife won't press charges despite frantic 911 call Video clip included

She tells a dispatcher that Zimmerman punched her father, smashed an iPad and threatened them with a gun, but she later recants her story.

September 9, 2013

Poll: Most Americans oppose strike on Syria

Only 1 in 5 Americans believe that failing to respond to chemical weapons attacks in Syria would embolden other rogue governments.

September 10, 2013

Two S. Portland teens charged after kitten-in-microwave video

Two 15-year-old girls are allegedly shown in a Web video that generated complaints to police.

September 9, 2013

Largest Ferris wheel nears completion in Las Vegas

The High Roller will be 100 feet taller than the London Eye, 30 feet taller than China's Star of Nanchang, and 9 feet taller than the Singapore Flyer.

September 9, 2013

Two British tourists die in N.H. crash after hiking

A van crashes while two couples are returning to their hotel in the White Mountains.

September 9, 2013

Police arrest suspect in Portland, Buxton burglaries

Portland police had been searching for David Ferrar in connection with a series of burglaries in the city's residential areas.

September 9, 2013

New England Dispatches

Building facade collapses in Somerville, Mass. / UNH starts school of marine science / Man who shot wife 18 time won't get new trial

September 9, 2013

LePage says he favors Canadian oil pipeline

'I think we need the oil and I think we need gas,' Maine's governor says.

September 9, 2013

Maine lottery selects any-deer permit winners

The permits allow the tagging of a doe or a buck with antlers less than 3 inches in length.

September 9, 2013

Syria adds to Congress' already heavy fall agenda

House Speaker John Boehner supports Obama's proposal to fire missiles into Syria but Republican rank-and-file opposition, however, is running strong.

September 9, 2013

Assad: 'Expect everything' in response to attack

He says the evidence about chemical weapons that the U.S. is presenting amounts to a 'big lie' that resembles the case for war in Iraq.

September 9, 2013

Baxter Boulevard reopens after eight-month project

A City Council committee is expected to take up a proposal to close the boulevard on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for recreational uses.

September 10, 2013

Syria: We'll surrender chemical weapons if U.S. won't bomb Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The idea gains traction Monday, but President Obama continues to push a military strike during negotiations to keep the pressure on Assad's government.

September 9, 2013

Donor withdraws $250M gift to tiny Ky. college

The all-stock donation had ranked among the 20 biggest gifts ever to a U.S. college or university.

September 9, 2013

Portland firefighters to be recognized for saving colleague

Fifteen first responders and dispatchers jumped into action when a fire lieutenant had a heart attack at work.

September 10, 2013

Lawyer argues Maine driver not texting during fatal crash

Kristina Lowe of Oxford is accused of two counts of manslaughter for the 2012 crash in West Paris.

September 9, 2013

Taylor Swift trespass charge against Portland man dismissed

Police decided to drop the charge against Joseph Bernatche after determining it would be hard to prove.

September 9, 2013

NSA evidence may be key to Hammarskjold mystery

Widely considered the U.N.'s most effective chief, Hammarskjold died in a 1961 plane crash that has bred a rash of conspiracy theories, many centering on some startling inconsistencies.

September 10, 2013

Large tract near Baxter State Park opening to hunters

Groups praise the change but still have deep concerns over Roxanne Quimby's vision for a national park.

September 9, 2013

Pennell's, a Maine Street icon in Brunswick, is sold

The owners of Pennell's Clothing Store say they sold their Maine Street building on Sept. 3 and now have two months to liquidate their inventory.

September 9, 2013

Augusta bicyclist dies from crash injuries

Terrance Ladd, 20, collided with a vehicle driven by Leona Peaslee, 27, who said she didn't see Ladd.

September 9, 2013

Long-lost painting by Van Gogh found in attic

'Sunset at Montmajour' can be dated to the exact day it was painted because Van Gogh described it in a letter: July 4, 1888, at the peak of his artistic achievements.

September 9, 2013

Three men injured in eastern Maine RV crash

Police say the RV crashed when it failed to slow down on an I-95 exit ramp.

September 9, 2013

Fan falls, dies at 49ers-Packers game in San Francisco

Multiple witnesses reported the man appeared to be intoxicated before he fell to a sidewalk.

September 9, 2013

100 cats rescued from Freeport home

The Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick began removing the cats from the home after the man who lived there reached out.

September 12, 2013

Groups race to hire, train Obamacare guides

Deploying the guides for the uninsured is one the first hurdles for the new health system as it transitions from a abstract political debate in Washington to a real-life process in communities.

September 9, 2013

Convicted Maine killer's appeal is heard with skepticism

Thayne Ormsby was convicted last year of three counts of murder and for the 2010 stabbing deaths of Jeffrey Ryan, his son and a family friend.

September 9, 2013

Biden hosts Republicans to push strikes on Syria

President Obama drops in on the dinner, attended by Maine Sen. Susan Collins.

September 9, 2013

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September 9, 2013

Missed MaineCare rides drive health agency losses

Clients who don't show up for medical appointments cost health care providers both time and money.

September 9, 2013

Hallowell councilor wants to keep Sacred Heart open

Mark Sullivan will offer a resolution at Monday's meeting to keep the church from closing.

September 9, 2013

Biddeford may join others, limit panhandling

 As in Portland, residents' complaints lead to proposals to ban the activity on medians, and raise constitutional concerns.

September 9, 2013

$2.4 million in repairs funded for Pease airport

The airport was selected to be home to Boeing KC-46 refueling tankers now in production.

September 9, 2013

Vt. same-sex couples celebrate court ruling

The decision clears the way to legal residency in the United States for foreign-born spouses.

September 9, 2013

Portland considers changes to food truck rules

20130627_EatRun A City Council committee meets Tuesday to review loosening city regulations.

September 9, 2013

Cell tower signals change at Common Ground fair

 Fair organizers say public pressure and safety demand better communication.

September 9, 2013

President intensifies lobbying on Syria Video clip included

But even supporters of military action concede that the White House faces an uphill battle.

September 9, 2013

Westbrook set to choose mayor, seven councilors

This November will be the last time that all seven City Council seats are up for election at once.

September 9, 2013

Bon-Ton store fills void at Maine Mall

 Amid challenging times for regional malls comes a rare achievement in South Portland – no vacancies.

September 9, 2013

Good friends, old allies, now adversaries

BENNETT MICHAUD Maine's race for governor will test the Bennett and Michaud relationship of trust, respect.

September 9, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Pedestrian dies after getting hit by box truck / LePage to discuss energy at Canadian conference / Task force aims to find fixes for revenue sharing ... and more news from around the state.

September 9, 2013

Officers kill 107-year-old in Arkansas shootout

The weekend confrontation raised questions Monday as residents struggled to make sense of how someone known as a pleasant, churchgoing man died in the explosive confrontation.

September 12, 2013

Millions fall through Obamacare cracks

HEALTHCARE-CLINICS Even after the Affordable Care Act takes effect, demand for care in free clinics will remain high.

September 9, 2013

Maine police seek public's help in catching robbery suspect

No one is injured in the robbery of a store Sunday afternoon in Glenburn.