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  • Portland hotel fire leads to 2nd arson indictment

    PORTLAND — A 19-year-old woman is the second person indicted for arson from a Dec. 14, 2013 fire at the Hampton Inn at 209 Fore St. Olivia Richards, formerly of Cumberland Avenue, faces a Class A arson charge after a Cumberland County grand jury handed up an indictment Sept. 5.

  • Portland family escapes Deering Avenue fire

    PORTLAND — Four people escaped an early morning house fire Tuesday at 40 Deering Ave. Homeowner Nancy Teras said she, her husband, step-daughter and mother escaped the 1890s-era home shortly before dawn when flames broke out on the back wall of the building, where part of the ro...

  • Portland police probe residential burglaries

    PORTLAND — Police are seeking help in solving a series of burglaries in the Libbytown and University of Southern Maine neighborhoods last week. Lt. James Sweatt said the same perpetrator is suspected in nighttime break-ins at homes on Craigie, Woodmont, Bolton and Frances streets, an...

  • Bicyclist, motorist collide on Forest Avenue in Portland

    PORTLAND — A Sunday-night collision between a bicyclist and motorist on Forest Avenue may have been alcohol-related, according to city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin. Steven Bowie, 43, of Portland, pedaled in front of a northbound 2005 Chevy Impala driven by 61-year-old William Bickford...

  • Portland city councilors may weigh proposed hike in minimum wage

    PORTLAND — Mayor Michael Brennan last week said a proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage in the city might be vetted next week by a City Council committee, and could go before the full council for consideration next month. Brennan advocates hiking the minimum wage to $9.50 an h...

  • Auction adds meat to annual Cumberland County Fair schedule

    CUMBERLAND — Fans of local pork, lamb and beef may want to flock to an auction at the Cumberland Fair on Sept. 24. The auction, to be held at the fairgrounds show arena at 4 p.m., will allow people to buy meat raised by area 4-H members. Sold "on the hoof," the animals will be...

  • North Yarmouth incumbent faces Durham challenger in Maine House District 46

    NORTH YARMOUTH — State Rep. Anne Graham, D-North Yarmouth, must fend off a challenge by Durham Republican Paul Chace on Nov. 4  to win a third term in the Maine House of Representatives. The candidates are running in House District 46, a redrawn district that includes North Yarm...

  • Board meeting in Fort Kent angers USM students

    PORTLAND — Some University of Southern Maine students and faculty are angry about a decision to move a University of Maine Board of Trustees vote hundreds of miles away. Students and faculty held a press conference Sept. 12 outside the Abromson Center to ask the Board of Tr...

  • $100K on the line, online, for Portland school principal

    PORTLAND — A city high school principal has a one-in-six chance of landing his school $100,000. Derek Pierce, who has been principal at Casco Bay High School since it was founded nine years ago, has been nominated for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s Larry O’Too...

  • Portland School Board District 4 election draws 1st-time candidates

    PORTLAND — Two newcomers are squaring off for the School Board seat in District 4, and an incumbent seeking a third term is unopposed in District 5. The District 4 seat, which covers the area from Back Cove to Stevens and Allen avenues, was previously held by Justin Co...