BELFAST (AP) — Jury selection is getting underway in the trial of a Maine woman charged in the death of her infant son.
Miranda Hopkins, of Troy, originally was charged with murder in the January death of 7-week-old Jaxon Hopkins.
But a grand jury reduced the charge to manslaughter.
ALFRED (AP) — A former Maine fire chief has pleaded guilty to setting a wildfire that burned 42 acres in 2016.
The Journal Tribune reports that 61-year-old Ricky Plummer pleaded guilty Wednesday to starting the fire when he was chief, under an agreement in which he’d be sentenced to two years in prison.
PORTLAND (AP) — Police
say an absent-minded shopper at a Maine grocery store took somebody else’s cart with a sleeping baby inside, causing a lockdown and a police investigation.
ELLSWORTH (AP) — Three Maine high school students have been expelled and charged with unlawful sexual touching and assault for unspecified behavior at the school earlier this month.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the boys were expelled effective Tuesday from Ellsworth High School.
Visiting the country’s most popular national parks would get more costly under a federal proposal released this week. The National Park Service says its goal is to cut down on the nearly $12 billion in maintenance projects that have been put off under budget constraints.
The agency collected nearly $200 million in entrance fees in the last fiscal year. It expects to raise an additional $70 million annually by charging visitors more to get into the 17 parks during the five busiest months of the year. Those parks generate 70 percent of the revenue from entrance fees.
WINSLOW (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation says it is spearheading a new project to make the roads safer for state residents who like to walk.
GROTON, Mass. (AP) — Newly released documents are shedding light on the state of mind of a recent college graduate accused of fatally beating his mother, grandparents and their caretaker with a baseball bat in Massachusetts.
A s stars slowly blinked into existence in the night sky Saturday, cars began pulling into the Land’s End parking lot at the southern end of Bailey Island. Headlights were quickly turned off, and people emerged with a variety of red hued lights.
BATH — Morse High School girls’ soccer team recently raised nearly $2,000 this year for the American Cancer Society. The team has been involved in the Coaches vs Cancer program for several years, raising more money for the cause than any other high school team in Maine. To date, the team has raised more than $10,000.
Durham’s fire chief is leaving his post after 44 years with the department.
William “Bill” St. Michel will retire at the end of February after 25 years as chief. He said what he will miss the most is the people he works with.
St. Michel joined the department in 1973 at 17, at the behest of his friends who staffed the fire department.
Brunswick-based Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage and Labor Commissioner John Butera over millions in federal funding they say the state is withholding from them.
W hen 18-year-old Kylan Freeman signed up for bike repair class, the Harpswell Coastal Academy student was just hoping to learn a few useful maintenance skills.
Glenn Hutchinson, Bath Savings Institution president and CEO, recently announced the hiring of Brian Desjardins is a new commercial lender.
Hutchinson said, “We are happy to continue expanding our staff to meet the needs of our continued growth and add to our economy by creating new jobs in the region.”
A program of the Greater Portland Council of Governments, the Portland 2030 District is a collaborative local community of high-performance buildings in downtown Portland that aims to reduce energy and water consumption and reduce emissions from transportation, while increasing competitiveness in the business environment and owners’ returns on investment.
Another great “meet-and-greet” opportunity, this time on Portland’s waterfront. You are invited to the Maine Real Estate & Development Association’s annual Fall Social on Thursday, Oct. 26.
Atlantic Federal Credit Union recently changed the name of its insurance division to Atlantic Federal Credit Union Insurance.
While the name has changed, the service and range of insurance products offered remain the same.
McTeague Higbee, a law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of Maine’s working people, recently announced that partners Jeffery Cohen and Karen Bilodeau, and Kevin Noonan, managing partner, have been named to the Best Lawyers in America roster for 2018.
University Credit Union, Maine’s only full-service financial institution exclusively serving the University of Maine System’s students, employees, alumni and their families, recently announced several staff promotions in Orono and Portland, one involving a resident of South Freeport.