Missing man
11:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Searchers Find Body of Man Lost in Kennebec River

ANSON, Maine (AP) _ The Maine Warden Service says it has recovered the body of a 21-year-old man who went missing in the Kennebec River near Anson and Madison while swimming.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the body of Jordan Cummings of Anson was recovered on Friday. Skowhegan police told the paper Cummings is the son of Skowhegan Police Sgt. Joel Cummings.

Missing man
10:35 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Maine Wardens Look for Man Lost in Kennebec River

ANSON, Maine (AP) _ The Maine Warden Service is searching the Kennebec River in Anson and Madison after a 21-year-old man went missing in the river while swimming.

WABI-TV reports Jordan Cummings of Anson went swimming with a friend in the river on Thursday, had some sort of difficulty swimming, and went under water. The station reports friends tried to help, but lost sight of Cummings. Rescue crews began a search on Thursday night but could not find the man.

9:30 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Maine Bear Hunters Set Bait for Perhaps Last Time

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine bear hunters are getting ready to set bear bait for perhaps the last time.

Hunters who hunt bears with the use of bait can begin placing the bait on Saturday. Bear bait is typically sugary human food such as doughnuts. The state's bear hunting season begins on Aug. 25 and ends Nov. 29.

A November ballot question could prohibit hunting Maine bear with bait, dogs, or traps. Maine is the only state to allow all three of those hunting methods. Baiting accounts for 80 percent of the state's bear hunt.

7:10 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Fire Displaces Dozens from Lewiston Building

LEWISTON, Maine — About 40 people were displaced from their homes after a fire tore through a 10-unit Lewiston apartment building.

There were no reported injuries from the fire in the four-story Blake Street building that was reported at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Eighteen of those displaced are children.

The cause remains under investigation, but Fire Inspector Paul Ouellette says it appears as if an electrical short in the attic caused insulation to catch fire. It is not considered suspicious.

Some residents may be allowed back in their units as soon as Friday.

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6:59 am
Fri July 25, 2014

LePage Designates $10,000 for Veterans Memorial Park

CARIBOU, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has designated $10,000 from his contingency fund for a park in Caribou that honors veterans.

The Republican governor's office said that the funds will go to the Veterans Memorial Park Association to further build and maintain the park.

Phillip McDonough, chairman of the association, says the funds will help greatly in future projects, like a Purple Heart monument. The park is also going to have a granite stone that honors all branches of the military and another monument for prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.

Border children
5:52 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Colbert Spoofs Maine Gov's 'Border Children' Concerns

Gov. Paul LePage's displeasure with the placement of unaccompanied minors in Maine has become fodder for late night political satirist Stephen Colbert. Colbert used his Wednesday night cable TV show to poke fun at Gov. LePage and his characterization of the effect they could have on state resources.

  With more than 52,000 unaccompanied children from Central America in federal custody, and as many 90,000 expected by the end of the year, Colbert says the humanitarian crisis at the Texas border is a flood - a flood like El Nino is raining actual "ninos."

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5:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Maine Side Trips: A Visit to the World's Only Museum of Umbrella Covers

Nancy 3 Hoffman accompanying herself on the accordion in her Umbrella Cover Museum on Peak's Island.
Credit Tom Porter

We continue with our summer series looking at some of Maine's more offbeat - and perhaps lesser known - museums. Today we take a short ferry ride from the Portland waterfront across to Peaks Island.

  "Welcome to the Umbrella Cover Museum. You're in the world's only museum of umbrella covers - umbrella sleeves from all over the world."

Meet Nancy 3 Hoffman, the director, curator and founder of the Umbrella Cover Museum. "And yes, my middle name is really the number 3," she says.

Tom Porter:  "Why umbrella covers?"

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Warden rescues
5:22 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Maine Wardens Find Lost Hikers, Elderly Man

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Maine game wardens say an 86-year-old man who suffered a medical event while fishing has been located and taken to a hospital.

Wardens said David Crocker of Portland was fishing on Monday when he had a health scare and it wasn't until Wednesday when a phone call awakened him that he was able to convey that he needed help.

Four game wardens and a Cumberland County deputy were able to locate Crocker after conducting a hasty search along Meadow Brook. Crocker was transported to a Portland hospital.

Runaway goats
4:56 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Sneaky Maine Goats Back Alongside I-95

SIDNEY, Maine (AP) _ The troublesome goats that keep escaping onto the shoulder of I-95 in Sidney are going to cost their owner.

The goats once again found their way to freedom after state work crews fixed a fence. And an animal control officer told the Kennebec Journal that owner Mark Gould will be issued a summons.

The goats escaped onto the highway shoulder on Sunday and Monday. Gould protested that the state should fix the fence.

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Abduction hoax
2:17 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Police: Attempted Abduction of Girls was a Hoax

SANFORD, Maine (AP) _ Sanford, Maine, police say an abduction attempt reported by two 10-year-old girls was a hoax.

Police originally said the failed abduction attempt occurred Tuesday evening. The girls told police that a man in a black van attempted to abduct them but fled after they screamed.

The story quickly unraveled. By Thursday, police had determined that the girls made up the story.