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Driver of motorcycle injured in Alfred accident | Journal Tribune
07/08/2019
Driver of motorcycle injured in Alfred accident | Journal Tribune

Driver of motorcycle injured in Alfred accident | Journal Tribune

ALFRED— One person was injured in an accident on Sunday, July 7, afternoon at Gile Family Farm Store at 139 Waterboro Road in Alfred. At about 3:23 p.m., Alfred Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a motor vehicle collision including a car and a motorcycle, according to Alfred Fire & Rescue. The driver...

One injured in Limington motorcycle crash | Journal Tribune
07/07/2019
One injured in Limington motorcycle crash | Journal Tribune

One injured in Limington motorcycle crash | Journal Tribune

LIMINGTON — One man suffered severe injuries during a motorcycle crash on Friday, July 5 in Limington. According to the York County Sheriff's Office, Jordan Trafford, 23, of Limington, was operating his 2019 white Harley Davidson motorcycle on Sokokis Avenue when he lost control in the area of 604...

Town says farewell to Wells fire chief who died Friday | Journal Tribune
07/07/2019
Town says farewell to Wells fire chief who died Friday | Journal Tribune

Town says farewell to Wells fire chief who died Friday | Journal Tribune

WELLS — Although having served the town of Wells for only three years, Fire Chief Wayne Vetre made an indelible mark on the fire department he led. On Saturday, town officials, residents and the firefighters turned out to say a final farewell to the much respected chief who died Friday. At about 1...

Suspect arrested on OUI charges | Journal Tribune
07/07/2019
Suspect arrested on OUI charges | Journal Tribune

Suspect arrested on OUI charges | Journal Tribune

WATERBORO — On Friday, a man was arrested in Waterboro for operating under the influence while alleged driving with a suspended license. At about 10 p.m. on July 5, York County Sheriff's Office Deputy Cody Frazier stopped a speeding vehicle in Waterboro. The operator of the vehicle, Kyle Allman, 3...

Suspect arrested for Arundel rape | Journal Tribune
07/07/2019
Suspect arrested for Arundel rape | Journal Tribune

Suspect arrested for Arundel rape | Journal Tribune

ARUNDEL — A suspect has been arrested for an alleged rape on July 4 in Arundel. York County Sheriff's Office deputies were summoned to a campground in Arundel at about 10:15 p.m. Thursday for a reported rape. When the deputies arrived at the campground, a women told deputies that she was forcibly ...

Two injured in Saco motorcycle accident | Journal Tribune
07/07/2019
Two injured in Saco motorcycle accident | Journal Tribune

Two injured in Saco motorcycle accident | Journal Tribune

SACO — Two were injured in a motorcycle accident on U.S. Route 1 in Saco on Saturday, July 6, according to Saco Police. The accident, which was reported at 9:59 a.m., blocked traffic on both sides of Route 1, also known as the Portland Road, for nearly four hours. Only the motorcycle was involved ...

Sanford officials say arson to blame for Saturday fire | Journal Tribune
07/07/2019
Sanford officials say arson to blame for Saturday fire | Journal Tribune

Sanford officials say arson to blame for Saturday fire | Journal Tribune

SANFORD — Arson is to blame for the damage to two residences in an early morning fire in Sanford on Saturday, July 6, according to the Sanford Police Department; no one was injured during the blaze. The call reporting a fire at 26 Montreal St. came in at 4:26 a.m., Sanford Fire Lt. Rick Smith said...

Sanford fire officials say arson to blame for Saturday fire | Journal Tribune
07/06/2019
Sanford fire officials say arson to blame for Saturday fire | Journal Tribune

Sanford fire officials say arson to blame for Saturday fire | Journal Tribune

SANFORD — Arson is to blame for the damage to two residences in an early morning fire in Sanford on Saturday, July 6, according to the Sanford Police Department; no one was injured during the blaze. The call reporting a fire at 26 Montreal St. came in at 4:26 a.m., Sanford Fire Lt. Rick Smith said...

Seashore Trolley Museum celebrating 80th anniversary | Journal Tribune
07/06/2019
Seashore Trolley Museum celebrating 80th anniversary | Journal Tribune

Seashore Trolley Museum celebrating 80th anniversary | Journal Tribune

KENNEBUNKPORT — One of Southern Maine's favorite destinations is throwing a birthday party this weekend with all the bells and whistles and everyone is invited. The Seashore Trolley Museum is celebrating its 80th Anniversary with festivities continuing through Monday with a bevy of activities incl...

Kennebunkport purchases used boat for Cape Porpoise harbormaster | Journal Tribune
07/06/2019
Kennebunkport purchases used boat for Cape Porpoise harbormaster | Journal Tribune

Kennebunkport purchases used boat for Cape Porpoise harbormaster | Journal Tribune

KENNEBUNKPORT — The town of Kennebunkport has approved the purchase of a used boat for the Cape Porpoise Harbormaster. Cape Porpoise Harbor is located off Pier Road. The harbor has about 120 moorings, the majority used by commercial fisherman, according to the Kennebunkport town website. After lis...

New program aims to tackle STEM education, food insecurity in Biddeford | Journal Tribune
07/06/2019
New program aims to tackle STEM education, food insecurity in Biddeford | Journal Tribune

New program aims to tackle STEM education, food insecurity in Biddeford | Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — A unique program will attempt to educate young students about the importance of STEM-related courses and address food insecurity at the same time this summer in Biddeford. Sponsored by the Healthy Minds Initiative at McArthur Public Library in Biddeford, the new "Lunch and Learn" progr...

Biddeford sees changes with beach parking permits | Journal Tribune
07/05/2019
Biddeford sees changes with beach parking permits | Journal Tribune

Biddeford sees changes with beach parking permits | Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — It's summer. It's hot. And for many that means a day at the beach. But before you go make sure your prepared, with sunscreen, towels, snacks for the little ones, and in some communities you will need a beach permit in order to park you car. If you are planning a trip to Biddeford beach...

North Carolina firm acquires Biddeford's Sterling Rope Company | Journal Tribune
07/05/2019
North Carolina firm acquires Biddeford's Sterling Rope Company | Journal Tribune

North Carolina firm acquires Biddeford's Sterling Rope Company | Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — A North Carolina arborist and climbing gear firm has acquired Sterling Rope Company, Inc. of Biddeford. Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, Sherrill Inc., announced the acquisition Tuesday. Sherill currently distributes Sterling Rope products through their distribution business, SHERR...

Kennebunk Police investigate new phone scam | Journal Tribune
07/05/2019
Kennebunk Police investigate new phone scam | Journal Tribune

Kennebunk Police investigate new phone scam | Journal Tribune

KENNEBUNK — Police in Kennebunk are warning the public about a new telephone scam targeting area residents. Officers reported that they received a notification call of a telephone scam from a town resident late last month. The person is claiming to be someone from UPS and is advising people to sen...

Look, don't touch baby seals on beach | Journal Tribune
07/04/2019
Look, don't touch baby seals on beach | Journal Tribune

Look, don't touch baby seals on beach | Journal Tribune

OLD ORCHARD BEACH — Harbor seal pups look adorable, and though it's tempting to approach them, officials from Maine Mammals of Maine are asking people to please keep their distance from the cute creatures. Though some may think a harbor seal alone on the beach is stranded or abandoned, it's pretty...

Fireworks displays to entertain thousands across York County | Journal Tribune
07/04/2019
Fireworks displays to entertain thousands across York County | Journal Tribune

Fireworks displays to entertain thousands across York County | Journal Tribune

YORK COUNTY — Tonight the rockets' red glare, along with a rainbow of other colors, will brighten the nighttime skyline across York County to commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. Here's where a rundown of where and when to watch fireworks locally in Yor...

Arundel's Maine Classic Car Museum cruises into opening week | Journal Tribune
07/04/2019
Arundel's Maine Classic Car Museum cruises into opening week | Journal Tribune

Arundel's Maine Classic Car Museum cruises into opening week | Journal Tribune

ARUNDEL — Those in search of a genuine slice of Americana will find more than they bargained for at the new Maine Classic Car Museum. Since opening to the public Monday, visitors have been astonished at what Motorland co-owners Tim Stentiford amd Tom Marshall and their crew have been able to showc...

'Cupid of Chaos' remains subject of manhunt after fleeing halfway house | Journal Tribune
07/03/2019
'Cupid of Chaos' remains subject of manhunt after fleeing halfway house | Journal Tribune

'Cupid of Chaos' remains subject of manhunt after fleeing halfway house | Journal Tribune

YORK COUNTY — An Old Orchard Beach resident who pleaded guilty to bigamy charges of being married to four women at the same time and then disappeared from a transitional housing unit in late April remains the subject of an active police search. Michael Middleton, 43, entered a guilty plea to bigam...

New business gets clients sweating and stretching | Journal Tribune
07/03/2019
New business gets clients sweating and stretching | Journal Tribune

New business gets clients sweating and stretching | Journal Tribune

KENNEBUNK — A new yoga studio in Kennebunk is turning up the temperature with heated yoga and barre classes. Tiffany Lathrop opened The Daily Sweat on June 15 at 65 Portland Road, in the Shops at Long Bank. The studio offers a range of different yoga classes and Pilates-inspired barre classes. One...

Benches vandalized at Gooch's Beach | Journal Tribune
07/03/2019
Benches vandalized at Gooch's Beach | Journal Tribune

Benches vandalized at Gooch's Beach | Journal Tribune

KENNEBUNK — Kennebunk Police are requesting information from the public regarding several vandalized benches along Gooch's Beach. Lt. Eric O'Brien said police noticed the overturned and broken benches along the sidewalk of Beach Avenue around 4 a.m. on Sunday while out on patrol. A total of about ...

Missing Saco teen found | Journal Tribune
07/02/2019
Missing Saco teen found | Journal Tribune

Missing Saco teen found | Journal Tribune

SACO — A Saco teenager missing for more than three months has been returned to her home. Kayla Skula, 15, left a residential facility on March 22. She arranged for transportation and left the Portland Road area in an unknown vehicle, according to Saco police. Kayla had been missing since she left ...

Stone Soup food pantry expands services | Journal Tribune
07/02/2019
Stone Soup food pantry expands services | Journal Tribune

Stone Soup food pantry expands services | Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — The Stone Soup Food Pantry has been a reliable source for people in need of food for 25 years, and it's looking to expand its offerings. The all-volunteer run pantry provides food for about 150 families a week who come to the 180 Main St., Biddeford location. Those who come to the pant...

Larger than life: Billboard-sized artwork recreates iconic Maine postcard | Journal Tribune
07/02/2019
Larger than life: Billboard-sized artwork recreates iconic Maine postcard | Journal Tribune

Larger than life: Billboard-sized artwork recreates iconic Maine postcard | Journal Tribune

ARUNDEL — If you think it was easy to create the largest billboard-sized postcard in New England, think again. But the end result is something Danie Connolly is mighty proud of and something that tourists from all over the world are soon about to enjoy close up and personal. Harkening back to clas...

Unitil requests rate increase | Journal Tribune
07/02/2019
Unitil requests rate increase | Journal Tribune

Unitil requests rate increase | Journal Tribune

YORK COUNTY — A typical Unitil natural gas customer in Maine could see their cost rise more than 9 percent next year if a proposed rate increase is approved. Unitil Corporation provides electricity and natural gas in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts and has 105,600 electric customers and 82,...

Maine rocket company wins NASA grant | Journal Tribune
07/01/2019
Maine rocket company wins NASA grant | Journal Tribune

Maine rocket company wins NASA grant | Journal Tribune

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A Small Business Innovation Research grant proposal submitted by bluShift Aerospace earlier this year has been selected by NASA for negotiation of a contract. The Phase 1 grant will help bluShift develop its fully modular hybrid rocket engines, referred to as MAREVLs (Modula...

City Theater, Biddeford Historical Society to partner for epic reenactment | Journal Tribune
07/01/2019
City Theater, Biddeford Historical Society to partner for epic reenactment | Journal Tribune

City Theater, Biddeford Historical Society to partner for epic reenactment | Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — Following in the footsteps of colonialists, City Theater will team up with the Biddeford Historical Society to reenact Biddeford's debate about joining the American Revolution this weekend at the site of the actual event more than two centuries ago. The public is invited to witness a r...

Fur-ever friend: Waterboro nonprofit offers hope for pet owners in need | Journal Tribune
07/01/2019
Fur-ever friend: Waterboro nonprofit offers hope for pet owners in need | Journal Tribune

Fur-ever friend: Waterboro nonprofit offers hope for pet owners in need | Journal Tribune

EAST WATERBORO — From her home in East Waterboro, Nadine Molloy is making a difference in the lives of pet owners of York, Cumberland and Androscoggin counties and helping to keep them from abandoning their furry friends. Molloy was running a cat rescue in 2015 when she noticed that elderly reside...

New art exhibition to open at University of New England | Journal Tribune
06/30/2019
New art exhibition to open at University of New England | Journal Tribune

New art exhibition to open at University of New England | Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — An exhibition of paintings by artist Sandra Tardo-Long will be on display at the University of New England's Biddeford Campus Center throughout the month of July. A Louisiana native, Tardo-Long received a masters degree in fine arts from Louisiana State University. She moved to Maine i...

Sanford hitchhiker allegedly robs Bangor motorist who gave him a ride | Journal Tribune
06/30/2019
Sanford hitchhiker allegedly robs Bangor motorist who gave him a ride | Journal Tribune

Sanford hitchhiker allegedly robs Bangor motorist who gave him a ride | Journal Tribune

BANGOR — Police in Bangor have arrested a Sanford man and charged him with robbery following an incident there last week. According to Bangor Police Sergeant Wade Betters, officers responded to a parking lot of 89 State St. in Bangor for a reported on Thursday morning. Betters said that a male vic...

Recount overturns Buxton town election results by one vote | Journal Tribune
06/30/2019
Recount overturns Buxton town election results by one vote | Journal Tribune

Recount overturns Buxton town election results by one vote | Journal Tribune

BUXTON — A recount of the town of the election results of Buxton's Annual Town Meeting was conducted Saturday at the Buxton Tow Hall. According to Buxton Town Clerk John Myers, the recount was for two seats on the Buxton Board of Selectmen for three-year terms. Myers said Buxton had four designate...

Biddeford Planning Board to revisit proposed rezoning | Journal Tribune
06/29/2019
Biddeford Planning Board to revisit proposed rezoning | Journal Tribune

Biddeford Planning Board to revisit proposed rezoning | Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — A proposal to rezone a parcel on the Guinea Road has some Biddeford residents up in arms. The Biddeford City Council, which considered the matter on June 18, tabled it for a second time and sent the proposal back to the Planning Board with a mandate to review and recommend whether or n...

Sanford gearing up for Independence Day celebrations | Journal Tribune
06/29/2019
Sanford gearing up for Independence Day celebrations | Journal Tribune

Sanford gearing up for Independence Day celebrations | Journal Tribune

SANFORD — The city of Sanford will celebrate Independence Day with fun and festivities and a block party and fireworks set for July 3, followed by a big parade down Main Street on July 4. The annual event is one of the largest commemorations of America's independence from England in York County. T...

Medical marijuana office debuts as Sanford considers updated rules | Journal Tribune
06/29/2019
Medical marijuana office debuts as Sanford considers updated rules | Journal Tribune

Medical marijuana office debuts as Sanford considers updated rules | Journal Tribune

SANFORD – Cal Akers and James Dube, who own Wisely Cannabis at 81 Industrial Ave. in south Sanford, marked the recent opening of their office with a ribbon cutting with the Sanford Springvale Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. The company has been a member of the chamber for a couple of years, estim...

Biddeford resident draws nine-year prison sentence for sex trafficking | Journal Tribune
06/28/2019
Biddeford resident draws nine-year prison sentence for sex trafficking | Journal Tribune

Biddeford resident draws nine-year prison sentence for sex trafficking | Journal Tribune

PORTLAND — A Biddeford resident who pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor in Maine earlier this year has been sentenced to nine years in prison by a U.S. District Court judge. Isaac "Henny" Suero, 23, was arrested in August 2018 for the crime and had been charged with conspiracy to commit s...

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06/28/2019
Cornish teen suspects steal liquor, one assaults store clerk, deputies say | Journal Tribune

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CORNISH — A 16-year-old teen faces assault, threatening and other charges after he allegedly punched a store clerk, damaged store displays, stole liquor from a local supermarket and attempted to assault a deputy. Three other teens also face charges in connection with the incident that took place S...

Maine Turnpike Authority officials expect steady holiday traffic | Journal Tribune
06/28/2019
Maine Turnpike Authority officials expect steady holiday traffic | Journal Tribune

Maine Turnpike Authority officials expect steady holiday traffic | Journal Tribune

PORTLAND — The Maine Turnpike Authority anticipates a steady stream of traffic on its roadway leading up to Independence Day next Thursday. MTA expects traffic to grow by approximately 1.3 percent over last year's Fourth of July travel, with more than 700,000 transactions along the Maine Turnpike ...

City residents express frustration with Biddeford paid parking plan | Journal Tribune
06/28/2019
City residents express frustration with Biddeford paid parking plan | Journal Tribune

City residents express frustration with Biddeford paid parking plan | Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — Frustration was evident as residents expressed their dislike for Biddeford's paid parking plan during a meeting held Wednesday evening at the Little Theater at Biddeford High School. Some Biddeford City Councilors, Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant and Biddeford City Manager Jim Bennett li...

Sanford Meals on Wheels searching for new space | Journal Tribune
06/28/2019
Sanford Meals on Wheels searching for new space | Journal Tribune

Sanford Meals on Wheels searching for new space | Journal Tribune

SANFORD – Meals on Wheels, the program that provides meals to home bound seniors, is looking for new quarters in Sanford. A program of Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Meals on Wheels has been operating in space in the former Children's Center on Amherst Street for the past couple of years. But tha...

Alleged drug trafficker apprehended in Lebanon | Journal Tribune
06/27/2019
Alleged drug trafficker apprehended in Lebanon | Journal Tribune

Alleged drug trafficker apprehended in Lebanon | Journal Tribune

LEBANON — A suspect wanted in New Hampshire for allegedly conspiring to sell fentanyl was apprehended by Maine State Police in the woods off River Road in Lebanon late Wednesday night. Traver Brown, 41, was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service in connection with the case, which was investigated by ...

Working to restore service | Journal Tribune
06/27/2019
Working to restore service | Journal Tribune

Working to restore service | Journal Tribune

Utility crews worked to restore power and other services like telephone and Internet in north Alfred after a tree crashed down on power lines on Gore Road just before 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Power was out in parts of Shapleigh and north Alfred. TAMMY WELLS/Journal Tribune

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