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Church outbreak grows; Mills spars with GOP on Pence rally

Oct. 20, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BROOKS, Maine (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak centered around a church in a small town in Maine has grown to more than 40 cases and could spread significantly, public health authorities in the state said Tuesday. The outbreak began at Brooks Pentecostal Church in the small Waldo County town of Brooks, Maine...

Man arrested in California stemming from 2016 Maine killing

Oct. 20, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine said a 23-year-old man was arrested in California in connection with a 2016 shooting death in Portland. Aristotle Stilley, formerly of South Portland, was arrested in Sacramento, California, early Tuesday morning, Portland police said. A Cumberland County grand...

City officials against social ballot referendums in Portland

Oct. 17, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — There’s no backing from most elected officials in Portland City Hall for a series for referendums on minimum wage, affordable housing, construction practices, rent control and short-term rentals. Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and seven members of the City Council all have come...

Man sentenced to 28 years in prison for killing girlfriend

Oct. 14, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge imposed a 28-year sentence Wednesday on a Portland, Maine, man who described the longtime girlfriend he killed as “my best friend, the love of my life, the girl of my dreams.” Gregory Vance, 62, pleaded guilty in November to murdering Patricia Grassi, who was 59...

A Metro bus driver wears a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus while while working on a rainy day, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Portland, Maine. State health officials reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and no additional deaths. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine increases limits on indoor seating ahead of winter

Oct. 13, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine businesses are dealing with a new set of guidelines designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus on Tuesday in preparation for the cold winter months. The state has increased its limit on indoor seating to either 50% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less, according to the...

UNE to move its College of Osteopathic Medicine to Portland

Oct. 13, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Funding from the Harold Alfond Foundation will help the University of New England move the College of Osteopathic Medicine from the main campus in Biddeford to a 100,000-square-foot building in Portland, the university announced Tuesday. The $30 million grant also will be used to...

This booking photo released Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, by the Dover, N.H., Police Department shows Nicholas Mitchell, of Dover, accused of putting razor blades in pizza dough sold on Oct. 5 at a Hannaford supermarket in Saco, Maine. Mitchell is due in court for arraignment on Tuesday, Oct. 13. (Dover Police Department via AP)

More supermarkets recall pizza dough after tampering episode

Oct. 13, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

SACO, Maine (AP) — Another supermarket chain is recalling a brand of fresh pizza dough amid concerns about tampering. Shaw’s and Star Market announced the company is removing Portland Pie Co. pizza dough from the shelves of its supermarkets in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode...

Voters to decide on strengthening facial recognition ban

Oct. 12, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — This year, residents of Portland, Maine, will vote on a proposal to add enforcements to the ordinance that bans the use of facial recognition software by police and city agencies. On Nov. 3, Portland voters will decide if an ordinance that would allow citizens to sue the city for...

With colder weather, musicians face bleak times in Maine

Oct. 12, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland, Maine, residents got a rare treat during the pandemic — the city held its first performance at Deering Oaks Park. But the arrival of colder weather means events like the one on Sunday will continue to be few and far between until the spring, further cutting into the...

Razor blades found in pizza dough leads to man's arrest

Oct. 12, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

SACO, Maine (AP) — A man suspected of putting razor blades into fresh pizza dough sold at a Maine supermarket was arrested, officials said. A customer at the Hannaford’s grocery story in Saco, Maine found razor blades in a Portland Pie brand pizza dough purchased on Oct. 5, authorities said. ...