Maine

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Cops: Grandma With Bum Knee Stopped Abduction

James Cavallaro allegedly tried to snatch toddler

(Newser) - The Maine State Museum worker who police say prevented the abduction of a 2-year-old girl is a 65-year-old woman with a bum knee. But Sharon Wise says she was ready for a "big fight" if the alleged assailant hadn't stopped trying to yank the girl through the exit.... More »

Passer-by Saves Baby From Sunken Car

Another passer-by in Maine gives the girl CPR

(Newser) - Two Good Samaritans teamed up to save the life of a baby in a submerged SUV, reports AP . The rescue unfolded in Kossuth Township, Maine, when Leo Moody spotted the flipped vehicle in about 3 feet of water in a culvert. The driver and two passengers had made it to... More »

Hickox, Boyfriend Are Leaving Maine Town

Ted Wilbur has withdrawn from nursing program

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox's 21-day Ebola incubation period ends at 11:59pm tomorrow, and the Maine nurse will waste little time after that in getting out of Dodge, reports the Bangor Daily News . Hickox's boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, has withdrawn from the nursing program at the University of Maine Fort Kent,... More »

Maine Hit by Deadliest Fire in 30 Years

5 killed in blaze

(Newser) - Fire swept through a two-apartment building near the University of Southern Maine's commuter campus in Portland this morning, killing five people and critically injuring one, authorities say. The fire, which gutted the two-story structure, was reported at 7:17 am following a Halloween party the night before. "We... More »

Judge Orders Maine to Let Nurse Go Out

Kaci Hickox can be in public places, but still must submit to monitoring

(Newser) - Maine nurse Kaci Hickox won some freedom today: A judge ruled that she can go out in public, though she still must submit to regular health checks, reports the Bangor Daily News . District Court Chief Judge Charles LaVerdiere decided that the state, which wants her to stay home for the... More »

Maine Gov. Wants Nurse's Blood

Paul LePage suggests blood test could resolve Kaci Hickox's situation

(Newser) - Maine is seeking a court order to force nurse Kaci Hickox to remain in quarantine for Ebola, but the whole issue "could be resolved" with a simple blood test, Gov. Paul LePage told ABC News yesterday as Hickox was spotted out for a bike ride ; her boyfriend later accepted... More »

Behind Deadly Haunted Hayride: Mechanical Problem

Officials investigating whether 1979 Jeep was overloaded

(Newser) - A mechanical problem caused a 1979 Jeep towing a wagon full of passengers to careen down a steep Maine hill and slam into a tree during a Halloween-themed hayride in the woods, killing 17-year-old Cassidy Charette and injuring more than 20 other people, authorities say. Investigators are inspecting the Jeep... More »

Elderly LA Woman Vanishes, Found Years Later in Maine

Sarah Cheiker apparently gave her money to 3 companions

(Newser) - An elderly woman is still fuming after three people allegedly took her money and left her to live in squalor in rural Maine, a source tells the LA Times . The paper today revisits a story that has its start around 2008, when three people randomly knocked on the Los Angeles... More »

Horror as Hayride Flips, Killing 1, Injuring All Aboard

'I’ve never witnessed a single incident that resulted in so many injuries': sheriff

(Newser) - A haunted hayride went horribly awry last night in Maine, when a Jeep pulling a wagon full of people toward a haunted house missed a turn, flipping the wagon and injuring all 22 aboard, along with the Jeep's driver, reports the Press Herald . A 17-year-old girl died overnight, adds... More »

Again Made in USA: Lincoln Logs

Production of iconic building toy returns from China

(Newser) - Lincoln Logs, the popular toy created nearly a century ago by a son of Frank Lloyd Wright, is coming home to the USA. Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced yesterday that the toy logs, created by John Lloyd Wright and used to create miniature toy buildings, will be made at Pride... More »

Theft of Kids' Onions Has Happy Ending

As does the theft of other kids' pumpkins

(Newser) - What started out as a lousy lesson for a fifth-grade class in Maine has turned into a nice one instead. As the Morning Sentinel reports, the lousy part is that somebody stole all 100 onions planted by the class. The kids were going to give them to the school cafeteria... More »

2 Rare Albino Lobsters Caught in Maine

While a fisherman in Florida reels in a giant shrimp

(Newser) - More strange finds from the sea : Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week, reports the Portland Press Herald . Bret Philbrick caught his off of Owls Head on Thursday and Joe Bates caught one off the Rockland breakwater days earlier. Albino lobsters are believed... More »

Tallest Lighthouse in New England Sells for $78K

Maine tower is still active as a navigational aid

(Newser) - New England's tallest lighthouse has been sold for $78,000. The federal General Services Administration says the winning bidder for the Boon Island Light Station off York, Maine, is Art Girard of Portland, Maine. The GSA closed out an auction of the 133-foot-tall lighthouse tower on Aug. 17. The... More »

30-Year Hermit: Jail Was Worse Than My Solitude

Christopher Knight of Maine talks to 'GQ' about life after his capture

(Newser) - The hermit speaks. Christopher Knight, better known as the North Pond Hermit, spent nearly 30 years living in isolation in the woods of central Maine before his arrest on burglary charges last year. He's out of jail now, though living in the community again as part of his court... More »

Fluoride Levels in Our Water Could Be Making Us Dumber

Private wells in Maine may have far too much

(Newser) - The CDC applauds the adding of fluoride to our water supply as one of the biggest public health triumphs of the 20th century. But it seems too much fluoride can do a lot of damage. Not only can it actually damage our teeth and weaken our bones—studies in China... More »

Guy's Jail Attire: T-Shirt With His Own Mugshot

Says 'sponsored by Bud Light' after DUI

(Newser) - A 19-year-old managed to turn his two-day stint in jail into a comedy routine. Bobby Burt, who was arrested for drunk driving in Maine in June, arrived to serve his sentence earlier this month wearing a shirt featuring his own mugshot, the AP reports The shirt's text, per the... More »

Men Move Family Ashes, Are Charged With Abusing Corpse

'We just thought we had a right': Kevin Lewis

(Newser) - Kevin Lewis thought it was no big deal when he and a couple of relatives unearthed the ashes of his father and brother in Standish, Maine, and reburied them about 10 miles down the road in Limington. "We just thought we had a right," Lewis tells the Portland ... More »

War Crimes Suspect Walks Into Maine

Rwandan believed to have been complicit in massacre is arrested near Canada border

(Newser) - A man suspected of involvement in the Rwandan genocide was arrested in a Maine town after apparently strolling over the nearby Canadian border. Jean Leonard Teganya, 42, is now in US custody and expected to be shipped back to Rwanda. In 2011, Teganya was ordered deported from Canada after a... More »

Family of 5 Found Shot Dead in Maine Home

Cops suspect murder-suicide in Saco killings

(Newser) - Police in Saco, Maine, say they're not seeking any other suspects after a mother and father and their three children were found shot dead yesterday afternoon inside their home. The bodies of the parents, who were in their mid-30s, and their children—boys ages 12 and 7 and a... More »

Gun Tattoo Guy Busted With Real Thing

Michael Smith went to deputy's house with Glock in waistband

(Newser) - Guns in waistbands appear to be a recurring theme in the life of Michael Smith of Maine. Just a few months after the realistic tattoo of a holstered gun on his waist caused state troopers to descend upon his house , the 41-year-old has been arrested with a real gun tucked... More »

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