Possibility of aviation firm setting up shop at former Loring base unlikely

LIMESTONE, Maine — Almost exactly a year since it was first announced, the prospect of an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul company setting up operations at the former Loring Air Force base now seems highly unlikely, according to Loring Development Authority officials.

Representatives of the company, whose name has not yet been made public, last year delivered truckloads of aviation equipment to the Arch Hangar on the base. In announcing an agreement with the company last June, LDA President and CEO Carl Flora said the firm’s name would not be revealed until it officially started operations in the wintertime.

Since …read more

Man guilty of investment fraud, sentenced to 48 months

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire authorities say a 77-year-old Maine man has been sentenced to 48 months in prison for operating a multi-million dollar investment fraud scheme.

William Bischoff defrauded more than two dozen clients of his financial advisory business from 2009 until 2017. He stole $5.6 million from the defrauded investors. He falsely promised to invest their money in real estate, legal settlements and a recycling business.

Bischoff hid the scheme by using money from some investors to pay off others.

The York, Maine resident pleaded guilty in March to wire fraud and failing to file federal tax returns. He was sentenced …read more

Man charged with robbing Gronkowski’s home arraigned

WRENTHAM, Mass. — One of three men charged in connection with a robbery at the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski while he was away at the Super Bowl has been held on $100,000 bail.

The Sun Chronicle reports that 26-year-old Shane Denn, wearing a Patriots T-shirt, pleaded not guilty Wednesday. If he makes bail, he must stay away from Gronkowski and wear a GPS monitoring device.

Authorities say the Tewksbury man broke into Gronkowski’s Foxborough home on Feb. 4 and stole several items, including three guns belonging to Gronkowski’s roommate. Police say some items, including high-end watches and …read more

This is what it feels like to be separated at the border

One November night in 1988, I crossed the Soviet border with my family, leaving behind friends, relatives, property and life as we knew it — forever. I was 8, traveling with my parents and 4-year-old brother. Between the four of us, we had refugee exit papers out of the U.S.S.R.; four suitcases and $360 ($90 per person), which was all that we were allowed to take with us; and our much-coveted tickets for the night train to Vienna, the first stop on the journey to our new life. We did not know what lay ahead, but we had no way …read more

Maine needs a governor who will prioritize clean energy

After a protracted primary campaign and a long week of ranked-choice tabulation, Maine’s gubernatorial slate is set. As voters assess their options for state leadership, two intertwined issues need to rise to prominence: Maine’s economy and environment. To advance both, Maine’s next governor must prioritize a clean energy future.

The good news is that this future is close at hand. With smart energy policy reform based on proven results in other states, Maine can lower energy costs; save residents and businesses money on their utility bills; boost its own economy; grow its workforce with good-paying efficiency, HVAC and solar jobs; …read more

US will stop prosecuting parents who cross the border illegally with children, official says

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities will no longer file criminal charges against migrant parents who cross into the United States illegally, a senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection official told The Washington Post on Thursday.

The about-face comes just one day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending his administration’s widely denounced practice of separating parents and children apprehended for illegally crossing the Mexico border. Trump’s order said the government would maintain a “zero tolerance” policy toward those who break the law, but the senior U.S. official, asked to explain how the government would change enforcement practices, said Border Patrol …read more

Bangor police find explosives in Essex Street home

Part of Essex Street was shut down Tuesday night when police officers found explosives while searching a home.

James Smith, 35, was summoned on charges of criminal use of explosives and possession of firearms by a prohibited person, both of which are Class C felonies, according to police.

Members of the Criminal Investigation Division and Special Enforcement Team were originally responding to a call about a person in possession of a firearm. When they searched the home, they discovered materials that constituted explosives. It was not immediately clear what the materials were.

Bangor Police Sgt. Wade Betters said neighbors were evacuated and part …read more

Border patrol agents question drivers at I-95 checkpoint about citizenship

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents set up a checkpoint Wednesday on Interstate 95, stopping drivers and asking them questions about their citizenship before letting them proceed.

The random checkpoint shut down the southbound lane between the Penobscot County towns of Howland and Lincoln. Several agents set up cones blocking the highway, and then asked vehicle occupants questions about their citizenship. Southbound drivers could not avoid the roadblock.

“If you want to continue down the road, then yes ma’am. We need to know what citizen — what country you’re a citizen of,” an agent said Wednesday evening. When questioned about what would …read more

Maine high court delays Medicaid expansion to hear LePage appeal

AUGUSTA, Maine — The chief justice of Maine’s high court delayed the implementation of Medicaid expansion, at least until oral arguments in a legal battle on the issues are held in mid-July, rankling advocates by stretching past a statutory deadline for coverage.

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued a one-page document on Wednesday that preserves the status quo in the legal fight between Gov. Paul LePage’s administration and advocates of expanding Medicaid to an estimated 70,000 adults with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Portland eyes building state’s largest homeless shelter near Westbrook city line

Portland staff are recommending building a new homeless shelter on Brighton Avenue, adjacent to The Barron Center and Westbrook city line.

The proposed 200-bed facility, which will offer services such as on-site meals and mental health and substance use counseling, is meant to replace the cramped Oxford Street Shelter that has been the center of rising tension in Portland’s troubled Bayside neighborhood.

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The Oxford Street Shelter, currently the state’s largest homeless shelter, now has space for 154 people to sleep. But the city often relies on the Preble Street Resource Center to …read more