Lewiston-Auburn

State police investigating death of 3-year-old girl

LOVELL, Maine — State police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl, according to a police spokesman. Sophia Mae Frost, who lived in Lovell with her mother and a 5-year-old sibling, died Monday, according to Department of Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland. While foul play is not suspected in …

Rangeley man arrested after allegedly stealing bicycles, attempting to sell one on Craigslist

RANGELEY, Maine — A local man was arrested Saturday after allegedly stealing a pair of mountain bikes and trying to sell one for $4,800 on Craigslist, according to police. The bikes that Randall Thompson, 18, of Rangeley stole from a condo in town on Aug. 1 were valued at $6,000 …

Poland gets lower bill for TIF accounting

POLAND — Selectmen on Tuesday received a revised bill from John Cleveland of Community Dynamics for services on two Poland Spring Water Co. TIF accounts. The amount was $6,900, the original estimate for sorting out the financial history of the two Tax Increment Financing agreeme…

Redistricting: Lewiston schools looking for volunteers for new committee

LEWISTON — Lewiston School Superintendent Bill Webster said Tuesday that he wants to hear from parents and community members interested in serving on a new redistricting committee. The School Committee authorized the committee Monday night. Members of that group will be charged with …

DHHS delays, backlogs upset Mainers

Roger J. Bisson’s wife waited on hold with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services one day last month for two hours before she heard the telltale “click.” “They hung up on us,” said Bisson of Topsham, whose severely disabled adult daughter was nearly cut from MaineCare last month…

Cleveland says work on Poland TIFs extensive

POLAND — A state senator who runs an economic development consulting firm said Tuesday that his work separating the accounting records for a pair of tax-increment financing districts the town maintains was more involved than he expected. State Sen. John Cleveland, D-Auburn, said to a…

Request denied to keep student with special needs at Geiger

 LEWISTON — In an emotional request that was rejected, Auburn parent Megan Parks asked the Lewiston School Committee to allow her special-needs son to attend Geiger this fall. Parks was told the decision rested with Superintendent Bill Webster, not the committee. And Webster sai…

Request denied to keep student with special needs at Geiger

 LEWISTON — In an emotional request that was rejected, Auburn parent Megan Parks asked the Lewiston School Committee to allow her special-needs son to attend Geiger this fall. Parks was told the decision rested with Superintendent Bill Webster, not the committee. And Webster sai…

Lewiston will sell advertising on high school athletic fields

LEWISTON — For the first time this year, businesses will be able to “buy” signs, or advertise their products or companies on Lewiston High School’s sports fields. The Lewiston School Committee voted Monday night to authorize…

Auburn tax rate up 20 cents more; council sets due date

AUBURN — The city’s property tax rate will be about 20 cents higher than councilors approved in June. City Manager Clinton Deschene said Monday that reductions in taxable business property and the set-aside account for property tax abatements ended up trimming the city’s assessed val…