Category Archives: Cops & Courts

South Portland police find the ‘Elf on the Shelf.’ Kind of…

Elf on the Shelf (BDN photo by Linda Coan O'Kresik)

In case you don’t have children — or any access to social media — the “Elf on the Shelf” has become a bit of a Christmastime craze in recent years. The gist is this: During the weeks leading up to Christmas, parents place the signature elf doll in various places around the house after the […]

Homeless Portland man records emotional video message in hopes of reuniting with sister

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The Portland Police Department posted a note on its Facebook page from the founder of the organization Miracle Messages, which is traveling the country recording short video messages of homeless people seeking to reunite with estranged loved ones. The group circulates the messages on social media in hopes of finding those family members and re-establishing those […]

Report: Female attorneys asked to take off their bras before being allowed into Portland jail to see clients


The Portland Press Herald’s Scott Dolan reported today that some southern Maine lawyers are expressing outrage after officials at the Cumberland County Jail began asking women defense attorneys to take off their underwire bras before entering the facility to see their clients. The underwire bras reportedly have been setting off the jail’s metal detector, and Cumberland County […]

#CongressStCat: Social media follows rescue of cat stuck on Portland building ledge

A Portland firefighter stands by as a cat rescued from a Time & Temperature Building ledge is reunited with its owner. (Photo by Jim McCarthy)

Nothing thrives on social media like a cat. This is what happens when old fashioned, small-town-type news intersects with 21st century news distribution methods. Veteran Maine journalist and MaineBiz senior writer Jim McCarthy was out for a walk in downtown Portland when he came upon what he called “this moment of drama” at the recognizable Time […]