Slaughterhouse owner plans to move forward

AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The owner of a recently approved slaughterhouse in Auburn says an intentionally set fire in his building will not slow down his plans.

Craig Linke spent the last 4 months working with city officials to approve a zoning change that would allow him to operate a stand alone slaughterhouse.

Monday night the council approved the zone change.  Hours later a fire was reported at the site on Trapp Road.

Investigators say it was arson and Auburn Police are looking for who is responsible.

Linke is out of town and has not seen the damage to the building but says he will not let the set back slow his development plans.

Officials say the flames only did minor damage to the front door and an office space.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the Auburn Police Department at 207-333-6650.



PORTLAND, ME – Cuddledown Inc., a Maine company known for their high-end quality bedding, sleepwear and more, recently chose The Dingley Press of Lisbon, Maine to print their catalogs.
A family-owned Maine company since 1973, Cuddledown makes their core products: pillows, comforters and featherbeds, in Portland. Cuddledown employs more than 95 staff, in jobs including everything from pillow filling machine operators and customer service reps to product developers, inventory managers, graphic and web designers and marketing analysts. With their primary offices and manufacturing facility located in Portland, Cuddledown also operates a flagship retail store and outlet in Freeport.
Cuddledown’s business continues to grow, with last year’s gross sales increasing 11% from 2009. In 2010 they printed approximately 15 million catalogs, mailed to customers nationwide.

Arson blamed for fire at site of proposed slaughterhouse

AUBURN, Maine (AP) -- The state fire marshal's office has ruled that an early morning fire at the site of a proposed slaughterhouse in central Maine was arson.

The Auburn City Council voted 4-2 Monday night to allow slaughterhouse operations in the city's agriculture zone, clearing the way for a slaughterhouse proposed on Trapp Road. In the weeks leading up to the vote, scores of signatures were collected on a petition opposing the zoning change.

Hours after the vote, a fire was reported early Tuesday morning at a building that would house the slaughterhouse. 

The state fire marshal's office says it isn't releasing the cause of the fire, but added interviews are being conducted as part of the investigation.



John Isaacson Wins National Recognition for Community Service
and Industry Accomplishments at NADA Convention
John Isaacson, CEO of Lee Auto Malls, a
Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, GMC, Honda and Nissan dealership in Auburn, Maine, was
honored today for his nomination for the 2011 TIME Dealer of the Year award.
Isaacson was one of a select group of dealers from across the country honored at the 94th
annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in
San Francisco today. The announcement of this year’s Dealer of the Year and finalists
was made by Kim Kelleher, Publisher of TIME, and Johann Finkelmeier, Vice President
& General Manager - Original Equipment N.A.

Lewiston slot parlor petitioners meet threshold

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine's top election official says supporters of a casino in Lewiston have submitted enough petitions to place their proposal before the Maine Legislature.

The proposal would change Maine's law to allow a casino in Lewiston. Secretary of State Charles Summers said Friday a review determined that there were 59,095 valid signatures, exceeding the statutory threshold by 1,818. If the Legislature does not approve the casino bill, it will go to a statewide referendum this November.

L/A tackles bed bug problem

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- About 150 people came to Bates College Friday to discuss how to attack a issue that's gnawing at more and more of us: How to get rid of bed bugs.

The conference was sponsored by the Lewiston Auburn Public Health Committee. Bed bugs are considered widespread in southern and central Maine. And even the experts say there is no sure-fire way to get rid of them every time, though heat and certain pesticides can be effective.

Jim Dill, a pest expert at the University Of Maine Cooperative Extension, says your best bet is to avoid bed bugs in the first place. Check hotel rooms thoroughly, and take a look at upholstered furniture before you sit down. He's posted a video on YouTube to show how to do it.

Home destroyed by fire in Lewiston

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Fire crews ran into some problems with the snow while trying to fight a fire Wednesday night.

The call came in around 11PM for flames showing from a house on Old Greene Road.  The Fire Captain tells us two people were home at the time of the fire. They were able to make it out safely.

 He says fire crews were hampered by slick road conditions trying to get to the fire on the outskirts of the city. While they were fighting it, snow banks and snow on the roof of the home became major obstacles.

 The Fire Captain says the fire was started by a wood stove. The home was destroyed by the flames.