Shopper loses engagement ring at Old Navy

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A holiday shopper left the Old Navy store in South Portland last Thursday wondering if she would ever see her engagement ring again.

The woman lost her ring in the Old Navy dressing room last week and store staffers helped her look for it, but no one could find it.

The woman left her name and phone number with a store manager in hope that they would come across it, but with the chaotic holiday shopping season, the contact information was lost.

A cleaning person discovered the ring the next day, but they had no way to find her. Store manager Allison Turk said they used social media to get the message out that the ring had been found. A friend of the ring owner saw one of the posts and notified her.

Maine lagging behind in solar energy

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- According to the Natural Resources Council of Maine, solar panels surged in popularity in the state and across the county in 2014, but Maine is still lagging due to lack of solar energy policy.

SoPo Police arrest alleged hit and run driver

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland Police arrested a man who allegedly stuck a pedestrian on Broadway Wednesday evening.

South Portland Police responded to the intersection of Broadway and Harriet Street and found a man lying in the roadway unconscious with life threatening injuries. Officers said they could tell a motor vehicle had hit the man because of the evidence at the scene.

Rescue personnel transported the victim, who is not being identified, to Maine Medical Center.


South Portland swears in new mayor

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland swore in a new mayor Monday who's described as a friendly boss, who's a stickler for the rules and a proponent of public engagement.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Linda Cohen spent years grinding the gears of city government, working 21 years as a city clerk in South Portland and Portland. She won awards for integrity and professionalism and is now president of the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce.

Fifty-nine-year-old Cohen hasn't walked the straightest path to mayor of Maine's fourth largest city. She grew up in Portland often surviving off government cheese and public assistance while her mother battled alcoholism. She dropped out of the University of Southern Maine twice, but re-enrolled full-time while pregnant.

Late storm makes for easy morning travel

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Despite this being the busiest travel day of the year, everything was normal and calm at Portland Jetport Wednesday morning.

The only cancellation before Noon was Delta flight 3909 to LaGuardia in New York. Cancellations and delays started to increase after noon. Some passengers told NEWS CENTER they were relieved that they were heading out early and missing the looming storm.

All five airlines have issued travel advisories for the day. As always though, it's best to check with your carrier before you head out the door.

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Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine marijuana advocates say their state is in position to become the first state in the Northeast to legalize recreational use of the drug.

Marijuana legalization proponents around the country scored a series of wins on election night, when Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. all went legal. Supporters of legalization in Maine say their efforts are buoyed by a ballot initiative in South Portland that legalized small amounts of marijuana in the state's fourth-largest city. Portland voters also legalized marijuana in Maine's largest city in 2013.

Stephen King's newest book is released

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Stephen King is wrapping up a six-city book tour in his home state.

The Maine-based horror writer is making his final appearance at Books-A-Million in South Portland, where he'll be signing copies of his book, "Revival."

The book launched on Nov. 11.

King has described it as a "straight-ahead horror novel."

About 900 of King's fans showed up last week to get tickets, but only 400 were rewarded with a chance to meet King.

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