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Maine Man Indicted For Killing Grandmother With Hammer

Updated 8 hours ago

WILTON, Maine (AP) — A grand jury is indicting a 22-year-old man charged with killing his grandmother with a hammer.

The Morning Sentinel ( ) reports a grand jury finds there is probable cause for the case against Dana Craney to go to trial. Police say he told investigators he attacked 67-year-old Joanne Goudreau in her bed and then dragged her body outside. Police say Craney covered Goudreau with plywood and trash bags after the attack.

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Power Outages Minimal After Storm

Updated 19 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s utilities are reporting just a couple of dozen customers without power in the wake of a massive blizzard that left two feet or more of snow in its wake in some spots.

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Stetson Man Faces Child Sexual Assault Charge

Updated 14 hours ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has charged a former Farmington man with sexually assaulting a child five years ago.

Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. says 39-year-old Shawn Flagg, of Stetson, was arrested Monday on a felony charge of gross sexual assault.

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Crews From Several Towns Respond To Whitefield House Fire

Updated 19 hours ago

WHITEFIELD, Maine (AP) — Firefighters from five towns attacked a fire at a Whitefield home.

An emergency dispatcher for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says the blaze was reported at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and the house was engulfed in flames by the time firefighting crews arrived.

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Cleanup Begins After Massive Snowstorm

Updated 19 hours ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine residents are facing frigid temperatures as they begin to dig out their homes and cars after a powerful snowstorm.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Gray say temperatures will be in the single digits for many Mainers on Wednesday. While the snow has tapered off, strong winds on the coast will make for drifting and blowing snow.

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Snowstorm Will Disrupt Travel In Maine Into Wednesday

Updated 19 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Traveling by land, air and sea will remain difficult in Maine because of the snowstorm.

Bangor International Airport officials say it’s unclear when scheduled flights will be able to depart on Wednesday. A spokesman says the airport anticipates “some flights resuming late morning,” but that is subject to change.

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Rights Commission: Landlords Discriminated Against Tenant

Updated 1 day ago

The Maine Human Rights Commission has ruled that Norridgewock landlords discriminated against a former tenant by trying to evict her after her daughter visited with her service dog.

The commission also found by a 5-0 vote on Monday that Oakley and Donna Brann retaliated against Dawn Zammuto for filing a complaint with the commission.

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Maine Residents Must Register With Job Bank For Unemployment

Updated 1 day ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine labor officials are giving more than 2,200 people until next week to join the Maine Job Bank in order to continue getting unemployment benefits.

The Sun Journal ( ) reports the change coincides with a $1.9 million unemployment computer system upgrade that prompts residents to register for the job bank as they file an unemployment claim. Department of Labor spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz says the current system “doesn’t force you to finish” registering with the job bank.

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USM Announces Three Finalists For President Position

Updated 1 day ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — University of Southern Maine officials have narrowed it down to three finalists in their search for a new president.

The finalists announced Tuesday are Glenn Cummings, Harvey Kesselman and Jose Sartarelli.

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Maine Looking To License Elver Exporters

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fisheries regulators say the state should license elver exporters as part of the state’s effort to tighten oversight of the fishery.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is preparing legislation to require individuals who ship baby eels overseas to buy a $5,000 exporter’s license. The state already licenses elver fishermen and dealers. Maine elver fishermen harvested nearly 9,700 pounds of the eels last year at an estimated value of $8.4 million.

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Maine Gas Prices Fall More Than 4 Cents Over Last Week

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The average price of gasoline in Maine has fallen 4.3 cents a gallon in the last week.

Website GasBuddy.com reports the average price was $2.11 per gallon, according to a daily survey of 1,228 Maine outlets. The website says the national average fell 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.02 per gallon.

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UMS Plan Would Reduce Tuition For Out-of-state GI Dependents

Updated 2 days ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System is considering a proposal to reduce tuition for military veterans’ dependents living outside the state.

The system would offer in-state tuition to all veterans’ dependents who qualify for the GI Bill, bringing it in line with new federal requirements for public colleges and universities.

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Maine Lawmakers Press To Find Funding For Cold Case Unit

Updated 3 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers from both parties are making a push this year to fund a unit in the attorney general’s office that would focus solely on investigating the state’s more than 100 unsolved homicides.

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2 St. Albans Teens Charged In Gun Thefts

Updated 6 days ago

HARTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police say two 15-year-old boys from St. Albans have been charged with six burglaries and thefts, including the theft of guns, in Hartland, St. Albans and Palmyra.

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Portland Landlord Faces Deadline To Fix Code Violations

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — City officials say the landlord of a Portland apartment building in which six people died in a fire is facing legal action if he fails to fix safety code violations in another building he owns.

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Couple Delivering Hot Meal Saves Winthrop Man

Updated 6 days ago

WINTHROP, Maine (AP) — A couple of volunteers for an organization that delivers hot meals to elderly residents of Winthrop is being credited with saving a 99-year-old man’s life.

Nelson and Sherry Lavigne, volunteers for Winthrop Hot Meal Kitchen, said they were making a delivery around 5 p.m. Wednesday when they found Gordon Alcott down on his back porch, bleeding from the head.

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Police: Michigan Homicide Suspect Spotted In Maine

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Law enforcement authorities say a man wanted in connection with the death of his wife in Michigan has been spotted in Maine.

The Allegan County Sheriff’s office in Michigan says Maine law enforcement officials have received several possible sightings of Harold “Butch” Knight in Maine since Jan. 16.

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Drag Racing Facility In Oxford To Reopen In Spring

Updated 6 days ago

OXFORD, Maine (AP) — A popular drag racing facility in Oxford, Maine, will reopen this coming spring after suspending operations for the 2014 season.

The Sun Journal reports Oxford Dragway owner Jeff Shock and operations manager Crystal Lancaster say there will be a season this year and they will host a drivers meeting on Feb. 1. The eighth-mile straightaway did not have sufficient help to host its weekly races last year.

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Gov. LePage Promoting Awareness Of Human Trafficking

Updated 6 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is seeking to raise awareness of human trafficking.

The Republican governor will sign a proclamation on Friday that designates next week as “Human Trafficking Awareness Week.”

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Jeweler Says He Has N. America’s Largest Apatite Gemstone

Updated 6 days ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine jeweler says a piece of apatite he is cutting is the largest apatite gemstone ever found in North America.

The Sun Journal reports Dennis Creaser of Paris, Maine, says the purple gemstone weighed 65.5 carats when it arrived in his store. A Connecticut mineral dealer hired him to cut the gem after obtaining it when a collector in that state died. The apatite came from Pulsifer Quarry in Auburn, Maine, where it was mined.

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