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Sheriff: Pills, Guns, Cash Seized From Avon Home

Updated 3 days ago

AVON, Maine (AP) — Authorities say they have made a major drug bust in Franklin County.

Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. says deputies executing a search warrant seized more than 400 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, as well as more than a pound of processed marijuana, $100,000 in cash and firearms from an Avon man’s home late last week.

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Ticks Thriving After Long, Cold Winter

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Experts say Maine’s long, cold winter has done little to thwart the state’s tick population and the risk of tick-borne diseases.

Chuck Lubelczyk, an ecologist with Maine Medical Center Research Institute, says early counts indicate that the tick population appears to be similar to last year.

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Buxton Home Heavily Damaged By Fire

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BUXTON, Maine (AP) — Buxton’s fire chief says it appears a home in town is a total loss after an early morning fire, but there are no reports of injuries.

The blaze at the home on Narragansett Trail was reported at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

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Massachusetts Couple Dies In Maine Car Crash

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WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine have identified the Massachusetts couple who died in a car crash in Waldoboro last week.

Police on Monday said 68-year-old Raymond Thompson and 70-year-old Peggy Aldrich died in a head-on crash on Atlantic Highway on Friday afternoon.

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LePage Celebrating New UNE Campus In Morocco

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is visiting Morocco to celebrate the opening of the University of New England’s new campus in Tangier.

The Republican governor is scheduled to speak at the inauguration ceremony on Tuesday.

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Police: NYC Man Faces Counterfeiting Charge

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine police have arrested a New York City man they say used teenage girls to spend counterfeit $100 bills at a mall.

A worker at the Maine Mall in South Portland contacted police at about 6 p.m. Monday to say a young woman had tried to use a fake $100 bill to make a purchase.

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Earth Day Events Come To Maine

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YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Mainers are celebrating Earth Day with events ranging from a search for invasive insects to a candidate for governor announcing his energy policy.

In one of the events Tuesday, state agencies are partnering with the town of Yarmouth to survey its ash trees for invasive Emerald Ash Borers from noon to 3 p.m.

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Theater Troupe Says School Ruined Costumes

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A Maine theater company is suing a New Jersey school district with a complaint that the school damaged costumes loaned for a production of the musical comedy “Spamalot.”

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4 Hospitalized In Portland Car Crash

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A four-car crash on Interstate 295 in Portland left three people injured and backed up traffic for more than hour.

The crash occurred late Monday morning in the southbound lane of the interstate near exit 5A. Police told the Portland Press Herald that the accident occurred when Ardo Amir, 57, of Portland, attempted to re-enter the highway from the exit’s off-ramp. His car was struck by a car driven by Katharine Bavoso, 23, of New Jersey.

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Maine Gas Prices Up From Last Week And Last Year

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Averages gas prices in Maine are up nearly 4 cents a gallon from a week ago and analysts say the trend is expected to continue into next month.

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3 Charged In Cambridge Home Invasion

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CAMBRIDGE, Maine (AP) — Police have upgraded charges against three people they allege were responsible for a masked home invasion in Cambridge last month.

The Morning Sentinel reports that the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department says 25-year-old Melinda Riggs, the alleged getaway driver, is now charged with robbery, burglary and theft.

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Biddeford Cycling Center Plans Expansion

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A nonprofit bicycle repair and activity center in Biddeford is preparing to move into a new facility officials hope will get more kids involved and allow for expanded programs.

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Easter Day Fire Heavily Damages Auburn Home

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A two-alarm Easter Day fire caused extensive damage to an Auburn home, but no one was seriously injured.

Firefighters responded to the Stevens Mill Road fire at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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NOAA: Be On The Lookout For Seal Pups

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking residents of coastal New England to be wary of seal pups on local beaches.

The administration recently announced that seal pupping season is underway. New England’s gray and harbor seals gave birth to pups in late winter and early spring. The administration said chances of human encounters with seal mothers and pups or lone pups is increased at this time of the year.

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Lac Megantic To Be Discussed At Crisis Conference

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A conference hosted by the Maine Emergency Management Agency this week will include a session dedicated to the rail disaster across the border in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

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US Energy Officials To Review New England Policy

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The top U.S. energy official is coming to New England to review the region’s energy problems.

Ernest Moniz, U.S. secretary of energy, is meeting Monday with state officials in Providence, R.I., and Hartford.

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Maine To Put Photos On EBT Cards This Month

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration will begin putting photo identification on welfare benefit cards this month in Bangor.

The details about the administration’s efforts were laid out in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Access Act request on Friday.

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Dental Therapist Position Approved By Maine Senate

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill supporters say will increase access to dental care in rural areas of Maine has been approved by the state Senate.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the bill that creates a new type of dental provider, known as a “mid-level dental therapist,” has been already won approval in the House. It now heads to the governor’s desk.

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Portland Man Faces Child Exploitation Charge

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has been arrested on charges that he made a video of himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Paul Henry was ordered held pending a detention hearing at his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland on Thursday on a charge of sexual exploitation of a child.

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Lawyer Who Made Bomb Threats To Leave Law Practice

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WILTON, Maine (AP) — An attorney who represented high-profile defendants in Maine has resigned two years after being charged with making bomb threats against two Wilton schools.

The Board of Overseers of the Bar announced Thursday that it accepted the voluntary resignation of Ron Hoffman, who practices law in Rumford. Last fall, the board allowed Hoffman to keep his law practice with stipulations. His resignation is effective next month.

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