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Brunswick Woman Gets 20 Months For Embezzling

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Brunswick woman who embezzled more than $365,000 from a Wiscasset nonprofit where she worked has been sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Stacey Backman was also ordered Tuesday to pay restitution to Coastal Enterprises Inc., where she worked as an accountant.

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Ex-Maine Tribal Official Sentenced To 18 Months

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The former finance director for Maine’s Passamaquoddy Tribe has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for embezzling about $20,000 from the tribe.

Charles Fourcloud was also sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to three years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution.

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Owners Consider Banquet Hall For Old Jay Mill

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JAY, Maine (AP) — The owners of the shuttered Otis Falls Mill are considering a bid to revitalize the Maine paper mill as a banquet facility.

The Sun Journal reports owners Mary Howes and Tom DeMillo may also offer the Jay mill for use to the movie industry. The owners of the 600,000-square-foot complex bought it in 2009 and have tried unsuccessfully to get manufacturing back into the mill.

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Maine Agents Discover Another Meth Lab

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says children were present in a Lewiston building where agents found a suspected methamphetamine lab.

Agents brought methamphetamine-trafficking charges against 51-year-old Ethel Hallock and 45-year-old Mark Theriault following the raid Monday night. It was the 23rd meth lab raid this year, a record in Maine.

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‘Hello Kitty’ Arrested On Drunken Driving Charge

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GORHAM, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine woman who was pulled over while wearing a Hello Kitty costume was arrested on a drunken driving charge.

Gorham police say officers stopped 37-year-old Carrie Gipson, of Westbrook, at about 2 a.m. Sunday because she driving in the wrong lane.

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Marine Patrollers Save Urchin Dragger

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LUBEC, Maine (AP) — Maine Marine Patrol members pulled an urchin dragger from Lubec Narrows shortly after his boat turned over.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources says Marine Patrol Specialist Russell Wright and Officer Brian Brodie heard someone yell that a person was in the water around 1 p.m. on Oct. 23. Wright says he saw dragger Bracy Ashby in the water, his boat overturned, holding onto the outboard motor.

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Ebola Nurse Who Was Quarantined Now In Maine

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FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who was quarantined at a hospital in New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in West Africa is back in her home state of Maine.

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Ex-Prison Guard Charged With Touching Girl

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A former Maine prison guard from Vassalboro is on trial for allegedly sexually touching a young girl starting when she was 11 years old.

Travis Lyon, who worked at the Maine State Prison in Warren when he was indicted in February, pleaded not guilty to unlawful sexual contact and has been free on bail pending trial, which started Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court.

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Federal Health Official Fauci: States Have Options

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WASHINGTON (AP) —

For Americans wondering why President Barack Obama hasn’t forced all states to follow a single, national rule for isolating potential Ebola patients, the White House has a quick retort: Talk to the Founding Fathers.

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Federal Health Official Says States Have Options

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A top administration health official is defending U.S. policy on Ebola in the wake of criticism about conflicting federal-state rules.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says local officials are within their legal rights to impose more severe restrictions on people who have possibly been infected. He refuses to characterize the more stringent pursued by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a “mistake.”

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‘Spider-Man’ Robs Auburn Convenience Store

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Police in Auburn are looking for an armed man they say wore a Spider-Man mask while robbing a city convenience store.

Chief Jason Moen says the man showed a knife to a clerk in a Big Apple store at about 2 a.m. Monday and demanded money.

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Lewiston Man Shot By Police Now Facing Charges

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man shot by police last week after brandishing a gun is now facing criminal charges.

The Sun Journal reports that the 20-year-old Albert Crowley was charged Monday in the hospital with domestic violence assault and three counts of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. Bail was set at $30,000 cash. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

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Biddeford Man Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A Biddeford man is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly leaving a dog and a cat in a foreclosed home for two weeks without food.

Police announced Monday that 61-year-old Bruce Friedel has been charged with cruelty to animals, failure to provide necessary sustenance, failure to provide medical attention and failure to provide shelter.

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Legal Fight Puts Beach Vote In Question

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CUMBERLAND, Maine (AP) — A referendum question that could create a public beach in a Maine town may be jeopardized by a legal battle over a technicality in a contract.

Voters in Cumberland will be asked Nov. 4 if they want to bond $3 million to get public access to a nearly half-mile-long beach and pier. WCSH-TV reports developers have negotiated to buy 104 acres of the land along Foreside Road and sell 25 acres of that to the town.

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NJ Gov. Christie Returning To Maine For LePage

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be rallying voters around Republican Gov. Paul LePage one week before Election Day.

Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will make his fourth trip to Maine for LePage on Tuesday. The governor is in a tight race with Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler.

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Michaud Shifts Focus To Cutler As Race Heats Up

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HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — As the race for Maine governor enters the final stretch, Democrat Mike Michaud is warning independent Eliot Cutler’s supporters that they risk sending Republican Paul LePage back to the Blaine House for another four years.

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More Money Pours Into Maine Before Bear Hunt Vote

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Campaign finance reports show that the principal committees supporting and opposing a Maine bear hunting referendum have raised more than $3.8 million.

Reports filed with the state show that the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council has raised more than $2.25 million to try to defeat the ballot question. Pro-referendum group Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting raised more than $1.6 million. The filings cover the reporting period that ended Oct. 21.

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Police Awaiting Autopsy In Baby’s Death

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police are still awaiting the results of a state Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy of a baby found unresponsive in a Lewiston bathtub.

The Sun Journal reports the autopsy report could be finished in early November. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says the case is still under investigation and cannot be finished without the report.

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Regulators Cut Maine’s Elver Fishing Quota

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are cutting Maine fishermen’s quota for lucrative baby eels by about 18 percent.

The move came Monday after a federal panel recommended a quota of 9,688 pounds of elvers for next year. That’s a reduction from 11,749 pounds this year, the first year a quota was imposed. Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s American Eel Management Board approved the recommendation at a meeting in Mystic, Connecticut.

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Gas Prices Still Going Down In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices have fallen 2.9 cents a gallon in Maine in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.16 a gallon, down 27 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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