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Police: Porter Man Dies A Week After Fryeburg Crash

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FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — Police say a second person has died of injuries sustained in a traffic crash in Fryeburg earlier this month.

Paul Cundiff, the driver of a pickup truck that struck a tree late in the morning of Dec. 9, died Tuesday at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

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ATF To Use Computer Model In Portland Fire Case

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are using a computer model to re-create the conditions of an apartment fire that killed six people in Portland in November.

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Medical Marijuana Certification Moves Online

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The certification process for Maine medical marijuana patients is moving online.

The Maine Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services says providers will be required to use a new online tool to certify patients.

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Delegation Implores FairPoint To Negotiate

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s congressional delegation has joined the governor in calling for FairPoint Communications to negotiate to end the two-month-old strike by about 1,700 workers.

U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch sent a letter to FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu Tuesday saying failure to reach a fair agreement with workers is not only hurting them but it is negatively affecting customers and the services it’s required to provide.

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RSU 14 Schools To Close For 3rd Day After Threat

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WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Schools in a Maine town will remain closed for a third day in the wake of receiving threatening emails.

Maine Public Broadcasting Network reports there will be no school in Regional School Unit 14 on Wednesday. The district serves about 3,300 students Windham and Raymond. The district released all of its students on Monday as police investigated the emailed threat.

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Court Affirms Ruling For Cyclist Hit By Bus

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court says a jury was right to award $750,000 to a Romanian student who was run over by a school bus while riding a bicycle in 2010.

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Evaluation For Man Charged With Killing Mom

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge is ruling that a Maine man accused of killing his mother must undergo an emergency mental health evaluation.

Forty-eight-year-old Andrew Leighton of Falmouth was scheduled for a hearing in Portland on Tuesday. The Portland Press Herald reports Justice Thomas Warren ordered the evaluation before the hearing began after conferring with attorneys for both sides.

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Ex-prosecutor To Be Sentenced In Child Porn Case

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A former top drug prosecutor who fled Maine after being convicted on child pornography charges is due to be sentenced.

James Cameron’s lawyer is seeking a 6½-year prison term Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor. Federal sentencing guidelines could mean a term of more than 30 years.

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2 Jump To Safety From Burning Lobster Boat Off Maine Coast

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VINALHAVEN, Maine (AP) — Officials say two men escaped from a burning lobster boat off Vinalhaven, Maine.

The Coast Guard says the lobster boat was totally engulfed in flames when rescuers arrived Tuesday afternoon. An official told WZON-AM that two men jumped off and swam to a nearby island, where they were picked up by Vinalhaven Fire and Rescue.

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Maine Fines Natural Gas Company $25K

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission has signed off on a $25,000 fine for a natural gas company for safety violations.

Summit Natural Gas reached a consent decree that reduced the fine from $100,000 following violations that included using contractors without proper qualifications to install natural gas pipelines.

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Outside Experts Sought In Maine Hayride Death Case

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MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors will consult with outside experts before deciding whether there will be charges stemming from a fatal October hayride.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reports that Assistant District Attorney Andrew Matulis received a final investigation report on the crash from state fire officials around Thanksgiving. He says his office will consult with experts and the state fire marshal’s office before deciding whether it will file charges against the owners of Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls.

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Poland Home Invasion Leads To 6 Arrests

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POLAND, Maine (AP) — Police have arrested six people in connection with a home invasion in Poland last week.

Lt. Glenn Holt of the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement Monday that the invasion that took place on Thursday appears to have been drug related and not a random act.

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Death Of Inmate At Kennebec Jail Not Considered Suspicious

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Authorities say the death of a 64-year-old Waterville man being held at the Kennebec County Jail does not appear suspicious.

Sheriff Randall Liberty tells the Kennebec Journal that Dana Kitchin was alone in a cell last Friday when a guard making a routine check found him unresponsive and with a low pulse.

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Ex-State Worker Sentenced For Welfare Fraud

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A former disability claims examiner for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has been sentenced to almost two years in prison for illegally collecting state welfare benefits.

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Lewiston Man’s Murder Trial Winding Down

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The trial of a man charged with murder in the in the 2013 slaying of a 20-year-old Lewiston man is wrapping up.

The Sun Journal reports that defense attorneys and prosecutors are scheduled to make closing statements Tuesday in the murder trial of 21-year-old William True in Androscoggin County Superior Court.

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Birders Begin Annual Census

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Bird enthusiasts around Maine are participating in the National Audubon Society’s annual winter bird census.

The Portland Press Herald reports the bird count kicked off on Sunday in the Augusta area. Bird lovers will count species from more than 30 other locations all over Maine by January. The effort is part of the Audubon Society’s three-week long Christmas Bird Count, which takes place all over North America for three weeks in December and January.

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Agency Opposes FairPoint Subsidy

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission is taking up telecommunications regulatory reform and a proposal to penalize a natural gas company for safety violations.

Those matters were on the panel’s agenda Tuesday in Augusta.

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FBI Asks Help Identifying Government Corruption

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BOSTON (AP) — The FBI is asking the public’s help in identifying government corruption in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Special Agent Vincent Lisi, who runs the agency’s Boston field office that covers those four states, announced Monday that his office will launch a dedicated, toll free tip line: 1-844-NoBribe (662-7423).

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Portland Considering Database After Deadly Fire

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland, Maine officials may roll out a centralized database for tracking housing complaints in response to a deadly November fire that killed six people.

The Portland Press Herald reports the city is also getting ready to unveil a new mobile- and Web-based program that will allow residents to anonymously report housing problems and other issues to city staff. A city task force is expected to meet on Wednesday to begin developing a plan for what Portland’s future inspection programs will look like.

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Augusta Man Charged With Assaulting Estranged Wife

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta man is being held without bail after allegedly assaulting his estranged wife over the weekend.

Police say 27-year-old Aaron Michael Tardiff faces a felony burglary charge along with misdemeanor charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, assault, possession of marijuana and violating a condition of release.

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