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Artist Faces Child Porn Charges

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NEWCASTLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine-based artist whose paintings are galleries nationwide faces child pornography charges.

Police say 58-year-old Robert Ransley of Newcastle was arrested at his home Wednesday and charged with possessing sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12, a Class D misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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Girl Found Unresponsive In Minot Pool

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MINOT, Maine (AP) — A 5-year-old girl has been taken to a Portland hospital after she was found unresponsive at the bottom of a swimming pool in Minot.

Police say the girl was among several children swimming in the pool at a home of Fortin Drive when she apparently sank to the bottom and did not resurface at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Mechanical Problem Caused Railroad Fires

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SACO, Maine (AP) — Maine forest rangers say a series of May railroad fires started because sparks emanated from a Pan Am freight train due to a mechanical problem.

At least 47 separate fires broke out along railroad tracks in Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and Biddeford on May 8. State officials say no charges are pending and a two-month investigation found no violations of state laws.

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Asylum Seekers File To Join City Aid Lawsuit

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Two women seeking asylum in Maine are asking to join a lawsuit against Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration regarding general assistance aid.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and Maine Equal Justice Partners said on Thursday that they have a complaint on behalf of the immigrants.

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Kennebec County Deputy Wins National Award

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An investigator for the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office has been named the national deputy of the year.

The National Sheriffs’ Association last month presented Sgt. John Bourque with the Charles Meeks Merit Award for Deputy Sheriff of the Year during a ceremony at the association’s conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

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New Grants Bring Purchase Of Pristine Casco Bay Islands Closer

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Coast Heritage Trust has won a $262,500 state grant that buoys it efforts to buy two uninhabited islands in Casco Bay.

The grant announced Wednesday will be combined with $140,000 raised through private donations, as the trust seeks to raise $925,000 by the end of August to exercise its option to buy the Goslings.

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Wilton Man Starts Cleaning Up Trashy Yard

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WILTON, Maine (AP) — A Wilton homeowner fined $9,500 for refusing to clean up his trashy yard has started removing some of the junk, possibly staving off intervention by the town.

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Ex-officer Dies Days After Motorcycle Crash

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A former police officer involved in a motorcycle accident in Augusta earlier this month has died of her injuries.

Karen Nightingale’s husband, Jared, tells the Kennebec Journal his wife died Tuesday at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She was 53.

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Former GOP Governor Candidate To Market Lobster

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former nonprofit executive and Maine gubernatorial candidate will lead a collaborative group that promotes the state’s lobster industry to the world.

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative says Matt Jacobson is its new executive director. Acting Executive Director Marianne LaCroix will stay with the organization in a supporting role.

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Drowning Victim Identified

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SPRINGVALE, Maine (AP) — Sanford police have identified the man found dead in the Mousam River in Springvale this past weekend.

Police say William J. Fawcett of Springvale drowned. They said Wednesday that no suspicious circumstances were involved in his death.

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Man Gets 10 Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on crack cocaine trafficking charges.

U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said that Abdullahi Nur was sentenced in the U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

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South Portland Planners Back Tar Sands Oil Ban

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The South Portland Planning Board is endorsing s proposal to ban tar sands oil from coming into the Maine city.

The Portland Press Herald reports the board voted 6-1 on Tuesday night to recommend the City Council approve the proposal. About 80 people attended South Portland High School for the vote — far fewer than the nearly 500 who gathered last week for the City Council’s first vote on the subject.

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State Officials Working On Crocker Mountain Management Plan

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CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are crafting a management plan for the use of the 12,000-acre Crocker Mountain Public Lands Unit in Franklin County.

Officials say the lands will be addressed in two areas, one of which will be the 8,000-acre Crocker Mountain area west of Sugarloaf Mountain. The rest of the management plan will concern the Rapid Stream area south of Sugarloaf and north of Mount Abraham.

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Smoking Banned At Lewiston Park

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Lewiston City Council has banned smoking in a city park named after a former councilor and mayoral candidate who died of lung cancer.

The council voted 7-0 Tuesday to bar smoking at Mark Paradis Park after hearing from his widow.

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OOB Puts Breaks On Pot-growing Facility

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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Old Orchard Beach town councilors have enacted an emergency moratorium on the cultivation of medical marijuana in nonresidential facilities.

The 60-day moratorium proposed Tuesday night is in response to a local man’s efforts to open a medical marijuana growing and research facility in an old post office in town.

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New Sharon Teen Indicted On Burglary Charge

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A New Sharon teen has been indicted by a Franklin County grand jury for allegedly stealing $50,000 worth of cash and jewelry from a Wilton home.

Eighteen-year-old Brian Durrell was indicted this week on charges of burglary and theft following his arrest in May.

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Tornadoes Reported In Maine; None Confirmed

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Severe storms that rolled through Maine overnight left a swath of damage, power outages and even reports of tornadoes.

Mike Smith, emergency management director for Somerset County, tells the Morning Sentinel that there was a report of a tornado in the town of St. Albans.

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First Lady Ann LePage To Skydive To Support Veterans

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine First Lady Ann LePage will skydive alongside quadruple amputee and veteran, Travis Mills, to help raise money for those who have served in the military.

LePage and Mills said that it will take place August 9 during the Freedom Fest, a concert in Fort Kent to raise money for the Northern Maine Veterans Museum and Community Center.

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Rights Commission Upholds Discrimination Complaint

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — The Maine Human Rights Commission has upheld an investigator’s report that found that Brunswick schools should have done more to protect a middle school student who said he was bullied, stabbed and sexually assaulted at school.

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Maine Police: Illinois Man Made Up Abduction Story

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Police say an Illinois man who took a bus to Maine to meet a woman he met playing an online game concocted a story about being abducted to gain the woman’s sympathy.

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