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Authorities Say 24 Arrested In Lewiston-Auburn Drug Ring

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II says 24 are people facing drug charges in a sweep in Lewiston-Auburn.

Delahanty joined more than a dozen law enforcement officials Tuesday to provide details of the operation that led to 14 people being charged in federal court and another 10 in state court.

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Police Chief Denies Failure To Address False Reports

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ELIOT, Maine (AP) — A Maine town’s police chief is denying accusations that he failed to act after learning most of the town’s police officers consistently falsified patrol reports.

The Portland Press Herald reports Eliot Police Chief Theodor Short says he and a former deputy chief only discussed the possibility that officers lied in reports. He says he was never presented a final investigative report about the issue.

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Police Seek Husband Of Killed Former Maine Resident

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TURNER, Maine (AP) — Investigators say they are looking for the husband of a former Maine resident whose recent death has been ruled a homicide.

The Sun Journal reports former Turner, Maine, resident Sara Lee Porter-Knight’s body was found at her home in Fennville, Michigan, after her husband called police on Jan. 13 and then fled the area. A warrant was issued for the arrest of the husband, 66-year-old Harold “Butch” Knight. Police say Porter-Knight’s body showed signs of strangulation.

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3rd Week For Mediated Talks Between FairPoint, Unions

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Negotiations between FairPoint and unions representing striking workers are in a third week.

Closed-door talks have been ongoing since the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service called the parties to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 4. The parties are working under a gag order imposed by federal mediators.

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Gov. LePage Uses TV In Statehouse To Tout Tax Overhaul Plan

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is urging lawmakers to back his plan to lower Maine’s income tax and eliminate the estate tax and tax on military pensions.

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Land Trusts Wary Of LePage Tax Plan

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A key provision in Gov. Paul LePage’s state budget proposal that would allow municipalities to tax conservation lands has some private land trusts concerned.

Many of Maine’s nearly 90 nonprofit land trust organizations are reviewing the governor’s proposal, which would eliminate the full property tax exemption for nonprofit organizations that own property in a locality with an assessed value of $500,000 or more.

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Trooper Responding To Crash Makes Drug Bust

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PITTSFIELD, Maine (AP) — A Maine state trooper responding to a three-car crash on icy Interstate 95 in Pittsfield ended up putting a dent in the local drug trade.

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Prisoner Seeks Return To Psychiatric Facility

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine State Prison inmate described by a psychiatrist as a “predator” is asking the state’s highest court to send him back to a psychiatric hospital.

A lawyer for 34-year-old Michael James, serving time at the Warren prison on robbery and other convictions, wants his client returned to Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta, claiming a judge erred nine months ago in discharging him from the psychiatric hospital.

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Police Chief Due In Court On Drunk Driving Charge

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PARIS, Maine (AP) — The police chief in a small Maine town is due in court this week to be arraigned for a drunk driving charge.

Police charged Michael Madden of Harrison with operating under the influence after he was pulled over in Naples in November. He is the chief of police in the Oxford County town of Paris. Madden is due in Bridgton District Court for arraignment on Tuesday.

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Vermont Man To Be Sentenced In Bangor For Defrauding Town

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for defrauding a Maine town is scheduled to be sentenced this week.

Craig Sanborn of Maidstone is set to be sentenced in federal court in Bangor on Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. A judge convicted him in May of submitting $300,000 worth of false invoices to Brownville, Maine, for materials and services he never bought. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Biologists To Resume GPS Collaring Of Moose

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GREENVILLE, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is resuming the radio-collaring of moose this week.

Special teams will be using helicopters in the Greenville and Jackman areas in the second year of a five-year study aimed at providing a better understanding of the health of Maine’s moose population.

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Flooding Fears Again Delay Major Portland Apartment Plan

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A much-anticipated Portland, Maine development is being delayed again because of concerns about flooding.

Miami-based developer The Federated Companies wants to building 445 units outside of downtown Portland, the state’s largest city. Residents say it could have a major impact on the rental market in the city, which has very vacancy rates for prospective tenants.

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Man Settles Lawsuit With Petco Over Rat-bite Fever

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man is settling a lawsuit he filed against pet supply chain Petco over a case of rat-bite fever.

The Portland Press Herald reports a Petco spokesman confirmed there was a settlement but said the terms were confidential.

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GOP Touts Historic Vote Tally For Gov. Paul LePage

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage picked up the most votes for any candidate in a Maine gubernatorial race even though he fell short of a majority in the three-way race.

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New England Gets Windfall From Plummeting Heating Oil

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The lowest heating oil prices in six years are giving an unexpected boost to New England’s economy.

Officials say families using oil to heat their homes can expect savings of $1,200 to $1,500 on average this year based on lower prices for heat and transportation fuel. Across the region, cheaper heating oil translates to hundreds of millions of dollars in savings, putting more money in people’s pockets.

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Group Looks To Bolster Public Financing Elections Law

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine group is preparing to deliver tens of thousands of signatures to get a measure on the ballot aimed at strengthening the state’s struggling public financing elections law.

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Susan Collins Announces Additional Grant For New Bridge

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KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says a new federal grant of $1 million for the Sarah Long Bridge replacement project should help expedite the construction of a new bridge.

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Endowment To Fund Teacher Program At Hospital

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Medical Center is getting an endowment to permanently fund its hospital-based teacher program.

The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center is the only one in northern New England with an on-site teacher dedicated to helping young patients from 5 to 18.

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Portland Launches Phone App For Resident Service Requests

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Residents of Maine’s largest city can now use smartphones to request public services.

Portland is unveiling its new “Fix It! Portland” mobile application that allows residents to report issues such as potholes and streetlight outages. A city spokeswoman says the requests are submitted direct to city officials and are then assigned based on location and the nature of the problem.

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Maine Secures $4.3 Million To Help Small Businesses

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is getting an additional $4.3 million in federal funding to help grow small businesses.

The Department of Economic and Community Development says that the state secured the funding from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Small State Business Credit Initiative.

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