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Suspect In Biddeford Area Robbery Spree Found Dead

Updated 4 months ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Police say the suspect in 10 armed robberies in the Biddeford area has been found dead in his apartment.

Deputy Police Chief JoAnne Fisk says it appears the man took his own life. He was found at about 1 a.m. Friday.

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Maine Cancer Task Force To Finalize Report

Updated 4 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine panel that’s been studying the causes for Maine’s high incidence of cancer is finishing its work.

The Cancer Task Force meets Friday to finalize its recommendations and report to the Legislature, which returns next month.

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Maine Statehouse Tree To Honor Military And Vets

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A special tree is being placed in the Statehouse for the holidays to honor the Maine’s military service members and veterans.

The Tree of Honor that will be on display in the Capitol building’s Hall of Flags will be raised and decorated on Friday.

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Colby College Gets $10 Million For Science Center

Updated 4 months ago

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Colby College has received a $10 million gift to help build a new science center.

College president William Adams says the gift — from the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund — is one of the largest in the school’s 200-year history.

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Winthrop Woman’s Discrimination Claims Backed

Updated 5 months ago

WINTHROP, Maine (AP) — A 17-year employee of the Winthrop schools whose contract was not renewed in June 2012 says she was a victim of discrimination and retaliation in the workplace.

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Smithfield Residents Complain Of Rat Problem

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SMITHFIELD, Maine (AP) — Residents of one Smithfield neighborhood say they’re being overrun by rats from a nearby pig farm, but the farmer tells town officials he’s addressing the problem.

Andrew Landry says he has cellphone videos that show dozens of rats fleeing his mother’s chicken coop. He says rats are chewing through plastic water lines, insulation and walls and threaten his mother’s radiant heating system and entering homes through clothes dryer vents.

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Berwick Sex Offender’s Bail Doubled

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BERWICK, Maine (AP) — A judge has doubled the bail of a registered sex offender from Berwick charged with trying to lure young girls into his vehicle after two more girls came forward.

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77-year-old Auburn Pedestrian Killed By Pickup

Updated 5 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Police say a 77-year-old Auburn man has died after getting struck by a pickup truck while crossing a city street.

George Cole was struck while crossing Minot Avenue at about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday and died at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

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Maine Rural Hospitals Fare Well In Ranking

Updated 5 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A survey is giving Maine’s rural hospitals high marks.

Nine of 22 hospitals on the Leapfrog Group’s 2013 Top Rural Hospitals list released this week were in Maine. All told, more than 200 rural hospitals nationwide were part of the survey.

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Maine Industry Leaders Discuss Transportation

Updated 5 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine industry officials and policymakers are meeting in Augusta to discuss transportation issues ranging from technology to funding.

The Maine Transportation Conference is being held at the Civic Center on Thursday. The 63rd annual event is being hosted by the Maine Better Transportation Association and the Maine Section of the American Society of Engineers.

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Lewiston Store Owners Welfare Fraud Trial Starts

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The trial of a Lewiston couple charged with obtaining nearly $60,000 in federal housing assistance while failing to disclose extensive real estate holdings and income has started.

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Berwick Man Charged With Trying To Lure Girls

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BERWICK, Maine (AP) — A Berwick man already on Maine’s sex offender registry has been charged with trying to lure two fifth-grade girls into his vehicle by offering them candy.

Police say 23-year-old Kevin Weeden faces charges of solicitation of a child to commit a prohibited act, failure to register as a sex offender and prohibited contact with a minor for allegedly trying to lure the girls waiting at bus stops just minutes apart on Tuesday morning.

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Last Vestige Of Bowdoin Greek System Torn Down

Updated 5 months ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — The last vestige of Bowdoin College’s fraternity system has been destroyed.

The Times Record, reports that an excavator this week tore down the former Alpha Kappa Sigma fraternity house. It had been vacant for more than a decade.

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Man Gets 22 Years In NH Bank Robbery

Updated 5 months ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison following his bank robbery conviction in New Hampshire.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Derek Kucinski, formerly of Cape Neddick, Maine, entered a TD Bank in Newington in 2012 wearing a black ski mask, gloves. He was armed with a loaded .32-caliber revolver. He ordered several customers to the ground as he repeatedly pointed the gun at tellers and demanded money.

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Scarborough Voters Reject Year-round Leash Law

Updated 5 months ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Scarborough voters have overturned an ordinance that requires dogs to be leashed year-round on town property.

The law was enacted by the town council in October in response to the threat of a $12,000 federal fine after an unleashed dog killed an endangered piping plover chick on a town beach in July. At the time, the dog was allowed to be loose.

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4 Sentenced In Farmington Woman’s Death

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Four people have been sentenced in connection with the morphine-related death of a Farmington woman last year.

Marilyn Rider died during a party last November.

The Maine Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death accidental and said it was caused by multiple chronic respiratory diseases aggravated by the morphine. The morphine had been injected at her request.

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Passamaquoddy Paintings To Be Unveiled In The Hall Of Flags

Updated 5 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Paintings of two Passamaquoddy women are being unveiled in the Maine State House as part of the “Americans Who Tell the Truth” project.

The portraits of Denise Altvater and Esther Attean were painted by Maine artist Robert Shetterly and will be unveiled Tuesday in the Hall of Flags.

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UMaine: Offshore Wind Project To Create Hundreds Of Maine Jobs, But Utility Customers Will Pay More

Updated 5 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine and its partner companies say the planning and construction of its 12-megawatt floating offshore wind project will create at least 340 full and part-time jobs and make the state a hub for development.

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Search Finds No Signs Of Missing Man In Maine

Updated 5 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine game wardens have suspended their search for a 67-year-old man from Quebec in a remote and snow-covered part of northern Maine.

Officials say 26 game wardens, including dog and dive teams as well as search team volunteers and five forest rangers searched for Renald Poulin of Quebec but found no signs of him by Tuesday evening.

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Regulators Scrap Shrimp Season In Gulf Of Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State regulators have voted to scrap the winter shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine.

The decision Tuesday by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission came after a harvest last winter that was the smallest since the last shrimp shutdown in 1978. And over the summer, a shrimp survey index indicated stocks were at their lowest since the survey began in 1984.

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