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Maine Police Charge Woman, 21, With Arson

Updated 5 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say a 21-year-old woman started a fire that forced about 15 people to evacuate a housing complex in Augusta.

Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said Friday that Christina Karod is charged with arson in connection with the fire that broke out around 8 p.m. Thursday. He says Karod, who lives in a room on the third floor of the 15-unit house, set fire to several books in a reading area and a curtain on an exit door, both on the second floor.

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Maine Man Who Lived 27 Years As Hermit Out Of Jail

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who lived 27 years in the woods as a hermit is out of jail.

A records officer at Kennebec County Jail said Friday that 47-year-old Christopher Knight was released earlier this month after having served about 7 months.

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Update On Vassalboro Suspicious Death

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Updated 5 months ago

VASSALBORO, Maine (AP) – State police and the Kennebec Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a man whose body was found near the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

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Somali Immigrant Elected To Lewiston School Board

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A man originally from Somalia has become the first African immigrant to win elected office in Lewiston, a city that has long had a significant Somali population.

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Portland Man Pleads Guilty To Prostitution Charge

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Portland man has pleaded guilty to driving women from Maine to Massachusetts so they could engage in prostitution.

Samuel Gravely pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland to a charge of interstate travel to promote prostitution.

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Augusta Slaying Suspect Waives Bail Hearing

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta man charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend in their apartment earlier this month has waived his right to a bail hearing.

A lawyer for 38-year-old Justin Pillsbury filed the waiver in Kennebec County Superior Court and Justice Michaela Murphy approved it Thursday.

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Feds: Maine Homelessness Surges 26 Percent

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New federal data show that the number of homeless people in Maine surged by 26 percent in the past year, despite a 4 percent drop in homelessness nationwide.

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Some Mainers Could Lose Unemployment Benefits

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say that about 4,000 Mainers could lose unemployment benefits next month.

The Department of Labor says that recipients of Extended Unemployment Compensation will lose their benefits Dec. 28 unless it’s extended by Congress.

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Sugarloaf In Maine Opens For Ski Season

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CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Sugarloaf ski resort is opening for its 63rd season.

The largest ski area east of the Rocky Mountains will open Friday thanks to the chilly temperatures in the teens and low 20s this week.

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Maine State Police: Standoff is Over

Updated 5 months ago

Maine State Police say a standoff  in the Washington County town of Harrington is over.

Police say earlier in the day, a family dispute at a house has turned into a standoff.

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Part-time Falmouth Firefighter Charged With Arson

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FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — An on-call Falmouth firefighter has been charged with arson.

Town Manager Nathan Poore says 20-year-old Griffin Kline turned himself in Wednesday, was charged with one count of arson and released.

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Jay Woman Who Reported Home Invasion Hires Lawyer

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JAY, Maine (AP) — Police say a Jay woman who reported that three masked men forced their way into her home and set fire to her husband’s pickup truck has stopped cooperating with investigators and hired a lawyer.

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North Berwick Couple Accused Of Fraud In NH

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DOVER, N.H. (AP) – A Maine couple has been indicted by a grand jury in New Hampshire on charges relating to Social Security and welfare fraud.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports, Robert and Nina DeAngelis of North Berwick are accused of falsely reporting job statuses and incomes.

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Tidal Power Might Be Used For NH-Maine Bridge

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KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The team designing a new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine says it’s considering using tidal power for some portion of the bridge’s electrical use.

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Nun Was Victim Of Biddeford Hit-and-run

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Biddeford police are still looking for the driver of a vehicle who left the scene after striking and severely injuring an 89-year-old nun.

Sister Viola Lausier suffered a lacerated liver and collapsed lung when she was struck crossing the street near the convent Monday morning. Another sister tells the Portland Press Herald, she also broke her lower right arm and fractured her nose.

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MaineCare Ride Contractor Has No Performance Bond

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The company under fire for its poor performance as a provider of non-emergency transportation for people in Maine’s Medicaid program failed to obtain a performance bond as required by its contract with the state.

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Portland Taking Delivery Of Christmas Tree

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city is ready to take delivery of its Christmas tree.

Portland officials say the arrival of the 55-foot-tall blue spruce Thursday in Monument Square signals the start of the holiday season. Jeff Tarling, city arborist, says there was an “exhaustive search” before officials settled on the tree.

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Defense Chief Hagel Visiting Maine Shipyard

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BATH, Maine (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is paying a visit to Maine’s Bath Iron Works.

Hagel plans Thursday to tour the newest destroyer, the stealthy DDG-1000, which is under construction. The stealthy ship, named the Zumwalt, is the largest destroyer ever built for the Navy. It will be christened this spring.

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Waterville Officials Vote To Sell Old Locomotive

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Waterville officials have voted to sell a historic steam locomotive that sits slowly deteriorating in town because it’s too expensive to restore.

The Morning Sentinel ( ) reports that Mayor Karen Heck cast the deciding vote in a 4-3 decision Tuesday.

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4 Arrested In NH, Maine Bank Robberies

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SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) — Police say a man arrested in a bank robbery has named several alleged accomplices in a series of robberies in New Hampshire and Maine.

A total of four people have been arrested in connection with robbing more than $30,000 from five banks in the two states during a three-month period.

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