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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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Maine Asks Residents To File DRAM Suit Claims

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say the deadline for state residents and businesses to file a claim in a $310 million price-fixing settlement involving computer chips is Aug. 1.

The settlement involves 12 manufacturers of dynamic random access memory, or DRAM. The manufacturers were sued by Maine and other states in a lawsuit that says they conspired to artificially raise the price of the electronic memory chip from 1998 to 2002. Residents and businesses can file a claim if their purchases occurred between those years.

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Man Accused Of Killing Dad In Maine Has Court Date

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Gardiner man accused of killing and dismembering his father is set to appear in court.

Police say Leroy Smith III killed his father by stabbing him in the neck and using three knives to chop up his body before burying him in the woods. They say the killing occurred inside an apartment Leroy Smith Jr. shared with his son. The younger Smith will appear in Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta on Tuesday.

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Report Faults Lawmakers For Not Working With Tribe

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission says that lawmakers failed to follow the proper process when they passed laws regarding saltwater fishery issues without the consent of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

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Man Falls 65 Feet Down Rock Cliff, Dies

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NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says a man preparing to descend from a rock cliff in North Conway fell 65 feet and died of his injuries.

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Poliquin Raises $281,000 Post Primary

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Bruce Poliquin, the Republican seeking Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat, has raised more than $280,000 in the first reporting period after the primary election.

Poliquin’s campaign said Monday that it will report that it raised $281,205 in the 20 days following the primary on June 10.

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Downeaster Cancels 4 Trains Through Wednesday

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Downeaster train will cancel four trains through Wednesday as workers replace railroad ties around Durham, New Hampshire.

The canceled trains will be a 9:05 a.m. train from Boston’s North Station to Brunswick, Maine; an 11:35 a.m. train from Boston to Portland; a 12:45 p.m. train from Portland to Boston; and a 2:35 p.m. train from Portland to Boston.

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