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Portland Police Looking For Missing Man

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Portland, Maine are seeking help to find a 52-year-old man who is missing.

The Portland Police said Monday that Robert Koch left his residence on Riverside Street on Friday and said he was going to the Trolley Park. He may have been seen on Saturday at the 7Eleven at Forest Ave and Riverside Street.

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City Manager For Portland Resigning

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The city manager for Portland is resigning.

Mark Rees announced on Monday that he’s resigning to pursue other professional and personal opportunities.

Portland officials said that Rees, who has served as manager of the Maine city for three years, will step down on Sept. 3.

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Belfast Man to be Sentenced for Killing Woman

Updated 4 months ago

BELFAST, Maine (AP) – A 44-year-old Maine man who pleaded guilty to killing a woman and seriously wounding her son in a late-night attack at the woman’s Belfast home is due to be sentenced this week.

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Maine Gas Prices Dropping

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Average gas prices in Maine have fallen 7 cents per gallon in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.49 a gallon — down nearly 20 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Church-owned Park In China Vandalized

Updated 4 months ago

CHINA, Maine (AP) — Members of a 200-year-old church in China have been angered and saddened by vandalism to church property.

Parishioners at the China Baptist Church arriving for services Sunday morning found that the lawn of the church’s park on China Lake had been torn up by a vehicle, leaving muddy ruts, stripped of grass.

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Maine Woman Sues GM After Suffering Burn

Updated 4 months ago

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A woman who says she suffered a third-degree burn from a heated seat in Chevrolet Suburban has sued General Motors.

Emma Verrill says in her suit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland that GM failed to adequately test the rear seat heaters to prevent them from reaching “dangerously high temperatures that would burn human flesh.”

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Maine Army National Guard Units Return Home

Updated 4 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — More than 160 members of Maine Army National Guard units have returned home after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

Members of the 133rd Engineer Battalion and the 1035th Survey and Design Team reunited with loving family members on Sunday during a reception at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

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Man Dies In Mexico After Standoff With Police

Updated 4 months ago

MEXICO, Maine (AP) — A man who stole a pickup truck in Paris and led police on a chase that ended at a convenience store in Mexico has died after an exchange of gunfire with police.

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2 Cabinet Members Visit Tribal School

Updated 4 months ago

PERRY, Maine (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are visiting Maine to talk about education reform for schools on tribal land.

The two members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet on Monday are visiting the Beatrice Rafferty School, located on the Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point reservation.

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Top Bid For Tallest New England Lighthouse Is $78K

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New England’s tallest lighthouse has attracted a top bid of $78,000, but the federal government must still approve the sale.

The U.S. General Services Administration closed the auction Sunday for Boon Island Light Station.

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Maine To Recruit Students From Kazakhstan

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A delegation comprised of representatives of six Maine high schools and universities is heading to a former Soviet republic in central Asia to recruit international students.

The Maine International Trade Center is leading the team that will visit Kazakhstan next month.

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Tea Party Label Irks 2nd District Hopeful Poliquin

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Two years ago, Bruce Poliquin kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign in Maine at a tea party event and courted voters within the ultraconservative movement.

Poliquin now hopes to become the first Republican in nearly two decades to fill the congressional seat in Maine’s 2nd district, and he rejects being labeled as a tea party candidate.

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Planned Parenthood President To Rally For Michaud

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of Planned Parenthood and its political arm is visiting Maine later this month to host a rally for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud.

Cecile Richards will headline a “Women for Mike” rally in Portland on Aug. 27.

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Maine’s Night Coyote Hunt To End Soon

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s nighttime coyote hunt will close in two weeks.

Maine hunters can hunt the elusive wild dogs at night from Dec. 16 to Aug. 31 this season. The night hunt begins a half hour after sunset and ends a half hour before sunrise, and is closed from midnight Saturdays to 12:01 a.m. on Mondays.

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Popular Balloon Festival Draws To A Close In Lewiston

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A popular summer festival featuring more than a dozen balloons and tens of thousands of spectators is drawing to a close in Lewiston, Maine.

Warm, sunny weather served to boost attendance for the Great Falls Balloon Festival on all three days, including the final balloon launches on Sunday.

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Maine Launches Website About Bear Hunt Ban

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is adding a new section to its website with information about an upcoming referendum that could ban three methods of bear hunting in the state.

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Autopsy: Landlord Died Of Heart Attack After Fight

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — An autopsy shows a 60-year-old Lewiston, Maine, who died after trying to break up a fight in his building died of a heart attack.

Louis St. Pierre died at a hospital following the apartment house fight on Wednesday night. Police said there was an altercation in the building during which St. Pierre collapsed.

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Mainers Hear About Proposed Missile Defense Site

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Creation of a missile defense site in western Maine would mean upgrading roads, construction of housing and a backup power plant, and 60 missiles located in silos.

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US Rethinks Giving Excess Military Gear To Police

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WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Washington has sent military equipment to U.S. police departments. But federal officials are now reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

Attorney General Eric Holder says that when police and citizens need to restore calm, he’s concerned that using military equipment and vehicles sends “a conflicting message.”

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Dad Pleads Not Guilty To Assaulting Infant Twins

Updated 4 months ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of assaulting his infant twins has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-two-year-old Anthony Carpinelli of Sanford on Friday denied charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with indifference, two counts of assault on a child younger than 6, and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

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