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Judge Rejects Convicted Killer’s Bid For New Trial

Updated 7 months ago

 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge who heard testimony about DNA evidence in November has rejected convicted killer Dennis Dechaine’s (duh-SHAYNZ) request for a new trial.

Dechaine attorney Steven Peterson tells the Portland Press Herald he received a copy of the decision by retired Superior Court Justice Carl Bradford on Thursday.

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Lewiston Woman Sentenced To 3 Months In Jail

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston woman who threw Molotov cocktails at her ex-boyfriend before leading police on a high-speed chase has been sentenced to jail.

Heather Kullson was ordered to serve three months of a five-year sentence and four years of probation after pleading guilty Thursday to two charges of criminal use of explosives and two counts of eluding a police officer.

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LePage Helps Raise Awareness Of Child Abuse

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is helping bring to light the problem of child abuse.

The Republican governor joined law enforcement officials and advocates at the Statehouse Thursday in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Warship’s Namesake, Zumwalt, Fought Racism, Sexism

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BATH, Maine (AP) — The man whose name appears on the newest ship at Maine’s Bath Iron Works earned the bronze star in World War II, led the Navy’s swift boats in Vietnam and became the youngest chief of naval operations.

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LePage Signs Human Trafficking Bill

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill designed to support victims of human trafficking.

The bill signed by the Republican governor on Thursday makes sex trafficking an affirmative defense to prostitution charges and provides victims with access to a compensation fund. The measure also boosts fines for human trafficking offenders.

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Obama To Nominate Colby College President as New Head Of Humanities Endowment

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will nominate Colby College President William “Bro” Adams to be the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In a statement Thursday, Obama says Adams brings extensive experience as an academic leader and a lifelong commitment to the humanities.

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Hearse Driver Falls Asleep, Crashes In Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Maine (AP) — Police say a hearse transporting a body and casket for a Maine funeral home overturned multiple times after its driver apparently fell asleep behind the wheel on Interstate 95 in the town of Pittsfield.

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Police: 4 Maine Fires Were Intentionally Set

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The fire chief in Maine’s second-largest city says four overnight fires, including one that gutted adjacent apartment buildings and displayed about 20 people, were intentionally set.

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F. Lee Bailey Denied Law License In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Celebrity lawyer F. Lee Bailey has been denied the right to practice law in Maine in a 4-2 decision by Maine’s highest court.

The ruling Thursday overturns a previous decision by a single justice who found that Bailey was fit to practice law because he was sufficiently rehabilitated after mishandling a client’s stocks worth $6 million.

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Maine Medicaid Rules Reduce Narcotic Prescriptions

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is leading the nation in efforts to stem the flow of narcotics, using unique Medicaid guidelines that cut back on prescriptions and cover alternative treatments instead.

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House OKs Contentious Highway Signs Bill

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House of Representatives has given the first nod to a bill that would remove or relocate dozens of informational signs along the state’s interstate highways.

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Biddeford Man Facing Recording, Assault Charges

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A 35-year-old Biddeford man is facing charges for allegedly trying to secretly video record a fellow employee in a tanning booth at the fitness center where they worked, and for allegedly having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.

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No Reports Of Injuries After 2 Lewiston Fires

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Lewiston firefighters spent the pre-dawn hours battling a pair of fires in residential buildings, but there are no reports of injuries.

One fire was reported Thursday morning on Nichols Street and a second later in the morning on Howe Street. A neighbor on Howe Street reported hearing an explosion.

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Police: New Sharon Child Reports Apparent ODs

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NEW SHARON, Maine (AP) — Police say a child who alerted a relative may have saved the lives of two adults in a New Sharon home who had apparently overdosed on intravenous drugs.

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Man Wanted In RI Killing Arrested In Maine

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A man wanted in connection with a Christmas Eve killing in Rhode Island has been ordered held without bail, a day after he was arrested in Maine.

Pawtucket, R.I., police say they apprehended 20-year-old Daquan Watts in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday and took him back to Rhode Island to face a murder charge. Federal marshals and the Rhode Island State Police helped in the investigation.

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High Court-re-hears Beach Access Dispute

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court for the second time has heard arguments from lawyers in a beach access dispute that could have statewide implications.

The Supreme Judicial Court in February ruled in favor of landowners whose properties front Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport. The ruling said the public does not have the right to use the beach and private property owners control its use to the low-water mark.

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Police Unveil Campaign Against Distracted Driving

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A spokesman from the Department of Public Safety says Maine will join in nationwide efforts to reduce auto accidents that result when drivers don’t pay attention to the road.

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Cape Cod Gear Recovery Takes 10 Tons From Sea

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Mass. Says it has removed approximately ten tons of fishing gear and other debris from the ocean floor during its second “Outer Cape Derelict Gear Assessment and Retrieval Program.”

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Farm To Host 1860-style Baseball Game

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Pettengill Farm in Freeport is going to be hosting a vintage baseball game in which teams will play and dress like players out of the 1860s.

Dirigo, a Maine-based team with players from all over the state, will play a team from Ipswich, Mass. on June 22. The Freeport Historical Society will be on hand with beer, hot dogs, and an explanation of the rules. An accordion band will also play.

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Maine To Use A Hovercraft For Rescues

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ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine agencies that conduct search and rescue missions say they are prepared to use a hovercraft on coastal and inland waterways during ice out this spring.

A Department of Marine Resources spokesman says members of the state’s Marine Patrol and Warden Service have trained for two years to use the hovercraft in areas that can be difficult to reach by boat.

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