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1 Dead In Maine Turnpike Crash

Updated 10 months ago

FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — State police are reporting a fatal crash on the Maine Turnpike in Falmouth.

The single-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 occurred at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the southbound side.

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4 Maine Police Departments Get $650K In Grants

Updated 10 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Four Maine police departments are getting $650,000 in federal grants to hire new officers.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Independent Sen. Angus King say the grants are being awarded through the COPS Hiring Program, which helps boost staff at local law enforcement agencies.

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Bird Hunting Seasons Kick Off In Maine This Week

Updated 10 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Several bird hunting seasons are launching in Maine this week.

Grouse and woodcock hunting season starts on Tuesday. It also marks the beginning of waterfowl season in the southern and coastal parts of Maine.

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Former Maine Gov. Curtis To Speak At The University of Southern Maine

Updated 10 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former Maine Gov. Ken Curtis is speaking at the University of Southern Maine in an ongoing speaker series featuring past and present politicians.

Curtis was elected governor in 1966 and re-elected in 1970. He later served as president of Maine Maritime Academy.

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NH Man Being Sought For String Of Maine Burglaries

Updated 10 months ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service is on the lookout for a 22-year-old New Hampshire man wanted for a string of burglaries in southern Maine.

Timothy Wayne Smith is wanted on a warrant for a parole violation issued by the New Hampshire Department of Corrections Parole Board. Officials say he’s been on the run since August when he ended contact with his parole supervisor following his release from New Hampshire State Prison.

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Maine Festival Celebrates Dark Night Skies

Updated 10 months ago

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The star-filled night skies at Maine’s Acadia National Park are being celebrated.

The fifth annual Acadia Night Sky Festival kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday. The festival is a community celebration to promote and protect Acadia’s dark night skies.

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Man Admits To Selling Fake Federal IDs In Maine

Updated 10 months ago

A man authorities say sold fake federal identification cards to people in Maine who were in the U.S. illegally has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.

Roman Garcia-Lopez, also known as Romeo Bartalon, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to conspiracy to produce false identification documents as part of a plea deal in which two charges of transfer of false identification documents were dismissed.

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RI Man Acquitted Of Sexually Assaulting Maine Girl

Updated 10 months ago

A jury in Maine has acquitted a Rhode Island man of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Kyle Sanville of Richmond, R.I., was found not guilty Thursday of gross sexual assault after about three hours of deliberations by the Oxford County Superior Court jury.

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Maine State Employees Kick-off Charity Drive

Updated 10 months ago

Maine state employees and retirees are launching their annual campaign to raise money for community organizations.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage is helping kick off the 34th annual Maine State Employees’ Combined Charitable Appeal at an event at the State House on Friday.

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Finalists Named In Maine Lobster Chef Competition

Updated 10 months ago

Four chefs have been named finalists in this year’s Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau in Portland says chef Jon Gaboric from Natalie’s in Camden, Shanna O’Hea from the Kennebunk Inn, Brandon Blethen from Robert’s Maine Grill in Kittery and Chris Long from Natalie’s in Camden will compete for the title.

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UMaine Hosts Conference On Bullying

Updated 10 months ago

The University of Maine is hosting a conference for school administrators, counselors and faculty on the topic of bullying.

Friday’s event at the university’s Wells Conference Center in Orono will focus on working with students that experience bullying.

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Portland’s Restaurant Inspector Resigns

Updated 10 months ago

Portland’s tough health inspector who drew the ire of the city’s restaurant and bar owners for her high rate of failing their businesses has resigned.

City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg confirms to the Portland Press Herald, that Health Inspector Michele Sturgeon has stepped down, but she did not provide a reason or give further details.

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Fall Colors Approaching Peak In Parts Of Maine

Updated 10 months ago

Conservation officials say the fall foliage colors are approaching their peak in northern and western Maine.

In its weekly fall foliage report, the Maine Forest Service says rangers are reporting high color change of 50 to 75 percent toward peak in much of the northern and western areas of the state.

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Maine Group To Name Top Lawmakers For Conservation

Updated 10 months ago

A Maine conservation group is grading lawmakers on their votes on some of the top environmental bills this legislative session.

Maine Conservation Voters will release their scorecard for the 2013 session on Thursday at the State House.

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Change Proposed In Critical Habit For Lynx In US

Updated 10 months ago

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a revision in the critical habitat designation for a species of lynx listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The proposal would designate more than 41,000 square miles as critical habitat within the states of Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Wyoming for the Canada lynx.

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Perham Man Convicted Of Unemployment Fraud

Updated 10 months ago

Maine’s labor department says an Aroostook County man has been convicted of fraudulently collecting unemployment insurance benefits while he was employed.

The Department of Labor said on Wednesday that Edward Spence of Perham was convicted for unemployment fraud on Tuesday. He’s to serve 10 months of a four-year sentence and will have three years of probation.

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3 Hurt In School Van Crash In Windham, Maine

Updated 10 months ago

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine are investigating a crash between a school van and a car that sent three people to the hospital.

Windham police say Wednesday morning’s collision took place on Windham Center Road.

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453-foot Private Yacht Visits Portland

Updated 10 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of the world’s largest yachts is paying a visit to Maine.

The Rising Sun, which arrived Tuesday in Portland Harbor, is 453 feet long and reportedly cost more than $200 million to build. It has 82 rooms, a private cinema, a basketball court that doubles as a helicopter pad and a swimming pool.

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Coast Guard Search For Missing Kayaker Near Maine

Updated 9 months ago

ISLE AU HAUT, Maine (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching near the coast of Maine for a missing kayaker.

The Coast Guard says Matt Grabowski missed his scheduled check-in call on Thursday.

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South Portland Man Dead In Scarborough Crash

Updated 10 months ago

Police say a 72-year-old South Portland man has died in a fiery single-vehicle crash in Scarborough.

Police say the car crashed into a tree and burst into flames shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday on Route 77.

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