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Franklin County Fire Departments Consider Collaboration

Updated 7 months ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Fire departments across Franklin County have scheduled a meeting to discuss ways they can work more closely during a time of fewer volunteers and tighter budgets.

Farmington Selectman Ryan Morgan brought up the idea of a countywide meeting to see if working together would ensure sufficient staff and equipment.

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Monmouth Man Gets 6 Months On Child Porn Charge

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Monmouth man has been ordered to spend six months in jail for possession of sexually explicit materials depicting a child under 12.

Carroll Edwin Cooper Jr. was sentenced Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court to serve six months of a five-year sentence and two years of probation.

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Man Arrested In NH, Was To Start Sentence

Updated 7 months ago

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — A man who was supposed to turn himself in for sentencing for a Maine store robbery has been found in New Hampshire.

A federal warrant was out for the arrest of 25-year-old Robert Pecora. He was supposed to start serving his prison sentence on Sunday in connection with a pharmacy robbery in Kittery, Maine, last year.

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Police Still Pursuing Leads In Paris Hit-and-run

Updated 7 months ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — Two people identified by police as persons of interest in a hit-and-run in Paris that took the life of a Turner teenager have been cleared of involvement in the case.

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Bill Targets False Statements In Campaigns

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative committee is examining a proposal from Republican Gov. Paul LePage under which the state ethics panel would have to determine the verity of claims made by candidates for office.

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Patrick Dempsey’s Mother Dies Of Cancer At Age 79

Updated 7 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Patrick Dempsey’s mother has died of cancer six years after inspiring him to help create a cancer support organization at a hospital in Maine. Amanda Dempsey was 79.

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2 Charged In Biddeford Stabbing Plead Out

Updated 7 months ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Two Biddeford men originally charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing and using a brick to beat another man on a bridge have pleaded guilty to lesser charges just before their trial was scheduled to start.

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1 Arrested In Connection With 1 Portland Fire

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with one of a series of fires set in Portland over the weekend.

Police say Robert Johnson was charged Monday with Class A arson in connection with a small trash fire behind the Portland Museum of Art on Sunday night.

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State Seizes Harpswell Woman’s Exotic Fish

Updated 7 months ago

HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — A Harpswell woman who went all the way to Maine’s highest court in an effort to keep her exotic fish has had them seized by the state.

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Auburn Man Charged With Choking Girlfriend

Updated 7 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Auburn police have charged a city man with attempted murder for allegedly using an electrical cord to choke his girlfriend.

Mack Williams Jr. was held Monday at Androscoggin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail following a court appearance.

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Augusta Slaying Suspect’s Records Turned Over

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The medical records of an Augusta man charged with fatally stabbing his live-in girlfriend have been handed over to the court.

The records of Justin Pillsbury’s treatment at MaineGeneral Medical Center immediately after the slaying of Jillian Jones were handed over Monday by a hospital lawyer to a representative of the court.

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Senate Gives Initial OK To MaineCare Rides Bill

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would prevent the state from renewing its contracts with companies for a program that provides non-emergency rides to Medicaid patients.

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Senate Candidate Bellows In DC For Rally

Updated 7 months ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Shenna Bellows is joining a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court that’s sponsored by groups that support access to birth control.

The Supreme Court is hearing two cases dealing with access to birth control. Two companies want the right to decline to pay for birth control under their personal health insurance plans.

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Smart Meters In Maine Get Thumbs Up In Study

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Wireless energy meters being tested by a Maine company are getting high marks in a government study.

The so-called smart meters are being put through their paces by the Central Maine Power Company. The new meters use wireless technology to cut costs and track energy usage online.

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Cost Of Gas In Maine Goes Down A Penny

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The average retail cost of a gallon of gas in Maine has fallen by a little more than a penny in the past week.

Price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com reports Monday that the price at the pump has gone down to an average of $3.61 per gallon in the past week, 10 cents above the national average.

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Bowdoin College Gets Winslow Homer’s Camera

Updated 7 months ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A camera that once belonged to artist Winslow Homer has been donated to Bowdoin College’s museum.

The camera was made by Mawson & Swan Co. around 1880 and purchased by Homer in 1882 when he lived in northern England.

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Future Of Maine Film Festival Up In The Air

Updated 7 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The future of the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival is in doubt after the arrest of its founder and efforts by other backers to rescue it fell through.

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Portland Police Investigate 9 Suspicious Fires

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland police are questioning two people in connection with a series of suspicious fires in the city over the weekend.

Authorities say there were nine fires overall from Saturday night into Sunday, most of them in large trash containers or garbage cans and all in the same general area of the city.

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Obama Official In Maine To Urge Minimum Wage Hike

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A member of President Barack Obama’s administration is traveling to Maine to support a Democratic plan to raise the federal minimum wage.

Laura Fortman is principal deputy administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. She’ll join Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Portland Mayor Mike Brennan and others on Monday in Bangor and Portland as part of an 11-state tour touting the minimum wage hike proposal.

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Spring Is Welcomed By Maine Coast Guard

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Spring is getting its official welcome in Maine from the Coast Guard breaking up winter ice.

Tugs boats are scheduled Wednesday to tackle winter ice in the main channel of the Kennebec River from Merrymeeting Bay to the town of Gardiner. Opening the channel to prevent flooding from melting snow is a sign that mud season is here.

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