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Maine Gov Creates Task Force To Study Green Crab

Updated 8 months ago

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed an executive order to create a task force that will study the impacts of the invasive green crab in Maine.

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Maine Bridge Proves Tougher Than Expected To Demo

Updated 8 months ago

NEW SHARON, Maine (AP) — A century-old Maine bridge deemed in danger of collapsing proved tougher than expected when the state tried to demolish it.

The bridge across the Sandy River in New Sharon was built in 1916 but hasn’t been used since the 1990s. The Maine Department of Transportation told New Sharon officials in November that it was in danger of collapsing and that the state would pay to remove it.

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Judge Denies Motions In Maine Manslaughter Case

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PARIS, Maine (AP) — A judge has denied several motions to exclude evidence from the trial of a woman charged with manslaughter for allegedly causing the death of two friends in a West Paris car crash.

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Police: Man Sold Drugs Next To Portland School

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine police have arrested a man they say was selling crack cocaine from a home right next door to an elementary school.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested 49-year-old Ronald Gulikson late Wednesday and charged him with two counts of trafficking in scheduled drugs.

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NH Man Sentenced For Attempted Kidnapping In Maine

Updated 8 months ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to just over five years in prison for trying to kidnap a 2-year-old boy at a Maine park-and-ride lot.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports, that 30-year-old James Graham of Newmarket, N.H., was convicted in Bath Superior Court of attempted kidnapping and assault and sentenced to five years and three months in prison.

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Panel Endorses Changes To MaineCare Rides System

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative committee has approved a bill to make changes to the troubled system that provides non-emergency rides to Maine Medicaid patients.

The Portland Press Herald, reports that the Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday endorsed the bill that would terminate the contracts of the state’s three current brokers on June 30, and compel the Department of Health and Human Services to seek proposals for new contracts more friendly to local nonprofits.

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International Biathlon Event Kicks Off In Presque Isle

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 400 athletes from around the world are in northern Maine for a major biathlon event.

The first competitions are kicking off Friday in the weeklong IBU Youth/Junior World Biathlon Championships in Presque Isle. The International Biathlon Union sponsors the event, which features athletes skiing and shooting at targets on snow-covered trails at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle.

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Dog Sled Teams Ready For 250-mile Can-Am Crown

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FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — More than a dozen sled dog teams are gearing up for a 250-mile race across the wilderness of northern Maine that serves as a qualifier for the grueling Iditarod across Alaska.

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NH Man Sentenced On Heroin Charges In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been sentenced in Maine to four years in prison on heroin charges.

Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Derek Parker of Gonic, N.H., pleaded guilty in November 2013 to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

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Major Expansion Of Portland Cargo Facility Planned

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State officials have announced plans to double the size of Portland’s shipping container terminal and link it directly with a rail line to help it compete with other major East Coast ports.

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Sabattus Man Gets 15 Years For Sex Assaults

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Sabattus man charged with sexually molesting a young girl repeatedly over several years has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison.

Michael Gagnier was sentenced Wednesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court to serve 15 years of a 25-year sentence and 18 years of probation.

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Wood Burning Restrictions Could Burden Maine

Updated 8 months ago

BOSTON (AP) — The commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection says proposed restrictions on burning wood are a concern for Mainers.

Commissioner Patricia Aho says stricter emission requirements outlined in a draft rule by the Environmental Protection Administration could be prohibitively expensive in a state that relies on wood for heating.

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TV Skipper From ‘Deadliest Catch’ Visits Maine

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ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — A celebrity skipper from the reality TV show “Deadliest Catch” is helping to kick off the Maine Fishermen’s Forum.

Keith Colburn from The Discovery Channel show was scheduled Thursday to talk about the differences in crab fishing in the Bering Sea compared to fishing on the East Coast.

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Judge Rules For Somerset County In Jail Dispute

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A court has ruled that Somerset County can use the revenue it receives for housing federal detainees to help pay the debt for construction of the county jail.

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Auburn Man Gets 5 Years For Robbery Spree

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — An Auburn man who pleaded guilty to participating in five robberies in the area last April has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Scott Demmons was also sentenced Tuesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court to three years of probation after pleading guilty earlier this month to robbing several convenience stores and pizza shops with an accomplice.

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Maine High Court Rejects Convicted Man’s Appeal

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court has denied the appeal of a Massachusetts man convicted of killing the mother of his four children and one of his best friends.

Joel Hayden of New Bedford, Mass., said in his appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court that his murder convictions should be reduced to manslaughter because he was high on oxycodone and cocaine when he fatally shot Renee Sandora and Trevor Mills in New Gloucester in July 2011. The shootings were witnessed by Hayden and Sandora’s 7-year-old son.

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NH Highway Chase Ends In Maine Snowbank Crash

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GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) — A Boston man faces charges in both New Hampshire and Maine after police say he drove 108 mph on Interstate 95 before crashing into a snowbank.

New Hampshire State Police say a trooper tried to stop the car on I-95 in Greenland Tuesday afternoon but it continued speeding around the Portsmouth traffic circle and back onto the highway heading north. It eventually crossed over into Maine and crashed into the snowbank in Kittery.

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Maine Heating Oil Prices Stay Steady

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A survey says Maine’s average heating oil price is unchanged from last week.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Monday that its weekly heating fuel survey showed the current cost of heating oil stands at $3.87 per gallon. That is 4 cents higher than this time last year when heating oil averaged $3.87 per gallon.

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Gov. LePage Lets Revenue Sharing Bill Become Law

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that will prevent $40 million in cuts to revenue sharing funds for municipalities next year has passed into law after Gov. Paul LePage took no action on it.

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Maine Ethics Chief: Eves Has No Medicaid Conflict

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The head of Maine’s ethics commission says Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves’ support of a bill to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law is not a conflict of interest.

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