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Sale Of Bankrupt Railroad To Close Thursday

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The sale of the Maine-based railroad responsible for a deadly oil train derailment in Quebec is nearly final.

Chapter 11 trustee Robert Keach said the $15.85 million sale of bankrupt Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway will close on Thursday. A separate, parallel Canadian proceeding will be completed at a later date.

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Ceremony Honors Officers Who Died On Duty

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A ceremony in Augusta will honor 83 Maine law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Police officers from all over the state are expected to attend the event Thursday on State Street in Augusta adjacent the Maine State House. The annual observance at the Maine Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial begins at 11 a.m. The guest speaker at the event will be Gov. Paul LePage.

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Police Continue To Search For Missing Maine Teen

Updated 7 months ago

NORTH WATERBORO, Maine (AP) — The Maine Warden Service and York County Sheriff’s office are continuing to search for a 15-year-old North Waterboro boy who was last seen on May 8.

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Lewiston Man Convicted Of Stabbing Wants New Trial

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man convicted of stabbing his girlfriend 21 times has asked the state’s highest court for a new trial.

Cleveland Cruthirds was sentenced to serve 22 years of a 28-year sentence after he was found guilty last summer of elevated aggravated assault and other charges in the December 2011 attack.

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Prison Inmate Died Of Natural Causes

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An autopsy has determined that an inmate found dead in his cell at the state prison in Machiasport last week died of natural causes.

A spokesman for the medical examiner’s office tells the Portland Press Herald that 32-year-old Phillip Kay died as a result of blood clots in both lungs.

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Paris Woman’s Manslaughter Trial To Get Started

Updated 7 months ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — The trial of a 21-year-old Paris woman charged with being drunk and reading a text message when she crashed her car, killing two teenage passengers, is getting started.

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Man Pleads Guilty To Embezzling

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A former employee at an organization that promotes tourism in Maine has pleaded guilty to embezzling $116,000 from the group and using the money for personal expenses.

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Moose Hunt Lottery Applications Due

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Mainers hoping to enter the lottery for moose hunting permit had better do it soon.

The state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting online applications until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Nova Star Ribbon-cutting In Portland, Maine

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The operator of the Nova Star ferry has cut its early booking rates before its inaugural run between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The 528-foot cruise ferry was christened in Boston on Monday and there’ll be a ribbon-cutting Wednesday in Portland. The first trip is Thursday.

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Maine Republican Vice Chair Threatened With Gun

Updated 7 months ago

WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — Police have arrested the ex-husband of Maine’s Republican party vice chairwoman on charges that he threatened her, her boyfriend and one of her children with a loaded gun.

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West Bath Fire Victims Remains Critical

Updated 7 months ago

WEST BATH, Maine (AP) — A man severely burned in a weekend kitchen fire in West Bath remains in critical condition at a Boston hospital.

Fire Chief Greg Payson on Monday identified the victim of Sunday’s blaze as 43-year-old Ed Grant.

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Palmyra Man’s Trial In Beating Death Postponed

Updated 7 months ago

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A judge has postponed a Palmyra man’s murder trial a week before it was scheduled to start to allow defense lawyers time to review newly disclosed evidence.

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Feds: Maine Banker Used Bank Money At Strip Clubs

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal authorities say a former executive at TD Bank in Maine used a corporate credit card to spend nearly $220,000 at adult entertainment clubs.

Jeffrey Burnham of Arundel is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Portland on Thursday to face a charge of theft by a bank officer.

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Maine Supreme Court Weighs In On Raw Milk Case

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine supreme court is hearing arguments in the case of a Blue Hill farmer who ignored state law and followed a local ordinance allowing farmers to sell directly to consumers.

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WWII Plane Makes Stop In Maine En Route To Europe

Updated 7 months ago

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — A World War II cargo plane that’s en route to Europe for the D-Day celebration next month is making a stop in Maine.

Officials say Presque Isle is the first stop Thursday on the trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Europe to take part in a re-enactment of D-Day 70 years later.

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Money Available For Maine Scallop Projects

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Sea Grant is seeking proposals for research projects related to the nearshore scallop fishery in Maine.

The sea grant program is making money available for small research projects that emphasize cooperation between fishermen and scientists. The program hopes the projects will help improve the management of Maine’s scallop fishery.

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Maine Blocks Use Of EBT Cards In Some Locations

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is moving to block welfare benefit cards from being used in automated teller machines at prohibited locations, including pubs, liquor stores and strip clubs.

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Lake Lowered In Search For Maine Teen

Updated 7 months ago

NORTH WATERBORO, Maine (AP) — Maine game wardens are lowering the level of a lake and forest rangers are using a helicopter as the search intensifies for a teenager in North Waterboro.

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Maine Convicted Murderers Seeks Parole

Updated 7 months ago

WARREN, Maine (AP) — A Maine man convicted of killing an 18-year-old woman more than 40 years ago is scheduled to appear before the state parole board this week to seek his freedom.

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Maine Inmate’s Death Does Not Appear Suspicious

Updated 7 months ago

MACHIASPORT, Maine (AP) — Officials say the death of an inmate at the state prison in Machiasport was not a homicide and does not appear to be a suicide.

Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety says the cause of 32-year-old Phillip Kay’s death remains under investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

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