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Flooding Begins to Recede

Updated 6 years ago

People in the Milford area were the latest to cope with the rising water.

The Penobscot River over-flowed its banks late Wednesday night, and flooded homes and businesses along Route 2.

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Flooding Damage

Updated 6 years ago

Some work has already begun on roads that were damaged by the rushing water.

The Department of Transportation says that the Tucker Bridge on Route 11 in the Patten area.

The flooded Mattawamkeag River damaged the bridge supports, causing it to drop seven inches.

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Pantry Needs New Driveway

Updated 6 years ago

Gerry Raymond runs the good samaritan food pantry at his house, just off Route 23.

The pantry is open every other Wednesday.

But Raymond says he’s going to have to close up the pantry, because nobody can get passed a wash out in his driveway.

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Blueberry Broadcasting

Updated 6 years ago

Bruce Biette of Blueberry Broadcasting said the company hassigned a contract to buy the stations for $11 million. Biette saidhe expects the deal to close in September, pending approval fromthe Federal Communications Commission.The stations are in the Augusta, Bangor and Rockland areas andhave formats that include talk, country, oldies and adultcontemporary.Blueberry Broadcasting is headed by Louis Vitali, who previouslyran the WBACH network of classical music stations in Maine.A call to Clear Channel headquarters in San Antonio was notimmediately returned.

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Referendum Challenge

Updated 6 years ago

&quot:I don’t think there’s any question they’re going to do it,&quot: said Maine State Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors.

To meet Dirigo’s roughly $50 million annual operating budget, the pending law replaces an indeterminate savings offset payment targeting insurers with a 1.8 percent surcharge on paid claims. It also imposes new taxes on beer, wine and soda at the distributor level and taps surplus funds from the Fund for a Healthy Maine, the state’s repository for tobacco settlement money.

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Bog Walk Opens

Updated 6 years ago

The Orono bog boardwalk welcomed its first visitors of the year.

The boardwalk, in Bangor’s city forest, is jointly run by the city, the Orono land trust and UMaine.

The mile-long walk runs through a forested wetland as well as an open peat bog. Colorful signs along the way describe the plant and animal life you can see.

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Ft. Kent Flooding

Updated 6 years ago

Rain and melting snow raised the St. John to more than 30 feet– about 5 feet above flood stage — causing widespread flooding.

But a spokesman for the Maine Emergency Management Agency says the community dodged a bullet because the water never topped a levee that protects downtown.

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Auburn Man Sentenced

Updated 6 years ago

A 24-year-old Auburn man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison on a manslaughter charge for the death of his girlfriends eight month old daughter. Todd Gamache had been charged with murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in February as part of an agreement with prosecutors that would cap his sentence at 20 years.

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Cianchette Confirmed

Updated 6 years ago

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Bush’s nomination of Peter Cianchette.

Senator Olympia Snowe says it’s a proud moment for Maine.

She says Cianchette’s tenure in the legislature, and his extensive business background, gives him a wealth of experience that he brings to his new post.

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Spring Flooding

Updated 6 years ago

Water has been covering some roadways, and filling lots of basements.

That was the case on Squire Street in Waterville Tuesday night, where water started to fill basements in four homes.

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Real ID Veto

Updated 6 years ago

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says he has received a peoples veto application that could launch a referendum to overturn the legislation.

Signed by the Governor in Early April, the new law requires proof of U.S. citizenship in order to get a drivers licence.

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Fort Kent Flooding

Updated 6 years ago

Rain swollen rivers are forcing the evacuations of some folks in northern Maine tonight, especially those along the St. John and Fish rivers in Fort Kent. Repsonders are dealing with a record water highs of almost 32 feet near a dike, which is almost overflowing.

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MDEA Arrests

Updated 6 years ago

Maine drug enforcement has arrested three people from St. George on cocaine charges. Debra Corlis-Brannan (36)was arrested Monday afternoon and is charged with trafficking cocaine and hydrocodone.

When Brannan was arrested she was in possession of a gram of cocaine and a gram of crack. Brannan’s arrest was a follow up to an arrest made last week. When John Whorisky and Kim Vieira were arrested on drug charges at their home on the Dennison road.

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Fire On Matinicus Island

Updated 6 years ago

Residents of Matinicus Island have lost a central hub of their community. Fire flattened the island’s Post Office Monday, which also housed an apartment upstairs. The blaze was discovered around 1PM. Mantinicus does have a volunteer fire department, but additional firefighters were flown in from Vinalhaven.

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Cyclist Killed

Updated 6 years ago

A bicyclist was killed after getting hit by a logging truck in the Southern Maine town of Sanford Monday afternoon.

43-year-old Susan Coy of Sanford was riding on Route 202 when she was run over by the loaded truck.

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Murder Suspect in Court

Updated 6 years ago

Richard Widdecomb jr. entered pleas of not guilty by reason of insanity in his first court appearance.

Widdecomb is accused of killing 29-year-old Katie Cabana of Marshfield, and 41-year-old Aaron Settipani of Eastport.

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Transient Death Update

Updated 6 years ago

A 56-year old man accused of beating a homeless man to death in the woods by I-95 in Bangor Sunday, made his first court appearance today. Stephen James looked flustered, as the judge asked him if he understood the charges against him. James is charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of 63-year old Clyde Worster.

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Millinocket Teacher Scams School

Updated 6 years ago

A teacher from Stearns High School has been charged with forgery after she allegedly scammed the school system in Millinocket for time off and compensation for a disease she didn’t have.

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Man Arrested After Police Chase

Updated 6 years ago

A 19-year-old man from Albion is in jail after a high-speed police chase.

State police and officers from local departments chased Michael Henderson for close to an hour and a half…through several towns, including Fairfield and Waterville.

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Bangor Stabbing

Updated 6 years ago

A Bangor man with a history of criminal activity is in jail, charged with stabbing his girlfriend.

Police were called to an apartment at 8 Hudson Street in Bangor Saturday night.

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