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Guilty Plea

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) – 27-year-old Richard Widdecombe Jr. of Machias last year confessed to shooting and killing Katie Cabana, 29, and Aaron Settipani, 41, at Cabana’s home in Marshfield on January 23, 2008. In April, he entered a plea of not guilty and not criminally responsible by reason of mental defect.

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FairPoint Warns of E-Mail Scam

Updated 6 years ago

It’s in regard to FairPoint’s takeover of Verizon email accounts in Maine and elsewhere in New England.

The emailer represents himself as a FairPort employee and asks for the consumer’s email password.

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Standish Man Stabbed in Home

Updated 6 years ago

Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies were called to 44 Shore Road around eight Sunday morning, after the homeowner endured six terrifying hours.

Police say 46-year-old Ephriam Bennett allegedly broke in and attacked 55 -year-old Richard Carlson while he slept in his bed knocking out several teeth.

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Several Injured in Interstate Crash

Updated 6 years ago

At least two people are hospitalized after a chain-reaction crash on the Interstate near Medway.

It happened just after 8pm Saturday t in the northbound lanes, just south of Exit 244.

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Budget Hearings To Begin

Updated 6 years ago

Public hearings on Maine’s upcoming

two-year budget are scheduled to begin (at 9 a.m.) Monday. The

Appropriations Committee will review the $6.1 billion spending plan

line-by-line during the next few weeks.

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Lawmaker Suggests Delaying Raises

Updated 6 years ago

A Republican Senate leader has put in

bills to suspend cost-of-living raises Maine legislators are

getting.

Senate Minority Leader Kevin Raye says it’s inappropriate for

the Legislature to accept a cost-of-living adjustment in these

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Collins Won’t Support Stimulus Unless Cuts Stand

Updated 6 years ago

Maine Sen. Susan Collins said she’ll

withdraw her support for the $827 billion economic stimulus bill if

House leaders add back what she describes as &quot:bloated&quot: spending

provisions.

The Maine Republican and Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat from

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LaGrange Man Charged With Shooting At Driver

Updated 6 years ago

A 34-year-old man is now facing attempted

elevated aggravated assault charges after allegedly firing his

rifle at a man who was plowing his mother’s driveway.

The charges have been upgraded since Timothy Turner of LaGrange

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Two Maine Groups Oppose Gun Policy

Updated 6 years ago

Two Maine groups have joined two federal

lawsuits seeking to overturn a new policy that allows people to

carry concealed, loaded guns in most national parks.

Friends of Acadia and Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence

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Electric Rates to Drop

Updated 6 years ago

Electric bills will soon be going down for

Bangor Hydro-Electric Co.’s large business customers.

The Public Utilities Commission yesterday approved a 40 percent

decrease in the electricity portion of bills for Bangor Hydro’s

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Stimulus Package Could Bring Construction Jobs to Maine

Updated 6 years ago

A contractor trade group says nearly

4,000 construction jobs will be created in Maine under President

Obama’s economic stimulus bill that is being debated in Washington.

John O’Dea, chief executive officer of the Maine chapter of the

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Millinocket Mill Layoffs

Updated 6 years ago

The company announced today they are shutting down one of their paper machines starting on Monday.They say the shut down will last for about a month. They are encouraging employees to take vacation time if they have it.140 hourly employees will be affected as well as several salaried workers.The company told town officials they are doing this to manage their cash flow since they have a shortage of orders.Just last year, Katahdin Paper shut down the Millinocket mill, putting about 200 people out of work.

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WABI TV5 Will Continue Analog Broadcasts

Updated 6 years ago

WABI TV5, the CBS and CW television affiliate in Bangor, has announced its intent to continue analog broadcast operations through the new Digital TV transition date, June 12, 2009. The decision comes as a result of the DTV Delay Act recently passed by the U.S. Senate and House. While the Act does include provisions for stations to shut down analog earlier, subject to individual considerations, TV5 management has elected to continue analog broadcasts through the new transition date, in the greater public interest.“There has been great growth in digital reception,” said TV5 General Manager Mike Young, “but there are still a significant number of viewers in our area who can only receive over-the-air analog signals.” Young admits that the decision is not without cost to the station. “We’ll have to endure the considerable unplanned expense of continuing to operate two full power transmitters – one in analog and one in digital,” Young said, “but we feel that we have an obligation to those viewers who need more time to make the digital switch.”Young explained that some viewers need more time because they are waiting for digital converter box coupons to become available. Winter weather was also a factor in the decision to continue analog operations. “It’s been a harsh winter so far, and we expect more of the same,” Young said. “It’s important that at least one analog station stay on the air for emergency information. And some viewers may need to install new rooftop antennas in order to receive digital signals. That will be much easier, and safer, in the spring.”WABI TV5 signed on as Maine’s first television station on January 25, 1953. The station began limited free over-the-air digital broadcasting in 2002. TV5 currently offers a full-time digital simulcast of its analog channel, including CBS programming in high definition, and a secondary, standard definition digital channel, affiliated with The CW television network.

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Millinocket Mill Layoffs

Updated 6 years ago

More than 140 people are being laid off at the Katahdin Paper Mill in East Millinocket.The company announced today they are shutting down one of their paper machines starting on Monday.They say the shut down will last for about a month. They are encouraging employees to take vacation time if they have it.140 hourly employees will be affected as well as several salaried workers.The company told town officials they are doing this to manage their cash flow since they have a shortage of orders.Just last year, Katahdin Paper shut down the Millinocket mill, putting about 200 people out of work.

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Grid Expansion Halted

Updated 6 years ago

A $625,000,000 power grid expansion needed to support a huge wind farm in northern Maine has been put on hold…Aroostook Wind Energy wanted the grid but has changed its stance after discovering unanticipated technical hurdles.That company also says the economics have changed since the power grid expansion was first proposed.The project would have connected northern Maine to the regional electrical grid for the first time.

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Local Man Takes On Littering

Updated 6 years ago

It seems there’s a litter vigilante on patrol in central Maine…Police are looking for a man who’s accused of posing as a state trooper.He apparently stopped a woman in Gardiner after seeing her toss a cigarette butt out of her car.The man told her was an off-duty trooper and had stopped her for littering.He never showed identification, or asked for hers.The woman told police the man was driving a red pickup truck with a blue light mounted on his dashboard.

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Wear Red For Your Heart

Updated 6 years ago

It’s the number one killer of women in the country, and on Thursday students at the University of Maine were getting an education about it…”It” is heart disease.Friday is national wear red day to raise awareness about the problem.On Thursday members of the school’s wellness program invited folks from the American Heart Association to offer a program on campus.Heart disease can strike at any age, but risk factors increase as women get older. “You’re never too young to take steps to prevent heart disease.” Said University Employee Wellness Manager Taylor Bloeden. “As well, some of them have parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who are affected and the more they know now, the more they can help their loved ones and themselves to be healthy as well.”During thursday’s program an inspirational film about heart disease survivors was shown.

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Further Charges Against Fortune

Updated 6 years ago

More charges for a man from Augusta accused of taking part in a machete attack and home invasion in Pittston…A grand jury in Kennebec County handed up five more indictments against 21-year-old Daniel Fortune on Thursday.Fortune is accused of breaking into the home of a former lawmaker last May.William Guerrette junior and his 10-year-old daughter were beaten and hacked with a machete, suffering critical injuries.Among the new counts against Fortune, elevated aggravated assault.Fortune has now been indicted on 14 charges, including attempted murder.He’s already pleaded “not guilty” to 9 of them.Fortune is also accused of stealing more than $111,000 from the Guerrette home in 2007.A trial date has not been set.

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Passadumkeag Fire

Updated 6 years ago

Flames tore through a home in Passadumkeag late Thursday night…Crews were called to a possible chimney fire around 10:30. When they arrived the fire had already ripped through the top floor, and there wasn’t much they could do to save the home.Crews from Greenbush also responded to the fire, which burned for several hours.Passadumkeag Fire Chief Brent Faloon says Marie Lodge and her son Mark lived in the house, but were not home at the time of the fire.Faloon says the extreme cold and nearby power lines made the fire even harder to fight.”We’ve had one engine freeze up completely and we had to cease operations until Hydro got the power disconnected. We had power lines burning up and down the street. Obviously it’s very cold out, and that gives us some complications.”The home was located across the street from the fire department in Passadumkeag.There has been no word yet on what started that blaze.

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Further Charges Against Fortune

Updated 6 years ago

A grand jury in Kennebec County handed up five more indictments against 21-year-old Daniel Fortune on Thursday.

Fortune is accused of breaking into the home of a former lawmaker last May.

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