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Folk Fest Comes to A Close

Updated 7 years ago

The three day event brought acts from all over the world, and organizers say attendance was strong, despite a bout of nasty weather.

Bangor police officials say the festival was problem-free this year.

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Brooks Man Survives Plane Crash

Updated 7 years ago

The plane fell to earth in Brooks just before six o’clock Sunday night.

Officials say Reggie Tyler was flying his homemade airplane when it suddenly crashed into the Marsh River, just behind the town post office.

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Lightning Strike Kills Parkgoer

Updated 7 years ago

The strike occurred saturday night at the Katahdin Stream Campground.

Park officials say 24-year-old Evans Huber was camping with his mother and 18-year-old brother when lightning struck a tree near their campsite.

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Boat Sinks in Kennbec

Updated 7 years ago

The Coast Guard says a 31-foot vessel
carrying four adults and a child sank in the Kennebec River, but
everyone on board was able to swim to nearby Ram Island.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Wheeler said the
incident took place about 9 p.m. Saturday night.
Wheeler said one of those on board was able to summon help by
radio and that the Coast Guard relayed the information to the Maine
Marine Patrol.
That agency rescued the group and brought them safely to

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Fatal Lightning Strike

Updated 7 years ago

Authorities say a Portland man was
struck and killed by lightning while camping at Baxter State Park.
The victim, identified as 24-year-old Evans Huber of Peak’s
Island, was camping at Katahdin Stream Campground with his younger
brother and mother during a strong thunderstorm when lightning
struck a tree near the campsiteSaturday night.
Park officials said the lightning deflected from the tree and
struck Evans and his brother, 18-year-old Emmett Huber. Baxter
State Park staff responded to the scene and attempted to revive the
elder Huber but were unsuccessful.
Emmett Huber was transported to Millinocket Regional Hospital
with 1st and 2nd degree burns to his feet. Officials said Huber’s
mother, Lois Tiedeken, was uninjured.
According to officials, it was the third lightning-caused
fatality in the park’s recorded history.

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Buxton Crash Latest

Updated 7 years ago

Police say excessive speed was a factor in
a crash that took the life of a 22-year-old Buxton man.
The victim was alone in the car when it crashedSaturday night.
Police say he lost control of the car and struck a tree about 8:20
p.m. The victim’s name was being withheld pending family
Police say the car was traveling at excessive speeds along
Turkey Lane near Henry Hill Road when it passed another car
traveling east and went out of control.

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Powerball Winner

Updated 7 years ago

There is a winner.
Powerball lottery officials say one winning ticket was sold for
Saturday night’s 314-million-dollar jackpot.
It was purchased in Indiana.
The pot had grown so huge because there had not been a big
winner in any of the drawings since late June.
Saturday night’s six Powerball numbers are: two, eight, 23, 29
and 35, with a Powerball of 19.
The jackpot for the multi-state lottery starts over at 15
million dollars for Wednesday night’s drawing.

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Fatal Accident in Ellsworth

Updated 7 years ago

ELLSWORTH – According to police, two SUVs hit each other head on when one of the vehicles drifted into the opposite lane.

The two people killed in the crash, 30-year-old Corey Openshaw and 32-year-old Stacy Collins, were both from Sullivan. Their three children, ages 2, 7, and 10, were also in the SUV. They were taken to EMMC for treatment. Authorities have not released their conditions.

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Missing Guns an Internal Matter

Updated 7 years ago

MACHIAS Sheriff Donnie Smith, concerned as to whether it is ethical for him to conduct an internal investigation of his own department, is not happy about the decision.

Last spring it was discovered that 70 guns were missing from an evidence locker at the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. An investigation turned up 25 of the guns, leaving 45 still unaccounted for.

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Toy Recall

Updated 7 years ago

This comes after a massive toy recall by toy company Mattell.

The toy giant has recalled tens of thousands of Chinese-made toys that could be covered in lead paint.

Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Dr. Erik Steele says it’s hard to recognize the signs of lead poisoning in small doses.

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Skowhegan Vandalism

Updated 7 years ago

It happened once already this week: employees at the center arrived at work to find that someone had spray painted graffiti.

Police tell us that someone has been going up to the center after midnight, and spray painting obscenities and symbols on the doors of the garage, the skate park ramps, and on signs.

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Teen Drowning

Updated 7 years ago

Police say the body was recovered near Camp Cobbossee, which had been rented by two Massachusetts high schools for a weeklong football camp.

The victim, Aaron Ortiz, was entering his first year at Oliver Ames High School in North Easton, MA.

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Lobster Standoffs Continue

Updated 7 years ago

Maine lobstermen are protesting the price they’re receiving for their catch. It started downeast in the Corea-Cutler area on monday, August 20th, and on Wednesday grew to communities all along the coast.

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Thompson Sentenced

Updated 7 years ago

Kathleen Thompson will also have to pay 268-thousand dollars in restitution to the state.

She pled guilty in a case that left several oil customers without prepaid deliveries.

Thompson ran Petroleum Products Cooperative of Maine, which supplied fuel to retailers and other customers, including schools.

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Student Safety Top Priority at University of Maine

Updated 7 years ago

The massacre at Virginia Tech last April made a lot of universities and colleges take a close look at their own campuses, wondering if their emergency response plans are adequate.

That’s why school officials in Orono, as well as folks from neighboring towns, got together Wednesday to discuss ways to handle a number of situations: from chemical spills to shootings.

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Baxter Donation

Updated 7 years ago

AUGUSTA – The money, donated by Frank Trautmann, will go into a new trust that’s expected to grow to $10 million dollars. The money comes with no strings attached, and the three-member Baxter State Park Authority will decide how it’s allocated.

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Former Seminary to get Facelift

Updated 7 years ago

The 186-year-old campus on Hammond and Union Streets includes the home of former vice president Hannibal Hamlin.

The property was put on the market about two years ago, because the campus was so expensive to maintain.

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Power Hikes

Updated 7 years ago

In the last year, electric rates have jumped up by 6% because of a federal surcharge on Maine industries.

Workers, business leaders, and policy makers got together Tuesday at the Hutamaki paper plant to talk about that federal fee.

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Skowhegan Fire Update

Updated 7 years ago

The fire broke out in a vacant building on the Waterville Road sometime Sunday evening.

Dozens of firefighters from Skowhegan, Canaan, Cornville, and Norridgewock responded to the scene.

Skowhegan fire chief Daniel Adams says it appears that someone may have intentionally set the fire.

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Skowhegan Man Killed in Collision

Updated 7 years ago

Police say that 18-year-old James J. Paine was driving along Parkman Hill Road when he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

Paine reportedly overcorrected, and struck 87-year-old Bernard Currier, who was mowing his lawn at 170 Parkman Hill Road.

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