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Graves Family Home

Updated 6 years ago

The Graves family was building a handicap accessible home to accommodate their special needs teenage son when fire leveled the building.

The community rallied around the family, replacing the medical supplies lost in the fire and holding fund raisers to get money and supplies to build the home.

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Taxes on the Rise in Winslow

Updated 6 years ago

Winslow is in the process of re-calculating the value of properties in the area. The town has brought in a group called Vision Appraisal, out of Massachusetts, to help with the appraisals.

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Home Heating

Updated 6 years ago

Members from Maine and other northeastern states have been pushing to add billions to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program this winter. Maine received $38,000,000 last year from the federal government, but would need twice that amount to deliver the same benefit this winter because of rising fuel prices.

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Cutting Indicted

Updated 6 years ago

The 46-year-old Palmyra man shot and killed 36-year-old William Greenwood in April of 1995 while the two were driving to Greenwood’s home in Westbrook.

Authorities say Cutting told a relative that he killed Greenwood. That relative then reported Cutting to the police.

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Machete Wielder to Appear in Court

Updated 6 years ago

Police in Piscataquis County say a feud over land was at the core of the fight between the two men.

61-year-old Francis Henry of Norridgewock was arrested on Friday and taken to the Piscataquis County Jail. He’s accused of threatening David Surprenant with a machete.

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Maine Schools Fail to Meet Goals

Updated 6 years ago

State officials said Monday that 38% of the of 632 elementary, middle and high schools missed federal performance targets on standardized reading and math tests taken last spring.

That’s an increase over the previous year, when 37% of 635 schools failed to make what the government calls &quot:adequate yearly progress.&quot:

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Seamore Gorilla Found in Vermont

Updated 6 years ago

Seamore the gorilla is an eight-fool tall robotic ape who’s been a popular fixture at Sandy’s Sales on Route 1 in East Machias. He was stolen from the store front last week.

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LaPointe in Court

Updated 6 years ago

Prosecutor Jennifer Norbert told jurors Tuesday that Robert LaPointe had been drinking all day before he sped his 32-foot boat equipped with twin 435-horsepower engines into a smaller boat on Long Lake in Harrison. The two occupants of the smaller boat were killed.

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Fatal Shooting Investigation

Updated 6 years ago

Early last month, 34-year-old Johnathan Sullivan was shot by trooper Derrick Record.

Police documents requested through the freedom of information act show that Record was reprimanded in 2003 for making a false arrest using inappropriate law-enforcement powers.

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Test Results Scrapped

Updated 6 years ago

State education officials have scrapped the results of Maine’s 8th grade writing test after 78% of students failed to meet state standards.

The one-question test for 2007-08 was administered in March to nearly 15,000 students, who were required to write a persuasive essay.

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Hospital Security Guard Killed

Updated 6 years ago

Portland police say a 27-year-old security guard at Mercy Hospital was fatally shot while on his break early Sunday morning.

Police identified the victim as James Angelo, who died in Maine Medical Center.

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Fire Cause Unknown

Updated 6 years ago

The warehouse for Bennett’s Wholesale Florist’s on the Odlin road burned to the ground, Friday afternoon.

The business was closed and no one was inside when the fire started.

Sargeant Tim York with the state fire marshal’s office says there was so much damage, investigators can’t determine what sparked the fire.

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Mainer’s Dry Out After Hanna

Updated 6 years ago

Many areas of the state saw heavy rain, thanks to the remnants of tropical storm Hanna.

Flash flood watches were posted for much of Maine. Some parts of the state were hit with more than an inch of rain an hour.

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Two Men Indicted on Murder

Updated 6 years ago

A York County grand jury returned indictments against Rennie Cassimy and Jeffrey Williams in the death of 45-year-old Winston George, who was found dead at his home on June 20.

Williams is George’s brother-in-law, while Cassimy rented an apartment from George’s family in New York.

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Boat Deaths Trial to Begin

Updated 6 years ago

The manslaughter trial of a Massachusetts man charged in a fatal boating crash last summer on Long Lake in Harrison is scheduled to begin Monday in Cumberland County Superior Court.

The prosecution claims that Robert LaPointe of Medway, Mass., was legally drunk and driving too fast when his 32-foot boat equipped with twin 435-horsepower engines ran over a 14-foot craft, killing Terry Raye Trott of Naples and Suzanne Groetzinger of Berwick.

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Land Access Debate

Updated 6 years ago

Maine’s time-honored tradition of allowing recreational access to private land may be in jeopardy, in part because of abuses that test the limits of landowner hospitality.

Dale Tarbox had been harboring doubts about whether to continue to allow the public to use a dirt road and trail across his land in North Waterboro for launching watercraft into the clear water of Isinglass Pond.

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Maine Braces for Hanna

Updated 6 years ago

State officials are advising Mainers to be prepared for stormy weather and possible localized flooding as the remnants of tropical storm Hanna brush the state.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency also says that two more tropical systems are active in the Atlantic.

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Blue Angels Cancel Show

Updated 6 years ago

Cloudy skies and the threat of wet weather linked to Tropical Storm Hanna held down today’s turnout at Brunswick Naval Air Station on day one of the last Great State of Maine Air Show.

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Teens Charged With Arson

Updated 6 years ago

Two juveniles who were skipping school face arson charges for allegedly discarding a lit cigarette that caused a fire at an abandoned house in Pittsfield.

Police say the 14-year-olds, both freshmen at Maine Central Institute, have been released into the custody of their parents.

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Officials Look for Cause of Hermon Fire

Updated 6 years ago

Investigators from the state Fire Marshal’s Office are seeking the cause of a fire that destroyed the metal warehouse of a wholesale florist in Hermon.

No injuries were reported in the Friday afternoon blaze that turned the Robert J. Bennett Wholesale Florist warehouse into a glowing red oven.

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