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Phone Transition Scam

Updated 6 years ago

The transition from Verizon to Fairpoint gains momentum beginning on Friday, and regulators are warning that some are trying to take advantage of the confusion.

The Public Utilities Commission says that during the complex transition taking place over the next couple of weeks, scammers may try to seek personal information from Maine residents and businesses.

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Kidnapping Arrests

Updated 6 years ago

43-year-old Edwin Duquette was arrested after police received information from the FBI that a 28-year-old man from Massachusetts was being held at a home on Flanders Corner Road against his will.

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Sears Island Development

Updated 6 years ago

The plan was developed by a committee representing diverse interests and approved by the legislature’s transportation committee.

It marks a significant parcel of Sears Island for conservation, and another parcel for potential port development.

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Augusta Family Homeless After Fire

Updated 6 years ago

The fire broke out at around 7:21pm at the home on the Church Hill Road.

The Augusta battalion chief said the fire started in the garage, and spread to the rest of the house.

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Augusta Store Robbed

Updated 6 years ago

At around 10:30pm police got a call from the clerk at the Big Apple store on State Street.

He said two robbers were wearing black hooded shirts and handed him a note saying they had a gun and wanted money.

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L.L. Bean Wage Freeze

Updated 6 years ago

The Freeport-based company says it is freezing all wages and salaries for the entire workforce in the comming year.

Company spokeswoman Carolyn Beem says the move eliminates the need to terminate 75 to 100 positions.

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Tribal Reps Make the Call

Updated 6 years ago

The Maine House of Representatives added the names of the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes’ representatives to the official roll call board on display in the chamber on Wednesday.

With the change, representatives Wayne Mitchell and Donald Soctomah will have their attendance at legislative sessions noted and entered into the legislative record.

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Guard Deployment

Updated 6 years ago

A send-off ceremony for members of the 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24th at Bangor High School’s Peakes Auditorium.

The 82 soldiers will deploy for one year in support of operation enduring freedom.

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Wind Power in Eastern Maine

Updated 6 years ago

Governor John Baldacci joins First Wind officials Thursday afternoon to mark the start of commercial operations at the New Stetson wind project near Danforth.

First Wind says the 38 turbine Stetson windmills will produce the equivalent power needs of 23,500 homes.

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Husson President Steps Down

Updated 6 years ago

Beardsley announced Thursday he’ll leave Husson at the end of 2009. He’s served as president and CEO since 1987. He’s also the CEO of the New England School of Communications.

Beardsley told Husson Board Chair Arthur Fuller in a letter that Husson has momentum and strong leadership and this is a good time for him to hand over the reigns.

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Reed Behind Bars

Updated 6 years ago

William Dana Reed of Orono was sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty in Penobscot County Superior Court last week to attempting to engage in a sex act in a public place.

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Glitch in the System

Updated 6 years ago

Traffic came to a standstill when the lights at a railroad crossing went off. The only problem was, there wasn’t a train in the area.

The malfunction shut down traffic on N. Main and Center St., and prevented people from traveling across the Penobscot bridge.

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Burglary Arrest

Updated 6 years ago

19-year-old Nicholas Newell is being charged with several counts of theft, burglary, and criminal mischief.

State police say they received a call at about 1 o’clock Wednesday morning when the Newcomb Saddle and Gun Shop in Perry was broken into and three handguns were stolen.

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Bucksport Man Out On Bail

Updated 6 years ago

A Bucksport man is free on bail after police say they linked him to a web broadcast showing the sexual assault of a six-year old boy in Michigan. Investigators say 42-year old Elmer Stevens was arrested last friday on charges of criminal solicitation. Authorities in Michigan contacted Maine State Police after allegedly identifying Stevens as one of the web viewers. His laptop was confiscated and police plan to examine the contents before deciding on additional charges. Stevens has been ordered to have no contact with children. He’s due in court in april.

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MPBN Aid

Updated 6 years ago

MPBN announced last month it would close its radio stations in Calais and Fort Kent, as well as its TV station in Calais to save money.

That’s in response to cuts in state and federal funding.

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Mitchell Eyed for Mideast Post

Updated 6 years ago

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Obama is preparing to tap George Mitchell, the former Senate Democratic leader, for a top diplomatic
post for the Middle East. Officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the new administration is preparing to announce the appointment shortly. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they have not been authorized to disclose it publicly. Mitchell would assist Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama’s pick for secretary of State. The Senate was expected to vote on Clinton’s nomination Wednesday. The parameters of Mitchell’s role were not immediately clear. Recent reports said Dennis Ross, longtime U.S. negotiator, would be named an adviser to Clinton. Mitchell, 75, took on difficult diplomatic assignments during President Bill Clinton’s presidency.

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Charleston Correctional Facility

Updated 6 years ago

The governor’s budget revision to close a $140 million revenue gap calls for shutting down a housing unit at the minimum-security facility. But lawmakers on the Criminal Justice Committee who toured Charleston say it should remain fully staffed for at least the next six months.

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Collins Secures Seat

Updated 6 years ago

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senate leaders have appointed U.S. Senator Susan Collins to a seat on the oldest and most powerful of Senate committees-the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for approving all federal discretionary funding. Senator Collins’ membership marks the first time that Maine has been represented on this coveted panel since Margaret Chase Smith served on it in 1972.

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E-Mail Has Grain of Truth

Updated 6 years ago

When this e-mail made it’s way to many people in the area, the Bangor Police Department began getting phone calls asking if it’s true. According to police, yes and no.

On January 11th, at the intersection of Hogan Rd. and State St., a woman thought she was rear ended when the rear windshield of her SUV exploded in. But then, when the rear drivers side window was smashed in, she knew something else was going on. She then ran the red light to escape the attack.

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More Budget Cuts

Updated 6 years ago

School systems across the state are beginning to feel the impact from cuts in state funding. The city of Augusta has a million dollar gap to fill, which could put teachers out of work, take away sports programs, or possibly close schools. Augusta is struggling to come up with $1M to $1.5M to continue funding schools. Augusta has six schools in the city, there are two that could be shut down to save money. Hussey Elementary and Hodgkins Junior High are on that list. Combined, more than five-hundred students attend those schools. City Manager Bill Bridgeo says closing Hodgkins could close the budget gap. Bridgeo says he’s heard mixed reactions from community members. Some say shutting school doors isn’t the answer. If Hodgkins closed, students could end up going to Cony High where there is room to accommodate them.

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