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Governor Set to Talk Budget

Updated 6 years ago

The order is aimed at closing a budget shortfall of about $150,000,000 through the end of June.

The governor had ordered agencies to prepare for a 10% decrease in funds. And things aren’t looking better for the future either.

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Man Accused of Beating Pregnant Girlfriend

Updated 6 years ago

20-year-old George Mitchell is being charged with elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person.

Mitchell’s alleged victim is a 20-year-old New Jersey native, who is 5 months pregnant.

She told Ellsworth police that Mitchell repeatedly punched her in the face and stomach on and off for two straight hours.

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Stolen Medical Files

Updated 6 years ago

They washed ashore in a river in Pembroke last week. Hospital officials say they had no idea the files were even missing, until they were contacted by a police officer.

Officials tell TV5 that there are strict procedures in place to protect files.

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Housefire in Glenburn Closes Road

Updated 6 years ago

The fire was reported at 4:30 Tuesday morning. Crews from five towns were called in to battle the blaze, at 1463 Pushaw Rd, near Lucky’s Landing.

Five people lived in the house. Glenburn fire captain David Braley says everyone made it out safely, but the grandfather was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

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Pregnant Woman Beaten

Updated 6 years ago

Apennsylvania man is in jail, accused of attacking his pregnant girlfriend. 20-year-old George Mitchell is being charged with elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person.

The 20-year-old victim is five months pregnant. The victim is from New Jersey and told Ellsworth police Mitchell repeatedly punched her in the face and stomach on and off for two hours.

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Bank Robbery

Updated 6 years ago

Augusta Police dispatchers are confirming that shortly before 9 Tuesday morning there was a bank robbery at the Gardiner Savings Bank of Maine on State Street in Augusta.

WABI TV-5 News has a crew at the scene and will have more information as it becomes available.

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Hofland Faces More Charges

Updated 6 years ago

Aman from Searsport accused of holding 11 fifth-graders hostage in Stockton Springs last month has been charged in another crime. The Waldo County Grand Jury indicted 55-year-old Randall Hofland for criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

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Corinna Car Accident

Updated 6 years ago

The 16-year old was traveling on the Greenbush Rd. when he suddenly lost control.

His car ended up striking a utility pole, snapping it in half, and causing the lines to come down.

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Naples Update

Updated 6 years ago

Maine State Police say 52-year-old Anthony Valeriani died from a gunshot wound to the chest, and that his estranged wife, Patricia, confessed to the shooting.

46-year-old Patricia Valeriani was interviewed by police before being treated for an injury at Maine Medical Center. She has not been charged.

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Girl Killed in Vassalboro Crash

Updated 6 years ago

A 17-year old girl is dead after a car crash on the Stone Road in Vassalboro.

Amanda Edwards of Vassalboro was the passenger in a car driven by a 17-year-old boy from South China.

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Heating Oil Prices Fall

Updated 6 years ago

The average statewide price of $2.70 per gallon, more than 90 cents cheaper than a month ago, and about $2.00 less than the average in June.

John Kerry of the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security says the reason is simple: Demand for oil has dropped because of the economic decline.

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Windy Weather Causes Outages

Updated 6 years ago

About 1,500 electric customers were left without service as high winds raced across the state, but more outages could be coming when Maine faces a second weekend bout with wind.

Bangor hydro Electric Co. said 1,047 customers were without power at about 11 a.m. Sunday, down from nearly 6,600 at 4 am.

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Hartland Firefighter Dies

Updated 6 years ago

Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland says firefighters responded to a call at 8:00 a.m. Monday at a home on River Road.

The victim, 49-year-old Michael Snowman of Hartland, was setting up hoses outside when he experienced difficulties. Snowman was taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital and later transferred via LifeFlight Helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he died from an apparent heart attack.

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Moores Trial Underway

Updated 6 years ago

The trial is underway for a man accused of killing a woman in Bangor in 2007. 59-year-old Ashton Moores has pleaded not guilty. He’s accused of killing 43-year old Christina Simonin. Her body was found in a parking lot near an apartment house at 148 Union St. Two teenagers who discovered the body say it was wrapped in a comforter and a tarp, tied off with rope and placed under a car in a parking lot near the apartment. The state questioned the two teens, along with another witnesses, police, a medical examiner, and a young man who lived in Moores’ apartment building. Moores’ former neighbor testified that he heard loud banging and yelling coming from Moores’ apartment the night the murder is believed to have occurred. He also saw Moores walking back to his apartment around 4:30 the following morning with a wheel barrel and shovels. The blue tarp that the victim was discovered in was identified during the trial as a mattress cover. A blue mattress cover resembling the one the victim was found in was seen outside of Moores’ apartment just days before the murder. The prosecution is confident in their case at this point. The defense claims the state should have focused on several other potential suspects instead of Moores. They also say a murder weapon was never found and there’s no motive. The trial will resume at 9 Tuesday morning. Ashton Moores is already a convicted arsonist and killer. He set fire to several homes in Waterville, Belfast and Orono.

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Catholic Bishop Speaks Out Against Gay Marriage

Updated 6 years ago

The leader of Maine’s Roman Catholic diocese is issuing a letter opposing gay marriage.

Bishop Richard Malone’s letter was being read to Catholics at Masses across the state on Sunday.

The letter calls on Catholics to work to preserve the traditional sacrament of marriage by opposing efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.

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MCLU Seeks To Protect ATV Riders’ Rights

Updated 6 years ago

Civil libertarians are going to court to help defend of the rights of all-terrain vehicle riders, which they say have been violated by a Maine game warden’s action. The Maine Civil Liberties Union says the Fourth Amendment rights of the ATV driver were violated when he was stopped without justification by a game warden. The state claimed that Maine law allows game wardens to detain ATV riders for any reason, but Superior Court in Aroostook County said wardens are bound by the constitutional prohibition on unreasonable search and seizure. The state of Maine has appealed the order and the MCLU filed a brief with the Maine supreme court in support of the driver.

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Police Investigate Anti-Obama Sign at Store

Updated 6 years ago

Police have been notified about a sign posted at a Standish convenience store.

A reporter for the Associated Press says he saw a sign at the Oak Hill General Store for the Osama Obama Shotgun Pool, soliciting bets about when President-Elect Barack Obama would be assassinated.

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Gas Prices Still Falling

Updated 6 years ago

Gas prices continue to decline in Maine, dipping to $2.05 to $2.07 at several locations in Greater Portland. AAA said Saturday the average price for regular gas in Maine is $2.28. A month ago the average price was $3.04: a year ago it was $3.10. AAA of Northern New England previously announced optimism that prices will continue downward, dropping below $2 per gallon.

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Help May Be on the Way for Fishermen

Updated 6 years ago

The federal government says shellfish closures linked to red tide in waters off Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have caused a commercial fishery failure, a designation that opens the door to federal disaster assistance to the industry. The announcement Friday by Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez comes in response to a request two months ago by Massachusetts Gov. Duval Patrick. Shellfish closures arising from the toxic algae bloom began in May in waters off Massachusetts and spread north to New Hampshire and Maine. The closings bar the harvest of clams, mussels, oysters and other shellfish where red tide has been detected. Officials say some closings have been lifted, but many areas still remain off-limits to harvesting.

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Fatal Accident in Vassalboro

Updated 6 years ago

The Stone Road in Vassalboro is closed tonight as State Police investigate a serious accident. It happened just after 3pm Saturday. Initial reports were that one person was in critical condition and five others were also injured…no word yet on the extent of those injuries. We have a crew on scene and will bring you more information as soon as it’s available.

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