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Hallowell Fire

Updated 6 years ago

The fire destroyed a building, once known as the Abbott House, just after 10 o’clock Tuesday morning.

The house on Winthrop Street was built more than 100 years ago, and is part of the Hallowell historic district, which is on the national register of historic places.

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Food Drive Has Principal Seeing Pink

Updated 6 years ago

For many students, Tuesday was the final school day before winter break.

The principal at Mattanawcook Junior High School in Lincoln ended up &quot:tickled pink,&quot: among other colors, by his students and their efforts to help others.

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Tracking Santa

Updated 6 years ago

They’re broadcasting Santa’s journey through the county.

Each year, to get folks in the holiday spirit, Penobcot County dispatchers follow Saint Nick’s annual journey through the skies.

So keep your eyes and ears open Christmas Eve night and don’t be surprised if you spot something strange overhead.

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Cushing Fatal Accident

Updated 6 years ago

The man was killed when he was thrown from his snowmobile into the path of an oncoming car on River Road in Cushing.

Troopers say 19-year-old Derek Benner was driving his snowmobile at a high rate of speed when he either fell or was thrown off the machine.

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I-95 Accident

Updated 6 years ago

An accident on I-95 shut down traffic for a time in Bangor Tuesday night, but it could have ended much worse.

Witnesses told police a Ford Mustang had just entered the highway when the driver lost control.

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Springer in Court

Updated 6 years ago

38-year old Derwin Springer Junior is accused of breaking into a Pleasant Street home on October 29th, and forcing the woman who lived there to have sex with him.

He’s charged with gross sexual assault and burglary.

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Rising Arson Numbers Blamed on Economy

Updated 6 years ago

State figures so far this year show 134 confirmed incendiary, or arson, fires: representing 8 million dollars worth of property.

An additional 52 incidents, or fire scenes, are either under investigation or are ready to be investigated.

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Marijuana Ruling

Updated 6 years ago

Soon, voters may have another chance to weigh in on the matter.

Recently, one of Maine’s well-known Marijuana advocates was acquitted, convincing a jury his pot is for medicinal purposes.

For the first time, the court sided with the defendant. In this case, Donald Christen of Madison agreeing that his pot was being cultivated and furnished for medical use.

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L.L. Bean Considering Layoffs

Updated 6 years ago

An e-mail memo from President and Chief Operating Officer Chris McCormick obtained by the Times Record Newspaper of Brunswick indicates the catalog retailer missed its sales targets by 10 percent or more. And the new year isn’t looking any better.

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Post Offices

Updated 6 years ago

But most of them are going to shorten their lobby hours on this Wednesday.

Anything being mailed out should be dropped off by noon.

There will be ten post offices that remain open until 5 pm Christmas eve. Those include Augusta, Bangor, Ellsworth, Rockand, and Waterville.

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Building Destroyed in North Anson

Updated 6 years ago

A large piece of North Anson’s village center is in ruins.

The building that housed the Shared Blessings thrift store and food cupboard, and also the Masonic Hall, burned Saturday night in a massive fire.

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Heating Assistance

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) That’s nearly as many households as received funding for all of last winter from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

About 50,000 households received aid last year. MaineHousing Director Dale McCormick says nearly $28 million in heating assistance benefits have been paid so far. She expects about 70,000 Maine households to receive LIHEAP funds by the time heating season is over.

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Ranger Charged with Night Hunting

Updated 6 years ago

An Allagash Wilderness Waterway ranger has pleaded not guilty to hunting moose at night and out of season.

Ranger Reid Caron and another man from Allagash, Jess Mcbreairty, pleaded not guilty Friday in Fort Kent District Court.

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First Day of Winter Brings Snows

Updated 6 years ago

Mainers are digging out from a nor’easter that dumped more than three feet of snow on parts of the state.

According to the Associated Press, Eric Schwibs from the National Weather Services says Eustis recorded a whopping 41.8 inches of snow at what he described as &quot:the sweet spot of the storm.&quot:

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Maine’s Population Grows Slightly

Updated 6 years ago

The bureau estimates the number of Mainers at 1,316,456. Maine tied with Vermont for the lowest population gain in New England. New Hampshire and Connecticut grew by 0.3 percent and Massachusetts was up 0.5 percent.

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Bad Economy Means Good Business for Maine Debt Collectors

Updated 6 years ago

The economy may be down in Maine, but business is up for the state’s debt collectors. The number of debt collectors is growing and debt-collection agencies are beefing up their staffs as the amount of bad debt rises. William Lund, superintendent of Maine’s Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection, said the rise in bad debt — and in the number of debt collectors — is a reflection of the poor economy. Lund said there are 809 collectors in Maine who are licensed to recover consumer debt, with credit card and medical debt leading the way. In 2003, there were only 477 licensed debt collectors in the state.

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Maine’s Catholic Bishop Appeals Priest Abuse Ruling

Updated 6 years ago

Maine’s Roman Catholic bishop is supporting an appeal to the Vatican of a church tribunal’s finding that sexual abuse accusations against an 81-year-old priest were not proven. At issue are allegations against the Rev. Thomas Lee, who was suspended from ministry in 2003 and resigned six months later following an investigation into allegations regarding sexual abuse of minors. The tribunal made up of three priests from outside the Diocese of Portland ruled this summer that the accusations were not proven but acknowledged that Lee’s actions were imprudent. Lee served in parishes in Millinocket, Boothbay Harbor, Bath and Lyman and spent 15 years as a hospital and prison chaplain. He remains out of ministry until the case is resolved.

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ZF Lemforder Layoffs Announced

Updated 6 years ago

Forty-five workers at a Maine auto parts plant are being furloughed for three to four weeks because of the downturn in the car manufacturing industry. The temporary layoffs at the ZF Lemforder plant in Brewer were precipitated by shutdowns by General Motors and Mercedes, said Bryan Johnson, spokesman for ZF Group in Northville, Mich. With no cars being manufactured, there is no demand for the steering components made at the Brewer facility, he said. Johnson said Friday’s announcement that President Bush would give U.S. automakers $17.4 billion in emergency rescue loans is good news for auto parts manufacturers, but there will be a lag time in startup.

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Mills to Head SBA

Updated 6 years ago

Maine’s top leaders are applauding President-elect Obama’s selection of venture capitalist Karen Mills of Brunswick to head the Small Business Administration. Calling her a close adviser and friend, Gov. John Baldacci noted that Mills chaired his Council on Competitiveness and the Economy. He credited her with playing a key role in supporting economic development, investments in innovation and small business growth. Two years ago, Mills led the initiative for a $50 million research and development bond that won voter approval. Members of the state’s congressional delegation also weighed in with praise for Mills. Mills is the wife of Bowdoin College President Barry Mills.

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Teen Dies in Millinocket

Updated 6 years ago

A 16-year-old boy has died at his home in Millinocket, the apparent victim of exhaust fumes from the family’s plow truck. Lt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department said the parents of Matthew Cesare found their son’s body at about 11 a.m. Thursday. The teen was a student at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone and was home for Christmas break. Young said Cesare had been trying to warm up an older plow truck in the small garage when he apparently fell ill from the truck’s fumes.

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