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Maine Turns Out in Droves to Vote

Updated 6 years ago

Nearly a quarter million absentee ballots were cast in this year’s elections.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is projecting that 80% of Maine’s registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday. That outnumbers the 2004 presidential election, which was a record of 74%.

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Chasse Trial

Updated 6 years ago

The charges against chasse include kidnapping, aggravated assault, and terrorizing.

Prosecutors say Chasse took a prison worker and an inmate hostage during a seven hour standoff at the prison.

No one was seriously injured.

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Reynolds Trial Continues

Updated 6 years ago

Reynolds stands accused of shooting his estranged wife.

The state rested its case late Wednesday afternoon, and the defense immediately asked for a motion for acquittal due to the state’s lack of sufficient evidence.

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Red Shield Transition

Updated 6 years ago

About 160 workers were laid off when the mill shut down in back in June.

The company filed for bankruptcy, and earlier this week an investment firm in New York closed the $19,000,000 deal to buy the facility.

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Hart Sentence

Updated 6 years ago

The Lagrange manwas sentenced to 15 years in Penobscot County Superior Court, with three years suspended. He was charged with murder, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

According to court affidavits, Hart shot his wife, Kristen Smart-Hart, at their home while she was naked and hiding under the couple’s bed. Several people were at the house at the time, and one man told investigators the shooting occurred after Jeremy Hart walked in and caught him kissing Hart’s wife.

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Senate Race

Updated 6 years ago

The Associated Press has projected Sen. Susan Collins (R) Maine has won reelection to the U.S. Senate.

Paper Mill Halts Machine for November

Updated 6 years ago

Company spokesman Bill Cohen says he’s not sure how many workers will be affected by the shutdown.

Cohen says there are no plans right now to cut back at Verso’s mill in Jay.

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Question 3

Updated 6 years ago

The Associated Press projects Yes on Question 3 has won.

Question 3 asks:

&quot:Do you favor a $3,400,000 bond issue to support drinking water programs, to support the constructionof wastewaster treatment facilities to leverage$17,000,000 in other funds

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Question 1

Updated 6 years ago

The Associated Press projects Yes on Question 1 has won.

Question 1 reads:

&quot:Do you want to reject the parts of a new law that change the method of funding Maine’s Dirigo Health Program through charging health insurance companies a fixed fee on paid claims and adding taxes to malt liquor, wine and soft drinks&quot:

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Child Approached in Sherman

Updated 6 years ago

A 9-year-old girl was outside of her home on Route 2, when two men in an S.U.V. pulled up, waved to the girl, and told her &quot:come on.&quot:

The child ran inside and told her mother, and the vehicle took off down the road.

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House Race

Updated 6 years ago

The Associated Press projects Rep. Michael Michaud (D) Maine has won reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Reynolds Trial

Updated 6 years ago

Prosecutors say 42-year-old Richard Reynolds shot and killed his wife, 37-year-old Rhonda Wakefield-Reynolds, in January 2007. The day after he was served with divorce papers.

In a surprise move, the defense didn’t argue whether or not Richard Reynolds was responsible for the death of Rhonda Wakefield-Reynolds.

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Hofland Speaks in Court

Updated 6 years ago

Those charges include kidnapping, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, and burglary.

Hofland is accused of holding nine students hostage at Stockton Springs Elementary School last week.

Hofland kept his eyes squinted shut during much of the court proceedings.

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Presidential Race

Updated 6 years ago

The Associated Press has projected Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Barack Obama has won the state of Maine.

Former Tribal Governor Goes on Trial

Updated 6 years ago

A former Passamaquoddy tribal governor at Indian Township and the tribe’s ex-business manager go on trial in U.S. District Court on Monday for allegedly misusing $1.7 million in federal funds, health care center funds and other tribal money over a 4-year period.

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Trooper Justified

Updated 6 years ago

Johnathan Sullivan was fatally shot by Derrick Record after the trooper responded to a 911 call reporting a domestic disturbance at Sullivan’s home.

According to Attorney General Steven Rowe, the shooting occurred after Sullivan came at Record with a shotgun and ignored repeated commands to drop his weapon. When Sullivan raised the barrel of his gun, Record fired three rounds.

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Heating Oil Prices

Updated 6 years ago

The average pricenow stands at $2.83 statewide.

Prices range from a low of $2.35 in southwestern Maine, to a high of $3 in all other regions of Maine.

Kerosene prices also were a dime lower, at $3.42, and propane for domestic heating slipped a nickel to $3.05.

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Red Shield Sold

Updated 6 years ago

Patriarch Partners out of New York acquired the company Monday in a $19,000,000 court-approved deal.

For the first time since June, it looks like more than 160 workers will soon be back on the job at the mill.

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Hunter Recovering from Gunshot Wound

Updated 6 years ago

A Waterville man suffered a gunshot wound to his left hand when unloading hunting gear with a friend as Maine’s deer season opened.

The incident occurred about two miles upstream from the Peltoma Bridge on the Sebasticook River in Pittsfield.

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Salmon Hearings to Begin

Updated 6 years ago

Federal agencies will hold two public hearings this week on a proposal to designate Atlantic salmon populations in the Penobscot, Kennebec and Androscoggin rivers as endangered species. Atlantic salmon in eight smaller Maine rivers or streams already are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The current proposal would expand the protected population of Gulf of Maine salmon to include the state’s three largest rivers. The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will accept public comments on the endangered species proposal, as well as a critical habitat proposal, on Wednesday night at the Augusta Civic Center and on Thursday night at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. Federal biologists will hold informational sessions before both meetings from 6 to 7 p.m. Written comments can be submitted through Dec. 2 on expanding the endangered listing and through Dec. 5 on the Gulf of Maine critical habitat designation.

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