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Robbery Suspects Arrested

Updated 6 years ago

Police say they’ve arrested the people responsible for robbing Bob’s Country Market in Benton. 18-year-old Jacob Smith of Norridgewock and 19-year-old Raymond Ellis, Junior of Skowhegan are charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy, and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. Police say the pair were armed with a baseball bat and a metal pipe when they ordered the two clerks to hand over money from the cash registers. They also reportedly smashed a display case and stole 10 handguns. Four of the guns have since been found. A juvenile also faces charges relating to the case.

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Sugarloaf Legend Remembered

Updated 6 years ago

Paul Schipper, an avid skier who hit the slopes every day of the season for 24 years, died Monday in Bangor. He was 85. Schipper was a legendary figure at the Sugarloaf ski resort. Between 1980 and January 2005, he skied 3,903 consecutive skiiable days. He even put off removing a cancerous kidney once to keep his streak alive. A trail at Sugarloaf, named Schipper’s Streak, is named in his honor.

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Sick Season

Updated 6 years ago

Outbreaks of illness have been sweeping through schools and businesses in recent weeks. Medical officials say those places are a breeding ground for germs because people are in close contact with each other for long periods of time. They are hoping this week’s school vacation will help. Medical officials say the worst could be over when kids return to school, if parents do a few simple things. They say making sure children get plenty of rest, eat well, and take a break from stress over vacation can make a difference. “Bundle them up even if they are sick and they just want to sit there in the sun.” Said Blue Hill Memorial Hospital nurse practitioner Zoe Tenney. “That sunlight and fresh air are absolutely important for boosting their immune system.” Tenney says there is a lot of pressure for parents to keep their kids in school and keeping themselves at work. She says if you feel sick, feverish or you’re coughing, staying home is the best thing to do. This year may seem worse but bouts of illness go through communities every winter. Nurse Tenney says the illness usually passes by early spring but getting kids over the worst this week will be a big step in the right direction.

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Fatal Fire in Searsport

Updated 6 years ago

Investigators are trying to figure out what started a house fire early this morning that killed two people in Searsport.The fire broke out around 6:30 Monday morning at a home on Porter Street. Investigators from the fire marshal’s office arrived on the scene around just a couple of hours ago. The home is on a dead-end street and reporters are being kept from the scene, so we don’t have a lot of information.There is no word yet on the identity of the victims.

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Police Search for Sex Offender

Updated 6 years ago

Police at the University of Maine at Farmington are on the lookout for a 19-year-old sex offender from South Carolina who may have shown up on campus, armed with knives…Police believe that Robert Tilton of Clarendon, South Carolina, rode on a bus more than 1,200 miles to meet a female student he’d contacted through an on-line gaming site.Police say Tilton got into a locked residential hall after giving a security officer a false name.Investigators say they later found two large knives hidden in the area where Tilton entered the building.Tilton is listed on the South Carolina sex offender registry for a 2006 conviction involving a 6-year-old.

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University of Maine Student Death Investigated

Updated 6 years ago

Police are trying to figure out what killed a University of Maine student over the weekend.Dylan Lyford was found dead in his apartment Sunday morning in Old Town. The chemical engineering student is originally from Milo. Police responded to a call on stillwater avenue just after 10:30 A.M.When they arrived they found the 19-year-old student unresponsive. He was taken to to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he was pronounced dead. The university has had support staff and counselors on hand to help students cope with the tragedy.Old Town police are not releasing details about the circumstances surrounding the death.

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No Water in Brewer

Updated 6 years ago

Brewer Public Works crews were busy overnight trying to determine the source of a loss in water pressure in the northern section of the city. After several hours of fruitless searching, they discovered a water main break near Indian trailer park on North Main Street at around 5:30 Tuesday morning. The teams went to work on the problem immediately, but say that they may not have water fully restored to all residents effected until mid afternoon on Tuesday.

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UMaine Student Autopsy Results

Updated 6 years ago

The state’s medical examiner says the manner of 19-year-old Dylan Lyford’s death is pending further investigation. But Umaine officials have previously said alcohol may have been a factor.

Police were called to an apartment on Stillwater Avenue around 10:30 Sunday morning for a report of an unconscious man. Lyford, who lived on campus, was a first-year student studying chemical engineering. He was taken to a hospital in Bangor where he was pronounced dead. Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding Lyford’s death.

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A small business in Bangor gets a little bit of good news….

Updated 6 years ago

Tom Cavanaugh and his wife have owned the business for more than thirty years….

Last fall, they received a notice from maine revenue services stating they’d have to stop mailing in their tax payment, and file electronically, or face a fifty dollar fine for each month they failed to comply…..

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Winterfest plans in full swing…

Updated 6 years ago

Organizers met at the muddy rudder this morning, to run down the schedule of events for this year’s festivities…..

There will be lots of fun activities, for the whole family…..

It starts Friday evening at 5pm, when the Muddy Rudder will serve free appetizers, as folks get ready for the fireworks, which are scheduled for 7-30…..

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Bangor Fire

Updated 6 years ago

A fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. in the building that houses Court Street Market, as well as several apartments.

It’s not the first time the building there has been hit by fire. The owners had just finished rebuilding from the last fire.

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Brewer Water Restored

Updated 6 years ago

According to the Michael Riley, Superintendent of the Brewer Water Department, there were two water mains that run to the area of North Main Street.

Riley says one of the mains in the area of the Indian Trail Park broke.

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Walking Across Maine… in Drag.

Updated 6 years ago

Tim Berry plans to walk from the University of Southern Maine, to the University of Maine in Presque Isle,whiledressed in drag.

Berry’s mission has two parts. One, to raise $4,000 for the United, the other,using theidea of charity to ask people to question their levels of tolerance.

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Cummings Charged With Murder

Updated 6 years ago

State police say Amber Cummings, 31, shot James Cummings, 29, in their High St. home in Belfast back in December.

Cummings pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible because of mental disease or defect in Belfast District Court.

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Police Search for Sex Offender

Updated 6 years ago

Police believe that Robert Tilton of Clarendon, South Carolina, rode on a bus more than 1,200 miles to meet a female student he’d contacted through an on-line gaming site.

Police say Tilton got into a locked residential hall after giving a security officer a false name.

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Fatal Fire in Searsport

Updated 6 years ago

The fire broke out around 6:30 Monday morning at a home on Porter Street. Investigators from the fire marshal’s office arrived on the scene around just a couple of hours ago. The home is on a dead-end street and reporters are being kept from the scene, so we don’t have a lot of information.

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BSO Concert

Updated 6 years ago

It was open to all of the high school students in the state. Ten finalists were selected from their audition tapes to play at this weekend’s recital. Samuel Balaga of Gray took top honors.

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Dixfield Family Homeless

Updated 6 years ago

The fire happened Sunday morning at a home on Route 2.

Everyone managed to get out of the home safely, but the fire did major damage: burning through the roof from one end of the building to the other.

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Selling At a Loss

Updated 6 years ago

They say that the trend is a result of the slumping economy, which is causing massive job losses, and declines in real estate values.

In what are called &quot:short sales,&quot: lenders agree to accept less than the outstanding balance of the loan.

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Gay Marriage Back in the Spotlight

Updated 6 years ago

The Family Research Council held a rally in Augusta about the issue Sunday night.

Folks who attended the rally were there to support the traditional definition of marriage: that of a union between one man and one woman.

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