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Dairy Farmers Bracing For the Worst

Updated 6 years ago

Maine’s dairy farmers are bracing for tough

times amid falling prices and potential cuts in a state subsidy

program, but organic farmers appear to be in better shape than most

to weather unfavorable market conditions.

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Free Fishing Weekend

Updated 6 years ago

For the second day in a row, Maine is

allowing people to fish for free on the state’s waterways.

Valentine’s weekend has been designated as Family Fishing Days.

It’s a promotion by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

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Budget Crisis Hits Courtrooms

Updated 6 years ago

Maine’s budget crisis is forcing cuts in

security at the state’s courts, a trend that’s causing concern

among court leaders and legislators.

The judiciary had planned to hire 10 additional security

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Dental Residency Program Announced

Updated 6 years ago

&quot:It’s an astonishing fact that as many as 11 percent of our nation’s rural population has never been to the dentist – never once,&quot: says Senator Susan Collins.

Across the nation, the number of dentists in rural areas is rapidly declining. And those who are working in the field are nearing the age of retirement.

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Snowmobiler Rescued

Updated 6 years ago

The Maine Warden Service says Scott Davis was pulled from the lake Friday night by his fellow riders, Steve McCullan of Portland, Joe Muce of Acton and Todd Davis of Sanford. Warden Dan Carroll said the three formed a human chain and held on to each others’ ankles to get a tow strap to Scott Davis and pull him from the water.

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Collins and Snowe Praised

Updated 6 years ago

In his weekly radio address Saturday, Gov. John Baldacci expressed thanks to Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins for standing for what is right for Maine and the nation. Baldacci also applauded the work of Democratic Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree for helping to lay the foundation of the final stimulus bill.

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Feburary 13th

Wayne Harvey

Updated 6 years ago

If you think you might be at risk for lead poisoning, call the Maine Childhood Lead Prevention Program at 1 (800) 292-3474.If you are having issues with internet service, you can call FairPoint at 1 (800) 240-5019, or log on to their website at www.myfairpoint.netTo find out about how to qualify for a Camp Bangor scholarship click, or log on to www.unitedwayem.orgIf you want more information on scams, or anything else concerning the state, take a peek at the Attorney General’s site at www.maine.gov/ag To learn more about classes for seniors in your area, click, or log on to www.eaaa.orgTo get another look at the pet indroduced to us Tuesday morning, click, or log on to www.bangorhumane.org

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Belfast Killing

Updated 6 years ago

A 31-year-old Belfast woman has been indicted for murder in the fatal shooting of her husband in December. (AP) Amber Cummings turned herself in at the Waldo County Jail on Friday morning after being indicted by a Waldo County grand jury. She is charged in the death of 29-year-old James Cummings, who was fatally shot in their Belfast home on Dec. 9. Amber Cummings told officials her husband subjected her to years of abuse.After the shooting, authorities removed some radioactive material and instructions for building a “dirty bomb” from thehome. The materials were linked to James Cummings, but law enforcement officials said there was never a public risk.

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Three Fires Keep Crews Busy

Updated 6 years ago

It was a busy Thursday for Lewiston firefighters with two emergency calls being received within minutes of each other. The first one broke out just before 1 pm in an apartment building at 107 Wood Street. Crews arrived to find smoke coming out of a second story unit. Everyone got out safely, but damages to the building were estimated at about $50,000 dollars. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The second fire struck a building at 183 East Avenue. Firefighters had to rip out a wall to reach the flames. But once exposed, the fire was out in a matter of minutes leaving behind about $500 in damage. Investigators believe it was started by welding equipment that was left too close to flammable materials.

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FairPoint Latest

Catherine Pegram

Updated 6 years ago

Nearly two weeks after customers were supposed to switch over from Verizon to FairPoint Communications service, e-mail and internet problems continue to plague some. The company took over phone and internet service from Verizon at the end of January. Shortly thereafter FairPoint was bombarded with complaints from customers having trouble with the transition. More than 13,000 people called in a three-day period. A spokesperson for the company tells TV 5 they are getting toward the end of the e-mail issues. And only some customers with dial-up service may be having internet problems. Customers who are still having issues can call 1-800-240-5019 or go to www.myfairpoint.net

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Home Invasion Arrest

Updated 6 years ago

Authorities have made an arrest following a home invasion in Hartland early Thursday morning. Police say two men with weapons broke in to a home on the Canaan Road at around 12:30. They reportedly threatened the residents, stole some items, then fled the scene. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department responded with a dog team. They say that evidence collected from the scene helped them identify the culprits. We’ll have more details as they become available…

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Belfast Killing

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) Amber Cummings turned herself in at the Waldo County Jail on Friday morning after being indicted by a Waldo County grand jury. She is charged in the death of 29-year-old James Cummings, who was fatally shot in their Belfast home on Dec. 9. Amber Cummings told officials her husband subjected her to years of abuse.

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Three Fires Keep Crews Busy

Updated 6 years ago

The first one broke out just before 1 pm in an apartment building at 107 Wood Street.

Crews arrived to find smoke coming out of a second story unit. Everyone got out safely, but damages to the building were estimated at about $50,000 dollars.

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FairPoint Latest

Updated 6 years ago

The company took over phone and internet service from Verizon at the end of January.

Shortly thereafter FairPoint was bombarded with complaints from customers having trouble with the transition.

More than 13,000 people called in a three-day period.

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Home Invasion Arrest

Updated 6 years ago

Police say two men with weapons broke in to a home on the Canaan Road at around 12:30. They reportedly threatened the residents, stole some items, then fled the scene.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department responded with a dog team.

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Dirty Bomb Materials Found

Updated 6 years ago

BELFAST – Radioactive materials were found in the Belfast home of a man who was shot and killed by his wife in December.The materials were found during the investigation of the shooting of James Cummings.Four one-gallon containers were found, all containing a chemical mixture.There was also literature in the house about how to make a “dirty bomb”.The FBI reports that Cummings may have been linked to white supremacist groups.Authorities did not release information about the substances. Much of what is known was gained through a document that was leaked.Belfast police Chief Jeffrey Trafton says local citizens were never in any danger from the chemicals found.The investigation into the shooting is open and on-going. At this this time, Amber Cummings has not been charged with anything.State police are handling the case.

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Route 2 Closed Thursday Morning

Updated 6 years ago

Route 2 in the town of Mercer is shut down for the better part of Thursday morning, as state police investigate a fatal car crash… The collision happened around 2:30 am. Witnesses say that it happened near the Christie’s convenience store. Authorities say a fully loaded logging truck and car collided, killing the car’s single passenger. There has been no word yet on the name of the victim, or if there were any other injuries. The section of Route 2 being closed streaches from the junction with Route 137 all the way to Beech Hill.

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Sex Offender Round Up

Updated 6 years ago

Sheriff Donnie Smith says there are about 100 sex offenders in Washington County, the vast majority of which have registered. There are are a number of them who aren’t taking the law seriously.

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Bath Man Committed Under Walsh Act

Updated 6 years ago

Jeffrey Shields was committed to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons after a 10-day trial. Evidence presented during his trial showed that Shields had numerous prior sexual offenses against children in Maine and Florida.

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Route 2 Back Open

Updated 6 years ago

The collision happened around 2:30 am. Witnesses say that it happened near the Christie’s convenience store.

Authorities say a fully loaded logging truck andS-U-V collided, killing the S-U-V’s single passenger.

There has been no word yet on the name of thevictim, or if there were any other injuries.

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