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Rockland Man Arrested

Updated 6 years ago

The Maine Department of Public Safety says Robert Harford was taken into custody Wednesday night after being interviewed by detectives about the death of Ava Harford.

Authorities say the infant was unresponsive when taken by ambulance from her home Sunday evening. She died Tuesday night at Maine Medical Center in Portland. An autopsy Wednesday found that Ava died of multiple blunt force head injuries.

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Hoffman Rejected by Supreme Court

Updated 6 years ago

Without comment Wednesday, justice David Souter denied Hoffman’s request to block a Maine Supreme Court ruling.

That invalidated petitions to get him listed on the ballot.

The decision effectively puts an end to Hoffman’s bid to officially run against Susan Collins and Tom Allen.

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Curve Street Gunfire

Updated 6 years ago

Robert Smith is charged with criminal threatening with a weapon.

Police arrested Smith around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday outside his apartment on 4th Street.

About at hour earlier, police received a number of 911 calls about a possible shooting in an apartment on Curve Street, near the Bangor Federal Building.

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Kennebec River Drowning

Updated 6 years ago

Maine Warden Service Sgt. Scott Thrasher said a raft operated by North Country Rivers was carrying six people and a guide when it turned over in a river rapid at about 11 a.m. Thursday in Indian Stream Township.

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Fish Habitat

Updated 6 years ago

The project, financed with $25,000,000 in public and private money, calls for the elimination of the Veazie and Great Works dams and the construction of a fishway at the Howland Dam along the Penobscot River. In return, Pennsylvania-based power producer PPL Corp. will be allowed to increase production of electricity at other dams along the river.

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Red Shield Delay

Updated 6 years ago

The hearing on a 13.6 million dollar plan to bail out the company, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been delayed.

About 160 people have been off the job since June, when financial problems forced the facility to shut down.

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Lincoln Turbine Meeting

Updated 6 years ago

The company First Wind is hosting an informational meeting about the Rollins wind project at Mattanawcook academy.

The project, which is in the developmental stages, would build more than three dozen wind turbines in the towns of Lincoln, Lee, Winn, and Burlington.

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Motorcycle Crash

Updated 6 years ago

A man was attempting to pass another vehicle on the Waterville Road when the bike’s brakes suddenly locked up, sending it out of control. The bike flew 50 to 75 feet before bursting into flames, the driver landed in the opposite lane.

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Peoples Veto

Updated 6 years ago

Dunlap said the Fed Up With Taxes coalition submitted enough signatures of registered voters to get the question on the ballot on November 4th.

After reviewing the more than 95,000 signatures that were turned in last month, Dunlap’s office found 22,788 of the signature to be invalid. Still, the 72,432 valid signatures exceeded the required number by more than 17,000.

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Beverage Tax

Updated 6 years ago

This after, the Secretary of State validated more than seventy thousand signatures to push a referendum question on November’s ballot.

The coalition, fed up with taxes got enough names put the repeal idea to voters.

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Heating Oil Prices Down

Updated 6 years ago

According to the Office of Energy Independence and Security’s biweekly survey, the statewide average cash price on Monday was $4.00 a gallon. That’s down 42 cents from two weeks ago and 71 cents from the peak on July 7.

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Robbery Update

Updated 6 years ago

Police say 33-year-old Cheryl Stone of Clinton, and 22-year-old Sara Pontbriand of Waterville robbed the coffee shop.

An employee at the Kennedy memorial Drive location called 911 just before midnight on Saturday, saying someone was at the drive-through window trying to steal some cash.

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School Demolition

Updated 6 years ago

A new kindergarten through 5th grade school is being built.

It will be attached to the existing middle school that is undergoing a major renovation.

Officials say they plan to have middle school children back in their building a year from now and other students in the new school one year later.

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Cutting in Court

Updated 6 years ago

46-year old Stephen Cutting was arrested Sunday, after reportedly confessing to a relative who then turned him in.

Police have been trying to solve the murder of William Greenwood ever since his body was found in Portland back in 1995. It was a cold case they feared would never be solved.

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Arrest Made in Cold Case

Updated 6 years ago

A Palmyra man is in jailafter police say he confessed to a 13-year-old murder.

The victim was 36-year-old William Greenwood of Portland.

His body was found shot to death behind a trucking company on Warren avenue in Portland, back in the spring of 1995.

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MMA Gift

Updated 6 years ago

The gift, announced Monday, comes from the American Bureau of Shipping, an international ship classification society based in Houston.

Maine Maritime President Leonard Tyler said it is the largest gift in the Castine school’s history.

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Dover Man Files Suit Against Hospital

Updated 6 years ago

A Dover-Foxcroft man is suing Mayo Regional Hospital claiming the hospital didn’t give him proper medical attention when he went there with chest pains.

Robert Olszewski is seeking unspecified damages in the federal complaint against the Dover-Foxcroft hospital, its CEO and a physician’s assistant.

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State College Applications Increase

Updated 6 years ago

School officials say applications to Maine’s universities and community colleges have increased this year due to greater marketing efforts and a flagging economy.

In the University of Maine System, spokesman John Diamond said its seven universities and 10 regional outreach centers have received 4.5 percent more applications for 2008-09 than last year.

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Possible Postal Delays?

Updated 6 years ago

Some mail that was being handled at the U.S. Postal Service’s processing facility in Hampden is now being sorted in Scarborough two hours to the south.

Postal officials say the change is part of an effort to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

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Blaine House Celebration

Updated 6 years ago

Gov. John Baldacci and four former Maine governors joined together in celebrating and raising money for the Blaine House, the official residence of the governor.

The five past and present governors came together Friday night at an invitation-only dinner at the State House to benefit the Friends of the Blaine House, a nonprofit group committed to preserving the mansion.

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