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Embezzler Faces 3 1/2 Years

Updated 6 years ago

52-year-old Paula Caron was sentenced in Kennebec County Superior Court to 9 years in prison with all but 3 1/2 years suspended and3 years’ probation at a hearing in which her parents, children and friends asked for mercy for her.

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Economic Symposium

Updated 6 years ago

In Maine, there are more than 130,000 people categorized as low income. On Monday hundreds gathered at the capital to talk about poverty and plead for action.

The conference featured workshops on affordable housing, energy, health care, and hunger.

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Gas Terminal Terminated

Updated 6 years ago

Quoddy Bay LLC has withdrawn its request for state permits.

It happened after federal regulators dismissed the company’s application.

The commission said Quoddy Bay failed to provide information needed to move forward with an engineering review and environmental assessment.

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Prescription Drug Scheme Conviction

Updated 6 years ago

Authorities say Christine Hesseltine worked for a Bangor doctors office for two years.

During that time, she wrote a number of bogus prescriptions so that others could pick up drugs at local pharmacies.

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Soldier With Maine Ties Killed

Updated 6 years ago

Deon Taylor was killed in action last Wednesday. The 30-year-old Taylor, who was a New York City police officer, had attended Carrabec High School in North Anson for two years before graduating in 1995.

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Disaster Funding

Updated 6 years ago

HUD Secretary Steve Preston on Tuesday announced the allocations for states affected by natural disasters.

Maine will receive about $2.2 million for flooding damage that occurred in several counties during severe storms last spring.

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Arson Arrests

Updated 6 years ago

Police say three molotov cocktails were thrown at a building on Larkin St. early in morning.

18-year-old Jake Hesseltine of Old Town and 22-year-old Dwayne Bell of Bangor have been arrested and charged in the crime.

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Missing Lobsterman Update

Updated 6 years ago

The Coast Guard made its decision after a Falcon jet completed a final sweep at 6:03 p.m. Tuesday, without any sign of 24-year-old Chris Whittaker. Officials say Whittaker left the day before, aboard a 21-foot skiff and was last seen about two miles east of Matinicus.

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Manhunt Still On in Searsport

Updated 6 years ago

The search continues for the man police say pointed a gun at an officer Thursday night before driving away.

A two-mile section of Route 1 between Searsport and Stockton Springs was shut down for a time on Friday, along with a local school district, as police searched for a local motorist who allegedly pointed a gun at an officer during a traffic stop and fled.

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Home Sales Down

Updated 6 years ago

According to the Maine Association of Realtors, real estate agents sold 928 existing single-family homes in the state in September, down 9.7% from the same month last year.

The median sales price of those homes was $177,750. Down 6.5% from September 2007.

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High Winds Cause Outages

Updated 6 years ago

Maine electric companies are making progress restoring service to customers affected by high-caused outages as the weather improves.

About 5,000 electric customers remain without service — less than half the total earlier Sunday.

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New Jail Opens in Madison

Updated 6 years ago

Somerset County showcassed its new, $30,000,000 jail over the weekend.

Ceremonies include a ribbon cutting and flag raising at the dedication of the jail and sheriff’s department offices in Madison.

The building was openSaturday and Sundayfor public tours.

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Canada Man with Half-ton of Pot

Updated 6 years ago

Prosecutors say Bruno Rousselle, a truckdriver from New Brunswick, was arrested at the border crossing in Houlton on October 16th.

Investigators say they found 1,064 lbs.of marijuana in the truck, with an estimated street value of $2,500,000.

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Heating Oil Prices Continue to Fall

Updated 6 years ago

Prices havedropped by $1.78 since they peaked at $4.71 in early July.

The latest weekly survey found a price range from $3.20 in central Maine to $2.35 in the southwestern part of the state.

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Absentee Voting a Popular Alternative

Updated 6 years ago

Absentee voting beganMonday, andis becoming increasingly popular in Maine and other states. Maine election officials say that four years ago, 166,000 absentee ballots were submitted. A week and a day before this year’s election, nearly 135,000 have been requested and officials say it’s very likely the previous total will be surpassed.

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Acadia Gets Ready for Winter

Updated 6 years ago

Acadia National Park is getting ready

for winter.

On Friday, the popular park on Mount Desert Island will close

its Hulls Cove Visitor Center and Sand Beach Entrance Station. As

of Nov. 1, park information will be available at the Winter Visitor

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MMA Students’ Job Prospects Looking Good

Updated 6 years ago

With the economy in the tank, college

seniors around the country may be facing a tough job market next

spring. But that doesn’t appear to be the case at Maine Maritime

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Casino Battle Rages On

Updated 6 years ago

They’ve been silent on the proposed casino

in Oxford County, but two Maine tribes and Penn National Gaming are

paying close attention to the outcome of the statewide vote.

The Passamaquoddy Tribe and Penobscot Indian Nation, which have

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Man Charged With Murdering Sister in Dover

Updated 6 years ago

A suspect is back behind bars

following his initial court appearance on a charge of murdering his

70-year-old sister in Dover-Foxcroft.

Michael Toby, who’s 53, was arrested late Thursday night after

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Sunday Morning Gambling Proposed at Hollywood Slots

Updated 6 years ago

Sunday morning gambling at Maine’s lone

casino may soon become a reality.

The Maine Gambling Control Board has given initial approval to a

request from Hollywood Slots in Bangor to allow it to open at 8

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