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Fire Destroys Home

Updated 6 years ago

The father and children that lived in that house were out for a snowmobile ride when they got the call that their house was on fire.

Departments from five towns had responded to the fire on N. Dexter Road just after 4 o’clock Monday afternoon.

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FairPoint Problems

Updated 6 years ago

FairPoint officialssaid the company got about 6,000 calls Saturday, 4,500 Sunday and fewer than 3,000 Monday. That doesn’t count people who couldn’t get through because of busy signals.

Customers with Verizon e-mail accounts were supposed to be switched over to FairPoint e-mail addresses beginning Saturday, but when the switch was made, many customers couldn’t set up new accounts because of technical problems.

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Robbery Arrests Update

Updated 6 years ago

Police say Timothy Woods, Joshua Clark, and Justin Clark started the crime spree Thursday night.

They’re accused of stealing from Best Buy, Toys-R-Us and Target on Thursday. Then robbing K-mart on Friday.

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Toby Pleads Not Guilty

Updated 6 years ago

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) – A 53-year-old Dover-Foxcroft man has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of his older sister. Michael Toby entered his plea Monday in Piscataquis County Superior Court. He is charged with killing 70-year-old Rosalie Shedd in her apartment in Dover-Foxcroft in October. Police say Toby told them he struck his sister repeatedly on the head, strangled her with a vacuum cleaner cord and put a plastic bag over her head after they got into a fight. Toby’s defense attorney, Christopher Smith, says he’s waiting to get more evidence from prosecutors before deciding how to proceed with the case. Toby is being held without bail in the Piscataquis County Jail.

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Hazardous Waste Spill

Updated 6 years ago

It happened at E.M.M.C. Family Medicine of Brewer in the Twin City plaza.

The call came in at about one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

Brewer fire captain Brent Melvin says he was alerted that there had been a spill of a chemical called Phenol, which is a corrosive.

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Three Arrests Made in Bangor Robberies

Updated 6 years ago

Police have arrested three Bangor men in connection with a string of robberies near the Bangor Mall.

Timothy Woods, 25, Joshua Clark, 23, and Justin Clark, 26, have been all been charged with felony theft.

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Heating Oil Prices

Updated 6 years ago

Actual prices ranged from a low of $1.94 in southwestern Maine, to a high of $2.55 in the northern region.

The statewide kerosene price average is $2.81 per gallon.

Unemployment Benefits Extended

Updated 6 years ago

Thousands of Mainers will qualify for extended unemployment benefits because of the state’s high unemployment rate.

The Maine Labor Department says the rising unemployment rate, which rose to 7 percent in December, has triggered a 13-week extension of federal benefits.

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Poland Springs Creates New Jobs

Updated 6 years ago

The company, owned by Swiss food giand Nestle, will be opening a new manufacturing plant.

Poland Spring currently employs more than 800 people in Maine, providing about $40,000,000 to the Maine economy.

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Winter Storm Funds Low

Updated 6 years ago

The public works department in Machias is still cleaning up the snow and ice left behind.

Town manager Betsy Fitzgerald says Machias got about 8 inches of snow and about an inch and a half of ice on Wednesday.

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FairPoint E-Mail Issues

Updated 6 years ago

Customers with Verizon e-mail accounts were supposed to be switched over to FairPoint beginning Saturday, but when the switch was made, many customers couldn’t set up new accounts.

FairPoint last year paid $2.3 billion for Verizon’s land lines in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. It has 285,000 customers in the three states with Verizon e-mail addresses.

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Turnpike Toll Increase

Updated 6 years ago

Motorists are digging a little deeper in

their pockets to drive on the Maine Turnpike.

Effective today, tolls go up on the 106-mile highway. Turnpike

officials say it’s the first toll increase since 2004.

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Snow and Ice Causing Oil Spills

Updated 6 years ago

State officials are cautioning home owners

that ice and snow can trigger spills of heating oil from outdoor


The Department of Environmental Protection says falling ice from

roofs and snow compaction around the tanks can sever lines and

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Rumford Man Plunges Into Icy River

Updated 6 years ago

A 21-year-old Rumford man was treated for

hypothermia after riding his snowmobile into open water on the

Androscoggin River in western Maine.

The Maine Warden Service says Michael Thurston was snowmobiling

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Arrest Made in Bangor Robberies

Updated 6 years ago

Police have made arrests in connection with three robberies around the Bangor Mall on Thursday night.

Detectives aren’t releasing many details at this hour, but they will say at least one person has been arrested.

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Poirier Asks for Reduced Sentence

Updated 6 years ago

The 36-year-old man who shot his

father to death during his 65th birthday party in Lewiston wants

his sentence reduced.

Scott Poirier of Sabattus was convicted last January of manslaughter in the

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Bald Eagle Could Be Removed from Endangered List

Updated 6 years ago

With bald eagle populations on the

rebound, there’s a move afoot to remove the American symbol from

Maine’s list of endangered and threatened species.

The move follows federal action to take the eagle off its

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Levant Store Robbed

Updated 6 years ago

She was robbed by a man who had just bought a cup of coffee.

Police say the cashier at the Corner Country Store on Union Street was making change for the man, when he suddenly reached over the counter and grabbed some cash.

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Bean Recall

Updated 6 years ago

The recall involves Stabilicer Lite cleats, model number BNX9, which are worn over shoes or boots for traction in winter conditions.

L.L. Bean recalled the product after receiving two reports of breakages of the elastic harness system to the cleats. The company has not received any reports of injuries.

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Ice Cream Recall

Updated 6 years ago

The House of Flavors ice cream company says it’s the 64 ounce square packages. One allergic reaction has been reported.

The problem occurred when cartons of chocolate chip ice cream were filled at the plant after a run of maple walnut ice cream.

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