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Central Maine Stabbing

Updated 6 years ago

A passerby noticed 22-year-old Joe Elston of Pittsfield lying on Hartland Avenue.

Elston was taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital.

Maine State Police Detectives were called in to assist the Pittsfield Police Department with the investigation.

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Jeremy Hart Free on Bail

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) Jeremy Hart was released from the Penobscot County Jail on Thursday afternoon. Hart is charged with murder in the death of his wife, Kristen Smart Hart, last November.

According to court documents, several people were at the Harts’ house at the time of the shooting. One man told police the shooting occurred after Jeremy Hart walked in and caught him kissing Hart’s wife. Bail conditions prohibit Hart from possessing firearms, leaving the state without permission or having contact with eight different people.

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Fatal Accident in Dexter

Updated 6 years ago

It happened on Route 23, just before 8:30. Dexter police chief Arthur Roy says sixty-one year old Norman Babb of Dexter suffered fatal injuries after he hit the car’s windshield. Babb was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Porter Lake Break-ins

Updated 6 years ago

Corporal Steve Charles with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says there have been 26 reports of vandalism and burglary involving lakefront and seasonal camps around Porter Lake.

Police have contacted many of the camp owners but would like anyone who has property on Sweets Pond Lane on the Strong side of the lake or Lake Street on the New Vineyard side to contact police if they haven’t already done so.

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Marijuana Ring

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) A federal court jury on Wednesday found 55-year-old Raymond Fogg of Winn and 42-year-old Anthony Caparotta of Caribou guilty of marijuana distribution and Social Security fraud.

Prosecutors said Fogg and Caparotta worked for Michael Pelletier, an Aroostook County man who was convicted of running a multimillion-dollar cross-border marijuana smuggling operation from his wheelchair while collecting disability checks. Pelletier is serving a life sentence.

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School Consolidated

Updated 6 years ago

The KIDS R.S.U. is the first in Maine to consolidate five towns into one district.

KIDS R.S.U. is short for Kennebec Intra-District Schools, Regional School Unit.

The unit was approved overwhelmingly by voters under the state’s new reorganization law last week.

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Old Town Blaze Believed Arson

Updated 6 years ago

Fire fighters were called to a site on South Main Street in Old Town, across from the Red Shield plant.

A storage trailer owned by an electrical contractor was on fire and was burning quickly.

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FairPoint Delays Takeover of Verizon

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) – Gov. John Baldacci says he remains confident FairPoint is up to the task of providing telephone service in Maine once initial glitches are overcome, but some state lawmakers already are planning a legislative investigation of the 911 deficiencies.

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Red Tide Creeps In

Updated 6 years ago

It has prompted the closure of mussel beds from Machiasport to the Canadian border.

State officials say a large plume of toxic algae blew in from the Bay of Fundy.

The red tide closure bans the harvesting of mussels, european oysters, and carnivorous snails.

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Gay Rights in Maine

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) The Christian Civic League of Maine’s Michael Heath says the evangelical group that led the push is &quot:pulling the plug.&quot: Heath says the group collected only a third of the number of voters’ signatures it wanted during the June 10th primaries and failed to draw the volunteer support it had hoped for.

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Father and Son Rescued

Updated 6 years ago

A father and son have been rescued after their 40-foot lobster boat caught fire and sank 20 miles off Mount Desert Island.

The Coast Guard says it got a phone call from a family friend Tuesday morning reporting that David and Ryan Graves had abandoned their boat, favoring a life raft, near Mount Desert Rock.

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Maine Police Play Key Role in Child Porn Bust

Updated 6 years ago

A key to finding the suspect was information found by the internet crimes against children unit of the Maine state police. 38-year-old James Bartholomew Huskey of Lafayette, Georgia was arrested Monday at his home after a two year investigation that began in Australia.

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Celtics Win it All

Updated 6 years ago

As Boston beat Los Angeles Tuesday night in game six of the NBA finals by 39 points: 131 to 92.

The Celtics are the NBA champions for the 17th time in franchise history, and the first time in 22 years.

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Dechaine Update

Updated 6 years ago

The group wanted access to records of an advisory group that reviewed Dechaine’s case.

Dechaine is serving a life sentence for the murder and rape of a 12-year-old girl in Bowdoin twenty years ago.

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Diverted Plane Update

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) Natalya Viktorovna Aksenova was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Bangor.She was also ordered to pay Delta Airlines more than $17,000 in restitution.

According to court documents, Aksenova became intoxicated while on a Delta flight in March. She pushed a flight attendant against a wall, refused to stay in her seat and wouldn’t move out of the aisle when food was being delivered to passengers.

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Starving Animals Removed from Home

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department is investigating what it calls a &quot:horrific&quot: case of animal cruelty.

Sheriff’s deputies accompanied by a state animal welfare agent searched the home Tuesday. No one was immediately charged in the case but police say they’re familiar with the people who lived in the house and evidence will be turned over to the district attorney.

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Police Standoff in New Gloucester

Updated 6 years ago

Initial reports indicate that what sounds like a domestic dispute brought a State Tactical Team out to New Gloucester late Monday night, and the officers were on hand to watch the sunrise Tuesday morning.

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Former Pittsfield Plant Workers to Receive Aid

Updated 6 years ago

A grant of more than 317-thousand dollars has been given by the U.S. Department of Labor.

It will be used to help about 90-workers who lost their jobs when the San Antonio Shoe Plant closed.

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Clamming Concerns

Updated 6 years ago

Diggers are producing plenty of clams but the demand is down. Clammers say there have been wild fluctuations in prices. At one point in may they were getting a dollar and 60 cents a pound.

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Mill Unions Meet

Updated 6 years ago

Vehicles lined the driveway of the River-Driver Restaurant, as union members from both the mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket, along with mill management, got together Tuesday.

Last month the company announced it might have to close down its Millinocket mill because of the high cost of fuel.

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