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Electric Rates to Rise

Updated 7 years ago

Those higher prices will be offset in part by a reduction in delivery rates.

Meanwhile, the pending sale of the parent company of Central Maine Power to a Spanish utility company has passed muster with Maine regulators.

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Grant Appeal Denied

Updated 7 years ago

Grant, who’s 57, is serving a 70-year prison term for the slaying of Janet Hagerthy at her home in Farmingdale in November 2004. The retired nurse was choked, beaten and stabbed to death following an argument over how to start a snowblower.

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Orrington Fire

Updated 7 years ago

Firefighters arrived on the scene between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m Tueday night.

The house on Settlers Way belongs to John and Ruth York and their two children.

A neighbor indicated that the fire started in a wood stove that was located in an addition to the home.

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Lighter Ban

Updated 7 years ago

Dean displayed more than a dozen of the lighters, some of which looked like a toy camera, baseball bat, tractor and motorcycle, during a news conference Tuesday at the State House. He says the lighters were purchased over the past year in Maine.

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Truck Weight Limits

Updated 7 years ago

Baldacci signed the bill Tuesday hours after it was passed by the House and Senate. It will enable truckers to consolidate loads and save fuel costs.

Baldacci said the administration is also working on legislation to ease taxes for truck drivers hauling forest products.

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Fatal Crash

Updated 7 years ago

Police believe speed and alcohol played roles in a car crash in Franklin that injured four people last night. Police say 18-year-old James Klausky of Ellsworth was driving along the cards crossing road near the intersection of Route 182 when he crashed into a tree. Klausky and passenger 20-year-old Eric Tozier of Trenton were flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Jacob Bryant (22)of Ellsworth was taken to the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Bangor. Athird passenger was treated in Ellsworth and released.

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Ellsworth School Robbed

Updated 7 years ago

Thieves took advantage of the long weekend to break into a school in Ellsworth. A custodian discovered it when he arrived at the Bryant Moore School this morning. Police say the thieves got in by breaking out a window in the rear of building. Police say a small amount of cash and portable radios used by the janitors were taken. They say it appears the thief or thieves avoided larger items, gabbing only what they could easily carry. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the ellsworth police department at 667-2168

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Series Trophy in Display

Updated 7 years ago

This marks the second time in just over a month that the trophy has made its way to Maine: It was displayed in Portland on December 14th.

Maine National Guard Troops and their families will have a private viewing of the trophy Monday morning in Bangor.

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Snowboarder Dies at Sugarloaf

Updated 7 years ago

A Colby College student was killed while snowboarding at Sugarloaf Saturday.

Carrabassett Valley Police say 19-year-old Andrew Peff died after going off the expert-level Haulback trail and crashing into the woods.

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Final Plum Creek Hearing

Updated 7 years ago

The associated press reports that dozens of people testified on Saturday before the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) on the plan to create 975 house lots and two resorts on 20-thousand acres around Moosehead Lake.

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Fatal Fire in Amity

Updated 7 years ago

The victim’s body was found in the rubble Monday morning. His name is being withheld until relatives can be notified.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said the fire apparently took place Thursday night, but was discovered three days later when a plowtruck driverarrived at theresidence and found that the home had been destroyed.

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Statewide Ban on Smoking in Cars with Kids?

Updated 7 years ago

A pair of identical bills that would ban smoking in cars when children are present goes before the Maine Legislature on Tuesday.
The measure, which is aimed at protecting kids from secondhand
smoke, is modeled after a year-old ordinance in Bangor. Three other
states have similar bans.
The proposal has the backing of the American Lung Association of
Maine, and Gov. John Baldacci has signaled that he’s likely to
support it.
For their part, tobacco companies say they’re not planning to
fight the measure. Instead, opposition could come from civil
libertarians, who’ve expressed concerns about what some regard as
excessive government intrusion in people’s lives.

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Police Looking for Driver Who Fled Scene

Updated 7 years ago

A Massachusetts man is being sought on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident in which several large wooden beams fell from his trailer on Route 27 in New Vineyard, killing a 55-year-old motorist.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department issued a warrant for
48-year-old Domingos Medeiros of Assonet, Mass. Police said an
examination of Medeiros’ truck in Massachusetts determined that it
was probably involved in the Wednesday evening accident that took
the life of Stephen McKenney of New Portland.
The falling timber also totaled another vehicle, but that driver
and her 10-year-old daughter escaped injury.
Investigators said they are unsure whether Medeiros was aware
that the beams had fallen from the trailer attached to his truck.

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Fire leaves Family Homeless

Updated 7 years ago

A Skowhegan family is in desperate need of help after their home was gutted by fire.

Fire officials say the flames started when one or more of the family’s five children was playing with kindling from a woodstove.

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Maine Sec. of State Accident

Updated 7 years ago

The accident took place in Sidney during the Friday morning commute on a highway made slick by heavy wet snow that was falling.

Dunlap credited his seat belt with keeping him from harm.

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New Vineyard Update

Updated 7 years ago

Police say 55-year-old Steven McKinney, a longtime employee at Sugarloaf USA ski resort, died of blunt force trauma when lumber fell from a poorly secured load onto his car Wednesday evening as he drove on Route 27 in New Vineyard.

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Urquhart in Court

Updated 7 years ago

42-year-old Phillip Urquhart pled guilty in Kennebec County Superior Court on Thursday to reckless conduct with a firearm and criminal threatening. An additional terrorizing count was dismissed.

Urquhart was accused of placing up to nine people in jeopardy last spring by waving a gun at them inside the Augusta store.

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Truck vs. Car in Garland

Updated 7 years ago

A driver heading west on the Upper Garland Road lost control of his car and ran off the road, about three o’clock Thursday afternoon.

The driver of logging truck passing by pulled off to the side of the road and stopped to help.

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Genetics Professor Awarded

Updated 7 years ago

The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan announced that Victor McKusick will receive a medal and 50 million Yen, that’s about $470,000 (U.S.).

The 86-year-old McKusick is a professor of medical genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Wanted Criminal Dead

Updated 7 years ago

A Willimantic man who had been eluding police for two years is dead after reportedly refusing to go to jail. Police say they had active arrest warrants for 30 year old Robert Morales, one for possession of a firearm by a felon the other for 2 counts of burglary and theft. The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department received a tip this morning that he was living in a small mobile home in Willimantic.

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