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Pellet Stove Demand Up

Updated 6 years ago

The big jump in heating oil prices is fueling a boom in sales of wood pellet stoves, with some Maine dealers saying demand is so great that they can’t keep them in stock.

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Stabbing Update

Updated 6 years ago

State police say an early morning altercation at a campground in Palmyra left two young men with stab wounds.

The investigation began around 3 a.m. Friday after a motorist found 22-year-old Joseph Elston of Detroit on the ground near Route 152 in Pittsfield. Elston was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for facial lacerations and superficial stab wounds to the arm.

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Millinocket Biomass Boiler Plan Stalled

Updated 6 years ago

A gridlocked New England power grid in

Maine has stalled a Harpswell developer’s plan for a $50 million

biomass boiler in Millinocket.

Jerry Tudan, of Peregrine Technologies, had already lined up

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McGowan Cleared

Updated 6 years ago

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has

cleared Maine Conservation Commissioner Patrick McGowan of an

accusation that he used a plane to spot prey.

The agency’s law enforcement office said Friday it was closing

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Pilot Killed in Plane Crash

Updated 6 years ago

A pilot lost her life Saturday when her light plane crashed in shallow coastal waters off Owls Head as she was preparing to practice approaches and landings at Knox County Airport.

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Maine Soldiers Visit Home

Updated 6 years ago

As a result of that problem, 36 Maine soldiers from the 169th Military Police Company got an early visit to their home state.

The plane was diverted to B.I.A. for repairs, and that’s where the veterans were greeted by family and friends, after nearly a year training Iraqi police in the war zone.

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P.A.L. Center to Close

Updated 6 years ago

It started as a place for kids to go to stay out of trouble, and it has turned in to a safe haven for kids with special needs to go to learn important life skills.

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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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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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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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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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