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James Pleads Not Guilty

Updated 6 years ago

A 56-year-old homeless man accused of fatally beating a fellow hobo at a makeshift camp in Bangor has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

Stephen James was arraigned Friday in Penobscot County Superior Court in the April 27 slaying of 63-year-old Clyde Worster. His body was found in a wooded area near Interstate 95 known as &quot:The Pines,&quot: where he and James were staying.

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Fort Kent Visits

Updated 6 years ago

Bishop Richard Malone will offer his support to the victims and tour two churches severely damaged by the flood.

Governor Baldacci returned to Aroostook County on Thursday.

He along with New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham surveyed the destruction on both sides of the border.

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School Bus Hit in Pileup

Updated 6 years ago

It happened at around three pm Thursday just after several kids were dropped off on Route 15.

Deputy Mark Lloyd says four kids were still on the bus, when the vehicle was hit from behind in a chain reaction accident.

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Ban Upheld

Updated 6 years ago

Mark Haskell received a summons from a warden three summers ago for riding a Sea-Doo on the lake.

He objected to the state’s ban on personal watercraft on the lake and took his case to court.

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Costa Rica Ambassador

Updated 6 years ago

The South Portland businessman was sworn in Thursday in Washington for his new job as ambassador to Costa Rica. The Senate confirmed his appointment last week.

Cianchette was the 2002 Republican nominee for governor and headed the Bush-Cheney campaign in Maine two years later. As ambassador, he succeeds Texas businessman Mark Langdale, who held the post since 2005.

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Moose Collisions

Updated 6 years ago

The point’s been driven home by two recent moose-car collisions, both involving police officers. Neither officer was seriously hurt.

Brad Foley of the DOT Safety Office says every moose-vehicle crash has the potential for serious injury.

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Acadia Gets a Boost

Updated 6 years ago

The law signed by Bush on Thursday increases the coastal park’s land acquisition ceiling by $10 million and authorizes the interior secretary to take more steps to develop an off-island transportation facility to serve Acadia visitors. It also extends the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission for 20 more years.

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Cancer Center Under Construction

Updated 6 years ago

The number of people getting chemotherapy in Maine has jumped 70% over the last decade.

That’s why the folks at Eastern Maine Healthcare have decided to build a new facility to help care for cancer patients.

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Fairfield Crash

Updated 6 years ago

67-year-old Leonard &quot:Doug&quot: Poulin senior of Winslow was driving on the Center Road around 3:10pm when he says he fell asleep, crossed the center line, and hit a tree.

Poulin was taken to a local hospital, where it’s believed he was treated for a possible broken ankle.

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Pipeline Expansion Project

Updated 6 years ago

The company is finishing construction on a compressor station that will help deliver natural gas from Nova Scotia to the U.S.

The station should be online by November first, 2008.

Now the firm is proposing to install additional compression, so they can transport even more gas.

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Hands of Hope

Updated 6 years ago

The village child project is more than half way to its fundraising goal. It’s sponsored by WEZQ and Hands of Hope Thrift Store. The money raised will pay for recreational events for children in local group homes. These kids have endured sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Recreational activities give them a chance to have fun, build self esteem, and trust. The goal is to raise $20,000. So far the project has collected $11,000.

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Unity Home Lost in Flames

Updated 6 years ago

The call came in at around 6:20 pm alerting firefighters that flames had erupted inside a home on the Bryant Road in Unity while the owners were away.

Crews from four departments battled the fire, but despite their best efforts, we’re told the home is badly damaged.

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Portland Officer Shot

Updated 6 years ago

Authorities say a nine-year veteran of the Portland Police Department accidentally shot and killed himself at his home…

37-year-old Sergeant Robert Johnsey was apparently preparing his firearm for his next shift when it went off, striking him in the leg.

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Phillips Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Updated 6 years ago

It happened on Route 4 at around 9:30pm Tuesday night.

Authorities say 56-year-old John Tooker of Phillips was rounding a curve, when he lost control.

Police believe Tooker was going too fast at the time to navigate the corner.

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Power Outage

Updated 6 years ago

Some folks in South Gouldsboro are going to lose their electricity for an hour or so tomorrow. It’s so state transportation crews can fix part of a local road Bangor Hydro customers who live on the Shore Road, Sea Swept Lane, Potter Road, the Boat House Road, and the Factory Road will lose power at 10:00 Thursday morning. Power should be back on by 11:30am.

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Turner Verdict Rendered

Updated 6 years ago

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) – A Hancock County jury has found a 35-year-old Bangor man guilty of murder in a fatal shooting over drug money last summer in Amherst. The jury deliberated less than an hour today before finding JohnTurner guilty in the death of 26-year-old Tad Howard of Ellsworth, whose body was found on a dirt road at a subdivision off Route 9. Turner showed little emotion when the verdict was read at the end of the three-day trial. The victim’s father, Dale Howard, said the jury’s decision vindicates his son.

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Homeless Man Charged with Murder

Updated 6 years ago

Police had charged Stephen James, 56, with the lesser crime of manslaughter when they arrested him last week in connection with the death of Clyde Worster, 63.

Deputy Attorney General William Stokes said Monday that, as more details were developed, it became apparent that murder was a more appropriate charge.

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Atwood Update

Updated 6 years ago

Jury selection has been set for a Canaan man accused of murder.It’s still not known whether 37-year old Shannon Atwood will opt for a jury trial or just leave it up to a judge. For now a jury selection date of May 30th has been set.

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Old Town Property Taxes

Updated 6 years ago

Like many towns across the state, city councilors in Old Town are taking a hard look at next year’s fiscal budget.

In April, city councilors gave tentative approval to a more than eight million dollar budget: up from this year’s seven plus million budget.

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Howard Murder Trial

Updated 6 years ago

Police say that John Turner killed 27-year-old Tad Howard of Ellsworth, and left the body in a ditch last summer in Amherst.

In opening arguments, the state portrayed Howard’s death as an execution.

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