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Brothers Die in Crashes

Updated 7 years ago

Two brothers from Winterport have died in separate highway crashes less than seven hours apart in the nearby town of Prospect.State police say 52-year-old Adrian Basford was killed around 5:30 pm Saturday in a motorcycle accident on Route 1A.Investigators say Basford was traveling too fast and went out of control on a curve. His machine crossed a driveway and struck an embankment.The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department said Basford’s younger brother, 48-year-old Wallace Basford, was killed just before midnight on Saturday in a single-vehicle accident on Route 1 near the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.Investigators said Basford’s van failed to negotiate a left turn< as he was coming off the new bridge and slammed into a ledge wall.Basford, who was alone in the van, was pronounced dead at the scene. Wallace had gotten word of his brother's death and had spoken with police at the scene. He told officers that the brothers' father had also recently died.

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Fatal Fire In Palmyra

Updated 7 years ago

A house fire broke out in Palmyra in the early morning hours of Saturday. At about 3am Stephen Micheller’s home on the Pittsfieldroadwent up in flames. His entire home was destroyed and collapsed into the basement. That is where both Micheller and his dogs bodies were found. Fire investigators say that it is unlikely that the cause of the blaze will be determined due to the extend of structural damage.

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Two Die in Motorcycle Crash

Updated 7 years ago

A 50-year-old motorcyclist from Hodgdon died Sunday in a Bangor Hospital of injuries suffered ina crash on Route 1 in Littleton that also claimed the life of his passenger.

State police say a car whose driver was asleep at the wheel crossed the center line at around 5:30 p-m Saturday and hit the motorcycle.

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Woolwich Shooting

Updated 7 years ago

Authorities say a 35-year-old man needed surgery in a Lewiston hospital after being shot in the stomach during an early morning altercation in Woolwich.

State police say Daniel Wright of Brunswick was shot by 22-year-old Matthew Tainter around 4 a.m. Sunday in Tainter’s apartment.

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Moose Applications Down

Updated 7 years ago

The number of applicants in Maine’s annual moose hunt lottery continues to decline, and officials with

the state fish and game department say they’re hard-pressed to

figure out why.

Applications totaled more than 85,000 in 2001, but the

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Rhonda Wakefield Benefit

Updated 7 years ago

Folks in central Maine came out to support the family of Rhonda Wakefield Saturday.

The fairfield woman was murdered in January.

Police have charged her estranged husband with her death.

Today, Wakefield’s family hosted a benefit bowl-a-thon to raise money for Rhonda’s three kids.

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Autopsy on New Portland Body

Updated 7 years ago

An autopsy is being performed on the body of a woman found in New Portland.

50-year-old Louise Brochu was co-owner of New Portland Wood Flooring on Route 27.

Police say a customer called police Friday when he couldn’t find Brochu at the store.

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Cobb to Retire

Updated 7 years ago

A man who made history at the University of Maine is ready to retire.

Robert Cobb is the longest-serving dean in UMaine history.

He’s served as dean of the School of Education for 30 years.

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Fatal Fire

Updated 7 years ago

A 49-year-old man is dead after a fire destroyed his Palmyra home.

It happened around 3 a-m Saturday on the Pittsfield Road.

A passerby reported the fire…by the time crews arrived, the single-story house was engulfed in flames.

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Crackdown on Speeding

Updated 7 years ago

(WABI)- Chief Pilot Wayne Ireland reports that 497 tickets were issued during the three-week period from May 13th to June First. Typically the plane will spot a speeder from the air and contact a trooper on the ground to make the stop.

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Walmart Assault

Updated 7 years ago

(WABI) – 19-year-old Brian Clough has been charged with assault.

Clough wascaptured on store surveillance video earlier in theweek.

Awoman told police Clough molested her 10-year-old daughter.

Police say Clough came to the police station Wednesday night.

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Real ID

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) – New Hampshire’s House votedJune 7thto send a bill to Governor John Lynch that would bar the state from complying with the federal act that sets standards for state-issued driver’s licenses. Governor Baldacci signed a similar bill into law Thursday.

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Budget Passes

Updated 7 years ago

The Senate followed suit with House members, passing the 6.3 million dollar measure Wednesday night. The final vote was 28-to-7.

One of the most controversial parts of the bill is a proposal to consolidate Maine’s education system.

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Blueberry Season Looking Good

Updated 7 years ago

Blueberry company officials tell us the cold wet spring delayed things but there are plenty of blossoms.

Entire colonies of bees have been dying across the country, and blueberry company officials say one of their biggest concerns was finding enough of the helpful insects.

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2 Tons of Explosives

Updated 7 years ago

The show is likely to begin around 10 AM.

Fire Marshal Sgt. Ken Grimes will be on hand to talk about illegal fireworks in Maine, which include all fireworks save for sparklers.

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Man Suspected of Molesting Young Girl

Updated 7 years ago

A woman told police her 10-year-old daughter was at the Ellsworth Wal*Mart Wednesday, April 30th, when the suspect allegedly stalked and molested her. The little girl reportedly told her mother about it.

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June Vote

Updated 7 years ago

Groups hoping for approval on question one, or the transportation bond, are hoping voters will say yes to spending nearly one hundred and thirteen million dollars to fix up the roads, bridges, airports and other transportation issues across the state.

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Dover Foxcroft Violence

Updated 7 years ago

State police say 49 year old Ronny St. Louis went to a home on Forest Avenue in Dover Foxcroft where his ex had been staying.

After talking to her for about 20-minutes on the front lawn, police say he pulled out a gun and shot 50 year old Sherry St. Louis in the right arm.

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Salmon Preservation Conference

Updated 7 years ago

But more needs to be done, both here and across the Atlantic.

That goal has drawn leading scientists and experts from around the world to Maine this week. The science community will be discussing plans to save the species in both North America and Europe.

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Old Town Mill

Updated 7 years ago

Red Shield Environmental, which bought the mill, began re-starting the pulp machines on Monday. Now a total of 175 former GP workers are back on site.

Some of the pulp now being produced will help feed University of Maine-based technology to turn wood into fuel or plastics.

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