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State Budget Shortfall

Updated 7 years ago

The committee added another 95-million dollars to the budget gap, doubling the deficit for Maine.

The state panel scaled back its projections to reflect negative economic trends that are expected to further constrain state tax collections.

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Accused Murderer In Court

Updated 7 years ago

A young man accused of murdering three members of his family at their home in Old Orchard Beach last week was in court today. Police say 22-year-old Matthew Cushing stabbed his mother,Carol bolduc, his stepfather, Christopher Bolduc, and 15-year-old half brother, Joshua bolduc. He then set their house on fire. Cushing wore a bandage on one hand and avoided eye contract with relatives in court today.

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Augusta Murder Latest

Updated 7 years ago

Police continue to investigate the homicide of a 72-year-old woman who was found in her Augusta apartment on Friday, Feb. 22nd.

Police say Audrey Lou Benn was found late Friday afternoon by a friend who had gone to her basement apartment on State Street.

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Deputy Hurt in Crash

Updated 7 years ago

A Somerset County sheriff’s deputy was bumped and bruised and required some stitches but escaped serious injury in a head-on collision between his cruiser and a pickup truck.

According to Maine State Police, Deputy Eugene Cole was responding to a 911 hangup call Saturday morning when he lost control of his car on an icy stretch of Route 2 in Norridgewock.

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Moholland In Court

Updated 7 years ago

A woman charged with stealing money from the Calais School Department made her first court appearance today.

36 year old Tina Moholland is accused of taking nearly $200,000 over a three year period.

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Newburg Man Sentenced

Updated 7 years ago

A man accused in connection with an armed home invasion in Newburgh has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Prosecutors say Mark Harris was one of four men who broke into a home and held a family at gunpoint in November 2006.

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Baldacci Meeting with Governors

Updated 7 years ago

Energy is the top agenda item at the annual

winter meeting of the National Governor’s Association, which Maine

Governor John Baldacci is attending in Washington.

On the first day of the meeting Saturday, governors from

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Syrup Season Nears

Updated 7 years ago

Maine syrup producers are tapping their

trees and hoping for a rebound from last year’s poor showing.

Maine’s 2007 syrup production fell to 225,000 gallons, a 25

percent drop from 2006 and the lowest output in six years.

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Heating Help on the Way

Updated 7 years ago

Maine is in line to receive nearly $4
million more in federal heating assistance.
Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins say Maine is due to
receive an additional $3.84 million, its share of the $40 million
in emergency heat assistance funding the Department of Health and
Human Services has released to 11 states.
The senators say the additional Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program comes as record oil prices have a devastating
impact on many Mainers, especially low-income families and seniors.
LIHEAP, which serves about 48,000 households in Maine, has
received nearly $41 million to date for this season.

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Crash Report Released

Updated 7 years ago

A new report says an inadequate safety
gate, a distracted crew and an inexperienced volunteer were
possible contributing factors to a two-toboggan crash at the Camden
Snow Bowl’s annual toboggan races.
The report provides a detailed narrative of the Feb. 9 accident
that sent six people to the hospital during the ski area’s annual
U.S. National Toboggan Championships, a tongue-in-cheek competition
in which some participants race in outlandish costumes.
During the competition, a toboggan carrying four people
overturned and came to a rest at the bottom of the 400-foot
toboggan chute. Another toboggan with four people was then
inadvertently released down the chute and crashed into the
overturned sled.
The report’s recommendations include adding a new safety gate at
the top of the toboggan run and training more chute-loading crew
members so untrained volunteers aren’t needed.

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Murder in Augusta

Updated 7 years ago

Police say a 72-year-old woman who was
found dead inside her Augusta apartment was the victim of a
Audrey Lou Benn was found late Friday afternoon by a friend who
had gone to her basement apartment on State Street.
The state medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide
following an autopsy on Saturday, but the cause of death is being
Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said Benn had no
known relatives, and that state and Augusta police were
investigating the scene and interviewing people on Saturday.

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Fatal Fire Suspicious

Updated 7 years ago

State police identified the victims as local businessman Christopher Bolduc and his wife Carol Bolduc, both 42, and their 15-year-old son, Joshua.

Lt. Brian McDonough of the Maine State Police said the fire has been categorized as suspicious, but he would not elaborate. He declined to comment on where in the home the bodies were found or provide any details of the fire scene.

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Investigation Leads to Drugs

Updated 7 years ago

Even more arrests are expected following the investigation.

22-year-old Joshua Weaver was taken into custody this week at a home on Union Street.

Police say Weaver was dealing Heroin.

Officers reportedly seized more than 450 bags of the drug as well as needles and illegal pills.

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Newburgh Crash Blamed on Dog

Updated 7 years ago

State police say 51-year-old Stephen Richmond, a native of Arizona, was stopped at the intersection of Routes 9 and 69.

Witnesses say the car started through the intersection, and into the side of an oncoming tractor trailer, driven by 32-year-old Daniel Chauffe, of Winterport.

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Robbery Suspects In Court

Updated 7 years ago

A man accused of attacking an elderly shopper in the Bangor Mall parking lot on Tuesday was in Penobscot County District Court Wednesday afternoon.

Jeremy Winn was arrested in Waterville on Tuesday, Feb. 19th.

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Internet Smokes

Updated 7 years ago

The Supreme Court has shot down some parts of a Maine law that bans internet tobacco sales to children.

The high court says federal transportation law blocks Maine from regulating transportation companies that deliver tobacco products directly to consumers.

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Woodland Homicide

Updated 7 years ago

Darrel Smith’s body was found inside the woodshop next to his home two weeks ago.

State police detectives say he had been shot to death and robbery may have been the motive.

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Another Orrington Fire

Updated 7 years ago

For the second night in a row, firefighters from Orrington were called to a house fire. Orrington ire chief Michael Spencer says quick thinking on the part of firefighters from five towns saved the home on the Center Drive.

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Clarke Sentencing Tuesday

Updated 7 years ago

He was a successful Computer Science graduate with no criminal record, until he robbed a bank in Bangor.

The robbery took place two years ago.

Niall Clarke (27)of Ireland is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesdy.

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Lobstermen In A Pinch

Updated 7 years ago

Lobstering is a $300,000,000 a year industry but some say new regulations could be devastating. Senator Olympia Snowe held a hearing in Brewer today to address the regulations that would require fishermen to change the kind of rope they are using. About 200 fishermen turned out to testify and hear comments about the proposed rule change that will make them change to sinking rope on October 1st. The measure is supposed to prevent endangered North Atlantic Right Whales from getting entangled in fishing gear.

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