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Copper Theft Arrests

Updated 7 years ago

Police say they stole copper pipes from a building in Winterport.

A 911 call came in just after 4 pm on Saturday. Someone reported seeing three men enter the vacant Winterport docks building on Steamboat Ave.

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Body Found Behind Sentinel

Updated 7 years ago

A male body was found in a snowbank alongside the Kennebec River on Sunday.

According to investigators, two young men discovered the body behind the Morning Sentinel building at a quarter to five in the afternoon.

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Unregistered Sex Offender Arrested

Updated 7 years ago

45-year-old Eugene Baker was arrested and charged with violating his probation.

Baker was discovered living with another sex offender.

It was the third time he has failed to register with the state’s sex offender registry, and, the first time waterville police have charged a person with a class B felony for this crime.

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Governor Baldacci Chooses Budget over Dirigo

Updated 7 years ago

Governor John Baldacci decided not to send a representative to Thursday’s public hearing on a bill to bolster the troubled Dirigo Health program.

In a letter, the administration said the governor’s first priority right now is to balance the budget.

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St. Albans Fire

Updated 7 years ago

Fire destroyed their home on Murphy Lane Thursday afternoon.

Crews from St. Albans and four neighboring fire departments responded to the call around 1:00 p.m.

The fire got a pretty good head start according to firefighters.

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Balancing the Budget

Updated 7 years ago

The spending blueprint would raise taxes for millions of Americans by 683 billion dollars over the next five years. It would also give generous increases to domestic programs.

Maine Democrat Tom Allen is on the House Budget Committee. He says the budget avoids deep cuts to programs important to vulnerable populations. It would also bring the federal budget back into the black by letting all of President Bush’s tax cuts expire at the end of 2010.

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Old Town Yard Sale

Updated 7 years ago

Former employee Katherine Ratliff is in jail for stealing $83,000. Police say she used the money for several major shopping sprees.

A special yard sale is being held to try and recoup some of the money. Many of her purchases will be on sale at Saturday’s yard sale.

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Teen Sentenced

Updated 7 years ago

A Bucksport teenager convicted of terrorizing will be serving 2 years for his crime. Jonathan Hayes (18) was charged with terrorizing because of violent lyrics on a CD.

Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett says it contains graphic descriptions of a school shooting and Bucksport High School is mentioned at the end of the song.

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Rail Company Gets Bad Grade from Maine

Updated 7 years ago

That’s the claim from representative Stacey Fitts of Pittsfield.

He’s on a committee that’s investigating the rail company.

Fitts says industries across the state have complained about the railroad’s long delivery times, and outright lack of response in some cases.

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Pothole Season

Updated 7 years ago

It’s a problem everywhere: much worse in some spots than others.

Wheel-walloping craters are popping up often faster than they can be filled.

Several roads in the Hermon area have claimed more than a hubcap or two.

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Oyler Sentenced

Updated 7 years ago

A man from China will spend the next two years in jail for leading police on a chase through Waterville and Winslow back in January.Jacob Oyler (21)appeared in an Augusta courtroom on Tuesday. Oyler has been in custody since January 9th.

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HoltraChem Mercury Pollution

Updated 7 years ago

Senior U.S. District Judge Gene Carter last week concurred with a 117-page report filed in January that concluded that mercury downriver from the plant site poses substantial risks to people and wildlife.

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Budget Cut Rally

Updated 7 years ago

The halls of the state house were filled Wednesday with folks who say the governor’s proposed budget cuts are too much.

The crowd was so large that at one point security made a speech telling people that the capacity for the building had been reached and the officer told folks they could not block emergency exits or the state house would be shut down. Advocates are hoping lawmakers will listen and find a way to keep funding in place for mental health services and domestic violence programs.

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Budget Cut Hearing

Updated 7 years ago

Members on the appropriations committee held public hearings today, listening to citizens from as far away as Houlton.

Fourteen jobs in that town are targeted in the governors plan to reduce spending by 95-million dollars.

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Bryson in Court

Updated 7 years ago

Bryson faces manslaughter charges in the death of his two and a half year old step son.

Police say Bryson’s stepson, Damon Nason, was in his care when he was injured on March first.

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Bail Set for Mitchell

Updated 7 years ago

Mika Mitchell is accused of causing the death of his infant daughter, Pandora Mitchell.

The baby’s mother, 17-year-old Tasha Lewis, said that she had left the baby with Mitchell while she Went shopping.

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Bowdoinham Fatality

Updated 7 years ago

The victim, identified as 30-year-old Christopher Strom of Pittsfield, was a petty officer from Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Trooper Timothy Black said Strom was standing in the driving lane with his arms over his head at 10:15 Monday morning when he was struck by a bread delivery truck.

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Condo Explosion Latest

Updated 7 years ago

Investigators are blaming a chunk of falling ice for an explosion that heavily damaged a six-unit condominium complex near the Sunday River ski area.

Sgt. Ken Grimes of the Maine fire marshal’s office says the ice bounced off a pile of snow into an outer wall, shearing off the main propane line regulator.

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Gas Prices

Updated 7 years ago

The average cash price of $3.61 is $1.22 higher than at this time last year.

Actual dealer prices ranged from a low of $3.29 to a high of $3.80, with both extremes found in southwestern Maine.

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Autopsy Completed

Updated 7 years ago

An autopsy is planned to confirm the identity of a body recovered from the Penobscot River.

The body that was discovered Friday in Stockton Springs bore the identification of Matt LaCrosse, who was last seen on Nov. 9 outside Carolina’s Sports and Spirits in downtown Bangor.

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