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Minimum Wage Increase

Updated 6 years ago

The state minimum wage will increase by a quarter on October 1st from $7 an hour to $7.25.

This is the first in a two-step increase that will eventually lift the minimum wage to $7.50 an hour by October of 2009.

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Salt Shortage

Updated 6 years ago

Officials are struggling to find ways to keep pavements clear of snow and ice without breaking their budgets.

Heavy snow last year heightened demand for salt, and now many towns can’t find enough of it.

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Dog Attack

Updated 6 years ago

The 7-year-old dog that was attacked was bleeding profusely and taken to a veterinarian after suffering 14 bites from the pit bulls on Saturday. The German shepherd was unable to walk on Monday.

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Mill Workers Want Timeline

Updated 6 years ago

Duane Lugdon of United Steelworkers International says the uncertainty will likely force more workers than necessary to leave the area.

Brookfield Asset Management is the current owner of the mill. It blames high oil prices for the indefinite shutdown earlier this month.

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Fatal Medway Accident

Updated 6 years ago

Police say speed is a likely factor in last night’s crash, which took the life of 28-year-old William Russell of Medway. Russel was a passenger in the truck driven by 43-year-old James Lee of Medway, who was taken with two other passengers to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

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Insurance Premiums

Updated 6 years ago

The hospital’s contract with Anthem ends next Tuesday. About 6,000 patients will be affected.

Hospital officials say Anthem already pays less for their portion of patient care than any of the other insurance carriers they do business with, and they tell us Anthem now wants to triple their discount.

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Fortune Pleads Not Guilty

Updated 6 years ago

Daniel Fortune was arraigned Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court on charges that include aggravated attempted murder and robbery.

Fortune is accused of entering the home of 48-year-old William Guerrette on May 27 and slashing him and his 10-year-old daughter Nicole. The two spent weeks in the hospital after the attack.

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New School in Hampden

Updated 6 years ago

Superintendent Rick Lyons of S.A.D. 22 said that all three towns have voted in favor of building the new high school.

Around 1900 people cast ballots, with about 70% of voters voting in favor of the school.

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I-95 Truck Accident

Updated 6 years ago

Somehow the the driver, 59-year-old Richarad Laroche of Vermont, escaped with only a bruised arm. The crash happened just before 1:00 p.m. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Northbound traffic was rerouted for several hours to Rt. 100 through Clinton, where motorists could re-enter the interstate. The truck was hauling 18 tons of cattle feed to Exeter when the rig began to have mechanical problems. Some of the grain the truck was carrying spilled into the river, along with a couple of gallons of oil from the truck. The Department of Environmental Protection and local fire officials were called in to access and manage that damage.

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Sentence Commuted

Updated 6 years ago

Carol Graves, who was then 36, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Graves told police she shot her 71-year-old father, Douglas Graves, on May 14, 1996, after he brandished a hunting knife in his mobile home on Route 1 in Ellsworth.

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Stabbing in St. Albans

Updated 6 years ago

Deputies got a call around 8:30 Sunday night saying that there had been a fight at a house on Todd’s Corner Road.

There they found one man who’d been stabbed with a knife at least twice, and another man who’d apparently been beaten with a baseball bat.

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Burglary Arrests

Updated 6 years ago

Authorities say that the two could be responsible for a string of burglaries in that area.

Police arrested 19-year-old Paul Biester of New Jersey on Friday afternoon. 22-year-old Matthew Davidson turned himself over to authorities that night.

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Cystic Fibrosis Walk

Updated 6 years ago

At the Weymouth School in Morrill Village, the Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis was held Saturday morning.

The walk was to raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis research.

The event was for the entire community, and family and friends of those with C.F.

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Argyle Vandalism

Updated 6 years ago

The culprits have stolen nearly everything Jennifer Preston owns, wiping out precious family memories in the process.

The most recent vandalism was last week, when the thieves cut electrical wiring leading to the mobile home and ripped out the furnace.

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Update: Burglary Arrests

Updated 6 years ago

Police say they could be responsible for a string of burglaries in that area.

19-year-old Paul Biester of New Jersey and 22-year-old Matthew Davidson were in Somerset County District Court facing multiple charges including burglary, theft and eluding an officer.

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Race for The Cure

Updated 6 years ago

The annual Komen Maine Race for the Cure attracted at least 44-hundred walkers and runners, and raised an all time-high of a quarter of a million dollars.

The money goes to education, screening, and treatment programs for breast cancer, the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women.

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Lifeflight Recognized

Updated 6 years ago

The Lifeflight of Maine helicopter was honored at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

It has flown over our area for the past ten years now, and has saved more than eight thousand lives in the process.

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Fairfield Armed Burglary

Updated 6 years ago

Fairfield police got a report of a burglary in progress on Somerset Ave, just off of Rt. 201.

The chief and deputy chief say they were on scene within minutes and that’s when they found a blue chrysler speeding across residents lawns.

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Windsor Man Dies in Crash

Updated 6 years ago

The call came in around 1:15 am, that a car with a single occupant had crashed in to a tree at the intersection of South Road and Deer Hill Road.

State Police say that it appears that the driver, whose name has not yet been released, fell asleep at the wheel.

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Bethel Bank Robbed

Updated 6 years ago

They are looking for a woman in her 20s, about 5-foot, 5-inches tall.

According to public safety spokesman Steve McCausland, the woman confronted the manager of the KeyBank on Main Street in Bethel armed with a small handgun.

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