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Governor Mourns Loss of Soldier with Maine Ties

Updated 7 years ago

The notification of the soldier’s family has been completed.

Sgt. House was serving in Iraq with the 1st Calvary Division from Fort Hood, Texas. His parents Paul and Deanna reside in Lee, Maine.

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Maine Soldiers Recieve Warm Welcome Home

Updated 7 years ago

Security Force One spent the past year in Iraq.

They were honored at the Bangor Auditorium.

The ceremony was harder for some families than it was for otheres. A special award was handed out to the families of Staff Sergeant David Veverka and Dave Kelly Jr.

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Energy Bill

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) – That from U-S Senator Olympia Snowe after the Senate passed an energy bill yesterday. It faces a House vote, perhaps next week.

Snowe says that with the bill’s passage, the country is building a foundation of energy security and addressing climate change. It would raise the fuel economy standard for cars, trucks and S-U-Vs to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

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Dirigo Choice

Updated 7 years ago

(WABI) – That means money that now goes to private insurance companies as profits can be re-invested in the program instead, and that would allow more businesses and families to be covered.

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Walking Sticks

Updated 7 years ago

(WABI) – The project started out with the World War II vets, and then Korean war veterans. The latest to get their walking sticks are the Vietnam vets.

The number of veterans from that era surprised Cole. So he had to order more of the walking sticks.

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Ellsworth Celebration

Updated 7 years ago

(WABI) – The city is ready to welcome several thousand Shriners.

They began arriving on Wednesday, and will be in Ellsworth through the weekend for their annual ceremonial.

The highlight of the weekend will be the &quot:Shriners parade&quot:.

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No More Food From Troop Greeters

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) – The free food and beverages came to a halt about a month ago after the airport served notice to the area’s volunteer Maine Troop Greeters that it was enforcing a ban against such giveaways.

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Antique Dealers Voice Concerns

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that such objects pose a hidden danger because they contain mercury, a toxic heavy metal.

Maine antique dealers call the report overblown, saying it overstates the dangers and poses a threat to their industry.

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Water Extraction Law Enacted

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) – The bill addresses many of the concerns of a campaign called H-2-O for Maine, which sought to initiate a referendum on the issue.

Activists worked with companies that draw water for commercial bottling, the Baldacci administration and the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee in formulating the bill, which awaits Governor John Baldacci’s signature.

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Next Year’s Session

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) – That means the bill will go back to the Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee, where it could re-emerge as a referendum proposal that could appear on the ballot in 2008.

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Knox Sentenced

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) – Fifty-two-year-old Kenneth Knox was sentenced yesterday in Kennebec County Superior Court following a non-jury trial before Justice Nancy Mills. Knox was also found guilty of criminal threatening and aggravated cruelty to animals.

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Wright Update

Updated 7 years ago

(WABI) – Allie disappeared back in April, after she was left unattended.

Search teams spent days looking for her.

Another search was conducted last Sunday, which included a number of &quot:high resolution photos&quot: taken from the air.

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Suspicious Behavior

Updated 7 years ago

(WABI) – They also say the suspect has approached kids.

Complaints have come in from Hudson, Atkinson, Bradford, Corinth, Alton, and Ornville.

Police are now asking for help from the public.

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Stetson Fire

Updated 7 years ago

(WABI) – The owner, Rick Martin, came home at around 7:00p.m. to find the house engulfed in flames.

He called fire crews, and they responded to the home on Heard Road.

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Dedham Crash

Updated 7 years ago

(WABI) – It happened around 5:00 p.m. on the Bald Mountain road.

Police say Robert Noke Jr. of Bangor was heading north. He had just passed another motorist when his vehicle went into the dirt shoulder.

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Baileyville Shutdown

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) – Domtar Incorporated says it’s shutting down the paper machine at its pulp and paper mill in Baileyville. It’s the third time this year the machine has been shut down because of poor market conditions.

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Mount Desert Arson

Updated 7 years ago

Police and fire crews were called to the Asticou Inn just after three o’clock, Monday morning.

Once there, they found a large party tent on fire, and a man with a gas can standing in front of it.

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Dog Returns Home

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) – The dog, Molly, was presumed to have perished on Memorial Day when her owner, Doug Harmon of Scarborough, and another man drowned after their boat capsized on Chamberlain Lake.

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Suspected Robber Arrested

Updated 7 years ago

22-year-old Jessi Polchies of Houlton faces a number of charges including burglary, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Houlton police say Polchies, her brother Joseph, and Joseph Toner broke into the home of Keith Suitter on June 9th.

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Boy Shot

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) – Spokesman Steve McCausland of the state Public Safety Department says Tyler Richard had been staying at his grandfather’s home when the shooting occurred.

The boy went into the road after the shooting, where he was picked up this morning by a passing motorist and taken to the Rumford Hospital, where he was stabilized.

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