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Marijuana Ring

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) A federal court jury on Wednesday found 55-year-old Raymond Fogg of Winn and 42-year-old Anthony Caparotta of Caribou guilty of marijuana distribution and Social Security fraud.

Prosecutors said Fogg and Caparotta worked for Michael Pelletier, an Aroostook County man who was convicted of running a multimillion-dollar cross-border marijuana smuggling operation from his wheelchair while collecting disability checks. Pelletier is serving a life sentence.

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School Consolidated

Updated 7 years ago

The KIDS R.S.U. is the first in Maine to consolidate five towns into one district.

KIDS R.S.U. is short for Kennebec Intra-District Schools, Regional School Unit.

The unit was approved overwhelmingly by voters under the state’s new reorganization law last week.

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Old Town Blaze Believed Arson

Updated 7 years ago

Fire fighters were called to a site on South Main Street in Old Town, across from the Red Shield plant.

A storage trailer owned by an electrical contractor was on fire and was burning quickly.

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FairPoint Delays Takeover of Verizon

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) – Gov. John Baldacci says he remains confident FairPoint is up to the task of providing telephone service in Maine once initial glitches are overcome, but some state lawmakers already are planning a legislative investigation of the 911 deficiencies.

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Red Tide Creeps In

Updated 7 years ago

It has prompted the closure of mussel beds from Machiasport to the Canadian border.

State officials say a large plume of toxic algae blew in from the Bay of Fundy.

The red tide closure bans the harvesting of mussels, european oysters, and carnivorous snails.

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Gay Rights in Maine

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) The Christian Civic League of Maine’s Michael Heath says the evangelical group that led the push is &quot:pulling the plug.&quot: Heath says the group collected only a third of the number of voters’ signatures it wanted during the June 10th primaries and failed to draw the volunteer support it had hoped for.

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Father and Son Rescued

Updated 7 years ago

A father and son have been rescued after their 40-foot lobster boat caught fire and sank 20 miles off Mount Desert Island.

The Coast Guard says it got a phone call from a family friend Tuesday morning reporting that David and Ryan Graves had abandoned their boat, favoring a life raft, near Mount Desert Rock.

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Maine Police Play Key Role in Child Porn Bust

Updated 7 years ago

A key to finding the suspect was information found by the internet crimes against children unit of the Maine state police. 38-year-old James Bartholomew Huskey of Lafayette, Georgia was arrested Monday at his home after a two year investigation that began in Australia.

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Celtics Win it All

Updated 7 years ago

As Boston beat Los Angeles Tuesday night in game six of the NBA finals by 39 points: 131 to 92.

The Celtics are the NBA champions for the 17th time in franchise history, and the first time in 22 years.

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Dechaine Update

Updated 7 years ago

The group wanted access to records of an advisory group that reviewed Dechaine’s case.

Dechaine is serving a life sentence for the murder and rape of a 12-year-old girl in Bowdoin twenty years ago.

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Diverted Plane Update

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) Natalya Viktorovna Aksenova was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Bangor.She was also ordered to pay Delta Airlines more than $17,000 in restitution.

According to court documents, Aksenova became intoxicated while on a Delta flight in March. She pushed a flight attendant against a wall, refused to stay in her seat and wouldn’t move out of the aisle when food was being delivered to passengers.

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Starving Animals Removed from Home

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department is investigating what it calls a &quot:horrific&quot: case of animal cruelty.

Sheriff’s deputies accompanied by a state animal welfare agent searched the home Tuesday. No one was immediately charged in the case but police say they’re familiar with the people who lived in the house and evidence will be turned over to the district attorney.

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Police Standoff in New Gloucester

Updated 7 years ago

Initial reports indicate that what sounds like a domestic dispute brought a State Tactical Team out to New Gloucester late Monday night, and the officers were on hand to watch the sunrise Tuesday morning.

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Former Pittsfield Plant Workers to Receive Aid

Updated 7 years ago

A grant of more than 317-thousand dollars has been given by the U.S. Department of Labor.

It will be used to help about 90-workers who lost their jobs when the San Antonio Shoe Plant closed.

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Clamming Concerns

Updated 7 years ago

Diggers are producing plenty of clams but the demand is down. Clammers say there have been wild fluctuations in prices. At one point in may they were getting a dollar and 60 cents a pound.

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Mill Unions Meet

Updated 7 years ago

Vehicles lined the driveway of the River-Driver Restaurant, as union members from both the mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket, along with mill management, got together Tuesday.

Last month the company announced it might have to close down its Millinocket mill because of the high cost of fuel.

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Body Found

Updated 7 years ago

The body of Wayne Crosby was found in the Penobscot River Tuesday afternoon.

The East Millinocket residentwas fishing with his brother and another man last Wednesday (June 11) when some bad weather moved in.

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Dechaine Appeal Denied

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) In Tuesday’s 3-2 ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court decided that the three lawyers who conducted the independent investigation were acting as private citizens and were thus not subject to document disclosure requirements of Maine’s Freedom of Access Act.

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911 Glitch

Updated 7 years ago

Director Jim Ryan says the problem happened in one of the state’s electronic systems that distributes 911 calls among dispatchers.

Turns out that some of those calls weren’t getting through to dispatchers.

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Small Plane Crashes

Updated 7 years ago

Coast Guard officials say the Cessna 337 Skymaster took off from Millinocket regional airport Sunday afternoon.

It was headed to New Jersey when air traffic controllers in Brunswick lost contact with it shortly after one o’clock.

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