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Oakland Woman Dies in Motorcycle Accident

Updated 7 years ago

The crash happened on the Pond Road at about 6:30 Sunday night.

State Police tell us the victim is 42-year-old Sarah Lamarre.

According to witnesses, Lamarre was riding a motorcycle northbound toward Oakland, when her bike hit the soft shoulder of the road, then went airborne.

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Winning Ticket Sold in Lubec

Updated 7 years ago

The winning jackpot ticket in the Tri-State

Megabucks lottery was sold in the eastern Maine town of Lubec.

Lottery officials said the ticket for Saturday night’s drawing

was sold at McFadden’s Variety. The jackpot has an annualized value

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More Flood Help on the Way

Updated 7 years ago

Residents of Penobscot county can now register for federal disaster assistance for damages related to late April’s flooding.

President Bush’s declaration frees up federal grants and low interest loans to individuals and businesses.

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Construction Set to Begin in Old Town

Updated 7 years ago

Construction is expected to start Monday on a wish come true for a mother of four from Old Town who’s fighting for her life.

Crews have spent the week pouring the foundation for a new home for Sonya Barclay, her husband and their children.

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Click It or Ticket

Updated 7 years ago

With the Memorial day weekend fast approaching…Maine is joining every other state in the nation for this year’s &quot:Click it — or Ticket&quot: campaign.

Beginning Monday and running through June first, police are warning if they see you driving without a seatbelt, you will be ticketed.

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Child Porn Sentence

Updated 7 years ago

Thirty-year-old Blake Hampe of Manchester, N.H., who faced up to 20 years behind bars, was also sentenced Friday to 10 years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.

Hampe was arrested in September 2006 in Bar Harbor after arriving from Nova Scotia by ferry. According to court documents, customs officers who searched his vehicle found a laptop computer that contained image and video files of child pornography.

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Tazer Officer Not Charged

Updated 7 years ago

The attorney general’s office has been investigating the incident since video surfaced.

It’s against the law to use a taser in Maine except for defense.

In his report, deputy Attorney General William Stokes says the state will not press charges because the officer who was tased does not feel he’s a crime victim.

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Unemployment Rate

Updated 7 years ago

The national rate for April was 5 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman says April unemployment was down as the number of working residents increased. She says that’s encouraging, but would have to continue for several months before it can be considered a trend.

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Real ID

Updated 7 years ago

Today’s appearance of Kathleen McGee of Bowdoinham and Donna Bendiksen of Portland along with others opposed to the state law showed a united front during a petition drive aimed at collecting 55,000 signatures by July 17th to put the proposal on the November ballot.

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Bar Harbor Vandals

Updated 7 years ago

17 stones in the historic Village Burial Ground have been damaged.

Ship’s captains and some of the town’s founding families are buried there.

The Bar Harbor Historical Society is helping refurbish the cemetary.

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People’s Veto Set to Start

Updated 7 years ago

The group wants to collect enough voter signatures to force a referendum.

It would repeal a law that brings the state into closer compliance with the federal Real ID law.

Among other things, Maine’s law requires that license applicants are in the country legally.

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Tuller Murder Sentence

Updated 7 years ago

A judge imposed a life prison sentence Friday on 37-year-old Peter Tuller, who was convicted of murdering 47-year-old Michael Demmons in June 2006.

Demmons’ body was found hog-tied with plastic trash bags over his head in an apartment he was sharing with a woman described as Tuller’s ex-girlfriend. The state medical examiner testified that Demmons’ skull was fractured more than 10 times and that 15 of his ribs were fractured two to four times each.

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Monroe Fire

Updated 7 years ago

The call came in just before 8:00 p.m.

A controlled burn got out of control and had spread to a nearby chicken barn on the Emery Road.

By the time fire crews from Monroe, Brooks, Jackson, Newburgh and Dixmont got there, the flames had already engulfed the 140-foot barn.

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Economic Woes Equal Boon for Pawn Shops

Updated 7 years ago

The higher cost of living is being blamed for the increased business.

About 75% of shop owner John Week’s business is generated from folks borrowing money, and that’s up about a third from previous months.

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Brooks Fatal

Updated 7 years ago

Trooper Eric Verhille of Maine State Police says they got a call around 8:50 a.m. to respond to Country View Golf Course.

Carl Brown, co-owner of the golf course, went with a friend in Brown’s privately owned truck to pump water out of the pond at the golf course.

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Winter Harbor Development Meeting

Updated 7 years ago

The group, Ames &amp: Ames Architects and Engineers, would like to develop 33-hundred acres on the Schoodic peninsula.

The land is near the Schoodic Point section of Acadia national park.

During the meeting many residents argued against the plan, saying that the area is fine the way it is.

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Baxter Delays Open

Updated 7 years ago

Heavy snow and the recent rain have caused soft roads and washouts on the unpaved Park Tote Road.

The Tote Road is open from the Togue Pond Gate to the foot of Abol Hill, and from Matagamon Gate to South Branch Pond Campground.

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Unorganized Land Use

Updated 7 years ago

The Land Use Regulation Commission is trying to update the comprehensive plan for the unorganized territory.

A senior planner with L.U.R.C. says the commission wants to get a better handle on residential development spread out across that region.

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No Jury For Atwood

Updated 7 years ago

A Canaan man accused of murder will not have a jury of his peers decide his fate 37-year old Shannon Atwood has asked for a judge to hear his case instead.

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Wildfire Extinguished

Updated 7 years ago

Forest rangers say a fire in Addison Tuesday that got out of control and burned 44 acres was probably set to help hunters.

Rangers are still investigating the fire.

But Kent Nelson with the Maine forest service says it looks like the fire was started to burn off dry grass and highlight vegetation to attract deer.

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