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A Former Head of Maine State Police Pleaded Not Guilty to Child Molestation Charges

Updated 2 days ago

Andrew Demers is accused of having sexual contact with a four-year old family member.

Demers faces charges of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact.

Investigators say Demers committed the acts at his New Gloucester home nine or ten times over the last few months, the state also says he confessed to a family member.

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Officials Keeping An Eye On the Kennebec River

Updated 2 days ago

This is what waterfront park in Augusta looked like Wednesday morning.

The river overflowed into the parking lot and an area where people usually sit and relax.

It’s a spot where spring flooding is common.

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Bangor Budget Challenges Discussed at Workshop

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 2 days ago

Municipal budget season is back and Bangor leaders are expecting to make some tough decisions.

City councilors met for their first budget workshop Wednesday.

The projected combined total of city and school expenses is $93-million.

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Fire Destroys Brownville Family’s Home

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 2 days ago

Fire destroyed a family’s home in Brownville, Wednesday afternoon.

Flames were first reported around 1:30 pm, according to a firefighter from Milo.

Multiple units responded to the home along Quarry Ave.

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Despite Budget Issues, UMaine System Administrator Gets Big Raise

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 2 days ago

Despite big budget issues, the UMaine System Vice Chancellor and Treasurer got a big raise this year.

Rebecca Wyke now makes $205,000 annually, according to a report of salaries on their website. She was making $165,000.

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Consumers Push for Product Change in Drug Stores

Erica Stapleton

Updated 2 days ago

Test results showing high levels of toxic chemicals in some drug store products have prompted a push for change.

The ‘Mind the Store’ campaign, which is part of a national movement, picked up in Bangor.

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Floodwaters Wash Out Roadway, Culverts in Dexter

John Krinjak

Updated 2 days ago

“I got a call about quarter of seven. The town manager had called to say that the building was compromised, I should probably take a look at it,” said Rick Whitney, director of the Dexter Historical Society.

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Whoopie Pie Wonder: Bangor Bistro Morphs Into Tasty Cafe

Erica Stapleton

Updated 2 days ago

You might remember La Cena on Hammond Street in Bangor — they recently underwent a sweet new face-lift.

“We started here as a bistro and we’ve been here for about two years and last year we had one whoopie pie and we’re like everyone loves that one whoopie pie so let’s take that and kind of snowball it into something bigger,” says James Gallagher.

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Smelt Fry Coming to Columbia Falls

John Krinjak

Updated 2 days ago

If you’re a fan of fried fish, Columbia Falls is the place to be this Friday.

It’s the Downeast Salmon Federation’s annual Smelt Fry–featuring locally grown foods, including deep fried smelts.

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Piscataquis River Overflows, Closing Bridges and Roads

John Krinjak

Updated 2 days ago

The Piscataquis River overflowed its banks today, causing flooding throughout Piscataquis County.

The Sebec-Atkinson bridge was closed to traffic after the river spilled onto the road there.

Low-lying roads in the area are flooded out and impassible to traffic.

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Corinth Man Sentenced Under New Deadly Accident Law

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 days ago

A man from Corinth who hit and killed a bicyclist last fall lost his license for the next year-and-a half under a new state law regarding deadly vehicle accidents.

29-year-old Christopher Nichols was sentenced Wednesday for a death by violation.

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Eliot Cutler Unveils New Plan To Lower Property Taxes

Rob Poindexter

Updated 2 days ago

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has unveiled his $185-million plan he says will reduce property taxes by 20%-40% and increase municipal revenue sharing by roughly $100 million.

“The burden that property taxes are placing in a lot of Maine residents, the people who are particularly vulnerable, seniors who are struggling to maintain their own homes, homes they own, but they can’t afford the operating costs. Towns and cities who are struggling to figure out how to find schools and municipal services,” Cutler said Wednesday.

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Fired Bar Harbor Police Chief Lawsuit Moves to Federal Court

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 days ago

The case of a former Bar Harbor police chief who’s suing the town has been moved to federal court.

Nathan Young was fired in January by the town manager.

He appealed the decision but the town council voted to uphold it.

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Winterport Man Sentenced For Sex Charges Against Child

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 3 days ago

A Winterport man will spend 9 months in jail for sex charges against a child.

David Hyatt, 74, was originally charged with 15 counts of unlawful sexual contact and one count of visual sexual aggression.

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Black Bear Food Guild Offering Shares for Upcoming Season

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 days ago

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A community-supported agriculture program run by UMaine students is offering shares of food for the upcoming season.

The Black Bear Food Guild is selling full, half and quarter shares.

A full share is $475, half is $300, quarter is $175.

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Heart-Shaped Island Back Up for Sale

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 days ago

A heart-shaped island off Buck’s Harbor is up for sale again.

The asking price – $1.2 million and change.

Harbor Island was purchased a year-and-a-half ago by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust for a little over $2 million.

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New Poll Shows Gov. LePage in the Lead

Updated 3 days ago

A new poll out shows it’s a tight race for the Blaine house.

The Pan Atlantic SMS Poll has Governor LePage with almost 39-percent of the vote.

That’s narrowly ahead of Democratic challenger Mike Michaud at about 37 percent.

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Searsport Man Injured in Winterport Crash

Updated 3 days ago

A Searsport man was injured this morning after losing control of his vehicle on Route 1A in Winterport.

Deputies say that 42 year old David Lee was heading toward Hampden when he struck a pole.

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Two Dogs with Porcupine Quills Left at Waterville Shelter

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 days ago

The Waterville Area Humane Society needs some help to take care of two dogs left on the doorstep Wednesday morning, both with mouthfuls of porcupine quills.

Workers say the dogs had to be sedated to remove all of the quills. They also have tapeworms.

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Drivers License Website Not Associated With State

Updated 3 days ago

The Secretary of State’s office has issued an alert about the website drivers-licenses.org.

Mainers trying to use this website have provided personal information, thinking that they are renewing their drivers licenses.

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