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Item Thought to Be a Grenade Was Only a Toy, Police Say

Updated 3 days ago

The Maine State Police Bomb Squad was called to a Skowhegan motel following a report that a grenade was found.

The Towne Motel on Madison Avenue was evacuated just after 11 this morning.

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Accused Bridgton Pharmacy Robber Pleads Guilty

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 3 days ago

A Gardiner man, accused of robbing a pharmacy on Thanksgiving Day, admitted to the crime in federal court Tuesday.

According to court documents, 26-year-old Robert Richard went into a Bridgton rite aid last November and handed a pharmacist a note demanding prescription pain killers.

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Bangor Police Arrest Man for Late Summer Crematorium Burglary

Updated 3 days ago

Police say an arrest has been made in connection with a burglary at a Bangor crematorium over the summer.

In July, police were called to the Pine Grove Crematorium on outer Hammond Street.

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Nor’easter To Test FairPoint’s Replacement Workers

Updated 3 days ago

Striking workers say a nor’easter is going to test FairPoint Communications’ replacement workforce in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

More than 1,700 FairPoint workers went on strike Friday, demanding that the company return to the bargaining table. The company is hiring temporary replacement workers to maintain the system.

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Police: Baby Found Dead in Bathtub of Lewiston Apartment

Updated 3 days ago

The death of a baby in Lewiston is being investigated after police say it was found unresponsive in a bathtub.

State Police say 27-year-old Sean St. Amand placed his infant son in the tub with the boy’s two year old sister.

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Three Injured In Thomaston Crash

Updated 3 days ago

Three people were taken to the hospital after a crash this morning on Route 1 in Thomaston.

Police say a van carrying four people crossed the center line and struck a pole.

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Gubernatorial Candidates Tangle Over Taxes, The Economy

Updated 4 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The three candidates in a tight race for Maine governor have engaged in a fiery TV debate, quarreling over tax cuts, energy and Maine’s economic health.

Democrat Mike Michaud blasted Republican Gov. Paul LePage for tax cuts that benefited wealthy individuals and accused him of ignoring education in the budget. LePage countered that his tax overhaul removed more than 70,000 low-income residents from the tax rolls altogether.

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Senate Candidates Discuss Access to Health Care

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 days ago

Our Candidate Profiles series continues.

Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic candidate Shenna Bellows share their thoughts on health care.

We asked: Should there be any changes to the Affordable Care Act or is the current healthcare system working?

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Restaurateurs Sentenced For Illegal Workers

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two restaurateurs who pleaded guilty to hiring 10 or more people who were living in the U.S. illegally are going to prison.

A federal judge on Monday imposed sentences of 37 months in prison for Guillermo Fuentes and 30 months for his brother, Hector. They pleaded guilty to activities at the Fajita Grill in Westbrook and at the Cancun Mexican Restaurant in Waterville. The brothers also owned a third restaurant in Biddeford.

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Bangor Nurses Hold Press Conference in Support of Ebola Safety Standards

Updated 4 days ago

Registered nurses in the Bangor area have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday morning.

They’re demanding President Obama and Congress take immediate steps to guarantee the safety of healthcare employees when it comes to the Ebola virus.

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Orono Residents Weigh-In on Student Housing Moratorium

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 4 days ago

Orono’s Town Council Chambers were filled for a public hearing Monday on a possible moratorium that could limit off campus student housing.

Some homeowners say residential neighborhoods are becoming overrun with student rental units.

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Update: Machine Malfunction Sparks Fire at Hartland Tannery

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 3 days ago

Crews from several communities fought flames at the tannery in Hartland Monday afternoon.

Responders say smoke was billowing from the eves of the building when they got there.

Tasman Leather Group workers had to evacuate.

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Council Meeting Addresses Robocalls from Hampden Mayor’s PAC

John Krinjak

Updated 4 days ago

Monday night a meeting of the Hampden Town Council addressed a possible ethics violation by that town’s mayor regarding robocalls that targeted members of the council.

“This is a friendly reminder that your Hampden property taxes are due by 7 PM tomorrow. Hampden property taxes have increased over 10 percent in the last two years, and you can thank your current Hampden town councilor Ivan McPike for voting to raise your taxes,” said one of the calls, in part.

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Saturday is Make a Difference Day

Updated 4 days ago

McDonald’s of Maine and Ronald McDonald House Charities are looking for volunteers to help them out and to donate their time to help non-profits around the state.

Events are planned for Portland, Rome, Belfast and Bangor-Brewer.

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Nine Agencies Respond to Hartland Fire

Updated 4 days ago

Dispatchers in Somerset County tell us that at least nine agencies are assisting at the scene of a blaze at the Tasman Leather Group on Main Street in Hartland.

Few details are available at this time, but we have been told that no injuries have been reported.

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“Pumpkins in the Park” to Benefit UCP of Maine Programs

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 days ago

12 years of “Pumpkins in the Park.”

The Community Halloween Party is happening again this weekend in Bangor.

It benefits UCP of Maine.

TV5 stopped by their offices Monday.

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Friday Night Fright: Belfast Holding Ghost Walk

Erica Stapleton

Updated 4 days ago

Some people say Belfast has a haunted past.

You can find out for yourself during a Ghost Walk this Friday night.

There will be a guided historical tour through some of Belfast’s most haunted sites.

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Emergency Repairs to Cause Bangor Outage Overnight

John Krinjak

Updated 4 days ago

Some people in Bangor will lose power after midnight.

Emera will be making emergency repairs on Hogan Road between 12:30 and 2:00 AM

Affected customers will include the Bangor Mall and surrounding businesses.

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Rockport Helps Launch Organization to Expand Broadband Access

John Krinjak

Updated 4 days ago

Rockport took part in a nationwide kick-off today of an organization dedicated to bringing broadband internet to all communities.

Rockport Town Manager Rick Bates and selectman Geoffrey Parker were in California for the launch of Next Century Cities.

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Police: Wayne Man Threw Infant Son Down Flight Of Stairs

Rob Poindexter

Updated 4 days ago

A man from Wayne is in jail tonight, accused of throwing his 3-month old son down a flight of stairs.

Police say, 39-year-old William Lord Junior was drunk when he threw the boy down the stairs while he was in a child safety seat.

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