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Prisoner Seeks Return To Psychiatric Facility

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine State Prison inmate described by a psychiatrist as a “predator” is asking the state’s highest court to send him back to a psychiatric hospital.

A lawyer for 34-year-old Michael James, serving time at the Warren prison on robbery and other convictions, wants his client returned to Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta, claiming a judge erred nine months ago in discharging him from the psychiatric hospital.

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Vermont Man To Be Sentenced In Bangor For Defrauding Town

Updated 1 week ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for defrauding a Maine town is scheduled to be sentenced this week.

Craig Sanborn of Maidstone is set to be sentenced in federal court in Bangor on Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. A judge convicted him in May of submitting $300,000 worth of false invoices to Brownville, Maine, for materials and services he never bought. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Biologists To Resume GPS Collaring Of Moose

Updated 1 week ago

GREENVILLE, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is resuming the radio-collaring of moose this week.

Special teams will be using helicopters in the Greenville and Jackman areas in the second year of a five-year study aimed at providing a better understanding of the health of Maine’s moose population.

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GOP Touts Historic Vote Tally For Gov. Paul LePage

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage picked up the most votes for any candidate in a Maine gubernatorial race even though he fell short of a majority in the three-way race.

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MLK Vigil Held in Bangor

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 1 week ago

Bangor residents paused to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday.

Members of the Unitarian Universalist Church gathered to remember Dr. King with a vigil in his honor.

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Firefighters: Propane Leak Likely Caused Explosion that Destroyed Home Near Wesley

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 1 week ago

Firefighters say a propane leak is likely what sparked an explosion that destroyed a home near Wesley.

They were called to the home on Heyward point road in Township 26 around 3 pm Monday.

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Fire Causes Rockland Renters to Evacuate Apartment

Updated 7 days ago

Thanks to sprinklers, damages from a fire that forced residents of a 44-unit apartment building in Rockland to evacuate their homes for a short time Monday night were minimal.

Firefighters were called to the 3-story building on Main Street around 5:30 pm.

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Curran Homestead to Expand

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 1 week ago

A living history farm and museum announced plans to expand, Monday night.

The Curran Homestead plans to purchase 43-acres of land, adjacent to their property in Orrington.

The announcement was made at the homestead’s annual gathering and recognition dinner.

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Potential Buyers for Bucksport Mill Submit Letters to Judge Before Court Hearing

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 7 days ago

Three companies have now submitted letters expressing an interest in purchasing and reopening the shuttered Verso Paper mill in Bucksport.

Tuesday morning, a federal judge is expected to, again, consider, an anti-trust lawsuit against the Verso Paper Company.

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New England Gets Windfall From Plummeting Heating Oil

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The lowest heating oil prices in six years are giving an unexpected boost to New England’s economy.

Officials say families using oil to heat their homes can expect savings of $1,200 to $1,500 on average this year based on lower prices for heat and transportation fuel. Across the region, cheaper heating oil translates to hundreds of millions of dollars in savings, putting more money in people’s pockets.

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Update: Police Identify Pedestrian Hit By Car in Bangor

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 7 days ago

Police have identified the man that was hit by a car in Bangor last night.

Police say 55-year-old Timothy Gotto was struck on Outer Hammond Street, near the Leadbetter’s Super Stop.

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Super Bowl-bound Patriots bring boost for local business

Erica Stapleton

Updated 1 week ago

As the Patriots gear up to play in the Super Bowl, Olympia Sports in Bangor is gearing up for the fans in the region.

Pats shirts and hats are for sale, including new conference championship shirts after the win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night.

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Kids Spend MLK Day Learning, Crafting at Maine Discovery Museum

Erica Stapleton

Updated 1 week ago

The kids are off from school and despite the warmer temperatures, it was a little too muddy out to hit the playgrounds.

Many parents found the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor to be the perfect blend of fun and learning for this vacation day.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Honored At Waterville Breakfast

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 1 week ago

Lots of folks, young and old, gathered together in Central Maine to honor the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.

The community breakfast was held at Spectrum Generations Muskie Center in Waterville, in collaboration with the Waterville Rotary Club.

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Two Sent To Hospital After Brewer Accident

Wayne Harvey

Updated 1 week ago

A “low speed” head on accident in Brewer this afternoon sent two people to the hospital.

No names have been released, but two vehicles collided near the Brewer Auditorium on Wilson Street.

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Livermore Woman Dies After Tanker Rolls Onto Car in Fayette

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 7 days ago

Route 17 in Fayette is back open after a fatal crash.

A Livermore woman died after a propane truck rolled over her car Monday morning.

“Heard a big crash, looked down the driveway, saw a bunch of smoke,” said Charles Givens of Fayette.

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Annual Breakfast To Honor Martin Luther King, Jr Held At UMaine

Wayne Harvey

Updated 1 week ago

50 years ago Martin Luther King Junior led the march for civil rights.

Monday a celebration of his life was held at the University of Maine.

“It’s a day for us to pause and reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Junior,” said Maine Senator Susan Collins. “But also to think about what we personally can do to advance justice and equality in this country it’s a never ending journey that all of us are on.”

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Woman Freed From SUV Trapped Under Propane Truck

Updated 1 week ago

Police say one person was hurt after a propane truck rolled onto a car in Fayette Monday morning.

It happened on Main Street around 8am.

According to the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department, the propane truck and the car were traveling in opposite directions. They believe icy roads may have been a factor in the crash.

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Maine Giving More Than $400K To Agriculture Projects

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are giving out more than $400,000 in grants to 11 agricultural projects in the state.

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walter Whitcomb announced the $422,855 in grants at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show last week. The projects were chosen from 47 proposals. The department says the projects address the state agricultural industry’s need to accelerate marketing and improve technology.

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Investigators Unable To Find Cause Of Augusta Fire

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Officials have been unable to pinpoint what caused an apartment building fire last month in Augusta that left 27 people homeless.

Sgt. Kenneth Grimes of the state fire marshal’s office told the Kennebec Journal on Friday that the Dec. 5 fire has been classified as undetermined.

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