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Sidney Man Accused of Raping Young Girl Found Competent To Stand Trial

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 days ago

A Sidney man accused of raping a 4-year-old girl he was babysitting has been found competent to stand trial.

A judge made the decision in court Monday morning.

According to officials, Eric Bard, 23, took pictures of the attack.

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Union: No Progress In FairPoint Contract Talks

Updated 4 days ago

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Unions representing FairPoint Communications workers in northern New England say the sides remain far apart in contract negotiations.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents about 1,800 FairPoint employees in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. Mike Spillane, a Vermont member of the negotiating team, told Vermont Public Radio that he has little hope of progress when talks resume on Tuesday. Members have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if necessary.

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Maine University System Eyes Streamlined Courses

Updated 4 days ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The head of a group working to streamline course offerings in the Maine university system says the goal is to have individual campuses develop specializations that can be offered to students at other campuses.

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Ex-husband To Court For Threatening GOP Official

Updated 4 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The ex-husband of Maine’s Republican party vice chairwoman is due in court on charges that he threatened her, her boyfriend and one of her children with a loaded gun.

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Immigration Stirs Debate In Maine Governor’s Race

Updated 4 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The debate over immigration is raging in the three-person race for governor in Maine, far from where an influx of central American youth is crossing the nation’s southern border.

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Tougher Maine Drunk Driving Law Set To Go On Books

Updated 4 days ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A law designed to crack down on the worst drunken driving violators in Maine goes into effect on Aug. 1.

The Sun Journal reports the law changes state statures so felony drunk driving convictions are never cleared from a person’s record and can be used in sentencing for future offense. Currently laws say the convictions are washed out after 10 years and can’t be used in determining punishments for repeat offenders.

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Helmet Returned to Bangor Firefighter

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 5 days ago

Something very important to a Bangor Firefighter went missing on Friday night, but it has been returned.

The helmet of firefighter David Rudolph was taken off the fire truck when he was doing a shift at the Bangor State Fair.

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Veterans Honor Korean War Anniversary

Updated 5 days ago

Sunday marked the 61st anniversary of the signing of a very important document in national history.

It was the signing of the armistice that ended the Korean War.

US troops fought alongside the South, against China with the North.

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Maine Celebrates 25th Annual Open Farm Day

Updated 5 days ago

“Cows, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, bees, and even a rabbit.”

Those are just a few things people got to enjoy as part of Maine’s 25th Open Farm Day

The doors of nearly 90 Farms across the state were open for families to visit and learn.

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Nature Lovers Take to Unity Trails

Updated 6 days ago

People in Unity put away their cell phones and got out their hiking shoes for a summer walk on Saturday.

The Waldo County Trails Coalition led the walk as part of an ongoing series of hikes.

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Skies the Limit in Lincoln

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 6 days ago

They call it the $100 dollar hamburger, it’s when you hop in your plane and fly it somewhere for lunch.

People were doing that Saturday in Lincoln. The local pilots association hosted a fly-in at the Lincoln airport. The  town purchased the land around the airport a few years ago using matching grant funds from the federal government.

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Plymouth Residents Raise a Stink About the Stink

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 6 days ago

Once again Plymouth residents say they’ve had enough of the terrible smell that sometimes comes from a local sewage processing plant.

“You can’t put your clothes out on the clothes line because your clothes will smell like the sewer,” says resident Linda Seavey.

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Police Apprehend 3 after Newspaper Delivery Driver Calls 911

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 7 days ago

A newspaper delivery driver called 911 early Friday morning when, police say, he and his wife were threatened at gunpoint and chased by a red 2004 Pontiac Grand AM.

Police say it happened on Route 163 in Mapleton.

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Teens put on Little Shop of Horrors in Ellsworth

Morgan Sturdivant

Updated 7 days ago

Young actors in Ellsworth are getting ready to put on a creepy, and funny, play.

They’re from the Grand Theatre’s School of Performing Arts Summer Teen Theater Camp.

“We have kids who’ve grown up in this theater. And, they start with the little camp at age seven, work their way up through that, and eventually some of them come back for some of other productions as well,” said Gail Thompson, Executive Director of the Grand Theater.

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Bangor Man Accused of Stealing Car, Taking Off on I-95 Held w/o Bail

Catherine Pegram

Updated 7 days ago

A man from Bangor accused of stealing a car, then taking off on the highway is being held without bail.

29-year-old Lucus Qualey is charged with unauthorized use of property, OUI and violating conditions of release.

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Maine Bear Hunters Set Bait For Perhaps Last Time

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine bear hunters are getting ready to set bear bait for perhaps the last time.

Hunters who hunt bears with the use of bait can begin placing the bait on Saturday. Bear bait is typically sugary human food such as doughnuts. The state’s bear hunting season begins on Aug. 25 and ends Nov. 29.

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Update: Body Found In Search For Missing Swimmer

Updated 1 week ago

The Maine Warden Service says,  it has recovered the body of a 21-year-old man who went missing in the Kennebec River in Anson Thurday night.

Divers from the Maine warden service recovered the body of 21-year old Jordan Cummings just before 9-oclock Friday morning.

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Acadia Named Nation’s ‘Favorite Place’

Updated 1 week ago

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Acadia National Park in Maine has been named America’s Favorite Place by viewers of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Acadia beat out Chicago’s Lakefront, Glacier National Park, Gulf Shores and Lake Tahoe for the honor.

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Some Residents To Get Insurance Rebates

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Nearly 20,000 Maine customers of health insurer Aetna are getting premium rebates because a provision in the Affordable Care Act limits what insurance companies can spend on administrative costs. The rebates for 2013 service, totaling more than $1.8 million, will be issued by Aug. 1. The Portland Press Herald reports that most will be in the form of temporary premium reductions although some customers might receive checks. The average payment will be $149 for thousands of the insurer’s Maine customers with employer-based plans. The rebates are the result of the “medical loss ratio” rule that caps administrative spending. The law is meant to protect consumers by ensuring that extra profits made by insurance companies would be rebated to customers and not used for executive bonuses or other administrative costs. ___ Information from: Portland Press Herald,

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Senate President’s PAC Faces Campaign Finance Fine

Updated 7 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate president’s leadership political action committee may be fined due to a campaign finance violation.

The Maine Democratic Party said Thursday that contributions and expenditures were inadvertently left off two quarterly reports from Senate President Justin Alfond’s “Alfond Business Community & Democracy PAC.”

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