Windy Weather Causes Outages

Updated 6 years ago

About 1,500 electric customers were left without service as high winds raced across the state, but more outages could be coming when Maine faces a second weekend bout with wind.

Bangor hydro Electric Co. said 1,047 customers were without power at about 11 a.m. Sunday, down from nearly 6,600 at 4 am.

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MCLU Seeks To Protect ATV Riders’ Rights

Updated 6 years ago

Civil libertarians are going to court to help defend of the rights of all-terrain vehicle riders, which they say have been violated by a Maine game warden’s action. The Maine Civil Liberties Union says the Fourth Amendment rights of the ATV driver were violated when he was stopped without justification by a game warden. The state claimed that Maine law allows game wardens to detain ATV riders for any reason, but Superior Court in Aroostook County said wardens are bound by the constitutional prohibition on unreasonable search and seizure. The state of Maine has appealed the order and the MCLU filed a brief with the Maine supreme court in support of the driver.

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Fatal Accident in Vassalboro

Updated 6 years ago

The Stone Road in Vassalboro is closed tonight as State Police investigate a serious accident. It happened just after 3pm Saturday. Initial reports were that one person was in critical condition and five others were also injured…no word yet on the extent of those injuries. We have a crew on scene and will bring you more information as soon as it’s available.

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Police Investigate Anti-Obama Sign at Store

Updated 6 years ago

Police have been notified about a sign posted at a Standish convenience store.

A reporter for the Associated Press says he saw a sign at the Oak Hill General Store for the Osama Obama Shotgun Pool, soliciting bets about when President-Elect Barack Obama would be assassinated.

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Help May Be on the Way for Fishermen

Updated 6 years ago

The federal government says shellfish closures linked to red tide in waters off Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have caused a commercial fishery failure, a designation that opens the door to federal disaster assistance to the industry. The announcement Friday by Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez comes in response to a request two months ago by Massachusetts Gov. Duval Patrick. Shellfish closures arising from the toxic algae bloom began in May in waters off Massachusetts and spread north to New Hampshire and Maine. The closings bar the harvest of clams, mussels, oysters and other shellfish where red tide has been detected. Officials say some closings have been lifted, but many areas still remain off-limits to harvesting.

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Gas Prices Still Falling

Updated 6 years ago

Gas prices continue to decline in Maine, dipping to $2.05 to $2.07 at several locations in Greater Portland. AAA said Saturday the average price for regular gas in Maine is $2.28. A month ago the average price was $3.04: a year ago it was $3.10. AAA of Northern New England previously announced optimism that prices will continue downward, dropping below $2 per gallon.

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License Laws

Updated 6 years ago

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap called a news conference to raise awareness of the new requirement that people show they’re living in the U.S. legally to obtain or renew a license.

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Wind Projects

Updated 6 years ago

First Wind of Massachusetts is seeking state Department of Environmental Protection and local approval for the 40-unit Rollins Mountain project, which would be built along ridge lines in Lincoln, Lee, Winn, Burlington and Mattawamkeag.

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UMaine Hacker Arrested

Updated 6 years ago

26-year-old James Wieland of Lewiston is charged with criminal invasion of computer privacy. Police say he hacked into as many as a thousand student e-mail accounts.

U Maine police began an investigation last month after getting a complaint about suspicious e-mail from a student.

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Hampden Collision

Updated 6 years ago

Police say a woman was driving toward town on the Coldbrook Rd. when she attempted to pull into the Dysart’s travel stop.

As she did, her car collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Hilgard Wall of Searsport.

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Fatal Accident in Orland

Updated 6 years ago

Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies say 51-year-old Andrew Horchler died when the vehicles collided at the intersection of Rt. 1 and Schoolhouse Rd. around 11:30 a.m.

Deputies say 17-year-old Daniel Dodge of Brooksville was heading west on Rt. 1 in the center lane, while another driver was in the right hand lane.

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New License Law

Updated 6 years ago

To establish evidence of legal presence you must present a legible, unexpired, valid document from the list as follows:

  1. Birth Certificate – must be a certified copy from a State Office of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency showing the individual was born in:

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Hinkley Charges Dismissed

Updated 6 years ago

Prosecutors say there wasn’t enough evidence against 40-year-old Steven Arthur Hinkley.

Hinkley was accused of going to the home of a co-worker, forcing her to have sex, then threatening to kill her, her children and himself if she reported it.

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Red Tide

Updated 6 years ago

That opens the door to federal disaster assistance to the industry.

The announcement by Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez comes in response to a request two months ago by Massachusetts Gov. Duval Patrick.

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LaPointe Sentenced

Updated 6 years ago

Robert LaPointe was sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars on Wednesday.

He was convicted in September of aggravated operating under the influence.

Prosecutors say he was drunk and speeding across Long Lake in Harrison when he crashed into a smaller boat, killing two people.

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Parental Pressures part 2

Updated 6 years ago

18-year old Bethany Winnier’s life changed forever when she became pregnant with her daughter Natalie…
While most people her age were hanging with friends and planning for college, she was preparing to become a mom… and she couldn’t be happier… Even when Natalie is a handfull—like all babies are—Bethany wouldn’t have it any other way…

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Maine Quake

Updated 6 years ago

According to the Weston Observatory at Boston College, the earthquake happened at 5:26 a.m., and had a magnitude of 2.2.

The quake could be felt miles away, no damage has been reported

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Family Dog Shot

Updated 6 years ago

The Gerrish family’s nightmare started Sunday afternoon when Max, their 9-year-old Cocker Spaniel escaped out a door that was left ajar.

Max was an inside dog, and the Gerrish’s spent hours searching for him. When he finally made it home that night he had been shot in the abdomen.

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Car Chase Ends in Crash

Updated 6 years ago

The crash happened on the Millvale Road at around 9:20pm.

Bucksport Police say they tried pulling the car over for speeding, but the driver sped away from the officers.

The brief chase ended when the car crashed and caught fire.

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Attorney General Debate

Updated 6 years ago

The race for the Blaine House is still two years away, but one name has already surfaced as a candidate.

That name belongs to outgoing Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe.

He’s reached his current term limit, and a new Maine Attorney General will be elected in December.

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