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Pomeroy Admits to Murder

Updated 6 years ago

Steven Pomeroy’s admission was spelled out Thursday in a police affidavit as the 23-year-old murder suspect made his initial appearance in Knox County Superior Court.

Pomeroy, who was arrested Wednesday in the death of Jessica Nichols of Waldoboro, entered no plea and was returned to the Knox County Jail pending a bail hearing on July 11.

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Grand Opening Breaks Record

Updated 6 years ago

Company officials say an estimated 9,000 people tried their luck at Tuesday’s opening of its new $132 million gambling and entertainment complex. The new facility replaces Penn National’s temporary slot machine hall that operated down the street since November 2005.

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Jet Fuel at BIA

Updated 6 years ago

The company says the change would cause them to pay the state six times the profit it generates in Maine on everything from gas stations to jet fuel.

ExxonMobil’s latest five-year agreement with the city expires on December 31st and the company has provided the six months’ notice required to terminate it.

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Lobster Boat Catches Fire

Updated 6 years ago

THICK BLACK SMOKE COULD BE SEEN FOR MILES AROUND ROCKPORT HARBOR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, AFTER A LOBSTER BOAT CAUGHT FIRE.

IT HAPPENED JUST AFTER FOUR P-M…..

THE BOAT’S OWNER, DAVID LELAND WAS ON BOARD AT THE TIME.

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Hanson Behind Bars

Updated 6 years ago

Court records indicate that 66-year old Victor Hanson made an image of child pornography available for sharing over the internet in 2003.

It was downloaded by an undercover officer in Wyoming which led to a search of Hanson’s home.

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POSSIBLE REPRIEVE FROM SINKING ROPE REGULATIONS

Updated 6 years ago

LOBSTERMEN UP AND DOWN THE COAST WERE ELATED WHEN THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE PROPOSED DELAYING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A RULE REQUIRING THEM TO FISH WITH SINKING GROUNDLINES TO PREVENT WHALES FROM GETTING ENTANGLED.

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Fatal Crash in Blue Hill

Updated 6 years ago

A little after one o’clock Wednesday morning, reports started coming in that a vehicle had rolled over and was on fire, with two people trapped inside.

Officials raced to the scene, but were not in time to save the occupants of the car. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

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Boat Fire

Updated 6 years ago

The lobster boat, the Miss Melinda, caught fire just after 4:00 p.m.

It took firefighters quite a while to knock the fire down because the boat was in the harbor, several feet away from shore.

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Atwood Verdict

Updated 6 years ago

Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills rendered her verdict Wednesday in the non-jury trial of 38-year-old Shannon Atwood last week.

Atwood was accused of murdering 37-year-old Cheryl Murdoch. Murdoch’s decomposed body was found in a wooded area in Canaan in August 2006. She had been missing for about a month and a half.

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State Prison Stand-off

Updated 6 years ago

Corrections Commissioner Martin Magnusson says officers came very close to, in his words, &quot:taking out&quot: the inmate who started it all.

For seven hours, Michael Chasse held two hostages, a prison employee and another inmate.

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Passamaquoddy Back in Court

Updated 6 years ago

Tuesday’s move is another step in a more than two-and-a-half year court battle.

Tribal members, along with an organization called We Take Care of our Land, say the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved a lease for the L.N.G. project at Split Rock in 2005 without giving people in the community the right to an appeal.

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Power Upgrades

Updated 6 years ago

Central Maine Power is proposing $1.4 billion to build a new, 345,000-volt transmission line from Orrington, Maine, to Newington, N.H. Spokesman John Carroll says the goal of that project is to upgrade and improve the existing grid, which dates to 1971.

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2 Charged in Rockland Fire

Updated 6 years ago

39-year-old Michael Opdyke from South Thomaston, and 37-year-old Elbert Ranquist, a transient from the Rockland area, are also charged with burglary.

The two made their initial appearances in court Monday afternoon.

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Shooting at Sandy Point Beach

Updated 6 years ago

Still no sign of two men in a white pick-up truck wanted for questioning in connection with a shooting in Stockton Springs.

It happened Saturday night in the area of Sandy Point Beach.

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Old Orchard Beach Slaying

Updated 6 years ago

Maine State Police said Tuesday that 44-year-old Jeffrey Williams surrendered to authorities late Monday afternoon in East Meadow, N.Y. Police said he is being held on a murder warrant from Maine and a parole violation out of New York.

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Pet Plates

Updated 6 years ago

There’s a move underway to clear the way for that.

A group representing pet-related businesses and animal shelters is pitching a vanity plate to benefit Maine’s cash-strapped animal welfare program.

A prototype of the plate shows a silhouette of a girl, a dog and a cat, along with the words &quot:rescue, raise, love, adopt.&quot:

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Phillips Shuts Down

Updated 6 years ago

Last weekend, voters declined to exceed the $256,076 tax levy limit for municipal operations. White says no expense articles were approved, so he can’t even spend any money.

Selectmen are working to develop a plan for a future budget vote to restore services. In the meantime, 20 part- and full-time town employees are out of work.

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Hancock Fire

Updated 6 years ago

Crews were called to Moon Ledges, off the East Side Road just before 8:00 a.m.

Firefighters say the fire got a pretty good head start, and there was nothing they could do to save the home.

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High Gas Prices Grow Profits For Some Local Farmers

Updated 6 years ago

The Orono Farmer’s Market was the brainchild of several local vegetable farmers 14 years ago. Today, shoppers can also pick up their milk, eggs, breads, meats, cheeses, fruits and seafood, among other specialties.

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Red Tide Not A Washout in Maine

Updated 6 years ago

Toxic algae has already prompted curbs on shellfish harvesting and more red tide could still blow in.

But the state’s intensive monitoring effort has kept more Downeast clam diggers working.

Maine is using a federally funded network of buoys to detect blooms of red tideto serve as an early warning system.

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