Shooting Death Update

Updated 7 years ago

Maine State Police have identified the victim in a weekend shooting as a 50-year-old New Jersey man who was visiting his cousin in the town of Porter.

Spokesman Steve McCausland of the Maine Public Safety Department
identifies the dead man as Lawrence Talarico.

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Komen Race for the Cure

Updated 7 years ago

Thousands of runners spent Sunday racing for a cure.

The 11th annual Komen Maine Race for the Cure kicked off Sunday morning on the Bangor waterfront.

More than 3,600 people took park in the event…raising money, then walking or running the race course downtown.

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Fire Leaves Firefighter Homeless

Updated 7 years ago

The fire on Rogusa Lane began shortly before 3:30 Sunday afternoon. When crews arrived on the scene, the mobile home was already engulged in flames.

No one was home at the time, the owner is a volunteer firefighter, and was at the scene of another fire as his home burned.

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Foliage Website

Updated 7 years ago

The fall foliage season is shaping up to be a colorful one in Maine.
That’s according to the Department of Conservation’s Internet
fall foliage report.
The department released its first report last week and will
provide updates every Wednesday through October 17th.
The site this year also will include video footage of foliage scenes from around
the state.
The Web site divides the state into seven regions and provides
updates on the color breakdown and leaf drop in each zone.
Rangers are now reporting very low leaf color, or less than 10
percent toward peak, and low leap drop in all regions.

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Blue Angels Perform

Updated 7 years ago

More than 100,000 people showed up in Brunswick Sunday for what could be the final Maine performance by
the Blue Angels, the Navy’s precision flying team.
Brunswick Naval Air Station officials say a preliminary estimate
puts Sunday’s attendance for the Great State of Maine Air Show at
between 130,000 and 140,000 people.
That would set a one-day record for the show, which has been held 16 times at the Brunswick base
since 1962.
The star of the show was the Navy’s Blue Angels flight
demonstration team, a squadron of six jets that puts on a
heart-stopping display of precision formation flying and high-speed
maneuvers at speeds of up to 600 miles per hour.
The Brunswick base is slated to close by 2011, so this could be
the last chance for people in Maine to see the Blue Angels perform.
Base officials are hoping for a return show next year, but they
won’t know until November if that’ll happen.

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Coach Arrested

Updated 7 years ago

The head baseball coach at Dirigo High
School is free on bail after his arrest for sexual assault
involving a teenage student in Rumford over the past year.
Thirty-three-year-old Donald Hebert of Rumford was charged
yesterday with gross sexual assault, a Class C felony. He was
released on $800 bail.
Rumford police Lieutenant Mark Cayer said Hebert is accused of
engaging in a sexual relationship with a student under 18.
According to the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Hebert coached varsity
baseball and was an educational technician at Dirigo High, located
in Dixfield. He was also the junior varsity girls basketball coach
at Rumford’s Mountain Valley High School last year.

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Snowe in Iraq

Updated 7 years ago

Maine Republican Olympia Snowe is one of
four U.S. senators visiting Iraq this weekend. Snowe’s itinerary
includes meetings with Iraqi leaders, U.S. military commanders and
troops from Maine.
Joining Snowe on the trip are Democrats Max Baucus of Montana,
Ken Salazar of Colorado and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
Prior to the trip, Snowe said she’s pleased that President Bush
has agreed to bring some American troops home but remains troubled
at the lack of an Iraqi plan to bring about national political
This is Snowe’s third trip to Iraq, with the last one coming
this past May. She plans to return to Washington on Monday.

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Marijuana Bust

Updated 7 years ago

Police say they pulled $60,000 worth of
marijuana plants from the ground yesterday in western Maine as part
of ongoing marijuana eradication efforts around the state.
Police say they pulled 61 mature pot plants — between four and
6 feet tall — from land in Mexico and Rumford. The plants were
estimated to have a street of value of about $1,000 each.
Police on the ground used all-terrain vehicles to get to the
plants with help from a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agent who
spotted the plants from a helicopter.

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Maine Soldiers Arrive in Kuwait

Updated 7 years ago

Three dozen members of the Maine Army
National Guard have arrived in Kuwait in preparation for a 12-month
deployment to train Iraqi police officers.
The Maine troops are part of a 170-member military police
company based in Rhode Island. While in Iraq, the unit will train
police officers in operating in urban environments, dealing with
civil disturbances and building relationships with their
The Maine unit got word of its deployment in May and completed
its in-state preparations at the end of June before undergoing two
months of additional training at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

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Missing Gardiner Boy

Updated 7 years ago

Augusta Police say that Austin Kinney was discovered in the woods near the High School at around 5 o’clock Thursday afternoon.Kinney went missing at around noon Thursday after he did not return to Gardiner Middle School after a short recess.Police say that the boy was in good health at the time of discovery.

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Reward Offered for Information

Updated 7 years ago

The Brochu family reached out to media Thursday afternoon during a press conference at public safety headquarters in Augusta.Relatives are offering the reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction regarding the death of fifty year old Louise Brochu.Police say Brochu was killed at her home in New Portland on June eighth.Brochu ran a wood flooring business in New Portland. Police found her body outside of the business.If you have any information pertaining to this case State Police would like to hear from you. The number 1-800-452-4664.

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Affidavit Released in Manslaughter Case

Updated 7 years ago

In an affidavit filed in Waldo County Superior Court, Tuesday, Detecive Jason Richards stated the incident started as a physical altercation between Benjamin Preston and his father, Raymond.

A witness says the man was hitting his son with a pipe. The fight then moved outside, where Preston’s soon to be brother-in-law, 32-year old Nikki Thibodeau got involved. He says he tried to drive away and brought Preston’s five year old nephew with him.

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Mills Jail Suicide

Updated 7 years ago

38-year-old Michelle Mills was being held pre-trial as a result of a murder charge in Hancock County. Mills was being held at Penobscot as a result of a request from Hancock County.

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Construction Death Update

Updated 7 years ago

Authorities report that the victims were building a modular home on Lilly Lane at around 9:30 a.m. They were near the structure as a crane moved it into place. When the crane touched a power line, 24-year-old Angel Vallespi of Portland was electrocuted. Robert MacLeod of Harrington was critically injured. Rescue workers did perform CPR on Vallespi. He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he died. The crane operator, Scott Sinclair of Pittsfield, Massachusetts didn’t suffer any serious injuries.

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Hampden Fire Worse Than Originally Thought

Updated 7 years ago

Fire crews got the call Wednesday night that there was a possible chimney fire at 1293 Carmel Road in Hampden, a fire that turned out to be much more.

The flames had spread into the structure while crews from Hampden, Carmel, and Newburgh sped to the scene.

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Corinth Man Charged

Updated 7 years ago

Thibodeau was taken into custody about 9:45 AM without incident, at his home in Corinth.

After consulting with the Attorney General’s Office Tuesday, the decision was made to charge him with manslaughter.

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Millinocket Mill Ceases Use of Phosphoric Acid

Updated 7 years ago

An official at Katahdin Paper Company says the mill stopped using phosphoric acid after identifying a suitable alternative to whiten the mill’s paper products.

Phosphoric acid is to blame for the 75-mile blue-green algae bloom that prompted the Penobscot Nation to advise tribal members to stay out of the river until further notice.

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One Person Electrocuted in Hermon

Updated 7 years ago

No names have been released, but we do know one person was electrocuted and another person was shocked while the two were working under a modular home that was being moved in the Lilly Lane development of Clearview Estates, just off the Wing Road around 9:30 this morning.

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Mid Maine Cable Severed

Updated 7 years ago

A crew working along Route 43 in Hudson hit a line for Mid Maine Communications. As a result dozens of towns were without phone service this morning. Just some of the towns affected were: Old Town, Corinth, Hudson, Glenburn, Argyle, Medford, Burlington, Carmel, as well as about 10 others. The service has since been restored, and all phones should be working correctly.

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Moratorium on Radio Towers

Updated 7 years ago

Two types of moratoriums will be added to the agenda at the next city council meeting regarding the application for the towers.

One is retro-active, and the other is a regular moratorium, suspending activity for now.

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