An unlikely tutor is instilling confidence and the joy of reading to first grade students in Orrington.Miguel, a training poodle and his owner Renee Garrett began visiting the Center Drive School in October.Since then the challenge of reading has become as fun as playtime.Garrett says with the turn of a page, the students are not just gaining reading skills but confidence.”It’s breaking through that barrier and saying oh I can read and once that happens, once that lightbulb goes on then every book becomes an adventure,” she said.Garrett says Miguel has always been a mellow dog even when he was a puppy.She said his ability to comfort anyone is what inspired her to train him as a therapy dog.
Police are investigating a body that washed up on an island in South Gouldsboro.A Marine Patrol plane circling the area Wednesday spotted the man on the shores of Stave Island.The agency says they were out doing an aerial search for 57 year old Wayne Hodgkins, a man from Sullivan who hasn’t been seen since early December.The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office, but the man’s identity has not been released.The Hancock County Sheriff’s office is heading the investigation.
An attorney for a former Chelsea selectwoman accused of accepting kickbacks from a plowing contractor in exchange for getting him work with the town says he is working with federal prosecutors on a possible settlement.Attorney Leonard Sharon was in Kennebec County Superior Court on Wednesday with Carole Swan, the former board chairwoman, for a hearing regarding pending state charges.The 53-year-old Swan has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated forgery: attempted theft from the town and improper compensation for services and is free on bail.Sharon has reportedly said he is hoping to come to an agreement with the federal prosecutor prior to any indictment being brought in federal court.If federal charges are brought, state charges would be dismissed.Swan was arrested in February.(The Associated Press)
Four Lewiston men and a woman from Waterford are facing welfare fraud charges.Police say the suspects were involved in the sale, purchase and trade of electronic benefit cards, or EBTs, issued to them through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.Authorities say in some cases the suspects traded the welfare cards for drugs.Leanne Robbin, assistant attorney general who heads the financial crimes division, reportedly said the state is working with local police to identify welfare fraud cases.Those charged Wednesday are Katherine Pike of Waterford, as well as David Stain: Manny Souza: Christopher S.
A Maine legislative committee has voted to kill a bill to repeal part of the state’s Clean Election law.The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee voted unanimously to reject a bill that sought to prevent candidates for governor from receiving taxpayer-funded allocations through the Clean Election Act.
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Gas prices have dipped slightly in the last few months, but the cost is only going to get worse for commuters, according to a recent study released by gasbuddy.com.Analysts for the site say over the last few years, the national average of gas prices has dipped at the end of one year, and then peaked in the spring of the next year.In 2011, for example, the average price in Maine increased by $0.65 between January and May.The website predicts the national average this spring will be more than $4.00.
There’s a public hearing scheduled for Thursday night on a proposed wind farm in Clifton.The planning board said yes last year to a plan for five wind turbines atop Pisgah Mountain.But some residents are against that.The meeting is set for Thursday night at 6:30 at Clifton Town Hall.
Residents of Stockton Springs will discuss a proposed new location for a lobster business Wednesday night.Owner of HD and Son’s seafood, Holly Wyman, wants to move her business from Main Street to a property she owns on the waterfront.She helped organize a special town meeting last fall in a bid to change zoning and clear the way for the move.Stockton Springs residents voted 46 to 45 in favor of the change.But some in town are worried about truck traffic in what is now a residential section of town.Wyman hopes the site plan will be finalized at the meeting Wednesday night.The public hearing and planning board meeting begins Wednesday night at at Stockton Springs town office.
A New Hampshire man convicted of murdering his fiancee in her home in Maine is asking for a new trial.An attorney for Jason Twardus says the state of Maine failed to provide his client with evidence that might have implicated another man in the strangulation death of Kelly Gorham, 30, in 2007.In August, Twardus was sentenced to 38 years in prison for her murder.Gorham’s body was found on property owned by Twardus’s father.
A woman in Linneus got quite the wake up call when a car slammed into her house Wednesday afternoon.Vera Kervin said she was asleep when she heard a loud crash.She got up to see what it was, and discovered that an SUV had crashed into her home, leaving a big hole in the side of her house.Kervin says the driver was able to get the vehicle unstuck and drove off without reporting the accident.Police searched the area and were able to find the SUV behind a business.They later found the owner of the vehicle, 55 year old Brian King of Ludlow, at his home.King is charged with failure to report an accident and OUI.Police say King’s vehicle is totaled and the damage is Kervin’s house is in the thousands.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office says an explosion in Farmington early Monday morning was likely caused by a homemade pyrotechnic device.Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman, Steve McCausland, says the some of the debris will be sent for further testing at the national ATF lab.McCausland also says that the device was made up of paper products, which are consistent with homemade fireworks.