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Plea Change in Murder Case

Wayne Harvey

Updated 2 days ago

A mother charged in the murder of her 2 and a half year old daughter changed her plea and will go on trial next month.

Leanna Norris pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and waived her right to a jury trial.

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Woman to Jail, Must Pay $300K+ for Stealing from Down East Mill Investor

Catherine Pegram

Updated 2 days ago

A woman from Portland is going to jail for nine months and has to pay more than $300,000 in restitution for embezzling from a Chinese company that planned to invest in a paper mill in Baileyville.

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Judicial Center Roof Issues Lead to Lawsuit

Updated 2 days ago

The company that managed the construction of the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor is suing the roofing subcontractor.

According to court documents, Consigli Construction Company of Massachusetts is seeking damages from Roof Systems of Maine.

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Man Arrested For Corinth Bank Break In

Wayne Harvey

Updated 2 days ago

 

A member of a cleaning service going to work last Friday called police to report a burglary at Maine Savings Federal Credit Union in Corinth.

A man reportedly wearing a ski mask took off on a bicycle when Maine State Police arrived.

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UMaine Machias Celebrates Renovated Science Building

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 2 days ago

Much to celebrate in Machias this weekend.

A ribbon cutting was held Saturday at UMaine Machias to recognize a renovated science building.

The $600,000 project included updating laboratories and building a new genetics lab and an instruction space at the marine field station, among other things.

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Coast Guard Stops Impaired Boater In Portland

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The operator of a 35-foot sailboat has been charged with drunken boating after his vessel allegedly struck a moored boat near Portland Harbor.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement that on Sunday it received notification of the contact between vessels from a Casco Bay Lines employee.

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Wilton Man To Serve A Year For Sexual Assault

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Wilton man has been sentenced to serve one year in prison for sexually assaulting two young girls.

Peter Essman was also sentenced last week to four years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

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NYC Man Faces Murder Trial

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The trial of a New York City man charged with killing his girlfriend and leaving her body in an SUV in a hotel parking lot in Portland is getting started.

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Dempsey’s ‘challenge’ Raises More Than $1.1M

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Nearly 3,900 people helped raise more than $1.1 million for cancer care and support at the 6th annual Dempsey Challenge, organized by actor Patrick Dempsey in honor of his mother.

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Maine Closes Phthalates Comment Period

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The public comment period is closing in a drive to create new regulations for phthalates in household products.

Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection will stop accepting comments on Monday. The DEP commissioner will then have 120 days to make a ruling.

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Sake Brewer Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Maine is known for its microbrew beers, boutique distilleries and even blueberry wine. But a brewer is going to need help if Maine is to become home to a sake brewery.

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Hunting Season For 6 Birds, Mammals Starts

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Several Maine hunting seasons get started in the middle of this week.

Wednesday is the first day for the hunting season for six game birds and mammals. The hunt starts Oct. 1 for ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail, pheasant, gray squirrel, snowshoe hare, and raccoon. The seasons for the three birds, raccoons and gray squirrels end on Dec. 31. Snowshoe hare season ends on March 31.

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First Lady Obama To Visit Orono For Michaud

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ORONO, Maine (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is heading to Maine this week to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud.

Obama will join Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards on Friday at a free rally for Michaud at the University of Maine in Orono. The event is already at capacity with 1,400 signed up. At least another 500 have been placed a waiting list.

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Money Pouring Into Governor’s Race Despite System

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Millions of dollars from outside groups are flowing into Connecticut’s tight race for governor despite a widely heralded publicly funded campaign financing system that’s intended to stem the flow of outside money.

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Acadia National Park Gets $800K Grant

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Federal Transit Administration is providing an $800,000 grant for improvements to Acadia National Park.

The money will be used for planning and construction of the Acadia Gateway Center Intermodal Facility and Acadia National Park Welcome Center. The intermodal facility is designed to improve access to the Island Explorer propane-powered bus system. Officials say the transit system will reduce congestion and pollution in the national park, most of which is located on Mount Desert Island off of Maine’s coast.

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Maine Cities, Towns Get Coastal Grants

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Coastal Maine communities are getting grants to support harbor management and public access to the state’s coast.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Coastal Program is providing the grants via an award from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Dogfish Remain Abundant Off East Coast

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The stability of the dogfish population off the coast of New England is not in jeopardy despite a recent survey that found less of the fish off of Maine and New Hampshire than previous years.

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LePage Urges Hunters To Donate Meat To The Needy

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is urging Maine hunters to donate meat to help feed needy families.

The Republican governor says the Hunters for the Hungry Program lets Maine hunters “pursue a sport they love and help their neighbors at the same time.”

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$20M Grant To Prepare At-risk Students For College

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine at Farmington is receiving $20 million over seven years to help at-risk students prepare for and be successful in postsecondary education.

The Maine grant is projected to serve up to 7,600 students annually from 63 high-poverty, rural schools in 26 districts.

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Stealthy Warship Is More Than 90 Percent Complete

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BATH, Maine (AP) — The Navy says a stealthy warship under construction at Maine’s Bath Iron Works is more than 90 percent complete.

The shipbuilder completed the “light-off” of one the first of two turbines last week, an important milestone. Testing will continue this fall with activation of the ship’s computer system.

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