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114-Year-Old Boat Being Restored in Rockland

John Krinjak

Updated 4 days ago

This is Blackjack. The 114-year-old friendship sloop is the latest project at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum in Rockland. What is a friendship sloop, you ask?

“A friendship sloop is originally a vessel designed to harvest lobsters before the age of the engine,” said Hugh Lane, site manager at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum in Rockland.

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Jingle All the Way to Belfast for a Parade

Updated 4 days ago

A festive walk will take place in Belfast this Saturday and you’re invited to don your best costume.

Mrs. Claus will lead a holiday costume parade along Harbor Walk to the east end of the footbridge.

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Holiday Party for the Machias Community

Updated 4 days ago

The annual holiday party in Machias will be held Thursday night, everyone is invited.

The University of Maine at Machias is hosting.

The party’s from 4 to 6 in the Reynolds Center on campus.

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UPDATE: Judge Finds Mother Guilty of Killing 2-year-old Daughter

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 days ago

A judge in Bangor has found a woman guilty of murder for drugging and suffocating her 2-year-old daughter last year.

Testimony in the jury-waived trial wrapped up last month.

Justice Ann Murray ruled that 25-year-old Leanna Norris knew what she was doing when she set out to kill her daughter, Loh Grenda, and herself.

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Online Masters Degree Program Now Available at MMA

Updated 4 days ago

A new online program will let students get a master’s degree from Maine Maritime Academy.

The college has received the go-ahead to offer a Master of Science in International Logistics Management.

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Judge Finds Mother Guilty of Killing 2 Year Old

Updated 4 days ago

A judge has found an Auburn woman guilty of murder for poisoning and suffocating her 2-year-old daughter last year.

The judge ruled that Leanna Norris knew what she was doing when she set out to killer her daughter, Loh Grenda, and herself.

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Tow Truck Driver Charged After Striking Overpass

Updated 4 days ago

Just before 9 this morning, Augusta police responded to another incident involving an overheight commercial vehicle.

Police tell us that a flatbed wrecker carrying a box truck struck the I-95 Civic Center Drive overpass.

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Railroad Trestle Struck by Tractor Trailer

Updated 4 days ago

Augusta police have charged the driver of a tractor trailer with operating a vehicle over height limit after he struck a railroad trestle.

It happened on Water Street around 11:30 last night.

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T.A.Y.L.O.R. Foundation Meets With Lawmakers

Updated 4 days ago

Members of a foundation named for a Bucksport girl who was killed due to an inexperienced driver met with lawmakers in Augusta yesterday.

Members of the T.A.Y.L.O.R. Foundation met with State Senator Kimberley Rosen, the primary sponsor of “Taylor’s Law” at the State House.

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Ellsworth Police Recognize Extraordinary Service

Updated 4 days ago

There were some very special awards presented at last night’s Ellsworth city council meeting as the police department recognized two of their own for their outstanding service to the community.

Officer Chad Wilmot was named Officer of the Year for the third time in his thirteen year career in Ellsworth.

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Poland Home Invasion Leads To 6 Arrests

Updated 4 days ago

POLAND, Maine (AP) — Police have arrested six people in connection with a home invasion in Poland last week.

Lt. Glenn Holt of the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement Monday that the invasion that took place on Thursday appears to have been drug related and not a random act.

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Death Of Inmate At Kennebec Jail Not Considered Suspicious

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Authorities say the death of a 64-year-old Waterville man being held at the Kennebec County Jail does not appear suspicious.

Sheriff Randall Liberty tells the Kennebec Journal that Dana Kitchin was alone in a cell last Friday when a guard making a routine check found him unresponsive and with a low pulse.

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Ex-State Worker Sentenced For Welfare Fraud

Updated 4 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A former disability claims examiner for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has been sentenced to almost two years in prison for illegally collecting state welfare benefits.

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Lewiston Man’s Murder Trial Winding Down

Updated 4 days ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The trial of a man charged with murder in the in the 2013 slaying of a 20-year-old Lewiston man is wrapping up.

The Sun Journal reports that defense attorneys and prosecutors are scheduled to make closing statements Tuesday in the murder trial of 21-year-old William True in Androscoggin County Superior Court.

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Birders Begin Annual Census

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Bird enthusiasts around Maine are participating in the National Audubon Society’s annual winter bird census.

The Portland Press Herald reports the bird count kicked off on Sunday in the Augusta area. Bird lovers will count species from more than 30 other locations all over Maine by January. The effort is part of the Audubon Society’s three-week long Christmas Bird Count, which takes place all over North America for three weeks in December and January.

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Agency Opposes FairPoint Subsidy

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission is taking up telecommunications regulatory reform and a proposal to penalize a natural gas company for safety violations.

Those matters were on the panel’s agenda Tuesday in Augusta.

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FBI Asks Help Identifying Government Corruption

Updated 4 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — The FBI is asking the public’s help in identifying government corruption in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Special Agent Vincent Lisi, who runs the agency’s Boston field office that covers those four states, announced Monday that his office will launch a dedicated, toll free tip line: 1-844-NoBribe (662-7423).

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Portland Considering Database After Deadly Fire

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland, Maine officials may roll out a centralized database for tracking housing complaints in response to a deadly November fire that killed six people.

The Portland Press Herald reports the city is also getting ready to unveil a new mobile- and Web-based program that will allow residents to anonymously report housing problems and other issues to city staff. A city task force is expected to meet on Wednesday to begin developing a plan for what Portland’s future inspection programs will look like.

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Augusta Man Charged With Assaulting Estranged Wife

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta man is being held without bail after allegedly assaulting his estranged wife over the weekend.

Police say 27-year-old Aaron Michael Tardiff faces a felony burglary charge along with misdemeanor charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, assault, possession of marijuana and violating a condition of release.

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Ex-Prosecutor Faces Sentencing In Child Porn Case

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s former top drug prosecutor who fled the state after he was convicted of child pornography charges faces sentencing this week.

A lawyer for James Cameron wrote in a court memo that he will seek a 6 ½-year prison term for his client at sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

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