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Maine Heating Prices Drop As Summer Heats Up

Updated 7 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state has dropped 5 cents from earlier this month to $3.46 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Tuesday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $3.15 to $3.87. It also found the average price of kerosene dropped to $3.93 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.82.

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Regulators OK Emera Investment In First Wind

Updated 7 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators have once again approved a deal that gave Canadian utility Emera a stake in First Wind.

The state supreme court in March ordered the Maine Public Utilities Commission to re-examine a deal in which Nova Scotia-based Emera invested more than $300 million to have a 49 percent stake in Boston-based First Wind’s Northeast project portfolio.

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Revamped Thomaston Cafe Features Locally-Sourced Menu

John Krinjak

Updated 7 days ago

A local landmark in Thomaston is now more local than ever.

The Thomaston Cafe has been around for some 90 years.

“Well, this has been a restaurant since the 20s. We’ve pretty much overhauled the whole thing,” said co-owner Ryan Jones.

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Ellsworth Man Charged with Sex Crime Makes First Court Appearance

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 7 days ago

An Ellsworth man charged with unlawful sexual contact made his first court appearance Tuesday.

Police say 54-year-old Jeffrey Sargent had improper contact with a 12-year-old girl in September of 2012.

Sargent didn’t enter a plea in court.

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Three People Hospitalized after Corinth Crash

Erica Stapleton

Updated 7 days ago

 

One woman and two men were taken to the hospital after a two car crash on Route 15 in Corinth this afternoon.

Police say a truck struck a car that was pulling out of the Crescent Lumber parking lot…

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Report Blames Gov’t Shutdown for Drop in ANP Visitors, Money

Catherine Pegram

Updated 7 days ago

The number of visitors to Maine’s only national park dropped last year – and so did their spending.

A new report by the National Park Service says 2.26 million people went to Acadia National Park in 2013.

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Electrical Fire Damages 5-Unit Apartment Building In Augusta

Rob Poindexter

Updated 7 days ago

A fire closed a section of State Street in Augusta this afternoon.

The call came in just after 3:00 Tuesday afternoon. Augusta Fire Chief Roger Audette said it was an electrical that fire broke out in the fully occupied five-unit apartment building at 32 State Street.

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Skowhegan Man Accused of Copper Thefts in Kennebec County

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 7 days ago

Police believe they know who stole copper throughout Kennebec County.

30-year-old Michael Grant of Skowhegan has been charged with aggravated criminal mischief and felony theft.

Police say he stole copper from several Central Maine Power substations in the Waterville and Winslow area.

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Rescue Crews on Scene of Serious Corinth Accident

Updated 7 days ago

Rescue crews are on the scene of an accident on Route 15 in Corinth.

3 people have been taken to the hospital.

The driver was flown to the hospital by Lifeflight.

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Bear Spotted In Waterville

Rob Poindexter

Updated 7 days ago

Police in Waterville are warning residents to be on the lookout for a bear. On the Waterville Police Department’s Facebook page authorities posted this warning:

Bear Sightings: Over the last 24 hours, on two separate occasions, a bear has been reported in the Silver St. / Pleasantdale Ave. area. The police department urges residents to be cautious and make children aware of the danger. If spotted, do not approach the animal, but call the police department at 207-680-4700. Please do not leave trash out that can attract any animal. It is our hope that the bear has returned to the woods. The City is in contact with the Warden’s Service and if sightings continue, steps will be taken to safely relocate the bear.

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Company Committed to Wood Pellet Plant in Millinocket, Despite Funding Loss

Catherine Pegram

Updated 7 days ago

Officials behind a proposed wood pellet plant in Millinocket say they’re still committed to the project, despite the loss of more funding for it.

A spokesperson for Cate Street Capital says Thermogen Industries is a solid project that will bring much-needed economic benefits to the entire Katahdin region.

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Man Involved in Ellsworth Standoff Says He’s Confused, Arraignment Pushed to August

Erica Stapleton

Updated 7 days ago

 

The arraignment for an Ellsworth man involved in a standoff with police has been postponed until next month.

Jeffrey Barnard was supposed to be arraigned in Bangor Federal Court today but claimed he’s still confused after being shot.

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Bail Set At $1,000 For Sidney Man Accused Of Sex Trafficking

Rob Poindexter

Updated 7 days ago

Bail has been set for a Sidney man accused of running a sex trafficking ring. Frederick Horne, 47, went before a judge today and did not enter a plea.

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Pine Tree Camp Renovations Making Campers More Comfortable

Rob Poindexter

Updated 7 days ago

The Pine Tree Camp in Rome is in the middle of some major improvement projects. When finished, it’s hoped the camp will become a year-round destination.

For decades, the Pine Tree Camp has been changing the lives of adults and kids with physical and developmental disabilities by providing them a summer getaway and a chance to explore and discover new things. Thanks to a host of new improvements, the experience for campers is about to get a whole lot better.

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Mental Exam for Former Chief of Maine State Police Accused of Sex Crimes

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 7 days ago

A former head of the Maine State Police accused of having sexual contact with a four-year old family member will undergo a mental health evaluation.

The attorney for Andrew Demers says a judge has approved that motion.

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Man Sentenced 6 Years in Prison; 2012 Deadly Hermon Break-In Case Closed

Erica Stapleton

Updated 7 days ago

A man charged in connection to a deadly 2012 Hermon break-in will serve 6 years in prison.

22 year old Phillip McIntyre pleaded guilty to robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and aggravated criminal mischief.

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Farms to Open Barns and Gates to Public on Sunday

Catherine Pegram

Updated 7 days ago

Nearly 90 family farms across the state will open their gates and barns to the public this weeekend.

Open Farm Day is a chance for people to visit local farms and learn more about where their food comes from and the people who produce it.

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Bucksport Woman to serve 8-Year Sentence for Embezzlement, False Tax Returns

Erica Stapleton

Updated 7 days ago

A Bucksport woman will spend about eight years in prison after admitting to stealing about three million dollars while working at a bank.

Lynn Bowden plead guilty to embezzlement and filing false tax reports in February.

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Emera Maine Planned Power Outage in Bar Harbor

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 7 days ago

Power will be out in parts of Bar Harbor overnight.

Emera Maine says crews are planning to turn off electricity from at 2AM Wednesday in order to make a repair from a fallen tree during tropical storm Arthur.

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Maine Ranked 14th In Kids Count Report

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The annual Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation has found that Maine is making strides in some areas when it comes to children, but continues to struggle in other areas.

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