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Students and Faculty Alike Protest USM Layoffs

Updated 11 hours ago

Students and faculty at the University of Southern Maine joined together Wednesday to speak out against the faculty layoffs on the way.

They fear those layoffs will gravely impact current programs on campus.

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Clash Continues Between Fort Kent Nurse and State Officials

Updated 9 hours ago

A nurse in Fort Kent who vowed to defy Maine’s voluntary quarantine for health care workers who’ve treated Ebola patients has done just that.

State healthcare officials are seeking a court order to ensure Kaci Hickox obeys a 21 day in-home quarantine, but Thursday, she and her boyfriend went for a bike ride, followed by a state police cruiser.

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Squirrel Causes Lewiston Power Outage

Updated 12 hours ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A power outage that knocked out electricity to thousands of homes and businesses in Lewiston is being blamed on a squirrel.

A spokeswoman for Central Maine Power Co. says a squirrel got into a substation on Thursday afternoon and caused about 6,200 customers to loser power in Maine’s second-largest city.

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1 Dead, 1 Injured In Lebanon Crash

Updated 12 hours ago

LEBANON, Maine (AP) — Police say one person has died and another has been sent to the hospital after a crash involving a car and a pickup truck in Lebanon.

The vehicles crashed at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday on Route 202 near the intersection with Long Swamp Road.

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No Timetable For Hayride Death Investigation

Updated 12 hours ago

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — Maine police say there is no timetable for wrapping up an investigation into a fatal Halloween-themed hayride accident.

A state police spokesman says fire marshals are still investigating the Oct. 11 accident at Harvest Hills Farm in Mechanic Falls and will turn their findings over to a district attorney’s office.

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Maine’s High Court Denies Fast Appeal In Bear Case

Updated 12 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is denying an animal rights group’s request for an expedited appeal in its case against the state’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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Heating Prices Continue To Fall

Updated 12 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say the price of heating oil in the state dropped 8 cents this week, continuing a downward trend in the price of fuel.

Officials say the average statewide cash price for heating oil was $3.16 per gallon this week, according to an Oct. 27 survey. The average price of kerosene fell 6 cents from last week, to $3.73 per gallon. Propane prices dropped a penny to $2.83 per gallon.

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Ski Area Going Solar

Updated 12 hours ago

GREENWOOD, Maine (AP) — A Maine skiing area will soon unveil 803 solar-electric panels it says will offset 70 percent of its electricity use.

The Portland Press Herald reports the Mt. Abram Ski Area in Greenwood will hold a public ceremony and tour of its acre of solar panels on Nov. 6. Owners expect the panels to generate enough kilowatt hours over the years to power 46 average Maine homes and offset nearly three quarters of the ski area’s electricity use.

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Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested in Boston

Updated 1 day ago

A Portland man wanted for the sexual assault of a child was arrested in Boston Tuesday.

Julian Soto, 25, is charged with gross sexual assault.

Police had been trying to track Soto down since a sexual assault of a young child was reported on October 5th. A man had entered a Greenleaf Street apartment, committed the assault but ran off when an adult heard a disturbance in the child’s room.

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Minot Man Gets 12 Years For Arson Rampage

Updated 1 day ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Minot man who went on a rampage last year, setting fire to his home and his estranged wife’s home, before ramming her minivan with his truck and attempting to run down a police officer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Employers

Updated 1 day ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bookkeeper has pleaded guilty to stealing almost $1 million from two former employers in Maine and New Hampshire.

Janis Woods of Conway, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to interstate transportation of stolen checks and tax evasion.

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Mom, Daughter, Plead Guilty In Cemetery Rammings

Updated 1 day ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A mother and daughter who rammed each other’s cars in a Monmouth cemetery, knocking over several headstones, have both pleaded guilty to criminal mischief.

Meanwhile, the group that operates the Monmouth Ridge Cemetery has dropped its lawsuit against the women and accepted a $25,000 check from their insurance to help cover the estimated $34,000 in damage.

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Slaying Suspect To Undergo Evaluation

Updated 1 day ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine man charged with killing and sexually assaulting his mother-in-law in front of his 6-year-old daughter has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

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Train Service Coming Back To Kennebunk

Updated 1 day ago

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Amtrak will begin stopping in Kennebunk within the next two years.

The Portland Press Herald reports Amtrak will establish the stop in the spring of 2015 or 2016. The move will restore passenger train service to Kennebunk for the first time in more than 50 years.

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Woman Accused Of Driving Drunk, Biting Officers

Updated 1 day ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — Police say they’ve charged a Maine woman with driving drunk with two children in her car and biting the officers who tried to arrest her.

The Portland Press Herald reports Bath resident Amy Small was charged with drunken driving, endangering the welfare of a child, assault on a police officer and other crimes Tuesday. Police say Small bit and kicked officers who tried to book her into jail.

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Abortion Protesters Can Sue For Free Speech

Updated 1 day ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge says part of a free speech lawsuit against Maine’s largest city is dismissed because Portland repealed a buffer zone keeping anti-abortion protesters away from a Planned Parenthood entrance.

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Kaci Hickox Prepared To Go To Court For ‘freedom’

Updated 2 days ago

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse from Maine who’s in isolation after returning from West Africa where she treated Ebola patients says she’s prepared to go to court if the state tries to quarantine her.

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Brunswick Woman Gets 20 Months For Embezzling

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Brunswick woman who embezzled more than $365,000 from a Wiscasset nonprofit where she worked has been sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Stacey Backman was also ordered Tuesday to pay restitution to Coastal Enterprises Inc., where she worked as an accountant.

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Owners Consider Banquet Hall For Old Jay Mill

Updated 2 days ago

JAY, Maine (AP) — The owners of the shuttered Otis Falls Mill are considering a bid to revitalize the Maine paper mill as a banquet facility.

The Sun Journal reports owners Mary Howes and Tom DeMillo may also offer the Jay mill for use to the movie industry. The owners of the 600,000-square-foot complex bought it in 2009 and have tried unsuccessfully to get manufacturing back into the mill.

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Maine Agents Discover Another Meth Lab

Updated 2 days ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says children were present in a Lewiston building where agents found a suspected methamphetamine lab.

Agents brought methamphetamine-trafficking charges against 51-year-old Ethel Hallock and 45-year-old Mark Theriault following the raid Monday night. It was the 23rd meth lab raid this year, a record in Maine.

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