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Portland Man Faces Child Exploitation Charge

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has been arrested on charges that he made a video of himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Paul Henry was ordered held pending a detention hearing at his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland on Thursday on a charge of sexual exploitation of a child.

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Lawyer Who Made Bomb Threats To Leave Law Practice

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WILTON, Maine (AP) — An attorney who represented high-profile defendants in Maine has resigned two years after being charged with making bomb threats against two Wilton schools.

The Board of Overseers of the Bar announced Thursday that it accepted the voluntary resignation of Ron Hoffman, who practices law in Rumford. Last fall, the board allowed Hoffman to keep his law practice with stipulations. His resignation is effective next month.

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Suspended Lewiston Student Likely Involved In Game

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — School officials and police think the Lewiston High School 10th-grader suspended for having a bright yellow squirt gun at school was likely involved in a game called “Assassin.”

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2 Charged With Selling Heroin In Seacoast Area

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Police have arrested two people after a months-long investigation into the sale of heroin on New Hampshire’s seacoast.

Thirty-year-old Patrick Pickford of Portsmouth has been charged with three counts of sales of a narcotic drug and with possession with intent to distribute. He is out on bail from the state of Maine on a heroin possession charge.

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Ex-Biddeford Pastor Pleads Guilty Child Porn

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ALFRED, Maine (AP) — The former pastor of a Biddeford church has avoided prison time after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Prosecutors tell WMTW-TV that James Napier entered his plea to 10 counts of possession of sexually explicit materials of a minor under 12 on Wednesday in York County Superior Court.

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US Premiere For Film Set In Maine’s Potato Country

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two filmmakers who won acclaim for their documentary about Maine troop greeters are ready for the U.S. premiere of their new film, “Beneath the Harvest Sky.”

The first feature-length movie by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly will be shown Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

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Bates Student Faces Assault Charge

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Bates College student who’s listed as a captain of the football team and a member of the lacrosse team is facing charges for allegedly bursting into a stranger’s home and knocking over the elderly resident.

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Church Leaders Wash Feet In Ceremony Outdoors

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Church leaders in Maine will wash the feet of individuals as part of a ritual imitating a biblical scene symbolic of humility.

The ceremony Thursday is being held outdoors at noon in Monument Square in Portland. Church leaders will pour water over people’s feet and dry them with a towel, mimicking a biblical scene where Jesus Christ washes the feet of his disciples.

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Circus Beats Out Hockey At Lewiston Arena

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A scheduling conflict at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston has been settled, with the circus taking precedence over minor league hockey.

The Kora Shrine Circus and the Portland Pirates both claimed that they had the 7 p.m. Saturday time slot, and neither organization appeared willing to budge.

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Police: 3 Tied To Heroin Ring Arrested

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and local police have arrested three men accused of being involved in a heroin trafficking network in Rumford and Bethel.

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Lawyer Disciplined After ‘robo-signing’ Scandal

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine panel has disciplined a lawyer accused of mishandling the response to the disclosure that home foreclosure documents were being signed without first being verified, a practice known as “robo-signing.”

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Animal Shelter Buried Under Carrot Avalanche

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A Maine animal shelter has so many carrots it doesn’t know what to do.

The Somerset Humane Society in Skowhegan received the carrots last week from a trucking company that wanted to get rid of them after a supermarket manager turned them away because some were bruised.

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Hockey Team, Circus, Battle Over Arena Time Slot

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — There will either be a hockey game or a circus at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday night, but exactly which has yet to be determined.

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Use Of Tobacco Barred At Fort Williams Park

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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — Visitors to Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth will soon face fines if they smoke or use tobacco products on park grounds.

The Town Council voted 6-1 Monday night to ban smoking and tobacco products from the popular seaside park, home to Portland Head Light.

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NOAA Needs Help Finding Beached Marine Mammals

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is still looking for a member organization for its Marine Mammal Stranding Network for the Massachusetts North Shore, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard.

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Deadline Set For Claims Against Bankrupt Railroad

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Creditors who are owed money following a deadly train derailment and Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the railroad have two months to file a claim.

Bankruptcy judges in the U.S. and Canada have agreed on a June 13 deadline for claims that relate to fiery disaster in which 47 people were killed in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

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Ohio-based Outfit Buys Historic Cliff House

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OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) — An Ohio-based hotel group has purchased the historic Cliff House Resort & Spa on the Maine coast.

A statement by Rockbridge plans a major renovation after the upcoming summer season. The 142-year-old resort with 166 rooms is situated on 70 oceanfront acres atop Bald Head Cliff in Ogunquit .

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Buckfield, Bethel Stores Broken Into

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BUCKFIELD, Maine (AP) — State Police are seeking information about weekend break-ins at stores in Buckfield and Bethel.

Surveillance video captured what appears to be a silver Kia Soul outside the Buckfield Mall convenience store at about 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

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Church Leaders Wash Feet In Ritual Outdoors

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Church leaders in Maine will wash the feet of immigrants and homeless individuals as part of a ritual imitating a biblical scene symbolic of humility.

The April 17 ceremony is being held outdoors in Monument Square in Portland. Church leaders will pour water over people’s feet and dry them with a towel, mimicking a biblical scene where Jesus Christ washes the feet of his disciples.

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Rain, Melting Snow Keep New England Rivers High

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COVENTRY, Vt. (AP) — Rain and melting snow are keeping rivers running high in northern New England, increasing the chance of flooding.

The National Weather Service said minor flooding occurred Sunday morning along the Barton River in Coventry, Vt., and urged anyone traveling near streams and rivers to seek higher ground at the first sign of rising water.

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