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Volunteers Do Thanksgiving Big in Ellsworth

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 19 hours ago

Selfless volunteers donated several hours making sure families had a hot meal this Thanksgiving.

“Everybody seems to love what we do here. Great we have a great time. My kids are like lets go, lets go, are we going to do it again this year?,”says Richard Butter, an Ellsworth Resident.

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Police: Twin Brothers Involved In Topsham Robbery

Updated 2 days ago

TOPSHAM, Maine (AP) — Police have arrested an 18-year-old Topsham man on robbery charges and are looking for his twin brother.

Chief Christopher Lewis tells the Times Record that Matthew Laurelez was arrested Saturday shortly after he and his brother allegedly pulled a gun and robbed a man they had arranged to meet at an athletic field in town.

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Ex-publisher Pleads Not Guilty To Porn Charges

Updated 2 days ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A former Auburn city councilor who also once published a local magazine and organized a community film festival has pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges.

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Jail Worker Faces Gun Theft Charge

Updated 2 days ago

 

WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — A lieutenant with the Cumberland County Jail has been placed on administrative leave after he was charged with felony theft.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Waldoboro police arrested 36-year-old Scott Jordan, of Standish last week, on Friday, charging him with theft by unauthorized taking for allegedly stealing a gun and other items from his father.

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Heavy Snow To Cause Travel Woes

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Meteorologists say inland southern Maine will likely see the heaviest of the snow that is expected to blanket the state on the biggest travel day of the year.

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Maine Police Say 11 Guns Recovered In Burglaries

Updated 2 days ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say they’ve recovered several guns allegedly stolen by a burglary ring.

York County deputies got a tip on where to find the guns following the arrests of three people charged in the burglaries. Investigators went to a home in Buxton and recovered firearms including a 50 caliber sniper rifle, three Ruger special edition pistols and three assault rifles.

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Maine Democrats Seek Investigation In Senate Race

Updated 2 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Democrats are questioning possible ballot irregularities in a race for the state Senate.

Democrats are concerned about 21 “phantom ballots” cast for Republican Cathleen Manchester in Long Island that were discovered during last week’s recount.

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Officials Warn Shoppers About Counterfeit Goods

Updated 2 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities are warning consumers to be wary of counterfeit products that flood the market in stores and online shopping sites during the holiday season.

Federal agencies will be conducting increased operations during the holiday season targeting the importation and distribution of counterfeit products.

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Heating Prices Continue Decline

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped 3 cents in the past week.

The Governor’s Energy Office says the average price according to the Nov. 24 survey was $3.03. The average kerosene price of $3.62 was the same as the previous week. Propane prices declined one cent to $2.82. Heating oil averaged $3.56 per gallon a year ago at this time, while kerosene dropped 34 cents in that time and propane rose 5 cents.

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Mountain Valley High Sees Rash Of Suspensions

Updated 3 days ago

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — Administrators at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford say eight students have been given 10-day suspensions this month for getting into fights on school grounds.

Principal Matt Gilbert tells the Sun Journal the fights were apparently spurred by comments made on social media websites outside of school.

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Police: Farmington Man Throws Table At Car

Updated 2 days ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Farmington man has been charged after allegedly throwing a table at a passing car and then punching the teenage driver because he was upset by the sound of the vehicle’s exhaust.

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Ex-Cape Elizabeth Official Killed In Accident

Updated 3 days ago

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — The former director of Cape Elizabeth’s public works department has died after a vehicle backed into him and pushed him into a trash compactor at the town’s recycling center.

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Maine Launching New Job Training Program

Updated 3 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are looking for people interested in participating in a new job training program.

The new program is focused on people who have been out of work for six months or longer and are looking for jobs in the health care sector. Officials say the program’s first phase will begin in the Lewiston-Auburn area next month.

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Police Arrest 3 In Burglary Ring Case

Updated 3 days ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say they have arrested three York County residents for a string of burglaries and thefts in three counties over the past two months.

Police say 23-year-old Christopher Michaud of Limerick, 20-year-old Cole Meserve of Standish and 21-year-old Amber Meserve of Limerick are being held at York County Jail on $10,000 bail each and were scheduled for arraignment in Springvale District Court on Monday. A state trooper investigating the case says the defendants are responsible for more than 20 burglaries and used money generated from the thefts to buy drugs.

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Investigators Search For Clues In Biddeford Fire

Updated 3 days ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Investigators are searching for clues of what caused a fire that destroyed a Biddeford apartment building.

Officials with the State Fire Marshall’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were on the scene of the fire on Monday.

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Otisfield House Burns In Fire; Family Not Home

Updated 4 days ago

OTISFIELD, Maine (AP) — A home, a barn and a couple of vehicles have been destroyed by fire in Otisfield, but nobody was home at the time.

A neighbor says two horses and some cats that lived in the barn died in the blaze reported at about 5 p.m. Sunday, but the family that lives in the home was away visiting an ailing relative in Bangor.

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Presque Isle Man’s Van Strikes and Kills Moose

Updated 4 days ago

ASHLAND, Maine (AP) — State police say a northern Maine man narrowly escaped injury when his minivan struck a moose on Route 163.

Police say 34-year-old Mark Forino of Presque Isle was heading east on Sunday night in Ashland when the moose walked into the road in front of his Toyota Sienna.

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3-alarm Blaze Torches Biddeford Apartment Building

Updated 4 days ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A three-alarm blaze that required the response of more than 100 firefighters severely damaged a Biddeford apartment building, but there were no reports of serious injuries.

The blaze in the three-story Green Street building was reported at about 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Man Faces OUI Charge After Cyclist Killed

Updated 4 days ago

WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — A Knox County man police say struck and killed a bicyclist with his SUV in Waldoboro over the weekend is facing drunken driving charges.

Chief William Labombarde says 31-year-old cyclist Jessie Hayden was struck at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday by a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Jeffrey Moran, who lives in the town of Washington.

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Scallop Fishing Season Begins In A Week

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s scallop season begins in one week with state regulators again focusing efforts on rebuilding the fishery.

Regulators say their 10-year rotational management plan for scallops in one of Maine’s three scalloping zones will be fully phased in this season. Several areas around the state will also have targeted closures. Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher has said he anticipates cutting back fishing days if scallops become too heavily depleted during the season.

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