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Inmate Collected Jobless Aid From Prison

Updated 11 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who collected unemployment benefits while behind bars is going back to prison.

Joshua Harwood was sentenced to serve 30 days of a 2 ½-year prison term after he was convicted of theft by deception for fraudulently receiving thousands of dollars in unemployment insurance payments while he was incarcerated for a prior conviction.

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3 South Portland Teens Face Burglary Charges

Updated 11 hours ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in South Portland have arrested three teenagers in connection with a burglary spree in the city.

There have been about 30 burglaries in private homes in South Portland in the past two months, some during daylight hours and at least one when the homeowner was home and asleep. The teens arrested Tuesday are thought to be responsible for many, but not necessarily all of them.

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Pot Activists To Deliver Petitions In York, Maine

Updated 11 hours ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — A group that wants to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults is ready to submit its petitions to the town of York.

Citizens for a Safer Maine collected more than 900 signatures. That’s far more than the 641 valid signatures of registered town voters needed to qualify for the ballot.

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CNR Drops Service To Auburn Facility

Updated 11 hours ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Officials in Lewiston and Auburn are determining the impact of a Canadian National Rail decision to suspend service to Auburn’s truck-and-rail hub.

Canadian National announced it’s discontinuing service effective Nov. 15. Spokesman Mark Hallman said shipping via the Auburn facility no longer made financial sense.

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Teens Plead Guilty To Putting Kitten In Microwave

Updated 11 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two Maine teenagers have been sentenced to 100 hours of community service each after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges alleging they put an 8-week-old kitten in a microwave and turned it on.

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Police: Man Used Rubber Band To Try To Neuter Cat

Updated 11 hours ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Lewiston police have charged a man with criminal cruelty to animals for allegedly trying to neuter a cat with a rubber band.

Authorities say 25-year-old Derek Edgerton, who recently moved from Lewiston to Dixfield, was charged Monday.

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Deadly Crash in Parsonsfield on Monday

Updated 23 hours ago

There was a deadly car crash in Parsonsfield Monday.

York County deputies responded to Pendexter Road around 2:15 in the morning.

They found a car that had hit a utility pole but no one was inside.

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Two Juveniles Blamed for Washington County Break-ins

Updated 23 hours ago

Two juveniles are being blamed for a series of break-ins in Washington County.

Four seasonal camps at Oxbrook Lake were targeted.

Chain saws, guns and a four wheeler are among the things stolen.

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Lewiston Man Gets Time Served In Slaying Case

Updated 5 days ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man charged with falsifying evidence into the investigation of a slaying has been sentenced to time served.

The Sun Journal reports that Sebastian Moody pleaded guilty in November to a charge of falsifying physical evidence and on Thursday was sentenced to the 107 days he’s already served in jail. A felony charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution was dropped.

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Wiscasset Renames Street After School’s Old Mascot

Updated 5 days ago

WISCASSET, Maine (AP) — A decision by officials in Wiscasset to rename a road in town after the local high school’s former sports team nickname — changed because some people found it offensive — is drawing criticism from Native Americans.

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OOB Man Charged In Killing Sent To Psych Hospital

Updated 5 days ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — An Old Orchard Beach man charged with beating and stabbing his grandmother to death in the home they shared, then setting it on fire, has been sent by a judge to a state psychiatric hospital for a 60-day evaluation.

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Wire Fraud Convict Has Until Friday To Object

Updated 5 days ago

BROWNVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for submitting false invoices to a Maine town has reached the end of his allotted time to file objections to a pre-sentencing reporting.

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Review Of Cod Decline Report Set To Begin

Updated 5 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Regulators are set to begin reviewing a report that says the amount of cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine is at an all-time low.

Scientists at the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service say the amount of cod spawning in the gulf is estimated to be only 3 to 4 percent of its target level. Their updated assessment of the Gulf of Maine cod fish stock could be used to create new regulatory measures for the fishery, but it must first be peer reviewed. An assessment oversight panel will meet with peer reviewers and New England Fishery Management Council staff on Friday to begin that process.

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Body Of Man Pulled From Presumpscot River

Updated 5 days ago

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Emergency officials say divers pulled the body of a man from the Presumpscot River in Westbrook after hours of searching.

The Portland Press Herald reports the man was pulled from the river on Thursday around 1:10 p.m. Deputy Fire Chief Andy Turcotte says emergency workers received multiple calls starting at 9:05 a.m. reporting a man in the water near the Saccarappa Power Plant. Authorities have not identified the man.

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Officer Justified In Windham Shooting

Updated 5 days ago

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Maine’s attorney general says a police officer was acting in defense of himself and others when he fatally shot a 66-year-old man in Windham.

Janet Mills says that Cumberland County Deputy Sherriff Nicholas Mangino was legally justified in using deadly force against Stephen McKenney in April.

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Hebron School Oil Spill Cleanup Discussed

Updated 6 days ago

HEBRON, Maine (AP) — A heating oil company is picking up the tab for a 1,500-gallon spill at a Hebron elementary school.

Superintendent Rick Colpitts and Jessamine Logan, a spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Protection, tell the Sun Journal that C.N. Brown oil company of Paris has assumed full responsibility for the cleanup.

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FRA Funds Safety Initiative For Smaller Railroads

Updated 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Railway Administration is awarding two grants totaling $350,000 to help short line and regional railroads reduce the risks associated with shipping crude oil, propane and other hazardous materials.

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Navy SEALs Swim 13-plus Miles For Charity

Updated 6 days ago

CASCO, Maine (AP) — Four active-duty Navy SEALs are swimming more than 13 miles for charity in Maine.

The SEALs plan to swim the entire length of Sebago Lake on Thursday to raise money to send dozens of military families to Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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Data: Connecticut, Maine Have Slow Economic Growth

Updated 6 days ago

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New federal statistics show economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the Great Recession.

The Commerce Department released statistics of quarterly gross domestic product — the measure of all goods and services — from 2005 to 2013. From the second quarter of 2009 until the end of 2013, the economies of Connecticut and Maine grew by 3 percent.

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George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Updated 6 days ago

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.

The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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