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New Sculpture in Place at the Portland Museum of Art

Updated 2 years ago

Artwork usually doesn’t require a crane to move. But that’s what it took to install a new sculpture at the Portland Museum of Art. The giant steel artwork by celebrated English sculptor Anthony Caro was lifted by crane into the museum’s Joan B. Burns Sculpture Garden on Monday. The work is entitled, “Moment.” Weighing 1,500 pounds and reaching more than 8 feet tall, it joins another outdoor sculpture, Celeste Roberge’s “Raising Cairn.” The “Moment” is the first of two sculptures by Caro that are being donated by Guido Goldman of Concord, Mass., the founding Director of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.

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Police Prepare to Release “John” List in Kennebunk Prostitution Case

Updated 2 years ago

Police are preparing to release the names of people charged with engaging a prostitute in a high-profile case in Kennebunk after a Maine judge denied a motion seeking to keep the names secret. Justice Thomas Warren denied a motion Monday seeking to prevent release of the names of alleged customers of a woman charged with prostitution. Stephen Schwartz, lawyer for two of the accused johns, filed a complaint Monday asking that names be kept private and that criminal charges not be pursued. Schwartz says an appeal is unlikely. Kennebunk police say they’re moving forward with releasing some of the names. Zumba fitness instructor Alexis Wright has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts of prostitution, invasion of privacy and other charges. Her business partner faces 59 misdemeanor counts.

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Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Kittery Closed for Inspection

Updated 2 years ago

Some traffic lanes on the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine, will be closed for up to six days while the bridge is inspected. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says the work is scheduled to start Monday and will involve lane closures from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for close to a week. Workers and warning signs will be used to notify motorists, who are being asked to use alternate routes if possible to avoid delays.

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Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour Coming to Portland

Updated 2 years ago

Glen Campbell is coming to Portland to give a concert as part of his Goodbye Tour. The Grammy-award winning musician-songwriter plays at the Merrill Auditorium on Tuesday night. Campbell started his career as a session musician in Los Angeles in the 1960s. It now spans five decades, with more than 70 albums, 81 hits and 45 million records sold. Some of his biggest hits include Wichita Lineman, Galveston, By the Time I Get to Phoenix and Gentle on My Mind. Announcing he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Campbell decided to forge ahead with both the tour and his final studio album, Ghost on the Canvas. In Portland, Campbell’s daughter’s band, Victoria Ghost, will open the concert.

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Lawyer Fighting Names Release in Kennebunk Prostitution Case

Updated 2 years ago

A lawyer isn’t giving up on trying to stop the release of names of men accused of giving business to a fitness instructor charged with running a prostitution operation out of her Zumba studio in Kennebunk, Maine. A state judge declined to stop the release of names but a lawyer was filing an appeal Friday. Kennebunk Police Lt. Anthony Burpee said law enforcement officials were awaiting word from the courts. Alexis Wright has pleaded not guilty to prostitution, invasion of privacy and other charges for allegedly accepting money for sex and secretly videotaping her encounters. Her business partner also has pleaded not guilty. Kennebunk police have been issuing summons to Wright’s johns and originally planned to release the first names of suspected clients on Friday. Lawyer Stephen Schwartz is appealing and is also asking permission to take the case to superior court.

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Jay Police Investigate Copper Theft

Updated 2 years ago

Jay police are investigating the theft of about $5,000 in used and new copper from the North Jay Water District building. Cpl. Jeffrey Fournier told the Sun Journal, on Thursday that the burglary is believed to have occurred Monday night or early Tuesday. The copper was reported missing Wednesday morning. New rolled copper and an assortment of fittings and some used copper were among the items taken. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone who has information on the break-in is asked to call Jay police.

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Lawyer Files Motion to Block Release of Names in Kennebunk Prostitution Case

Updated 2 years ago

A lawyer for two alleged clients of a Maine woman accused of running a prostitution business out of her Zumba dance studio in Kennebunk has filed a motion to block the release of names of the men suspected as her clients. Stephen Schwartz told The Associated Press he filed the motion in court Thursday, a day before police were expected to release the first batch of names. Alexis Wright, 29, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 106 counts of prostitution, violation of privacy, tax evasion and other charges for allegedly providing sex for money at her fitness studio and a nearby office. The man police say was her business partner, 57-year-old Mark Strong Sr., pleaded not guilty to 59 counts of promotion of prostitution and violation of privacy. Schwartz tells the AP that the release of the names has the potential to ruin people’s reputations, families and businesses and to prejudice any potential jury. The Portland Press Herald first reported the filing of the motion.

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Republican Caucus to be Held to Select Replacement Candidate for District 59 House Race

Updated 2 years ago

Republicans in the Gardiner-Randolph area will select a Maine House of Representatives candidate to replace Daniel Bates, who has died. Party officials will hold a caucus Friday evening. Bates, who was 61, was to have faced Gay Grant, the Democratic candidate in the District 59 race. Bates died Sept. 29 of an apparent heart attack. The House seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Stephen Hanley of Gardiner, who can’t seek re-election because of term limits. The Kennebec Journal in Augusta, says Friday’s caucus will be held in Gardiner City Council Chambers.

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Maine’s Senate Candidates to Debate Foreign Policy

Updated 2 years ago

Maine’s US Senate Candidates will debate foreign policy Thursday night.The Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations is sponsoring the debate.All three major candidates are scheduled to attend.It begins at six at the Camden Opera House.There’s no admission fee.Doors open at five.

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New Hampshire Fisherman Guilty of Assaulting USCG Officer

Updated 2 years ago

A New Hampshire fisherman has been convicted of assaulting a Coast Guardsman who had boarded his vessel after he was found operating in a restricted area off Maine’s coast. Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Scott Jellison of Derry, N.H. was convicted by a jury Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland. Authorities say Jellison’s vessel was operating in an area closed to civilians in November 2010 because of a U.S. Navy SEALs training exercise. Coast Guard officers boarded Jellison’s boat. Jellison said his navigation equipment was broken, but the Coast Guard checked and found it worked. Coast Guard officers concluded Jellison was intoxicated. Authorities say Jellison assaulted a Coast Guard officer and resisted attempts to subdue him. Jellison faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine at sentencing.

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Drivers in Portland Warned of Zombie Danger

Updated 2 years ago

Drivers may have gotten a chuckle out of an electronic message board in Maine warning of zombies, but city officials were not amused. The sign at a Portland road construction site was changed by a hacker to read “Warning Zombies Ahead!” on Wednesday morning. It originally read “Night work 8 pm-6 am. Expect delays.” City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg says the signs are a safety precaution and changing it could have led to driver distraction. She tells The Portland Press Herald, tampering with a safety device is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. She says it’s not clear who changed the sign, but it’s not the first time it has happened.

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Former Auburn Music Teacher Sex Conviction Appeal Rejected

Updated 2 years ago

A federal appeals court has rejected the appeal of a former Auburn music teacher convicted of inappropriately touching a young girl. James Raymond Jr. was convicted in 2010 of two felony counts of transporting a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity and sentenced to 12 years on prison. Authorities say he drove the 11-year-old girl and her 9-year-old sister to a New Hampshire amusement park in 2007 and touched the older girl for sexual gratification. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Thursday rejected his appeal. The 31-year-old Raymond’s lawyer said in the appeal that, among other things, the trial judge improperly admitted evidence and didn’t allow proper cross-examination of a police investigator. The Sun Journal, reports that the appeals court rejected those arguments.

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Man Injured in Potato Conveyor Accident in Mapleton

Updated 2 years ago

Maine State Police say a 22-year-old Mars Hill man is in the hospital with injuries from an accident involving a machine that moves potatoes into storage bins. Police say Gregory Cousins was working at County Farms LLC potato house in Mapleton Wednesday morning when his clothing became caught in a bin piler, a machine that moves potatoes from a truck to storage bins. The accident caused asphyxiation around Cousins’ neck. Cousins was taken to Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle, where he remained Wednesday evening. Police credit quick actions of Cousins’ co-workers for getting him cut loose from the machine.

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Boat Involved in Fatal Collision off Little John Island Seized

Updated 2 years ago

The Maine Marine Patrol has seized a 39-foot cabin cruiser as part of a criminal probe into a fatal boat collision. The seizure was based in part on statements from witnesses who said the boat appeared to speed up and change course just before the collision with a small aluminum skiff off Littlejohn Island in Yarmouth on Sept. 21. The Portland Press Herald, reports that according to court documents, a witness said it appeared the larger vessel tried to overtake the skiff. The skiff’s operator, 63-year-old Charles Whetham, died. The larger boat was being operated by its owner, who has addresses in Scarborough and Foxborough, Mass. The Marine Patrol filed a search warrant in Cumberland County Court indicating that it had seized the cabin cruiser and its contents.

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Former NFL Comissioner Supports Same-Sex Marriage in Maine

Updated 2 years ago

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and his family are giving 50-thousand dollars in support of the effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine.The family spends summers near Boothbay Harbor.Tagliabue says his son and his son’s partner have been together for twenty years.He served as NFL Commissioner for seventeen years, retiring in 2006.

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Arrest Made in Connection with Gunfire at Lewiston Apartment Complex

Updated 2 years ago

Police have made in arrest in connection with gunfire at a Lewiston apartment complex last week. Police and federal agents arrested 27-year-old Tyone Jones, originally of Brooklyn, N.Y., in Turner on Tuesday and charged him with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. No one was hurt as a result of the gunfire last Friday at the River Valley Village apartments, but residents say they were rattled. Witnesses tell the Sun Journal, it appeared bullets hit the side of an apartment building and struck a nearby trash bin. The motive for the shooting is under investigation, and police say there may be more arrests.. Jones was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail.

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State Trooper Recognized for Stopping Man Driving the Wrong Way

Updated 2 years ago

A Maine state trooper is being recognized for his quick thinking when he stopped an elderly man who was driving the wrong way on a Portland interstate highway at the beginning of rush hour. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is presenting a “congressional statement” Wednesday to Trooper Douglas Cropper. Officials say Cropper used his cruiser to stop an elderly driver who was heading north in the southbound lane of Interstate 295 on June 29. Cropper raced ahead of the wrong-way driver and pulled in front of him so his car crashed into the cruiser and came to a stop before he could crash into oncoming motorists. In her statement to Congress, Pingree said Cropper put his life on the line to prevent what could have been a terrible tragedy.

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Auburn Residents Urge to Boil Tap Water Before Using

Updated 2 years ago

Some residents of Auburn are being urged to boil their tap water before using it for cooking or drinking after a water main break sent millions of gallons gushing into the street. The break Monday afternoon was caused by a construction crew that hit the 16-inch water pipe while preparing for the upcoming installation of a gas main. Water District Superintendent John Storer said the break on Court Street occurred near Russell Avenue drained about three million gallons in an hour. Residents witnessed a geyser for part of that time. As of Monday evening, about 30 area homes were still without water and residents were urged to boil their water until further notice.

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National Medical Car Sticker Program Coming to Gorham and Westbrook

Updated 2 years ago

A nationwide program that places yellow stickers on the back windows of vehicles to indicate that an occupant has a medical condition is coming to Maine. The Yellow Dot program is being launched in Gorham and Westbrook and organizers say they would eventually like to see it used throughout Cumberland County, and eventually the entire state. The purpose is to help emergency responders treat accident victims who can’t provide information about their medical conditions or the medications they’re taking. The yellow dots indicate that the medical information is in the car’s glove box. Gorham police Officer Ted Hatch became aware of the program last year after USA Today published an article about its growing popularity. He tells The Portland Press Herald, the program could save lives.

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Three Senate Candidates to Debate in Portland

Updated 2 years ago

Three U.S. Senate candidates are squaring off for the first time in three weeks. Republican Charlie Summers, Democrat Cynthia Dill and independent Angus King are appearing at the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s monthly “Eggs and Issues.” Chris Hall, senior vice president for government relations, is moderating Tuesday’s program, which will focus on issues affecting the business community. It’s the first time Dill, King and Summers have faced each other in a debate since Sept. 17 in Lewiston. King has accused Summers of ducking debates, but Summers says there are plenty of debates between now and the election.

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