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State Fire Marshal Investigating Litchfield Fire

Updated 3 years ago

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a fire that destroyed a house and a barn in Litchfield.The fire chief says crews were called to the property on Plains Road shortly after 5:30 this morning.He says the fire “got a big jump” on them and both buildings were up in flames when crews got on scene.A horse that was inside the barn was able to get out.The buildings were burned to the ground.

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A Homeless Dog in Wisconsin Finds Home in Freeport

Updated 3 years ago

His name is LL Bean and thanks to the power of television, the homeless dog from Eisconsin has a new home. In, you guessed it, Freeport.The Dunn County Humane Society in Wisconsin got a call from an worker at Bean’s Freeport headquarters, after a local televison station ran a story featuring an 80 pound coonhound named LL Bean.It had been in the shelter for more than a year.The story of the dog was linked on Bean’s company intranet site.A worker offered to adopt him.Other employees offered to donate the $800 needed to bring LL Bean to Maine.He’s expected to arrive early next month.

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Lewiston Man Who Accused Syracuse Ex-Coach Is Jailed

Updated 3 years ago

A Maine man who accused former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him has been arrested for violating bail conditions.Zach Tomaselli is himself facing molestation charges. Lewiston police arrested the 23-year-old on Tuesday because he gave a ride to someone under 18.Police Sgt. David St. Pierre says the arrest was made a day after police received a tip. Tomaselli, who lives with his grandmother in Lewiston, is being held without bail.Tomaselli has accused Fine of molesting him in 2002 in a hotel room in Pittsburgh and has filed a civil lawsuit. Fine denies the allegations.Tomaselli has admitted that he sexually abused a young teenager. He faces 11 charges including gross sexual assault and has said he’s working on a plea deal. (The Associated Press).

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Portland Exotic Dancer Wrongfully Fired

Updated 3 years ago

The Maine Human Rights Commission has found that an exotic dancer fired last year was let go because of her race, and not because she was overweight as the club where she worked had claimed.The commission ruled Monday that Cecilia Smith, who worked at Portland’s PT’s Showclub, was unlawfully fired in February 2010 because she was African American.A commission investigator found that several other dancers and waitresses at the club were heavier than Smith. It would not have been illegal for the club to fire Smith because of her weight.The commission members agreed in a 4-0 vote that PT’s discriminated against Smith. (The Associated Press).

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Moscow Air Force Land Draws Bids

Updated 3 years ago

An online auction for nearly 1,500 acres of Air Force-owned land in Moscow has drawn seven anonymous bidders.The land and several large buildings in Moscow was once home to the Air Force’s Over-the-Horizon-Backscatter radar system that once scanned from Greenland to Cuba for approaching Soviet missiles and planes.The Morning Sentinel reports that the highest bid as of Monday was $500,000. The lowest bid is $110,000.The U.S. General Services Administration is running the auctionon realestatesales.gov. It’s not clear when bidding will end. Moscow First Selectmen Donald Beane says the auction clock is reset for an additional 24hours every time a higher bid is placed. (The Associated Press, The Morning Sentinel).

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Biddeford Man Appeals Double-Murder Conviction

Updated 3 years ago

A Biddeford man serving two life sentences for gunning down two brothers outside his home in a late-night confrontation is appealing his conviction and sentence.The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on Rory Holland’s appeal of his conviction of two counts of murder and the two life sentences he received.Holland maintained he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 19-year-old Gage Green and his 21-year-old brother, Derek, at about 1 a.m. on June 30, 2009.Among other things, Holland argues that the evidence at the trial was insufficient to disprove his claim of self-defense. (The Associated Press).

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“American Pie” Singer To Headline Festival

Updated 3 years ago

The singer of the hit tune “American Pie” will be the headline act kicking off next year’s Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival.Festival organizers say Don McLean will perform an hour-long concert with a full band following the opening night party.The 66-year-old McLean, who lives in the coastal Maine town of Castine, still goes on tour performing around the world. He is best known for the hits “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” and “Crying.”The festival runs from April 13-15. (The Associated Press).

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Bernie Fine Accuser In Lewiston Expects To Go To Prison

Updated 3 years ago

The third man who accused Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molestation says he fully expects to go to prison himself for sexually abusing a boy in Maine.Zachary Tomaselli said on Facebook that he’s looking to “find strength to get through this” as plea negotiations continue. He already admitted that most of the accusations are true, and said he takes responsibility for “the hell I put this teen through.”Syracuse’s school newspaper, The Daily Orange, quotes Tomaselli as saying he expects to spend two years behind bars.Tomaselli, who lives in Lewiston, Maine, said Tuesday that he’s now under a gag order. His remarks to the newspaper and on Facebook were made before that order went into effect. (The Associated Press).

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Maine Distiller To Donate Spuds To The Needy

Updated 3 years ago

A Maine vodka and gin company is donating potatoes used in its distilling process to help the needy.Maine Distilleries says it will donate one pound of potatoes to food banks in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts for every bottle of its Cold River vodka and gin sold in those states during the first three months next year.The Freeport company says the potatoes will be donated during next fall’s potato harvest to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn, Maine, the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester, N.H., and the Greater Boston Food Bank.Maine Distilleries gets its potatoes from a farm in Fryeburg run by one of the company’s partners. (The Associated Press).

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Limestone Man Sentenced To Jail For Killing Baby

Updated 3 years ago

A man from Limestone, accused of killing his infant daughter in 2009, has been sentenced to jail.19-year-old Niklas Jones is being sent to prison for six years. He plead guilty last week to killing his 3-month old daughter.The medical examiner says the baby died from blunt trauma to the head.Jones was accused of throwing her to stop her crying.

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Raymond Man Accused of Attacking Man in Jail

Updated 3 years ago

A man from Raymond is in jail accused of beating a man with a baseball bat and taking his money.Andrew Easter, 31, is also accused of threatening the man with a gun.The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department says the victim was walking along a country road around 9:30am wednesday morning when two men attacked and robbed him.Police are looking for a second suspect.The victim was badly beaten but was able to describe his attackers and their vehicle.He was treated at a Lewiston hospital and is recovering at home.

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Fine Accuser Admits To Molesting Boy

Updated 3 years ago

A Maine man who accused former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him is admitting to The Associated Press that he molested a boy in Maine.Zach Tomaselli of Lewiston said Monday that he sexually abused a 13-year-old boy he met at a camp where he was serving as a counselor. The boy is now 14.Tomaselli has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges but told the AP he anticipates that he’ll plead guilty. He said he’s “sick of hiding behind” his attorney.He said he abused the boy in the same way he claims he was abused by Fine and by his own father. Both men deny those claims.Tomaselli said the Maine teen has suffered from the way he abused and controlled him. (The Associated Press).

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Winter Campsites Along N. Maine Waterway Available

Updated 3 years ago

The Maine Conservation Department says the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is providing winter campgrounds at Chamberlain Bridge and Kellogg Brook.Registration for the campgrounds will take place starting at 8a.m., Saturday, at the Chamberlain Bridge ranger station. The 48 campsites will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.Allagash waterway Superintendent Matthew LaRoche anticipates renting out most of the 48 available campsites by noon on the first day of registration. To be sure of getting a site, he suggests that campers arrive at Chamberlain Bridge before 8 a.m. on Dec. 10.The Allagash is a 92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams that winds through northern Maine’s forests. (The Associated Press).

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Maine U.S. Marshal: Escapee Will Be Caught

Updated 3 years ago

The U.S. Marshal for Maine says a burglary suspect who escaped from a New Hampshire jail has said the vendetta he intends to carry out against two people stems from a personal relationship.U.S. Marshal Noel March says the two people David G. Hobson of Alfred, Maine, wants to harm are safe.The 33-year-old Hobson escaped from an Ossipee, N.H., jail on Dec. 1 by scaling a fence. Police believe he has a gun.March said Hobson is not Houdini or Whitey Bulger and he will becaught.Aircraft have been buzzing overhead and dozens of heavily armed state troopers, deputy U.S. marshals and members of a violent-fugitive task force are searching for Hobson.Hobson’s family is being questioned by police and have had their homes searched. (The Associated Press).

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Prison Escapee Update: Police Say Second Car Stolen

Updated 3 years ago

Police believe a second car has been stolen in connection with the search for a man from southern Maine who escaped from a New Hampshire prison.Police say 33 year old David Hobson of Alfred was in the recreation yard of a prison in Ossipee when he climbed over a perimeter fence topped by razor wire.He was awaiting trial on a burglary charge.Police were looking for a car stolen in New Hampshire, but now believe he’s stolen a car in Sanford. They are currently looking for a 2004 Honda Accord with Maine License Plate 1355 MV.He is considered desperate and dangerous and anyone who has seen him or knows where he might be should call Maine State Police in Gray at 657-3030.

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Prison Escapee Considered Desperate and Dangerous

Updated 3 years ago

A search continues for a man from southern Maine who escaped from a New Hampshire prison.Police say David Hobson, 33, of Alfred was in the recreation yard of a prison in Ossippee when he climbed over a perimeter fence topped by razor wire.He was awaiting trial on a burglary charge.Police believe he may have stolen an SUV while in New Hampshire. They are looking for a 2004 black Toyota Highlander with New Hampshire license plate 1481896. State Police believe Hobson May return to Maine. He is considered desperate and dangerous and anyone who has seen him or knows where he might be should call Maine State Police in Gray at 657-3030.

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Fine Accuser Seeks to Suppress Evidence in Own Molestation Case

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A Lewiston man who says he was molested by a former Syracuse University basketball coach is seeking to suppress evidence in his own molestation case in Maine.Zach Tomaselli, 23, is accused of abusing a 13-year-old boy.He has said that having been abused himself made it difficult for him to understand a proper relationship between a man and a boy.Tomaselli also denies the sexual abuse charges against him.He wants a judge to prevent a videotaped interview with police from being used as evidence in his case.Tomaselli says he was molested in a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002 by Bernie Fine when Fine was an assistant coach at Syracuse. Fine has denied the allegation.Tomaselli also filed a complaint with New York police, accusing his father of sexually abusing him.A state police spokesman says they completed an investigation and no charges were filed against the father, who has said he thinks his son is lying about the allegations against Bernie fine.

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Right Whales on the Rise, Researchers Say

Updated 3 years ago

Georgia wildlife researchers say endangered right whales are starting to show up along the southern Atlantic coast.The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says an aerial survey crew spotted the first right whale of the winter calving season last week off the coast of South Carolina.The whales, which grow up to 50 feet in length, migrate each winter from New England to the warmer waters off South Carolina, Georgia and Florida to give birth. Experts estimate fewer than 400 of the whales remain.Clay George, who heads the right whale monitoring program for the Georgia DNR, says warmer weather this winter could mean more whales stay off Georgia’s 100 mile coast rather than head further south into Florida.The right whale calving season typically lasts into mid-April.(The Associated Press)

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Ex-Maine Woman Sentenced For Harassing Judges

Updated 3 years ago

A former Maine woman who was at the center of an 8.5-hour police standoff in 2005 has been sentenced in federal court to time served for telephone harassment of judges and other government officials connected to the confrontation.Charlotte Bea Palm also was sentenced Monday to one year of supervised release. During that time she is barred from having firearms and other weapons, and must undergo mental health treatment.The Portland Press Herald reports that a judge noted that the 50-year-old Palm has battled mental illness for much of her life and was under increased stress when she made the harassing calls earlier this year.She pleaded guilty last month to one count of telephone harassment. Her lawyer says she is remorseful. Charges related to the standoff have been dismissed. (The Associated Press, The Portland Press Herald).

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Westbrook Man Gets 10 Years In Molestation Case

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A Westbrook man who served briefly as a police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually molesting a young girl.Steven Goozey was also sentenced on Monday to six years of probation upon release and ordered to register as a sex offender.The 39-year-old Goozey pleaded guilty to 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact in October. Prosecutors say he molested the girl multiple times over a four-year period from 2006 to 2010 when she was under 12 years old.Goozey worked for the Carrabassett Valley Police Department for three months in 2010 but was fired for unrelated reasons. The Sun Journal reported that his defense attorney told the judge that Goozey knows what he did was wrong. (The Associated Press, The Sun Journal).

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