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Augusta Man Accused Of Multiple Charges Will Face One Trial

Updated 3 years ago

An Augusta man accused of rape and several other charges in Knox County will have them all handled in one trial.According to the District Attorney, a Superior Court justice has decided that Bradley Lemay will have all of his crimes heard together.Among the charges are gross sexual assault, tampering with the victim after the crime, and trying to escape from jail.The D.A. says typically, related cases are heard together because much of the same evidence would be brought up.

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Boston-Based Company To Open In Lewiston

Updated 3 years ago

A company that provides computer hard-drive backup services is setting up shot in Lewiston.Boston-based Carbonite, Inc. plans to have more than 150 workers there by the end of this year.The company is leasing about 20,000 square feet for its new customer support center and plans to move jobs from India to Maine.CEO David Friend says he was drawn to Maine by its work force, its broadband presence and support he’s received from state government.Carbonite expects to employ as many as 250 people in Lewiston by the end of next year.

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Update: Dittmeyer Hearing

Updated 3 years ago

One man has declined a hearing and two others have had theirs postponed in the case of a slain Maine woman whose body was found in a New Hampshire pond with her unharmed 14 month old daughter in her car nearby.Krista Dittmeyer’s body was found in a ski area’s snowmaking pond April 27th. Last week, Anthony Papile, Michael Petelis and Trevor Ferguson were arraigned in Ossipee in connection with her April 22nd robbery and killing.Prosecutors said Papile and Petelis ambushed the 20 year old Dittmeyer to steal drugs and money. Papile was charged with second-degree murder. Petelis and Ferguson were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.All three were scheduled for probable cause hearings Thursday. Ferguson waived his right to a hearing. The others were postponed: a new date wasn’t set.

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Dittmeyer Record To Be Kept Secret

Updated 3 years ago

Court records of the investigation into the killing of a young mother from Maine in New Hampshire are going to be keep secret for at least three months.A judge has ruled to keep under wraps for now information about the death of Krista Dittmeyer, 20, contained in search warrant affidavits, the autopsy report and other investigative paperwork.Nearly three weeks ago, Dittmeyer’s car was found idling in the parking lot of a North Conway ski area with her infant daughter inside. The baby was not hurt. Dittmeyer’s body was found in a nearby pond four days later.Police have said she was killed in a drug deal.Three New Hamshire men have been arrested in the case.

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Unity College Names New President

Updated 3 years ago

Unity College has named a new president.Stephen Mulkey,57, is a scientist and expert in climate change and sustainability.He’ll take over in July for Mitchell Thomashow, who is leaving after five years on the job.Mulkey leaves a job as Director of the Environmental Science Program at the University of Idaho. He says he’s impressed with Unity’s focus on climate change and its leadership on sustainability issues.Unity is an environmental studies college with about 560 students.

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Maine Game Officals Warn Against Feeding Bears

Updated 3 years ago

Maine game officials are urging homeowners to not feed birds in order to deter bears that could become a nuisance or danger.The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says bears have now emerged from their dens throughout Maine and are looking for food that’s not easy to find at this time of year. That draws them to bird feeders, garbage cans, garbage containers and grills where food or the odor of food is present.Experts say there’s lot of food for birds in the spring and summer so they don’t need to be fed by people.Besides bringing in bird feeders, wildlife officials are urging homeowners to keep their garbage inside until the morning of trash pickup.(The Associated Press)

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Federal Cuts Threaten Rural Airports

Updated 3 years ago

A federal program that subsidizes commercial air service for small towns and rural communities across the lower 48 states is struggling to remain aloft.The program began in 1978 after the government deregulated the airlines. It gives carriers a financial incentive not to drop lightly traveled routes that lose money.Conservatives say the $200 million program is wasteful, while supporters say it’s a lifesaver for rural economies. Now, they say it’s more vulnerable than ever as Congress tries to reduce the budget deficit.The House has voted to phase out the program, known as “Essential Air Service.” The Senate would spare it but tighten eligibility criteria in ways that could disqualify some airports. About 110 presently benefit from the subsidies.The two chambers are negotiating the program’s future.(The Associated Press)

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Hypnotist Sentenced to Prison for Charges of Gross Sexual Assault

Updated 3 years ago

A hypnotist accused of using his craft during sexual encounters with a teen-age girl is going to prison for six years.38-year-old Aaron Patton of Jay was sentenced Monday by Superior Court Justice Donald Marden.Patton as sentenced to six years in prison for each of four counts of gross sexual assault, four years each for one count of unlawful sexual contact and counts of sexual abuse of a minor. All but the initial six years were suspended.Patton began treating the girl, now 17, with hypnotism when she was 12 to break her of a nail-biting habit. Prosecutors said Patton would hypnotize her after their sexual encounters to make her feel more comfortable about their trysts. (AP)

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Homeless Dogs from Alabama Headed to Maine

Updated 3 years ago

Dozens of dogs from Alabama are finding a new home in Maine so an Alabama shelter can make room for other canines left homeless in the wake of last week’s devastating storms that ripped across the South. The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston is planning to take 50 dogs from the Shelby Humane Society in Columbiana, Ala. Shelter manager Zachary Black says that the canines are expected to arrive Saturday after making the 20-hour drive from Alabama. Once in Maine, the dogs will be put up for adoption. Black says they range from 2 months to 4 years and from 4 pounds to 80 pounds. Black says he’s glad to lend a hand so the Alabama dog shelter can make room for “tornado dogs.” (AP)

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Vandals Strike Mosque in Southern Maine

Updated 3 years ago

Police say someone painted graffiti including “Osama today, Islam tomorrow” and “Go Home” outside the largest mosque in Maine’s largest city following the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.Portland Police Chief James Craig described a brazen incident in which a vandal or vandals used red spray paint outside the Maine Muslim Community Center between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Monday.Craig says investigators are treating the case seriously and that the incident doesn’t reflect the sentiment of the greater Portland community. As for the vandals, he says “we will find you and arrest you.”Craig says the case is being treated as a hate crime because it targeted a religion. He says the case remains a Portland investigation, but that the FBI has been consulted.

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Dittmeyer Investigation Continues

Updated 3 years ago

A day after a Maine mother was laid to rest, her mysterious death remains under investigation in New Hampshire.More than 300 people attended Monday’s funeral for 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer at Lake Region High School in Naples, Maine, whereshe graduated in 2008.Last month Dittmeyer’s car was found idling with its hazard lights on and her 14-month-old daughter inside early on April 23 at a New Hampshire ski area. The Portland waitress’ body was found last week in a pond on property at the Mount Cranmore Resort in North Conway, N.H.

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Candlelight Vigil Held for Dittmeyer

Updated 3 years ago

There was a candlelight vigil Thursday night in Bridgton for Krista Dittmeyer.Her body was found in a pond in New Hampshire Wednesday.Her family, including her 1-year-old daughter, were at the service.On Saturday, her car was found running with hazard lights on in a parking lot at a ski area.Her daughter was found in the back seat unharmed.An autopsy was performed to determine cause of death.Authorities say it could take up to two months for the toxicology results.

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New Plans in Store for Brunswick Naval Air Station

Updated 3 years ago

Another company has plans to set up shop at Brunswick Naval Air Station when it closes.Governor LePage says the company is a world class maritime organization that will provide high-tech jobs to Brunswick. The Navy doesn’t officially pull out of the 3,200 acre base until the end of next month.Redevelopment officials say they’ve already secured commitments from companies that plan to move in, creating 500 jobs in the process.

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Fire in Pittsfield Ruled Accidental

Updated 3 years ago

Fire investigators say a fire in Pittsfield Sunday that burned through a family’s home was accidental, caused either by an electrical outlet or a power strip plugged into that outlet.A neighbor noticed flames inside the house on Main Street. Crews from Pittsfield, Newport and Detroit battled the blaze for nearly three hours.The family was out of town for the weekend and no one was injured.

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Multiple Fires In York County Wednesday Night

Updated 3 years ago

Fire officials are investigating six fires that broke out on Wednesday night in the York County town of Acton.Fire Chief Ed Walsh says the first fire was reported shortly after 10pm Wednesday night.Then they were called to fires at a boat, a car and three homes in the same area. About 75 firefighters from 10 towns in Maine and nearby New Hampshire responded.

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Missing Mother’s Body Found

Updated 3 years ago

The body of Krista Dittmeyer, 20, of Portland has been found.Officials say Dittmeyer’s body was found in Duck Pond at Cranmore Mountain. Investigators are treating it as a suspicious death.Dittmeyer’s car was found running in a North Conway parking lot Saturday with her 14-month-old daughter asleep in the back seat.Dittmeyer’s body is being taken to the medical examiner, who will perform an autopsy. Once the autopsy is complete, investigators hope to be able to announce the manner and cause of death.The pond where Dittmayer was found is near a child care center at the base of the mountain. It is not the same pond that was drained a couple of days ago, which was near the parking lot where Dittmeyer’s car was found.

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Fatal Fire in Presque Isle

Updated 3 years ago

Authorities say a woman killed in an apartment fire in Presque Isle Monday was smoking while on oxygen.The body of 78-year-old Eleanor Gould was found in her living room.Presque Isle’s Deputy Fire Chief says Gould’s apartment was full of flames when crews arrived yesterday afternoon. Her apartment was destroyed in the fire, and three others were damaged.

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Police Release Photos of Man Wanted for Questioning in Stabbing

Updated 3 years ago

Police have released photos of a man wanted for questioning in connection with a stabbing death Thursday night in Westbrook. (photo courtesy: Maine State Police)The man is known by the street name “B-K.” He’s about 5-feet-8-inches tall and 200 pounds. He has the word “LIFE” tattooed on his left fingers. Police are looking for him in connection with the stabbing death of 40-year-old Robert Stubbs. It happened in an apartment around ten Thursday night. Stubb’s wife, 27-year old Melissa Stubbs was wounded. She was released Friday from the hospital. Investigators say the couple had been arguing with B-K. Police believe he got a ride after the attack and was dropped off along Washington Avenue in Portland.Anyone who knows who B-K is, or where he is, should call State Police in Gray at 657-3030 or 911 on a cell phone.The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency is assisting in the investigation.

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Body Found on Sewall Beach Identified

Updated 3 years ago

An official with the Maine Marine Patrol says a body found on a beach in Phippsburg is believed to be that of a fisherman who disappeared more than two weeks ago.A body believed to be Richard Lemont was found Thursday morning by someone walking on Sewall Beach.Marine Patrol Sgt. Rene Cloutier says the body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s office for positive identification, but it is believed to be that of Lemont. He was last seen setting off into the Kennebec River from Phippsburg in a small boat at mid-day on April 7.His boat was later found empty. The Marine Patrol and the Coast Guard searched for Lemont for 24 hours before the search was called off.

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Remains Found of Missing Woman; Police Say Suspicious

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Portland police say they have located the remains of a Portland woman reported missing in July of last year.Police said skeletal remains of 24-year-old Elena Lozada were discovered in a remote part of the state on April 17.The State Medical Examiner’s office identified the remains.Portland police, Maine State Police and the Medical Examiner’s office had been working together in the search for Lozada.The case is now considered an unattended death with suspicious circumstances.Police said the investigation is continuing and expect to release more information in the next few days.Police ask that if anyone has information about this case that they contact the Portland Police Department at 874-8533.

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