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Four Million Dollars to Go to Acadia Transportation Services

Updated 2 years ago

Four million dollars in federal money is coming to Maine to improve transportation around Acadia National Park and upgrade ferry service to Isleboro. About three million will be invested in the Acadia Gateway Welcome Center and passenger facility in Trenton.Another million will help fund the design of a ferry to replace the Margaret Chase Smith, which runs between Isleboro and Lincolnville.

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Gray Man Sentenced for Oxycodone Shipping Scheme

Updated 2 years ago

A Maine man has been sentenced to two years and eight months in federal prison for his role in a scheme that shipped oxycodone from Florida to Maine through the mail. Steven Granger of Gray was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland after pleading guilty in May to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Prosecutors say the 47-year-old Granger and two other men took part in the scheme in which oxycodone pills were shipped to Maine and sold by Granger for $25 per pill. The men’s illegal activities were uncovered during routine inspections of Express Mail by a U.S. Postal Service inspector. Granger’s attorney tells the Bangor Daily News, his client got a light sentence because of “extraordinary rehabilitation efforts, his family background (and) his lack of a record.”

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Authorities Looking for Vandals who Destroyed Livermore Falls Cemetery

Updated 2 years ago

Authorities are looking for the vandal or vandals who knocked over dozens of headstones in a Livermore Falls cemetery. Police say the damage occurred sometime between 1:30 a.m. Monday when a cruiser patrolled through Pleasant View Cemetery, and 5 a.m., when the vandalism was first noticed. Vandals broke lights, flags, statues and knocked over the stones. Erica Poland told the Sun Journal (http://bit.ly/OGvOE4 ) it looked as if a tornado had gone through the cemetery, although her infant son’s grave was untouched. A dispatcher with the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office said a tracking dog from the department was called in to assist at the scene Monday morning but there were no reports of arrests.

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Former Volunteer Firefighter Avoids Jail Time in Arson Case

Updated 2 years ago

A former volunteer firefighter in Maine who pleaded guilty to setting a blaze that caused $30,000 in damage to a Mechanic Falls restaurant has avoided jail time. Joshua Michaud was sentenced Monday in Androscoggin County Superior Court to six years in jail, with the entire sentence suspended for four years of probation. He was also ordered to continue residential rehabilitation treatment, where his progress was described by prosecutors as “glowing,” and to pay $16,000 in restitution. The Sun Journal, reports that the 20-year-old Michaud apologized to the owners of the Loose Caboose Restaurant and Lounge for setting the July 2010 fire when he was 18 and a volunteer junior firefighter in Minot. Authorities say Michaud started the fire, and was one of 50 firefighters who responded. No one was hurt.

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Lewiston Man Sentenced to Six Months in Jail for Food Stamp Fraud

Updated 2 years ago

A 44-year-old Lewiston man has been sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay restitution for stealing $3,600 from the state’s food stamp program. Christopher Frazer pleaded guilty Monday to theft by deception, misuse of identification and drug possession charges. Attorney General William Schneider says Frazer bought three electronic benefits transfer cards from food stamp recipients for cash. The EBT cards operate like ATM cards, with holders swiping them and entering their PIN numbers at store checkouts. Lewiston police discovered the cards while questioning Frazer on an unrelated matter. Besides the EBT cards, police found prescription drugs in Frazer’s apartment that he had bought from a friend.

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New Website Helps Mainers Learn About Energy Costs

Updated 2 years ago

The governor’s energy office has a new website to help Mainers learn more about energy costs.The site has a home heating calculator that estimates your average annual heating costs.It also has information about energy policies, incentives and more.The energy office director says now is a good time to start planning for the upcoming winter.You can find all of this information on www.maine.gov/energy.

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196th Farmer’s Almanac on Sale This Week

Updated 2 years ago

The newest edition of the Farmer’s Almanac goes on sale this week, and it’s predicting a cold and snowy winter for us.In fact, that’s its forecast for the U.S. stretching from the Great Lakes through northern New England.This is the 196th year of the publication.If you don’t want a snow-filled winter, maybe you’ll catch some relief from the New Hampshire-based old Farmer’s Almanac, but you’ll have to wait until next month to see what it has to say.

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Maine Paper Industry Officials Concerned over Plans to Re-Open Nova Scotia Paper Mill

Updated 2 years ago

Maine paper industry officials are concerned over plans to re-open a failed paper mill in Nova Scotia. The plan calls for 125-million dollars in government help to restart the Newpage Mill on Cape Breton.About 1-thousand people were put out of work when the mill closed about a year ago.A candian company has bought the mill with plans to restart, on a smaller scale.Maine paper officials fear that Canadian government subsidies will let the mill sell products at lower prices.the Canadian mill makes magazine and catalogue paper similar to that made by some of Maine’s largest mills.

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Federal Fisheries Official to Come to Maine

Updated 2 years ago

The top federal fisheries official in the northeast is coming to Maine.John Bullard has launched a series of listening sessions to hear what issues are facing the fishing industry as well as how it should be structured.Bullard will be in Portland on Tuesday and ellsworth on Thursday.

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Maine Red Cross Volunteers Head South for Tropical Storm Isaac

Updated 2 years ago

As Tropical Storm Issac bears down on the Louisiana coast line, folks in Maine are heading south.The Red Cross says fifteen people from Maine were in the Tampa area as of Saturday.Several more Red Cross workers from Bangor will be heading out soon…to help with sheltering and feeding hurricane victims.The Red Cross plans to send even more volunteers.

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Arundel Woman Wins Annual Hampton Beach Talent Competition

Updated 2 years ago

A Maine woman is one of the big winners in the annual Hampton Beach Talent Competition with her rendition of the Whitney Houston song, “I Have Nothing.” Shayleen Letellier from Arundel, Maine, won the senior division category. She won $500 for her performance Sunday, the conclusion of the three-day competition. In the junior division, first place went to 14-year-old Caroline Carter from Dover. She sang “Defying Gravity” from the musical “Wicked.” Contestants sang on the new Seashell Stage at the beach. They were judged not only on their vocal ability, but also on their stage presence and entertainment value.

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Portland woman Struck and Killed by Car

Updated 2 years ago

Police are investigating after a Portland woman was struck and killed outside her home by a car that then left the scene. Authorities say 61-year-old Bonnie Bachelder was struck at about 1 a.m. Sunday. The driver of the car that struck her drove away, but then turned himself into police about 90 minutes later. The 27-year-old Portland man has not been charged. Police say the driver was given a blood-alcohol test after he turned himself in, which is routine in all fatalities involving cars. Results won’t be known for at least two weeks. The car has been impounded pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Portland Area College Students Welcomed Back With Free Bus Rides

Updated 2 years ago

Portland-area college students are being welcomed back to school with two weeks of free bus rides. Beginning Monday, the Greater Portland Transit District METRO and the South Portland Bus Service are offering free rides to students from participating schools. The Ride Free with College ID deal runs through Sept. 8. The rides are being offered to students from Husson University, Kaplan University, Maine College of Art, SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, Southern Maine Community College, the University of New England and the University of Southern Maine.

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Neil Armstrong Passes Away at 82

Updated 2 years ago

The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn’t say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of “one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972.

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Governor Lepage Will Not Attend Republican National Convention

Updated 2 years ago

Governor Lepage will not be at next week’s Republican National Convention in Florida.He says he’ll focus on state business and spend time with his family instead. Meanwhile, ten Ron Paul delegates and ten Mitt Romney delegates from Maine will be there. The GOP’s committee on contests determined earlier this week party rules were broken when the Paul delegates were elected at the state convention in May.Maine has 24 total delegates to the national convention. Three of the other four are Romney supporters, one is uncommitted

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Father and Son Arrested Following Fight at Waterford Campground

Updated 2 years ago

A father and son from Massachusetts are facing charges after a fight at a Maine campground landed two men in the hospital. Maine State Police say 40-year-old John O’Brien and his 19-year-old son, Jonathan O’Brien, both of Billerica, Mass., were arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated assault in connection with a brawl Wednesday night at the Papoose Pond Resort and Campground in Waterford. They were held at the Oxford County Jail on $50,000 cash bail each. Police tell the Sun Journal, that 43-year-old William Powell of Farmington was flown to Central Maine Medical Center with serious facial injuries. He is in good condition. Forty-six-year-old Michael Chapman of Farmington was taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway. More arrests may be made.

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Dismiss Kennebunk Prostitution Case Says Lawyer of Accused Thomaston Man

Updated 2 years ago

The lawyer for a Thomaston insurance agent accused of being involved in an alleged Kennebunk prostitution operation has asked a judge to dismiss the case. Mark Strong Sr. was charged with promotion of prostitution. Police began investigating a woman and the Pura Vida Zumba studio after receiving complaints about possible illegal activities at the site. In his motion to dismiss, Strong’s lawyer said prosecutors have failed to comply with the rules of discovery. In the complaint filed Thursday, defense attorney Daniel Lilley wrote that all discovery should have been provided by Aug. 10. Lilley questioned how his client could be charged with promotion of prostitution when no one has been charged with prostitution in the case. Prosecutors tell The Portland Press Herald, the state will address Lilley’s motion in court.

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Stolen School Supplies Found

Updated 2 years ago

We told you Thursay about someone going in to the Big Lots in Auburn, claiming they were a repersentative from the United Way and stealing school supply donations.Well it turns out the person who picked up the supplies is legit. They were from a Portland based non profit that works with United Way of York County.The executive director of United Way of Androscoggin County says, they have been in contact with the organization that has the supplies and are working to get them returned.The United Way plans to fill more than 500 backpacks with those supples Friday in Auburn.

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Standish Woman Pleads Guilty to Six Counts of Arson

Updated 2 years ago

A Standish grandmother charged with starting a string of fires across southern Maine has pleaded guilty to six counts of arson. Sixty-six-year-old Carol Field entered her plea Thursday and faces sentencing at a later date. Her defense attorney says she’s likely to serve two years behind bars. Prosecutors say Field admitted to setting 18 fires in York and Cumberland counties, including at Raymond Hill Baptist Church, at Randall Orchards in Standish, in an abandoned house in Limerick, and at a garage in Limington. No injuries were reported. The former nurse’s lawyer said the confession was made under duress. The Portland Press Herald, reports that prosecutors say when they asked her why she did it she said it was because “nobody cared about her or paid attention to her.”

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Maine National Guard Medic Save Man After Van Crash in Bowdoinham

Updated 2 years ago

A Maine National Guard medic who was first on the scene of a van crash on I-295 this week says she got to exercise her medical training. Pfc. Lisa Bryant of Scarborough says the driver who was ejected in Bowdoinham wasn’t getting oxygen so she cleared the obstruction so he could breathe. She tells the Bangor Daily News that the man went from unconscious when she arrived to being conscious and talking by the time he was loaded onto a LifeFlight helicopter on Wednesday. The 21-year-old University of Southern Maine student is part of the National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion in Gardiner. She called the incident her first “real-world” application of her military medic training.

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