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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

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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

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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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Arraignment Scheduled for Wells Woman Involved in Prostitution Case

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A 29-year-old fitness instructor is being arraigned on charges she ran a prostitution business out of her Kennebunk Zumba studio and secretly filmed her encounters. Alexis Wright of Wells is due in a Portland courtroom on Tuesday on 109 counts including prostitution and tax evasion charges. Mark Strong Sr., a 57-year-old insurance agent and Wright’s alleged business partner, is also being arraigned on 59 counts of promoting prostitution, invasion of privacy and conspiracy. Police say they found video footage of Wright having sex with men who were unaware they were being filmed, and meticulous records suggesting the sex acts could have generated $150,000. Police say they’ll be issuing summonses to Wright’s alleged customers. Strong’s attorney says he’s seen a list of about 150 customers, some of whom are well-known.

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Hit & Run Turns Deadly in Auburn

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Police are asking for witnesses and the public’s help in solving a deadly hit-and-run from late Friday night.Russell Frechette, 31, of Auburn was struck by a newer model tan-colored pickup truck under the train trestle on Turner Street around 10:20 p.m. Friday, investigators said.Police are trying to determine if Frechette fell off of the trestle prior to being struck by the truck.According to a witness, the truck did not stop after striking Frechette. Frechette died from injuries earlier Saturday at Central Maine Medical Center.Police are asking anyone who might have been in the area at the time of the accident or may have information regarding the accident to call the Auburn Police Department at 333-6650.

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Maine Huts and Trails to Open Fourth Overnight Hut

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An organization that’s developing a backcountry network of huts along 180 miles of trails in Maine’s western mountains is opening the fourth of 12 lodges that are planned for the trails. Maine Huts and Trails says the Stratton Brook Hut is opening Dec. 21 in Carrabassett Valley, with views of both the valley and Sugarloaf Mountain. The hut will have 10 rooms and be able to sleep up to 44 people. The planned 180-mile hut-to-hut trail is open for hikers, mountain bikers, cross-country skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Each shelter has a main lodge, rooms with beds, hot showers and home-cooked meals. So far, Maine Huts has developed 50 miles of trails with three huts.

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Crisis Highlights Running Dispute Over US Fish Law

Updated 2 years ago

The law that governs the nation’s fisheries was passed 36 years ago to oust foreign boats from U.S. waters. Today, New England fishermen wonder if it will soon oust them. The fishermen face colossal cuts in their 2013 catch limits, and lawmakers are pushing $100 million in aid to sustain the fleet. Among the causes of the fishermen’s strife are certain controversial mandates of the fishery law. One is a 10-year timeline for rebuilding a species. Critics say it’s unscientific and puts needless pressure on fishermen. But environmentalists say some deadline is essential, or fish recovery will be endlessly delayed. Also, the law now requires an immediate end to overfishing, forcing steep cuts fishermen say they won’t survive. But environmentalists say the practice of phasing in needed cuts wasn’t working.

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South Portland Woman Charged Two and a Half Years After Bank Robbery

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A Waterville woman will spend two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing a TD Bank in South Portland last summer.Jamilee Kus entered her plea today in Cumberland county. Prosecutors say she walked up to a teller at the bank near the Maine Mall in July and demanded money. Kus also was ordered to repay the almost 17-hundred dollars she stole.

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Stabbing In Lewiston

Updated 2 years ago

A Lewiston man is under arrest, for allegedly stabbing another man in the chest.Police charged 43-year old Tony Leonard with elevated aggravated assault yesterday. 41-year-old Vincent Turner was found in a Bartlett Street apartment just after 5 Wednesday evening, with knife wounds to his chest. His roommate called police.Turner is listed in serious condition at a hospital in Portland.Leonard is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail on 100-thousand dollars bail.

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Triple Homicide Suspects Behind Bars Tonight

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Both suspects in August’s triple murder in Bangor are behind bars Thursday night.34 year-old Randall Daluz was arrested in New Bedford, Massachusetts Tuesday.31 year-old Nicholas Sexton was nabbed in Brockton, Massachusetts Thursday morning.Both are charged with three counts of murder for the deaths of Daniel Borders, Nicolle Lugdon, and Lucas Tuscano.Police say the three were shot to death. Their bodies were found in a burning car in a Bangor industrial park.Daluz was brought to Maine last night and arraigned in court in Bangor today.Daluz didn’t say much in court today, other than enter his not guilty pleas to all three counts of murder, and one count of arson.The arraignment was over fairly quickly, but for the families of the victims, it was difficult. Many of them became emotional as they saw Daluz walk in.Daluz’s attorney, Jeff Silverstein, described his client’s demeanor as sad and said he understands the significance of the charges against him.Silverstein said he only had a few minutes to talk to Daluz before the court proceedings today, so he couldn’t comment much on the case.During the arraignment, though, Silverstein expressed concern about the state’s wish to try Daluz and Sexton together. He plans to contest that motion.Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchese explained that it only makes sense though for the court to do so.”In any sort of case you need the same evidence to prove them both guilty and the courts favor trying people in these circumstances together where they were together that evening and they are accomplices to one another.””That presents a situation that the Supreme Court has addressed as being an impediment to adjoiner. So, I need to look into that. Again, I only know what has been reported, but I think that issue has been generated and it’s something that needs to be explored.”Daluz is being held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail.His co-defendant in this case, Nicholas Sexton, who faces the same charges, is still in Massachusetts.Sexton was arrested around 4 Thursday morning in Brockton.He was arraigned today in Brockton District Court on a fugitive from justice charge, but he is fighting his extradition to Maine.That means he’ll be staying in Massachusetts until Maine prosecutors can get a governor’s warrant to bring him back here.Prosecutors in Massachusetts said Sexton has a pre-trial hearing scheduled down there for October 31st.He’ll be held without bail until then.There’s no word yet on when he could be brought back to Maine.

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1,400 Petitions Call for Lewiston Mayor to Step Down

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Critics are seeking the ouster of a Maine mayor who said his city’s Somali immigrants should “accept our culture and leave your culture at the door.”The Maine People’s Alliance on Thursday delivered about 1,400 petitions calling for Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald to step down over his comments to the British Broadcasting Corp.About 6,000 Somali immigrants have settled into this former mill town and a neighboring city in search of affordable housing and a safe place to live. One of them, 26-year-old Nimo Yonis, described the mayor’s words as “derogatory and inflammatory” during a rally at City Hall.Macdonald has since attempted to clarify his comments, saying immigrants should try to assimilate into American culture, not that they need to give up their language, religion or traditions.

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Dead Poets Society of America Founder Halfway to Gravesite Visiting Goal

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The founder of the Dead Poets Society of America is halfway to his goal of visiting the gravesites of 500 bards. Walter Skold on Thursday is visiting the gravesite of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s brother Samuel at Portland’s Western Cemetery. Skold says Samuel Longfellow was a hymn writer, pastor and poet. It’ll be his 251st burial plot visit, marking the kickoff of events leading to Dead Poets Remembrance Day on Oct. 7. Skold, who’s from Freeport, Maine, pushed for a national holiday after he discovered that the graves of many of the nation’s literary forebears have been neglected. Highlights this year will include a tribute to the poetry of John Updike and a special midnight reading of “The Raven” at Poe Corner in Boston, Edgar Allan Poe’s hometown.

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Wells Woman Indicted on 106 Counts in Prostitution Case

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A Maine woman has been indicted on 106 counts involving prostitution and violation of privacy and 15 tax-related counts for allegedly engaging in prostitution at her Zumba studio in Kennebunk and secretly videotaping her encounters. A York County grand jury returned the indictments late Wednesday against 29-year-old Alexis Wright of Wells. The Journal Tribune, reported that the grand jury also indicted 57-year-old Mark Strong Sr. of Thomaston on 59 misdemeanor counts involving prostitution for his alleged role in Wright’s business. Police have said they found video footage of Wright having sex with men who were unaware they were being filmed and meticulous records suggesting the sex acts would have generated $150,000.

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Bangor Symphony Orchestra Loses Executive Director

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The Bangor Symphony Orchestra will be saying goodbye to its executive director.After five years in that post, David Whitehill will leave Bangor in late December to be closer to family.He’ll take over as Executive Director of the Asheville, North Carolina Symphony.

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Gorham Town Official Keeps Seat After OUI Conviction

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The Gorham Town Council has ruled that one of its members convicted last month of drunken driving will not have to give up her seat. Tuesday’s meeting was the first since 36-year-old Suzanne Phillip pleaded guilty on Sept. 21 to operating under the influence. Prosecutors dropped a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. The town charter requires councilors to vacate their posts if they’re convicted of crimes of “moral turpitude,” which isn’t defined. The Portland Press Herald, reports that Phillips made a statement Tuesday that she wanted “to reassure people that this has not and will not affect my decisions as a councilor” and she is “truly sorry for what happened.” Phillips was arrested at about 1 a.m. on May 4 after allegedly hitting two parked cars and driving away.

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Portland Restaurant Port Hole Closes for Renovations

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A popular restaurant and comedy club that were temporarily closed because of a rat infestation in Maine’s largest city are closed again, this time for renovations. The Porthole, Comedy Connection and Harbour’s Edge banquet hall were closed Sept. 13 by a city health inspector for numerous violations and then reopened two days later. Kenneth MacGowan, the wharf owner and landlord, tells the Portland Press Herald, that Porthole owner Oliver Keithly informed him that he may vacate the building at month’s end. But Keithly says he hopes to work out a plan to renovate and reopen. He says he’d planned kitchen renovations this winter but accelerated the schedule after the health inspection and press coverage.

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Cliff Island Post Office Gets Longer Hours

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The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to extend the hours of a post office on a Maine island. The Postal Service originally put the Cliff Island post office on its closure list last year, but later agreed to keep it open for only two hours a day. Cliff Island, which is part of the city of Portland, is 10 miles from the mainland and takes more than an hour to reach by ferry. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says the Postal Service has now agreed to keep the office open for six hours a day. Pingree, who lives on North Haven island off the midcoast of Maine, argued for longer hours, saying it’s vital to keep island post offices open because of the role they play in small communities.

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