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Foghorn Switch Leaves Mariners In Fear

Updated 3 days ago

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Boaters needing foghorn assistance around Kennebunkport, Maine, now need to request it, instead of hearing it automatically.

Mariners and residents say boaters are at risk because of the U.S. Coast Guard decision to change the operating system of the Goat Island Light.

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Nova Star Sees Healthy Growth In July, August

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Company officials say the Nova Star ferry that runs between Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is starting to see some healthy growth.

The company said Friday that 17,255 people sailed on the new vessel in the first two week of August, for an average of 557 passengers per day. That compares with 13,043 passengers in July, an average of 421 passengers per day.

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Nurse Who Failed To Report Abuse Loses License

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine nurse who failed to report signs of abuse of an infant who later died has lost her license.

Former home health nurse Virginia McNamara signed a voluntary agreement with the state Board of Nursing, and the agreement was made final this week.

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Kennebunk Couple Plead Guilty To Welfare Fraud

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A husband and wife from Kennebunk who told authorities they did not live together so the wife could continue to collect welfare benefits have pleaded guilty to welfare fraud charges.

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Three Men Charged With Digging Up Two Relatives

Updated 6 days ago

STANDISH, Maine (AP) — A former local official in a Maine town and two of his nephews are facing charges of abusing a corpse for digging up the cremated remains of two relatives in Standish.

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Gov. LePage, Wife Buy Home In Boothbay

Updated 6 days ago

BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage and his wife Ann have purchased a home in Boothbay where they intend to live after he leaves office.

Ann LePage said the couple had been looking for about 10 years for a home near the coast. But she said they’ll continue to live in the Blaine House for as long as her husband is governor. LePage, who’s seeking re-election, is currently locked in a three-way race with independent Eliot Cutler and Democrat Mike Michaud.

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Lewiston Police Probe 60-year-old Man’s Death

Updated 6 days ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police in Lewiston are investigating after a 60-year-old man died at the hospital following a fight outside an apartment building.

Officers responded to the Lisbon Street apartment just before 5 p.m. Wednesday after getting calls about an altercation involving several people.

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Portland OK’s Boatyard For Big Commercial Vessels

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland officials say a developer can build a boat repair yard for large recreational and commercial vessels on the city’s downtown waterfront.

The Portland Press Herald reports Phineas Sprague Jr. wants to build a 27,600-square-foot building on five acres he owns on West Commercial Street near the Casco Bay Bridge. The building would be located alongside a recently built 19,000-square-foot building.

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LePage Designates $6,000 To Maine Nonprofits

Updated 6 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is giving $6,000 from his contingency fund to six Maine nonprofit organizations.

The Republican governor is helping organizations that are being supported by the “Art of Giving Gala,” which is being held in Portland on Thursday.

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Mainer Reaches Plea Deal On Unemployment Fraud

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man accused of fraudulently collecting state unemployment benefits while he continued to work has avoided jail time with a plea deal.

Forty-nine-year-old Tracy Young was sentenced to three months but the sentence was suspended pending successful completion of a two-year probation term. He pleaded guilty July 28 to theft by deception.

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2 Water Companies At Odds Over Poland Spring Label

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bottled water company that won the right to draw water from Poland Spring is at loggerheads with the Maine-based Poland Springs brand.

The newcomer, Maine Springs, says it’s required by law to identify its water source, which includes Poland Spring. The company is suing Poland Spring, which has told Maine Springs that putting the name on labels infringes upon its brand.

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Kennebunk Officers Honored For Saving Man’s Life

Updated 1 week ago

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Two Kennebunk police officers have been honored for saving a man who went into cardiac arrest during a traffic stop.

The town’s board of supervisors honored officers Matthew Harrington and Michael Tucci at Tuesday’s meeting. The officers were also reunited with the man whose life they saved — 84-year-old Gavin Falconer.

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Lewiston Agrees To Settle Developer Fraud Case

Updated 1 week ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Lewiston has decided to accept deals offered by two federal agencies to pay penalties for fraudulent loans made to a developer.

City councilors voted 7-0 Tuesday to accept the settlement offers.

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Winxnet Buys Massachusetts-based IT Firm

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland-based IT services company Winxnet has acquired a Massachusetts company, adding 40 employees and giving it a foothold in the Boston market.

CEO Christopher Claudio says Winxnet’s purchase of KDSA in Methuen, Massachusetts, reflects the first step of an expansion southward.

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Judge Upholds Manslaughter Conviction

Updated 1 week ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — A judge has upheld the vehicular manslaughter conviction of a Maine woman accused of being drunk and reading a text message at the time of a double-fatal car crash.

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Ex-Teacher Facing Drug Charges Out On Bail

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former teacher at a private school in Freeport who is charged with allowing his property in Lewiston to be used for drug sales has been released on bail.

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Rumford Woman Sues Mental Health Organization

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former employee is suing Oxford County Mental Health Services, claiming she was fired for bringing up concerns about patient care.

Linda Perry of Rumford filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Portland on Monday, claiming her rights under Maine’s Whistleblower Protection Act and Human Rights Act were violated.

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Bidding On New England’s Tallest Lighthouse To End

Updated 1 week ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — The federal government might close an auction on New England’s tallest lighthouse.

The Boon Island Light Station is up for auction until around noon Tuesday. Ten bidders have made offers on the lighthouse with a top bid of $36,000. A government website says the bidding could possibly be extended.

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Bath Iron Works To Lay Off Nearly 40 Workers

Updated 1 week ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — Bath Iron Works is in the process of increasing the size of its workforce, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune from the normal ebb and flow of work as it juggles building five ships at the same time.

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Judge Says Lewiston Boy Can Stand Trial For Arson

Updated 1 week ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge says a 14-year-boy charged with setting one of several Lewiston fires last year is competent to stand trial.

The Portland Press-Herald reports Judge Rich Lawrence lifted an earlier ruling that found Abdi Ibrahim temporarily unfit to stand trial. Lawrence’s Monday ruling clears the way for the case against the boy to proceed.

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