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Girl Found Unresponsive In Minot Pool

Updated 4 days ago

MINOT, Maine (AP) — A 5-year-old girl has been taken to a Portland hospital after she was found unresponsive at the bottom of a swimming pool in Minot.

Police say the girl was among several children swimming in the pool at a home of Fortin Drive when she apparently sank to the bottom and did not resurface at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Mechanical Problem Caused Railroad Fires

Updated 4 days ago

SACO, Maine (AP) — Maine forest rangers say a series of May railroad fires started because sparks emanated from a Pan Am freight train due to a mechanical problem.

At least 47 separate fires broke out along railroad tracks in Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and Biddeford on May 8. State officials say no charges are pending and a two-month investigation found no violations of state laws.

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New Grants Bring Purchase Of Pristine Casco Bay Islands Closer

Updated 5 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Coast Heritage Trust has won a $262,500 state grant that buoys it efforts to buy two uninhabited islands in Casco Bay.

The grant announced Wednesday will be combined with $140,000 raised through private donations, as the trust seeks to raise $925,000 by the end of August to exercise its option to buy the Goslings.

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Drowning Victim Identified

Updated 5 days ago

SPRINGVALE, Maine (AP) — Sanford police have identified the man found dead in the Mousam River in Springvale this past weekend.

Police say William J. Fawcett of Springvale drowned. They said Wednesday that no suspicious circumstances were involved in his death.

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Man Gets 10 Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking

Updated 5 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on crack cocaine trafficking charges.

U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said that Abdullahi Nur was sentenced in the U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

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South Portland Planners Back Tar Sands Oil Ban

Updated 5 days ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The South Portland Planning Board is endorsing s proposal to ban tar sands oil from coming into the Maine city.

The Portland Press Herald reports the board voted 6-1 on Tuesday night to recommend the City Council approve the proposal. About 80 people attended South Portland High School for the vote — far fewer than the nearly 500 who gathered last week for the City Council’s first vote on the subject.

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State Officials Working On Crocker Mountain Management Plan

Updated 5 days ago

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are crafting a management plan for the use of the 12,000-acre Crocker Mountain Public Lands Unit in Franklin County.

Officials say the lands will be addressed in two areas, one of which will be the 8,000-acre Crocker Mountain area west of Sugarloaf Mountain. The rest of the management plan will concern the Rapid Stream area south of Sugarloaf and north of Mount Abraham.

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Fundraisers for Machias Restaurant Multiply

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 6 days ago

People and businesses throughout Downeast and Central Maine are stepping up to help a business that burned to the ground last week in Machias.

Helen’s Restaurant was known all over the country for its blueberry pie and warm-hearted service.  Last week a fire destroyed the building sending 50 workers into unemployment.

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Smoking Banned At Lewiston Park

Updated 6 days ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Lewiston City Council has banned smoking in a city park named after a former councilor and mayoral candidate who died of lung cancer.

The council voted 7-0 Tuesday to bar smoking at Mark Paradis Park after hearing from his widow.

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OOB Puts Breaks On Pot-growing Facility

Updated 6 days ago

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Old Orchard Beach town councilors have enacted an emergency moratorium on the cultivation of medical marijuana in nonresidential facilities.

The 60-day moratorium proposed Tuesday night is in response to a local man’s efforts to open a medical marijuana growing and research facility in an old post office in town.

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New Sharon Teen Indicted On Burglary Charge

Updated 6 days ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A New Sharon teen has been indicted by a Franklin County grand jury for allegedly stealing $50,000 worth of cash and jewelry from a Wilton home.

Eighteen-year-old Brian Durrell was indicted this week on charges of burglary and theft following his arrest in May.

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Rights Commission Upholds Discrimination Complaint

Updated 1 week ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — The Maine Human Rights Commission has upheld an investigator’s report that found that Brunswick schools should have done more to protect a middle school student who said he was bullied, stabbed and sexually assaulted at school.

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Man Falls 65 Feet Down Rock Cliff, Dies

Updated 1 week ago

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says a man preparing to descend from a rock cliff in North Conway fell 65 feet and died of his injuries.

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Downeaster Cancels 4 Trains Through Wednesday

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Downeaster train will cancel four trains through Wednesday as workers replace railroad ties around Durham, New Hampshire.

The canceled trains will be a 9:05 a.m. train from Boston’s North Station to Brunswick, Maine; an 11:35 a.m. train from Boston to Portland; a 12:45 p.m. train from Portland to Boston; and a 2:35 p.m. train from Portland to Boston.

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South Portland Marijuana Petition To Be Submitted

Updated 1 week ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of activists hoping to put the question of marijuana legalization for adults in South Portland before voters is submitting its petition.

Citizens for a Safer Maine is expected to submit more than 1,500 signatures to South Portland City Hall on Monday. It needs 959 valid signatures to put the issue on November ballot.

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Program Aims To Make Inmates Better Fathers

Updated 1 week ago

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — A program at the Maine state prison in Windham is trying not just to make inmates better citizens when they’re released, but better fathers as well.

The InsideOut Dad program at the Maine Correctional Center was developed by the nonprofit National Fatherhood Initiative.

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Grandmother Embarks On 2,500-mile Kayak Trip

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A grandmother from Maine has launched a 2,500-mile kayak trip from Portland to Guatemala.

Sixty-three-year old Deborah Walters of Troy pushed off from Portland’s Eastern Promenade Beach on Sunday.

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Officials To Hold Smelt Fishery Forums

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials will hold a series of public meetings to collect public input on the future management of the smelt fishery.

Officials say the meetings will also allow the state to present data from recent smelt surveys. State officials will also explain its decision to close the fishery for 90 days from Stonington to the New Hampshire border beginning March 14 of this year.

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Pilot Dies In Crash After Takeoff

Updated 1 week ago

LIMINTONG, Maine (AP) — Officials say a Maine pilot is dead after his single-engine plane crash in Limington shortly after takeoff.

York County authorities say pilot Clarke Tate of Gray was the only person on board the 1942 Culver two-seat airplane when the crash occurred Saturday afternoon.

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Bowdoin Building State’s Largest Solar Project

Updated 1 week ago

BOWDOIN, Maine (AP) — Bowdoin College is beginning to build what is expected to become the state’s largest solar power project.

The school says that the 1.2 megawatt, 4,500-panel solar project will be seven times bigger than Maine’s largest existing installation.

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