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Evaluation For Man Charged With Killing Mom

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge is ruling that a Maine man accused of killing his mother must undergo an emergency mental health evaluation.

Forty-eight-year-old Andrew Leighton of Falmouth was scheduled for a hearing in Portland on Tuesday. The Portland Press Herald reports Justice Thomas Warren ordered the evaluation before the hearing began after conferring with attorneys for both sides.

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Poland Home Invasion Leads To 6 Arrests

Updated 4 days ago

POLAND, Maine (AP) — Police have arrested six people in connection with a home invasion in Poland last week.

Lt. Glenn Holt of the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement Monday that the invasion that took place on Thursday appears to have been drug related and not a random act.

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Death Of Inmate At Kennebec Jail Not Considered Suspicious

Updated 4 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Authorities say the death of a 64-year-old Waterville man being held at the Kennebec County Jail does not appear suspicious.

Sheriff Randall Liberty tells the Kennebec Journal that Dana Kitchin was alone in a cell last Friday when a guard making a routine check found him unresponsive and with a low pulse.

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Lewiston Man’s Murder Trial Winding Down

Updated 4 days ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The trial of a man charged with murder in the in the 2013 slaying of a 20-year-old Lewiston man is wrapping up.

The Sun Journal reports that defense attorneys and prosecutors are scheduled to make closing statements Tuesday in the murder trial of 21-year-old William True in Androscoggin County Superior Court.

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Agency Opposes FairPoint Subsidy

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission is taking up telecommunications regulatory reform and a proposal to penalize a natural gas company for safety violations.

Those matters were on the panel’s agenda Tuesday in Augusta.

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FBI Asks Help Identifying Government Corruption

Updated 4 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — The FBI is asking the public’s help in identifying government corruption in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Special Agent Vincent Lisi, who runs the agency’s Boston field office that covers those four states, announced Monday that his office will launch a dedicated, toll free tip line: 1-844-NoBribe (662-7423).

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Portland Considering Database After Deadly Fire

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland, Maine officials may roll out a centralized database for tracking housing complaints in response to a deadly November fire that killed six people.

The Portland Press Herald reports the city is also getting ready to unveil a new mobile- and Web-based program that will allow residents to anonymously report housing problems and other issues to city staff. A city task force is expected to meet on Wednesday to begin developing a plan for what Portland’s future inspection programs will look like.

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Ex-Prosecutor Faces Sentencing In Child Porn Case

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s former top drug prosecutor who fled the state after he was convicted of child pornography charges faces sentencing this week.

A lawyer for James Cameron wrote in a court memo that he will seek a 6 ½-year prison term for his client at sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

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Inmate Dies After Being Found Unconscious

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities say an inmate found unconscious in his cell at Cumberland County Jail in Portland had died.

A corrections officer doing a security check found 33-year-old Miles Hartford of Leeds unconscious just after 9 p.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead after efforts to revive him failed.

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Young Maine Author Says Revision is Key

Updated 5 days ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Revision, revision, revision. That’s the message being delivered to elementary students by a young published author in Maine.

The author is 9-year-old Lydia Schofield of Thorndike. Lydia, who writes under the pen name Jo Jo Thoreau, says her book “Bendy Wendy” went through 75 revisions.

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Bath Awarded $21M Contract For Destroyers

Updated 1 week ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — Bath Iron Works has been awarded a $21 million contract to continue work on a class of U.S. Navy destroyers.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said in a statement Thursday night that it was a modification of a previously awarded contract for construction of DDG 51 destroyers.

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Student Display About Racial Injustice Approved

Updated 1 week ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine school superintendent is allowing students to display a poster protesting grand jury decisions not to indict two white police officers who killed unarmed black men.

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Portland’s “midtown” Project Faces New Resistance

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A scaled back version of a 3.25-acre residential and commercial development in Portland is encountering new resistance from the city’s planning board.

The Portland Press Herald reports the board is ordering city staff to work with the project’s Miami developer to come up with a better design for four six-story buildings dubbed the “midtown” project. The order is coming nearly a year after the board approved Federated Cos. initial plan for four 14-story high rise buildings. A group of residents who called themselves Keep Portland Livable challenged that approval in court.

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Gynecologist Who Treated Men Loses Medical License

Updated 1 week ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine gynecologist has surrendered his medical license after prescribing medical marijuana to male patients.

The Sun Journal reported Thursday that Dr. Keng-cheong Leong was limited to in-office gynecology after a separate disciplinary action three years ago.

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College Athletes Face Discipline Over Party Attire

Updated 1 week ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Bowdoin College officials say 14 members of the school’s lacrosse team will face disciplinary action after dressing as Native Americans at an off-campus party.

The Portland Press Herald reports Thursday that the school’s Dean of Student Affairs, Tim Foster, sent out a campus-wide email this week explaining the incident.

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Portland’s Food Co-op Storefront Opens

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The storefront location of a food co-op in Maine’s largest city is officially open after a year-long campaign.

Portland officials hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting for the Portland Food Co-op on Wednesday. The co-op has more than 2,300 members, a nearly six-fold increase from a year ago when the drive to open a storefront began. The members each gave $100 to the co-op, which makes them part owners with a voice in its future.

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Headquarters of Sebago Lake State Park Burns Wednesday

Updated 1 week ago

The headquarters at popular Sebago Lake State Park caught fire Wednesday.

The blaze was spotted from across the lake.

When fire fighters arrived, they say the building was fully engulfed in flames. They suspect it was most likely burning for some time.

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Emerging Black Sea Bass Fishery Up For Discussion

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal regulatory board is discussing parameters for next year’s recreational black sea bass fisheries in Maine and New Hampshire.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is taking up the issue at a meeting in Baltimore on Wednesday. The two states have expressed interest in developing black sea bass fisheries as more of the fish have appeared off their coasts. Scientists say the bass are increasing in northern New England waters because of accelerated water temperature increases over the past 10 years.

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Woman Charged In Double-fatal Crash

Updated 1 week ago

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — A Gorham woman who was driving when her car crashed, killing her 16-year-old son and her boyfriend, in October has been charged with manslaughter and operating under the influence of intoxicants.

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Maine To Receive $5M For Preschool Programs

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will be receiving more than $5 million in federal funding for pre-school programs and childcare centers.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and the U.S. Department of Education announced the funding on Wednesday and said it will help local communities that have tight budgets and cannot sustain early education programs on their own.

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