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Jury Deliberates In Greene Slaying Case

Updated 6 days ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The case of a Maine man charged with strangling a Lewiston man because he was angry he had informed on a friend is in the hands of the jury.

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Fire Displaces Dozens From Lewiston Building

Updated 6 days ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — About 40 people were displaced from their homes after a fire tore through a 10-unit Lewiston apartment building.

There were no reported injuries from the fire in the four-story Blake Street building that was reported at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Eighteen of those displaced are children.

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Ceremony For Newest Federal Judge

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 100 guests including current and past state judges are going to attend a ceremony in which former Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Jon Levy takes his seat on the federal bench.

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LePage Designates $10K For Veterans Memorial Park

Updated 6 days ago

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has designated $10,000 from his contingency fund for a park in Caribou that honors veterans.

The Republican governor’s office said that the funds will go to the Veterans Memorial Park Association to further build and maintain the park.

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Wardens Find Lost Hikers, Elderly Man

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine game wardens say an 86-year-old man who suffered a medical event while fishing has been located and taken to a hospital.

Wardens said David Crocker of Portland was fishing on Monday when he had a health scare and it wasn’t until Wednesday when a phone call awakened him that he was able to convey that he needed help.

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Churches Sell Property As Attendance Falls

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Catholic churches are selling off properties as the Diocese of Portland grapples with declining church attendance and a surplus of under-utilized buildings.

Parishes in the diocese have more than 20 churches, convents, rectories and schools on the market. Church leaders say a dozen properties in the diocese have sold for a total of more than $2.4 million since the beginning of 2013.

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Westbrook Woman Found Guilty Of Child Sex Assault

Updated 7 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Westbrook woman who’d been accused of allowing her boyfriend to sexually assault a teenage female relative has been convicted of four of the six counts she faced.

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Marijuana Advocates Await Vote In South Portland

Updated 7 days ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marijuana advocates say they’ve collected enough signatures to send the measure to voters in South Portland.

The South Portland City Council will consider whether to enact the measure on Aug. 4. If they reject the measure, then it’ll automatically go to voters on the November ballot.

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Train And Logging Truck Collide

Updated 7 days ago

LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine (AP) — A train and a logging truck have collided in Livermore Falls, injuring the truck driver and spilling logs over a busy road.

WGME-TV reports that the accident happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday on Route 17 when the logging truck was hit by a Pan Am Railways train. The truck driver is being treated at a local hospital. His injuries weren’t immediately known.

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Portland To Consider A Minimum Wage Hike

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland is considering a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour, two dollars more than the current statewide minimum.

Mayor Michael Brennan said Tuesday the plan he’s developing in conjunction with a city task force could be presented to the City Council for consideration as soon as September, for implementation in January.

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Veterans Housing Project In Lewiston Progresses

Updated 1 week ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A transitional housing program for homeless veterans in Lewiston is scheduled to open this fall, despite some setbacks including a rash of vandalism.

Vincent Perrone, president of Veterans Inc., the Worcester, Massachusetts-based company renovating the former St. Joseph’s School, says the facility should be ready for occupants Nov. 1.

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Harpswell Man Sentenced For Molesting Girl

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Harpswell man has been sentenced to serve more than five years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually molesting a young girl numerous times over two years starting when she was 11.

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State To Open Center For Migrant Blueberry Farmers

Updated 1 week ago

COLUMBIA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Labor is joining with community service organizations to open a service center for migrant farm workers in Washington County.

The Blueberry Rakers’ Center will open Aug. 4 and offer migrant farm workers and their families legal advice, medical care access, educational resources, and guidance in seeking other services. The center will be open Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, Aug. 11 to Aug. 15, and Aug. 18 and Aug. 19. The Maine Migrant Health Program will open a food pantry on the site on Aug. 3.

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Passamaquoddy Communities Get Federal Help

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will give $251,000 in grants and loans to three rural Maine communities and the Passamaquoddy tribe for local projects.

The agency says it will give the tribe $99,500 in the form of a rural business enterprise grant to assist in launching Passamaquoddy Maple Syrup Ventures.

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Sidney At Odds With Farmer Over Highway Goats

Updated 1 week ago

SIDNEY, Maine (AP) — A Maine town is having problems with goats repeatedly escaping from a farm and grazing on the side of Interstate 95.

The Morning Sentinel reports Sidney, Maine officials say Mark Gould’s goats were seen grazing astride the highway near mile marker 122 on Sunday and Monday. State law says a domestic animal cannot trespass on government-owned property and the animal’s owner could be subject to a fine.

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Feds: Husband Tried To Smuggle Wife Into Maine

Updated 1 week ago

JACKMAN, Maine (AP) — Federal officials say a Canadian man is facing charges after he tried to illegally bring his wife across the border into Maine.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say they became suspicious last week when they found women’s clothing in the vehicle of 41-year-old Pierre Poulin of St. Martin, Quebec, as he attempted to cross the border at Jackman. Border Patrol agents found his 27-year-old wife dressed in camouflage in the woods.

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Balloon Fest Rescinds Invitation To Pilot In Crash

Updated 1 week ago

CLINTON, Mass. (AP) — A popular Maine balloon festival is rescinding its invitation to a pilot whose hot air balloon crashed into power lines in Massachusetts, injuring several people.

The balloon, dubbed the Raspberry Ripple, was scheduled to participate in the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston-Auburn next month. It’s registered to Derald Young, who operates Damn Yankee Balloons in Dixfield, Maine. The business didn’t immediately return a call.

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Lawsuit Expected After Vote To Ban Tar Sands Oil

Updated 1 week ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of the Maine Energy Marketers Association says zoning changes intended to keep tar sands oil out of South Portland will likely be challenged in court.

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Controversial Maine Park Sale Unlikely For Ballot

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The controversial sale of a tiny park in Portland, Maine, looks unlikely to appear on the November ballot.

The Portland Press Herald reports the City Council showed no urgency about moving forward with the sale of Congress Square Plaza at its Monday night meeting. A June referendum blocked a proposed sale of two-thirds of the park and made it more difficult for the city to sell public parks in the future.

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Suspect In Lewiston Store Robbery Arrested

Updated 1 week ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police moved quickly to make an arrest in a weekend convenience store robbery in Lewiston.

Police say 31-year-old Jacob Koch of Lewiston was arrested in connection with the robbery at Lewiston Variety at about 9 p.m. Sunday. He’s charged with robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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