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FDA Approves New Shellfish Testing At Bigelow Laboratory

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Maine’s Bigelow Laboratory to use a new method of testing shellfish toxicity that lab officials say is the first of its kind in the nation.

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Ex-Brunswick Pastor Sentenced To Probation

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The former pastor of a Brunswick church has been sentenced to two years of probation for receiving nearly $150,000 in federal benefits while also collecting a salary.

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Animals Feared Lost In North Yarmouth Barn Fire

Updated 3 weeks ago

NORTH YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a barn housing dozens of sheep and hundreds of chickens has been destroyed in an early morning fire in North Yarmouth.

The exact number of animals that died has yet to be determined.

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Man Arrested In NH, Was To Start Sentence

Updated 4 weeks ago

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — A man who was supposed to turn himself in for sentencing for a Maine store robbery has been found in New Hampshire.

A federal warrant was out for the arrest of 25-year-old Robert Pecora. He was supposed to start serving his prison sentence on Sunday in connection with a pharmacy robbery in Kittery, Maine, last year.

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Police Still Pursuing Leads In Paris Hit-and-run

Updated 4 weeks ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — Two people identified by police as persons of interest in a hit-and-run in Paris that took the life of a Turner teenager have been cleared of involvement in the case.

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2 Charged In Biddeford Stabbing Plead Out

Updated 4 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Two Biddeford men originally charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing and using a brick to beat another man on a bridge have pleaded guilty to lesser charges just before their trial was scheduled to start.

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1 Arrested In Connection With 1 Portland Fire

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with one of a series of fires set in Portland over the weekend.

Police say Robert Johnson was charged Monday with Class A arson in connection with a small trash fire behind the Portland Museum of Art on Sunday night.

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State Seizes Harpswell Woman’s Exotic Fish

Updated 4 weeks ago

HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — A Harpswell woman who went all the way to Maine’s highest court in an effort to keep her exotic fish has had them seized by the state.

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Auburn Man Charged With Choking Girlfriend

Updated 4 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Auburn police have charged a city man with attempted murder for allegedly using an electrical cord to choke his girlfriend.

Mack Williams Jr. was held Monday at Androscoggin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail following a court appearance.

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Bowdoin College Gets Winslow Homer’s Camera

Updated 4 weeks ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A camera that once belonged to artist Winslow Homer has been donated to Bowdoin College’s museum.

The camera was made by Mawson & Swan Co. around 1880 and purchased by Homer in 1882 when he lived in northern England.

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Future Of Maine Film Festival Up In The Air

Updated 4 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The future of the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival is in doubt after the arrest of its founder and efforts by other backers to rescue it fell through.

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Portland Police Investigate 9 Suspicious Fires

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland police are questioning two people in connection with a series of suspicious fires in the city over the weekend.

Authorities say there were nine fires overall from Saturday night into Sunday, most of them in large trash containers or garbage cans and all in the same general area of the city.

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Invasive Crabs Targeted In Maine Workshop

Updated 4 weeks ago

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — Maine is helping its communities reduce populations of invasive green crabs officials say threaten shellfish.

The Department of Marine Resources is holding a workshop on Friday on how to trap the crabs. Officials say they will share traps designs and the permitting process.

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Dog That Attacked Boy In Fryeburg Rabies Free

Updated 1 month ago

FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a pit bull that attacked a 5-year-old boy in Fryeburg this week did not have rabies.

The boy from Brownfield was visiting relatives Tuesday morning when the 7-year-old dog attacked him and bit him multiple times on the face.

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City Of Portland Discussing Citywide Wage

Updated 1 month ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The mayor of the Maine city of Portland is discussing setting a citywide wage.

Mayor Michael Brennan says he will hold the first of several meetings on Thursday to examine the city having its own minimum wage. He first raised the idea during his state of the city address in January.

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5-year-old Boy Attacked By Dog In Fryeburg

Updated 1 month ago

FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — Police say a 5-year-old boy has been hospitalized after getting attacked by a family member’s pit bull.

Authorities say the boy from Brownfield was visiting relatives in Fryeburg on Tuesday morning when he was bitten.

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Maine Groups Discuss Marijuana And Youth

Updated 1 month ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A community discussion about the effects of marijuana on youth is being held in the Maine city of Portland.

The public forum on Wednesday will be attended by city officials and groups against drugs and underage alcohol consumption. Portland legalized recreational marijuana for residents age 21 and older when it passed an ordinance last November. The ordinance made it legal for adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, but police continue to enforce state law that makes possession of up to 2.5 ounces a civil violation.

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Officer Involved-shooting In Rumford

Updated 1 month ago

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) —  Police say a woman has been shot by a police officer in the Maine town of Rumford.

The Sun Journal reports, that a suicidal woman attacked police officers who were sent to check on her Tuesday afternoon after she telephoned a crisis hotline. She was shot twice.

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Mass. Man Faces Drug Charges In Auburn

Updated 1 month ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say a routine traffic stop turned into a drug bust and the seizure of a significant amount of cocaine and heroin.

Auburn police pulled over 25-year-old Jean Valbrun of Lowell, Mass., on Sunday afternoon. His two children, ages 9 and 1, were in the car.

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Autopsy Scheduled On Turner Teen

Updated 1 month ago

TURNER, Maine (AP) — An autopsy is scheduled on the body of a 16-year-old Turner boy killed last weekend in a hit-and-run.

Investigators say they hope the autopsy scheduled for Tuesday can shed light on what happened to Xavier Fuentes.

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