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Autopsy Confirms South Paris Man Shot To Death By Police

Updated 2 weeks ago

MEXICO, Maine (AP) — Law enforcement officials say a Maine man was shot multiple times by police during an exchange of gunfire with officers.

The attorney general’s office says an autopsy concluded that 52-year-old Steven R. Piirainen of South Paris died from gunshot wounds to the neck and chest. The wounds were not self-inflicted.

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Police Van Driver Didn’t Have Valid License

Updated 2 weeks ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police say the driver of a York County Sheriff’s Department van that was hit by a tractor-trailer had a suspended license.

State Police spokesman Steve McCausland says Roger Lanoie of Shapley was cited for operating after suspension on Tuesday. His license was suspended for failing to pay a civil fine for a seat belt violation.

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Maine Environmentalists Rally About Climate Change

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine environmentalists will gather at a Portland hiking trail to rally about the impact of climate change on the state’s recreational opportunities.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is hosting the event Tuesday at Baxter Woods Trail. The council is assembling people from the medical, conservation and outdoor recreation communities to release a National Wildlife Federation report called “Ticked Off.” The report is about the impact of climate change on populations of pests like ticks and mosquitoes and the spread of plants such as poison ivy.

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South Portland Voters To Decide On Legalizing Pot

Updated 2 weeks ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — South Portland’s City Council has voted to place a measure on the November ballot that would legalize possession of marijuana.

The council voted unanimously Monday night to put the question on the ballot. The measure would make it legal for people 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana.

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Portland Police Looking For Missing Man

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Portland, Maine are seeking help to find a 52-year-old man who is missing.

The Portland Police said Monday that Robert Koch left his residence on Riverside Street on Friday and said he was going to the Trolley Park. He may have been seen on Saturday at the 7Eleven at Forest Ave and Riverside Street.

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City Manager For Portland Resigning

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The city manager for Portland is resigning.

Mark Rees announced on Monday that he’s resigning to pursue other professional and personal opportunities.

Portland officials said that Rees, who has served as manager of the Maine city for three years, will step down on Sept. 3.

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Maine Woman Sues GM After Suffering Burn

Updated 2 weeks ago

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A woman who says she suffered a third-degree burn from a heated seat in Chevrolet Suburban has sued General Motors.

Emma Verrill says in her suit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland that GM failed to adequately test the rear seat heaters to prevent them from reaching “dangerously high temperatures that would burn human flesh.”

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Maine Army National Guard Units Return Home

Updated 2 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — More than 160 members of Maine Army National Guard units have returned home after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

Members of the 133rd Engineer Battalion and the 1035th Survey and Design Team reunited with loving family members on Sunday during a reception at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

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Man Dies In Mexico After Standoff With Police

Updated 2 weeks ago

MEXICO, Maine (AP) — A man who stole a pickup truck in Paris and led police on a chase that ended at a convenience store in Mexico has died after an exchange of gunfire with police.

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Top Bid For Tallest New England Lighthouse Is $78K

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New England’s tallest lighthouse has attracted a top bid of $78,000, but the federal government must still approve the sale.

The U.S. General Services Administration closed the auction Sunday for Boon Island Light Station.

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Maine To Recruit Students From Kazakhstan

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A delegation comprised of representatives of six Maine high schools and universities is heading to a former Soviet republic in central Asia to recruit international students.

The Maine International Trade Center is leading the team that will visit Kazakhstan next month.

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Planned Parenthood President To Rally For Michaud

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of Planned Parenthood and its political arm is visiting Maine later this month to host a rally for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud.

Cecile Richards will headline a “Women for Mike” rally in Portland on Aug. 27.

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Popular Balloon Festival Draws To A Close In Lewiston

Updated 2 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A popular summer festival featuring more than a dozen balloons and tens of thousands of spectators is drawing to a close in Lewiston, Maine.

Warm, sunny weather served to boost attendance for the Great Falls Balloon Festival on all three days, including the final balloon launches on Sunday.

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Autopsy: Landlord Died Of Heart Attack After Fight

Updated 2 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — An autopsy shows a 60-year-old Lewiston, Maine, who died after trying to break up a fight in his building died of a heart attack.

Louis St. Pierre died at a hospital following the apartment house fight on Wednesday night. Police said there was an altercation in the building during which St. Pierre collapsed.

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US Rethinks Giving Excess Military Gear To Police

Updated 2 weeks ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Washington has sent military equipment to U.S. police departments. But federal officials are now reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

Attorney General Eric Holder says that when police and citizens need to restore calm, he’s concerned that using military equipment and vehicles sends “a conflicting message.”

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Dad Pleads Not Guilty To Assaulting Infant Twins

Updated 2 weeks ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of assaulting his infant twins has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-two-year-old Anthony Carpinelli of Sanford on Friday denied charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with indifference, two counts of assault on a child younger than 6, and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

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Foghorn Switch Leaves Mariners In Fear

Updated 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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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