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Fight Over Access To Goose Rocks Beach Isn’t Over

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court is giving the town of Kennebunkport a second chance to try to keep Goose Rocks Beach open to the public.

The Supreme Judicial Court in February ruled in favor of beachfront landowners before making a rare decision to hear arguments from town lawyers asking the court to reconsider.

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Utilities Join Forces For 300-mile Power Cable In Maine

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A utility and a transmission company are joining forces to try to make a 300-mile power cable tapping Maine wind power and Canadian hydropower a reality.

The Maine Green Line proposed by National Grid and Anbaric Transmission would be buried on land in Maine and then run across the ocean floor to greater Boston. The companies say it would help New England states meet green-energy goals while lowering electric costs for consumers.

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Chief Apologizes After Misconduct Probe

Updated 2 weeks ago

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — The police chief in Hallowell has apologized to city councilors for a relationship with a female subordinate who has accused him of sexual assault.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Chief Eric Nason said Monday night that his “lack of judgment” had hurt his family and caused embarrassment to the community.

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Police Probe Theft Of Memorial Christmas Tree

Updated 2 weeks ago

NEWFIELD, Maine (AP) — Authorities are investigating the theft of a Christmas tree that a Newfield woman had planted in memory of her twin brother.

The York County Sheriff’s office says the tree was stolen from a home sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

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Panel Investigating Disputed State Senate Race

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A panel that has been tasked with recommending a winner in a disputed Maine Senate race is set to begin its work.

The special election committee, led by Republican Sen. Roger Katz, will meet Tuesday.

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2 People Displaced In Waterboro Home Fire

Updated 2 weeks ago

WATERBORO, Maine (AP) — A Waterboro home has been heavily damaged in a fire that took hours to put out in part because firefighters’ hoses froze in the cold weather.

The Portland Press Herald report that the fire started Sunday night at the three-story residential building and took more than 3 1/2 hours to put out.

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Police: 30 Christmas Wreaths Stolen From Cemetery

Updated 2 weeks ago

SACO, Maine (AP) — Police in Saco are trying to determine who is responsible for stealing 30 Christmas wreaths from headstones at a cemetery in Saco.

Sgt. Scott Sicard says the thefts occurred between Monday and Friday last week at the Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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Farm Gets Grant To Promote Local Food

Updated 2 weeks ago

GORHAM, Maine (AP) — A Gorham farm will receive a $97,000 federal grant to promote local food production.

The Cumberland County Commissioner’s Office says Plowshares Community Farm is receiving the money through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Local Food Promotion Program. The money will be used to expand the farm’s store, which markets local food.

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Director Named For Child And Family Services’ Office

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew has named a new director of the Office of Child and Family Services.

Jim Martin, who has been leading the Office of Aging and Disability Services, will become the director of the child and family services office.

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Maine Told To Reduce Striped Bass Harvest

Updated 2 weeks ago

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A multistate commission is directing Maine to reduce its harvest of striped bass by 25 percent next year.

Maine fishery regulators are planning an informational meeting about the ruling, approved recently by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The commission’s ruling directs coastal states to reduce their catch of striped bass. A stock assessment found that the fish’s 2012 mortality was higher than anticipated and the spawning female population is declining.

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Northern New England States Cool Off On Moose Hunt

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GRAY, Maine (AP) — Interest in northern New England’s moose hunt is cooling as the animals’ declining populations make them more difficult for hunters to find.

Moose hunting in New England remains popular, as tens of thousands of people from around the country continue to enter the states’ moose lotteries. But the number of people entering the lotteries has declined from ten years ago — down about 20,000 in Maine, 5,000 in New Hampshire and 4,000 in Vermont.

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About 250 Protest In Portland

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — About 250 people chanted and marched through Portland to protest grand juries’ decision to not indict white police officers in the deaths of two black men.

They joined nationwide protests Friday night after a New York grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

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LePage Urges Fire Safety After Several Fatal Fires

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are working to install smoke detectors in homes for free.

State Fire Marshal Joseph Thomas said his office received 1,000 smoke detectors from the Southern Maine Community College, which is using a grant to distribute the devices.

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Muzzleloader Season For Deer Restricted

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s season for hunting deer with muzzleloaders is entering its restricted phase.

Saturday was the final day that it’s legal to hunt deer with muzzleloaders in all of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts. There is no deer hunting with muzzleloaders on Sunday. Hunting resumes on Monday and is restricted to 14 of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts. The restriction prohibits hunting in much of northern Maine.

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Casco Bay Patroller Retiring After More Than 2 Decades

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YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The Maine man who patrolled Casco Bay for more than 20 years is retiring.

Maine’s first baykeeper, Joe Payne, announced Thursday that he’s stepping down after years of working to improve water quality, restore clam flats, protect young lobsters and mobilize oil spill cleanup efforts.

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Names Of Officers Involved In Fatal Shooting Released

Updated 2 weeks ago

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — The two Maine officers who fatally shot a suicidal woman they say pointed a gun at them have been identified.

Officials say South Berwick Lt. Christopher S. Burbank, a 22-year veteran, and York Police Detective John Lizanecz, an 18-year veteran, fired Thursday at 55-year-old Karin S. Moller of York. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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Gorham Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges

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GORHAM, Maine (AP) — A part-time faculty member at the University of Southern Maine has been charged with disseminating child pornography.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said that 28-year-old Micah Maurio of Gorham was arrested on Friday and taken to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

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Welfare Case To Remain In State Court

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge says that a case challenging Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s policy on municipal welfare benefits for immigrants will stay in state court.

LePage’s administration had tried to have the case moved to federal court because it said that federal issues are involved. But U.S. District Court Chief Judge John Woodcock ruled Thursday that the case belongs in state court.

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Maine Treasurer Wants More Transparency On Bonds

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s treasurer-elect says she wants to create more transparency about how the state is spending bond money approved by voters.

Terry Hayes says voters have a right to know exactly how their tax dollars are being spent after they sign off on millions of dollars in state borrowing.

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2 More Police Dogs Get Vests From Charity

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two more Maine state police dogs will be outfitted with protective vests due to charity efforts.

State police say police dogs Champ and Merry will get the vests, which protect against bullet and stab wounds. Vested Interest in K9s of Taunton, Massachusetts, VPI Pet Insurance of Brea, California and Madeline Hamersley of Sorrento, Maine are providing the vests. Police say Champ is the thirteenth dog to receive a vest from Hamersley’s donations.

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