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Bethel Man To Be Retried On Rape Charge

Updated 2 weeks ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Bethel man whose rape conviction was overturned by Maine’s highest court will be retried this month.

Jury selection for the retrial of 32-year-old Spencer Glover is scheduled to start Wednesday, for a trial later this month.

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Winslow Homer’s View Of The Sea Preserved

Updated 2 weeks ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — The Portland Museum of Art has purchased the land around the Winslow Homer Studio in Scarborough, protecting the artist’s view from development.

The sale, for $2.3 million, closed Aug. 29.

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South Portland Store Clerk Fights Off Would-be Robber

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A man trying to rob a South Portland convenience store got more than he bargained for when the clerk fought back, wrestled him to the floor and put him in a chokehold until police arrived.

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Passenger Attacks Portland Taxi Driver

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities continue to investigate a weekend assault on a Portland cab driver that caused him to crash into a tree.

Police say the driver picked up a fare on Forest Avenue at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

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Maine Lawmaker In Washington To Talk Aging Issues

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic House Speaker is heading to Washington to meet with the state’s congressional delegation about a plan to aid Maine’s aging population.

House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick will meet with Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King as well as Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud on Tuesday.

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LePage In New Jersey For Fundraiser With Christie

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is heading to New Jersey to raise money alongside Gov. Chris Christie.

The breakfast fundraiser is being held in Benardsville on Monday. Attendees are being charged $3,000 for the event at the Benards Inn.

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Bicyclists Begin Week-long 350-mile Ride

Updated 2 weeks ago

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — More than 275 bicyclists are heading out for a 350-mile ride across Maine.

The seven-day BikeMaine ride begins on Sunday in Westbrook. Riders will stay overnight in several host communities along the way, including Norway, Gardiner and Boothbay Harbor. The trek ends Sept. 13 back in Westbrook.

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Mainers Compete On Cast-iron Cooking, Tossing Day

Updated 2 weeks ago

POWNAL, Maine (AP) — Bradbury Mountain State Park will host Maine’s first state-sponsored event showcasing the tradition of cast-iron cooking over a campfire.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands is holding its first “Cast Iron Cook-off” at the Pownal state park on next Saturday, Sept. 13.

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Maine And New Hampshire Fish Survey Gets Low Count

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists who participated in an annual survey of Maine and New Hampshire fish stocks say they caught fewer fish than any year since 2006.

Scientists say the fall 2013 Maine-New Hampshire Inshore Trawl Survey yielded the second-lowest average catch weight since 2000. A report about the survey states Atlantic cod, mackerel and spiny dogfish counts were “greatly reduced” from previous fall trawls.

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2 Dead In Boothbay Crash

Updated 2 weeks ago

BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — A Connecticut couple has died in a single vehicle crash in the Maine town of Boothbay.

Eighty-five-year-old Donald Hudson and his 67-year-old wife Doreen, of Madison, Connecticut, were killed late Friday morning on Route 27.

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7 Corrections Officers Indicted

Updated 2 weeks ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Seven current and former correction officers at Maine’s York County Jail are facing charges related to the smuggling of drugs and other items to an inmate.

The four current and three former officers were indicted by a York County grand jury on Wednesday.

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Maine To Get $800,000 For Brownfield Work

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is dedicating $800,000 to clean up contaminated brownfield sites in Maine.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allocating the money from its revolving loan fund to the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. The state economic development agency will receive $500,000 and the Piscataquis County agency will get the rest.

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New Program Lets Students Graduate Early

Updated 2 weeks ago

SACO, Maine (AP) — Independent Sen. Angus King is praising a new partnership between a Maine high school and the University of New England that will allow some students to complete a bachelor’s degree in three years.

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Maine Lobstermen Catch 2 Albino Lobsters In Week

Updated 2 weeks ago

OWLS HEAD, Maine (AP) — It’s no white lie: Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week.

The Portland Press Herald reports Bret Philbrick caught the curious crustacean off of Owls Head on Thursday and Joe Bates caught one off the Rockland breakwater days earlier. Albino lobsters are believed to be about one in 100 million.

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‘SUPSHIP Bath’ Gets New Commanding Officer

Updated 2 weeks ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — The Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding in Bath, Maine, has a new commanding officer.

Capt. Michael Taylor became the 30th commanding officer when he relieved Capt. Robert Crowe during a ceremony Friday at Bath Waterfront Park.

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Mom Fights State Over No-resuscitation Order

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A young mother in Maine is fighting a do-not-resuscitate order that was imposed on her brain-injured daughter over the woman’s objections.

Child welfare officials intervened after the baby’s father was accused of shaking her. They say life-saving measures implemented in the event she stops breathing would only prolong her suffering.

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Meth Lab Discovered in Houlton

Updated 2 weeks ago

Drug enforcement agents are dealing with another suspected meth lab in Maine, this time at a house in Houlton.

They say Houlton police had gone to the house on Hillview Avenue last night on an unrelated matter and made the discovery.

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Brunswick Men Say They Will Skip Court Date

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two Brunswick men charged with conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service plan to skip a scheduled date in U.S. District Court because they don’t recognize the federal court system.

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Lawyers Seek Community Service In Fatal Crash

Updated 2 weeks ago

SOUTH PARIS, Maine (AP) — Lawyers for a Maine woman convicted of manslaughter for being behind the wheel during a crash that killed two of her passengers are asking a judge to sentence their client to community service instead of prison.

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Maine Issues Air Quality Alert

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental officials have issued an air quality alert for the southern coast.

The Department of Environmental Protection says the alert will be in effect from late Friday morning through the evening for coastal York, Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties.

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