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Police Fatally Shoot Suicidal Woman In South Berwick

Updated 2 weeks ago

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Police say they shot and killed a 55-year-old woman after she made calls indicating she wanted to kill herself then pointed a gun at officers.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Karin Moller had called police dispatchers and medical personnel around noon Thursday and said she was suicidal.

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Teen Indicted In Fire That Killed 2

Updated 2 weeks ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A York County grand jury has indicted a teenager on arson and murder charges in connection with a September fire that killed two people in Biddeford.

Dylan Collins has been in custody since his arrest in November. The 18-year-old was transferred to a hospital on Nov. 20 with injuries after jumping off the railing of a stairwell at the York County Jail in what officials believe was an attempt to take his own life.

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Officials To Celebrate Dresden-Richmond Bridge

Updated 2 weeks ago

DRESDEN, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are celebrating the opening of a new bridge crossing the Kennebec River that connects Dresden and Richmond.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Sen. Susan Collins will be on hand at the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday.

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Retired Chief Justice Dies At 93

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Maine Supreme Judicial Court chief justice appointed by independent Gov. James Longley has died.

Vincent McKusick died Thursday at age 93.

Leigh Saufley, Maine’s current chief justice, said McKusick was a role model known for both his kindness and his keen intellect.

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Man Turns Self In After Hit-and-run

Updated 2 weeks ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident and other crimes in connection with a hit-and-run in South Portland.

State police say 27-year-old Brett Catruch of Portland turned himself in to police several hours after a man was found lying unconscious in the roadway at a South Portland intersection just after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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Bill Could Require Widespread Use Of CO Detectors

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers may consider a bill that would require hard-wired carbon monoxide detectors in all homes and hotel rooms in the state.

An incident at an Ogunquit hotel last winter in which 21 guests were sickened by carbon monoxide provided the impetus for the legislative effort, which was expected to be discussed at a news conference on Thursday.

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Police Chiefs Weigh Police Body Cameras

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Several Maine police chiefs say equipping officers in their departments with body cameras was already under consideration even President Barack Obama’s proposal that the federal government share the cost for the technology.

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FairPoint Consumer Complaints Up in New Hampshire

Updated 3 weeks ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire regulators have seen an increase in consumer complaints about FairPoint Communications’ service.

The company’s 1,700-member workforce in Northern New England went on strike in mid-October.

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Lewiston Man Charged with Growing Hundreds of Marijuana Plants

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 3 weeks ago

A Lewiston man is accused of growing hundreds of marijuana plants in the building he lives in.

39-year-old John Katula is charged with Aggravated Cultivation of Marijuana.

Police responded to a disturbance at the Park Street building Tuesday.

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Group Raises Concern Over University Budget Cuts

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American Association of University Professors says it is looking into recently-announced budget cuts at the University of Southern Maine.

The Portland Press Herald reports the group sent a letter to university president David Flanagan saying the cuts raise “significant issues” about tenure, due process and academic freedom.

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Developer Eyes Apartments, Hotel At Old Mill

Updated 3 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A hotel developer is considering a $50 million plan to build a hotel and apartment complex at a former textile mill in Biddeford.

Tim Harrington of Atlantic Holdings is expected to appear before the city’s planning board of Wednesday to discuss the plan to renovate the more than 160-year-old Lincoln Mill.

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Portland Tries To Eliminate Cigarette Butts

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials and environmentalists will gather in Maine’s largest city to unveil Portland’s latest effort to eliminate cigarette butt litter.

A city spokeswoman says about five dozen “Sidewalk Buttler” cigarette dispensers were recently installed around the city. The tubular receptacles resemble mustachioed butlers and have mouth-shaped inserts where smokers can dispose of cigarette butts.

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Regulators Meeting With Fishermen About Closures

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery regulators will meet with fishermen this month to discuss changes to federal regulations about fishing in federal waters off the state’s coast.

The state Department of Marine Resources says it is hosting the meetings to address habitat requirements for fisheries managed by the New England Fishery Management Council, a federal body. The department says the requirements “may impact Maine fishermen who operate in federal waters.” Changes could include area closures for fisheries including groundfish, scallops and quahogs.

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Engineers To See If Death Site Needs Safety Help

Updated 3 weeks ago

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — Engineers will visit a Cape Elizabeth transfer station that was the site of a fatal injury to see if the facility needs safety improvements.

The Portland Press Herald reports that town manager Mike McGovern says the solid waste engineers from the Portland firm of Woodard & Curran will visit the site this week. Seventy-nine-year-old Herbert Dennison was throwing garbage into a trash compactor at the facility on Nov. 24 when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 72-year-old Christine Sharp-Lopez.

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3 FairPoint Picketers Hit by Vehicle in NH

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 3 weeks ago

KEENE, N.H. (AP) – Police say three striking FairPoint workers were struck by a vehicle driven by a replacement worker as they were picketing in Keene.

Keene police say one picketer went to the hospital for an evaluation Tuesday afternoon but did not have serious injuries. The two others refused medical treatment.

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Lisbon Construction Company Gets School Job After Legal Action

Updated 3 weeks ago

A court says the Lisbon school district must award a multimillion-dollar school construction job to the company that submitted the lowest bid.

Landry French Construction took legal action after the school district gave the contract to the second-lowest bidder.

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Panel Wants Maine To Reduce Carbon Emissions

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine panel that spent months studying the effects of ocean acidification is recommending the state improve its monitoring of marine ecosystems and work to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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Police: No Special Treatment Given Chief

Updated 3 weeks ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s office says Paris police chief Michael Madden did not receive preferential treatment after being stopped on suspicion of drunken driving.

A sheriff’s deputy pulled Madden over for erratic operation just after midnight Nov. 21 in Naples. Madden had no passengers and was cooperative during the stop.

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Vermont Requests Investigation Into FairPoint

Updated 3 weeks ago

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Public Service has filed a petition with the state Public Service Board requesting an investigation into FairPoint’s service.

The department says over the past few months, the department had twice advised FairPoint by letter that if complaints regarding quality service didn’t decrease significantly by the end of November, a request for an investigation would be requested.

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Portland’s Historic Victoria Mansion Reopens for Holiday Season

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland’s historic Victoria Mansion is open for the holiday season.

The brownstone mansion is a National Historic Landmark built between 1858 and 1860 as a summer home for luxury hotel proprietor Ruggles Sylvester Morse. The building is also known as the Morse-Libby House. This week is the first full week of its season. Its “Christmas 100 Years Past” program runs until Jan. 4.

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