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Ex-Cape Elizabeth Official Killed In Accident

Updated 3 weeks ago

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — The former director of Cape Elizabeth’s public works department has died after a vehicle backed into him and pushed him into a trash compactor at the town’s recycling center.

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Maine Launching New Job Training Program

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are looking for people interested in participating in a new job training program.

The new program is focused on people who have been out of work for six months or longer and are looking for jobs in the health care sector. Officials say the program’s first phase will begin in the Lewiston-Auburn area next month.

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Police Arrest 3 In Burglary Ring Case

Updated 3 weeks ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say they have arrested three York County residents for a string of burglaries and thefts in three counties over the past two months.

Police say 23-year-old Christopher Michaud of Limerick, 20-year-old Cole Meserve of Standish and 21-year-old Amber Meserve of Limerick are being held at York County Jail on $10,000 bail each and were scheduled for arraignment in Springvale District Court on Monday. A state trooper investigating the case says the defendants are responsible for more than 20 burglaries and used money generated from the thefts to buy drugs.

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Investigators Search For Clues In Biddeford Fire

Updated 3 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Investigators are searching for clues of what caused a fire that destroyed a Biddeford apartment building.

Officials with the State Fire Marshall’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were on the scene of the fire on Monday.

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Otisfield House Burns In Fire; Family Not Home

Updated 3 weeks ago

OTISFIELD, Maine (AP) — A home, a barn and a couple of vehicles have been destroyed by fire in Otisfield, but nobody was home at the time.

A neighbor says two horses and some cats that lived in the barn died in the blaze reported at about 5 p.m. Sunday, but the family that lives in the home was away visiting an ailing relative in Bangor.

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Presque Isle Man’s Van Strikes and Kills Moose

Updated 3 weeks ago

ASHLAND, Maine (AP) — State police say a northern Maine man narrowly escaped injury when his minivan struck a moose on Route 163.

Police say 34-year-old Mark Forino of Presque Isle was heading east on Sunday night in Ashland when the moose walked into the road in front of his Toyota Sienna.

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3-alarm Blaze Torches Biddeford Apartment Building

Updated 3 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A three-alarm blaze that required the response of more than 100 firefighters severely damaged a Biddeford apartment building, but there were no reports of serious injuries.

The blaze in the three-story Green Street building was reported at about 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Man Faces OUI Charge After Cyclist Killed

Updated 3 weeks ago

WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — A Knox County man police say struck and killed a bicyclist with his SUV in Waldoboro over the weekend is facing drunken driving charges.

Chief William Labombarde says 31-year-old cyclist Jessie Hayden was struck at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday by a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Jeffrey Moran, who lives in the town of Washington.

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Scallop Fishing Season Begins In A Week

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s scallop season begins in one week with state regulators again focusing efforts on rebuilding the fishery.

Regulators say their 10-year rotational management plan for scallops in one of Maine’s three scalloping zones will be fully phased in this season. Several areas around the state will also have targeted closures. Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher has said he anticipates cutting back fishing days if scallops become too heavily depleted during the season.

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Marijuana Advocates Hope Maine Goes Legal Next

Updated 3 weeks ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine marijuana advocates say their state is in position to become the first state in the Northeast to legalize recreational use of the drug.

Marijuana legalization proponents around the country scored a series of wins on election night, when Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. all went legal. Supporters of legalization in Maine say their efforts are buoyed by a ballot initiative in South Portland that legalized small amounts of marijuana in the state’s fourth-largest city. Portland voters also legalized marijuana in Maine’s largest city in 2013.

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Coast Guard Aids Fishing Vessel Off Maine Coast

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Coast Guard crews by air and sea and a good Samaritan came to the rescue of a flooded fishing vessel off the Maine coast.

The Coast Guard’s Northern New England Command Center in Portland, Maine received a distress call just after 5 a.m. Sunday from the crew aboard the Two Megs fishing boat that their engine room was flooded.

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Maine District Collects More Than $1.5 Million

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine says the district collected more than $1.5 million through criminal and civil actions in the 2014 fiscal year.

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1 Dead In Shooting At Portland Apartment Complex

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting at a Portland apartment complex that left a 23-year-old man dead.

Officers called to the apartment complex on Brighton Avenue on Friday night for a report of shots fired found the body of Richard Lobor of Portland. Police say Lobor didn’t live at the apartment. They didn’t say why he was there or who lives there.

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Portland Task Force To Review Inspection Programs

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The city of Portland is putting together a task force to examine its inspection programs in the wake of a house fire that killed six people.

City officials said Friday that the group will review the city codes and ordinances, fire and code inspection policies and staffing levels.

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Northern Counties See Most Income Growth

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal data shows two of Maine’s northernmost counties posted the fastest personal income growth in the state in 2013.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Aroostook County’s personal income grew by 4.4 percent while neighboring Piscataquis County saw a rise of 4.2 percent. Piscataquis has been Maine’s poorest county for several years. The national average for personal income growth for the year was 1.3 percent.

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Unemployment Rate Unchanged In October

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say that the state’s unemployment rate held steady in October at 5.8 percent.

The rate is unchanged from September and is down a percentage point from a year ago.

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More Extensive Drills Follow USS Miami Fire

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Firefighters at Maine’s Portsmouth Naval Shipyard train regularly for industrial blazes, but mandates after a huge submarine fire call for an annual drill that’s more extensive than anything done before.

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UMaine System To Mull Ending Coal Investments

Updated 4 weeks ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine System committee will consider whether the institutions’ should stop investing in coal mining companies.

The Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees will meet Dec. 3 to discuss the proposal. If it’s approved, it will go to the seven-school board.

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Maine Man Arrested In Hit-and-run In Limington

Updated 4 weeks ago

LIMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Maine authorities have made an arrest in a hit-and-run in Limington that injured a teenage pedestrian.

The York County Sheriff’s office says 57-year-old Christopher Stevens of Limington was arrested Saturday, after he called the sheriff’s office to report hitting the girl.

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Judge’s Approval Clears Way for GNP Mill Buyers

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 4 weeks ago

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a compromise application to resolve disputes between the old Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket and its creditors.

“That’s opened up a lot so we can go forward it’s a big step for us and a big step for East Millinocket,” says PJ Perrino, Mill Trustee.

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