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6th Person Dies Of Injuries From Portland Fire

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A hospital spokeswoman says a man has died from injuries suffered during a weekend Portland house fire, bringing total deaths to six.

The spokeswoman for Massachusetts General Hospital says 29-year-old Steven Summers of Rockland died Tuesday afternoon. He was severely burned during the Saturday morning blaze.

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Ex-police Chief Gets 4 Years In Prison

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The former Maine State Police chief charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old child has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful sexual contact.

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Construction Worker Killed In York

Updated 3 weeks ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police say a construction worker was killed when he was run over by a dump truck on the Maine Turnpike in the town of York.

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Pingree Takes 1st District By Steep Margin

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree was reelected to her forth term as the representative for Maine’s 1st Congressional District.

Pingree won by a whopping 61 percent of the vote..

In her victory speech at Port City Music Hall in Portland, she thanked all those who backed her, and she says she looks forward to getting back to work.

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Voters In 2 Maine Cities Split On Marijuana Rules

Updated 3 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Voters in South Portland and Lewiston have split over ballot initiatives on legalizing possession of marijuana.

Petitions called for the municipalities to allow people age 21 and older to possess an ounce of marijuana without facing any penalty. Voters in South Portland approved the measure Tuesday, but Lewiston voters rejected it.

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South Portland Approves Marijuana Legalization

Updated 3 weeks ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Voters in South Portland have voted to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Ballot initiatives in South Portland and Lewiston call for the cities to allow adults ages 21 and older to possess an ounce of marijuana without facing any penalty. South Portland voters approved the measure Tuesday, while Lewiston totals are still being counted. Portland voters overwhelmingly approved a similar law there last year.

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Man Dies Of Injuries From Portland Fire

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A spokeswoman for Massachusetts General Hospital says a Rockland, Maine, man has died from injuries related to a Portland house fire that also killed five others.

The spokeswoman says 29-year-old Steven Summers died Tuesday afternoon. He suffered severe burns during the fire on Noyes Street in Portland on Saturday morning. The fire also killed Portland residents David Bragdon Jr., Ashley Thomas, and Christopher Conlee, and Maelisha Jackson of Topsham. The medical examiner is still working to confirm the identity of another victim and did not return a phone call Tuesday. Authorities say all of the victims are in their 20s.

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2 Victims Of Hiram Car Crash Identified

Updated 3 weeks ago

HIRAM, Maine (AP) — The two teenagers who died in a car crash near Sacopee Valley High School in Hiram last weekend were recent graduates of the school.

Police on Monday identified the victims of the crash at about 2 a.m. Saturday as 18-year-old Andrew Stanley, of Porter, and 19-year-old Isaac Moore, of Parsonfield. Stanley was pronounced dead at the scene. Moore died at the hospital.

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Group Petitioning For Clean Election Effort

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group that wants to bolster Maine’s clean election law is going to be collecting signatures on Election Day.

More than 800 volunteers with Maine Citizens for Clean Elections will be collecting petitions at more than 200 polling locations from Kittery to Fort Kent on Tuesday.

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Ethics Board Rules Against Bear Bait Foes

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Ethics Commission is ruling against supporters of a ban on bear hunting methods who argued that appearances by Maine game wardens in television ads should be reported as a campaign expense.

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Investigators Release IDs Of 4 Portland Fire Victims

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials are identifying four of the five people killed in a weekend house fire near the University of Southern Maine.

Portland officials say at least two of the victims were tenants, 27-year-old David Bragdon Jr. and 29-year-old Ashley Thomas. Two non-tenants, 25-year-old Christopher Conlee of Portland and 23-year-old Maelisha Jackson of Topsham, also died in the fire Saturday morning.

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Anti-bear-bait Activist Cited On Hunting Violation

Updated 3 weeks ago

MASARDIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine hunter who is campaigning against use of bear bait is facing charges stemming from improper hunting of ruffed grouse.

The Maine Warden Service says Joel Gibbs of Lowell was cited Oct. 17 for shooting from a motor vehicle, a class E misdemeanor. Lt. Dan Scott says Gibbs was shooting from the vehicle at ruffed grouse, which he called a “fair chase violation.” Scott says Gibbs is due in court Dec. 3.

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Kaci Hickox’s Boyfriend Still Barred From Campus

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FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Maine nurse Kaci Hickox is free to go wherever she pleases, but her boyfriend is still staying away from the campus where he’s a nursing student amid Ebola fears.

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Gov. LePage Says Critic Needs Suicide Watch

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has wrapped up his campaign on behalf of Republican governors with a fifth appearance with Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

Appearing Monday evening in Portland, Christie described LePage as a candidate who wants the best for Maine and who “may say things in a way that are rather direct.”

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Five Killed in Portland Fire on Saturday

Updated 3 weeks ago

Investigators have identified the five people killed in Saturday’s fire in Portland.

They are 27-year-old David Bragdon Junior, 29-year-old Ashley Thomas, 25-year-old Christopher Conlee, and 23-year-old Maelisha Jackson… The fifth victim has been tentatively identified as 26-year-old Nicole Finlay.

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Huge Fire Destroys Denmark Building

Updated 3 weeks ago

DENMARK, Maine (AP) — Firefighters from several communities helped battle a large fire in the western Maine town of Denmark.

The fire reported at about 7 p.m. Sunday was in a building on Bull Ring Road that contained several apartments and a restaurant, but there were no reports of injuries.

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Gas Prices Down Another Nickel

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents are getting more relief at the pump, as gas prices have fallen another nickel per gallon.

Price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com reports Monday that the average cost of a gallon of gas in Maine has fallen 5 cents in the past week to $3.09.

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2 Teens Die In Hiram Car Crash

Updated 3 weeks ago

HIRAM, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a second teenager has died following a weekend car crash in Hiram.

Four male teens were in the car that crashed just before 2 a.m. Saturday near Sacopee Valley High School when the 17-year-old driver lost control and struck a utility pole.

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Chris Christie Making Final Push For LePage

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will rally Maine Republicans in a final push for Republican Gov. Paul LePage on the eve of the election.

LePage is in a tight race against Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud. Independent Eliot Cutler is running a distant third and has repeatedly rejected pleas to quit the race and throw his support to Michaud.

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Marijuana Votes Foreshadow Statewide Push

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marijuana activists say fall ballot questions about the legalization of marijuana in Maine cities is a run-up to a statewide legalization drive in 2016.

People in South Portland and Lewiston will vote Tuesday on ballot initiatives that would legalize possession of marijuana. Activists also tried to get a question on the ballot in York.

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