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OOB Man Charged In Killing Sent To Psych Hospital

Updated 4 weeks ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — An Old Orchard Beach man charged with beating and stabbing his grandmother to death in the home they shared, then setting it on fire, has been sent by a judge to a state psychiatric hospital for a 60-day evaluation.

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Wire Fraud Convict Has Until Friday To Object

Updated 4 weeks ago

BROWNVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for submitting false invoices to a Maine town has reached the end of his allotted time to file objections to a pre-sentencing reporting.

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Review Of Cod Decline Report Set To Begin

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Regulators are set to begin reviewing a report that says the amount of cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine is at an all-time low.

Scientists at the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service say the amount of cod spawning in the gulf is estimated to be only 3 to 4 percent of its target level. Their updated assessment of the Gulf of Maine cod fish stock could be used to create new regulatory measures for the fishery, but it must first be peer reviewed. An assessment oversight panel will meet with peer reviewers and New England Fishery Management Council staff on Friday to begin that process.

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Body Of Man Pulled From Presumpscot River

Updated 4 weeks ago

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Emergency officials say divers pulled the body of a man from the Presumpscot River in Westbrook after hours of searching.

The Portland Press Herald reports the man was pulled from the river on Thursday around 1:10 p.m. Deputy Fire Chief Andy Turcotte says emergency workers received multiple calls starting at 9:05 a.m. reporting a man in the water near the Saccarappa Power Plant. Authorities have not identified the man.

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Officer Justified In Windham Shooting

Updated 4 weeks ago

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Maine’s attorney general says a police officer was acting in defense of himself and others when he fatally shot a 66-year-old man in Windham.

Janet Mills says that Cumberland County Deputy Sherriff Nicholas Mangino was legally justified in using deadly force against Stephen McKenney in April.

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Hebron School Oil Spill Cleanup Discussed

Updated 4 weeks ago

HEBRON, Maine (AP) — A heating oil company is picking up the tab for a 1,500-gallon spill at a Hebron elementary school.

Superintendent Rick Colpitts and Jessamine Logan, a spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Protection, tell the Sun Journal that C.N. Brown oil company of Paris has assumed full responsibility for the cleanup.

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FRA Funds Safety Initiative For Smaller Railroads

Updated 4 weeks ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Railway Administration is awarding two grants totaling $350,000 to help short line and regional railroads reduce the risks associated with shipping crude oil, propane and other hazardous materials.

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Navy SEALs Swim 13-plus Miles For Charity

Updated 4 weeks ago

CASCO, Maine (AP) — Four active-duty Navy SEALs are swimming more than 13 miles for charity in Maine.

The SEALs plan to swim the entire length of Sebago Lake on Thursday to raise money to send dozens of military families to Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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Data: Connecticut, Maine Have Slow Economic Growth

Updated 4 weeks ago

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New federal statistics show economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the Great Recession.

The Commerce Department released statistics of quarterly gross domestic product — the measure of all goods and services — from 2005 to 2013. From the second quarter of 2009 until the end of 2013, the economies of Connecticut and Maine grew by 3 percent.

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George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Updated 4 weeks ago

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.

The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Closing Date Coming For Historic Lighthouse

Updated 4 weeks ago

HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — The federal government will announce a closing date for its auction of a historic lighthouse in Casco Bay next week.

The Halfway Rock Light Station has attracted four bids so far, with a top offer of $58,000. It is located off Harpswell, Maine, and is an active aid to navigation. An inspection for registered bidders is set to take place on Thursday.

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Google Barge Leaves Maine, Heads For Scrap

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Google’s four-story barge left Portland for Boston, and will soon be scrapped.

The Portland Press Herald reports the barge itself will remain in Boston for some time before it is put to commercial use somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. Portland Tugboat LLC Capt. Brian J. Fournier’s company escorted the barge to Boston Harbor. He says the four-story, white-colored structure that sits on the barge will be scrapped.

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Rangeley Man Charged With Stealing $6,000 Bike

Updated 4 weeks ago

RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — Rangeley police say they have charged a local man with stealing a $6,000 mountain bike and trying to sell it on Craigslist.

Chief Dennis Leahy says 18-year-old Randall Thompson is charged with felony theft by unauthorized taking.

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NYC Man Pleads Guilty To Maine Counterfeit Scheme

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A New York City man authorities say used teenage girls to spend counterfeit $100 bills in Maine has pleaded guilty to related charges.

Andrew Cupidore pleaded guilty this week in federal court to passing counterfeit U.S. currency.

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Death Of 3-year-old Lovell Girl Investigated

Updated 4 weeks ago

LOVELL, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police and the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a 3-year-old Lovell girl.

A spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety says an autopsy on the girl’s body was performed Tuesday and more tests are scheduled for Wednesday.

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Maine House Speaker’s Bills Address Aging Issues

Updated 4 weeks ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic House speaker is outlining a series of policy proposals aimed at helping the state’s rapidly aging population.

House Speaker Mark Eves will unveil the proposals on Wednesday at the Creekside Village adult housing apartments in Brunswick.

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Autopsy Confirms South Paris Man Shot To Death By Police

Updated 4 weeks ago

MEXICO, Maine (AP) — Law enforcement officials say a Maine man was shot multiple times by police during an exchange of gunfire with officers.

The attorney general’s office says an autopsy concluded that 52-year-old Steven R. Piirainen of South Paris died from gunshot wounds to the neck and chest. The wounds were not self-inflicted.

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Police Van Driver Didn’t Have Valid License

Updated 4 weeks ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police say the driver of a York County Sheriff’s Department van that was hit by a tractor-trailer had a suspended license.

State Police spokesman Steve McCausland says Roger Lanoie of Shapley was cited for operating after suspension on Tuesday. His license was suspended for failing to pay a civil fine for a seat belt violation.

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Maine Environmentalists Rally About Climate Change

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine environmentalists will gather at a Portland hiking trail to rally about the impact of climate change on the state’s recreational opportunities.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is hosting the event Tuesday at Baxter Woods Trail. The council is assembling people from the medical, conservation and outdoor recreation communities to release a National Wildlife Federation report called “Ticked Off.” The report is about the impact of climate change on populations of pests like ticks and mosquitoes and the spread of plants such as poison ivy.

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South Portland Voters To Decide On Legalizing Pot

Updated 4 weeks ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — South Portland’s City Council has voted to place a measure on the November ballot that would legalize possession of marijuana.

The council voted unanimously Monday night to put the question on the ballot. The measure would make it legal for people 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana.

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