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Deputies Searching for Truck in Sangerville Hit & Run

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 4 weeks ago

The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s office is searching for a truck involved in a hit and run in Sangerville Saturday evening.

Officials say a man in his 40’s was hit on Pleasant Street in Sangerville around 7:00 p.m. He was air-lifted from a local hospital to Bangor. Deputies say he’s in stable condition.

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Ranked-choice Voting Advocates Gather Signatures

Updated 4 weeks ago

 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine residents hoping to get a ranked-choice voting initiative on the ballot are making their final push to collect signatures.

More than 100 volunteers will be working to gather as many as 6,000 signatures across Maine on Saturday and Sunday.

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Portland Murder Suspect Arrested In Minnesota

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland officials say authorities in Minneapolis, Minnesota have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the murder of a city resident in 2014.

A local U.S Marshals Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Abdirahman Haji-Hassan on Dec. 19. He is charged with being a fugitive from justice in connection with the killing of Richard Lobor on Nov. 21 of last year. Police have said the killing occurred at an apartment in the city.

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36,000+ 911 Calls Made from Deactivated Phones in 2014

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 4 weeks ago

There were 36,975 911 calls made from disconnected phones in Maine in 2014.

“That is a little less than 6% of our entire 911 call volume for the state of Maine,” says Chad Labree, Executive Director of the Penobscot Regional Communications Center.

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Plan For Hotel Near Oxford Casino Moves Forward

Updated 4 weeks ago

OXFORD, Maine (AP) — A plan to build a 90-room hotel across from the Oxford Casino has taken a major step forward.

The developer has completed permitting and design phases of the project and Hilton Worldwide, owners of the Hampton brand, has given final approval.

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Lobster Dip Raises $100,000 For Special Olympics

Updated 4 weeks ago

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — More than 300 people took a New Year’s Day plunge into the icy ocean off Old Orchard Beach to raise $100,000 for the Special Olympics.

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Holiday Home Goes Up In Flames

Updated 4 weeks ago

DALLAS PLANTATION, Maine (AP) — A holiday home in western Maine has been destroyed by a New Year’s Day fire, but nobody was injured.

The fire at the three-story home in Dallas Plantation, near Rangeley, was reported at about 2 p.m. Thursday by somebody who saw smoke.

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Jewelry Store Closes After 159 Years In Business

Updated 4 weeks ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine jewelry store has closed its doors for good after 159 years in business.

Trask Jewelers in Farmington had a last-minute flurry of sales and repairs for loyal customers on New Year’s Eve before closing down.

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Cities Hope State Police Can Link Shootings

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Portland and Westbrook are hoping the Maine State Police crime lab will be able to determine if the same gun was used in drive-by shootings in each community.

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Fire Chief Quits Job With Restoration Firm

Updated 4 weeks ago

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A Maine fire chief says he’s going to resign from his part-time second job for a fire damage restoration company after questions were raised about whether it represented a conflict of interest.

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Veteran Lewiston Police Officer Named Deputy Chief

Updated 4 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A 25-year-veteran of the Lewiston Police Department is the new deputy police chief in the Maine city.

The appointment of Brian O’Malley was announced Wednesday.

During his years in Lewiston O’Malley has served as a patrol officer, detective and, later, as the head of the Criminal Investigation Division.

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Civil-War Era Ledger Book Returned to Maine

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 4 weeks ago

A Civil-War era book from Mattawamkeag is now back in Maine.

The Maine State Archives says the book is an old ledger showing how much money was given to Mattawamkeag soldiers and their families during and after the war.

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Handful Of New Maine Laws Kicking In With New Year

Updated 4 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A handful of new Maine laws have gone into effect with the beginning of the new year.

Beginning Thursday, high-ranking executive branch officials who leave their posts are barred from engaging in activities that would require registration as a lobbyist or lobbyist associate for at least one year. A similar law is now in place for lawmakers with the beginning of the 127th Legislature, which formally opened last month.

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Wardens Urge Fishermen Caution On Ice

Updated 4 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine game wardens are warning ice fishermen to stay off thin ice this holiday weekend.

Some lakes and ponds have yet to freeze. And others that froze early in December are now unsafe after the unseasonably warm weather during Christmas week.

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2 Hikers Safe After Getting Lost In New Hampshire

Updated 4 weeks ago

NEW HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Two Maine hikers are safe after becoming lost after dark in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

Conservation officers were called to Mount Garfield in Bethlehem Tuesday afternoon after two hikers call 911 from their cell phone to report that they were lost and did not have proper equipment to spend the night in the woods.

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Stranger Buys New Bikes For Lewiston Children

Updated 1 month ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Two Lewiston children whose new bicycles were stolen the day after Christmas are smiling again.

An anonymous stranger dropped off bikes for 13-year-old Austin Westleigh and his 10-year-old sister, Kelsey, after a story about the heartless theft appeared in the Sun Journal newspaper.

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Closed Portland Church Sold To Jewish Organization

Updated 1 month ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Roman Catholic church closed when the Diocese of Portland merged several parishes has been sold to a Jewish organization.

Steve Brinn, president of the executive committee of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, says his organization has signed a purchase-and-sales agreement to buy the St. Patrick church property.

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Hunting Seasons End With End Of Year

Updated 1 month ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The end of 2015 also marks the end of the year for several Maine hunting seasons.

Wednesday is the final day of the year for the ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail and pheasant seasons. Grouse and quail have a daily limit of four while pheasant hunters are limited to two.

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Mainers To Jump In Frigid Water For Climate Change

Updated 1 month ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 100 people are ready to plunge into frigid Maine waters to raise money and awareness about global climate change.

The frozen finale of the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s Polar Bear Plunge and 5k Race is set to take place at noon on Wednesday at Portland’s East End Beach. The event was preceded by a fundraising drive. The organization says money raised from the event will be used for its campaigns about “energy efficiency, clean air, and renewable energy sources.”

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Hunter Death Suspect Charged With Sex Assault

Updated 1 month ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Wales man charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a hunter is now facing charges of sexually assaulting a child.

Forty-three-year-old Christopher Austin of Wales has been charged with eight counts of gross sexual assault of a child between the ages of 8 and 15 years old.

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