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1 Dead In Shooting At Portland Apartment Complex

Updated 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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EMMC Tissue Bank Advances Cancer Research

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 4 weeks ago

Eastern Maine Medical Center has been collecting cancerous human tissue for three years. A new lab this year is letting them take research further.

“We’re taking the discovery from the mouse and the petri dish and applying them to human beings, to human diseases,” says Dr. Jens Rueter.

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State Denies Peru Woman’s Wind Farm Appeal

Updated 1 month ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State regulators have denied a Peru woman’s appeal of an eight-turbine wind farm atop Canton Mountain, giving the go ahead to what would be the fourth wind project in Oxford County.

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Lost New Mexico Kitten Ends Up In Maine

Updated 1 month ago

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — A New Mexico woman’s missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery.

The female kitten, named Spice, was turned into the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook earlier this month by a man who found her inside a duffel bag outside a Portland thrift store.

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Police: Long Island Lobsterman’s Death Accidental

Updated 1 month ago

LONG ISLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine state police say the death of a lobsterman who was found in a driveway outside his home was accidental.

Police say 59-year-old Steven Michael Hanson was found in his Long Island driveway on Wednesday morning. Police say an autopsy was performed Thursday and concluded that his death was an accident. They say the death was likely caused by a fall Hanson suffered outside his home.

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Biddeford Arson Suspect Jumps From Jail Stairwell

Updated 1 month ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Officials say a Biddeford man charged with starting a fire that killed two people has been hospitalized after jumping off a stairway railing in jail.

The York County Sherriff’s Office said that 18-year-old Dylan-Lee Collins was out of his cell at the York County Jail Thursday when he walked up the stairs and jumped off the second-tier landing. Officials say he fell nearly 11 feet before striking the ground.

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Portland Jetport Earns Praise From Industry Groups

Updated 1 month ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland International Jetport is earning high praise from the aviation industry for its customer service and commitment to sustainability.

The Maine airport was among seven from around the world to receive an Airports Going Green award from the Chicago Department of Aviation.

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Auburn Man Pleads No Contest To Bat Attack

Updated 1 month ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — An Auburn man faces a year behind bars after pleading no contest to charges that he used a baseball bat to severely beat a man he thought was flirting with his girlfriend.

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Portland Christmas Tree Arrives On Thursday

Updated 1 month ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city is ready to unveil its Christmas tree for the holiday season.

City officials say the tree will arrive in Monument Square in Portland’s downtown on Thursday at 10 a.m. City residents Mikki Jones-Little and David Little of Brentwood Street are providing the tree. Workers will cut the tree from the couple’s yard at 8:30 a.m.

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Paris Man Charged With Injuring 1-month-old Baby

Updated 1 month ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — Police say a Paris man is facing charges after allegedly breaking his infant daughter’s ribs.

Joshua Dodd faces charges including assault on a child under 6 years old.

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OOB Man Gets 9 Years For Pharmacy Robbery

Updated 1 month ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An Old Orchard Beach man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for stealing prescription drugs from a pharmacy and threatening to shoot the pharmacist.

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Police: Naked Burglary Suspect Appeared To Be High

Updated 1 month ago

FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Court documents indicate that the Falmouth teenager charged with breaking into two houses while naked was under the influence of drugs.

Eighteen-year-old Logan Valle remained jailed on $10,000 bail Tuesday after his arrest Saturday night on charges of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

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Portland Ice Arena To Be Renamed For Former Mayor

Updated 1 month ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland Ice Arena will now bear the name of the politician who fought for it to be built.

The Portland Press Herald reports the 30-year-old arena will be renamed after former mayor and city councilor William B. Troubh (pronounced: TRUBE).

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