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Burglar Who Paralyzed Man Gets 30 Years

Updated 3 weeks ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire man who shot and paralyzed a Maine homeowner during a burglary has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Ronald Bauer, of Farmington, New Hampshire, was ordered by a judge Tuesday in York County Superior Court to begin serving his Maine sentence after completing a sentence on an armed robbery conviction in New Hampshire. His earliest release date for that is 2023.

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2 Dead Bodies Found In Biddeford Motel

Updated 3 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — State and local police are investigating the discovery of two dead bodies in a Biddeford motel.

The bodies in a room at the Sleepy Hollow Motel on U.S. Route 1 were reported at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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USM Gets Nearly $132,000 Health And Safety Grant

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine is getting nearly $132,000 from the federal government for worker health and safety programs.

The grant is part of $10 million the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is awarding to 78 groups nationwide.

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2 Men Fined For Crossing US Border Illegally

Updated 3 weeks ago

BOWMANTOWN, Maine (AP) — Federal officials say two men from Canada and the U.S. have been fined $5,000 apiece for illegally crossing the border to do some hiking.

Shelbe Benson-Fuller from U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the two met up in Maine before legally crossing the border into Canada. Then they illegally crossed the border on bicycles to reach a mountain that they wanted to hike.

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Fire In Scarborough Building Was Accidental

Updated 3 weeks ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — The Maine state fire marshal’s office says a fire that caused at least a million dollars in damage to a commercial building in Scarborough was accidental.

Investigators said Tuesday that the fire was started by an electrical malfunction in a first floor ceiling of Scarborough Commons.

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Augusta Police Chief Still In Hospital

Updated 3 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Augusta police chief remains hospitalized after suffering an injury in a motorcycle crash during an off-duty charity event.

Chief Robert Gregoire crashed during a Shriners ride in Jay on Saturday. A spokesman for Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston says the 49-year-old Gregoire is still in the hospital but his condition was not immediately available.

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NY Comptroller Gets Involved In FairPoint Dispute

Updated 3 weeks ago

The comptroller of New York is urging FairPoint’s biggest shareholder to encourage the company to treat its workforce fairly.

Thomas DiNapoli expressed concerns about union allegations that FairPoint improperly declared an impasse in labor negotiations in a letter to John Angelo, CEO of a private equity firm that owns nearly 20 percent of FairPoint stock.

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NH-Maine Bridge Gets $25 Million For Replacement

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — An aging bridge that connects New Hampshire and Maine is getting $25 million in federal grants for its replacement.

The 70-year-old Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine. It is rated structurally deficient.

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3-alarm Blaze Guts Scarborough Commercial Building

Updated 3 weeks ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A three-alarm blaze has caused extensive damage to a commercial building in Scarborough that houses more than a dozen businesses.

Three firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion while battling the blaze at Scarborough Commons, which was reported at about 7:30 p.m. Monday.

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8 GOP House Candidates, 3 Democrats Withdrawal

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Eight Republicans and three Democrats have dropped out of their races of the Maine House of Representatives.

Candidates had until Friday to withdraw their names from the November ballot. They cannot be replaced with new candidates.

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Police Find SUV Involved In 100 Mph Chase

Updated 3 weeks ago

DURHAM, Maine (AP) — Police say they have found the sport utility vehicle involved in a 100 mph police chase in Durham last week.

Police said Monday they located the purple SUV behind a home in Durham. Driver Wayne King faces charges of aggravated driving with a suspended license and eluding a police officer. Police arrested the 35-year-old last week on unrelated charges in an apartment house in Lewiston.

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Nova Star Ending Service A Few Weeks Early

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Nova Star ferry that runs between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is ending its first season a few weeks early.

Company officials said Monday that the ferry will depart Portland for the last time on Oct. 14 instead of Nov. 2, as originally planned.

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Deckhouse For Stealthy Destroyer Arrives In Maine

Updated 3 weeks ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — A composite deckhouse for the second Zumwalt-class destroyer has arrived at Bath Iron Works in Maine.

The deckhouse and helicopter hangar built at a shipyard in Mississippi arrived by barge on Friday. The structure will house radar and sensors, along with the bridge and combat operations center.

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Gas Prices Increasing In Maine

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices have gone up nearly 2 cents in Maine in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.51 a gallon, down 6.5 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Bethel Man To Be Retried On Rape Charge

Updated 3 weeks ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Bethel man whose rape conviction was overturned by Maine’s highest court will be retried this month.

Jury selection for the retrial of 32-year-old Spencer Glover is scheduled to start Wednesday, for a trial later this month.

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Winslow Homer’s View Of The Sea Preserved

Updated 3 weeks ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — The Portland Museum of Art has purchased the land around the Winslow Homer Studio in Scarborough, protecting the artist’s view from development.

The sale, for $2.3 million, closed Aug. 29.

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South Portland Store Clerk Fights Off Would-be Robber

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A man trying to rob a South Portland convenience store got more than he bargained for when the clerk fought back, wrestled him to the floor and put him in a chokehold until police arrived.

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Passenger Attacks Portland Taxi Driver

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities continue to investigate a weekend assault on a Portland cab driver that caused him to crash into a tree.

Police say the driver picked up a fare on Forest Avenue at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

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Maine Lawmaker In Washington To Talk Aging Issues

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic House Speaker is heading to Washington to meet with the state’s congressional delegation about a plan to aid Maine’s aging population.

House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick will meet with Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King as well as Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud on Tuesday.

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LePage In New Jersey For Fundraiser With Christie

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is heading to New Jersey to raise money alongside Gov. Chris Christie.

The breakfast fundraiser is being held in Benardsville on Monday. Attendees are being charged $3,000 for the event at the Benards Inn.

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