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Voters In Cumberland Approve Creation Of Beach

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Cumberland, Maine, voters are giving their town authorization to borrow $3 million to establish its first public beach.

The Portland Press Herald reports voters approved the referendum question on Tuesday. The vote allows town officials to borrow money to buy about 25 acres of the Payson estate on Foreside Road, near Broad Cove. The land includes 9 acres near the road, a half-mile right of way to the waterfront, and 14 acres of shorefront and tidal property. The beach is nearly a half-mile long and there is a 220-foot pier.

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Construction Worker Identified In Dump Truck Death

Updated 3 weeks ago

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

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3 Hurt In Violent Peru Car Crash

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PERU, Maine (AP) — Police say three young men have been seriously injured in a violent car crash in Peru.

Oxford County Deputy Sheriff George Cayer says it appears as if speed and alcohol were factors in the crash just before 9 p.m. Tuesday that ripped the engine out of the car and spread debris about 300 feet.

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Bowdoinham Man Denies Rape Charge

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PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Bowdoinham man charged with assaulting and raping a woman last summer in Hartford has pleaded not guilty.

Christopher Jones faces charges of gross sexual assault, aggravated assault, domestic violence and criminal threatening in connection with the alleged assault in June in which he’s accused of duct-taping the woman’s hands together.

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Aquarium Releases Seal Pup At Rhode Island Beach

Updated 3 weeks ago

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — The Mystic Aquarium is set to release a young harbor seal pup rescued in Maine.

The Connecticut aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team and the Marine Mammals of Maine are set to release the pup at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown.

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Sprawling Biddeford Bakery Site Back On The Market

Updated 3 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The former Hostess Brands bakery site in Biddeford has been put back on the market with an asking price of $11.7 million.

Hostess filed for bankruptcy and shut down the factory in 2012, putting 380 people out of work. The facility was beset by years of financial problems and a strike.

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Chief Of Naval Operations To Tour Zumwalt

Updated 3 weeks ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — Chief of Naval Operations Admiral William Greenert is slated to tour the first of the Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyers in Bath, Maine.

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King will accompany Greenert on the tour at Bath Iron Works on Wednesday. The 610-foot warship will be the first electric-drive surface combatant built for the Navy since the 1940s. The Zumwalt’s two main generators and two auxiliary units can produce 78 megawatts, enough electricity for about 10,000 homes.

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Gorham Police Chief Retires After 42 Years

Updated 3 weeks ago

GORHAM, Maine (AP) — Gorham, Maine’s longest service police chief is retiring after a 42-year career on the force.

WCSH-TV reports Ronald Shephard’s last day on the job was Tuesday. He started with the department as a police officer in 1972 and became police chief in 1995.

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6th Person Dies Of Injuries From Portland Fire

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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