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Bethel Rape Suspect Pleads Guilty, Avoids Prison

Updated 4 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A man whose rape conviction was overturned by the state’s highest court has avoided additional prison time by pleading guilty before his retrial.

Spencer Glover was sentenced Wednesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court to 10 years in prison with all but 20 months suspended, but was given credit for the 20 months he has already served.

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Parsonfield Man Dies When Tractor Rolls, Pins Him

Updated 4 weeks ago

PARSONFIELD, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a Parsonfield man has died after the tractor he was operating rolled over and pinned him.

The York County sheriff’s office says 66-year-old John David was using the tractor to pull a tree stump from the ground when it rolled over just after noon on Wednesday.

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Maine First Lady, Veteran Speaking At Jobs Event

Updated 4 weeks ago

EDGECOMB, Maine (AP) — Maine First Lady Ann LePage and a veteran who lost four limbs while serving in Afghanistan are delivering remarks at a veterans’ job conference.

LePage’s remarks on Thursday will be followed by Travis Mills, a retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt., who was injured by an improvised explosive device during his third deployment.

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Speaker Boehner Heads To Maine To Support Poliquin

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is heading to Maine to give a boost to Republican Bruce Poliquin’s bid for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

The fundraiser at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland kicks off with a VIP reception on Thursday at 6 p.m. Poliquin supporters will shell out at least $1,000 to get a photo with Boehner. Attendees can pay $250 for the general reception which begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Ex-York Hospital Nurse Charged With Stealing Drugs

Updated 4 weeks ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — A former nurse at York Hospital has been charged with stealing narcotic drugs from the hospital for her personal use.

Police say 45-year-old Nicolle Dauphinee of Kennebunkport was summoned to court next month to face a charge of stealing drugs.

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Maine Trusts Raises Enough To Buy Islands

Updated 4 weeks ago

HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — The Maine Coast Heritage Trust says its effort to raise nearly $1 million to buy two uninhabited islands in Casco Bay and keep them open to the public has been a success.

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Student Charged With Having Knives At School

Updated 4 weeks ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A Scarborough High School student is facing charges after allegedly bringing two knives to school, including a spring-loaded switchblade.

Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Germano was charged Tuesday after fellow students on a school bus told the driver they saw him sharpening a knife.

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Victim Of Biddeford Fire Died Of Smoke Inhalation

Updated 4 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The medical examiner says the victim of a fire at a Biddeford apartment that was deliberately set died of smoke inhalation.

Michael Moore, and his roommate, James Ford, were removed unconscious from their Main Street apartment early last Thursday.

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Portland Man Sentenced On Prostitution Charges

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has been sentenced to four years in prison for transporting three women across state lines for the purposes of prostitution.

Samuel Gravely was also sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to three years of probation.

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Gas Turbine Fired Up On Stealthy Warship

Updated 4 weeks ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — Workers have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship.

Engineers and technicians at Bath Iron Works have spent months in preparation for lighting the turbines, similar to units on the Boeing 777. The turbines will provide the grunt for generators that drive the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy.

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Rangeley Town Manager Quits After 4 Days In Town

Updated 4 weeks ago

RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — The town manager of a Maine town is quitting after four days on the job.

The Sun Journal reports Rangeley, Maine hired Jeff Grossman on Thursday and he quit on Monday. Select Board Chairman Dave Burgess says the selectmen and the manager agreed it wasn’t a good fit. Burgess says the town will release more information about the resignation later this week.

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Forum To Explore Casco Bay Environment Risks

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine environmental group is holding a community forum about environmental threats to Casco Bay.

Friends of Casco Bay will hold the “Casco Bay Is at Risk” forum on Wednesday evening at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The event will include information about coastal acidification, the growth of invasive green crabs, and threats to Maine’s coastal economy.

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Pregnant Woman Killed In Hit and Run

Updated 4 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Authorities want to question the boyfriend of a pregnant woman who was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle in Lewiston.

State police and Lewiston police say 32-year-old Laudrinha Kubeloso was fatally injured Tuesday afternoon. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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Fire Tears Through Lewiston Apartment Building

Updated 4 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Officials say 11 families have been displaced after a three-alarm fire ripped through an apartment building in Lewiston.

Flames broke out Tuesday evening at the apartment building downtown.

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Man Sentenced To 8 Years In Child Porn Case

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing child pornography and testifying falsely under oath in court.

Joel Dudley of Westbrook was convicted following separate jury trials in February and April.

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Cumberland County Drug Court To Remain Open

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland program intended to keep drug addicts out of jail is staying open after Gov. Paul LePage intervened to end a dispute between the Department of Corrections and court officials.

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19 Mainers Died From Work-related Injuries In ’12

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new report from Maine’s Bureau of Labor Standards says 19 Maine workers died from occupational or work-related injuries in 2012.

The state’s fatality rate of 3.2 per 100,000 workers was slightly less than the national rate of 3.4 per 100,000. State officials say the rate declined one percentage point from 2011.

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Vermont Woman Killed, 3 Injured In Bethel Crash

Updated 4 weeks ago

BETHEL, Maine (AP) — Police say a woman from Vermont was killed in a three-vehicle crash in Bethel.

Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant tells The Sun Journal of Lewiston that the victim was 60-year-old Arlene Shepler, of Randolph, Vermont. The crash happened on U.S. Route 2 at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Biddeford Man Charged With Setting Sunday Fire

Updated 4 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The Maine state fire marshal’s office says a Biddeford man has been charged with setting a fire that damaged a two-unit apartment house.

Forty-year-old Jason McGarey was arrested at his home Monday afternoon and charged with arson and burglary. He’s accused of breaking into the second-floor apartment Sunday night and setting numerous fires. Authorities say his former girlfriend lived there until recently.

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LePage Wants To Work With NFL On Domestic Violence

Updated 4 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is urging the commissioner of the NFL to team up with the nation’s governors to tackle the problem of domestic violence.

In a letter to Roger Goodell last week, LePage said that the NFL should create a coalition of team owners and governors to turn the “national spotlight on this reprehensible crime.”

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