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Man from Old Orchard Beach Charged with March Murder

Updated 2 years ago

An Old Orchard Beach man has been indicted in connection with the shooting death of a Biddeford man who was found dead inside his car in March.Nguany is accused of killing Charles Raybine on March 26. Raybine was found dead inside his parked car in the parking lot of Parish Place Apartments at 41 Birch Street in Biddeford.Nguany is being held at the York County Jail.He has been in custody on unrelated charges since March 26, according to Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes.Stokes would not discuss the relationship between Nguany and Raybine, but said prosecutors do not believe the shooting was a random event.Nguany will be arraigned on the murder charge on June 21.

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York County Jail Wants to Ban In-Person Inmate Visits

Updated 2 years ago

The York County Jail is looking to end in-person visits between inmates and their families and friends to cut down on the amount of drugs, tobacco and other contraband being smuggled in. Jail Administrator Michael Vitiello says if the state Corrections Department approves his application, he’ll expand the jail’s video visitation program to allow more visits for inmates by video. But Vitiello’s plan has its critics. Attorney Zachary Heiden of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine tells the Journal Tribune that video visitation can be a valid supplement to in-person visits, but that eliminating them for all inmates is too drastic. He says there are consequences for people breaking the law, and that Vitiello’s proposal punishes all inmates – even those who haven’t broken any rules.

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South Portland Citizens Seek to Bar Tar Sands

Updated 2 years ago

A group opposed to having Canadian tar sands oil pumped through a pipeline to South Portland for shipment overseas plans to seek a change in city zoning law that would prohibit such a project. At a rally outside City Hall on Thursday, leaders of the Concerned Citizens of South Portland unveiled the proposed zoning change and began gathering signatures to put the question to voters in November. There is no active proposal to pump tar-sands oil through 236 miles of pipeline from Montreal to Portland Harbor, but Portland Pipe Line Corp. has acknowledged it is interested in such a project. Portland Pipe Line spokesman Ted O’Meara tells The Portland Press Herald, the company will respond in the near future to the “misinformation, exaggerations and mistruths” propagated in the ballot petition.

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York County Deputy Named Nation’s Top School Resource Officer

Updated 2 years ago

A veteran York County sheriff’s deputy has been named the nation’s top school resources officer. Deputy Jason Solomon has been selected as the National Association of School Resource Officers officer of the year for 2013. Solomon, a 12-year veteran of the York County department, has been the school resource officer at Massabesic High School in Waterboro since 2010. The award goes to an officer who has made a specific and significant contribution to the community and school. Solomon was nominated for the honor by Chief Deputy Bill King, who received numerous reports of his exemplary performance from students, faculty, administrators and parents. Solomon will be honored during a July 14 ceremony in Orlando, Fla.

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Portland Man Arrested on Criminal Threatening Charge

Updated 2 years ago

The grandfather of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds was arrested last Friday at his home in Portland.Police say 53-year old ronald reynolds displayed a knife in a threatening manner.He also allegedly offered resistance so officers used a taser on him.Police say Reynolds was cut after being struck by a bat by a family member in the home.He was later bailed out of the Cumberland County Jail.

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Portland Attack Suspect Seeks Evidence Dismissal

Updated 2 years ago

Lawyers for a Scarborough man charged with kicking and stomping a woman on a Portland street with such severity that she was left with permanent brain damage have asked a judge to throw out some evidence in the case. Attorneys for 28-year-old Eric Gwaro asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss eyewitness accounts of the August attack because the witnesses were only able to identify Gwaro after seeing his photo in media reports. They also argued that Gwaro was “heavily intoxicated and physically exhausted” at the time of his arrest and any statements he made after his arrest also should be thrown out. The Portland Press Herald, reports that the judge did not immediately rule. Gwaro has denied assaulting the 25-year-old woman, saying he was chasing the attacker.

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City of Portland to Host Creative Economy Conference

Updated 2 years ago

Portland is hosting a two-day regional gathering that’s showcasing dozens of projects tied to the creative economy. The Creative Communities Exchange is being held Thursday and Friday at the Maine College of Art and other downtown locations. It’s being attended by more than 250 people who work on creative economy initiatives for businesses, nonprofits, research organizations and government across New England, as well as other states and Canada. The event features more than two dozen workshops, networking opportunities and an awards ceremony. The event is put on by Creative Portland and the New England Foundation for the Arts of Boston. It builds upon two previous creative economy events held in western Massachusetts in 2011 and in Providence, R.I., in 2009.

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Maine Sex Offender Back Behind Bars

Updated 2 years ago

A Maine man convicted in 1986 for his role in a notorious child sex ring has been sent back to prison for violating conditions of probation. Foster James McClure was ordered to complete the final eight years of his sentence on Tuesday for attending a high school robotics competition last month in the company of another registered sex offender. Prosecutors say the 56-year-old McClure violated probation by having contact with children under 18 and associating with another sex offender. Authorities say he attended the competition in Lewiston in April. People contacted police because they were videotaping competitors. McClure’s attorney tells the Morning Sentinel, the other man was doing the videotaping. McClure pleaded guilty in 1986 to charges including child rape and sexual abuse of a minor. He was released in 2008.

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Family of Poland Motorcyclist Files Lawsuit

Updated 2 years ago

The family of a Poland man who died in a crash while riding his motorcycle has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the car involved in the collision and three insurance companies. Kevin Lemm was killed and his passenger wife, Elisha, was severely injured in the crash last July caused when a car crossed the center line. The Sun Journal, reports the lawsuit seeks to recover money for Elisha Lemm’s medical bills, to cover future earnings, as well as damages for loss of companionship, and pain and suffering. The driver of the car was uninjured. The police report says the 22-year-old Poland man drove in an erratic, reckless, careless, negligent or aggressive manner. The insurance companies are targeted because the lawsuit alleges the car driver was underinsured.

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Woman Assaulted Near Popular Portland Jogging Path

Updated 2 years ago

Police in Portland say a woman was sexually assaulted in a parking lot at a popular jogging path. Police say the jogger had completed her run and hopped into her car, only to realize a man was in her passenger’s seat. The woman told detectives that the man sexually assaulted her as she struggled with him, and that he fled after she honked the horn repeatedly. It happened late Monday morning. The assailant told police the man had poor hygiene and may have had tattoos on both forearms. She described him as balding and around 50 years old.

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Maine Medical Center Proposes $40M Expansion

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Maine Medical Center has submitted preliminary plans for a $40 million expansion that would add four operating rooms at its Portland campus. The 40,000-square-foot addition would be built on top of the hospital’s Lower Bean Building. The hospital says it would also add 49 positions to staff the building. Hospital executive vice president Jeffrey Sanders said in a May 24 letter to city planners the addition “will modernize and upgrade MMC’s surgical facilities by enlarging (operating rooms) to meet standard of care requirements.” A hospital spokesman told The Portland Press Herald, on Monday that he could not answer questions about the expansion because the hospital’s board of directors has not formally endorsed the plan, even though it was submitted to the city last week. The board meets Thursday.

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Livermore Woman Pleads Guilty to Welfare Fraud

Updated 2 years ago

A Livermore woman authorities say stole nearly $25,000 in welfare benefits to which she was not entitled has pleaded guilty. Tiki Thomas was sentenced to serve five months of a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Monday to multiple counts of aggravated forgery and theft by deception. She was also ordered to pay full restitution to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The Sun Journal, reports that the judge allowed the 35-year-old Thomas to start serving her sentence June 28 to give her time to arrange care for her children. Authorities say Thomas obtained state and federal benefits over a four-year period by saying she wasn’t getting child support when she really was, or that she was working in a low-paying job.

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Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard at Fenway Park

Updated 2 years ago

Maine’s Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard is presenting the colors at the Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. The agency is sending a six-member contingent of the Honor Guard, which will be dressed in uniform and carrying U.S., Maine and Boston Strong flags. They’ll appear during pre-game ceremonies Tuesday night, when the Red Sox take on the Texas Rangers. The sheriff’s office says the event provides an opportunity to showcase its Honor Guard, represent the state of Maine and pay tribute to Boston following the recent bombings during the Boston Marathon. The sheriff’s office Honor Guard was established in 1992.

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Bath Iron Works Gets Four Ship Contracts

Updated 2 years ago

Officials say Maine’s Bath Iron Works has been awarded a $2.8 billion contract to build four Arleigh Burke Class destroyers over the next five years with the option to build a fifth ship. In statements, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced they had been told of the contracts Monday by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. Collins said the decision to build four ships will help add stability to the workload at the shipyard. However, she calls it “disappointing” they will have to continue to push for the funding for the fifth ship. The Arleigh Burke destroyer program dates to the 1980s. The warships have proven to be so versatile that the Navy has been modifying them for other uses.

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Tobacco Interestes Outspend Anti-Tobacco Groups

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A report by a Maine citizens’ group says tobacco interests have far outspent nonprofits and groups working against tobacco use in elections from 2000 through 2012. The report released Monday by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections cites figures from the state’s election watchdog agency, the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, in compiling its figures. The citizens’ group says tobacco manufacturers including R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris, and tobacco distributors and retailers spent $539,000 since 2000 in statewide campaigns for legislative seats and governor. During the same time, groups opposed to tobacco use, such as the Maine Medical and Maine Osteopathic associations, gave $118,000. The report comes out as two bills to increase taxes on tobacco products are being considered in the Legislature.

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Bath Iron Works Awarded Billion Dollar Contract

Updated 2 years ago

Officials say Maine’s Bath Iron Works has been awarded a $2.8 billion contract to build four Arleigh Burke Class destroyers over the next five years with the option to build a fifth ship. In statements, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced they had been told of the contracts Monday by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. Collins said the decision to build four ships will help add stability to the workload at the shipyard. However, she calls it “disappointing” they will have to continue to push for the funding for the fifth ship. The Arleigh Burke destroyer program dates to the 1980s. The warships have proven to be so versatile that the Navy has been modifying them for other uses.

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Governor LePage Hosted the President of Iceland

Updated 2 years ago

Governor LePage hosted the president of Iceland and business leaders from several nations here in Maine to talk business.Hundreds gathered in South Portland for their 33rd “Maine International Trade Day.”The governor welcomed the president of Iceland to talk about the trade involving fish and lumber.Governor LePage also announced that his next trade mission will be to Mexico and Colombia at the end of October.

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Four People and Two Dogs Rescued from Androscoggin River

Updated 2 years ago

Four people and two dogs were rescued from the Androscoggin River in Auburn after the engine in their small boat cut out and the craft got caught above Great Falls. What was supposed to be “a moonlit cruise” according to one of the boat’s occupants turned sour at about 8 p.m. Thursday when the engine failed and the boat drifted onto the grates above Great Falls. It took firefighters from Auburn and Lewiston about an hour to rescue the people and dogs. The Auburn rescue boat eventually pulled the powerless craft away from the falls and to shore. The boat’s owner, Paul Duclos, said he had not used the craft in several years but it seemed sound and they fueled up before setting out on the river.

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Father and Son Arrested After New Gloucester Standoff

Updated 2 years ago

Authorities say a father and son have been arrested following an eight-hour standoff at their New Gloucester home. Police had to use a dog and tear gas to flush 57-year-old Maurice Diggins and 26-year-old Dillon Diggins out of the home at about 4 p.m. Thursday. Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce said they were each charged with aggravated assault and creating a standoff. The situation started when deputies went to the home to serve the younger man a warrant on an assault charge out of Windham. Police say the older man answered the door and lied about his son’s whereabouts. The men were held in jail Thursday night and it was not clear if they had lawyers.

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Worker on the New Memorial Bridge Suffers Leg Injury

Updated 2 years ago

Firefighters say a man working the center span of a new bridge that will connect New Hampshire and Maine suffered a serious injury when a 40-foot-long steel beam struck in him the leg. Portsmouth Fire Capt. Mike Hogan said it was not immediately clear how the beam struck the worker about 7 p.m. Thursday. He was at the barge at the state pier working on the final span of the new Memorial Bridge construction project. Hogan told the Portsmouth Herald, the worker’s injuries were not considered life-threatening. The man was hospitalized: his condition was not immediately known. Hogan said OSHA will be investigating. The center span is to be floated into place on June 10 and the bridge is to open in July.

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