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Maine’s Unemployment Drops in Last Month

Updated 2 years ago

Maine’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.2% in November.That’s down from 7.4% for October.The national unemployment rate is now 7.7%.


Sanford Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison For Causing Fatal Traffic Accident

Updated 2 years ago

A 24-year-old Sanford man has learned his sentence for causing a 2010 traffic accident that killed one person and injured five others. Zachary Bubar will serve two years in prison, with the remainder of a nine-year sentence suspended. He’ll also be on probation for four years. The Portland Press Herald, reports Bubar was sentenced by a York County Superior Court judge on Thursday following his conviction last month on manslaughter and other charges. Authorities say Bubar was driving a car that crashed into a van. Police say a speeding Bubar pulled into the northbound lane around a car that was signaling to make a right turn and slammed into a van headed north. Shawn Beaulieu , who was riding in the front seat of Bubar’s vehicle, was killed.

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Homeless Vigil Planned in Portland

Updated 2 years ago

The Winter Solstice will mark a vigil in Portland to remember the homeless people who have died. Friday’s solstice brings the shortest day and longest night of the year. The homeless observance begins at 4 p.m. with a candlelight procession to Monument Square joined by people who are homeless, have been homeless, who work to with homeless people, and those who are grateful not to be homeless. After the procession, a ceremony in Monument Square will take place to honor homeless people who have died, featuring Mayor Michael Brennan and Homeless Voices for Justice advocate Jim Devine.

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Knox Man Arrested After Leading Police on a Low Speed Chase While Driving Without Clothes On

Updated 2 years ago

A 63-year-old Maine man is facing charges after allegedly leading police on a low-speed chase and ramming a police cruiser while driving without any clothes on. The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department says Cary Furrow of Knox refused to stop for police Tuesday afternoon for driving erratically in Phippsburg. Chief Deputy Brett Strout told The Times Record of Brunswick, that Furrow drove as much as 20 mph under the speed limit and didn’t stop even after running over a spike mat. When officers eventually took Furrow into custody, Strout said he “wasn’t wearing any clothes, whatsoever.” Furrow faces charges of refusing to stop for police, driving to endanger and passing a road block. Strout said alcohol and drugs are not considered a factor in the case.

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Boil Water Order Continues in Portland

Updated 2 years ago

A boil-water order remains in effect for the Portland Peninsula after a break in a 20-inch water main that flooded a downtown street. About 4,000 homes and businesses are affected by the order. The Portland Water District says it collected a dozen water samples from around the peninsula and found no immediate indication of contamination. But officials said the samples were still being analyzed for the presence of bacteria and the test results will not be known until mid-morning Thursday at the earliest. The water main break Wednesday on Somerset Street, near Whole Foods, flooded the road with water that reached a depth that topped headlights of parked cars. Two elementary schools had to close for the day.

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Authorities Investigating Fatal Fall at Dayton Sand and Gravel

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Authorities in Maine are investigating the death of a man who fell about 80 feet from a lift in Dayton. Shawn Hutchins was pronounced dead at the scene on Wednesday night at Dayton Sand and Gravel. Major William King of the York County Sheriff’s office said in a statement that Hutchins, a 41-year-old Dayton resident, was an employee at the facility but the plant was not in operation at time and it’s not known why Hutchins was in the lift. King said one witness has been interviewed but no details were available. Maine state police are assisting in the investigation.

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Monhegan Island Getting Federal Grant to Upgrade Power System

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Monhegan Island is getting a $420,000 federal grant to upgrade its power system. The Department of Agriculture grant will fund a 13-kilowatt solar power system, a new 40-kilowatt generator and a new switching system that will allow the Monhegan Plantation Power District to switch between different power sources and incorporate renewable energy sources like solar or wind power. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says Monhegan residents pay about 70 cents per kilowatt hour, more than four times the average mainland rate and among the 20 highest rates in the country. She says the grant will improve the reliability and efficiency of the island’s power grid. Monhegan is about 10 miles off the coast and is a summer haven for artists. It has a year-round population of about 70.

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Maine Education Department Meets with Emergency Officials after Conneticut Tragedy

Updated 2 years ago

Emergency planning for schools was the topic of discussion in a meeting between Maine’s education commissioner, police and emergency officials.”We’re looking at the possibility of taking some of those evacuation drills, we actually require quite a few in the early grades K-to-4, we require ten a year. Could we take some of those and turn them into lockdown drills?” Commented David Connerty-Marin, spokesperson for Maine’s education department.The group will focus on where the Department of Education might be able to offer more help to make Maine schools safer.

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18-Month Old Livermore Falls Boy Recovering After Attack by Family Dog

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The grandmother of an 18-month-old boy who was attacked by the family dog in their Livermore Falls home last weekend says the child is recovering well. Destiny Enman tells the Sun Journal her grandson was bitten on the top of his head and forehead by the dog, an American bulldog and husky mix. The dog was previously reported to be a pit bull-wolf hybrid. Enman was also bitten as she rushed to help the boy. The child and the grandmother were taken to a hospital in Lewiston where they were treated and released. Enman says the boy is not expected to have any permanent injuries. The animal was euthanized and tests showed it did not have rabies. Enman said she did not know why the dog attacked.

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Heating Oil Prices Unchanged From Last Week

Updated 2 years ago

Heating oil prices remain unchanged from last week.The governor’s energy office says oil’s going for an average of $3.64 a gallon statewide.Propane is averaging 2.74 a gallon, kerosene 4.08.


13 Yr. Old Girl Injured in Hit and Run

Updated 2 years ago

Authorities are searching for a hit-and-run driver whose car struck and injured a 13-year-old girl who was shoveling snow away from her family’s mailbox in Leeds. The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department says in a statement released early Tuesday that the girl suffered non-life threatening injuries Monday afternoon. Investigators are seeking help from the public in locating the driver and vehicle involved in the crash. They describe the car as a blue smart car that was last seen driving west on Church Hill road toward the town of Turner. The vehicle should have some noticeable damage on the passenger side after hitting the girl and the mailbox.

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Portland City Council Vote to Increase Their Own Pay

Updated 2 years ago

Members of the Portland City Council have unanimously approved a 1.5 percent pay increase for themselves together with Mayor Michael Brenna and City Manager Mike Rees despite objections from some city residents. The Portland Press Herald, reported Tuesday that residents urged the officials meeting Monday night to reject a pay hike in solidarity with many in the city who are struggling in a down economy. City councilors will see an increase of just under $100 in their current annual compensation of $5,600. The mayor’s annual salary of $65,400 will increase by $981. The city manager will see his $143,000 annual pay increase by $2,145. The increases are retroactive to July 1. Resident Kevin Casey said it is disconcerting that city officials get to vote on their own pay increase.

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Record-Setting Year for State Park Passes

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It was a record-setting year for the sale of state park passes in Maine.The Division of Parks and Public Lands says it sold nearly 11,000 vehicle passes and more than 1,300 individual passes for state parks, the most ever sold in the park system’s 77-year-old existence.2013 park passes are now available online.It’s 35-dollars for an individual pass and 70-dollars for a vehicle pass, which allows entrance to everyone in a vehicle.

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Chelsea Selectwoman’s Request to Withhold Statements to Police Rejected

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A federal judge has rejected a former Chelsea town officials’ efforts to keep statements she made to police out of her fraud trial.Carole Swan is accused of extorting money from a contractor while she served as a selectwoman, and she’s accused of inflating the cost of road projects awarded to her husband.She also faces fraud charges related to income taxes and federal workers compensation benefits.The judge questioned Swan’s claims that she’s functionally illiterate and can’t read or write, which swan planned to use as part of her defense.

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Robert Nelson to Learn Verdict Tuesday

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An Anson man accused of killing another man in a drug dispute three years ago will find out his fate Tuesday.Prosecutors say Robert Nelson shot and killed 60-year-old Everett Cameron in North Anson on Halloween three years ago.The victim suffered from cancer and his family admits he was selling his prescription pain killers for extra money.Nelson was one of his customers.Testimony and closing arguments in the non-jury trial wrapped up two weeks ago.Superior Court Judge John Nivison says he’ll announce his verdict Tuesday morning in Skowhegan.

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After a Year, Mother Still Hopes for Ayla Reynolds’ Return

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Ayla Reynolds’ mother continues to call attention to her daughter’s disappearance.Trista Reynolds say she wants to do whatever she can to keep Ayla’s face and story in the public eye. She’s still in touch with police but the last contact she had with Ayla’s father, Justin Dipietro, was a text message from August. Trista hopes by sharing Ayla’s story, someone will offer police information that will lead them to her.She knows it’s unlikely her daughter will be found alive, but she still prays for a miracle. “No matter what, I always have to keep that little bit of faith and that little bit of hope that Ayla’s out there and that she is alive, but it’s really hard when you still don’t have any news.”Trista says she still sees Ayla every day in her son, Raymond, Alya’s half-brother, who looks just like her.She also says she’s frustrated with state police because she feels like the investigation into Ayla’s disappearance has become less of a priority as time passes, even though police say the case is still an open and active one.

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Six More Maine Communities Recieve Business-Friendly Seal of Approval

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Six more Maine communities have received the state’s business friendly seal of approval.Lewiston-Auburn, Ellsworth, Fairfield, Kennebunk, and Topsham all recevied the distinction at a state house ceremony this afternoon.The award is presented to communities that make things easier and more attractive to business owners.”The process they go through to apply for this certification opens their eyes to whether or not they are business friendly,” said George Gervais of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. “It either puts a stamp of approval on where they’ve been headed anyway, or it makes them realize there are changes that they need to make.”Each town receives a road sign designating it as business friendly and a certificate.So far, eighteen Maine towns have made the grade.

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Thousands of Volunteers Show up for Wreaths Across America

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Tens of thousands of volunteers laid wreaths at veterans’ graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia Saturday. About 110-thousand wreaths were placed throughout the cemetery as part of the 21st Annual Wreaths Across America. The event honors fallen men and women from the US military during the holiday season.

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1 Year Old Boy Injured in Dog Attack

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A 1-year-old boy is hospitalized with severe facial injuries and his mother is also recovering from injuries after authorities in Livermore Falls say they were attacked over the weekend by the family’s dog. The Lewiston Sun Journal, reports the town’s animal control officer ordered the dog, a pit bull-wolf hybrid mix, quarantined in a room at family’s home on Friday. But on Saturday, police Lt. Thomas Gould said the dog was able to grab the child by the head and maul the boy. When his parents rushed to his aid, the boy’s mother was also attacked by the animal. The child was rushed to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, where he underwent surgery on Sunday for facial injuries. The boy’s mother was treated for injuries to her arm. The dog was euthanized.

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Candlelight Vigil Held in Portland for Connecticut Shooting Victims

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A candlelight vigil in Portland brought expressions of sympathy and support for the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., along with calls for stricter gun control laws. More than 100 people attended the Sunday night vigil in Portland’s Monument Square, which was organized by the Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence. Bill Harwood, a founding member of the group, called on the state to do more regulate gun sales and keep weapons away from people who may be mentally ill. Portland Mayor Michael Brennan also said the Connecticut tragedy shows the need for tougher laws. He said people do not need to own assault rifles to hunt or protect themselves. School superintendent Emmanuel Caulk told the gathering that Portland schools have taken steps to make students are safe.

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