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FBI Releases Photos of Suspects in Boston Marathon Bombings

Updated 2 years ago

The FBI has released photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking for the public’s help in identifying them. You can see the pictures and video by clicking here. FBI Agent Richard DesLauriers said the photos came from surveillance cameras near the explosion sites.If you have any information call 1-800-CALL-FBI. The explosions Monday killed three people and injured more than 180. The images were released hours after President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service at a Roman Catholic cathedral in Boston to remember the victims, including an 8-year-old boy.

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Inmate Briefly Escaped Cumberland County Pre-Release Center

Updated 2 years ago

An inmate serving out the final days of his sentence at the Cumberland County pre-release center has been charged with escape. Authorities say 35-year-old Jamie Allen Irish, whose last known address is New Gloucester, reported to a work site in Freeport on Wednesday. After Irish completed work, a co-worker dropped him off in Portland. When Irish failed to return to the Community Corrections Center at about 6:30 p.m., jail staff began a search for him. He was located on Free Street in Portland at about 10 p.m. Irish is serving a 6-month sentence on a domestic violence conviction and was scheduled to be released on April 25. He now faces a charge of escape. Irish was in a facility for people with less than 90 days to serve.

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Work on the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge Progressing

Updated 2 years ago

Work is progressing on a bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine that was damaged by an oil tanker. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says a barge, crane and other materials are being floated to the site of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge on Thursday. Damaged steel is being replaced on the bridge, which has been closed to vehicle traffic since the tanker struck it April 1 after breaking away from a pier. With the bridge closed and the new Memorial Bridge under construction, the only bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, open to traffic is the Piscataqua River Bridge on Interstate 95.

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Beware of Scammers in Light of Boston Marathon Tragedy

Updated 2 years ago

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, be aware of scams.The Better Business Bureau reports that at least one phony charity has already emerged.A fraudster set up a Twitter account minutes after the bombing that claimed to be associated with the Boston Marathon Organization.It was quickly shut down.For more giving tips or to report a scam, visit

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Possible Boston Marathon Suspect Identified

Updated 2 years ago

Authorities have reportedly identified a possible suspect in the Boston Marathon attack.Sources identified the person as a man wearing a white baseball cap, a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and a black jacket.Investigators are looking for the individual, but have not identified him yet.The news comes on a day when authorities have made “significant progress” in the case, but no arrests.Earlier reports that a suspect had been arrested turned out to be false.

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Lewiston Appears in Court on Murder Charge

Updated 2 years ago

A Lewiston man charged with murder was in court on Tuesday. Michael McNaughton, 23, is accused of killing Romeo Parent, 20, and dumping his body in a stream in Monmouth. Police say McNaughton killed Parent in Greene last Tuesday.His body was recovered three days later.A bail hearing has been scheduled for next month.

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Republican Liberty Caucus Convention to be Held in Portland

Updated 2 years ago

A conservative Republican organization says its 2015 national convention will be held in Maine. The Republican Liberty Caucus says the convention will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Caucus officials say Maine Gov. Paul LePage wrote a letter in December encouraging the organization to award the convention to Portland. In all, four cities expressed interest in hosting the event, which is held every other year. Previous RLC conventions have been held in the Washington, D.C. area: Gatlinburg, Tenn.: Las Vegas: Atlanta: Fresno, Calif.: Orlando, Fla.: and Jacksonville, Fla. The 2013 convention is slated for Austin, Texas. The caucus describes itself as a volunteer grass-roots wing of the Republican party that favors small government and individual liberties.

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Attorney General’s Office Taking Over Berwick Fatal Crash Investigation

Updated 2 years ago

The Maine Attorney General’s Office has taken over the investigation into a fatal collision that killed a special education teacher in Berwick last week. The Portland Press Herald reports, Attorney General William Stokes said his office was asked by York County District Attorney Kathryn Slattery to oversee the investigation because the surviving driver is related to her family. Stokes said he is not allowed to identify the 17-year-old male driver because he is a juvenile and has not been charged with any crimes. Thirty-four-year-old Amy Harris died on April 10 after her collided with a sport utility vehicle that crossed the center line on route 4. Her children, ages 7 and 4, were in the car. The 7-year-old is recovering from surgery for a broken vertebra and torn intestine.

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Emails and Text Messages Detail Kennebunk Prostitution Operation

Updated 2 years ago

Emails and text messages show the Maine fitness instructor who ran a prostitution operation out of her Zumba studio had as many as five clients a day and wanted her co-conspirator monitoring the trysts. The messages between Alexis Wright and Mark Strong Sr. were obtained Tuesday through a records request by the Portland Press Herald. The communications included spreadsheets Wright used to keep track of her clients that included names, dates, times, sex acts and payments. Wright pleaded guilty last month to 20 counts including prostitution for using her Kennebunk studio as a front for prostitution. Strong was convicted of 13 counts. In one series of texts, Wright says she’s prepared to see a client but was waiting for Strong to let her know he was watching online.

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Maine Credit Unions Offering “Ultimate Job” to 18-25 Year Olds

Updated 2 years ago

Are you looking for something described as the “ultimate job?”If you’re between the ages of 18 and 25 you can apply to be the Young Free Maine Spokester. Maine’s credit unions are looking for a creative, tech-savvy person to blog, use social media and go to events to talk about finances. You can apply through may 24th. You have to submit a 60-second youtube video and write a blog post.For more information visit

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US Flag to be Flown at Half Staff

Updated 2 years ago

The president has ordered the United States flag be flown at half staff until sunset Saturday to honor yesterday’s victims in the Boston Marathon bombings.Two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. At least 3 people have died, one of them an 8-year-old, and at least 154 people were injured.One of the bombs has been identified as a pressure cooker, full of shrapnel, in a back-pack.Authorities have cornered off a 12-block radius as they continue their investigation, no one has been detained.

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CMP Recruitment Website Hacked

Updated 2 years ago

Anyone who applied for a job with the parent company of Central Maine Power might have had their personal information misused. Iberdrola USA officials say its recruitment site was hacked, but is now secure. They are talking with anyone who might have been affected.

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MEMA Confirmed to be on Standby in Boston

Updated 2 years ago

Lynette Miller of Maine Emergency Management Services confirms MEMA is on standby, but Massachusetts state officials have not asked for help from any other states at this point. Miller says the call for help likely would have already happened.

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$125,000 Raised for Memorial Bridge Lighting

Updated 2 years ago

A committee raising money to light up a new bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine has reached $125,000. The goal is reach $200,000 for the Memorial Bridge, which is under construction and expected to open in July. It will replace a nearly 90-year-old bridge connecting Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine. Discussions have included installing LED lights to illuminate the bridge’s towers, piers and a memorial plaque.

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Lewiston-Auburn to Host the 2015 Northeast Shrine Association Fall Field Days

Updated 2 years ago

Lewiston-Auburn has been selected to be the host of the 2015 Northeast Shrine Association Fall Field Days, an event that’s expected to draw thousands of Shriners from across New England and eastern Canada. The Kora Shriners says the four-day event will be held from Sept. 17-20, 2015 and should attract more than 3,000 Shriners. The event is held in Maine every 15 years, but it’s previously been in Portland because it has the facilities to handle the influx. Officials say Lewiston-Auburn can now accommodate the event. Kora Shriners is part of Shriners International, a fraternity-based organization that supports the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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Cinderella Project of Maine Brings Prom Dresses at No Cost

Updated 2 years ago

Free and fabulous prom dresses at no cost the buyer.That’s the mission of the Cinderella Project of Maine. They will be holding two more dress giveaways for girls that may have missed their first opportunity to get one.This Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 to 12:00 PM, girls can stop by Renys Plaza in Belfast and choose a dress that they may not be able to afford otherwise.The only thing organizers ask is that the favor is paid forward by doing something nice for the community.

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Southwest Airlines Arrives at Portland Jetport

Updated 2 years ago

Southwest Airlines has landed at the Portland International Jetport .Southwest started service from Portland to Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Sunday.Last year, Southwest acquired Airtran Airways and announced the jetport would be one of four new airports it would service.As part of Monday’s celebration, a family with a seriously ill child is getting a free trip to San Diego through Make-a-Wish.

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Breaking: Explosions Near Finish Line of Boston Marathon

Updated 2 years ago

Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have resulted in injuries. Bloody spectators were being carried Monday to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course. “There are a lot of people down,” said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding. About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.See the latest developments LIVE:

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$40K Ruby Rose Cocktail Celebrates White Barn Inn’s Anniversary

Updated 2 years ago

An upscale Maine restaurant is offering the ultimate cocktail at the ultimate price. Beginning June 1, The White Barn Inn in Kennebunk will start selling the Ruby Rose cocktail, a concoction with a 4-carat ruby and a $40,000 price tag. The Inn is marking its 40th anniversary, and ruby is the gemstone for a 40th wedding anniversary. Besides the ruby, the drink is made with Hangar 1 Vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, pomegranate and a spoonful of rosewater. For those who want the drink without a precious stone, it’ll cost $18.The White Barn Inn is throwing an over-the-top celebration the weekend of May 31 – June 2 that will feature a 9-course dinner complete with a bottle of wine from 1973.The menu created by Chef Jonathan Cartwright will be $400 per person and served on Saturday, June 1. The dishes on the menu will take guests back 40 years to honor the milestone. Along with dinner, guests will enjoy a 1973 D’Oliveiras Verdelho wine to represent the start of the hotel and restaurant’s successful journey.A bottle of 1973 Hanzell Vineyards Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley from Hanzell Estates will be auctioned off during the dinner on June 1. Guests will have the opportunity to bid for this rare vintage bottle that is only sold to a handful of Hanzell Estates’s esteemed collectors. All proceeds will be donated to “Share Our Strength,” a charity whose aim to draw public attention to the importance of ending childhood hunger and connecting children in need with nutritious food through the No Kid Hungry network, as well as teaching families to cook healthy, inexpensive meals. This bottle is valued at approximately $206.

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Future of Auburn Church Looking Bleak

Updated 2 years ago

Parishioners are finding out that the future of St. Louis Roman Catholic church in Auburn is looking increasingly bleak. Church members learned at a meeting Sunday that compounding structural problems have led church officials to recommend to the bishop that the 1905 building be deconsecrated and demolished. The church has cracks in the masonry and water damage. The light fixtures are so old that the bulbs needed are no longer made. The building needs to be completely rewired. Three rickety spires have already been removed. The Sun Journal, reports that the total cost of repairs is estimated at more than $1 million. Tearing it down would cost just $120,000. Some parishioners are angry, suggesting the diocese sell some other church property to help pay for repairs at St. Louis.

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