December 8, 2011 RSS feed / Maine

Portland council denies Occupy Maine request

PORTLAND   Despite overwhelming support for the camp voiced by members of the public during its Wednesday night meeting, the City Council voted 8-1 to deny a request by Occupy Maine to remain in Lincoln Park for at least six more months.  More...

LePage proposes massive MaineCare cuts

AUGUSTA   More than 65,000 lowincome residents will lose health coverage through the state’s MaineCare program under a sweeping overhaul proposed Tuesday by the LePage administration.  More...

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Reward offered for info on jail escapee   SANFORD (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the location and arrest of a New Hampshire jail escapee who may be in Maine.  More...

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N.H. escaped inmate remains at large   SANFORD ( AP) — Residents of several Maine communities remain on edge as police continue to search for a man who escaped from a New Hampshire jail.  More...

Holden man pulls gun in Silly String dispute

BREWER (AP) — A Holden man has been charged with pulling a gun on another man in a dispute that began over Silly String.  Police say 21- year- old Michael Bragdon was arrested Wednesday as he drove out of a supermarket parking lot in Brewe More...

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Washington County judge sanctioned   BANGOR (AP) — A Washington County probate judge has been sanctioned by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for not dealing with cases fast enough.  More...

Man sentenced in roommate killing in Portland

PORTLAND (AP) — A Portland man convicted in the shooting death of his roommate has been sentenced to 38 years in prison.  Daudoit Butsitsi was accused of ambushing Serge Mulongo on the night of Feb. 10, 2010, in a revenge killing. More...

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Three suspected of taking oil from home   BELFAST (AP) — Police in Belfast say three men are suspected of siphoning oil from an outdoor oil tank at the vacant home of a woman who recently died.  Police say the three were detained earl More...

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2 people arrested after 4-hour manhunt   More...

Occupy Augusta, police, agree to standstill

AUGUSTA   Members of Occupy Augusta and the Maine Capitol Police agreed Monday to a standstill in a brewing dispute over an encampment in a state-owned park.  More...

Police: Man fatally stabbed in Portland

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland police are investigating a fatal stabbing.  Police said in a statement that they responded to a Forest Avenue home at about 7:15 p.m. More...

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Survey: Mainers want Postal Service saved   PORTLAND (AP) — A new survey shows most Mainers want the U.S. Postal Service saved and are willing to go along with cost-cutting measures in order to keep it going.  More...

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Cold case breaker: Discarded cigarette   SKOWHEGAN ( AP) — A court document reveals that it was a discarded cigarette that led to the arrest of a Maine man in a 31-year-old murder case.  Jay Mercier was arrested in September and charg More...

New route sought in examining park plan

MILLINOCKET   As a public debate over a northern Maine national park becomes politicized and drifts toward personalities, a former Maine Senate president is calling for a broader look at the future uses of the region.  More...

Report lauds state’s school data collection

BANGOR   A national report released Thursday says Maine is making considerable progress on a project that at first glance might seem like a load of information technology mumbo jumbo. More...

Portland panel nixes park permit for Occupy

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland’s Public Safety Committee has unanimously recommended that the City Council reject OccupyMaine’s request for a permit to remain camped in a city park.  The 3-0 vote came Thursday night after a five-hour More...

Probe continues into shootings

DOVER-FOXCROFT (AP) — State police investigators have not pinpointed why a sheriff ’s department dispatcher gunned down his wife’s ex-husband before he was fatally shot by a trooper, officials said Wednesday.  No single issue e More...

Police kill gunman after fatal shooting

DOVER-FOXCROFT (AP) — A sheriff ’s department dispatcher walked into a nursing home and fatally shot a maintenance worker Tuesday morning before fleeing to nearby fairgrounds, where he was shot and killed by a state trooper, officials sai More...

State budget task force agrees on $25M in cuts

AUGUSTA   A state task force created to identify $25 million in budget cuts to address a shortfall in the 2012-13 biennial budget has met its goal.  Members of the Streamline and Prioritize Core Government Services Task Force wrapped up the More...

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Report: Maine family should be alive   DEXTER (AP) — A new law enforcement report says a Dexter woman and her two children would be alive today if the state’s justice system worked better.  Authorities say Steven Lake killed him More...