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Affidavit: Children also removed from home of Littleton animal seizure

Children also were removed from a farmhouse deemed unfit for the more than 60 animals seized by the state earlier this month, according to court documents filed in connection with the seizure. State animal welfare agents on Jan. 13 removed 12 cats and 50 dogs that had …
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A car drives by the new bus stop and regional home for state Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices in South Portland Monday afternoon.

‘For $23 million, taking the bus won’t hurt anybody’: LePage praises new state offices in South Portland

Gov. Paul LePage on Monday afternoon lauded the new regional home for state Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices in South Portland, touting both the cross-department collaboration and monetary savings the new building could generate. The move of the state offices …
James Kuhn, 28, of Brooks.

Brooks father accused of using shock collar on children sentenced

BELFAST | A Brooks man accused last spring of kicking his 7-year-old son in the back and using a dog’s shock collar to punish the boy and his older sister pleaded guilty this week at Waldo County Superior Court to two counts of aggravated domestic violence assault. But if …

DHHS Commissioner Mayhew appoints new chief of child and family services

AUGUSTA | The state has a new leader for child and family services, according to a news release from Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew. Jim Martin, a six-year veteran of DHHS, will be the new director of the Office of Child and Family Services. Martin most recently …
The Almost Home Daycare on Charles Street in Bangor, as seen in October.

State investigation finds owner of Bangor day care neglected children

The owner of a Bangor day care business that lost its license and closed last month neglected children in her care, a Maine Department of Health and Human Services investigation found. Citing state statute, DHHS declined to release any additional details about the investigation or what was …
Guy Cousins, director of the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, was removed from his position within the department.

Maine providers wonder if ouster of 2 top managers signals change in direction for DHHS

The departure of two high-level managers in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday left some social services providers surprised and concerned about the fate of vulnerable children and Mainers struggling with addiction. Guy Cousins, director of the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, and …
These small signs were posted throughout Camden, in reference to the amount of money Russell "Rusty" Brace is accused of embezzling from United Mid-Coast Charities in Camden.

Prominent Rockport businessman, head of charity accused of embezzling $3.8 million

CAMDEN | Russell “Rusty” Brace was a prominent and trusted businessman for more than half a century and at one time oversaw a media conglomerate that included television and radio stations as well as magazines. His business operations also made him the type of person sought by nonprofit organizations …

Andrew H. Madoff, son of convicted financier Bernie Madoff, dies at 48

Andrew H. Madoff, who reported to authorities that his father and longtime Wall Street colleague, Bernard L. Madoff, had masterminded perhaps the largest Ponzi scheme in history, a multibillion-dollar crime that Andrew described as a “father-son betrayal of biblical proportions,” died Sept. 3 at a hospital in New York City. …

Feds say Maine’s oversight of child care facilities not adequate

BANGOR | Many of Maine’s child care facilities did not obtain criminal history records of employees, held on to breast milk or medication long after it had expired, and let children play near potentially dangerous items such as knives, space heaters and cleaning supplies, according to a federal audit. …
A nanny, two small children and a dog are safe following a fire in Bath.

Investigators say two young boys set fire Monday in basement of Bath home

Investigators for the state fire marshal’s office believe a fire that damaged a Washington Street home Monday morning was set intentionally by two young boys who live in the house. Investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set in a below-grade addition to the home, Sgt. Ken …
Zedric Joseph

UMaine athlete charged with murder apparently received probation, community service in earlier domestic assault case

ORONO | Zedric Joseph, the former University of Maine football player now facing murder charges in Florida, apparently was given probation and 20 hours of community service by the university in 2012 after his arrest on a domestic violence assault charge in Orono, according to records obtained by the …
Esther Attean, co-director of Maine-Wabanaki REACH

Truth and Reconciliation Commission broadens effort to expose decades of Wabanaki children being put in state care

BANGOR | The scope of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s work to expose what happened to tribal children who were placed in the state child welfare system will broaden this month. In late June, organizers will begin interviewing non-tribal people who worked in the state’s …
 Ester Attean, the co-director of Maine-Wabanaki REACH, presents on the history of Maine's Truth and Reconciliation Commission at the United South and Eastern Tribes Inc. board meeting.

Panelists talk with Maine tribes about trauma of foster care, separation from families

BAR HARBOR | The organizers of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission hope the work they have done uncovering the stories of tribal members who were involved with the child welfare system will inspire other states to tackle such an undertaking. “One of our dreams would …
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Renee Ordway

Starved Bangor girl Tavielle Kigas was a victim of untreated mental illness

I was four months pregnant with my first child in 1993 when I stood outside Tonia Porter Kigas’ Bangor apartment as police put up crime scene tape and began to process a crime scene that we would soon learn to be one of the most horrific in the city’s history. …
Preschool teacher Cindy Ambrose teaches students at Little Angels Day Care and Preschool Wednesday afternoon in Bangor.

Maine hires 16 new investigators in effort to improve safety, oversight of child care centers

AUGUSTA | The state’s child care licensing office has used federal grant funding to hire 16 new investigators in an effort to comply with federal safety guidelines. Simultaneously, according to Kenneth Albert, director of the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services, Maine is moving toward a more efficient system …
Tammy Wilson looks out a window in the office at the Travel Inn in Lewiston recently where she lives and works as the manager.

Three state projects are giving Maine’s biggest medical users more help, and it’s already paying off in a host of ways

Last year, Tammy Wilson visited the emergency room 38 times. She knew she went there a lot — too much — but she didn’t know what else to do for her debilitating migraines. In the past she’d seen her primary care doctor and a neurologist, tried over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions. …

Expensive ear-tube operations on kids moving out of the operating room

MINNEAPOLIS — Preceptis Medical is a small company that has big designs to clip costs and boost safety for the 1.3 million young children who undergo ear-tube surgeries each year. “This is a simple story,” said Preceptis CEO Steve Anderson. “We’ve come up with an effective tool that allows us …
Zedric Joseph

UMaine student held on murder charge in connection with stabbing in Florida

A University of Maine student is being held on a murder charge in connection with a double stabbing in Florida that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old man. Zedric Joseph, 23, of West Palm Beach was being held at the Richmond County Jail in Augusta, Ga., according to a …
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 In this March 2013 file photo, a CARA participant rests inside a cell at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility. Many CARA participants come from broken homes and traumatic childhoods, said Kennebec County corrections officer Edward Anderson.

LePage’s dangerous portrayal of drug addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction is complicated. Sometimes addiction is passed down through genetics, though of course many people become addicted without a genetic predisposition. Environment often has something to do with it: It’s estimated 9 percent of children in the U.S. live with at least one parent who abuses alcohol …
Former University of Maine football player and master's degree candidate Roosevelt Boone of Washington, D.C., is greeted by children at the Presbyterian Secondary School in Acraa, Ghana, during his visit there in 2012.

From Maine to Ghana, former UMaine football player shares passion for teaching children

ORONO | College student-athletes too often are celebrated only for their accomplishments on the field. Roosevelt Boone enjoyed his share of success on the University of Maine football team. Yet the athletic scholarship only opened the doors to what the school has to offer for someone with passion and …