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Individual Maine welfare fraud cases closed in 2013

By Sun Journal on March 02, 2014, at 6:09 a.m.
1. Lori Boutot (Kennebec County) stole $80,752 in TANF and food stamp benefits by lying about where she was working, where she was volunteering, where she was going to school, where she was living and who was baby-sitting her children. She was sentenced to five years, with all but 20 …
Gov. Paul LePage

Federal probe finds LePage’s actions created ‘pressure to be more sympathetic to employers’

By Sun Journal on Feb. 27, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A federal investigation found that Maine’s governor and Department of Labor officials intervened in unemployment hearings in a way that could damage the fair hearings process. The investigation report released Thursday concluded that the administration acted with “what could be perceived as a bias toward employers” and …

‘It’s never been just about the beer for us here’ — Baxter Brewing to hold adventure races

By Sun Journal on Feb. 21, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
LEWISTON | A local brewery has formed a company that it hopes will encourage the community to be active and enjoy the outdoors. Baxter Outdoors, a subsidiary of Baxter Brewing, is planning adventure races and outdoor excursions throughout New England. They promise to hold competitions based on skills such …

Legislative watchdog panel will subpoena Maine CDC officials in document-shredding case

By Sun Journal on Feb. 21, 2014, at 11:53 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Lawmakers on the Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously Friday to subpoena officials at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to appear before the committee. The Government Oversight Committee had invited five CDC officials to provide information Friday about the destruction of public records. The five …
Lewiston police officer Nicholas Meserve keeps an eye out for a robbery suspect at the corner of Knox and Birch streets in Lewiston as fellow officer Craig Johnson, background, talks to an LA Cab driver Saturday afternoon.

Police seek robbery suspect in Lewiston

By Sun Journal on Jan. 19, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.
Police were looking for a woman Saturday who allegedly held up a City Cab driver, showed a gun and fled on foot after getting a small amount of money. Sgt. Dan LaChance said the woman was described as white and was last seen wearing black pants and …
A Lewiston police officer draws his weapon as another police officer knocks on the door of an apartment on Cole Street in Lewiston on Monday morning. Officers evacuated the apartments on either side of apartment 15-2 before entering. No suspects were found in the apartment.

Lewiston police search for suspect in reported shooting

By Sun Journal on Jan. 13, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
A reported shooting shut down the neighborhood around Rideout Avenue and Hillside Lane on Monday morning. Neighbors said a disturbance involving two men occurred in a parking lot behind Building Number 5 of the Hillview Apartments. Neighbors said police responded just after 7 a.m., searching several units …

Auburn boxer, son of boxing champ Gamache fined for drug possession

By Sun Journal on Jan. 08, 2014, at 7:08 a.m.
A local boxer pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge Monday. Steven Gamache, 30, of 1660 Riverside Drive was fined $400 in Androscoggin County Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, a Class D crime, punishable by up to 364 days in …

Report: Maine CDC supervisors ordered staff to destroy documents

By Sun Journal on Dec. 12, 2013, at 12:08 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A state investigation has concluded that Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention staff were ordered by their supervisors to destroy documents related to the redistribution of healthy community coalition state funding last year. In June 2012, over a two-week period after the state budget was enacted, …

Lewiston lawyer suspended, ordered to address addiction

Sun Journal on Dec. 05, 2013, at 9:33 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A Lewiston lawyer has been suspended from practice because of his substance abuse problems, according to information released Thursday by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. William B. Cote, 58, was temporarily suspended Tuesday, according to the organization that governs the conduct of lawyers licensed …
Tara Chase

New Gloucester woman, 20, killed in Auburn crash

By Sun Journal on Dec. 02, 2013, at 1:18 p.m.
A 20-year-old New Gloucester woman was killed on Riverside Drive on Monday morning when her car skidded into the path of an oncoming car, police said. Tara Chase, a 2011 Lewiston High School graduate, died instantly at the scene of the crash, which occurred on Route 136 …

One dead, one critical after Winthrop crash

By Sun Journal on Nov. 21, 2013, at 1:16 p.m.
A Thursday morning car crash has left one person dead and one person in critical condition. Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said State Police are assisting with the investigation. The crash happened when a van pulled out of a side street into the path of …
Mike Michaud

Michaud rips LePage on Medicaid ride program, calls for state to cancel contracts

By Sun Journal on Nov. 18, 2013, at 5:43 p.m.
PORTLAND | U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Monday challenged Gov. Paul LePage to exhibit “leadership and action” in light of problems with a state-funded nonemergency ride program. Michaud is a Democratic candidate for governor and is challenging Republican LePage for the office in 2014. The $40 million ride program, …
Jon Green adds 60 pounds of hops to a fermenter containing Stowaway I.P.A. at Baxter Brewing Co. on Wednesday. Stowaway I.P.A. requires five different hop additions — one addition may be up to 500 pounds if a full batch is being brewed.

With production set to double, Baxter Brewing Co. on tap to be Maine’s ‘third largest brewery’

By Sun Journal on Nov. 17, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.
Coming up on its third anniversary in January, Lewiston’s Baxter Brewing Co. is hopping. For 2014, three more 240-barrel fermenters are being added to the the exterior of the 130 Mill St. facility, and production of brewed beer will more than double, going from 12,000 to 25,000 barrels of beer …
Rick Bennett

Maine Republican Party chair demands apology from Democratic counterpart

By Sun Journal on Nov. 05, 2013, at 4:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The chairman of the Maine Republican Party was mincing few words Tuesday in a press release demanding an apology from his Democratic counterpart. Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett said Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant should apologize to state Rep. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, for saying Volk was …

Lewiston woman convicted on federal crack charge

By Sun Journal on Nov. 02, 2013, at 5:41 a.m.
A city woman was convicted Friday in federal court after a two-day jury trial on a charge of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Amanda Rodriguez, 28, transported about 50 grams of crack cocaine from Connecticut to Maine for distribution, according to prosecutors in U.S. District Court in …
Matthew Libby, left, address Active-Retired Justice Robert Clifford in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn Thursday morning representing his client, Adam J. Getchell, right.  Getchell is accused of making racist remarks and beating on the victim's car in a road rage incident in July.

Auburn man denies charges in what police call racially charged road rage

By Sun Journal on Oct. 31, 2013, at 2:51 p.m.
A city man charged in a civil suit with violating Maine’s Civil Rights Act pleaded not guilty Thursday to related criminal charges stemming from what police said was a racially charged road rage incident. Adam J. Getchell, 30, entered not guilty pleas to two felony and two …

Brunswick hires new high school principal from India

By Sun Journal on Oct. 27, 2013, at 9:46 a.m.
An educator working in Mumbai, India, was hired as the new principal at Brunswick High School. Nominated by Brunswick School Superintendent Paul Perzanoski, Maine native Shanna Crofton was hired by the Brunswick school board at a Saturday morning meeting. She will become principal on July 1, 2014, …

Police search for suspect in Auburn jewelry store robbery

By Sun Journal on Oct. 24, 2013, at 12:39 p.m.
A man stole two engagement rings from a local jewelry store mid-morning on Thursday and pawned them in Lewiston. Police said they are working to confirm the suspect’s identity. Tom Cunliffe, owner of Goldworks, a jewelry store at 33 Center St., said the man asked to see …

LePage marks 30th anniversary of Beirut bombing, death of Marine from Strong

By Sun Journal on Oct. 23, 2013, at 2:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Gov. Paul LePage Wednesday marked the 30th anniversary of a 1983 terror attack that killed 241 U.S. service members including Strong native Bruce L. Howard. Howard, a Marine Corps corporal, was among the 220 Marines, 18 sailors and 3 soldiers killed when a suicide truck bomb …

State rules Anthem may not exclude CMMC from new insurance network

By Sun Journal on Oct. 04, 2013, at 6:55 p.m.
LEWISTON | Central Maine Healthcare has won. On Friday evening, Superintendent of Insurance Eric Cioppa ruled that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield can not exclude Central Maine Medical Center and its partner hospitals from a new, so-called “narrow network” insurance policy with MaineHealth. Anthem will have to redraft …