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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 …

Police investigate report of early morning robbery in Lewiston

By Sun Journal on Oct. 04, 2013, at 5:40 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine – Police early Friday were attempting to determine if a woman had been robbed at gunpoint on Bartlett Street. Shortly before 1 a.m., a woman called 911 to report a man had robbed her and was holding her at gunpoint, police said. The phone was disconnected before further …
Isaiah Pendexter

Auburn man charged with selling pot brownie to teenage girl

By Sun Journal on Sept. 27, 2013, at 8:33 p.m.
A 19-year-old man was arrested Friday, charged with selling a pot-laced brownie to a 16-year-old girl. Isaiah Pendexter of Auburn was jailed Friday afternoon after police charged him with aggravated trafficking in marijuana. Police said Pendexter sold the brownie to the girl, who then shared it with …

Auburn man accused in charity burglary fights extradition to N.H.

By Sun Journal on Sept. 27, 2013, at 6:11 a.m.
A local man who faces a theft charge here is fighting extradition to New Hampshire where he is wanted on a warrant charging two burglaries at a nonprofit organization in Portsmouth. James Birkbeck III, 39, of 54 Fifth St. turned himself in at Androscoggin County Jail on …

Phone scam complaints received in Farmington

By Sun Journal on Sept. 25, 2013, at 5:37 a.m.
A phone scam to get people to wire money to get a relative out of jail has made a recent resurgence in the area, according to the Farmington Police Department. The department has received complaints from several residents to got such calls, Farmington Detective Marc Bowering said. …

Mass. man convicted in Auburn home invasion

By Sun Journal on Sept. 24, 2013, at 6 a.m.
A Massachusetts man accused of invading a local home and beating three people, including a woman who jumped from a window with a broken jaw, was convicted for his role in the January incursion. Kourtney Williams, 23, of Dorchester, Mass., and two other masked men forced their …

Two arrested in Gray convenience store robbery

By Sun Journal on Sept. 18, 2013, at 11:27 a.m.
Two men were arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing beer and threatening a store clerk. Christopher C. Chambers, 27, a transient from Portland, walked out of the Circle K Convenience Store around 10 p.m. without paying for the beer in his possession, according to a statement from the …
Auburn police Chief Phil Crowell is sworn in as the new president of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association by the organization's executive director, retired Chief Robert M. Schwartz, on Thursday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn Riverwatch in Auburn.

Maine Chiefs of Police Association names new leader

By Sun Journal on Sept. 13, 2013, at 1:29 p.m.
AUBURN | It’s not every day that a cop gets a standing ovation, but police Chief Phil Crowell pulled it off Thursday night. That’s because on Thursday, Crowell was named the newest president of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association, a group with which he has been involved since …
Kathryn A. Foster,

University of Maine at Farmington partners with Logan University to offer pre-chiropractic program

By Sun Journal on Sept. 13, 2013, at 6:52 a.m.
Kathryn A. Foster, president of the University of Maine at Farmington, and J. Clay McDonald, president of Logan University, have recently signed an articulation agreement that establishes a new, “3 + 3″ dual-degree, pre-chiropractic program between the two institutions. The program makes it possible for qualified students …
Bryan Peabody

Lewiston man indicted in stabbing

By Sun Journal on Sept. 05, 2013, at 6:01 a.m.
AUBURN | A grand jury Wednesday indicted a Lewiston man on charges that he stabbed a man in a dispute over a couch. Bryan Peabody, 18, of 24 Cottage St., was indicted on charges of elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault. He is accused of attacking George H. Ross …
Paul LePage

LePage signs order to keep federal education standards out of Maine schools

By Sun Journal on Sept. 04, 2013, at 3:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage signed an executive order Wednesday that prevents Maine schools from adopting federally mandated educational standards. “Higher standards play an important role in that, but the federal government does not,” wrote LePage in a prepared statement. “With my executive order, Maine is making clear that …
Police investigate a reported stabbing at the intersection of Blake and Birch streets in Lewiston late Tuesday night.

Lewiston police investigate downtown stabbing

By Sun Journal on Sept. 04, 2013, at 6:25 a.m.
One person was stabbed late Tuesday night and police were investigating at the intersection of Blake and Birch streets. A male stabbing victim was taken to Central Maine Medical Center, said Lt. David St. Pierre of the Lewiston Police Department. He did not know the victim’s condition. …

State sells bonds to pay off $183 million in MaineCare hospital debt

By Sun Journal on Sept. 03, 2013, at 1:37 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bond meant to pay off $183.5 million in state debt for services provided by hospitals statewide under MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid system, was sold Tuesday, according to a release issued by Gov. Paul LePage. The payment will trigger an additional $305 million in federal matching funds. …
Sen. Angus King

King, Pingree applaud Obama’s decision to seek Congress approval before military action against Syria

By Sun Journal on Sept. 01, 2013, at 9:18 a.m.
Mainers in Congress applauded President Barack Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval before moving forward with military action against Syria. However, they are not sure how they’ll vote. “I will review the evidence and arguments with great care before deciding how I will vote on this difficult and important issue,” …
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