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Deputy Kim Emery of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office operates the department's robot outside the Law Enforcement Center in Portland.

Maine sheriff adds robot deputy ‘Rosie’ to force

By Beth Brogan on June 24, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
“It’s another tool to protect our officers and everybody that we serve,” Sheriff Kevin Joyce said. “It provides use the ability for intelligence-gathering and to deliver phones, where before this we would have put people in harm’s way.”
Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, makes a statement after Britain voted to leave on the European Union in London, Britain, June 24, 2016.

Ripple effects from ‘Brexit’ vote could impact Maine trade

By Darren Fishell on June 24, 2016, at 12:03 p.m.
The UK was Maine’s ninth-largest export market in 2015.

Maine shop owners with British ties wary of EU exit vote

By Beth Brogan on June 24, 2016, at 11:59 a.m.
Maine merchants who sell British goods were, like most of the world Friday, still reeling from the news that residents of the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union and said it was too soon to tell how the vote might affect their businesses.
Mike DeVito of Kansas City Chiefs speaks at Husson University's Gracie Theatre, March 24, 2014.

Former UMaine football star DeVito to join Black Bear broadcasting team

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 24, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
“I couldn’t be more excited to reunite with my Maine Black Bear football family,” DeVito said.
Randall Junior Weddle, 54, of Greeneville, Tennessee made his initial appearance in a Maine court on two counts of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated operating under the influence. His attorney, David Paris, sits reading the court documents prior to the hearing, May 16, 2016.

Trucker accused in fatal Maine crash barred from commercial interstate driving

By Stephen Betts on June 24, 2016, at 8:27 a.m.
A federal agency has ruled that a Tennessee truck driver involved in a March crash in Maine that killed two motorists is an “imminent threat to public safety.”
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks at a news conference with a bipartisan group of senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to unveil a compromise proposal on gun control measures, June 21, 2016.

Collins’ no fly, no buy gun measure survives in Senate

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau on June 24, 2016, at 8:26 a.m.
A compromise bill to prevent people on the no-fly list from buying guns survived a Senate vote Thursday, but won only eight Republican supporters — an ominous sign for its future.

State police seeking public’s help in finding Clinton robbery suspect

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 24, 2016, at 7:48 a.m.
Maine State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a robbery suspect, according to a statement released late Thursday.

Music program to aims to increase quality of life for Maine seniors

By Brian Early, Portsmouth Herald on June 23, 2016, at 7:36 p.m.
Durgin Pines, along with 40 other nursing homes in Maine, received a grant from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to fund training on how to implement the Music & Memory program as well as a laptop to add music to the iPods with.

Methuen police informant led police to suspects in brutal Bedford home invasion

By Doug Alden, The New Hampshire Union Leader on June 23, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.
A Bedford police detective testified Thursday about the investigation leading up to the arrest of the man now on trial for a brutal 2014 home invasion.
Sam Blackstone of Circle B Farms in Caribou practices integrated pest management at the apple and blueberry farm.

What does climate change mean for The County?

By Anthony Brino on June 23, 2016, at 7:17 p.m.
“If you think back a few decades ago and feel like winters were colder, the plant hardiness zones would suggest that’s right,” said Susan Erich, an agriculture professor at the University of Maine.
Revolution Research president Nadir Yildirim (left) and vice president Alexander Chasse came up with a foam-like material that is derived from wood fiber. After further modification versions of the material could be used as insulation, possibly packaging, or in the electronics industry.

Orono firm to compete for $100,000 pitch show prize

By Darren Fishell on June 23, 2016, at 5:22 p.m.
Friday night, three Maine companies will compete for $100,000 in a pitch contest that will cap off the Maine Startup and Create Week conference.
Lobsterman Mike Hunt had just finished dinner on Wednesday when he got a call asking for help searching for three past-due kayakers, who'd left from nearby Gouldsboro Bay Wednesday afternoon.

‘Very tragic outcome’: Kayakers who died near MDI identified

By Bill Trotter and Nok-Noi Ricker on June 23, 2016, at 4:54 p.m.
A New Jersey woman whose kayak capsized was rescued by a lobsterman, but her two paddling companions died after they encountered a brief squall off the local village of Corea.
Lena Fisichelli, 5, of Winter Harbor holds a horseshoe crab on June 20 while on a guided nature walk organized by the Blue Hill Heritage Trust at Snow Maude E. Eugene Snow Natural Area in Brooksville.

Horseshoe crabs creep up the Bagaduce River

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 23, 2016, at 3:09 p.m.
During high tide on June 20, the day of the summer solstice and the full moon, the Blue Hill Heritage Trust guided local residents to find these ancient creatures.
Local lobsterman Mike Hunt had just finished dinner Wednesday when he got a call asking for help searching for three past-due kayakers, who'd left from nearby Gouldsboro Bay on Wednesday afternoon.

‘Very tragic outcome’: Details emerge about rescue, recovery of kayakers near MDI

By Bill Trotter and Nok-Noi Ricker on June 23, 2016, at 2:01 p.m.
A storm that blew through the area at about 5 p.m. is believed to have played a role in the incident.

The cannibal lobster-man comes to Augusta! Take this Clickhole quiz to see if you’ll win

on June 23, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
Clickhole, the Onion spinoff site that satirizes Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post and other similar sites, posted a choose-your-own-adventure type quiz asking readers to see if they, as the cannibal lobster-man, can run for election to become the governor of Maine. Yes, you read that right. Click through and get into …
Zachariah Sherburne in court.

Former southern Maine school employee arraigned, accused of impregnating student

By Marissa Bodnar, CBS 13 on June 23, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
The former SAD 55 employee accused of impregnating a student faced a judge Wednesday on felony sex charges.
Relatives of George Gilks, a suspect in the disappearance of a Bangor woman in 1980, watch as the front yard of their Hermon home on New Boston Road is dug up Thursday. The Bangor Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, Maine State Police and Penobscot Sheriff's Deputies were at the scene searching for any evidence related to the disappearance of Sharon Smith, who was reported missing Sept. 4, 1980.

‘New information’ prompts police dig in Hermon for woman missing since 1980

By Nick McCrea and Ryan McLaughlin on June 23, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.
Crews were at the scene of a home Thursday morning on New Boston Road in Hermon excavating a lawn in hopes of recovering the body of a woman who has been missing since 1980.

Two kayakers die, third hospitalized after capsizing near MDI

By Bill Trotter on June 23, 2016, at 7:20 a.m.
“This is a very tragic outcome,” Kenneth Stuart, the command duty officer at Sector North New England, said.
Maine Focus
Even as the economy has begun to recover, statewide poverty rates haven’t improved.

How Maine redirected millions meant to help poor families with kids

By Matthew Stone on June 23, 2016, at 6:16 a.m.
Documents obtained by the BDN show the state has spent at least $7.8 million in federal welfare funds in ways that run afoul of the law.
The former HoltraChem facility (left) and the PERC plant in Orrington. Aerial photo taken Nov. 12, 2010.

Mercury remediation work continues at Orrington site

By Dawn Gagnon on June 22, 2016, at 5:51 p.m.
As state fisheries officials examine the impact the mercury contamination is having on upper Penobscot Bay, Mallinckrodt continues its court-ordered work to clean up the former HoltraChem Manufacturing site.