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Police: Faulty bearing caused tire to fall off Aroostook County driver’s truck in fatal crash

HOOKSETT, N.H. — New Hampshire State Police investigators believe a faulty bearing in a wheel hub assembly caused the wheel on a tractor-trailer to fall off Wednesday, crash into the unmarked cruiser operated by the head of state police and then ricochet into a car being driven by a Concord …
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Gov. Paul LePage

Is LePage’s recent focus on welfare reform a preview of his top 2014 campaign theme?

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage and his conservative allies have spent the last week touting what they say is his successful revamping of Maine’s welfare system. But Democrats and advocates for people on public assistance counter that although the administration’s actions make for good political rhetoric heading into the …
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A rally was held in support Alorah Gellerson, center, and her baby Carson Thursday morning at Cascade Park in Bangor. Gellerson fed her baby goat's milk and was reported to DHHS.

DHHS accused of abusing authority with Brooklin teen who feeds baby goat milk formula

BANGOR, Maine — A young Brooklin mother who feeds her baby a goat milk-based formula, missed doctor appointments and refuses to have her child vaccinated is accusing the Maine Department of Health and Human Services of overreaching its authority by investigating her son’s well-being. Family and supporters of Alorah Gellerson, …
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Graphic video of assault triggers privacy debate

HACKENSACK, N.J. — It was a crime scene video like no other. The three-minute tape, replayed dozens of times on nightly newscasts over the past two weeks, showed a young mother savagely and senselessly beaten by an intruder in her New Jersey living room, all in front of her 3-year-old …

Slaying of boy with severe autism leaves community searching for answers

CHICAGO — On a Saturday afternoon in March, Alex Spourdalakis, a 14-year-old boy with severe autism, sat in a darkened room at Loyola University Medical Center with his mother and godmother nearby. In a hushed voice, Dorothy Spourdalakis told an autism care advocate who had come to offer help that …
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Law office in Fort Fairfield announces retirement, new attorney

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — Richard Langley is happy to announce his retirement effective June 30, after 40 years in private practice in Fort Fairfield. Attorney Langley is also pleased to announce that his practice is being taken over by Attorney Christine M. Smith effective July 1. Smith is a native …

St. Andre homes for unwed mothers to lose 90 percent of their funding, close 3 facilities

BIDDEFORD, Maine — On Easter Sunday in 1940, the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec, founded Saint Andre Home to provide housing for unwed mothers. At that time, because of the stigma of unwed motherhood, the sisters provided a place …
President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden (L) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 12, 2013.

Obama on State of the Union: ‘We can fix this’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama returned to the unfinished business of a still struggling economy Tuesday night, outlining a second-term agenda with proposals designed to create jobs, expand the middle class and spur financial growth. “We can fix this — and we will,” the president said repeatedly. In his annual …
Agents of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency collect evidence at a suspected methamphetamine lab on Fontaine Drive in Caribou in April 2006.

MDEA dealing with increase, expense of meth lab busts in The County

HOULTON, Maine — When three people were charged in Houlton last month with trafficking in methamphetamine after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency searched a home on Military Street, it marked the 14th methamphetamine manufacturing site in Maine that the MDEA lab team has processed since 2012. It was also the …

Mother claims she’s going to jail to raise awareness of domestic violence problem

YORK, Maine — A former York resident and mother of two minor children says she will go to jail in March to bring awareness of the problem of domestic abuse. Heather Caldwell-Mason, 44, of Iowa said she will turn herself in on an arrest warrant from York District Court and …

Human remains found behind home of missing Florida baby

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Human remains were recovered Friday evening from the backyard of a Hallandale Beach home where a baby went missing 18 months ago. “This is no longer a missing person case,” said Police Chief Dwayne Flourney. “It is now a homicide investigation.” The parents, 27-year-old Calvin Melvin …

Service providers taking stock of mental health, substance abuse cuts

AUGUSTA, Maine — Agencies that provide services to people with mental health and substance abuse problems started to assess the impact Friday of $13.4 million in cuts to the state’s health and human services budget as part of a $35.5 million curtailment order issued this week by Gov. Paul LePage. …
Katrina Mitchell pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child Tuesday morning at Belfast District Court.

Frankfort mom of baby killed by family dog pleads no contest to misdemeanor charge

BELFAST, Maine — The mother of the Frankfort baby mauled to death by the family Rottweiler in April 2011 pleaded no contest Tuesday morning to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Katrina Mitchell, 31, of Frankfort spoke quietly in Belfast District Court as Justice Robert Murray …

Official: 85 percent of elders abused in Maine never report it

BANGOR, Maine — Like many elderly people who have saved for their retirements, Meredith Purcell’s 89-year-old mother thought she was set for life. Now she’s living on her meager Social Security income of $1,300 a month — barely enough to pay for her home in a low-income housing project. According …
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Investigators were still on the scene at 580 Dow Road in Orrington on Sunday after a Saturday fire damaged the home and left a man and his three children dead.

Small town reeling from death of father, three children in weekend fire

ORRINGTON, Maine — A predawn house fire Saturday that claimed the lives of four members of a local family left residents of this small Penobscot County town reeling from shock and sadness. The four who died in the fire at 580 Dow Road were identified as 30-year-old Ben Johnson III, …
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BBBS of Midcoast Maine Announces Expansion to Kennebec Valley

(Augusta) In less than 3 months since Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kennebec Valley closed its doors, another agency, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine (BBBSMCM) announced it would be expanding its service area to cover Kennebec and Somerset Counties. The agency presently provides 1-to-1 youth mentoring services to …
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Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson speaks to the media outside of Skowhegan District Court in Skowhegan on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Benson is prosecuting the case against an 11-year-old girl who is charged in the manslaughter in the death of 3-month-old Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway.

11-year-old girl accused of killing baby to be evaluated for competency to stand trial

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — The 11-year-old girl accused of killing a 3-month-old baby in July will be evaluated for competency to stand trial, among other conditions, after her attorney John Martin pleaded “no answer” on her behalf Monday morning in Skowhegan District Court. The girl from Fairfield, who the Bangor Daily …

Lawmaker proposes legislation to re-establish county child family services office in Dover-Foxcroft

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A state legislator from Newport has submitted a proposal to reinstate the Child and Family Services office in Dover-Foxcroft that was closed nearly 10 years ago. Republican Ken Fredette has proposed LR 121, “An Act to Ensure Adequate Child and Family Protective Services Throughout the State,” to …
Peter Henckel, program coordinator with Cape Memory Care in Cape Elizabeth, walks and jokes with resident Dorothy Green on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

Respite care offers an antidote to caregiver burnout

Whether meeting the around-the-clock needs of an elderly spouse with dementia or those of a child with cerebral palsy, constant caregivers of the young and old share one thing in common: physical and emotional exhaustion. “What happens a lot is that, with someone else becoming the focal point of their …

Evelyn Offutt

LITTLE DEER ISLE – Evelyn Offutt, 94, died Sept. 20, 2012, at her home after a brief illness. Evelyn Charlotte Somers was born to Avis Cloudman of Gorham and Fredrick Grant Somers, in Fred’s hometown of Atlantic City, N.J. Her birth followed the death of her brother, Fredrick, in infancy. …