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School board member charged with stalking, harassment

May. 14, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine school board member was arrested Friday on charges of harassing and stalking a woman he once dated, police said. John David Hiatt, a 38-year-old member of the Bangor School Board, was accused of using his cellphone and computer to target the...

Maine to align with CDC, end mask rule for vaccinated people

May. 14, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials said Friday the state will align with the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and allow vaccinated people to stop wearing masks indoors. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the new rules will take...

Inmate charged with killing another woman 34 years ago

May. 14, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has been charged with killing a woman who disappeared 34 years ago in Waterville on Christmas Eve, police said Friday. Gerald Goodale, 61, was indicted Thursday for murder in the death of Janet Brochu of Waterville, officials said....

Bill to reestablish parole sent to a study group

May. 14, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A state lawmaker who believes in second chances wants to reinstate parole, which was banished in 1976 in Maine. Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos, an independent from Friendship, said the proposal would provide a way for prisoners to make the case that...

Maine worker killed in tree-cutting accident

May. 14, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

WATERFORD, Maine (AP) — A worker who was killed in a tree-cutting accident this week in western Maine has been identified, officials said. Michael Truman, 50, of Harrison, was part of a team that was clearing brush in South Waterford when the accident occurred on...

Conservation groups say they'll sue dams' owner over salmon

May. 13, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — Three conservation groups allege that the four Kennebec River dams operated by Brookfield Renewable between Waterville and Skowhegan are threatening the survival of the endangered Atlantic salmon, according to a notice of intent to sue filed this week. ...

Off beat: Top cop banned after faking report to flee meeting

May. 13, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — A former Maine police chief wanted to skip out of a public meeting so badly that it cost him his career. A law enforcement oversight board has decided to revoke the license of former Fryeburg Police Chief Joshua Potvin after an investigation...

Court: Construction can proceed on hydropower corridor

May. 13, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Construction can proceed on a 53-mile (85-kilometer) stretch of utility corridor that’s a critical part of a $1 billion project to bring Canadian hydropower to the New England grid, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The 1st U.S. Circuit...

Pandemic-hit oyster farmers turn to conservation to survive

May. 13, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — When the pandemic struck last year, oyster farmer Chris Burtis soon realized the restaurants that bought his oysters had mostly closed. Without a new market, his Ferda Farms faced potential economic ruin. Then, Burtis heard The Nature Conservancy in...

Lawmakers endorse bill to curb future PFAS contamination

May. 13, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative committee has voted unanimously to require manufacturers to notify state environmental regulators about products containing chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS and to ban the sale of carpeting and fabric...