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Self-deploying officers and a leaked bulletin complicated Maine mass shooting response, police say

May. 24, 2024 20:46 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Maine's top police leader addressed the chaos caused by officers arriving without assignments after the state's deadliest mass shooting, saying Friday that he was glad so many officers were eager to help, even though it was difficult to manage at times. Col....

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 24, 2024 07:14 AM EDT

Portland Press Herald. May 19, 2024. Editorial: Decline in overdose deaths is something to build on In response to the news, Gov. Mills encouraged ‘cautious optimism.’ That’s the right approach. According to provisional national data released...

Report says there was 'utter chaos' during search for Maine gunman, including intoxicated deputies

May. 21, 2024 19:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The search for the gunman behind last October's mass shooting in Maine was marked by “utter chaos,” including one group of deputies who had been drinking nearly crashing their armored vehicle and others showing up in civilian clothes who could have been mistaken for the...

Biden releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from Northeast reserve in bid to lower prices at pump

May. 21, 2024 15:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Tuesday it is releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from a Northeast reserve established after Superstorm Sandy in a bid to lower prices at the pump this summer. The sale, from storage sites in New Jersey and Maine, will be...

Maine man charged with stealing, crashing 2 police cars held without bail

May. 20, 2024 16:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A man charged with crashing two law enforcement vehicles during a police chase that concluded with gunfire from 11 officers should be held without bail until his trial, prosecutors said Monday. Gary Porter of Maine had been arrested on a warrant for theft on...

Mother who said school officials hid her teen's gender expression appeals judge's dismissal of case

May. 20, 2024 16:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman is appealing the dismissal of her lawsuit that accused school officials of encouraging her teen’s gender expression by providing a chest binder and using a new name and pronouns, without consulting her. Amber Lavigne filed her notice of appeal...

For decades, states have taken foster children's federal benefits. That's starting to change

May. 18, 2024 00:18 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — By the time Jesse Fernandez turned 18, the federal government had paid out thousands of dollars in Social Security survivor's benefits because of the death of his mother. But Jesse's bank account was empty. The money had all been used by Missouri's...

Tick season has arrived. Protect yourself with these tips

May. 17, 2024 17:52 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colorado (AP) — Tick season is starting across the U.S., and experts are warning the bloodsuckers may be as plentiful as ever. Another mild winter and other favorable factors likely means the 2024 tick population will be equal to last year or larger, some researchers...

Three men charged in drive-by shooting that led to lockdown in Maine

May. 17, 2024 13:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three Massachusetts men were charged in a drive-by shooting involving two vehicles that led to a collision with a school bus and a shelter-in-place order for residents in Saco, officials said. The three men from New Bedford, Massachusetts, fired at least five...

Gunman's family told deputy before Maine's deadliest shooting that they hadn't removed his weapons

May. 17, 2024 11:00 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Police have said repeatedly in the aftermath of Maine’s deadliest shooting that officers thought the gunman's family had been taking his weapons away. Testifying before an investigative committee on Thursday, the gunman’s sister-in-law suggested that law...