Author: Edward Tomic

Edward Tomic is a reporter for The Maine Wire based in Southern Maine. He grew up near Boston, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Boston University. He can be reached at tomic@themainewire.com

On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released updated statistics concerning illegal border crossings and narcotics seizures at the southwest border for May 2024. Border Patrol agents encountered more than 117,900 migrants between ports of entry at the southwest border in May, the CBP monthly update reports. Although the figure represents about a nine percent decrease in encounters from April, and is far below the three-year high of over 300,000 migrants found crossing the border illegally in December 2023, monthly migrant apprehensions remain at levels several times higher than throughout the Trump administration. [RELATED: Biden Admin Offers ‘mass amnesty’ to…

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On Thursday CNN announced that the June 27 presidential debate will be one-on-one between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump, excluding independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. from the stage as he did not meet the network’s polling and ballot access requirements. “Presidents Biden and Trump do not want me on the debate stage and CNN illegally agreed to their demand,” RFK Jr. said in a Thursday campaign press release. “My exclusion by Presidents Biden and Trump from the debate is undemocratic, un-American, and cowardly.” “Americans want an independent leader who will break apart the two-party duopoly,” Kennedy said. “They…

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Two Portland Police officers involved in a December 2023 shooting that resulted in the death of an aggravated assault suspect were acting in self defense, according to an investigation by Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey. The incident in question occurred at about 11:40 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2023, when Portland Police responded to a report of an aggravated assault in progress where a handgun was displayed. The assault suspect, 42-year-old Kyle Desmarais, fled in a vehicle southbound on I-295 and was stopped officers on the Exit 2 off-ramp in South Portland, at which point Portland Police officers Jacob Webster and…

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On Maine’s June 11 primary election day, a conservative political action committee says it collected more than 40,000 signatures on a petition in favor of implementing photo voter ID laws in the state via referendum next year. [RELATED: Election Day: Proposed Voter ID Law, People’s Veto of National Popular Vote Among Signature Collection Efforts…] The initiative, Voter ID for ME, is led by Dinner Table PAC, a political activist group led by Alex Titcomb and State Rep. Laurel Libby (R-Auburn), which has become a fundraising powerhouse for conservative causes in the state. The most recent filings with the Maine Ethics…

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In a Wednesday statement marking Juneteenth, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, U.S. Senator from Maine Angus King (I) said that “the path to freedom isn’t complete” and more work needs to be done to make the country “more inclusive, more welcoming, and more just.” [RELATED: “They should have a green card stapled to their diploma”: Angus King Sponsors Bill to Remove Green Card Cap for Immigrant STEM Graduates…] “For more than 150 years, Juneteenth has reflected the contradiction inherent in America’s identity – it is both a celebration of the freedom that defines…

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A Maine woman has been sentenced to More than a year in federal prison for stealing from her employer and spending thousands on personal purchases, entertainment and dining, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine announced Tuesday. Christine Bangs, 64, of Buxton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Portland on Tuesday to a year plus a day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Bangs was also ordered to pay over $535,000 in restitution to her former employer, and $70,000 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for filing a false tax return in 2020. In…

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A Dominican national pleaded guilty Monday in a Bangor federal court to possessing controlled substances with intent to distribute after being found with high quantities of methamphetamine, fentanyl and cocaine during a traffic stop in Maine. According to court records, in November 2023, 42-year-old Lenin Nova-Nova of the Dominican Republic was a passenger in a vehicle that was subject to a traffic stop by an East Millinocket Police officer due to an issue with the vehicle’s headlights. Federal prosecutors alleged that Nova-Nova identified himself to the officer using an alias that had an outstanding warrant for arrest. U.S. Immigrations and…

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Visit Portland, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization that promotes tourism in the greater Portland area, is set to launch a $74,500 marketing campaign targeted towards “LGBTQ+” and “BIPOC” — Black, Indigenous, and people of color — markets, following approval of the plan by the Portland City Council on Monday. [RELATED: Bienvenido a Maine: Mills to Spend $2.5M on Ads to Grow State’s ‘racial, ethnic, and multilingual workforce’…] During their Monday meeting, the Portland City Council voted 5-2 to approve the agreement for fiscal year 2024-2025, under which the city will remit to Visit Portland nearly $1.5 million in assessment fees collected…

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A New York man is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in a Bangor federal court on Monday to being a felon in possession of a firearm and to a conspiracy charge related to a straw purchasing scheme. [RELATED: Lewiston Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Cash and Drugs-for-Guns Straw Purchase Scheme… According to court records, 30-year-old Tyquinn Montell Cannon, aka “Q”, of Syracuse, N.Y., conspired with others in both Maine and N.Y. to illegally obtain firearms from federally licensed dealers in central and southern Maine through the use of straw purchasers. Cannon, who per the…

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An Indiana man has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role as a money launderer in a multimillion-dollar advance fee scheme orchestrated from Nigeria, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas announced Thursday. Tochukwu Nwosisi, 52, of Indianapolis, Ind., was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison to be followed by two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay just over $900,000 in restitution. Nwosisi was convicted by a federal jury in March on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and concealment money laundering for his role in the scheme. “Those…

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A Penobscot man is facing up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of the possession of child sexual abuse material for the second time, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine announced Friday. Kevin Lee Ross, 62, was found guilty on Friday by a federal jury in U.S. District Court in Bangor after a one-and-a-half-day trial. Ross was previously convicted of the same charge in 2014, and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison. [RELATED: Nearly Half of Maine Sex Offenders Released Between 2005 and 2019 Offended Again: USM Report…] During the trial, prosecutors…

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U.S. Border Patrol agents at a California gas station last week intercepted a shipment of 25 AK-47 style rifles believed to be headed to Transnational Criminal Organizations in Mexico, U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Friday. [RELATED: Mexican Cartels Targeting Americans in Timeshare Fraud Scams, FBI Warns…] According to CBP, on Wednesday, June 12, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted agents to a possible illicit conveyance in a Honda CR-V at a gas station in Blythe, Calif. Border Patrol agents were granted permission to search the vehicle, and discovered 25 AK-47 style rifles, 25 30-round magazines and two pistols, CBP…

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The Portland Board of Public Education next week will consider a resolution to form a committee that would evaluate and make recommendations on changing the school district’s attendance boundaries for pre-kindergarten to 8th grade students. Attendance boundaries are the means by which the district determines what school students shall attend. [RELATED: Portland Schools Seek to Spend $224,000 on Hiring English Language Teachers for ‘new arrivals’…] According to a summary of the proposal by Portland Public Schools (PPS) Superintendent Ryan Scallon, the community advisory committee would be tasked with recommending changes “to address demographic disparities that lead to inequitable resource allocation…

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A man wanted on a warrant out of Connecticut for manslaughter was arrested in Bangor on Wednesday, the U.S. Marshals Services (USMS) announced in a press release. According to USMS, 42-year-old Walter Lawson of Bridgeport, Conn., is a suspect wanted in the State of Connecticut for the charge of 1st degree manslaughter. Walter Lawson, 42, of Bridgeport, Conn. | Source: Penobscot County Jail The District of Connecticut USMS requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals’ Maine Violent Offender Task Force to locate and apprehend Lawson. The joint investigation led law enforcement to Bangor, Maine, where USMS Task Force members located…

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A Maine woman was sentenced in a Bangor federal court on Wednesday for speeding away from a U.S. immigration checkpoint in Aroostook County and leading Border Patrol agents on a high-speed pursuit. Chief U.S. District Judge Lance Walker sentenced 25-year-old Shania England of Lincoln, Maine, to 79 days time served and three years of supervised release. England previously pleaded guilty to the charge of fleeing and evading a U.S. immigration checkpoint in February 2024. According to court records, in May 2023, England and a passenger were traveling southbound on I-95 when they were stopped at an immigration checkpoint in Sherman…

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In remarks on the House floor on Wednesday, Democratic Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (CD-1) advocated for shifting funds from the construction of border fencing to pay for more migrants to be bused into Maine, and to pay for migrant housing and expenses. WATCH: Rep. Pingree’s remarks came during the House Appropriations Committee debate on the fiscal year 2025 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill. A Democrat-proposed amendment to the appropriations package would move $600 million from the construction of border fencing to a municipal emergency shelter program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Shelter and Services…

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Enforcement officers with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Texas have arrested five illegal aliens who are currently wanted for murder in the U.S. or abroad within a two-week span, the agency announced Wednesday. The recent string of arrests by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in in the Houston and Waco, Texas areas included: On May 23 in Galveston, Texas, a 38-year-old Honduran national, currently wanted in Mexico for allegedly murdering two gang members during a botched attempt to hijack a shipment of narcotics; On May 24 in Splendora, Texas, a 21-year-old Mexican national, wanted in Veracruz,…

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Maine taxpayers may have to foot the more than $20,000 bill for a motivational speaker to deliver a keynote address to educators at a Maine Department of Education (Maine DOE) event. According to a document requesting a waive of competitive bidding filed Monday, the Maine DOE is seeking to spend $23,500 on having “Happiness Expert” and author Amy Blankson speak at an event celebrating the department’s Maine Online Opportunities for Sustained Education (MOOSE) program. [RELATED: Mainers Are Paying For State Employees to Have ‘Storytime,’ Do Breathing and Relaxation Exercises, Attend DEI Workshops…] The MOOSE project, launched in response to the…

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Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey announced on Wednesday that he, alongside 42 other attorneys general, reached a $700 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) over allegations related to pharmaceutical giant’s marketing of baby powder products that contained talcum powder (talc). As part of the settlement agreement, which is pending judicial approval, the State of Maine will receive more than $4.8 million. In the nationwide lawsuit against J&J, the attorneys general alleged that the company deceptively marketed certain baby powder and body powder products that contained talc. The attorneys general claimed that the powder products, sold by J&J since the…

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The Portland City Council’s Health and Human Services and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday voted to recommend repealing the city’s “cruising” ordinance, a rarely enforced traffic ordinance meant to deter the solicitation of prostitutes and drug deals. Under the ordinance, city code 17-5, signs may be posted upon request by Portland Police which designate “no cruising” areas. In such an area, drivers are not allowed to drive past three times within a two-hour period. Exempted under the ordinance are government and emergency vehicles, taxis, buses, or other vehicles being operated for business purposes. Violations of the ordinance are punishable by…

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Republican President Donald Trump’s endorsed candidate in Maine’s Second Congressional District — a district he won in both 2016 and 2020 — won big Tuesday night in Maine’s most watched primary election. State Rep. Austin Theriault (R-Fort Kent), a former NASCAR driver who was backed by both former GOP House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and current GOP House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), cruised to a landslide victory and will now face Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Jared Golden in November. Theriault ended the night with 66.5 percent of the vote to Soboleski’s 33.5 percent. Theriault’s opponent, State Rep. Mike Soboleski (R-Phillips),…

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A Westbrook man is facing multiple assault charges and one count of refusing to submit to arrest after allegedly headbutting a police officer while being arrested, Westbrook Police announced Tuesday. According to police, at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, officers responded to a residence on West Pleasant Street in Westbrook for a report of disturbance. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the victim of an alleged assault had suffered a serious injury, and the victim was transported to the hospital, police said. Westbrook Police then located a residence where they believed the suspect was, and surrounded the house. After…

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The president’s son, Hunter Biden, was convicted Tuesday of all three felony charges related to his purchase of a revolver in 2018, when prosecutors claimed he lied to a firearm dealer by stating on a form he was not using or addicted to illegal drugs. The federal jury, after about three hours of deliberation over two days, found the first son guilty of lying to a federally licensed firearm dealer, making a false claim on the mandatory gun-purchase form by saying he was not using narcotics and being illegally in possession of the gun for 11 days. Hunter Biden, 54,…

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One of the three Democrats running for the Maine House of Representatives seat left vacant by House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross has withdrawn, just a day before the Tuesday primary. Maine State Sen. Ben Chipman submitted a withdrawal notice to Secretary of State Shenna Bellows on Monday, according to a press release from the Secretary of State’s Office. The announcement does not include a reason for Sen. Chipman’s withdrawal from the ballot. Sen. Chipman was running for House District 118, a seat that until the close of the 131st Legislature was held by House Speaker Talbot Ross. Talbot Ross, now…

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Two Massachusetts men are facing drug trafficking charges after a York County Sheriff’s Office K-9 successfully sniffed out fentanyl hidden in a Chinese food container during a traffic stop in Alfred. According to the York Sheriff’s Office, at around 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, a deputy stopped a vehicle on Biddeford Road in Alfred for an equipment violation. The operator of the vehicle was 23-year-old Miguel Hernandez of Lawrence, Mass., and the passenger was 27-year-old Layhonel Baez, also of Lawrence. After the deputy “noted indicators of criminal activity” during the traffic stop, the deputy’s K-9 Rebel conducted an exterior…

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The Westbrook Police Department on Sunday announced the arrest of a juvenile suspect as a result of their investigation of a late May robbery. According to Westbrook Police, a report was received on Tuesday, May 28, of a juvenile being robbed and pistol-whipped on Maine Street in Westbrook near the old Warren Pool. Westbrook Police say they launched an investigation into the incident were able to identify a suspect. On Saturday, June 1, Westbrook Police officers assigned to detail at the city’s Together Days festival spotted the suspect, and arrested him without incident. Arrested was a 17-year-old male from Westbrook,…

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Since 2020, the City of Portland’s Syringe Service Program has distributed thousands more hypodermic needles annually than were collected, according to a Portland Health & Human Services Department memo. The Monday memo was prepared by city staff after a request from Portland Mayor Mark Dion, in response to public concern over needles being observed littering public and private property in Portland. Syringe Service Programs throughout the state are overseen and primarily funded by the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention (MECDC), which partners with local nonprofits to give out and collect clean hypodermic needles. [RELATED: Sanford Suspends Syringe Exchange Program,…

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The South Portland City Council is set to discuss a proposal to allow a nonprofit to operate a transitional housing shelter for homeless families at a former middle school building in the city. [RELATED: South Portland Weighs Options for the Future of the Former Mahoney Middle School…] The proposal, sponsored by City Councilor Elyse Tipton, would allow the Portland-based organization Greater Portland Family Promise (GPFP) to “create appropriate space within the former Mahoney school building to provide transitional housing for families experiencing homelessness.” According to Tipton’s proposal, state funding would go to GPFP to operate transitional housing at the building,…

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A homeless encampment located at Heritage Crossing in Sanford, the site of a large abandoned mill complex, is scheduled to be closed next week due to solid waste polluting the Mousam River. [RELATED: Sanford Suspends Syringe Exchange Program, Cleans Homeless Encampment…] At a Tuesday evening Sanford City Council meeting, City Manager Steven Buck said the Heritage Crossing homeless encampment has been expanding since the closure of the city’s winter warming shelter at the start of May. “The Heritage Crossing encampment was noted to have been growing in numbers, with people coming from undisclosed areas, as the case managers no longer…

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Three people in a Bangor apartment were arrested Thursday afternoon and are facing drug trafficking charges, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) announced Thursday. Agents from both MDEA and the U.S. DEA, with assistance from the Bangor Police Department, executed a search warrant on Thursday at an apartment located at 54 Charles Street in Bangor. The search warrant came as the result of a months-long investigation into drug trafficking by MDEA’s North Central Task Force, which included undercover purchases of fentanyl, the agency said. During the search of the apartment, over 200 grams of cocaine base (crack) was seized, as…

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The Board of Directors of Maine’s Regional School Unit 40 (RSU 40) on Thursday evening voted to delete a transgender student policy that allowed boys to use girls’ locker rooms and restrooms, and directs staff to assist transgender or “gender expansive” students with gender transitions. [RELATED: Maine High School: ‘Gender Expansive’ Boys Can Compete in Girls Sports and Sleep in Girls Rooms on Overnight Field Trips…] RSU 40 covers the municipalities of Friendship, Union, Waldoboro, Warren and Washington. The RSU 40 “Transgender and Gender Expansive Students” policy — coded “ACAAA” — is nearly identical to other transgender student policies adopted…

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Democratic Congressman Jared Golden of Maine’s 2nd District on Wednesday issued a statement calling for a vote on a bill that would establish legal protections for a “right to contraception” and sterilization. [RELATED: Soros Family Favorite: Jared Golden Collects Campaign Contributions from George Soros’ Sons, Daughter-in-Law…] The bill in question, the “Right to Contraception Act,” would enshrine access to contraceptives as “a fundamental right, central to an individual’s privacy, health, well-being, dignity, liberty, equality, and ability to participate in the social and economic life of the Nation.” Contraceptives, as set forth in the bill, are defined as any drug or device intended to prevent pregnancy,…

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The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a nonprofit organization that advocates for stricter measures against illegal immigration into the U.S., issued a statement Tuesday denouncing President Joe Biden’s recent executive order aimed at curtailing the number of illegal border crossers receiving asylum. The Biden administration’s executive actions, unveiled on Tuesday after months of the president claiming that he lacked the authority to act on the border crisis without Congress, will temporarily shut down asylum requests by migrants at the southern border once Border Patrol records 2,500 daily encounters on average over a seven-day period. The suspension on asylum requests…

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More than half of registered voters in the U.S. say they are living paycheck to paycheck under the Biden administration, and that the state of the economy is the number one topic they want to see in a presidential debate, according to a NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ poll published on Wednesday. The poll, which surveyed 1,000 registered voters, was conducted between May 28 and 29 via an online panel. According to the survey, about 58 percent of respondents said that they are currently living paycheck to paycheck and disapprove of President Biden’s handling of the economy, and about two-thirds reported that they…

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A Windham man who operated an account named “Femboy Cassidy” on a messaging application has pleaded guilty to the distribution and possession of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine announced Wednesday. Cote Noonan, 33, of Windham, pleaded guilty to the charges on Wednesday in a Portland federal court. Noonan faces a minimum of five years and up to 20 years imprisonment, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 on the distribution of child pornography charge. On the charge of possessing child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, he faces up to 20 years in…

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After four terms serving in the Maine House of Representatives, Republican State Rep. David Haggan is looking to move into the Senate, while his wife Kimberly is running to take his vacant Hampden seat in the House. Rep. Haggan, a longtime high school and middle school teacher in Regional School Unit 22, termed out of House after the close of the 131st Legislature, and is running for election to Senate District 10. Senate District 10 covers the Hampden area, and includes municipalities in both Penobscot and northern Hancock counties. First term State Sen. Peter Lyford (R) is the incumbent running…

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The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is seeking to spend $2.5 million on a two-year marketing campaign to attract new workers to the state, according to a Request for Proposal (RFP) document published Monday. The Department is seeking bids from marketing, communications and public relations firms for the “workforce attraction” campaign, which will “brand and promote the State of Maine as a place to work and live.” [RELATED: Mills Admin, Nonprofits, and Big Biz Back New Migrant Resettlement Agency for Maine…] According to DECD, the campaign comes as a part of Gov. Janet Mills’ (D) 10-year Economic…

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The left-wing Maine American Civil Liberties Union (Maine ACLU) has come out in opposition to a proposed ordinance in the City of Bangor that would ban people from loitering on narrow medians on high-volume or high-speed roads. [RELATED: Maine ACLU Demands Portland Stop ‘Criminalizing Homelessness’, Calls Encampment Sweeps ‘Inherently Racist’…] The proposal, considered on Monday by the Bangor City Council’s Government Operations Committee, would make amend the city’s loitering ordinance to make it unlawful “for any person to loiter, either alone or with others, on medians less than six feet wide in high-volume or high-speed traffic areas, due to safety concerns.”…

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Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey (D) on Tuesday announced that his office and the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (MIRC), a collection of migrant advocacy organizations, are working together to warn migrants in the state about getting unauthorized legal advice. The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and MIRC launched a new website aimed at “Protecting New Mainers from Immigration Scams,” that provides migrants information on who is qualified to give them legal advice on their immigration cases, and allows migrants to report immigration scams through an online portal. “Immigration law is both complicated and extremely consequential. We are deeply concerned about the…

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The Cumberland Town Council on Monday voted in favor of painting a crosswalk with a rainbow pallet of colors in support of Pride Month. According to a May 29 memo to the Town Council from Cumberland Town Manager William Shane, the move comes as a result of two years of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) training for town staff, which led to the staff reaching out to local churches to “discuss how the Town can be more active and involved in Pride Month.” The cost of the rainbow crosswalk, which will be located at the intersection of Tuttle Road and…

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Portland Public Schools is seeking to spend over $200,000 in federal funds on hiring four English language teachers who will serve as interpreters for “new arrivals” in the school district. The proposed allocation of the funds, a total of $223,918, comes as part of a federal grant through the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). [RELATED: Portland Spends 50 Times More Per Person on Welfare Than Other Maine Cities, Spent 73% of All General Assistance Dollars Since 2019, Records Show…] Portland Schools is looking to use a portion of the grant money to fund the hiring of four full-time…

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A Norway man who was accused of filing numerous fraudulent applications to gain over $240,000 from a pandemic-era relief program has been sentenced to two years in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine announced Friday. Merton Weed Jr., 52, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen on Friday to 24 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Weed was also ordered to pay $253,646 in restitution. [RELATED: Norway Man Charged with PPP Loan, FHA Mortgage Fraud Faces Up to 20 Years in Prison After Plea Deal…] According to court records, Weed…

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President Joe Biden on Monday released a statement in support of his son Hunter as jury selection is beginning in the younger Biden’s federal gun trial in Delaware. In September 2023, a federal grand jury indicted the 54-year-old first son on three felony firearm offenses. [RELATED: Hunter Biden Pleads Not Guilty to Three Felony Gun Charges…] The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden lied to federally licensed firearms dealer when purchasing a revolver in 2018, claiming that he was not an unlawful user of narcotics or other controlled substances. Hunter is accused of knowingly making a false statement to the dealer…

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The Portland Police Department’s bomb squad detonated a “suspicious package” found near an intersection Monday morning. Portland Police posted to X shortly before 9 a.m. on Monday that the bomb squad “is looking into a suspicious device” in the area of the intersection of Washington and Ocean Avenues, which lies between Portland’s Back Cove and East Deering neighborhoods. https://twitter.com/PolicePortland/status/1797612103416909920 Just after 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Portland Police announced that the Washington and Ocean Ave intersection had reopened, after a “suspicious package” was deemed not a threat by the Portland Police Department’s Hazardous Devices Unit (HDU). https://twitter.com/PolicePortland/status/1797652733350248624 In a Monday afternoon…

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The Biden administration has closed hundreds of thousands of asylum cases filed by migrants, allowing the asylum program to operate as a “mass amnesty” for migrants to allow them to stay in the U.S. indefinitely, the New York Post reported Monday. According to the Post, asylum cases for over 350,000 migrants who don’t have a criminal record or are otherwise not deemed a threat to the country have been closed by the Biden administration since 2022. [RELATED: Brazilian Man Hid Involvement in 11 Murders on Visa, Asylum Applications to Enter and Remain in US: DOJ…] Terminating an asylum case means…

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On Monday the Portland City Council will vote on extending an emergency order for the third time to prolong a 50-bed expansion to the city’s Homeless Services Center (HSC) into August. The City Council initially voted to expand the shelter by 50 beds via an emergency declaration in November, in response to public health and safety concerns regarding well over 200 tents in homeless encampments throughout the city. Current city data shows a total of 20 tents in the Portland in the area, with the majority being on private property. [RELATED: Out of State Homeless People are Clogging Portland’s Shelters…] While that…

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A Brazilian man residing in Malden, Mass., was indicted on Wednesday for fraudulently obtaining a visa to enter the U.S. and lying on his asylum application, failing to disclose to immigration authorities his involvement in the murders of 11 people in Brazil — a 2015 incident known as the “The Slaughter of Curió.” Antonio Jose De Abreu Vidal Filho, 30, was indicted on two counts of visa fraud, two counts of perjury and one count of falsifying, concealing and covering up a material fact. Following his initial appearance in a Boston federal court on Wednesday, he is being detained until…

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A Texas man has pleaded guilty in a Portland federal court to coercing and enticing a Maine child into sending him explicit photographs and videos, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine said Thursday. According to court records, in December 2021, 26-year-old Juan Jose Torres found a 13-year-old over Snapchat and coerced the child into sending him sexually explicit images and videos. The 26-year-old also, while knowing the victim was 13, communicated with the child over Instagram, text, phone and FaceTime, and sent the child sexually explicit images of himself while pressuring the victim to do the same,…

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An Atlanta, Georgia man has pleaded guilty in to a counterfeit check scheme that netted him and a coconspirator nearly $70,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine announced Thursday. In court records, federal prosecutors alleged that in March 2022, 33-year-old Rasheed Colbert, and a coconspirator, Mantavious Jones, 32, both of Atlanta, stole checks from the mailboxes of local businesses in Maine and then used the stolen checks to create counterfeit checks. The pair were accused of recruiting homeless people to provide identification in order to cash the counterfeit checks in exchange for money. The two Georgia men…

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A Waterville man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to conspiring to steal firearms from a federally licensed dealer and stealing a total of 15 firearms. In court records, federal prosecutors accused Damiean Marcial-Alexander, 21, of hatching a plan alongside a coconspirator in April 2022 to break into a Waterville firearms dealer and to steal multiple firearms. Investigators uncovered Instagram and text messages between the coconspirators planning the theft, including a map to the location from Marcial-Alexander’s apartment, as well as photos of the two men holding some of the stolen firearms, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District…

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A Hancock man has been sentenced to two years probation and a $5,000 fine for kicking and pushing an FBI agent while the agents were attempting to execute a search warrant at his house. Chief U.S. District Judge Lance Walker sentenced Alan Howell Parrot, 69, of Hancock, on Thursday after a federal jury found Parrot guilty of assaulting a federal officer following a one-day trial in November. The incident in question occurred on June 22, 2023, when FBI special agents were attempting to execute a federal search warrant at Parrot’s residence in Hancock, according to court records. When the agents were…

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A Republican-led House subcommittee investigating the origins of COVID-19 is requesting access to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s personal emails and phone records. The request, set forth in a Wednesday letter to Dr. Fauci from House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic Chairmen Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), comes after Fauci’s former chief advisor testified to the subcommittee that the pair had a “secret back channel.” [RELATED: House Oversight Report: Top Scientists Suppressed COVID Lab Leak Hypothesis to Protect China…] Fauci’s former Senior Scientific Advisor, Dr. David Morens, testified at a May 22 hearing before the subcommittee that he “may have” sent information…

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei issued an open letter Thursday praising American university students engaged in pro-Palestine protests for being “on the right side of history.” Khamenei said that anti-Israel university students in the U.S. have “formed a branch of the Resistance Front” and have begun “an honorable struggle” against the “usurper and brutal Zionist regime.” [RELATED: Maine’s Largest Union Embraces Antisemitism…] https://twitter.com/Khamenei_m/status/1796171558035038495 “The greater Resistance Front which shares the same understandings and feelings that you have today, has been engaged in the same struggle for many years in a place far from you,” Khamenei said, directly addressing American college…

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Maine’s Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (CD-01) on Wednesday applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for announcing a $7.7 million round of grants for Maine schools to purchase electric school buses. The $7.7 million EPA grant, which is funded by President Joe Biden’s “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” will help 15 school districts across Maine purchase a total of 38 “clean” school buses. The EPA’s $5 billion “Clean School Bus Program,” launched in 2022, has a goal of transitioning all traditional diesel-powered public school bus fleets to all-electric buses by 2035. However, the electric school buses in Maine that have already been…

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A year ago this month, over one hundred asylum-seeking migrants unexpectedly arrived in the city Sanford seeking welfare benefits and free housing, forcing the city to expend more than $300,000 more than their allocated General Assistance budget for the year. [RELATED: “We’ve been overrun”: Sanford City Officials Express Frustration Over Migrant Crisis at Emergency Meeting…] Migrants were transported from the Portland Exposition Building to Sanford in private cars, Ubers, and some vehicles purporting to be DoorDash drivers, after they were given misinformation that Sanford would offer them better housing and better benefits than Portland. The asylum seekers, most of whom…

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Maine House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) recently appointed a new commissioner to the state racial equity commission, the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial & Tribal Populations (PCRITP), from an organization that administered a $175,000 taxpayer-funded grant to her “domestic partner.” [RELATED: ‘Homelessness Advocate’ Came to Maine DEI Commission Meeting Slurring Speech, Said N-Word, Claimed to be Part Black and Victim of Racial Profiling…] The new PCRITP Commissioner, Amy Winston, whose appointment was announced at the Commission’s Wednesday meeting, is the Senior Director of State Policy at Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI), a progressive thinktank focused on climate change…

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The Democrats’ House Majority PAC is planning to invest $100 million into advertising and voter mobilization efforts focused on the issue of abortion as they attempt to win back the chamber from Republicans this November, according a memo released Thursday. The super PAC’s new “Reproductive Freedom Accountability Fund” is slated to target swing districts nationwide with advertisements denouncing “Republican extremism” and the GOP’s “shameless pursuit to ban abortion.” [RELATED: Planned Parenthood Spends Thousands to Unseat Maine House Democrat Who Opposed Late-Term Abortion Bill…] The House Majority PAC pointed to their success holding Republicans to a slim majority in the 2022…

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Three people are facing drug trafficking charges following a traffic stop on I-95 in Orono that resulted in the discovery of crack cocaine and multiple firearms, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday. According to the Sheriff’s Office, shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, a Penobscot County deputy determined that 49-year-old Tara Culpovich of Milford violated her bail conditions by traveling in a vehicle with 48-year-old Robert Moreau. Culpovich was recently arrested arrested for unlawful trafficking of schedule W drugs after the Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at 32 Pine Street in Milford, and was not supposed…

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The U.S. was forced to put a pause on the delivery of aid to its “floating pier” on the coast of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after a spell of bad weather caused the $320 million structure to break apart, officials confirmed to Fox News Digital. Officials told Fox News that four vessels that had stabilized the pier broke off of the structure due to choppy waters earlier this week, causing the pier to no longer be operational. Two of the unmoored vessels were reportedly beached on Gaza and two others drifted to the coast of Israel near Ashkelon. Pentagon…

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The Biden administration has granted a request from the State of Maine to lease 15.2 square mile in the Gulf of Maine for an offshore wind array. The “research lease” site is located 28 nautical miles off the coast of Maine, southeast of Portland, and if developed would allow for the construction of up to 12 floating wind turbines capable of generating up to 144 megawatts of energy. [RELATED: Biden Admin Proposes Sale of 1 Million Acres in Gulf of Maine for Offshore Wind Projects…] Tuesday’s approval of the research lease dates back to an October 2021 application by the…

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A Brunswick man arrested and charged with multiple drug trafficking counts last week in connected to an ongoing investigation into a fatal fentanyl overdose has been released from jail after posting $750 in bail, Brunswick Police announced Tuesday. Police said that during the course of a recent investigation into a fatal overdose involving fentanyl, investigators were led to believe illegal drugs were being sold at 338 Church Road in Brunswick. The Brunswick Police department executed a search warrant at the Church Road residence on Wednesday, May 22, looking for evidence of drug trafficking. The search resulted in the seizure of…

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A traffic stop in Portland over the weekend led to the arrest of two men on drug charges, Portland Police announced Tuesday. 22-year-old Roger Sockabasin of Portland | Source: Cumberland County Jail According to police, the traffic stop occurred at 58 Alder Street (Bayside Bowl bowling alley) shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. The driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Roger Sockabasin of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for violating conditions of release, operating with a suspended or revoked license and unlawful possession of schedule Z drugs. Schedule Z drugs, under Maine state law, include marijuana, certain prescription…

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Border officers at a Texas Port of Entry last week found more than $1.3 million worth of cocaine hidden in a tractor hauling a shipment of soft drinks, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Friday. [RELATED: ‘No regard for human life’: Illegal Alien Caught Transporting Enough Fentanyl to Kill 6.8 Million People With Two Children in Car…] The seizure occurred on Friday, May 24, at the Roma International Bridge, which connects the cities of Roma, Texas, and Ciudad Miguel Alemá, Mexico, over the Rio Grande. A CBP Office of Field Operations officer stationed on the bridge referred a tractor…

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A Berwick woman has pleaded guilty to a yearslong Social Security fraud scheme to illegally obtain benefits on behalf of her children, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Maine announced Friday. [RELATED: Fraud: NH Man Faked Disability to Obtain Over $660,000 in Veterans Benefits…] Suzanna Hercock, 46, pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud on Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland. In court records, federal prosecutors alleged Hercock lied to the Social Security Administration (SSA) from about December 2008 to February 2020, during which time she claimed that her husband — the children’s father — was not in…

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The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) branch in Scarborough will be closed starting on May 25 to allow for mold remediation and repair work, the Maine Secretary of State’s Office announced Friday. The Scarborough BMV is expected to be closed for at least four weeks while the repair work is ongoing. According to Maine Secretary of State’s Office, a roof drain above the BMV broke during a cold snap in February, sending water “cascading into the interior of the branch.” There has not been any threat to the health of the branch’s staff or customers, a Secretary of State’s…

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A Lewiston woman has been charged with murder in connection to the death of a 90-year-old man in Litchfield. Gerald Marin, 90, was found dead inside his home at 1724 Hallowell Road in Litchfield on Saturday, May 18, after Maine State Police responded to the home at the request of a family member. Marin’s death was ruled a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Sunday. Maine State Police say that Shari Allimah, 55, of Lewiston was charged with murder on Wednesday. At the time, Allimah was being held at the Androscoggin County Jail on unrelated charges,…

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A New York woman pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland to bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and false use of a passport, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine. In court records, federal prosecutors alleged that in May 2023, 57-year-old Lisa Campos of New York attempted to make withdrawals from the joint credit union account of two victims by using a fake U.S. passport card as identification at several branch locations in southern Maine. Campos was successful in withdrawing $8,000 from one credit union branch in two separate transactions, but was unable to…

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The Holden Police Department on Thursday announced that they had raided a house in connection to an ongoing investigation into Chinese-owned illegal marijuana growing operations. Dozens of similar properties have been searched by local law enforcement and county sheriff’s offices in recent months in connection to a sprawling network of illicit marijuana grows throughout rural Maine with suspected ties to Asian transnational organized crime. [Triad Weed: Here Are All the Raids Maine Cops Have Conducted on Illegal Chinese Drug Trafficking Operations] Holden Police executed a search warrant on a home on Winters Road in Holden at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.…

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After showing up to a meeting last Friday slurring her speech heavily, a “homelessness advocacy” commissioner on Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Tribal Populations (PCRITP), a taxpayer-funded agency tasked with dismantling “systemic racism” in the state, proceeded to say the n-word, claimed to be part black, and said she was racially profiled by police. Amanda Comeau, who serves as the Permanent Commission’s “representative from a housing or homelessness advocacy organization,” entered several minutes late into PCRITP’s May 17 Community Engagement Committee meeting, and subsequently derailed the hour-long meeting into several slurred and rambling digressions. LISTEN:…

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The law enforcement division of the Maine Department of Marine Resources recently mistakenly ordered over $8,000 worth of ammunition, but decided the tens of thousands of rounds would be too costly to return, according to public records. An April 25 Procurement Justification Form (PJF) filed by the Department of Marine Resources states that the Bureau of Maine Patrol purchased twenty-thousand rounds of 9mm training ammunition and ten-thousand rounds of 5.56mm duty ammunition. The total cost of the purchased ammunition was $8,010. The Bureau of Marine Patrol is a state law enforcement agency responsible for the enforcement of marine resource conservation…

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Border Patrol agents in California last week caught an illegal alien transporting enough fentanyl to wipe out a city of 6.8 million people, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Wednesday. According to CBP, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio, Calif., Border Patrol Station arrested a female driver of a vehicle transporting 29 pounds of fentanyl on the morning of Wednesday, May 15. Border Patrol agents conducted a vehicle stop on the female driver on Interstate 10 in Indio, Calif., and determined that she was an undocumented illegal alien, despite her claim that she was a U.S. citizen, CBP…

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A 16-year-old from Westbrook has been arrested for allegedly participating in a string of vehicle burglaries and of stealing a firearm from one the vehicles, Westbrook Police announced Wednesday. [RELATED: ‘They’re playing Grand Theft Auto, for real’: New Details Emerge Related to Southern Maine Teenage Drug Trafficking Network…] According to police, officers were dispatched early in the morning on Sunday, May 19, in response to a report of vehicles being broken into on Main Street in Westbrook. Officers responded to the scene and were able to locate and stop multiple suspects. Westbrook Police said that when officers detained the suspects,…

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Former President Donald Trump boasted in a 1:30 a.m. post to his Truth Social platform on Thursday that Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich would be released from Russian prison “immediately” if he his elected this November. Gershkovich, a 32-year-old Bowdoin graduate, has been held in Moscow’s Lefortovo Prison for over a year following his arrest on espionage charges on March 29, 2023, while working for the Journal in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg — the first American journalist to be arrested on charges of spying in Russia since the Cold War. Gershkovich, his family, the WSJ and the U.S.…

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Maine taxpayers are footing the bill for state employees to attend breathing and muscle relaxation classes, “StoryTime” sessions, as well as workshops centered around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), according to an internal email obtained by the Maine Wire. Director of staff training and development at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine DHHS), Bonnie Tracy, sent an email Wednesday to all DHHS employees outlining the department’s June training programs offered by the department’s Staff Education and Training Unit (SETU). “SETU will be offering an array of sessions throughout 2024 to help you in your professional development and…

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The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a Republican super PAC endorsed by House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and House Republican leadership, has announced that it will spend $141 million in initial ad reservations ahead of the November elections — including millions of dollars targeting cities in Maine. “CLF’s initial ad reservations are larger than any previous election cycle to date,” the super PAC announced in a Wednesday press release. “We’re reserving nearly $20 million more than in 2022, when Republicans took back the House, and more than three times the amount from 2020, when Republicans picked up fifteen seats.” The CLF…

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The arrest of a homeless man in Portland last week for visual sexual aggression against a child occurred at a public housing complex, according to arrest records. Ahmed Said Abdullahi, 30, whose Cumberland County Jail booking information indicated he was “unhoused,” was arrested early in the morning on Sunday, May 12, on the charge of visual sexual aggression against a child under 14 years old. Abdullahi was booked at the Cumberland County Jail where his bond amount was set at $500. As of May 22, Abdullahi is not longer in custody at Cumberland County Jail, according to the jail’s online…

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The Washington, D.C., headquarters of the Republican National Committee (RNC) were put on lockdown Wednesday morning after “vials of blood” were discovered in a package, the New York Post reports. It remains unclear what caused the security alert, but one source told the Post that “It sounds like vials of blood were sent in a package and something broke open.” No injuries were immediately reported as a result of the incident, but a hazmat unit was on site at the RNC headquarters on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning, according to the Post. Capitol Police told NBC that the package contained two…

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-01) joined dozens of her House Democrat colleagues on a letter calling upon Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito to recuse himself from all cases related to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol or the 2020 presidential election. Rep. Pingree, who includes a Ukrainian flag in her handle on social media, has previously called for the “out of touch” Supreme Court to be expanded after they turned down the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness program and prohibited race-based college admissions last summer. [RELATED: Chellie Pingree Doubles Down on Calls to Expand ‘Out of Touch’ Supreme Court…]…

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Maine’s largest union, the Maine Education Association, has passed a resolution calling for the state pension system to divest from corporations “complicit in the violation of the human rights” of Palestinian civilians amid Israel’s ongoing war against the Islamic terrorist organization Hamas, according to a copy of the resolution obtained by the Bangor Daily News. [RELATED: Report Uncovers Links Between Anti-Israel Protesters and CCP…] The union’s resolution, which calls for the state pension to exercise economic pressure on Israel as they attempt to eliminate Hamas, comes just over seven months since the terrorist group launched an attack on Israel from…

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House Republicans are leading an investigation into the Department of Defense’s (DoD) upcoming report on matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion policies in the U.S. military, according to a Monday letter. House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs Chairman Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) and House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) led on the letter sent to the chair of the DoD’s newly created Defense Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (DACODAI), General (Ret.) Lester Lyles. The upcoming DACODAI report is expected to contain independent advice and recommendations on DEI policies in…

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The owner and operator of a group of Massachusetts sober homes has ordered to pay $3.8 million in damages after being found liable by a federal jury in Boston for the sexual harassment of tenants, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Massachusetts announced Monday. Following a five-day trial, on May 17, 51-year-old Peter McCarthy, of Lynn, Mass., owner of Steps to Solutions, Inc., was found liable for sexual harassment and retaliation in violation of the Fair Housing Act, a federal anti-housing discrimination law. The federal jury awarded $3.8 million in damages to seven identified victims of sexual harassment…

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U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) on Monday announced the arrest of an unlawfully present Mexican national who was convicted in Connecticut of driving under the influence and killing two children. [RELATED: Man Involved in Four-Car Crash That Left Maine Woman Dead Entered U.S. Illegally in January: Oguzhan Cildir…] Deportation officers with ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston arrested the 40-year-old illegal alien, Israel Alejandro Gonzalez-Arcinega, during a traffic stop in Meriden, Conn., on May 1. “Israel Gonzalez was convicted of driving under the influence and killing two Connecticut children,” ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons said Monday.…

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Starting this year, non-U.S. citizens will for the first time be able to vote in elections for local offices and on ballot questions in Washington, D.C. Under the “Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022,” which was passed by the D.C. Council in October 2022 and came in to effect in February 2023, any person who will be 18 by the time of the next general election, and who has proof of their residence in D.C. for at least 30 days prior to the election, will be able to vote in elections to local offices and on D.C. ballot…

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Two Chinese nationals accused of playing leading roles in a money laundering scheme involving at least $73 million in stolen funds from cryptocurrency scams have been arrested on federal charges, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday. [RELATED: Maine Democrats Made $100k from Sam Bankman-Fried’s Crypto Fraud and Refuse to Give the Money to the U.S. Attorney…] Daren Li, 41, a dual citizen of China and St. Kitts and Nevis, and resident of China, Cambodia and the United Arab Emirates, was arrested on at an Atlanta airport on April 30 and was transported to the Central District of California. Yicheng…

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Three Massachusetts men have been indicted in connection to a February daytime shootout in Saco that led to a shelter-in-place order and school lockdown, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine Darcie McElwee announced at a press briefing alongside local and federal law enforcement Thursday. [RELATED: Multiple Teenagers Arrested as Portland PD Seizes 400 Grams of Cocaine, 6 Handguns, and $44,000 Following Drive-by Shooting…] The two-count indictment, returned on Wednesday, May 15, by a federal grand jury, charged Joshua “Mac” Estrada , 19, Yancarlos “Glizzy” Abrante), 20, and Jason “Ouda” Johnson-Rivera, 18, all of New Bedford, Mass., with conspiracy to…

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Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Maine-based Political Action Committee (PAC) is spending thousands of dollars to unseat an incumbent House Democrat who voted against Gov. Janet Mills’ late-term abortion bill last year, according to expenditure filings with the Maine Ethics Commission. [RELATED: Expanded Access to Late-Term Abortion Goes Into Effect In Maine, One of the Least Restrictive Laws In The Nation…] Democratic State Rep. Bruce White, who represents part of Waterville in House District 65, was one of just a handful of House Democrats to vote against the highly controversial abortion bill — LD 1619 — last June. Signed…

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The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) on Wednesday adopted a new “Gender Identity Participation Policy” to make it easier for transgender or non-binary students to participate on high school sports teams in accordance with their “gender identity.” [RELATED: Trans Runner Who Destroyed Female Competition at Maine Cross Country Meet has Maine Medical Center Director of Clinical Ethics Father, Bates Feminist Ethicist Mother…] The MPA is a private nonprofit corporation that regulates interscholastic high school athletics statewide, including both public and private schools. “The Maine Principals’ Association is committed to providing all students with an equal opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics…

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U.S. Senator from Maine Angus King (I) in a Wednesday hearing of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee (SSIC) warned of foreign “sleeper cells” interfering and potentially causing “chaos” in the 2024 elections. [RELATED: Maine’s Angus King Leaned on Twitter to Monitor GOP Opponent’s Supporters in 2018 – Twitter Files…] In an exchange with the Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), Jen Easterly, Sen. King said foreign adversaries are using the free speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to subvert our elections. “What is going on here is our adversaries are using our…

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The Maine Department of Corrections (Maine DOC) is seeking a vendor to purchase a “state-of-the-art” laser tattoo removal machine, a purchase the agency argues will help inmates successfully reintegrate into society. According to a Request for Proposals (RFP) posted by the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS) on April 29, the Maine DOC is soliciting bids from vendors “to procure “to procure a state-of-the-art laser tattoo removal equipment that meets stringent requirements for safety, efficacy, and versatility, designed to facilitate the rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates within a correctional facility setting.” “This equipment will serve a critical role…

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In April, the Maine Legislature passed and Gov. Janet Mills signed LD 2007, An Act to Advance Self-determination for Wabanaki Nations, sponsored by House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland). The bill as advanced by the Legislature was a heavily pared down version of a broader tribal sovereignty bill initially introduced in June 2023 by Speaker Talbot Ross, which was opposed by Gov. Mills. Under LD 2007, as signed into law, the Wabanaki tribal courts — of the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy — have been granted more authority to prosecute Class C, D and E level crimes that occur on their territory…

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A Maine man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Concord, N.H., to over three years in prison for making an online threat to “shoot up” Portsmouth High School in April of last year. Kyle Hendrickson, 26, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release. He previously pleaded guilty in December to one count of interstate threatening communications, and one count of possessing a firearm in a school zone. “The defendant’s threat to ‘shoot up’ the Portsmouth High School sent a terrifying chill throughout the Portsmouth community,” said U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young in a…

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An email threat sent Tuesday morning targeting multiple schools in the Portland Public School District was determined to be a hoax, authorities announced Tuesday afternoon. Portland Police say they were made aware of the threat at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The six schools targeted by the email threats were Ocean Avenue Elementary, Talbot Community School, Amanda Rowe Elementary, Peaks Island Elementary, Longfellow Elementary and Deering High School, police said. As a result of the threats, all Portland schools in the district implemented a lockout, where no one was allowed to enter or leave the schools, during which time Portland Police…

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Portland Police on Monday arrested a Sebago man suspected of assault on a boat docked in the Portland Fish Pier after a standoff that resulted in the use of pepper spray and tasers against the suspect. On Monday, Portland Police were called to the Portland Fish Pier at 300 Commercial St. for a report of a man being attacked. Upon arrival, the victim, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, told officers that he had been attacked by a man who was currently on a boat docked in the area. 62-year-old Stephen Thuotte of Sebago, arrested by Portland Police after a standoff on…

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A juvenile has been arrested in connection to a shots fired incident on Monday in Portland, police announced Tuesday. [RELATED: ‘They’re playing Grand Theft Auto, for real’: New Details Emerge Related to Southern Maine Teenage Drug Trafficking Network…] According to Portland Police, officers responded to a report of shots fired at 10:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13, on Alder Street, in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood. While investigating, officers in the area heard a gunshot coming from the direction of Chestnut Street — just blocks away from Alder Street — and dispatch received a second call for shots fired, police said. Witnesses…

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Thousands of marijuana plants were seized during raids on two properties suspected to be illicit marijuana growing operations in Piscataquis County, the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday. [RELATED: Triad Weed: U.S. Justice Department Moves to Seize Properties in Maine Linked to Large-Scale Marijuana Operations…] On Monday, May 13, the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants on two properties suspected to be operating as illegal marijuana grows. Source: Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office The first search warrant was executed on a property in Milo, Maine, and resulted in the seizure of 2,200 marijuana plants. The second warrant was executed in…

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U.S. Senator from Maine Susan Collins (R) is the most bipartisan Senator in the 118th Congress, according to a study released Monday by the Lugar Center and the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. The nonpartisan study, launched in 2014, ranks members of each Congress according to the degree to which Senators and Representatives work across party lines on pieces of legislation. Sen. Collins, who previously led the Senate rankings for bipartisanship for eight consecutive years between 2013 and 2020, and placed second in the 117th Congress, retook the number one rank in 2023. “Since the founding of the…

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A New Hampshire man on Monday pleaded guilty in federal court in Portland, Maine to committing wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Dominic Barbosa, aka Christopher Barnhart, 29, of Manchester, N.H., was accused of obtaining the identification of individuals without their knowledge or consent from at least March 2019 through March 2022. In court records, federal prosecutors alleged Barbosa stole mail in Massachusetts, N.H. and Maine, including bank account statements, tax returns, and other documents containing other individuals’ personal identifying information. After allegedly stealing the mail, Barbosa would apply for duplicate driver’s licenses for others, often changing the address, and…

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U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday announced the arrest in Massachusetts of an unlawfully present Colombian national wanted for murder in his home country. Deportation officers from ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston arrested the 49-year-old Colombian national near his residence in Pittsfield, Mass., on Monday, May 6. [RELATED: Brazilian Illegal Immigrant Who Escaped Prison Sentence for Armed Robbery Arrested by ICE Boston…] According to ICE, the Colombian national was arrested in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on April 5, 2014, and was charged with aggravated homicide, aggravated theft, and possession of a weapon. He was convicted and sentenced in…

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The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine DHHS) on Friday issued a request to waive competitive bidding on a $200,000 grant to the Mi’kMaq Nation Health Department to support “equitable vaccine access and vaccine confidence.” According to the grant request, the Maine DHHS Office of Population Health Equity (OPHE) is requesting $200,000 to “Address racial/ethnic COVID-19 disparities through COVID-19 response efforts within the Public Health District.” [RELATED: Lambrew Out at Maine DHHS…] The Mi’kMaq Nation Health Department, the provider, will use the $200,000 grant to “implement activities that increase equitable vaccine access and vaccine confidence through education, outreach…

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A homeless man in Portland arrested on Sunday for visual sexual aggression against a child was given $500 bail at the Cumberland County Jail. According to Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office arrest records, 30-year-old Ahmed Said Abdullahi was arrested by Portland Police shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 12, on the charge of visual sexual aggression against a child. 30-year-old Ahmed Abdullahi, arrested Sunday on a charge of visual sexual aggression against a child | Source: Cumberland County Jail The arrest record indicates that Abdullahi is an “unhoused” man in Portland. Abdullahi was booked at the Cumberland County Jail where…

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