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

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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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas, last week seized nearly $500,000 in cocaine hidden within a tractor trailer hauling cotton candy. The World Trade Bridge is a U.S.-Mexico border crossing that connects the city of Laredo, Texas, with Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, over the Rio Grande. According to CBP, the seizure occurred on Thursday, May 9, when a CBP officer referred a tractor hauling a shipment of cotton candy over the bridge for a secondary inspection. Following the secondary inspection, which involved the use of CBP canines, officers discovered 15 packages containing…

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Democratic Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) on Friday introduced two bills seeking to increase tariffs of the importation of Chinese renewable energy products and automobiles. “Our country imports far more goods than it exports, a trade imbalance that threatens our future and leaves us dependent on the productive capacity of our competitors,” Rep. Golden said Friday. “When it comes to our manufacturers and energy independence, Congress should privilege American industry and be relentless champions for America and our workers.”  [RELATED: Jared Golden Slams Biden Admin’s Approval of Foreign-Owned Offshore Wind Projects…] “But industrial and trade policy aren’t just about our economy,”…

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The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) and Lewiston Police on Friday announced the arrest of a Massachusetts man for aggravated trafficking of fentanyl in Lewiston and the seizure of more than half a pound of fentanyl during the course of their investigation. Jonathan E. Paige, 34, of Boston, Mass., faces charges of unlawful aggravated trafficking in schedule drugs, (Fentanyl), a Class A crime. According to the MDEA, the agency and Lewiston Police have been conducting “targeted enforcement efforts” to areas of Lewiston over the past several weeks, in response to community complaints of safety issues, drug trafficking and negative quality…

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A Maine man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for travelling to Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration in 2022 to carry out a machete attack in the name of “radical Islamic jihad,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced Thursday. According to court documents, in December 2022, Trevor Bickford of Wells, Maine, then 19, travelled to New York City to, in his own words wage jihad and kill as many of his targets as possible. Prosecutors say Bickford chose Times Square on New Year’s Eve for his attack due to it being…

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The Maine Ethics Commission on Thursday issued an invitation for public comment on proposals regarding amendments to the U.S. Constitution related to campaign finance activity. As required by a successful 2023 citizen initiative, the Maine Ethics Commission is obliged to issue an annual report on proposals in Congress regarding campaign finance regulation. According to Ethics Commission Executive Director Jonathan Wayne, this year’s report will focus on proposed constitutional amendments that would “reaffirm the power of citizens through their government to regulate the raising and spending of money in elections.” Wayne cited House Joint Resolution 13 and Senate Joint Resolution 45…

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An Old Town, Maine, man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to possessing child pornography involving a child under 12. In court records, federal prosecutors accused 40-year-old Matthew Podlaski of Old town of searching the internet for, and downloading images of, the sexual abuse of young children. Podlaski downloaded the images and stored them on multiple devices, according to the Maine U.S. Attorney’s Office. During the course of their investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations seized 14 devices belonging to Podlaski, including laptop computers, flash drives and external storage devices. Podlaski faces up to…

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During a recent Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing, U.S. Senator from Maine Susan Collins (R) urged a top Biden administration official to issue an additional nearly 65,000 H-2B visas for temporary foreign workers. Sen. Collins comments come after she joined her fellow Maine Sen. Angus King (I) in November to announce that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to grant more than 64,000 temporary nonagricultural worker visas to foreign nationals in fiscal year 2024 (FY24). “Those are absolutely critical in my state, where 10-times the state’s population visits Maine,” Sen. Collins told President…

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The City of Portland Parks Division will be hosting its second annual “Tree Hugging Event” this May. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Deering Oaks Park. [RELATED: Global Warming Will Send Thousands of Migrants to Maine, Claims Portland’s Sustainability Director…] “Join this family-friendly community gathering and help celebrate all of the trees in our Forest City!” the city wrote in a press release regarding the event. According to a flyer for the event, in addition to “Hug a tree,” planned activities for the event include joining the city’s…

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to pass a bill that would require noncitizens to be excluded from the census when determining the population of a state for the apportionment of U.S. representatives and votes in the Electoral College. Both U.S. Representatives from Maine, Jared Golden (D) and Chellie Pingree (D), joined every Democrat in voting against the bill — in favor of including illegal aliens on the U.S. census to count towards the proportional allotment of members of the House to each state and to the election of the president. [RELATED: Soros Family Favorite: Jared Golden Collects…

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A bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senator from Maine Angus King (I) would set a minimum age of 13 to use social media platforms. The “Kids Off Social Media Act” would also prevent social media companies from pushing algorithmically-targeted content to social media users under the age of 17. “America’s youth should be protected from the harmful impacts of social media and from traumatic online content during their most formative years,” Sen. King said in a Monday press release. “The bipartisan Kids off Social Media Act would establish reasonable guardrails and set a minimum age for users of social media to protect our children from…

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A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for faking a disability in order to illegally obtain more than $660,000 in veteran’s benefits, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire announced Monday. Christopher Stultz, 49, of Antrim, N.H., was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Laplante to 18 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Stultz, who in January pleaded guilty to making false statements, was also ordered to pay a total of $662,871.77 in restitution. “This is one of the most egregious benefits fraud…

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A Bangor man has been sentenced to three years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition after an investigation found that he discharged a handgun in a residential area. Toman Caudill, 31, of Bangor, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock to 36 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Caudill had pleaded guilty to the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition on Jan. 17, 2024. According to court records, in September 2023, Bangor Police responded to a report that a male subject had fired a handgun…

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The man who caused a four-car accident on I-95 in April, leaving an Albion woman dead and her husband in critical condition, had entered the United States illegally from Mexico in January, the Maine Wire can confirm. According to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security official, the Customs and Border Protection’s resident agent in Albion was contacted when Oguzhan Cildir, 23, was arrested at the scene of the accident because the arresting agency found that he “had immigration status from when he crossed on the Southwest border.” The arresting agency then turned the individual over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s…

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The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) announced Monday that a second person has been charged in relation to their investigation into the seizure of over seven pounds of fentanyl in Biddeford last week. [RELATED: Maine DEA Seizes Over 7 Pounds of Fentanyl in Biddeford Drug Bust, Man Arrested Twice in Two Days…] On Wednesday, May 1, after an eight-month investigation, MDEA agents executed a search warrant on a Ray Street apartment in Biddeford, finding in the course of their search more than $300,000 worth of fentanyl. Arrested on drug trafficking charges was 24-year-old Almuntadhar Mohammed. Based on evidence seized during…

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In late March, Portland Police announced that as a result of their investigation into a February drive-by shootout, they had uncovered a large and sophisticated drug trafficking organization involving teenagers aged 16 to 19 years old operating out of homes in Portland, New Gloucester and Gray, Maine. The original drive-by shooting occurred during the afternoon Monday, Feb. 26, in the area of Forest Avenue and Clinton Street and involved multiple gunshots exchanged between two vehicles as they drove through nearby residential side streets. [RELATED: Multiple Teenagers Arrested as Portland PD Seizes 400 Grams of Cocaine, 6 Handguns, and $44,000 Following…

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The South Portland City Council on Tuesday will vote on an order directing city staff to spend over $1,500 on painting rainbow crosswalks throughout the city this June in celebration of Pride Month. [RELATED: “The error is significant”: South Portland Faces $4 Million Budget Shortfall After Mistakenly Failing to Increase Property Taxes Enough…] If passed, the order will authorize the city to spend a total of $1,650 in taxpayer dollars to “infill Pride colors” with color chalk paint on three crosswalks — $550 per crosswalk — throughout the city. The three crosswalks included in the order are Mountainview and Highland…

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The Maine Department of Corrections (DOC) is looking to spend nearly $400,000 on sponsoring a “restorative justice” program for juvenile criminal offenders. On April 30, the Maine DOC posted a notice of their intent to waive competitive bidding on a proposed $375,000 grant to the Portland-based “restorative justice” training organization Maine Youth Court — aka Youth-Led Justice (YLJ). “The [DOC] has the continued need for a community-based intervention program that will reduce the recidivism rate while also providing youth the skills and knowledge necessary to safely avoid future contact with the DOC,” grant coordinator for the Maine DOC Sonja Charest…

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Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey announced Friday that he has determined a York Sheriff’s Office deputy was acting in defense of himself and others when shooting a suspect multiple times in a November 2023 incident. [RELATED: Bangor Police Justified in Shooting at Woman Brandishing Knives During June 2023 Incident: AG Frey…] According to Attorney General Frey’s findings, outlined in a Friday letter to York County Sheriff William King, the incident in question involved the Southern Maine Special Response Team (SMSRT) assisting in the Nov. 8, 2023 arrest of a suspect on charges of domestic violence terrorizing with a firearm, and…

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Two offices of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine DHHS) were evacuated Friday morning due to threats, according to an email from Maine DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew. According to Lambrew, the Maine DHHS offices at 109 Capitol Street, Augusta, and at 17 Eastward Lane in Ellsworth, both received threats made via a phone call Friday morning. The threats were reported to Capitol Police at approximately 8:30 a.m. Friday. The Maine DHHS 109 Capitol Street office was briefly evacuated, during which time the Maine State Police searched the building and found no suspicious activity, Lambrew wrote. No one…

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A New York man was arrested last week at a Portland massage parlor on charges of criminal threatening and aggravated sex trafficking. According to the Portland Police Department’s arrest log, 45-year-old Changsheng Xiao of Flushing, N.Y., was arrested shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday, April 26, on Forest Avenue in Portland. Xiao was transported to the Cumberland County Jail and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and aggravated sex trafficking. 45-year-old Changsheng Xiao of Flushing, N.Y., charged with criminal threatening and aggravated sex trafficking | Source: Cumberland County Jail Under Maine law, aggravated sex trafficking is when a…

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Following an eight-month investigation, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (Maine DEA) on Friday announced the arrest of a Biddeford man on multiple drug trafficking charges and the seizure of more than $300,000 in fentanyl. Almuntadhar M. Mohammed, 24, of Biddeford, was arrested without incident on Wednesday afternoon after he arrived at a Saco business parking lot to deliver fentanyl to an undercover agent, the Maine DEA said. Mohammed was charged on outstanding warrants for two counts of unlawful trafficking in schedule W drugs, and unlawful aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs, related to multiple undercover purchases of fentanyl from Mohammed…

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A South Portland man on Thursday was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland for the possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of fentanyl and cocaine with intent to distribute. U.S. District Judge Jon Levy sentenced 33-year-old Joshua Hopkins to 60 months in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. After pleading guilty to the charges in February, Hopkins faced a maximum of up to 15 years in prison on the gun charge, and from five to a maximum of 40 years on the drug charges — with…

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In a Wednesday hearing of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, Maine Sen. Angus King (I) pressed senior U.S. Navy officials on a decrease in funding for directed energy weapon research and technology. [RELATED: Angus King Denies Ukrainians Are Embezzling Any U.S. Tax Dollars, Claims Putin Will Invade Poland…] Directed energy weapons, such as lasers, use energy fired at the speed of light instead of bullets or missiles, making them less expensive per shot than conventional weapons, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Many countries, including the U.S., are researching directed energy technology primarily for counter-drone missions due…

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A Maine man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to the armed robbery of an Augusta bank. In court documents, federal prosecutors accused 38-year-old Joshua Brougham of Manchester, Maine of robbing an Augusta bank at gunpoint in October 2022. Brougham allegedly entered the bank wearing a brimmed hat and a standard hospital face mask, and proceeded to the counter where after a brief conversation with the bank teller he pulled out a silver handgun, placing it on the counter in the direction of the teller. Brougham then told the bank teller to give him “all the money…

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Democratic Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) is urging the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to delay a proposed increase to the minimum allowable catch size for Maine lobstermen over concerns that the move could have dire economic consequences. [RELATED: Jared Golden Slams Biden Admin’s Approval of Foreign-Owned Offshore Wind Projects…] ASMFC is a commission made up of 15 U.S. states that acts as a coordinating regulatory agency for the conservation and management of marine fisheries resources, including American lobster. The proposed gauge increase, known as Addendum 27, is scheduled to take effect in January 2025, and would increase the minimum…

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The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Glenburn man who was allegedly found in possession of over 200 grams of fentanyl and a firearm during a probation check. According to Penobscot Sheriff Troy Morton, on Monday, April 29, deputies carried out a probation check on 38-year-old Scott Senechal on the Orono Road in Glenburn. During a search of the residence, deputies allegedly found a “significant amount of dangerous drugs,” including about 205.7 grams of suspected fentanyl, as well as a firearm. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, just two milligrams of fentanyl can supply…

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A massive illegal marijuana growing facility at a residence in Madison was raided by law enforcement Tuesday, the latest in a string of over a dozen busts of similar illicit cultivation operations suspected to be part of a sprawling network of unlicensed grows in rural Maine owned by Asian Transnational Criminal Organizations. According to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was executed at a residence on Horsetail Hill Road in Madison shortly after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the culmination of a month’s long investigation into suspected illegal marijuana cultivation at the property. The team executing the search warrant was…

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The U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday announced their proposal to lease nearly one million acres in the Gulf of Maine for offshore wind energy projects. The Biden administration’s proposed sale would cover approximately half of the final two million acre Wind Energy Area (WEA) off the coast of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts released by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) last month. [RELATED: Jared Golden Slams Biden Admin’s Approval of Foreign-Owned Offshore Wind Projects…] The proposed eight lease areas in the final WEA would have the potential to generate approximately 15 gigawatts of energy, and to…

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Monday announced the seizure of more than $750,000 worth of cocaine hidden within a vehicle being driven across the U.S.-Mexico border by a Mexican citizen. [RELATED: Pingree and Golden Vote for Billions to Ukraine and Nothing for the U.S. Border…] The seizure occurred on Thursday, April 25, at the Pharr International Bridge, which connects the city of Pharr, Texas, with Reynosa, Mexico. According to CBP, officers on the bridge stopped a 2008 Dodge driven by a 58-year-old Mexican citizen and referred the vehicle for a secondary inspection. Upon a secondary examination of the…

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Monday vetoed a bill that would ban the sale and possession bump stocks, while allowing another bill requiring a 72-hour waiting period between the sale and delivery of firearms to become law without her signature. The Democratic governor’s Monday actions on the two gun control bills come after she signed her own proposed legislation to expand background checks to advertised firearm sales and strengthen the state’s “yellow flag” law on Friday — her legislative response to the Oct. 25 mass shootings in Lewiston. [RELATED: Janet Mills Approves Expansion of Background Checks for Private Firearm Sales,…

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Police are requesting that Portland residents check their cars and homes for damage from gunfire to assist in their investigation of a Sunday evening shooting in city’s West End neighborhood. Portland Police say they responded to a report of shots fired on Tate Street at about 6:41 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. Police say evidence of a firearm being discharged several times in the area was discovered. [RELATED: Portland City Officials Respond to Disturbing Video Showing Drug Abuse, Fights, Crime in Bayside Neighborhood…] Although two persons of interest were questioned in relation to the incident, police said Monday that no…

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The Holden Police Department on Monday announced the arrest of a Bangor man after he allegedly robbed a store and stabbed a customer with a used needle while being subdued by an employee and several customers. Clifford Neville, 41, of Bangor, was arrested Sunday on charges of robbery, aggravated assault, five counts of violation of bail, and on two outstanding warrants. Holden Police say Clifford left a local store on Sunday with several unpurchased items. When confronted by an employee of the store, Clifford allegedly assaulted the employee with a weapon. According to Holden Police, the employee and several customers…

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An Ecuadorian national who was previously deported from the U.S. four times has been sentenced to just over a year in prison for entering the country illegally after he was found by Border Patrol agents in Maine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine announced Friday. Cristian Paul Pinguil-Caguana, 37, of Ecuador, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to 12 months and one day in prison, after which he will be deported from the U.S. for the fifth time. Pinguil-Caguana has been incarcerated since Oct. 6, 2023, and pleaded guilty to entering the U.S. after…

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Friday signed into law her proposed legislation to expand background checks to advertised firearm sales and strengthen the states “yellow flag” law. [RELATED: Patriot’s Day: Maine Dems Mark Anniversary of American War for Independence by Voting for Gun Control…] The bill, LD 2224, entitled “An Act to Strengthen Public Safety by Improving Maine’s Firearm Laws and Mental Health System,” was announced by Gov. Mills during her January State of the State Address as her proposed legislative response to the tragic Oct. 25 mass shootings in Lewiston. While state law formerly only mandated background checks for…

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President Joe Biden’s average approval rating is lower than any other modern U.S. president at the same point in their term, according to data released Friday by Gallup. https://twitter.com/GallupNews/status/1783861545438494752 President Biden averaged 38.7 percent job approval during his recently completed 13th quarter in the White House, which ran from Jan. 20 to April 19, Gallup found. Biden has a lower 13th quarter approval rating average than all nine presidents elected to their first term since Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to Gallup. During the same time period in their respective presidential terms, President Trump had an average approval rating of 46.8…

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Five people from Maine were arrested by Canadian authorities late Saturday night for the unauthorized fishing of elvers in the Meteghan area of Digby County, near the southwestern coast of the province, the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Ocean (DFO) announced Wednesday. Elvers, or “glass eels,” are extremely valuable baby American eels — often fetching more than $2,000 per pound — that are in high demand in East Asian countries, where the juvenile eels are raised in aquaculture farms to maturity and used in Japanese cuisine (unagi). The Maine Department of Marine Resources holds lotteries annually for a capped number…

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Following a three-month investigation, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) and Portland Police Department on Thursday announced the arrest of a Portland man on multiple drug trafficking charges and the seizure of a significant amount of illegal drugs, cash and a loaded firearm. 27-year-old Charles Aboda was arrested without incident in the afternoon on Tuesday, April 23, in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood. [RELATED: Portland City Officials Respond to Disturbing Video Showing Drug Abuse, Fights, Crime in Bayside Neighborhood…] Charles Aboda, 27, who faces multiple drug trafficking charges | Source: Cumberland County Jail Aboda faces two counts of aggravated trafficking in schedule…

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Portland city officials on Tuesday responded to a disturbing video published this week by a Bayside neighborhood landlord showing rampant drug abuse, violence and public indecency outside of his building. The video, shared on Monday by Portland landlord Ned Payne — viewed over 4,200 times on Youtube as of Wednesday — is a compilation of security camera footage recorded over a period of several months depicting the scene outside of 19 Portland St. [RELATED: “Zombie Slasher” Machete and Loaded Shotgun Horrify Store Owners Across from Portland Homeless Encampment…] Payne’s footage shows clips of young children having to step over homeless individuals…

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Gov. Janet Mills on Tuesday vetoed her own proposed bill that aimed at establishing a minimum hourly wage for Maine’s agricultural workers, citing an amendment to the bill that would allow for farmworkers to sue their employer over alleged labor law violations. Gov. Mills’ veto comes after she “reluctantly” vetoed a similar agricultural minimum wage bill last July, over concerns regarding the scope and impact of the legislation. Following her veto last legislative session, Mills signed an executive order establishing the Agricultural Worker Minimum Wage Committee to develop recommendations for a new bill to implement a minimum wage for the…

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A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday after a being found guilty by a federal jury in Maine of sex trafficking a young woman from South Portland through force, fraud and coercion and obstruction. Ricardo Middleton, also known as “red,” 32, of Boston, received a 30-year prison sentence to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. [RELATED: MA Man Convicted of Sex Trafficking 25-year-old South Portland Woman…] “This significant sentence imposed by the court reflects the severity of the defendant’s exploitation of the victim over three days. [Middleton] used drugs, threats, physical force and rape…

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A foot chase through Portland Monday led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Yarmouth man and the seizure of drugs and a handgun, Portland Police announced Tuesday. [RELATED: Multiple Teenagers Arrested as Portland PD Seizes 400 Grams of Cocaine, 6 Handguns, and $44,000 Following Drive-by Shooting…] 18-year-old Cole Swan of Yarmouth | Source: Cumberland County Jail According to Portland Police, at about 4:30 p.m. on Monday officers witnessed what they believed to be a drug transaction in the area of 55 Portland St. Police say that an attempt to stop the subject led to a foot chase, which ended about…

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The City of Portland is set to begin considering ways to allocate nearly $750,000 in funds received from a 2022 settlement in a nationwide lawsuit against several opioid manufacturers and distributors. [RELATED: Maine Reports Nearly 10,000 Drug Overdoses in 2023, 16 Percent Decrease in Fatal Overdoses from 2022…] In September 2017, the Portland City Council passed a resolution signing onto the lawsuit, citing the manufacturers’ and distributors’ alleged “fraudulent and negligent marketing and distribution of opioids” and the prevalence of opioid addiction among the city’s homeless population. The settlement agreement, announced by Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey in January 2022, is…

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A former New Hampshire man has been arrested in relation to a series of robberies at southern Maine churches, authorities announced Sunday. According to the Maine State Police, shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 21, a woman called 911 from the parking lot of a church located at 213 Federal Road in Parsonsfield, reporting that a male subject threatened to kill her and referenced a firearm, but did not display the firearm. Units from the Maine State Police and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, along with with other area agencies, began a search for the suspect as he left…

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The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is calling for increased regular testing for HIV statewide for people with ongoing risk factors after three new HIV diagnoses were confirmed in Penobscot County, the agency announced in a public health advisory Friday. [RELATED: New Maine CDC Director Recommends Masks and Latest COVID Booster for Everybody Ages 6 months and Older…] Maine CDC said Friday that the three additional HIV cases in Penobscot County were confirmed among people who inject drugs, part of a cluster associated with a total of six recently confirmed cases in the county. Out of those…

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The U.S. Army will begin conducting cognitive assessments on new soldiers and is exploring ways to provide servicemembers who are routinely exposed to blast pressure with additional protective equipment, a top Army official revealed during a recent hearing on Capitol Hill. The move comes after a brain tissue analysis of Lewiston mass shooter Robert Card revealed that he likely had a traumatic brain injury from his time serving as a hand grenade instructor with the Army. Card was a U.S. Army Reservist and was a longtime instructor at an Army hand grenade training range, where he was exposed to thousands…

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Nine individuals were arrested Thursday following a joint operation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) and the Berwick Police Department targeting a single-family home in Berwick, which had been under investigation for suspected drug trafficking for the past two months. [RELATED: Undercover Operation Leads to Arrest of Portland Man on Drug Trafficking Charges, Seizure of $10,000 Worth of Fentanyl…] According to the MDEA, the investigation into the residence located at 19 Katabel Lane in Berwick stemmed from community concerns regarding disturbances and suspected illegal drug activity at the residence. Berwick Police say they responded to the Katabel Lane home…

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A Buxton man was sentenced Thursday to just over a year in prison following his December conviction for posting a death threat against Jewish people on Twitter — now X — in 2021. Brian Dennison, 27, of Buxton, was found guilty of transmitting a threatening interstate communication by a federal jury on Dec. 7, 2023, after a three-day trial. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Jon Levy sentenced Dennison to 12 months and one day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. When delivering the sentence, Judge Levy “noted that threats like the one Dennison communicated are corrosive and…

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Authorities discovered a “massive marijuana grow” operation Wednesday at a farmhouse on Route 133 in Jay, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. [RELATED: Somerset County Sheriff, DEA Bust Major Triad Weed Hub in Harmony, Maine…] According to a press release from Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Steven Lowell, Detective David Davol obtained a search warrant for the farmhouse, the exact address of which has not been disclosed. The Wednesday raid involved the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office along with officers from the Jay Police Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Border Patrol, Wilton Police, and the Maine Office…

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Democratic Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) on Wednesday introduced a bill alongside a bipartisan group of his House colleagues that would impose sanctions on any Chinese military firm that provide material support to Russia. [RELATED: Jared Golden Signs Letter Urging Biden Admin to Send More Weapons to Ukraine…] The legislation comes amid ongoing concerns among Biden administration officials over Beijing helping Russia build up its defense industrial base to bolster their war effort against Ukraine. The bill, called the “NO LIMITS Act,” would give People’s Republic of China (PRC) military firms identified by the U.S. government 180 days to withdraw from…

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Democratic Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) took to X Wednesday to slam the Biden administration’s recent approval of a massive foreign-owned offshore wind energy project off the coast of Massachusetts. [RELATED: Maine Scores a Victory for Lobstermen in the Face of Potentially Devastating Offshore Wind Development…] Rep. Golden’s statement comes after the Biden administration approved the new offshore wind project, New England Wind, on April 2, which will be the country’s eighth large offshore wind energy project to be greenlit and will be located south Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. https://twitter.com/RepGolden/status/1780591507809944009 Avangrid, the company set to install over 100 wind turbines as part…

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A shipment originating from China containing over 1,000 pounds of a methamphetamine precursor powder was intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Chicago last week. According to CBP, the shipment was heading toward Wood Dale, Chicago, from Shenzhen, China, when it was detained on Thursday, April 11 by CBP officers and found to contain 26 boxes of unknown powder. [RELATED: ‘Gargantuan’ Seizure of Meth Worth $117 Million at Texas-Mexico Bridge: Border Officials…] The two types of powder in the shipment were sent to CBP’s Laboratories and Scientific Services for testing. Chicago CBP intercepts 1,117lbs of Methamphetamine precursor…

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A South Berwick man formerly employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a postal carrier in southern Maine has pleaded guilty to stealing cash and gift cards from mail on his delivery route. Russell Joaquin, 48, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to theft of mail by postal carrier. In court records, prosecutors allege that between January and May 2023, Joaquin opened and stole the contents of greeting cards from his postal route. According to Maine U.S. Attorney’s Office, Joaquin admitted to U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General investigators that he had stolen greeting cards from…

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Disclosure: The Maine Wire is a project of the Maine Policy Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to expand individual liberty and economic freedom in Maine. Once a national leader in education, Maine’s K-12 public schools system is facing a multitude of challenges, including declining reading and math scores, an increase in behavioral and mental health issues among students and a dire teacher shortage, according to a new report published Tuesday by the Maine Policy Institute. The 91-page report, entitled “The Decline of Maine K-12 Education,” was authored by Maine Policy Institute education fellow and social science researcher Jonah Davids,…

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The Maine House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a proposal to implement a required 72-hour waiting period between the sale and delivery of firearms, with certain exceptions for sales between family members, to law enforcement, and sales of antique firearms. [RELATED: Patriot’s Day: Maine Dems Mark Anniversary of American War for Independence by Voting for Gun Control…] The bill from Sen. Peggy Rotundo (D-Lewiston), LD 2238, would require that a seller of a firearm not deliver a firearm to a buyer sooner than 72 hours after the sale agreement. Under the proposed legislation, a seller found to have violated the…

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A Brazilian national charged with raping a minor in Massachusetts has been arrested by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents after he fled to Portland, Maine. According to ICE, the Brazilian national along with his mother and father were apprehended by Border Patrol in July 2021 after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally near San Luis, Arizona. [RELATED: From Texas to Maine, Biden’s Lawless Border Fuels Illegal Alien Crime Wave…] The Brazilian noncitizen and his family were then served with a notice to appear before a Department of Justice Immigration judge, and were released on an order of recognizance. Orders of…

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Smith and Wesson has threatened to shutter its 44,000-square-foot Houlton facility if a Democratic gun control bill under consideration in Augusta becomes law. The proposed bill passed this week by in the House of Representatives. It would allow firearms manufacturers to be sued civilly over damages tied to the illegal sale or marketing of their products, a risk that could drive manufacturers out of the state, according to a Friday letter from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a national firearms industry trade association. [RELATED: Cape Elizabeth Democrat Pushes Bill to Hold Firearm Manufacturers and Distributors Liable for Damages Resulting…

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A month-long joint investigation between the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) and the Portland Police has led to the arrest of a Portland man on multiple counts of drug trafficking charges and the seizure of more than 100 grams of fentanyl. James Ferrar, 30, of Portland, was arrested without incident Thursday afternoon on three counts of unlawful trafficking in schedule W drugs as he allegedly delivered fentanyl to an undercover agent in the west end of Portland, MDEA said in a press release. MDEA and Portland Police have been investigating Ferrar for the past month as he allegedly distributed fentanyl…

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Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) on Thursday released a statement praising the Biden administration’s move to expand background checks on gun show and online sale of firearms. “More Americans die from misused firearms than car crashes every year, and yet America’s gun ownership laws are far more lax and allow weapons to get into the wrong hands,” Rep. Pingree said. “I have supported expanding background checks since coming to Congress, but only the Biden Administration has succeeded in closing dangerous loopholes that have enabled the illegal acquisition of firearms,” Pingree said. “Now, Congress must build on this effort and pass long-overdue universal background check…

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Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey on Friday announced that he was filed a lawsuit against Monsanto alleging that the agricultural biochemical giant knowingly manufactured and sold dangerous chemicals. In his 47-page complaint, filed Thursday in Cumberland County Superior Court, Attorney General Frey accuses Monsanto of selling polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) while knowing the harms they pose to humans, wildlife, and the environment. [RELATED: Maine AG Frey Announces Multistate Lawsuit against Meta for Social Media Harms to Children…] According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the federal government banned PCBs for most uses in the 1970s due to the negative health effects…

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A traffic stop on Route 9 in Eddington last week led to the seizure 60 grams of fentanyl, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday. According Penobscot Sheriff Troy Morton, shortly before 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, a deputy assigned to the towns of Eddington and Clifton conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Route 9 in Eddington. Morton said that during the traffic stop, the deputy determined that a passenger in the vehicle was out of jail with five sets of bail conditions. The deputy conducted a search of the vehicle after establishing probable cause “based on…

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Republican candidate in the 2024 primary race in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District Rep. Austin Theriault (R-Fort Kent) has accused his opponent, Rep. Mike Soboleski (R-Phillips), of conducting a “fake poll” over the weekend. In a post to his campaign Facebook page Tuesday, Theriault accused “Team Soboleski and/or their allies” of conducting a push poll over the weekend “falsely attacking” Theriault and claiming that former President Donald Trump has not endorsed him. In a statement to the Maine Wire, a spokesperson for Soboleski’s campaign denied conducting any polling. President Trump gave Theriault his “Complete and Total Endorsement” in a March 27…

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A former undergraduate student at Cornell University faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to making a series of violent threats against Jewish students on campus. Patrick Dai, 21, a former junior at Cornell originally from Pittsford, N.Y., pleaded guilty in a Syracuse federal court Wednesday to one count of posting threats to kill or injure another person using interstate communications. [RELATED: Maine DSA Stages Pro-Hamas Rally in Portland, Calls Terror Attacks on Israel “Morally and Legally Legitimate”…] As part of his guilty plea, Dai admitted that on Oct. 28 and 29, 2023, he posted several violent…

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A former educator in Maine School Administrative District 75 (MSAD 75), who resigned following the district’s adoption of a “transgender and gender-expansive” student policy, launched a petition drive in defense of students’ right to free speech that was rejected last week by the district’s Board of Directors. MSAD 75 covers schools in Topsham, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, and Harpswell. The longtime MSAD 75 substitute teacher and paraprofessional Rebecca Brooks resigned in November after the school board approved the controversial transgender student policy following months of heated debate surrounding the policy’s balancing of students’ right to privacy and parents’ rights to be informed.…

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A South Portland man has been found guilty of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor after three federal trials spanning over nearly six years. Willie Richard Minor, 63, formerly of Auburn, was found guilty Tuesday of the firearm possession charge in U.S. District in Portland. Minor was prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and ammunition due to a 2010 conviction in Maine Superior Court of assaulting his then-wife. According to court records, Minor admitted to having a gun in a November 2016 interview with Auburn Police, after which the police recovered the gun from…

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The City of Portland’s Social Services Division, in charge of administering the city’s General Assistance program, has nearly tripled its number of full-time staff in recent years amid an influx in migrants arriving in the city and an ongoing homelessness crisis. [RELATED: City of Portland Looks to Hire Two Full-Time Migrant Resettlement Case Managers…] General Assistance is Maine’s municipal welfare program, and provides vouchers to the poor and indigent to assist them with buying food, medicine, fuel, paying their rent, and meeting other basic needs. The city has been using its General Assistance program to help house the thousands of…

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The Falmouth High School Civil Rights Team on Tuesday gave a presentation on the Falmouth Public Schools’ recently adopted “Transgender and Gender Expansive Students” policy, that directs school staff to assist students in changing their “gender identity,” to use a student’s chosen pronouns and name, and to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms facilities that “closely match their gender identity.” [RELATED: Falmouth Parents Rip Woke School District for Keeping Football Coach After Players Complained of Racism, Lack of Safety…] The policy also allows students to choose whether they want to stay in accommodations for boys or girls on…

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A Salvadoran national who is a documented member of the notorious MS-13 transnational criminal street gang, and who was previously deported from the U.S., has been arrested by federal immigration authorities in Massachusetts after being charged with multiple counts of assault and battery. [RELATED: From Texas to Maine, Biden’s Lawless Border Fuels Illegal Alien Crime Wave…] According to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the 28-year-old Salvadoran first entered the U.S. illegally in November 2014 near Rio Grande Valley, Texas, after which he was given a notice to appear before an immigration judge for removal proceedings. In June 2016, nearly two…

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A Caribou man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for his role in a large drug trafficking ring that was active in Penobscot and Aroostook counties. James King, 54, of Caribou, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor Tuesday to 165 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. [RELATED: California Man Accused of Running Massive Drug Trafficking Operation Out of Caribou Home…] King previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl on Sept. 25, 2023. The Caribou man is the tenth out of a…

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In just under three years, the U.S. Department of Justice task force in charge of investigating and prosecuting instances of fraudulently obtained COVID-19 relief funds has released a report detailing the seizure of more than $1.4 billion in stolen funds and over 3,500 defendants charged with federal crimes. The DOJ’s COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force (CFETF) was launched in May 2021, in order to identify fraud, recover assets, and prosecute wrongdoers who exploited the federal government’s massive pandemic-era relief programs for personal gain. [RELATED: Mills Admin Releases Report on Two Years and Nearly $1 Billion of COVID Relief Spending…] More…

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The foreign-born population in the United States grew by 15.6 percent from 2010 to 2022, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau released Tuesday. Native-born is defined by the Census Bureau as anyone who is born in the U.S. or its territories to a U.S. citizen parent or parents, while foreign-born is defined as people who were not U.S. citizens at birth, including naturalized citizens, refugees, asylees, and unauthorized migrants. [RELATED: Federal Chair Touts Job Market, But Data Show Foreign Born Workers Make Up Almost All Post-2018 Job Growth…] In 2022, the foreign-born population was estimated to…

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Maine’s taxpayer-funded racial equity commission has revised their public comment policy to disallow input from the public during meetings of their Finance and Operations Committee. The move to revise the policy came directly after the Maine Wire asked the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous & Tribal Populations (PCRITP) about a potential conflict of interest related to a $12,000 grant it awarded to a nonprofit run by the sister of House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland), who co-chairs PCRITP. [RELATED: Maine Speaker’s Racial Equity Board Gave Her Sister’s Nonprofit $12,000 for Black History Month…] Neither Speaker Talbot Ross…

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The City of Portland has announced that it is looking to hire a new director for their Department of Planning and Urban Development, an executive post overseeing the city’s activities related to housing, land use, zoning, historic preservation, and other development matters. [RELATED: City of Portland Looks to Hire Two Full-Time Migrant Resettlement Case Managers…] The starting annual salary range for the municipal position is $119,868-$138,890, and falls under the supervision of the Portland City Manager, Danielle West. The new Planning and Urban Development Department head will oversee an operating budget of $1.9 million and a staff of 17 department…

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A man was arrested Sunday in connection with a fire at the Burlington office of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I) that is being investigated as arson, the Department of Justice announced Sunday. Shant Soghomonian, aka Michael Soghomonian, 35, previously of Northbridge, Calif., was arrested Sunday under a federal criminal complaint charging him with using fire to damage the building where an office for Sen. Sanders is located, the Vermont U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release. In the complaint, federal prosecutors allege that on the morning of Friday, April 5, Soghomonian entered the building at One Church Street in…

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Three individuals are facing drug trafficking charges after Auburn Police conducted a major drug bust at a South Main Street apartment over the weekend. On Friday, April 5, Auburn Police officers executed a search warrant at an apartment at 102 South Main St. in Auburn as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation. Upon executing the warrant, police say they discovered a total of eight individuals inside the apartment. As a result of the search, police seized approximately 198 grams of cocaine base (crack), 91 grams of cocaine hydrochloride (powder cocaine), 8.6 grams of fentanyl, two grams of MDMA (ecstasy)…

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The Vatican on Monday released a document condemning transgender surgeries, gender theory and surrogacy as “grave violations” of human dignity, equating them with murder, human trafficking, abortion and euthanasia. The 20-page declaration, entitled Dignitas Infinita, Latin for “Infinite Dignity,” was over five years in development, and was approved for publication by Pope Francis on March 25. [RELATED: Study Shows The Vast Majority of Children Confused About Their Gender Grow Out of The Feelings Without Intervention…] “Infinite Dignity” addresses and expands the teaching of the Catholic Church on more than a wide array of “grave violations” of human dignity, including poverty,…

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In an uncommon display of evenhandedness in their coverage, several corporate media outlets have reported on the disinformation tactics used by Maine Democrats to smear a Republican state lawmaker as a Nazi sympathizer by taking her comments from a debate on a bill to restrict paramilitary training in the state out of context. [RELATED: Controversial Bill Targeting “Unauthorized Paramilitary Training” Passes Through Maine’s House…] Speaking in opposition to the bill — LD 2130 — before a vote in the House last Wednesday, Rep. Laurel Libby (R-Auburn) posed a rhetorical question asking what neo-Nazi demonstrators in Maine had done that was…

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Despite hundreds of thousands of Mainers still being without power Friday following a nor’easter, Democratic lawmakers plowed ahead with a public hearing on a highly controversial “Red Flag” gun control bill. [RELATED: Maine Dems Use Snowstorm, Power Outages as Cover to Move “Red Flag” Gun Grab Bill…] The spring snow storm battered the state with heavy and wet snow, and with wind gusts over 50 mph that brought down trees and powerlines, resulting in more than 250,000 Mainers still being without electricity on Friday as the public hearing went on as planned. The public hearing, initially scheduled for 9 a.m.…

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A Bangor Police officer was justified in shooting at a woman who was brandishing a pair of knives at two officers in a June 2023 incident, Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey (D) announced Monday. The investigation conducted by the Maine Attorney General’s Office concluded this week by finding the use of deadly force by Bangor Police Officer Bobbylee Gillespie, which resulted in no injury to the woman in question, was justified due to a reasonable belief of serious bodily injury or death to herself or to the other officer on the scene. According to Attorney General Frey, shortly after 3…

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A position on the state’s Right to Know Advisory Committee meant to represent advocates for Mainers’ freedom of access to public records and proceedings has been left vacant since last summer due to the lack of an appointment by House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland). Maine’s Right to Know Advisory Committee was established by the Legislature in 2005 with the purpose of upholding the integrity of the state’s Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) through general oversight, training and education, and ensuring best practices are in place for compliance by government officials with providing access to public records and proceedings. [RELATED:…

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An “Economic Policy Analyst” at the left-wing dark money-funded think tank the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) is arguing that Maine should give up its “privileged position” in the Electoral College to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact for “the good of the country.” The MECEP staffer, James Myall, took to X Wednesday to argue in favor of LD 1578, a bill that would grant Maine’s four electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate garners the most popular votes nationwide, regardless of who the majority of Mainers votes for. The bill now heads for a potential signature from Gov.…

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A Colombian national who was paroled into the U.S. after illegally crossing the border at Eagle Pass, Texas, has been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Boston after he was released by a Massachusetts court despite facing charges of rape against a minor. [RELATED: Illegal Alien Facing 9 Counts of Child Sex Crimes Arrested by ICE After Being Released by MA Court…] According to ICE, the Colombian national was arrested by Border Patrol on July 3, 2022, shortly after illegally crossing the border into Texas, and was given a notice to appear before a Department of…

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Lewiston Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of two out-of-state fugitives from Massachusetts, one of whom is wanted for a recent homicide. The arrests came on Tuesday afternoon following a coordinated traffic stop on Pleasant St. in Lewiston, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service and the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office, police said. Police stopped 20-year-old Jeremiah Abreu, of Brockton, Mass., who is wanted on a warrant out of Massachusetts for a homicide that occurred this past weekend. According to CBS News Boston, Abreu is accused of shooting his brother, 27-year-old Sedrick Abreu, at a home in Brockton last Sunday.…

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Boston have arrested a Dominican national previously charged with homicide, strangulation, and assault and battery on unrelated fentanyl trafficking charges. [RELATED: Illegal Alien Facing 9 Counts of Child Sex Crimes Arrested by ICE After Being Released by MA Court…] According to ICE, the Dominican national unlawfully entered the U.S. at an unknown location and on an unknown date, after he was charged in the Dominican Republic with homicide — a charge for which Dominican authorities are seeking his custody. In December 2021, the aspiring “New American” was charged and arraigned on charges…

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Tuesday announced a series of large drug and illicit currency seizures near El Paso, Texas, including intercepting fentanyl that was hidden in a hamburger from being smuggled over the U.S.-Mexico border. CBP said a total of 62.18 pounds of methamphetamine, 25.27 pounds of fentanyl, 158.64 pounds of marijuana were intercepted, $162,539 of illicit currency was seized, and 44 fugitives were arrested within the last two weeks. [RELATED: Texas Border Officials Intercept Mexican National Attempting to Smuggle Over $1.1 Million Worth of Meth Across Border…] On March 14, CBP officers working at the Paso…

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A Maine man pleaded guilty in a Massachusetts federal court Monday to a conspiracy to straw purchase firearms in Maine to traffic them to Massachusetts. Traveyon Richardson, 26, of Bangor, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to straw purchase firearms and one count of trafficking of firearms. The straw purchase of a firearm is an illegal purchase where the actual buyer of the gun, who is unable to pass a federal background check or does not want their name associated with the transaction, uses a proxy buyer who can pass a background check to buy the firearm for them.…

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The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a train versus car collision on the Hammett Road in Enfield. On Monday, April 1, at approximately 4:15 p.m., the Penobscot Regional Communications Center received a report that a car had been struck by a train on Hammett Road in Enfield. Upon arrival, Penobscot Sheriff’s deputies confirmed that a car had been struck by a train and had come to rest a short distance down the tracks. The driver of the car, the lone occupant of the vehicle, sustained minor injuries, while none of the occupants of the train were injured. The car…

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Democratic Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek on Monday signed into a law a bill that recriminalizes the possession of small amounts of drugs, rolling back the state’s first-in-the-nation experiment with the decriminalization of hard drugs. The new law, House Bill 4002, makes personal use possession a misdemeanor punishable by a jail sentence of up to six months beginning Sept. 1, as well as encourages law enforcement agencies to use deflection programs for addiction and mental health treatment as an alternative to criminal penalties. [RELATED: Oregon Officials Declare State of Emergency Over Fentanyl Crisis Ahead of Three Year Anniversary of Decriminalizing Hard…

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Juan Bernal, Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Houlton Sector, is warning tourists who plan to come to Maine for the April 8 total solar eclipse against crossing the Canada-U.S. border illegally. [RELATED: Former U.S.-Mexico Border Official Selected as New Chief Patrol Agent of Maine’s Houlton Sector…] Northern Maine, which will be in the pathway of totality for the solar eclipse, is expected to receive a large influx of tourists from out of state and Canada for the rare celestial event. “It is Border Patrol’s mission to ensure the safety of our Nation by reducing the likelihood of…

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Following a 10-month vacancy in the role, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Tuesday the appointment of a new Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) at the State Department to head their Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Zakiya Carr Johnson, the appointee, will advance the State Department’s “deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA),” Blinken said in a Tuesday statement. [RELATED: Don Lemon Told Elon Musk “No Evidence” DEI Lowers Standards: Here’s the Evidence…] Johnson is a “social inclusion, diversity and equity expert and strategist” with over 20 years experience in international policy, according to her biography…

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After a nearly two-week delay, the Maine House of Representatives on Tuesday once again took up consideration of a proposed bill that would sign the state onto the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. [RELATED: House Delays Vote on Joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact…] If Maine were to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact by passing the bill, LD 1578, the state’s four elector votes would be granted to whichever presidential candidate collects the most popular votes nationwide — regardless of who the majority of Maine voters cast their ballots for. The highly controversial bill was initially scheduled…

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The Independent Commission tasked by Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) with investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the Oct. 25, 2023 Lewiston shooting has announced that it will hold two public meetings to hear testimony from U.S. Army personnel, police, victims, and the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office. On Thursday, April 4, at 9 a.m., the Commission is scheduled to hear from some members of the U.S. Army Reserve, and expects to take testimony from the Director of the Department of Justice’s Victim Witness Services Unit for the District of Maine. The Maine State Police are also expected to offer testimony…

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Lewiston Police announced the arrest of a 26-year-old man Monday after he was found trespassing in a common area of a Lisbon Street apartment complex while in possession of cocaine. Police say they were called to 282 Lisbon St. in Lewiston (Chestnut Place Apartment) for a report of a criminal trespass. Patrol officers responded and located 26-year-old Kamal Mohamed Haji Ali. According to Lewiston Police, Ali was found trespassing in a common area of the building. An investigation by Lewiston Police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency resulted in Ali being found in possession of 82.8 grams of cocaine base,…

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A bill sponsored by House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) would establish racial quotas for membership on the board in charge of administrating veterans’ homes throughout the state. [RELATED: Maine House Speaker Introduces Bill to Establish State ‘Social Equity Program’ Pushing Affirmative Action for Business Development…] Maine Veterans’ Homes (MVH), created by the State Legislature in 1977, provides long-term care services to veterans and eligible family members across six locations in Caribou, Scarborough, South Paris, Bangor and Machias. The administration of MVH is vested in their Board of Trustees, which under current state law consists of 13 members, appointed by…

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An investigation is underway after a Bowdoin College student was found dead by police Sunday in a parking lot near the Frank J. Wood Bridge that connects Brunswick to Topsham. The 20-year-old female student from California was found deceased in a Main Street parking lot in Topsham shortly after 7 a.m. on Sunday, police said. The parking lot, located at 2 Main St. in Topsham, is currently being used to store construction equipment for the ongoing replacement of the bridge, Topsham Police Chief Mark Hagan said Sunday. According to Topsham Police, the student was enrolled as a student at Bowdoin…

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U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Boston have arrested an unlawfully present Guatemalan national who has been charged with multiple sex crimes against minor victims in Massachusetts. ICE deportation officers with Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston apprehended the 33-year-old Guatemalan illegal alien on Thursday, March 28, near his residence in Lynn, Mass. “This unlawfully present Guatemalan national has been charged with sex crimes against Massachusetts children,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons. “His very presence in our community represents a dire threat to our residents.” “ERO Boston will continue to prioritize public safety by arresting…

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More than 10 percent of the ballots cast in Maine’s March 5 Democratic presidential primary election were recorded as “blank” amid frustration among the progressive rank-and-file voters of the party with President Joe Biden over his administration’s handling of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. [RELATED: One-in-Five Portland Dems Blank Primary Ballots After Gaza Ceasefire Campaign Against ‘Butcher Biden’…] Prior to the March 5 primary, a coalition of pro-Palestine groups led a “ceasefire” write-in initiative as a protest against the Biden administration. The Maine write-in initiative came after a similar pro-Palestine campaign in Michigan, home of the largest Arab population in the U.S.,…

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported the death of a 24-year-old Guatemalan woman who fell from the border fence near a Port of Entry at Otay Mesa, south of San Diego, California. According to CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), Border Patrol agents reported a group of migrants approaching the secondary International Border Fence, which is about 30 feet tall, at around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21. The group of multiple migrants was reportedly carrying a ladder. A Border Patrol agent arrived at the scene and observed a woman who had climbed to the top of the…

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An Auburn couple is facing multiple drug trafficking charges after police found $24,000 worth of illegal drugs at a woman’s apartment, Auburn Police announced Friday. On Thursday, at approximately 8:30 p.m., officers from the Auburn Police Department’s Proactive Community Enforcement (PACE) Unit conducted a follow-up at an apartment at 21 Spring St. in Auburn as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking at the residence, police said. The renter of the Spring Street apartment, 28-year-old Sabrina Harps, was subject to bail conditions from a previous arrest requiring her to submit to searches for drugs and alcohol, according to Auburn…

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A Maine banking executive says that for the United States, “evolving to a cashless environment” should be a priority because digital transactions allow for more oversight, tracking and control of payments. [RELATED: Beware the Digital Dollar and CBDCs…] Lucie Hannigan, senior vice president of cash management at Machias Savings Bank, argued in favor of creating a cashless society in an article entitled “How to make cashless payments work for your nonprofit,” published Friday by Mainebiz. “Reducing paper financial transactions and evolving to a cashless environment should be a priority,” Hannigan wrote. “Cashless payments provide a range of benefits to nonprofits,…

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