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

Note: This story was updated to include data from Republican CD-2 candidate Mike Soboleski’s year-end FEC filing. State Rep. Austin Theriault (R-Fort Kent) raised over $350,000 in the first fundraising quarter of his campaign to challenge Democratic Congressman Jared Golden in Maine’s 2nd District this November, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings published Wednesday. The former NASCAR driver entered the race in late September, and has received several notable endorsements, including House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Chair of the House Republican Conference Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) [RELATED: Maine CD-2 2024 Challenger Austin Theriault Set to Receive Support from…

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Democratic Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) issued a statement Monday calling upon Congress to pass the border security deal negotiated between the Senate and the Biden administration. [RELATED: “Enforce the Immigration Laws”: Maine Democrat Lays Blame for U.S. Border Catastrophe on Biden…] While specifics of the Senate deal have not yet been made public, President Joe Biden said Friday that legislation would be “the toughest and fairest set of reforms to secure the border we’ve ever had in our country.” “[The legislation] would give me, as President, a new emergency authority to shut down the border when it becomes overwhelmed. And if…

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Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced Monday that 15 Maine organizations and state agencies aimed at combatting homelessness have been awarded more than $20 million in federal grants. [RELATED: Portland Democrat Wants to Amend Maine’s Constitution to Establish a “Right to Housing”…] The federal funds were awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, which has a stated goal to “promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness,” with an emphasis on rehousing individuals feeling domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. “Too many Mainers will be forced this winter to…

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills’ proposed migrant resettlement plan received a public hearing Tuesday afternoon before the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee [RELATED: Maine Governor Signs Executive Order Creating New Migrant Resettlement Office..] The bill, LD 2167, would establish the so-called “Office of New Americans” within the governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future (GOPIF), as well as create an advisory council for the office comprised of representatives from schools, small businesses, migrant resettlement agencies, and other stakeholder organizations. The Mills Administration has said the ONA is aimed at helping the state meet its goal of attracting 75,000 new…

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The Maine State Legislature’s Judiciary Committee held a public hearing Monday on an emergency bill that would grant subpoena power to the Independent Commission tasked by Gov. Janet Mills with investigating the Oct. 25 mass shooting in Lewiston. [RELATED: Independent Commission on Lewiston Shooting to Hold Series of Public Meetings, Featuring Testimony from Law Enforcement, Victims, Army Personnel…] The bipartisan legislation, LD 2192, is sponsored by the legislative leaders of both parties, is supported by Gov. Mills, and was a measure requested by the Commission itself. The Independent Commission was established via executive order by Gov. Mills on Nov. 9,…

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Maine’s Republican State Senators and Representatives issued a joint statement Monday in support of the State of Texas’ constitutional right to defend its borders from illegal crossings by migrants. “The Biden Administration is purposefully jeopardizing our national security and economic and public safety by its outright refusal to enforce our southern border,” the Maine GOP lawmakers stated Monday. “This extraordinarily dangerous action is allowing millions of illegal immigrants, poisonous drugs and human traffickers to flow into our country.” [RELATED: SCOTUS Votes 5-4 to Vacate Injunction Barring CBP Agents from Removing Razor Wire Along Southern Border in Texas, 5th Circuit Ruling…

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At the Androscoggin County Republicans’ 2024 caucus over the weekend, State Rep. Mike Soboleski (R-Phillips) won the caucus’ CD2 primary straw poll by 11.5 percent. [RELATED: State Rep Mike Soboleski Officially Announces Campaign for Maine’s Second Congressional District…] The Saturday caucus gave candidates for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, County Commissioner, State Representative and State Senator an opportunity to make their pitch to the county’s Republican voters. https://twitter.com/mike_soboleski/status/1751337687552770329?s=20 The straw poll results are among the first indication of how Republican activists view the 2024 GOP primary race for Maine CD2, in which Soboleski is set to face off against his fellow…

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A Connecticut woman was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor Friday to a year-and-a-half in prison for trafficking cocaine and fentanyl in Franklin County. Chrissie LaForge, 43, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release for possessing fentanyl and cocaine base with intent to distribute. LaForge had previously pleaded guilty to the charges in June 2023. According to court records, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a suspected drug trafficking operation out of a residence in Avon in 2020. Over the course of a months-long investigation, law enforcement observed vehicles rented…

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Three U.S. Army soldiers were killed and more than thirty service members were injured in a drone attack on a U.S. base in northeast Jordan near the Syrian border Sunday night. In a statement issued Sunday, President Joe Biden said the attack was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq. [RELATED: Whoops: Biden Admin Flip Flops on Whether Iran-backed Houthi Terrorists Are Terrorists…] “We will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner our choosing,” President Biden stated Sunday. Iran has denied any involvement in the attack on the U.S.…

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The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announced Friday that Maine Gov. Janet Mills has been elected by her fellow governors to serve as co-chair on the commission. [RELATED: “Unique times call for a unique approach”: Mills Plans to Give Two-Part State of the State Address to Speak About Lewiston Shooting, Recent Severe Storms…] The NBRC is a federal and state partnership created in 2008 that directs federal funds to development projects in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. The commission is headed by a federal co-chair nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and a state…

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The Lewiston Police Department announced Friday that a man has been arrested in Lewiston in connection to an ongoing sexual assault investigation in Nashua, New Hampshire. Lewiston Police said Friday that they have been assisting the Nashua Police Department with an ongoing sexual assault investigation for the past several weeks. On Thursday, Jan. 25, Lewiston Police executed a search warrant at 999 College St. in Lewiston, arresting 44-year-old Michael D. Borges. Borges is charged with Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault on an extraditable warrant out of New Hampshire. He is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail awaiting extradition.

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The City of Portland’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Allocation Committee revealed on Thursday that they have made a preliminary recommendation to direct $136,000 to a “Immigrant-Owned Business Accelerator” program. [RELATED: Portland Budget Woe: Decline in State, Federal Funding, Staffing Shortages, Shelter for Homeless and Asylum Seekers…] The CDBG Allocation Committee recommends the allocation of federal funds to city projects through an annual competitive selection process, by which applications for funding are reviewed and scored. Final recommendations for funding are determined and voted upon by the Portland City Council. During their Thursday meeting, Portland Housing and Community Development (HCD) program…

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday that she plans to present a “novel” two-part State of the State Address next week in order to focus on the tragic Oct. 25 mass shooting in Lewiston and recent severe storms that have battered the state’s infrastructure. [RELATED: Gov. Mills and AG Frey Request Subpoena Power for Commission Investigating Lewiston Mass Shooting…] “This past year – especially these past few months – has been anything but normal for Maine. It has been a period of extraordinary challenge for our state,” Gov. Mills said Friday. “Traditionally, as Chief Executive, I have stood before the…

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Former FBI officials sent a letter to Congressional leaders earlier this month warning the surge in “military aged men from across the globe” entering the U.S. through the southern border has severely weakened national security and put the country at risk of a terrorist attack. [RELATED: “Enforce the Immigration Laws”: Maine Democrat Lays Blame for U.S. Border Catastrophe on Biden…] The letter, shared by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on X Thursday, was addressed to House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and the Chairs of the House and Senate Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees . “As…

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Former President Donald Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro was sentenced on Thursday to four months in prison for contempt of Congress after he refused to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol. In February 2022, the Democrat-led House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 issued two subpoenas to Navarro, one requiring him to produce documents, and the other requiring that he give testimony to the committee. After Navarro refused to comply with either subpoena, he was referred to the Justice Department and charged on two counts of contempt of Congress. The former Trump…

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A counselor from Corinna, Maine was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor Wednesday for falsifying treatment records in order to obtain higher reimbursement’s from MaineCare, the state’s taxpayer-funded health insurance program. 47-year-old April McKinney, who professionally went by the name April Taylor, was ordered to pay $13,087.62 in restitution to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine DHHS) — the department that administers the MaineCare program. She was also sentenced to three years of probation and fined $2,500. According to court records, between April and December 2020, McKinney — who was at that time a licensed counselor…

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Former President Donald Trump bashed his GOP primary opponent Nikki Haley Wednesday evening and warned that anyone who contributes to her campaign “will be permanently barred from the MAGA camp.” “When I ran for Office and won, I noticed that the losing Candidate’s ‘Donors’ would immediately come to me, and want to ‘help out,'” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform. “This is standard in Politics, but no longer with me.” Referring to donors to Haley’s campaign, the former commander-in-chief stated “We don’t want them, and will not accept them, because we Put America First, and ALWAYS WILL!” Trump’s announcement…

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The Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ (Maine DHHS) Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) introduced a new “LGBTQI+ Policy” in October 2023 directing caseworkers to affirm children’s “gender identity,” shield information from parents, and to facilitate children’s access to “gender affirming” sex change hormones and surgeries, according to a copy of the policy obtained by the Maine Wire. The policy was developed in coordination with the Maine Medical Center and Northern Lights Hospital’s Gender Clinics, which both provide “gender affirming” hormone therapy to children. [RELATED: MaineHealth DEI Exec Holds ‘Antiracist’ Prayer Service, Tells White People to Feel…

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The Independent Commission tasked by Maine Gov. Janet Mills with investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the Oct. 25 mass shooting in Lewiston is slated to hear testimony from members of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Thursday morning. [RELATED: Maine Gov Calls for “Independent” Commission to Review Police, Army Failures and Botched Investigation Around Robert Card’s Lewiston Murder Spree…] Members of the SCSO were made aware of the Lewiston shooter Robert R. Card, Jr.’s declining mental health as early as May 2023, when Card’s son and ex-wife voiced their concerns about Card’s paranoia and access to firearms to law enforcement.…

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Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins has said she will not be endorsing Donald Trump in 2024, even if the former president secures the Republican Party’s nomination. However, Collins also said she will not be endorsing former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley — Trump’s last-remaining rival in the 2024 Republican primary. When asked Wednesday if she could see herself endorsing Trump if he wins the nomination, Collins said “I do not at this point,” the Hill reported Wednesday. Collins’ statement comes on the heels of Trump securing an 11-point victory over Nikki Haley in Tuesday’s New Hampshire Primary. [RELATED: Trump Notches…

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The Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) Foundation’s Center for Legislative Accountability released a legislative scorecard Tuesday rating the conservative voting record of members of the 131st Maine State Legislature. [RELATED: Here’s What the Maine State Legislature Did (and Didn’t Do) This Year…] https://twitter.com/mschlapp/status/1749869549552365637?s=20 The conservative organization’s ratings are based on an evaluation of how Maine lawmakers voted on certain bills during the Legislature’s first session, and whether their votes align with the organization’s vision of conservatism. According to CPAC: “The bills featured in CPAC’s 2023 Ratings of Maine expanded handouts for electric vehicles, increased workplace mandates, and increased welfare spending.…

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Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has collected the 3,000 signatures required to qualify for the 2024 general election ballot in New Hampshire, his campaign announced Tuesday. [RELATED: RFK Jr Confronted by Pro-Palestine Heckler Calling for Ceasefire at Portland Event…] The Kennedy campaign collected the required signatures in New Hampshire in just one day, with volunteers gathering voter signatures across nearly 100 precincts from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday — the same day as the New Hampshire Republican and Democratic presidential primaries. New Hampshire is now the second state where RFK Jr. has reached the signature threshold to…

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Democratic State Rep. Benjamin Collings of Portland is seeking to amend Article I of the Constitution of Maine to include a “right to housing” for all individuals. [RELATED: NYC Mayor Seeks to Change ‘Right to Shelter’ Law After Asylum Seeker Influx…] Rep. Collings’ LD 853 is a resolution that, if passed by two thirds of each branch of the State Legislature, would give Mainer’s the opportunity to vote in a statewide referendum on whether the “right to housing” should be added to the Maine Constitution. The “right to housing” as it appears in Collings’ resolution, reads: “All individuals have a…

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Maine State Rep. Colleen Madigan (D-Waterville) has sponsored a bill that would provide the state’s “low-barrier” homeless shelters with a $2.5 million subsidy. [RELATED: Voluntarily Homeless: Portland Spent $65,000 Offering Shelter and Housing to 100 “Unhoused Individuals” — Only 18 Accepted…] According to the Maine State Housing Authority, a low-barrier shelter is an emergency shelter for the homeless that does not require residents to submit to criminal background checks, to provide identification or income verification, to participate in any mental health or substance use disorder program, or to be sober. Currently, there are five low-barrier shelters in Maine, all run…

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A coalition of nine Democratic state governors, led by Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York, sent a letter to the Biden Administration and congressional leaders Monday calling for federal action to be taken to secure the Southern border. [RELATED: “Enforce the Immigration Laws”: Maine Democrat Lays Blame for U.S. Border Catastrophe on Biden…] “As Governors representing over 100 million Americans, we write to call on Washington to work together to solve what has become a humanitarian crisis,” the governors of New York, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New Mexico wrote. “The sustained arrival of individuals seeking…

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Portland’s Arts and Technology and Casco Bay High Schools were put on lockdown Monday afternoon over alleged threatening comments made by a student. Portland Police were called to the school shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday, and were informed that a student had made threatening comments to Casco Bay High School online during the afternoon. The schools were put on lockdown until Portland Police arrived and ensured the students were safe. The lockdown was lifted and the school went back to normal operations at approximately 2:43 p.m. According to Portland Police, while the school was on lockdown, other officers responded…

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The Kennebec County Superior Court has ordered the Maine County Commissioners Association Self-Funded Risk Management Pool (Risk Pool) to pay $130,000 to a non-profit prisoner advocacy organization after finding that the Risk Pool unlawfully withheld public records from the organization in bad faith. The award comes after the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled in August 2023 that the Risk Pool, a government entity responsible for covering the costs of legal settlements, had acted in bad faith in not fulfilling a Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) request from the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) in June 2021. [RELATED: Maine Supreme Judicial Court…

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Portland Police announced Monday that a man has been arrested in connection to the ransacking of a downtown Portland building over the weekend. Police say they were called to 465 Congress St. in Portland on Sunday, shortly before 8 a.m. Upon arrival, officers were informed that someone had entered the building and “ransacked the area,” which had also been done on Saturday night, according to Portland Police. Officers then entered the building, located the suspect and placed him under arrest. Kenneth A. Donis, 52, was arrested and charged with burglary, theft by unauthorized taking and criminal mischief. He was taken…

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A non-governmental organization (NGO) partnered with former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton is teaming up with American Express Global Business Travel (AmexGBT) and the non-profit organization “Miles4Migrants” to fund flights into the U.S. for migrants. [RELATED: “Enforce the Immigration Laws”: Maine Democrat Lays Blame for U.S. Border Catastrophe on Biden…] The NGO, Welcome.US, was formed in 2021 after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, when they first partnered with Miles4Migrants to raise $2 million to fund the travel of over 18,000 Afghan refugees to the United States. That fundraising effort was supported by companies including Starbucks,…

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A 31-year-old Haitian national who is unlawfully present in the United States, and who was recently charged with raping a developmentally disabled person in Massachusetts, has been arrested by Boston U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. According to ICE, the 31-year-old Haitian national arrived at a Texas port of entry in December 2022, where he was deemed inadmissible and issued a notice to appear before an immigration judge in Boston. In September 2023, Boston police arrested the Haitian national for rape and indecent assault and battery on a developmentally disabled person in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Following his arrest, ICE Enforcement…

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The Portland City Council held a workshop Tuesday to discuss the challenges the city expects to face in crafting their Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) budget, which include a decline in state and federal funds, staffing shortages, and financing the operation of the city’s multiple homeless shelters. [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…] In a “FY25 Budget Primer” presentation prepared for the Tuesday workshop, City of Portland Finance Director Brendan O’Connell lists the “significant budget challenges” which could result in a substantial…

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The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) are in a “financial crisis” amid a $2 million budget deficit which may require the organization to make seven-figure budget cuts and layoff staff, according to several members of the DSA’s Marxist “Bread & Roses” caucus. [RELATED: Maine DSA Stages Pro-Hamas Rally in Portland, Calls Terror Attacks on Israel “Morally and Legally Legitimate”…] In an article published last week in The Call, a news outlet run by the DSA’s Bread & Roses caucus, DSA members Alex Pellitteri, Kristin Schall, and Laura Waldin outlined their proposal to the organization’s National Political Committee (NPC) for sweeping…

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A Maine man pleaded guilty Thursday in a Washington, D.C. federal court to assaulting law enforcement during the breach of the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021. [RELATED: U.S. Recommends Only Six Months in Prison for Ray Epps Who Incited People to Enter the Capitol on Jan. 6…] Matthew Brackley, 40, of Waldoboro pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers. He will be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols on May, 14, 2024. According to court records, Brackley flew from Portland, Maine, to Washington, D.C., to attend then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the…

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Portland Police announced Thursday that a suspect has been arrested in connection to multiple recent burglaries in the Portland area over the past several weeks. Joseph Call, 37, of Windham, was arrested after an “extensive investigation” which included detectives from the Portland, Westbrook, and South Portland Police Departments. Police say Call was linked to burglaries at The Blue Lobster (Dec. 17), Coffee by Design (Dec. 30), Rosemont Market and Bakery (Dec. 30), LFK cocktail bar (Dec. 31), Rusty Lantern Market (Jan. 13), and Pat’s Meat Market (Jan. 14) in Portland. Call is expected to face multiple charges of burglary and…

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Wednesday that officers at an Arizona port of entry arrested a 19-year-old man attempting to smuggle nearly 492,000 blue fentanyl pills across the U.S.-Mexico border. [RELATED: Wade Man Receives 15 Year Prison Sentence for Possessing Enough Fentanyl to Kill Over 2.5 Million People…] According to CBP, on Friday, Jan. 12, officers at the Douglas, Arizona port of entry referred a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen for further inspection of his pickup truck as he attempted to enter the U.S. Upon searching the pickup truck, officers discovered 500 packages of blue pills which were concealed…

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During their Wednesday evening meeting, the Portland City Council heard public comment from several people calling on the city to stop poisoning the rats which have infested Harbor View Memorial Park. Harbor View Park, which lies below the Portland side of the Casco Bay Bridge, was the site of the city’s largest homeless encampment until it was cleared out by the city on Jan. 2. [RELATED: ‘Unhoused Lives Matter’: Sweep at Harbor View Park Encampment Blocked by Protestors, Line of Cars…] In the months leading up to the sweep of the Harbor View encampment, Portland city officials expressed their concerns…

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Former Portland Mayor and active member of the Maine Democratic Socialists of America (Maine DSA) Ethan Strimling has hired a progressive public relations firm to capitalize on a complaint he filed with Maine’s Secretary of State concerning former President Donald Trump’s ballot eligibility. Strimling has previously endeavored to raise money on the news surrounding his complaint for a non-profit that mostly pays consulting fees to the socialist former mayor. But now he’s looking to garner invitations for interviews with newspapers and television media, according to a copy of the pitch his new PR firm is sending around. [RELATED: Bellows Boots Trump,…

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A Wade man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to 15 years in prison after a November 2022 search warrant found him in possession of enough fentanyl to supply a potentially lethal dose to over 2.5 million people. [RELATED: Maine Lawmakers Consider Decriminalizing Possession of Hard Drugs and Paraphernalia…] Daniel White, 57, was sentenced Wednesday to a total of 188 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. White previously pleaded guilty to charges of possession of fentanyl and methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of controlled substances,…

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The City of South Portland is working to close a $4 million shortfall in their current fiscal year budget they identified earlier this month — a gap the city attributes to mistakenly not taxing residents enough to support the City Council-approved budget. According to the city, South Portland’s current mill rate is $14.14, meaning property owners must pay $14.14 out of every $1,000 of their property’s assessed value. But it should have been raised to $14.69 this past summer following the approval of the current fiscal year’s budget by the City Council. That increased tax rate would have resulted in…

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President Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday that the U.S. government is designating the Iranian-backed Houthis — or “Ansarallah” — as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” group. This comes under a week after the Biden administration and the U.K. carried out joint military strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen in an effort to degrade the Islamist group’s ability to attack commercial shipping vessels in the Red Sea. [RELEASED: Biden Hit With Bipartisan Criticism From Congress Over Bombing of Houthi Targets in Yemen…] “Since November, the Houthis have launched unprecedented attacks against international maritime vessels in the Red…

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Portland Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred late Tuesday afternoon at a local fried chicken restaurant. Police say there were called to Crown Fried Chicken at 408 Forest Ave. in Portland Tuesday at approximately 5:25 p.m. for a reported robbery. A male had entered the business and displayed a black handgun while demanding cash, before fleeing out of the business and running north on Forest Ave. The suspect was described as a white male, 5’10”-6′ tall. Investigators are urging anyone who has any information that might assist them to call (207) 874-8575, or text keyword PPDME and your…

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Democratic Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) signed onto a letter Tuesday alongside two of his House Democrat colleagues calling on the Biden administration to send Ukraine long-range tactical missile systems to aid in their war with Russia. [RELATED: Resolution Supporting Israel’s Right to Defend Itself Against Hamas Rejected by Democrats Who Supported a Similar Proposal about Ukraine…] Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the Biden Administration and Congress have directed well over $75 billion in aid to Ukraine, in the form of direct financial support, humanitarian aid, weapon systems and other equipment, and training. The House Democrats’ letter, sent…

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A former Arizona man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor Tuesday to five years in prison for stealing several Mainers’ identities in order to fraudulently obtain unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. James McAuliffe, 55, was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. McAuliffe previously pleaded guilty to six counts of wire fraud and six counts of aggravated identity theft in August 2023. He was also order to pay $203,616 in restitution. “The prosecution of Mr. McAuliffe is one of numerous cases brought by the Department of Justice nationwide to bring to…

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A bill proposed by Maine House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) that would have allowed illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses was shot down by the Legislature’s Transportation Committee during a Tuesday afternoon public hearing. The bill, LD 1138, would have removed the requirement to prove legal presence in the U.S. in order to obtain a Maine driver’s license or state identification card. [RELATED: Maine House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross Pushes Legislation to Allow Illegal Aliens to Obtain Driver’s Licenses…] When opening the public hearing on the bill, Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Lydia Crafts (D-Newcastle) said that Talbot Ross had…

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Colby College, a private liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine, has a course in its Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department combining the studies of “critical race theory,” feminism, and tap dance entitled “Critical Race Feminisms and Tap Dance.” Critical race theory (CRT) is an academic theory centered around the notion that racism is systemic and inherent in the policies and institutions of the United States, and that those institutions exist to perpetuate the dominance of white people in society. CRT has become a lightning rod issue among conservatives in recent years, and several states have passed legislation outright banning…

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Former President Donald Trump achieved a record-setting victory in Monday evening’s 2024 Iowa Republican Caucus with 51 percent of the vote, finishing just under 30 points ahead of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and winning all but one of Iowa’s 99 counties. In his victory speech Monday night, Trump emphasized a message of unity and congratulated DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, saying “I think they both did very well.” “I really think this is time now for everybody, our country, to come together,” Trump said. “Whether it’s Republican or Democrat, or liberal or conservative, it would be so…

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On Tuesday the Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committee will hold a work session on a bill sponsored by State Rep. Rebecca Millett (D-Cape Elizabeth) that would establish civil liability for firearm manufacturers and distributers who engaged in illegal sales or marketing. Rep. Millett’s bill, LD 1696, is a revision of a version she sponsored during the last legislative session, which sought to create a civil cause of action for individuals who have suffered damages arising from the sale of “abnormally dangerous firearms.” [RELATED: Maine Democrat Wants Gun Control for “Abnormally Dangerous Assault Style Weapons” But She Doesn’t Know What That Means…]…

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As the 2024 Republican presidential primary election season is set to kick off with the Iowa Caucus Monday evening, former President Donald Trump has put out a series of posts attacking primary challenger Vivek Ramaswamy. [RELATED: Vivek Ramaswamy Says GOP has Become “a Party of Losers,” Blames Ronna McDaniel, Calls for Her Resignation…] Ramaswamy, a political outsider who during presidential campaign has routinely praised Trump for his accomplishments as president, received backlash over the weekend from supporters of the former president in response to a picture Ramaswamy posted to X with his supporters who were wearing shirts reading “Save Trump…

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Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King from Maine announced Friday that he has joined legislation that would guarantee access for military service members and their dependents to all forms of contraception approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with no health insurance co-pay. Sen. King joins Republican Sen. Susan Collins and his fellow independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) as the only non-Democrat sponsors of the legislation. The bill, entitled the “Access to Contraception for Servicemembers and Dependents Act,” would align the coverage for contraceptives under TRICARE — the health care program for service members and their families — with the…

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Portland Police announced Monday that a man has been arrested on murder charges in connection to an assault last Friday at the Forest Ave. YMCA in Portland that led to the death of a 60-year-old man. Police responded to a report of an assault at 70 Forest Ave. (YMCA of Southern Maine) shortly before 1 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12. 60-year-old David Hannauer was found unconscious and suffering from serious injuries, according to police. Meaghan Woodsome, Chief Administrative Officer of the YMCA of Southern Maine, said in a Monday statement that Hannauer was a member of the YMCA’s men’s dormitory…

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President Joe Biden is facing backlash from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers for not seeking Congressional approval prior to authorizing military strikes against targets controlled by the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen. President Biden announced Thursday night that the United States and the U.K., with support from the Netherlands, Canada, Bahrain, and Australia, engaged in joint strikes against Houthi targets in an effort to degrade the Islamist group’s ability to conduct attacks on commercial shipping vessels in the Red Sea. The Houthis have attacked more than two dozen commercial vessels in the Red Sea since mid-November, which the Biden administration said…

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Maine House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) has introduced a bill for the second legislative session that would remove the requirement to prove legal presence in the U.S. in order to obtain a driver’s license. [RELATED: South Portland City Clerk Reveals How Easily Non-Citizens Can Vote in Maine Elections…] The bill, LD 1138, also proposes removing the requirement that an applicant for a driver’s license provide proof of being ineligible to receive a social security number if they do not provide a social security number on their application. In cases of applicants for driver’s licenses or nondriver identification cards who…

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Yarmouth Elementary School (YES) Principal Ryan Gleason announced Thursday in a letter to families that instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, the school will be having a “Friendship Day Celebration.” In his letter, Gleason explains that YES has been reflecting on “the celebration of holidays through an inclusionary lens.” “As a result of our reflection and research, this year Valentine’s Day will be celebrated at YES on February 14th as ‘Friendship Day,'” Gleason wrote. “As part of that celebration, we wanted to let you know well in advance that you do not need to send any items to school…

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Just days in advance of the 2024 Iowa Republican presidential caucus, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) launched an initiative Friday dubbed “#NeverNikki,” slamming Nikki Haley over her hawkish foreign policy positions, her support of foreign aid to Ukraine, and her criticism of anonymous speech on the internet. “I don’t think any informed or knowledgeable libertarian or conservative should support Nikki Haley. I’ve seen her attitude towards our interventions overseas, I’ve seen her involvement in the military industrial complex,” Paul said in a video posted to X Friday. “But I’ve also seen her indicate that she thinks you should be registered to…

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The Independent Commission tasked by Maine Gov. Janet Mills with investigating the Oct. 25 mass shooting in Lewiston will hold a series of public meetings in the coming weeks, featuring testimony from victims, law enforcement and army personnel. [RELATED: Maine Gov Calls for “Independent” Commission to Review Police, Army Failures and Botched Investigation Around Robert Card’s Lewiston Murder Spree…] Established via executive order by Gov. Mills on Nov. 9, the Independent Commission is charged with investigating the “complete facts and circumstances — including any failures or omissions” related to the Lewiston shooting. The Commission is comprised of seven experts from…

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A Massachusetts man with multiple previous convictions was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for distributing and possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances in Maine’s Androscoggin and Cumberland Counties. U.S. District Judge Nany Torresen sentenced 28-year-old Devon Ashton of Worcester, Massachusetts to 72 months and prison followed by four years of supervised released. Ashton pleaded guilty in late July 2023. According to court records, in the early months of 2023 the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) conducted four controlled purchases of fentanyl from Ashton, totaling approximately 192 grams. A controlled purchase, or controlled buy, is when a cooperating…

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State Rep. Austin Theriault (R-Fort Kent) launched a digital advertisement campaign Wednesday for his 2024 bid to unseat Democratic Congressman Jared Golden in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. [RELATED: NASCAR Driver Austin Theriault Joins the Race for Maine’s Second Congressional District…] The advertisement incorporates clips from Theriault’s time as a NASCAR driver, including a clip of a first-place finish at Daytona International Speedway. “I’m running to fight for those who don’t have a voice in today’s America, where special interest groups really seem to be the only ones getting ahead,” Theriault said in the ad. In the advertisement Theriault emphasizes several…

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Emergency crews are responding to a truck that crashed through guardrails and went over the side of Tukey’s Bridge in Portland. Maine State Police say the truck was traveling northbound on I-295 when it went over the side of the bridge at exit 8 in Portland, falling 45 feet and landing partially in the water of Casco Bay. https://twitter.com/MEStatePolice/status/1745123570353664306?s=20 Three occupants of the truck were transported to Maine Medical Center with minor injuries, police said. Crews from the Maine Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Protection, and Portland Police and Fire are on the scene assisting.

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Hunter Biden made an unexpected appearance on Capitol Hill Wednesday at the House Oversight Committee’s markup on a resolution to hold Biden in contempt of congress. [RELATED: House Republicans Set to Consider Holding Hunter Biden in Contempt of Congress for Defying Subpoenas…] https://twitter.com/RepMTG/status/1745102343585009894?s=20 The Republican-led House Oversight and Judiciary Committees are seeking to bring a resolution to hold the president’s son in contempt of congress for defying a subpoena, under which Biden was supposed to appear for a closed-door deposition in mid-December. Instead of complying with the subpoena, Hunter Biden held a press conference on Dec. 13. on Capitol Hill.…

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A head-on crash on Forest Ave. in Portland Tuesday left one person dead and another injured, according to Portland Police. Police responded to the crash, which occurred in the area of the Maine Turnpike overpass near 1808 Forest Ave., shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday. As a result of the crash, Forest Ave. between Riverside Industrial Pkwy. and Riverside St. was closed until approximately 5:30 p.m. Witnesses told police that one of the vehicles involved in the crash — driven by a 62-year-old man from Cape Elizabeth — crossed the centerline of Forest Ave., hitting another vehicle head on. Portland’s Medical…

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A Woodville woman has been ordered to pay over $100,000 in restitution after being being sentenced for Social Security fraud, health care fraud, and theft of public money. https://twitter.com/USAO_ME/status/1743382127897456875?s=20 U.S. District Judge ordered 51-year-old Rella Austin-Kimball to pay a total of $103,596.91 in restitution — consisting of $78,858.25 to the Social Security Administration (SSA), and $4,550.66 for the MaineCare program, and $20,188 for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Austin-Kimball was also sentenced to serve three years of probation. According to court records, between January 2005 and March 2021, Austin-Kimball lied to the SSA about her husband being in her…

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A growing number of Americans view the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border as a crisis and seek tougher enforcement policies from the Biden administration, according to a recent CBS News/YouGov poll. [RELATED: Illegal Alien Encounters Continue to Increase at Both Land Borders: DHS…] According to the poll, 68 percent of Americans disapprove of the way President Joe Biden is handling the U.S.-Mexico border, and 45 percent view the current border situation as a crisis. This is up from May 2023, when 38 percent of respondents of the CBS News poll said the border situation is a crisis — a change in…

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House Republicans will consider a resolution and accompanying report to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) announced Friday. https://twitter.com/GOPoversight/status/1743286969143116267?s=20 The House Oversight and Judiciary Committees issued subpoenas to Hunter Biden for a deposition, which was scheduled for Dec. 13, 2023. [RELATED: Hunter Biden Dodges Congressional Subpoena: Patten…] The subpoenas were issued as part of the House Republicans’ ongoing probe into Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings and the Justice Department’s handling of a years-long investigation into Biden for alleged tax offenses and felony firearm…

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Portland Police announced Friday that they responded to a shooting Thursday night at Union Station Plaza which injured one victim. Police say they were called to the Union Station Plaza at 274 Saint John Street for a report of a shooting shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday. Shortly after, officers located a victim nearby who had sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The victim was taken to Maine Medical Center. Portland Police say they are following leads and currently investigating the shooting, and believe there is not threat to the public.

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The Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization Free Speech for People (FSFP) filed a complaint Thursday challenging former President Donald Trump’s eligibility to appear on the state’s presidential primary and general election ballot under the 14th Amendment. [RELATED: Bellows Boots Trump, Biden’s Top GOP Foe, from Maine’s Primary Ballot…] https://twitter.com/FSFP/status/1743297244160201214?s=20 FSFP has pushed for similar 14th Amendment ballot challenges against the former president in Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon, and Michigan. The nonprofit sent letters in June 2021 to the secretaries of state and chief election officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. in an effort to “hold insurrectionists accountable for their role in…

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The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday in support of a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza. Following the attack on Israel by the Islamist militant organization Hamas on Oct. 7 which claimed the lives of over 1,200 Israelis, Israel has engaged in an ongoing bombardment and ground invasion of the Gaza Strip in an effort to eliminate Hamas. The Hamas-controlled Gaza Ministry of Health — the only official source for Palestinian causalities in Gaza — has claimed that the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza since Oct. 7 is more than…

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The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the State of Texas over a controversial new law empowering law enforcement to arrest and deport migrants who entered the country illegally. [RELATED: Texas Gov Challenges Feds with Laws Empowering State to Enforce Border Security…] Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill, Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), into law in December as part of a package of border security legislation aimed at cracking down on human smuggling and illegal border crossings. SB 4 created new criminal offenses for illegal entry and reentry into Texas from a foreign nation, establishing…

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Lewiston Police announced Wednesday that a man was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at a local motel revealed large quantities of scheduled drugs, handguns, and U.S. currency. On Jan. 2, 2024, Lewiston Police executed a search warrant at an unspecified motel or hotel, finding 10 grams of crack cocaine, 10 grams of MDMA or “ecstasy,” other controlled prescription drugs, three handguns, and U.S. currency. Following the search, police arrested and charged 35-year-old Morris T. Brutus with Aggravated Trafficking of Scheduled Drugs, Unlawful Possession Schedule “W” Drug, and four counts of Criminal Forfeiture of Property. Police said Wednesday…

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The Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland was evacuated Thursday morning due to a bomb threat, according to a Portland Police Department press release. [RELATED: Maine Capitol Police Issue Evacuation Order for the Maine State House Following an Emailed Bomb Threat to State Houses Across the Country…] Police say the courthouse, located at 205 Newbury Street, was evacuated at approximately 10:15 a.m. Thursday after a bomb threat had been emailed to the courthouse. Portland Police called in an explosive K9 unit to sweep the building, and nothing was found. Following the sweep, the courthouse was reopened at 11:30 a.m. The Capital…

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The Portland Police Department issued a press release Thursday reporting a recent increase in drug overdoses and fatalities during the final weeks of 2023. [RELATED: Maine ACLU Says Failed Proposal to Legalize Portland Homeless Encampments with Frequent Overdoses, Assaults, and Rapes Would Have Been “Positive First Step”…] During the last two weeks of 2023, there were 30 overdoses reported, with three ending in fatalities, according to Portland Police. Police say the trend has not slowed going into 2024, with three overdoses reported through the first two days of January. Attributed to a typical spike in overdoses reported during the holiday…

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Hundreds of gun control advocates flooded the Maine State House Wednesday as the 131st Legislature returned for its second session, putting pressure on lawmakers to change the state’s permissive gun laws in the wake of the Oct. 25 Lewiston shootings. [RELATED: “Saving lives now and in the future has been my single goal”: Angus King Introduces Bill Banning Certain Types of Guns, Limiting Magazine Capacity…] Proponents of stricter gun control measures packed into the Hall of Flags Wednesday morning before the House and Senate convened to call upon state lawmakers to strengthen Maine’s “yellow flag” law, increased background checks on…

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Tuesday that he has issued an Executive Order prohibiting individuals and businesses from certain nations designated as foreign adversaries from purchasing agricultural land within a 10-mile radius of military installations in the state. [RELATED: Triad Weed: Illegal Marijuana Grow in China, Maine Busted, 970 Plants Seized, Three Arrested…] Under the Executive Order, the nations currently classified as foreign adversaries include China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela. “With heightened concerns regarding ownership of Missouri farm land by foreign adversaries, especially China, we are signing this order to safeguard our military and intelligence assets, prevent…

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Washington, D.C. took custody of a Venezuelan national last week for allegedly carrying a machete, butcher’s knife and a brick at the U.S. Capitol. [RELATED: Illegal Alien Encounters Continue to Increase at Both Land Borders: DHS…] Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington, D.C. took custody of 23-year-old Jose Leonardo Marquez-Marquez after he was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police on Tuesday, Dec. 26. He was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and possessing a prohibited weapon. In a Tuesday statement ICE said that Marquez entered the U.S. unlawfully at an unknown date, at…

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The City of Portland began clearing out the large homeless encampment underneath the Casco Bay Bridge in Harbor View Park Tuesday morning as protestors attempted to block crews from entering the encampment. [RELATED: Portland City Officials Provide Update on 120-Tent, Rat-Infested Homeless Encampment Under Casco Bay Bridge…] Protestors opposed to the encampment sweep parked their cars in a line on Commercial Street in front of the encampment, which were towed one-by-one over the course of the morning. https://twitter.com/TheMaineWire/status/1742191961967108446?s=20 One protestor told the Maine Wire that following the removal of all of the cars, the group intended on forming a line to…

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The City of Portland has rescheduled its planned sweeps of the various homeless encampments throughout the city for January 2 due to rain. “This resolution was postponed due to the rain in order to ensure the health and safety of all involved; the new resolution date, based on the weather and the upcoming holiday, will be Tuesday, January 2nd,” the city wrote in an update Friday. This is the second time the city has rescheduled the clearing out of the encampments after initially scheduling them to occur on December 19. [EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Newly Inaugurated Portland Mayor Mark Dion on…

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Encounters at the northern U.S.-Canada border in Maine’s Houlton Sector remained high through November, according to the most recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). [RELATED: Jaw-Dropping Videos Show Illegal Aliens Streaming Over Unsecure U.S. Border By the Tens of Thousands…] Border encounter data includes the apprehension of migrants entering the U.S. illegally under Title 8 by Border Patrol, and the expulsion of migrants under the now-expired Title 42 provision used by the Trump administration during the coronavirus pandemic. CBP reported a total of 47 encounters with migrants in the Houlton Sector in November 2024, down from 53 encounters…

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The Maine State Housing Authority (MaineHousing) announced Thursday that it has allocated $8.7 million in state and federal tax credits to affordable housing projects in Bangor, Bath, Portland and Westbrook. MaineHousing stated that the $8.7 million in tax credits will result in over $37.7 million in equity from private investors across the four housing projects, and a total of 185 units targeted towards families and older Mainers. The tax credits come in addition to $8.5 million in subsidies and $12.4 million in loans from MaineHousing towards the construction of affordable housing across the state. “These new developments add to our…

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The Westbrook Police Department announced Thursday that a 16-year-old male has been arrested in connection to a series of motor vehicle burglaries in the city. Westbrook Police identified the juvenile male as a suspect, and were able to obtain probable cause to execute a search warrant at the suspect’s residence. Police say the 16-year-old was arrested without incident at his residence shortly before 9 p.m. last Wednesday evening. During the search of the juvenile’s residence, Westbrook Police say officers found several items that were stolen from the various motor vehicle burglaries, including a firearm that was stolen from one of…

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The Maine Democratic Party Platform Committee revealed during a remote meeting Wednesday night that “Strong Maine Communities” and an accompanying political action committee (PAC) will play a key role in promoting their talking points going forward. Rep. Dan Sayre (D-Kennebunk) shared the news of the PAC’s formation during Wednesday’s meeting, noting that his sharing of the PAC was not an endorsement, but rather that the messaging of the PAC platform would be useful to the Democratic Party. Registration was filed for the Strong Maine Communities PAC Dec. 17, 2023 by State Rep. Marc Malon (D-Biddeford), a Democratic Party and State…

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) joined Fox News host Laura Ingraham Tuesday to discuss the Colorado Supreme Court ruling that former President Donald Trump is ineligible to to appear on the state’s 2024 primary ballot. [RELATED: Colorado SCOTUS Boots Trump Off 2024 Ballot…] The Colorado Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision cited the 14th Amendment’s “insurrection clause,” arguing that Trump’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S Capitol Building constituted a rebellion against the government and prohibits him from holding public office. The Trump campaign is expected to appeal the Colorado ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which…

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Amid an ongoing and worsening migrant crisis, Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins delivered remarks Tuesday calling for bipartisan solutions to address border security at both the southern and northern borders. [RELATED: Jaw-Dropping Videos Show Illegal Aliens Streaming Over Unsecure U.S. Border By the Tens of Thousands…] “In the State of Maine, encounters have increased over 450 percent since fiscal year 2021,” Sen. Collins said in her floor remarks. “Just recently, the U.S. Border Patrol encountered a group of 20 Romanians illegally crossing into the United States near Houlton, Maine.” “Two of these individuals were flagged as Transnational Criminal Organized Crime…

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Winthrop Public Schools (WPS) is struggling to keep its fleet of four electric school buses on the road due to water leak issues and heating system failures, according to a Wednesday transportation report to the WPS School Board. Winthrop is one of the Maine school districts that have reported leaky windshields on the electric buses, which are manufactured by the Canadian-based Lion Electric Co. WPS along with several other Maine school districts received the electric buses as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s $5 billion “Clean School Bus Program,” launched in October 2022, which has a goal of transitioning…

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The Portland City Council voted Monday evening to pass a resolution expressing opposition to a planned sweep of the city’s largest homeless encampment in Harbor View park below the Casco Bay Bridge. [EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Newly Inaugurated Portland Mayor Mark Dion on Homelessness, Rent Control, Welfare, & Socialists] The Harbor View park encampment, comprised of over 100 tents and originally scheduled to be cleared out on Tuesday due to concerns over public health and safety, will now be swept on Dec. 28. The resolution opposing the encampment sweeps passed 7-2, with Mayor Mark Dion voting against the resolution. While the…

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A Biddeford man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland for the theft of 22 firearms from a gun shop in Auburn in 2021. Thomas Johnson, 40, was sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release after being found guilty of theft from a federally licensed firearms dealer, possession of a stolen firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute. According to court records, on October 20, 2021, Johnson visited J.T. Reid’s Gun Shop in Auburn for over an hour, asking store employees…

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Portland School Board Chair Sarah Lentz presented the 2023 State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council Monday evening, sharing some statistics about the district’s demographics and stories of student successes. [RELATED: Portland Public Schools Enrolled More Than 300 Homeless Students for 2022-2023 School Year…] After recognizing her fellow Board members, Superintendent, and other district staff, Lentz began her presentation with a guided meditation — combined with a land acknowledgement to the Wabanaki: “I invite you all to take a moment to ground here together. Take a deep breath. Take a breath to become fully present. Take a…

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The Maine Wire sat down Wednesday with the City of Portland’s newly elected and inaugurated Mayor Mark Dion for an interview on his outlook for the city’s future and several of the issues he will confront during his term. Dion, former Cumberland County Sheriff and District 5 City Councilor, won the city’s mayoral election in a rank choice runoff after receiving nearly 40 percent of the Election Day vote. [RELATED: Mark Dion Elected as Portland’s Next Mayor After Rank Choice Runoff…] During his campaign, Dion differentiated himself from the rest of the candidates with his strong stance on ending the…

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Portland Police announced Monday that a 70-year-old Westbrook man has been arrested in connection to several reports of a man entering the backyard of residences in Portland and “peeking in windows.” Police say the incidents occurred in the backyard of residences on Emery, Pleasant, and State Streets. Gary Ganem, 70, of Westbrook, was arrested Sunday night and charged with violation of privacy and stalking.

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U.S. Senators from Maine Susan Collins and Angus King announced Friday that they have joined a bipartisan resolution condemning the Islamist militant organization Hamas for their use of rape against Israelis during their Oct. 7 attack. [RELATED: Susan Collins Voices Support for Biden Admin’s $14 Billion Requested Aid to Israel in Tel Aviv Remarks…] On Oct. 7, Hamas launched a terrorist attack from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, killing more than 1,200 Israelis. “Hamas’ widespread use of sexual violence against women in Israel during the terrorist attack on October 7 must be condemned unequivocally,” Sen. Collins said Friday. “It is imperative…

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A man was shot and killed by Portland Police officers Sunday night after reportedly pointing a gun at officers during a traffic stop, according to a Monday press release by the Portland Police Department. Portland Police say they received a report at around 11:40 p.m. Sunday of an aggravated assault in progress where a handgun was displayed. The suspect fled in a vehicle prior to the officers’ arrival, and was later located by responding officers driving south on Interstate 295. Officers then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on the southbound Exit 2 off-ramp of 295. When the officers…

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A Massachusetts man described by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine as a “career offender” was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for attempting to sell fentanyl to members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Scarborough Police during a sting operation Eddy Azcona, 27, also known as “Cucu,” previously pleaded guilty in July to possessing 400 grams or more of fentanyl with intent to distribute. In February 2023, the DEA and Scarborough Police arranged to make a controlled purchase of approximately a kilogram of fentanyl from Azcona…

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Portland Police responded to an “emergency” in the area of Allen Ave. and Ray St., according to a post to X Friday by the City of Portland. Allen Ave. was closed between Ray St. and Allen’s Corner, according to the post. The city advised people seek to seek alternate routes to avoid the area. https://twitter.com/CityPortland/status/1735697876926320915?s=20 A shelter in place was issued by police to people in the immediate area. An update to the situation was shared by Assistant Portland Police Chief Robert Martin, per WGME: Police say they tried to serve court paperwork to a man in the Residences condominiums…

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The City of Portland announced Friday that they will be clearing out the large homeless encampment under the Casco Bay Bridge in Harbor View park starting on Tuesday, Dec. 19, citing concerns over health and safety risks posed by the encampment. [RELATED: Portland City Officials Provide Update on 120-Tent, Rat-Infested Homeless Encampment Under Casco Bay Bridge…] The Casco Bay Bridge homeless encampment in Portland, ME The city states that outreach workers have successfully brought 43 people from the Harbor View park encampment, as well as 111 people sleeping outside in total, into the Homeless Services Center (HSC). The recent opening…

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An ex-FBI agent who helped initiate the bureau’s infamous “Russiagate” probe into former President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia in 2016 has been sentenced to four years in prison for helping a sanctioned Russian oligarch launder money. Former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Counterintelligence Division in New York Charles McGonigal, who was appointed to that position by then-FBI Director James Comey in October 2016, was a key figure in initiating the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Multiple federal and congressional probes have yielded no evidence to support the oft-repeated…

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Two executives from Catholic Charities Maine joined a panel discussion this week hosted by Refugees International and the Women’s Refugee Commission to discuss how the nonprofit works to resettle refugees and asylum seekers in the state. [RELATED: Lewiston Refugee Resettlement Agency Looks to Hire Afghanistan Case Manager as Maine is Set to Double Number of Refugees Taken in for 2024…] Catholic Charities has been doing refugee resettlement work since 1975, and is one of three agencies in Maine that are approved to resettle refugees in the state, alongside Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services (MEIRS) and the Jewish Community Alliance of…

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A longtime substitute teacher and paraprofessional in Maine School Administrative District 75 (MSAD 75) has resigned following the district’s recent adoption of a “transgender and gender-expansive” student policy. MSAD 75 covers schools in Topsham, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, and Harpswell. The stated purpose of the policy in question, ACAAA, is to “foster a learning environment that is safe and free from discrimination, harassment and bullying,” and to “assist in the educational and social integration of transgender and gender-expansive students.” [RELATED: Freeport School District Set to Consider ‘Transgender and Gender Expansive’ Student Policy…] Months of heated debate surrounding the policy focused on balancing…

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Eight people were arrested in Lewiston Tuesday following the execution of a search warrant at a single-family home as part of an ongoing drug investigation, Lewiston Police announced Wednesday. On Tuesday afternoon, Lewiston Police executed a search warrant at 149 College St., based on an ongoing drug investigation at that address. When executing the warrant, officers located 17 people inside the single-family home. Police say some of the occupants attempted to flee as officers entered the residence. Eight people were arrested and about one ounce of fentanyl was seized as a result of the search warrant. Those arrested Tuesday and…

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Monday that her administration is investing $3.5 million into substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in Kennebec and Washington Counties. The investment comes as the most recent data from the Maine Attorney General’s Office reports more than 8,259 drug overdoses and 513 fatal overdoses in 2023 as of October. From January through October 2023, Kennebec and Washington Counties reported a total of 901 overdoses, and 70 fatal overdoses — together accounting for almost 15 percent of the state’s total overdose fatalities in 2023. [RELATED: Mills Touts Opioid Policies as Overdoses in Maine Total Almost 6,000…

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The Independent Commission directed by Gov. Janet Mills to investigate the facts surrounding the Oct. 25 mass shooting in Lewiston announced Monday that a public hearing initially scheduled for next week will be postponed. [RELATED: Maine Gov Calls for “Independent” Commission to Review Police, Army Failures and Botched Investigation Around Robert Card’s Lewiston Murder Spree…] Independent Commission Chairman Dan Wathen stated Monday that the hearing, originally scheduled for Dec. 14, will be rescheduled “as soon as possible.” “It was our sincere intention to hold our next public hearing this week,” Wathen stated. “Unfortunately, the Commission is awaiting the receipt of…

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A New Hampshire man has been arrested and charged in connection with threats made against Republican 2024 presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and attendees at a campaign event in Portsmouth, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire. [RELATED: Vivek Ramaswamy Says GOP has Become “a Party of Losers,” Blames Ronna McDaniel, Calls for Her Resignation…] https://twitter.com/FBIBoston/status/1734239514455920822?s=20 Tyler Anderson, 30, of Dover, New Hampshire was charged with transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure the person of another. Anderson is scheduled to make an initial appearance Monday at 2 p.m. in a Concord federal court. According…

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A group of pro-Palestine protestors gathered outside Bath Iron Works (BIW) Friday in Bath, Maine, demanding that the shipyard “stop arming Israel’s genocide in Gaza.” [RELATED: Pro-Palestine Groups Set to Protest Bath Iron Works, Accuse Shipyard of Profiting from “Imperialist Genocide”…] BIW is a subsidiary of General Dynamics, one of the largest defense companies in the world and private sector employers in Maine, and was recently awarded a $58 million contract by the U.S. Navy for services for new destroyers through 2024. A BIW spokesperson declined to comment on the protest. Friday’s protest comes just over two months since the…

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