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Shots Fired after 3rd Attempted Break-In at Marijuana Caregiver’s Lewiston Home
Shots rang out in Lewiston Wednesday after a man confronted three men trying to break into his home. The attempted home invasion happened on Park Lane on the Lewiston-Greene line. Police said one of the bullets ended up in a suspect’s foot. An attempted break-in in at the same home was reported just the night before and also in 2016. 

2 Families Displaced by Auburn Fire
A fire in Auburn has left two Auburn families homeless. The fire started early Wednesday morning in a barn attached to the multi-family home on Gamage Avenue. Six people escaped serious injury–thanks to smoke detectors, but a family cat was killed and the home was destroyed.

Big Apple in Lewiston Robbed
The Big Apple convenience store on Main Street in Lewiston was robbed early Wednesday morning. Police said the robber went to make a purchase, he jumped behind the register, grabbed the cash and fled on foot. The suspect remains on the loose.

Fire Leaves 4 Families ‘Homeless’ in Lisbon Falls
No injuries were reported from a fire in Lisbon Falls. Four families have been displaced by the fire Tuesday evening on School Street. The cause is still under investigation.

Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s Get Specialized Care Locally
Marianne Veilleux from Lewiston/Auburn Alzheimer’s visited The Breakfast Club to talk about the needs of family caregivers and their loved ones plus she shared information on available resources. Hear more of the conversation at mainesbigz.com.

‘Red Flag Gun Bill’ Passes in Committee
Legislation that would temporarily keep guns from “high risk” individuals has won initial approval from lawmakers. The Judiciary Committee voted 7-4 in favor of the so-called “red flag gun bill” that would allow police or family members to seek a judge’s order to keep a firearm from a person deemed an “immediate and present danger” of injuring themselves or another person. The order would remain in effect for 14 days.

Ranked-Choice Voting to Cost $730K to Implement
Implementation of ranked-choice voice will cost more than $700,000. But Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said his office has the funds to make the will of the people happen in time for the June primary. The system allows voters to rank candidates on the ballot in order of preference. A candidate with the majority of votes wins.

LePage Pushes Effort to Help Elderly From Foreclosure
Gov. Paul LePage wants to make sure elderly residents are protected from losing their homes and investments. Current law allows for cities and towns to foreclose on a property and sell it to pay off owed taxes, but not give anything leftover back to the homeowner. LePage told WGME-TV it happens several times a year.

Navy Sailor, Freeport HS Graduate Killed Overseas
The body of a Navy sailor who was killed overseas is being returned to Maine. Navy Engineman 2nd Class Austin Williams was killed in Bahrain earlier this month when he was hit by a car while crossing a street. He was a 2014 graduate of Freeport High School; Williams was 22.

Poliquin Donates $8K in Campaign Contributions to Charity
Bruce Poliquin was feeling generous. Campaign finance reports show he gave $8,000 in donations to charity in early February. Beneficiaries ranged from Auburn to Caribou. Poliquin has more than $2.2 million in his warchest. His donations were made on the same day that independent Tiffany Bond announced she planned to take on Poliquin, but told her supporters she didn’t want their donations and instead urged them to give to charity. She told The Sun Journal that she’s honored Bruce followed her example.

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