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Electric Wheelchair Stolen from Lewiston Porch
Lewiston police are looking for the person who stole an electric wheelchair from a double amputee. The victim says it was stolen Sunday evening from behind her apartment on Bartlett Drive. It’s the second electric wheelchair to be taken in recent weeks, but police don’t think the two cases are related.

 

Vote Scheduled After Complains to New Gloucester Selectmen
Selectmen in New Gloucester are planning a special town meeting next month to vote on new facilities after they were presented them with a petition from four self-described “old ladies” – including the mother of one of the selectmen. The ladies were upset that council originally voted against a town meeting on a $4.6 million project, which would result in a $35 tax hike for average homeowners.

 

Rockland Woman Refuses to Take Over-Sized Trump Signs Down
An elderly Rockland woman says she’ll go to jail before she takes down her signs supporting President Trump. The Press Herald reports Susan Reitman has been asked by city code enforcement to remove her large signs, saying they exceed the size permitted. The city maintains the removal order has nothing to do with the content of the signs.

 

Don’t Spend It All
Auburn residents will be getting a small tax rebate. The city has $128-thousand dollars that was withheld from the school department over a dispute regarding city software. Now that the dispute has been settled, the city is going to give that money back to taxpayers – meaning most residents will get a $2 credit on their next tax bill.

Keeping Kids Healthy in the Community
Dr. Ted Stratman and Robyn Coleman with Sasseville Chiropractic stopped by the Breakfast Club yesterday morning to talk with Matty B about the 14th annual Kids’ Day coming up this weekend. To hear more about the free Kids’ Day event with Dr. Ted and Robyn, schedule an appointment with mainesbigz.com.

 

Portland Gets Rid of Columbus Day, Renames It
Say goodbye to Columbus Day in Portland. City Council has voted to start recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day – honoring the people who lived here before being discovered by Christopher Columbus and other explorers.

 

Attempted Abduction in Owls Head Has Parents on High Alert
Parents in Owls Head are being warned about three men who tried to get a young girl into their vehicle. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Monday afternoon incident. The victim did not recognize the men or the vehicle and repeatedly told them “no” before she ran into a wooded area to get away from them.

 

Portland Police Release Sketch of Suspected Killer of Homeless Man
Portland police are hoping you recognize the person depicted in a sketch of a murder suspect. The Press Herald reports detectives are still looking for the person who killed Sunao Yamada Jr. in downtown Portland earlier this month. He was last seen with a white man, about 25 to 35 years old, with dark, short hair – wearing a black sweatshirt with gray sweatpants or jeans.

 

UMaine gets $100K to protect state’s lakes
The University of Maine is getting a $100,000 grant to help protect one of the state’s biggest resources. The funding from the National Science Foundation will help extend a project that working to protect water quality in the state’s lakes, which contribute $4 billion to the state’s economy.

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