Headlines 6/5/17

Argument Leads to Guns Drawn
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Police in Lewiston continue to investigate reports of a group of people brandishing handguns Friday afternoon near the 100 block of Horton St. Officers with weapons drawn detained two men in minivan near the scene. Witnesses say they heard an argument between two groups before one allegedly pointed handguns at the other.
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Auburn Budget Goes Before Public
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A public hearing is scheduled today to discuss Auburn's proposed municipal budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The hearing will include a first reading by City Council on the $41.3 million spending plan, a $1.5 million increase over this year. Pending any last-minute changes, a final reading and adoption is set for June 19.
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Group Helps Connect Parents, Children with Community Resources
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Gillian Roy with Advocates for Children joined Matty B on Friday's Breakfast Club to talk about the group's mission and role in Androscoggin County. Listen. To hear more about Advocates for Children, including an upcoming free cookout, click on mainesbigz.com.
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Public Forum to Address Students and Social Media
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Lewiston school officials continue looking for answers following a teenager's suicide nearly two weeks ago. The school department has announced a June 12 public forum on social media usage, its impact on students, and what changes might be made. Panelists will give brief presentations before opening the forum to general discussion on the topic.
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Arrest Made in Portland Shooting
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Portland police arrested 32-year-old William Ficklin of Massachusetts on Friday. He is accused of shooting 39-year-old Russell Solak this past Tuesday night during an argument near a Preble St. parking garage. At latest check, Solak is in stable condition at Maine Medical Center.
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Body May Be Missing Person
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A body was discovered Saturday in a wooded area of Skowhegan near the New Balance shoe factory off Waterville Rd. State investigators were called in to help ensure no foul play was involved in the death. At latest check, police have not announced an identity or a possible cause of death.
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Rafting Accident Claims Life of York Man
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A York man died Saturday afternoon after the raft he was in capsized, sending all six occupants into the Dead River in West Forks Plantation. Investigators say 67-year-old Richard Sanders was submerged for several minutes in a part of the river called Mile Long Rapid. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. He was wearing a helmet and life jacket.
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Bedbug Scare Shutters Government Office
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City Center in Augusta shut down Friday afternoon after an apparently disgruntled man dumped a cup full of live bedbugs on a service counter. Officials say the man was upset when told he did not qualify for an assistance program. City Center is expected to reopen today, pending a morning inspection by a bedbug detector dog service.
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