Headlines 3/13/17

More Drug Trouble for Lewiston Woman
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A Lewiston woman faces more trouble over drugs. 28-year-old Elizabeth Lothrop is in the York County Jail on $10,000 cash bail after her arrest early Friday morning. Police say she was a passenger in an Uber car on northbound I-95 in Kennebunk when it was pulled over for not maintaining a lane. Officers found several grams of heroin on Lothrop, who had been out on bail for three months on other drug charges. The driver was not charged.
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Auburn Hoping to Stop City Manager Revolving Door
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Auburn is set to announce its new city manager today. According to a Friday press release, a news conference is scheduled for 10:00 this morning at Auburn Hall. The Auburn city manager position has experienced frequent turnover in the last 4-5 years. This latest vacancy took several months and two rounds of application searches to fill. Officials had hoped to hire the new city manager before budget season gets underway in earnest.
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Banquet to Recognize Efforts to Cope with Mental Illness
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Jenna Mehnert with the Maine chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness joined the Breakfast Club on Friday to talk about the organization and an upcoming recognition banquet an April 7. Listen. To learn more about NAMI Maine, head over to mainesbigz.com.
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Deputy Crashes Cruiser into Tree in Bowdoin
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A Sagadahoc County sheriff's deputy is recovering after he crashed his cruiser in Bowdoin Saturday morning. 55-year-old Dep. Allen Huntington of Lisbon was coming off an overnight shift and may have fallen asleep at the wheel before the Main St. crash. Huntington was treated at CMMC and released. The incident remains under investigation.
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North Yarmouth Barn Fire Hampered by Wind, Lack of Water
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Firefighters save two homes from a nearby barn fire in North Yarmouth Saturday morning. Crews responded to the Royal Rd. property just before 11:30 a.m. and found the barn fully engulfed in flames. The operation was delayed as about 15,000 gallons of water had to be hauled in from the Royal River about four miles away. The barn was a total loss. Damages are estimated at $50,000. Investigators say a wood burning stove in the barn likely started the fire. No injuries were reported.
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Autopsy Results Pending in Arundel Couple's Death
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Police continue investigating last week's death of an Arundel couple. 63-year-old Matthew Coito was found dead in his kitchen Wednesday. Investigators say he died of a gunshot wound, but autopsy results have not yet been announced. The body of his wife, 65-year-old Sue Kim Coito, was found Friday morning in a wooded area about a quarter-mile from the couple's home. She suffered from severe Alzheimer's disease, and investigators say her death appears consistent with other deaths involving people with memory problems.
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ACSO Could Cover Police Needs in Livermore Falls
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Livermore Falls is considering disbanding its police force and instead contracting coverage from the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office. The Sun Journal reports that the announcement came at last week's Board of Selectmen meeting. The timing of the proposal could be troublesome as the town starts work on its next fiscal year budget. Sheriff Eric Samson is expected to provide cost estimates and answer questions at the board's March 28 meeting.
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Man Sentenced for 3rd Felony in a Week
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A Portland man makes his third guilty plea to serious felony charges in a week's time. Gang Deng Majok pleaded guilty Friday to shooting a man outside a Hampshire St. bar in early 2014. The victim is now paralyzed and is suing Majok. He received a 20-year sentence to be served concurrently with two other sentences: one for 30 years in a 2015 murder, and one for 15 years on a drug trafficking conviction.
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