Headlines 3/14/17

Arson Suspect Turns Self In
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A Lewiston man faces an arson charge following a Sunday night fire on Lisbon St. Firefighters responded to a second-floor apartment fire just after 8 p.m. Flames caused severe damage to the second and third floors of the building. Investigators say Christopher Violette turned himself in for allegedly starting the fire in his apartment. He told police he had planned to throw himself into the flames but then decided against it. He is being held in the Androscoggin County Jail on $15,000 bail. The other residents should be able to return to their homes today.
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Cigarettes, Medical Oxygen Don't Mix
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A Monday morning fire critically injured an Auburn woman who was allegedly smoking while on oxygen in her Turner St. apartment. 57-year-old Catherine Swidzinski is being treated for burns at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Firefighters responded to a medical call at her home around 8:30 a.m. The incident only caused minor smoke damage and did not affect any other apartments.
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Pops at the Opera Coming This Weekend
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The Breakfast Club welcomed mother-daughter violinists Louise Huntington and Kate Gray on Monday to talk about the Midcoast Symphony and their Pops at the Opera performance coming up this weekend. The Midcoast Symphony is a family affair for several performers. Listen. To hear more about the Midcoast Symphony, head over to mainesbigz.com.
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Auburn Announces New City Manager
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Peter Crichton was introduced yesterday as Auburn's new city manager. City Council is expected to officially approve the hire Monday evening with Crichton's first day being April 10. Crichton is no stranger to the L-A area, having spent 10 years in Lewiston in public works and city administration. He was most recently the Cumberland County manager.
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Police: Threat to High School Not Credible
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A social media threat against a nearby school is exposed as a hoax. Classes proceeded as usual yesterday at Yarmouth High School despite a message posted to Instagram warning a female student to quit school because someone was going to "shoot the place up". Yarmouth police say a 13-year-old boy in North Carolina made the threat Sunday but was deemed unable to actually carry out the threat. So far, no charges have been filed, though the case remains under investigation.
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Furnace Technician Saves Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
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A Jay family is recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Emergency officials said Monday that a furnace technician was called to work on a malfunctioning unit Friday night. When he finished around 9 p.m., he noticed the four people inside showing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Investigators say the poisoning began around noon that day and that it was good fortune that someone who knows the signs of the condition showed up when he did.
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Sidney Intruder Shot by Resident's Relative
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Two men are recovering from injuries sustained during an attempted home invasion over the weekend. Police say 21-year-old Dreaquan Foster of Rhode Island allegedly forced his way into a Sidney home Sunday night. The elderly resident called her son, who lives nearby. 47-year-old Eric Hewett arrived to find Foster inside his mother's home. Hewitt shot Foster in the chest but sustained a significant head injury himself. Both men are expected to recover.
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Reward Offered in Hunt for Bank Robber
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The FBI has issued a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a bank robbery suspect known as the Silent Bandit. The suspect is wanted in connection with four bank robberies between 2012 and 2015 in Waterville, Pittsfield, and Skowhegan. Surveillance video shows the suspect as a white male in his 50s or 60s, around 5-foot-8, with a heavyset body style. In each incident, he is seen wearing a hood, face mask, gloves, and other bulky items

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