Headlines 3/20/2017

2 Students Dropped at Wrong Bus Stop
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Auburn school officials are looking into why two students were dropped off at the wrong bus stop last week. The bus company Ledgemere says Thursday was the first day on that particular route for a substitute driver and that the route list was missing a stop. That omission meant a first-grade student missed her stop at an after-school daycare. She instead got off at a later stop in front of the apartment complex where she lives. A pre-kindergarten student also exited there, well before her stop, but was later reunited with her family.
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Extra Hour Added to Wednesday Classes in Auburn
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Auburn schools will be in class a little longer starting next week. District officials on Friday confirmed that one hour of instruction will be added to each Wednesday from March 29 to June 7. Elementary students will be released at 12:30pm, middle school at 3 p.m., and high school at 3:10 p.m. Elementary students will also be in class until 4 p.m. on May 31. The extra hours will help make up time missed due to winter weather. If no more classes are canceled, Auburn schools will finish the year June 20.
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Family Business Makes Employees Feel Valued
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John Ferland and Ryan Booker wandered in to the Breakfast Club Friday morning to talk about what it's like to work for a family-owned busines like Hahnel Brothers. Listen. To find out more about roofing and other services at Hahnel Brothers, and some of their job opportunities, take a listen at mainesbigz.com.
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Windham Fire Destroys Auto Garage
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Fire investigators in Windham say an early morning fire does not appear suspicious. Firefighters responded to Ron's Auto Sale on Route 115 just after midnight Sunday morning. They arrived to find the 6-bay auto garage fully engulfed in flames. Response was delayed by the lack of public water in the area, meaning water had to be trucked in to the site. Crews needed about 45 minutes to contain the fire, but investigators say the building is a total loss. The cause remains under investigation.
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1 Injured in Old Orchard Beach House Fire
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A Saturday afternoon fire in Old Orchard Beach remains under investigation. Fire officials say the Harmon Ave. blaze began in the house's basement around 5 p.m. A 21-year-old man was the home's only occupant. He suffered second-degree burns on one hand while trying to extinguish the flames before firefighters arrived. The victim was treated at a nearby hospital and released. One dog and four cats perished with a fifth cat missing. The home was a total loss.
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Autopsy Results Pending After Hiker Found Dead Near Rome
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State police are still looking into the death of a hiker discovered Thursday night up in Rome. Initial speculation that 57-year-old Brian Peters of Mt. Vernon died of exposure has given way to suspicion of a medical event. Investigators say Peters was well prepared for the hike at Round Top Mountain and had good communication leading up to his disappearance Thursday afternoon. The state Medical Examiner's Office is also investigating.
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Illegal Pet Shop Owner Arrested, 11 Dogs Seized
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Skowhegan police are asking that anyone who bought a dog from a local woman double-check their vet records and call the department. 32-year-old Nicole Bizier was arrested Friday after a two-month investigation into complaints about fake medical documents and animal cruelty. Investigators say Bizier, who also went by Sarah Lancaster and Sara Plummer, sold animals illegally in person and online. The Somerset Humane Society seized 11 dogs from Bizier's apartment. She is also charged with falsifying public records.
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