Headlines 4/14/17

City Council to Hear Concerns Over Lewiston Budget
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A drop in Lewiston's rainy day fund is one of several concerns the city's Finance Committee plans to submit to City Council next week. Funding sources for some staff salaries and the city's bidding system will also get mentioned. The committee will finalize its recommendations on Monday.
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Lewiston Couple's Fraud Trial Could Take Weeks
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A welfare fraud trial scheduled to start next month could take up to three weeks to complete. Jury selection is slated for a May 1 start for the trial of Abdi Hassan and Amina Ege, both of Lewiston. The pair each face over a dozen counts for allegedly defrauding the government out of welfare benefits over a 9-year period.
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New Chamber President Settling In
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Matty B took the Breakfast Club on the road for its regular visit to the L-A Metro Chamber of Commerce Breakfast. He caught up with new Chamber president Becky Swanson to see how her first three weeks have gone. Listen. To hear more from the L-A Metro Chamber Breakfast, visit mainesbigz.com.
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Visible Address Numbers Help Emergency Responders
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If you happen to be out doing some projects around the house this weekend, Lewiston police ask that you take a minute to make sure your address number is clearly visible from the street. Police and city leaders say the display helps emergency responders find addresses more quickly.
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Murder Trial Witness Recants, Convicted Man Released
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Bail is granted to Anthony Sanborn, who was found guilty in 1992 for the 1989 death of 16-year-old Jessica Briggs on the Portland waterfront. He was sentenced to 70 years in prison but was released Thursday afternoon after Hope Cady told the bail hearing judge that she was not even present that night.
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Drug Charges Added in Hit-and-Run Case
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Police say 29-year-old Philip Macri of Hiram allegedly had 72 grams of cocaine in his possession during a bail check on Wednesday. Investigators found other drugs, guns, and a large amount of cash at Macri's home. He is also facing manslaughter, assault, and DUI charges stemming from a Dec. 1 crash in Windham that killed a Steep Falls woman and seriously injured her daughter.
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Charges Filed in Gardiner Hit-and-Run
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Gardiner police say 20-year-old Dakota Brann faces charges for assault, endangerment, and leaving the scene of an accident following a Tuesday night incident. According to a Thursday report. Brann allegedly drove his SUV into a man and woman on Winter St, then drove away before turning himself in to police. The man and woman were hospitalized but are expected to recover.
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Missing Teen Found Safe
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A Maine teenager missing since Monday has been found alive and well. According to a Thursday report, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says 16-year-old Lilia Simmons was reported missing after leaving a charter school in Brunswick. She and her brother were found Wednesday. No other details were released.

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