Headlines 5/18/17

Lawsuit Prepared Against Prisoner Transport Company
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An attorney for Meghan Quinn has filed a notice with Florida-based U.S. Prisoner Transport for its role in a five-day trip from Florida to Maine this past fall. During that trip, Quinn claims she was locked in a small cage in the back of the transport van without heat or access to restrooms or hygiene products.
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ACSO Adds Dedicated Domestic Violence Investigator
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A shift in staffing at the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office is adding a detective to the Criminal Investigations Division. The sheriff's office it is partnering with the Safe Voices domestic violence resource center in the effort. The detective will focus solely on domestic violence issues. Coincidentally, Elise Johansen and Noelle Coyne with Safe Voices stopped by the Breakfast Club yesterday to discuss The Safe Voices 5K Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence, that's coming up on June 3. Listen. To hear more about the event and about Safe Voices, jog over to mainesbigz.com.
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Poland Construction Projects Could Take Longer
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Nick Adams told town selectmen this week that his is taking a position in another community in two weeks. Adams serves as Poland's town planner, plumbing and electrical inspector, and code enforcement officer. Poland has asked nearby towns for temporary assistance in staying on top of inspection needs.
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Police Familiar with Readfield Shooting Couple
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The Kennebec County Sheriff's Office says they and Maine State Police have visited the Sturtevant Hill Rd. home numerous times before a Wednesday shooting sent a man to the hospital and his wife to jail. No identities have been released so far. The husband is expected to recover from his injuries. The wife is charged with elevated aggravated assault.
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Benton School Locks Down During Police Response
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Maine State Police responded to a call around 11 a.m. yesterday to the area of Miller St. and River Rd. in Benton about a possibly suicidal man. A half-mile away, Benton Elementary School was placed on lockdown for about an hour as a precaution. After a few hours, family members were able to de-escalate the situation and contact a crisis hotline. No charges are pending.
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Bomb Threat Evacuates Yarmouth H.S.
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Yarmouth High School was briefly evacuated yesterday afternoon due to a bomb threat called in to the school. Investigators quickly determined it was a hoax. Yarmouth and South Portland police identified and arrested a suspect in the case. At latest check, the suspect has not been identified.
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5-Year-Old Left on School Bus Found Walking Along Highway
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School officials in Gardiner are looking into why a 5-year-old boy was left on a school bus Tuesday afternoon. Police say the boy was spotted walking down U.S. Hwy. 201 around 4:30 p.m. after finally getting off the bus that had been parked and left for the evening. A police officer gave the boy a ride home.
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