Headlines 5/19/17

Lewiston Woman Receives Death Threats Over Animal Cruelty
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29-year-old Samantha Bell pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of animal cruelty stemming from a March 1 raid of her home. Officers seized 64 animals from Bell's apartment, some of which needed immediate medical attention. Bell says she has received death threats for over two months.
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No Early Release Days for Auburn 7-12 Students
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The Auburn School Committee on Wednesday approved the upcoming school year calendar, which has Aug. 30 as the first day of school and June 8 as the last, pending snow days. Students in grades K-6 will continue getting half-day Wednesdays to give teachers more time for professional development.
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Auburn City Manager Returns to Familiar Setting
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Auburn's new city manager Peter Crichton (cray-ton) joined Matty B on the Breakfast Club yesterday morning. Crichton talked about returning to the city where his career began and about a possible merger with Lewiston. Listen. To hear more with Auburn City Manager Peter Crichton, click on mainesbigz.com.
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Free Fireworks at Bates College This Weekend
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A student group at Bates College is putting on a free fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. over Lake Andrews. A taiko drum demonstration and performance will also be held as part of the annual celebration marking the end of the academic year. The event was postponed from earlier this month.
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Lawsuit: Bookkeeper Stole Over $850,000 from Law Firm
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A lawsuit filed in Cumberland County Court alleges that Jaime Butler embezzled over $850,000 during her four years of employment at Daniel Lilley's law firm. The lawsuit claims that Bulter wrote herself dozens of non-payroll checks and forged Lilley's signature.
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Heat, Wind Whip Up Sumner Fire
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Firefighters in Sumner needed all-terrain vehicles to reach and battle a two-acre blaze Thursday afternoon. The fire was reported around 4 p.m. along Greenwoods Rd. north of Black Mountain Rd. Fire crews needed about 3 hours to contain the flames. No injuries were reported.
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Dump Truck Dumps Power Service in Gorham
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About 4,000 power customers in and around Gorham lost service Thursday after a dump truck crashed into a utility pole. The raised truck body snagged overhead power lines and a pole before tipping over. All power was restored by the evening hours. No injuries were reported, and no charges are pending.
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Gov. LePage Begins the End of MTA
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Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday submitted a bill that would see nearly all toll facilities on the Turnpike gone by the end of 2027. The plaza at York would remain. All Maine Turnpike Authority duties would also have to be transferred to the state Dept. of Transportation during that time.
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