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Internal and external reviews of the Portland Police Department are underway after an officer fatally shot a man holding a pellet gun.

The department hasn't identified the officer who shot 22-year-old Chance David Baker on Saturday. He's been placed on administrative leave.

State law requires the Maine Attorney General's office investigate officer-involved shootings.

Portland Police Shoot Man Brandishing Pellet Gun

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A Portland police officer has fatally shot a man brandishing a pellet gun that looked like a rifle yesterday.
 
Police received reports of a man walking through the parking lot of the Union Station Plaza strip mall screaming and pointing a gun at cars shortly after 11 a.m. yesterday. Conflicting reports to police described the gun as a shotgun, rifle or BB gun but was a rifle-style pellet gun with a wooden stock and scope. 
 
The man, 22-year-old Chance David Baker of Portland died at a local hospital. 

PORTLAND, Maine - A Cumberland County Superior Court judge has granted a motion for a $2 million attachment on the home of a Hiram man.  

Philip J. Macri  faces criminal charges stemming from an accident that claimed the life of a Steep Falls woman and seriously injured her daughter. 

Steven Silin, of the Lewiston firm Berman & Simmons, represents the injured girl and says Philip J. Macri fraudulently transferred his home to his father to prevent it from becoming a recoverable asset in a lawsuit.

Authorities in Maine say two snowmobile drivers have died in Maine since Friday.

The Buxton Police Department says one person was killed Friday afternoon after crash with a motor vehicle. The victim's name hasn't been released and few details are available about how the crash happened. An investigation remains underway.

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says another snowmobile driver died early Saturday while driving along trails in Newport.

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The new film “Best and Most Beautiful Things” tells the story of Michelle Smith, a young woman who is legally blind and on the autism spectrum. It’s a story about the obstacles Michelle faces because of her disability, but it’s not a story about her disability. Instead, it’s a look at a woman searching for independence and finding it, to a great extent, online.

Drug Abuse Sending More Kids to State Custody

Feb 17, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine — The state of Maine has removed an increasing number of children from their homes in recent years because of their parent’s drug abuse.

State data obtained by The Associated Press show that 440 children in 2015 were removed from their home because of parental drug abuse, up from 282 in 2009.

Through June of last year, the Department of Health and Human Services removed 200 children for that reason.

More than one person a day died from a drug overdose in Maine last year.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit gubernatorial candidates from participating in the state’s public campaign financing program. The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee held a public hearing on the proposal Friday.

The proposal is supported by the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative advocacy group. Mike Quatrano told lawmakers that public funding through the Maine Clean Election Act has done little to curb spending by outside groups that can spend unlimited amounts to influence an election.

Poland Spring is looking to expand.

A continuing surge in the sale of bottled water has the company looking for two new sources of spring water and making plans for a fourth bottling facility somewhere in western Maine or northeast of Bangor.

Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew is seeking a waiver from federal officials to ban the use of food stamps to buy candy or sugary drinks.

Mayhew says about $13 million a year in Maine is being spent on soda by those who receive supplemental nutrition assistance, commonly known as food stamps. She says taxpayer dollars should be limited to buying nutritious foods, especially since childhood obesity rates have tripled since 1980.

“We don’t need to debate whether or not soda and candy are nutritional,” she says. “They are not.”

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President Trump began his press conference Thursday afternoon naming his new nominee for labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta. He then moved on to a range of topics, from the resignation of Michael Flynn as national security adviser and U.S.

PORTLAND, Maine - What better place to hold a conference on lobsters than the biggest city in the lobster fishing industry's most important state?

Portland will host the 11th International Conference & Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management in June.

The conference will focus on environmental changes impacting the lobster industry. The globalization of the lobster industry will also be a key subject.

PORTLAND, Maine - Federal prosecutors say a Norwegian man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for making threats against Maine police while in Portland as a tourist.

Twenty-nine-year-old Espen Brungodt of Bergen was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty to making threatening interstate communications in September.

Authorities charged that Brungodt made the threats against police in August via email, saying he would shoot police officers from a parking garage. He did not act on the threats, and was arrested at a Portland hotel hours after making them.

While a partisan fight looms in the Legislature over changes that could make it harder for groups to use Maine’s citizen initiative process to pass new laws, bipartisan support is emerging to crack down on aggressive tactics used to get on the ballot. Lawmakers weighing new reforms must strike a tricky balance between policing fraud and protecting political speech.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine legislators are looking to put new restrictions on the harvest of marine worms.
 
Legislators are considering a proposal called "An Act To Protect the Marine Worm Industry.'' The proposal states that a person would no longer be able to fish for or take marine worms from Dec. 1 to March 31.
 
Worm harvesting is a sizeable industry in Maine. The state's bloodworm harvest typically totals 400,000 to 500,000 pounds per year. The worms are typically used as bait.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Sen. Angus King is among a group of lawmakers backing a proposal to eliminate a tax penalty that is currently levied on student loans forgiven for families after the death or disability of the borrower.
 
King, an independent, says the federal government forgives some student loans in the case of death or disability, but the IRS treats the cancelled debt as income. That can result in tens of thousands of dollars in tax liability.
 

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