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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Police in Portland, Maine, say a 46-year-old man illegally used several aliases to convince car dealerships to sell him cars with no money down.

Robert G. Steiner faces two counts of felony theft and four counts of aggravated forgery. Portland police announced his arrest on Monday and say he will likely face additional charges from other jurisdictions.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) _ A Maine man who hid in the woods for a week after the fatal shooting of his girlfriend has made his first appearance in court.

Jesse Marquis, who's being held at Aroostook County Jail, was arraigned via video conference call at the district court in Presque Isle on Monday.

WAGM-TV reports that the judge read the complaint and Marquis was appointed two attorneys, but no indictment given. A bail hearing was set for June 13 in Caribou.

A 73-year-old Maine man was seriously injured when his motorcycle struck a turning truck.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says Stanwood Horne of Rumford was riding his motorcycle on Norway Road in Harrison Saturday afternoon when the collision occurred.

Authorities said Horne didn't see the truck was making a right turn and attempted to go around it on the right.

They say Horne's motorcycle struck the truck as it was turning and he was ejected from the his motorcycle.

The suspect in the fatal stabbing of a 92-year-old Waterville man is headed to court this week.

Authorities say Roland Cummings is scheduled make his first appearance on a murder charge either Monday or Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta.

Cummings was arrested Friday in connection with the May 23 death of Aurele Fecteau, who was found stabbed to death in his bed at his home.

Police say Cummings used to do odd jobs around Fecteau's house.

Police have released the names of the two people who died in a weekend car crash in Stockton Springs.

The Waldo County Sheriff's Office says two vehicles struck head-on on U.S. Route 1 about a mile south of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge just before 5 p.m. Saturday.

The dead are Denise Shuck, the driver of the northbound car, and Frederick Carter, a passenger in the southbound car who died of his injuries at a hospital.

Governor LePage is joining members of Maine's seafood and paper industries on a three-day trade mission to Iceland.

The Republican governor departs for Reykjavik today.

Tomorrow, LePage will meet with President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson. He's also expected to visit a food and beverage distributor and tour a collection of companies that strive for the 100 percent utilization of seafood product.

Police say a 36-year-old man was shot by a Maine State Police trooper during a confrontation inside the man's Howland home.

Police say the man who was shot early Saturday, 36-year-old Dale Saucier, was taken to the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Saucier's condition was unknown. Police say he was undergoing surgery.

Campbell went to Saucier's home just before midnight for a well-being check after a call from Saucier.

Police say Saucier was shot by Trooper Benjamin Campbell, who was not injured.

A former landlord suspected of killing two teenagers in an apartment at his Biddeford home is expected to plead "not criminally responsible" by reason of insanity.

James Pak has been held without bail since his arrest in December 2012 for the shooting deaths of Derrick Thompson and Alivia Welch after a dispute.

Pak is expected to enter the new plea during a hearing tomorrow in York County Superior Court in Alfred.

Deputy Attorney General William Stokes confirmed the expected plea change Friday to the Portland Press Herald but he would not provide any details.

Voter turnout is expected to be light in Maine's primary election tomorrow.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said that few competitive primary races will likely contribute to fairly low voter turnout on Tuesday. He says he's estimating about 13-15 percent of eligible voters will make it to the polls.

But it's hard to predict turnout, which depends on a variety of factors, including the weather.

Maine and New Hampshire transportation officials have put out notices to construction sites to be careful what's done with soil piles.

Officials say a large mound of dirt dumped next to an Interstate 495 bridge near Wilmington, Delaware, shifted the ground underneath the span and caused the columns to tilt. Some of the dirt spilled into the state right of way.

Authorities say an 81-year-old Augusta woman severely burned in a cooking fire at her home last month has died.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland says Lorraine White died May 30 at Maine Medical Center in Portland where she was being treated for burns.

White was injured May 7 when her clothes caught fire while she was cooking with an electric oven inside her home.

Baxter State Park has closed the Abol trail for at least the rest of this year.

Park Director Jensen Bissell blames a rock slide in late winter.

Some southern Maine lobstermen are upset that a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel is inadvertently cutting their fishing lines and traps.

The Portsmouth Herald reports on Thursday that NOAA's ship is working off the York coast to map the depths for new nautical charts. Mike Sinclair, president of the York Lobstermen's Association, told the paper he estimates NOAA vessels have caused $25,000 in gear losses since 2009. The ships have worked off the York coast four times since then.

Mark Picard

Baxter State Park is one of the most beautiful and unknown parks in the U.S. — at least according to Country Magazine.

In the magazine's June-July "Hidden Gems" cover story, Baxter is one of ten national and state parks the magazine identified as being beautiful, yet off the beaten path.

Virginia-based husband and wife writer and photography team Pat and Chuck Blackley recommended Baxter and wrote the article for the series.

An Aroostook County potato processing company broke ground Wednesday on what company officials say is an $8.5 million expansion.

The expansion of the Naturally Potatoes processing plant in Mars Hill will double the facility's production and storage.

"It's a nice combination of things. It's good for the potato industry, good for the economy of Northern Maine, and the state of Maine," says Naturally Potatoes CEO William Haggett.

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