BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A Maine man charged with manslaughter in the death of a 5-month-old child he was babysitting has been ordered held on $100,000 cash bail. Samuel Moore of Bangor did not enter a plea during his initial court appearance on Friday. WZON-AM says the judge ordered the affidavit sealed.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - L.L. Bean says it had a record year for profits and saw revenue growth of 3 percent. CEO Chris McCormick told workers on Friday that after four consecutive years of growth, the Maine-based retailer is ready to accelerate expansion plans. He says the privately held company plans its largest single-year capital investment and will spend an additional $100 million on website changes, retail expansion and business systems.
HOULTON, Maine (AP) - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says it has charged six men with selling drugs after a month-long operation in Aroostook (ah-RUHS'-tuk) County. In a statement today, the agency says five men were charged with selling bath salts and a sixth was charged with trafficking Oxycodone. The arrests were made yesterday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine official says prisons are safer than they were three years ago despite last week's slaying of an inmate at the Maine State Prison. WMTW-TV reports that Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte says little could be done to prevent the murder of Micah Boland. Boland died after he was stabbed 87 times by another inmate last Friday. No one saw the incident.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Supreme Court has rejected the appeal by former Republican House Speaker Bill O'Brien, saying he suffered no harm from a 2010 primary election eve "Robocall" message from the state Democratic party. O'Brien sought to run on both the Republican and on the Democratic ticket, which had a vacant slot.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's Supreme Court is rejecting a motion by lawyers for the state's only death row convict to disqualify the attorney general's office from handling Michael Addison's appeal because the office hired a key member of his defense team. Addison's lawyers say former public defender Lisa Wolford - who worked full time on Addison's case in 2009 - could undermine Addison's appeal.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has introduced a bill to increase funding for bridge repairs. She says in New Hampshire alone, 15 percent of the state's 2,429 bridges are considered structurally deficient and more than 18 percent are considered functionally obsolete. That's nearly one-third of the state's bridges.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Transportation Department says an oil tanker struck a pier at the Memorial Bridge that connects the state to Maine, and there's no apparent damage to the bridge itself. Bill Boynton of the Transportation Department said the 600-foot-long oil tanker "Seapride" was outbound on the Piscataqua River when it struck a pier of the lift bridge about 5:15 this morning.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A woman who received a letter about the potential use of eminent domain to make way for a natural gas pipeline says she and others met with state officials to express concerns about the plan by Vermont Gas. Maren Vasatka is one of nine Vermonters who received a notice about eminent domain. Vermont Gas spokesman Stephen Wark says the letters indicated the possibility of eminent domain, not the start of any formal process.
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) - Vermont police have accused a Quechee woman of embezzling over $126,000 from a research firm in the state. Police say 50-year-old Jayne Concialdi was a former employee of New England Research. Police say she turned herself in at the Hartford Police Department with her attorney this week.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont fire investigators say a floor of a vacant building in Burlington was vandalized, resulting in more than $40,000 in damages. One firefighter suffered a minor injury. Investigators say firefighters responding to an alarm Thursday discovered the third floor had been vandalized and a small fire set had been set. The fire had been extinguished by a sprinkler head.
NORWICH, Vt. (AP) - Firefighters say a fire that destroyed a home in Norwich, Vt. was caused by hot ashes from a wood stove that were placed in a shed. Fire Chief Stephen Leinoff said the home, which caught on fire Wednesday night, is a total loss. No one was hurt.
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