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Train breaks and brakes in front of Auburn train enthusiast

AUBURN — A local train enthusiast got more excitement than he expected Saturday when a Pan Am Trailways train broke apart and then broke down in front of him. Bob Cavanagh, of Auburn, was standing outside the Auburn Public Library, watching the 77-car train travel east at 4 p.m. Sudd…

Two crashes within half-hour Friday on Maine Turnpike

GRAY, Maine — State troopers responded to two separate crashes on the Turnpike during rush hour Friday that started with a wheel problem on one of the vehicles, state police say. Cpl. Lance McCleish told CBS 13 News that just before 5 p.m., three people were inside a 2005 Honda …

AARP warns of phone scam

Another day, another scam. The Maine arm of the American Association of Retired Persons is warning of a new scam in which a caller asks for personal information, including passwords. On Friday, the AARP said it received information that the scam was underway in Aroostook County, whe…

Newry man remembered for passion and problem-solving

When Ben Taylor was 7, his mother got him involved in golf. For him it was fun. For her it was a bit self-defense. Because Ben always had to be doing something. “From the moment he was born, he was on the go,” his mother, Margaret Taylor, said. It was a passion he never outgr…

Accused Sabattus pot-growers free on bail

AUBURN — A father and daughter and his girlfriend appeared in court Thursday after all three were charged in February in connection with a pot-growing operation at their Sabattus home. David Bizier, 51, was charged with aggravated trafficking of a scheduled drug, a Class B crime puni…

Lisbon Street businesses have different ideas about bike lanes, traffic changes

LEWISTON — New pavement and sidewalks along downtown Lisbon Street are good things — just about every business owner or manager there agrees. But ask how that road gets sectioned and different opinions start to pop up. For Rick Lachapelle, owner of the Lewiston Pawn Shop…

Maine National Guard cancels 136th’s deployment to Kuwait

AUGUSTA — A scheduled deployment to Kuwait in the spring of 2016 for members of the Maine National Guard’s 136th Engineer Company has been canceled, according to Brig. Gen. Gerard Bolduc, the interim adjutant general of Maine. The cancellation is a direct result of a planned ch…

Police investigate ‘water dumping’ welfare scam in Maine

NORWAY, Maine — A welfare scam known as “water dumping” is abusing taxpayer dollars and making its way across Maine. Authorities said some people are using their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits on their electronic benefit transfer cards to buy big cases of water bottles, only to dump …

Transformer blows outside Lewiston bar

LEWISTON — For a few frantic moments, confusion reigned at the Blue Goose. A section of Sabattus Street went dark and a few patrons of the bar filed out onto the streets as smoke floated across the area near Horton Street. When firefighters arrived, they found that a transform…

Big school in Lewiston will deliver smaller classes

LEWISTON — In Lindsay Putney’s crowded kindergarten room Thursday at Farwell Elementary School, her 25 students worked on art. Experts say 25 kindergarten students in one class is too many. State regulations call for kindergarten classes to be no more than 20 students per teacher. A …