PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Two brothers are suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, saying church officials knew a priest was sexually abusing them and other children but did nothing to stop it. Jeffrey and Frederick Conroy say they the late Father James Vallely abused them from approximately 1976 through approximately 1979 when they were altar boys at St. Michael's Parish in South Berwick. Frederick Conroy is now 46 and lives in Massachusetts. Jeffrey Conroy is 45 and lives in Texas.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Human Rights Commission has found that a former Old Orchard Beach town employee suffered discrimination and retaliation for reporting financial irregularities. The commission has recommended that Kelly Roy and the town seek an agreement that satisfies both sides. An investigator found that Roy was retaliated and discriminated against after she reported her concerns to her supervisor in early 2012.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Governor Paul LePage says he would make eliminating the state income tax completely a goal if he's re-elected. He also acknowledged that it would be difficult if the Legislature remains controlled by Democrats. A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers has proposed overhauling the state's tax system. Their plan includes cutting the income tax in half to 4% while boosting the sales tax to 6%, with the goal of shifting the tax burden toward tourists.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - 1 of the lead contractors on Central Maine Power Co.'s transmission line upgrade has filed a lawsuit seeking at least $43 million from the utility for what it says are work changes that cost extra time and money. Hawkeye LLC of Hauppauge, New York, charges in the suit filed in federal court in Portland that CMP failed to deliver needed material, including wood and steel poles, on time and in sequence. The complaint says the delays made Hawkeye unable to obtain permits and site access to stay on schedule.
EXETER, N.H. (AP) - A former Exeter Hospital nurse and roommate of a technician accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C has sued the hospital, saying she was wrongfully terminated. Kerry Descoteau lived with David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee) and worked with him at the cardiac catheterization laboratory. In her lawsuit, Descoteau says she was questioned about her connection to Kwiatkowski and about a drug used during procedures. She was placed on administrative leave.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A former bank vice president has been found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in New Hampshire. James Bender of Sharon, Massachusetts, was a former senior vice president of trade finance for Sovereign Bank. He was accused of conspiring to defraud several Latin American customers of Goss International Americas Corp., a Durham manufacturer of commercial printing presses.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Three homeless men challenging a "No Camping" order on public lands in New Hampshire are getting more time to explain their case. A judge yesterday gave their lawyer 10 more days to file a more complete lawsuit. The Concord Monitor reports Judge Larry Smuckler said he would consider the state's argument that camps present safety issues and that the homeless can move into shelters, as well as the men's argument that they have nowhere else to go.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a man who was fatally shot during the weekend in Manchester. The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Mark Donnelly of Manchester. Donnelly was shot Saturday night. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont judge has denied a request for a new lawyer by a woman charged, along with her husband, with killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher. The judge made the ruling today after Patricia Prue appeared in court in St. Johnsbury and formally asked for a new lawyer. Prue's husband, Allen Prue, is due to appear in court later today and make the same request. The Prues are charged with luring 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins from her Danville home in March 2012 and dumping her body in the Connecticut River.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont is now the fourth state in the country that allows physician assisted suicide. The law allowing physicians to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients took effect yesterday when it was signed by Governor Peter Shumlin. But it could be some time before the first person is able to take advantage of the law. For the first three years, the Vermont law will require patients to state three times they wish to die. 1 of those statements must be in writing.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Documents filed by the U.S. Attorney's office allege three men had a role in the 2010 abduction and killing of a Sheffield grandmother. The three, who are related, are in federal or state custody on charges unrelated to the killing of 78-year-old Mary "Pat" O'Hagan. No one has been charged in connection with her death.
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A bank building that's been part of North Bennington since 1864, has been donated to two nonprofit groups. Merchants Bank says it is donating the building to the Fund for North Bennington and the Preservation Trust of Vermont. The Bennington Banner the groups haven't decided how to use the building yet. It was built as the First National Bank of North Bennington.
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