BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A judge says a Maine man charged with throwing a man out a window to his death in 2011 is not competent to stand trial. A judge on Friday ordered 31-year-old William Hall of Bangor to be committed to Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Augusta. Stephen Smith tells WLBZ-TV that his client is due to be tried on August 26th but the trial will be postponed unless the judge deems Hall to be competent by August 2nd.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) - The lawyer for an Orono man charged with killing a 15-year-old girl is fighting for a judge to keep sealed affidavits and search warrants in the case. The lawyer for Kyle Dube (DOO'-bee) filed the motion yesterday, a day after news organizations challenged a judge's decision to impound a state police affidavit. The document explains why Dube was charged this week in the death of Nichole Cable.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A bill to bolster awareness of organ donations has been signed into law by Governor Paul LePage. The governor signed the bill that will require the secretary of state to place a $2 donation checkoff on driver's license application and renewal forms to fund a new Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Fund.
ORONO, Maine (AP) - The University of Maine has unveiled a new data-collection buoy that can be used to determine the suitability of remote ocean locations for offshore wind farms. The university's composites center worked with private industry partners to create a buoy-based system that can be plopped in the ocean in remote locations, utilizing a laser system to track wind speeds 400 to 500 feet overhead.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Senate's budget committee is making adjustments to its $10.7 billion 2-year spending plan for New Hampshire in hopes of wrapping up Tuesday. The Senate and House have until July 1 to negotiate a compromise budget. They are at odds over how to pay for spending.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man has been convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of his girlfriend in 2011. Jurors started deliberating on Thursday in the trial of Dale Collinge who was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Karen Boelzner. WMUR-TV reports that jurors had the option of choosing a lesser charge of manslaughter.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Police in Portsmouth have arrested four people on charges of selling heroin. Police said search warrants were executed Friday in the Gosling Meadows neighborhood, which is housing authority property. Because of that, police said the four may be subject to enhanced penalties In addition the arrests, police said one other person is wanted on a count of conspiracy to sell heroin.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - State wildlife officials say five pairs of endangered piping plovers are nesting along the sandy shores of Hampton and Seabrook. Biologist Brendan Clifford said the sooner the birds nest, the sooner the chicks will hatch and grow big enough to be able to fly. Once the chicks are about 30 days old, they can fly and escape from danger.
UNDERHILL, Vt. (AP) - State Emergency Management officials are asking that a Federal Emergency Management Agency damage assessment team visit the state to determine if it would qualify for federal disaster aid from flash flooding. The request came after flash flooding hit many eastern Chittenden County towns and other parts of the state.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A committee of Vermont State Board of Education has been set up to do a national search for a new education secretary. Armando Vilaseca, who was education commissioner, was appointed to the job for a year in January. Governor Peter Shumlin had said that a national search would begin at midyear for someone to take the job on a more permanent basis.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Senator Patrick Leahy says reforming the U.S. immigration system requires a comprehensive, rather than a piecemeal, approach. The Vermont Democrat's comments came at a news conference yesterday, three days after the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Leahy chairs, approved a package including a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people in the country illegally.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police are investigating the theft of 400 gallons of maple syrup in Starksboro. Police say David Allen reported on Friday that the syrup was stored in bulk barrels, and was valued at about $1,200.
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