Wiscasset PD Arrest 5 in Firearms Theft

The Wiscasset Maine Police Department have identified and charged 5 individuals responsible for charges including the theft of firearms.

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Lewiston PD Warns About Medicare Phone Scam

The Lewiston Police Department is warning about a current phone scam involving a Medicare impersonator. The person calls asking people to verify their Medicare number to issue a new card.

Weekly Scam Alert!

Look Out for Medicare Fraud

Congress is talking about changes to Medicare again and scammers are…

Posted by Lewiston Maine Police Department on Tuesday, August 9, 2022

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Father and son sentenced to life in prison for federal hate crimes in killing of Ahmaud Arbery

The father and son convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery were both given an additional sentence of life in prison Monday on federal hate crime charges, while their neighbor was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Travis McMichael, 36, was given the additional life sentence plus 10 years; his father, 64-year-old Gregory McMichael, was also given an additional life sentence, while their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Lisa Golbey Wood said during the elder McMichael’s sentencing: “A young man is dead. Ahmaud Arbery will forever be 25. And what happened, a jury found, happened because he’s Black.”  Prosecutors had sought life sentences for all three men but Golbey Wood said she believed it was necessary to distinguish Bryan from the McMichaels, because he did not bring a firearm to the scene, but said he was “still deserving of an awfully long sentence.” The McMichaels asked to be sent to a federal prison — citing concerns about rampant inmate violence in state-run prisons — however, the rejected the requests and ordered that all three men serve their sentences in state prison.
Travis McMichael was convicted of federal hate crimes in February along with his father and Bryan, all of whom are White. Each of the men were convicted in state court and sentenced to life in prison for killing Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020. Bryan and the McMichaels were sentenced to life in prison in state court in January for shooting the 25-year-old Black man to death as he jogged through a neighborhood near Brunswick, Ga. The jury in the federal case found the defendants guilty of violating Arbery’s civil rights by targeting and attempting to kidnap him because he was Black. The younger McMichael, who fired the bullets that killed Arbery, was also found guilty of using a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

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Sources say FBI raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home allegedly tied to classified material

Former President Donald Trump said that the FBI “raided” his Florida home at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, claiming in a written statement that the search — unprecedented in American history — was politically motivated, without providing specifics.

Trump said in a lengthy email statement issued by his Save America political committee: “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate. They even broke into my safe!”

Sources say that the search was tied to classified information Trump allegedly took with him from the White House to his Palm Beach resort in January 2021. In mid-January, the National Archives “arranged for the transport from Mar-a-Lago to the National Archives of 15 boxes that contained Presidential records, following discussions with President Trump’s representatives in 2021,” the agency said in a statement. When the National Archives discovered the missing documents, it demanded them of the former president, who eventually turned over 15 boxes of the documents in February.  The National Archives and Records Administration asked the Justice Department to examine whether Trump’s handling of White House records violated federal law.

According to a Secret Service official, the FBI notified the Secret Service about the bureau’s plans to execute the warrant just hours before agents searched Trump’s residence on Monday. The Secret Service facilitated access to the property, the official said, but did not participate in any aspect of the search.

Trump is not at Mar-a-Lago, his winter residence. He often spends his summers at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.

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Brian Kelley announces Florida residency and ‘epic Halloween night concert’

Brian Kelley announced on social media that he is gearing up for a fall residency in Florida, which will include an “Epic Halloween night concert.”  Kelley is holding the residency in the backyard of his surf shop and music studio, Tribe Kelley Surf Post, located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Kelley captioned the announcement on Instagram“Hey all 30A Florida lovers, I’m doing a fall residency in the backyard of my surf shop & music studio [Tribe Kelley Surf Post] – 20 intimate shows starting in September – ending October 31st with an Epic Halloween night concert! Snag your tickets at www.officialbriankelley.com – I’m really looking forward to being home this fall recording another album & special project, and playing shows on the weekends at the beach! BK 🤠🌊🇺🇸

Kelley debuted his first solo EP, BK’s Wave Pack, in 2021, calling the project “a snapshot into my world and the life I’m living – whether it’s a little party on the beach, or a little Sunday service in the sand. And you don’t always have to be on the sand or by the water, you can take the vibe with you wherever you go. ‘Beach Cowboy’ is a way of life and state of mind.”

For information on Kelley’s upcoming concert dates, head here.

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Olivia Newton-John dies at age 73

Singer, songwriter, actress and activist Olivia Newton-John died Monday morning at age 73. Her family wrote in a statement shared on social media: “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time. Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).”  Newton-John was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in the ’90s; and was in remission for more than 20 years before it returned in 2013. In 2018, she revealed that the disease returned and metastasized to her spine.

Newton-John’s musical breakthrough came in 1973 with the country  hit “Let Me Be There.” The next year, the singer released one of her signature songs. “I Honestly Love You,” which won Grammys for record of the year and best female pop vocal performance in 1974. Newton-John rose to international fame in 1978, playing Sandy alongside John Travolta’s Danny Zuko in the big-screen adaptation of the musical “Grease.” The two became one of the most beloved couples on film, performing the duets “You’re the One That I Want” and “Summer Nights” together.  Travolta posted a tribute to her on Instagram, writing: “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever!  Your Danny, your John!”

In 1980, Newton-John teamed with the legendary Gene Kelly for the roller-skating fantasy “Xanadu,” and became a music-video pioneer with her single “Physical” which spent 10 weeks at the top of the charts and won the 1982 Grammy for video of the year. Newton-John sold more than 100 million albums and continued to work until the recurrence of her cancer forced her postpone her 2017 tour.

Newton-John and her ex-husband, actor Matt Lattanzi, welcomed their daughter Chloe in 1986 She later helped establish the “Healthy Child, Healthy World” organization after the daughter of Newton-John’s friend died of a rare form of cancer. During her battle with breast cancer, Newton-John worked to raise awareness for the disease and established the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in her hometown of Melbourne in 2012. In 2020, she launched the Olivia Newton-John Foundation to fund research for treatments and therapies to cure cancer.

Newton-John is survived by her husband John Easterling, daughter Chloe Lattanzi, sister Sarah Newton-John, brother Toby Newton-John and her many nieces and nephews.

Olivia Newton-John, Awarded Country Singer and “Grease” Actress Dies At 73

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‘Bullet Train’ tops the box office earning $32.4M over 3-day opening

Sony’s Bullet Train starring Bradd Pitt has topped the domestic box office with a $32.4 million debut in its opening weekend   However the David Leitch-directed film, which cost $90 million to make and also earned over $60 million globally, fell short of industry expectations.

Coming in at No. 2 is DC League of Super-Pets, followed by Nope at No. 3 with $8.5 million, Thor: Love and Thunder at No. 4 with $7.6 million, Minions: The Rise of Gru at No. 5 with $7.1 million.

Elsewhere in the box office, Top Gun: Maverick continued to break records, with the sequel officially overtaking Titanic to become the 7th highest grossing movie ever at the domestic box office, with a total of $662 million.

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Olivia Newton-John dies at age 73

Singer, songwriter, actress and activist Olivia Newton-John died Monday morning at age 73. Her family wrote in a statement shared on social media: “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time. Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).” Newton-John was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in the ’90s; and was in remission for more than 20 years before it returned in 2013. In 2018, she revealed that the disease returned and metastasized to her spine.

Newton-John’s musical breakthrough came in 1973 with the country  hit “Let Me Be There.” The next year, the singer released one of her signature songs. “I Honestly Love You,” which won Grammys for record of the year and best female pop vocal performance in 1974. Newton-John rose to international fame in 1978, playing Sandy alongside John Travolta’s Danny Zuko in the big-screen adaptation of the musical “Grease.” The two became one of the most beloved couples on film, performing the duets “You’re the One That I Want” and “Summer Nights” together.  Travolta posted a tribute to her on Instagram, writing: “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever!  Your Danny, your John!”

In 1980, Newton-John teamed with the legendary Gene Kelly for the roller-skating fantasy “Xanadu,” and became a music-video pioneer with her single “Physical” which spent 10 weeks at the top of the charts and won the 1982 Grammy for video of the year. Newton-John sold more than 100 million albums and continued to work until the recurrence of her cancer forced her postpone her 2017 tour.

Newton-John and her ex-husband, actor Matt Lattanzi, welcomed their daughter Chloe in 1986 She later helped establish the “Healthy Child, Healthy World” organization after the daughter of Newton-John’s friend died of a rare form of cancer. During her battle with breast cancer, Newton-John worked to raise awareness for the disease and established the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in her hometown of Melbourne in 2012. In 2020, she launched the Olivia Newton-John Foundation to fund research for treatments and therapies to cure cancer.

Newton-John is survived by her husband John Easterling, daughter Chloe Lattanzi, sister Sarah Newton-John, brother Toby Newton-John and her many nieces and nephews.

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RIP: Olivia Newton-John Dies at 73

Olivia Newton-John has passed away surrounded by family and friends. The legendary singer and actress was 73.

Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by…

Posted by Olivia Newton-John on Monday, August 8, 2022

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Hire-A-Vet Hiring Fair, August 18

The 2022 Maine Hire-A-Vet campaign kick-off event and the state’s largest hiring fair to be held August 18 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Over 200 employers and resource providers are participating in this year’s campaign with a statewide effort of a goal of at least 100 employers hiring at least 100 veterans and military family members during a 100-day period.

The campaign is kicking off with an in-person hiring fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 18 at the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Civic Center Drive.

Governor Janet Mills said:

My Administration is committed to doing all we can to support our veterans, including assisting them in finding work. When our friends and family members come home from serving on the frontlines, they deserve every opportunity to find rewarding careers that utilize their extensive skills, diverse experiences, and unique training in the civil sector. Whether you are a transitioning veteran returning to or choosing the state of Maine as your new home, or whether you are a long-time Maine resident, making a career change or reentering the workforce, our Hire-A-Vet campaign can help you on your job search.

The campaign is expecting to feature over 200 hiring employers and resource providers at the kickoff event, which is open to all job seekers, not just veterans.

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