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PORTLAND, Maine — Portland, Maine is set to host a meeting of the New England Fishery Management Council.

The meeting begins Tuesday and continues through Thursday. The council — an intergovernmental body that represents state and federal interests — will consider a request for emergency action regarding the Atlantic herring fishery.

The Portland City Council last night adopted two measures designed to cut down on waste that are believed to be threats to the environment.

On identical, 6-3 votes, the council enacted a ban on single-use foam packaging. In the other measure, it imposed a nickel-a-bag fee on grocery bags.

The idea is to encourage people to use, and reuse, cloth and other bags that won't go into the waste stream.

Backers of the new restrictions say much of that plastic and foam winds up littering the landscape and finding its way into the ocean where it poses a risk to wildlife.

PORTLAND, Maine — Police are investigating the death of a Portland firefighter whose body was pulled from Casco Bay near the Maine Yacht Center.

Portland officials said in a news release Monday night that an off-duty firefighter died from an apparent scuba diving accident. The firefighter has not been identified.

The release says Portland Fire Chief Jerry LaMoria and Portland Police Chief Mike Sauschuck will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday to provide additional details.

PORTLAND, MAINE — Three women who once worked at a Maine scented candle manufacturer say in federal lawsuits that the company's founder and president subjected them to "relentless sexual harassment."

The lawsuits were filed last week in U.S. District Court in Portland by the former vice president of sales, former retail sales manager, and former debt collector at Wells-based Village Candle.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Maine's Human Rights Commission has determined that a veteran Franklin County Jail guard fired for allegedly assaulting an inmate was not the victim of discrimination.

The commission on Monday voted 3-1 to uphold its investigator's finding of no reasonable grounds that discrimination occurred in the firing of Robert Shufelt, of Jay, let go in March 2012 after 23 years on the job.

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) _ A Maine judge has ruled that a lawsuit brought by a Delaware family injured in a ski lift accident in 2010 can move forward.

Michael Katz, who suffered a broken back and traumatic brain injury, was the most seriously injured of the eight people hurt in the December 2010 accident at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley. His daughters, 13 and 11 at the time, suffered back and head injuries.

They sued the ski area's operators and associated entities in October, seeking unspecified damages.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A Brunswick woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $300,000 from a nonprofit organization that received federal funds.

Stacey Backman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland to federal program fraud and federal tax fraud.

Prosecutors say the 41-year-old Backman worked as a fund accountant at Coastal Enterprises Inc., a private nonprofit, charitable community development corporation and community development financial institution based in Wiscasset. That organization receives more than $10,000 in federal funds each year.

LePage Campaign Faces $210 Fine

Jun 10, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine Gov. Paul LePage's campaign is facing fines for failing to report some contributions on time.

The Maine ethics commission is seeking $210 from the Republican governor's re-election team for missing reporting deadlines. The campaign failed to file two reports of contributions exceeding $1,000 within 24 hours, as required.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The suspect in the fatal stabbing of a 92-year-old Waterville man will need to find a new lawyer.

Forty-four-year-old Roland Cummings made his first appearance on a murder charge in Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta on Monday. Defense attorney William Baghdoyan represented Cummings, but told the judge a new attorney will have to be appointed, because he isn't taking murder cases.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The VA Maine Health Care System fared better than many other facilities in a system-wide audit, but hundreds of veterans still had to wait more than a month for appointments.

A May 14 audit found that 99 percent of doctor visits took place in 30 days or less in Maine. But 664 veterans had to wait more than a month. It also showed that new patients waited 36 days on average, and six had to wait 120 days or more.

All told, 47,698 appointments were scheduled.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ The Red Cross reports that a multi-unit apartment fire in Bangor displaced 18 people.

A Red Cross relief team is finding temporary housing and offering other support to 10 families after the Monday morning fire on Ohio Street.

The damage to the building's 12 apartments is being assessed.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Police in Portland, Maine, say a 46-year-old man illegally used several aliases to convince car dealerships to sell him cars with no money down.

Robert G. Steiner faces two counts of felony theft and four counts of aggravated forgery. Portland police announced his arrest on Monday and say he will likely face additional charges from other jurisdictions.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) _ A Maine man who hid in the woods for a week after the fatal shooting of his girlfriend has made his first appearance in court.

Jesse Marquis, who's being held at Aroostook County Jail, was arraigned via video conference call at the district court in Presque Isle on Monday.

WAGM-TV reports that the judge read the complaint and Marquis was appointed two attorneys, but no indictment given. A bail hearing was set for June 13 in Caribou.

A 73-year-old Maine man was seriously injured when his motorcycle struck a turning truck.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says Stanwood Horne of Rumford was riding his motorcycle on Norway Road in Harrison Saturday afternoon when the collision occurred.

Authorities said Horne didn't see the truck was making a right turn and attempted to go around it on the right.

They say Horne's motorcycle struck the truck as it was turning and he was ejected from the his motorcycle.

The suspect in the fatal stabbing of a 92-year-old Waterville man is headed to court this week.

Authorities say Roland Cummings is scheduled make his first appearance on a murder charge either Monday or Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta.

Cummings was arrested Friday in connection with the May 23 death of Aurele Fecteau, who was found stabbed to death in his bed at his home.

Police say Cummings used to do odd jobs around Fecteau's house.