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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.

Police have released the names of the two people who died in a weekend car crash in Stockton Springs.

The Waldo County Sheriff's Office says two vehicles struck head-on on U.S. Route 1 about a mile south of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge just before 5 p.m. Saturday.

The dead are Denise Shuck, the driver of the northbound car, and Frederick Carter, a passenger in the southbound car who died of his injuries at a hospital.

Governor LePage is joining members of Maine's seafood and paper industries on a three-day trade mission to Iceland.

The Republican governor departs for Reykjavik today.

Tomorrow, LePage will meet with President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson. He's also expected to visit a food and beverage distributor and tour a collection of companies that strive for the 100 percent utilization of seafood product.

Police say a 36-year-old man was shot by a Maine State Police trooper during a confrontation inside the man's Howland home.

Police say the man who was shot early Saturday, 36-year-old Dale Saucier, was taken to the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Saucier's condition was unknown. Police say he was undergoing surgery.

Campbell went to Saucier's home just before midnight for a well-being check after a call from Saucier.

Police say Saucier was shot by Trooper Benjamin Campbell, who was not injured.

A former landlord suspected of killing two teenagers in an apartment at his Biddeford home is expected to plead "not criminally responsible" by reason of insanity.

James Pak has been held without bail since his arrest in December 2012 for the shooting deaths of Derrick Thompson and Alivia Welch after a dispute.

Pak is expected to enter the new plea during a hearing tomorrow in York County Superior Court in Alfred.

Deputy Attorney General William Stokes confirmed the expected plea change Friday to the Portland Press Herald but he would not provide any details.

Voter turnout is expected to be light in Maine's primary election tomorrow.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said that few competitive primary races will likely contribute to fairly low voter turnout on Tuesday. He says he's estimating about 13-15 percent of eligible voters will make it to the polls.

But it's hard to predict turnout, which depends on a variety of factors, including the weather.

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