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Maine Violations Bureau office in Lewiston shut down yesterday after a power was found in an envelope. According to WGME the hazmat team determined it was not dangerous. The office handles over 100,000 traffic violations each year.

The man who  dumped the bed bugs at Augusta City Hall pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and obstructing government administration. According to WCSH he asked the case be thrown out and says he has been found guilty in the public’s eyes.

Police arrested Chrystal Rose of Wilton several charges, including visual sexual aggression. According to WABI official said she walked in the girls house and forced a teen girl to watch her use the bathroom. Investigators said they did not know each other.

A former corrections officer has been charged with reckless conduct with a firearm for his role in an accidental shooting in the parking lot of the Criminal Justice Academy. According to WABI the officer was there for a training when it happened.

The old landfill on Webb Road in Waterville may become a large solar array. According to centralmaine.com if every goes smoothly with development and permits construction could start in 2020.

From the Associated Press:

The Bangor Police Department says a dog that fatally mauled a 21-month-old child is going to be euthanized. The German shepherd mix has been quarantined since the July 29 attack in a Bangor home and that the case will be closed with the dog’s death. The baby was attacked by the family pet.  The child’s parents told police that the dog had not been aggressive before the mauling. It happened while the family was visiting relatives in Bangor.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is providing a pathway to a college degree for under $10,000. The university announced Monday that it’s offering a competency-based education degree, a bachelor of business administration, to be offered online this fall. The degree targets the estimated 200,000 adults in Maine with some college but no degree, and lets them save money and move at their own place. It works like this: Students get credit for prior learning and work experience, and an education coach establishes an individual learning plan for remaining competencies. The University of Maine at Presque Isle is the first public university in New England, and one of a small number across the country, to offer such a degree program.

The U.S. Marine Corps says a Marine from Maine was among three killed when a military aircraft crashed into the sea off the east coast of Australia days ago. Killed in the Osprey crash was 1st Lt. Benjamin R. Cross, a 26-year-old from Oxford, Maine, who was assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265. Cross’ decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

A Maine man who pleaded guilty to killing two men and injuring four other people is going to spend the rest of his life behind bars. A judge on Monday imposed life sentence on 37-year-old Anthony Lord for the 2015 killings of 58-year-old Kevin Tozier and 22-year-old Kyle Hewitt. Lord said he never would have hurt anyone if his son hadn’t died two months earlier.

Police are identifying the two Maine men injured in a shooting in the town of Buxton. Maine State Police say that 28-year-old shooting victim Lincoln Kimball is continuing to recover from his injuries at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Police have identified the gunman but no arrests have been made.

Lebanon’s U.S.-backed military is gearing up for a long-awaited assault to dislodge hundreds of Islamic State militants from a remote corner near the Syrian border. The campaign is seeking to end a years-long threat posed to neighboring towns and villages by the extremists. It will involve cooperation with the militant group Hezbollah and the Syrian army on the other side of the border, although Lebanese authorities insist they are not coordinating with President Bashar Assad’s government.

An international election observer says Kenyans are voting with enthusiasm and that the process is going well. John Mahama, chief election observer for the Commonwealth and former president of Ghana, said early Tuesday that he is impressed by the voter turnout.

Foreign ministers from 14 nations are meeting in Peru on Tuesday in hopes of finding consensus on a regional response to Venezuela’s growing political crisis, while President Nicolas Maduro’s all-powerful constitutional assembly is forging ahead on promises to punish the embattled leader’s foes. The constitutional assembly is expected to gather at the stately legislative palace in Caracas for the first time since voting Saturday to remove the nation’s outspoken chief prosecutor.

A report in a medical journal reveals that a safe haven for drug users to inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been operating in the United States for the past three years. Researchers didn’t disclose the location of the site, which is unsanctioned and potentially illegal. The report published Tuesday comes as a number of U.S. communities have pushed for so-called safe injection sites.

White House officials have been urging President Donald Trump to refocus on immigration and other issues that resonate with the conservatives, evangelicals and working-class whites who propelled him to the Oval Office. The president has also ramped up his media-bashing on Twitter, long a successful tactic, and staged rallies hoping to marshal his base to his defense. The effort underscores Trump’s shaky political positioning not yet seven months into his presidency.

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