Things You Need to Know: Owners of Missing Winslow Pit-Bulls Charged in Their Disappearance
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The owners of two pit bulls ordered euthanized for killing a dog and injuring a Winslow woman were, according to centralmaine.com, charged with hiding the dogs out of state.
Home sales of existing single-family homes in Maine 11.5 % for November and the median sale price is up 4.2 % to $200,000. Centralmaine.com shows sales and price were fairly stable for Kennebec and Somerset counties.
From the Associated Press:
The Maine labor department says hundreds of unemployment claimants are having trouble receiving payments. Maine Department of Labor Spokeswoman Laura Hudson said many individuals aren't correctly certifying that they're looking for jobs each week. Some individuals hadn't received benefits at all, but the department said it's since processed benefits. The state says it's been receiving help from an official in Mississippi, which is also part of a four-state unemployment insurance consortium.
A new report says older Mainers lost more money to exploitation by their family members than from scams. The report by Legal Services for the Elderly and Maine's Office of Aging and Disability Services found that Maine seniors lost $28 million to financial exploitation between 2010 and 2016. It found that in more than 60 percent of reported abuse cases, the perpetrator was the victim's adult child.
The Maine Restaurant Association says the state's tourism industry could improve through deductions included in the Republican tax plan. MRA representative Greg Dugal tells WCSH-TV the plan would have a 20 percent deduction for locally-owned hotels and restaurants on the first $315,000 of income. Jean Ginn Marvin, of the state Innkeeper's Association, says hotels could use the money on hiring new staff or improving the facility.
Maine State Police say the death of a 2-year-old girl in October in her home in Bucksport has been ruled a homicide. Lt. Troy Gardner said Kloe Hawksley was found unresponsive on Oct. 18 in a home she shared with another child and two adults. She was pronounced dead at a hospital, and the medical examiner's office determined that her death was a homicide. Gardner declined to say Wednesday how the girl died or who was in the house that night. He said the case remains active and that anyone with information about the girl's death should contact state police or the Bucksport Police Department.
Maine State Police say an attack on two people in Millinocket that caused life-threatening injuries preceded a lockdown at the local hospital. Lt. Troy Gardner said bothassault victims, a man and a woman, were hurt inside a home. They were taken to the hospital before being taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He described some of their injuries as "life threatening." The hospital was no longer on lockdown Wednesday.
One key GOP lawmaker says there's no path forward yet on a temporary funding measure to keep the government from grinding to a halt at midnight Friday. Some Republicans who left a private meeting on Wednesday say there are wide differences. There is said to be division on defense spending. Other lawmakers want to nail down an $81 billion disaster aid bill before heading home for the holidays. Democrats charge that their input is being ignored.
Survivors of a massacre in a Rohingya village in Myanmar and exclusive video footage obtained by The Associated Press strengthen a growing body of evidence indicating that Myanmar's armed forces have systematically killed civilians. The AP has reconstructed one of the bloodiest massacres reported to have been carried out by Myanmar's army since security forces began a drive to push out the country's persecuted Rohingya Muslims minority in August.
Two men have been arrested after the car in which they were travelling crashed into pedestrians on a busy Melbourne sidewalk, leaving up to 19 people injured. The motive of the incident was not clear immediately. Sky News reports police arrested the driver of the white Suzuki SUV and another man who was in the vehicle with him. Sky News says the driver was of Middle Eastern appearance and that he was wrestled to the ground and handcuffed.
President Donald Trump's threat to cut off US funding to countries that oppose his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has raised the stakes in Thursday's UN vote and sparked criticism at his tactics, which one Muslim group called bullying or blackmail. Trump went a step further than US Ambassador Nikki Haley who said the US "will be taking names" of countries that vote against the United States.
South Korea says it has fired 20 rounds of warning shots as North Korean soldiers approached a military demarcation line at the border after their comrade defected to South Korea. Seoul's Defense Ministry says the shootout happened after a North Korean soldier safely arrived at a front-line South Korean guard post on Thursday.