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Things You Need to Know: Maine Teacher Indicted on Sex-Related Counts

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Zone forecast from Maine.gov

About 40 showed up for last night meeting about the proposed housing on part of the old Statler site in Augusta. According to centralmaine.com it is a 34 unit complex for would not be subsidized but would have income restrictions.

A cemetery in Smyrna, in northern Maine, had several bronze military veteran grave markers stolen. According to WMTW, the sheriffs’ investigators did not say exactly how many but said it was a large amount.  Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

From the Associated Press:

A Maine teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student has been indicted on more than a dozen sex-related counts. Police say 29-year-old Jill Lamontagne of Kennebunk High School turned herself in Wednesday after being indicted on six counts of gross sexual assault, two counts of unlawful sexual contact and six counts of sexual abuse of a minor. She was released on bail and is due in court on Dec. 22.

An elementary music teacher from Dover-Foxcroft was named Maine’s teacher of the year. SeDoMoCha Elementary School music teacher Kaitlin Young learned she was Maine’s top educator during a surprise assembly on Wednesday. Young will travel throughout the state to advocate for education as part of the award.

State police in Maine say a man who was killed in a one-car crash in Chelsea was speeding and not wearing a seatbelt. Police say 39-year-old Craig MacMunn of Washington, Maine, died following the crash on Monday morning. They say he died from his injuries on Tuesday night at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Police say MacMunn’s vehicle struck a utility pole and rock embankment at the intersection of Route 17 and Windsor Road. They say the crash was reported just after 2 a.m. on Monday.

Jurors in Maine will resume deliberations Thursday in the case of a man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend before leading police on the longest manhunt in state history. Jurors began deliberating the fate of 40-year-old Robert Burton on Wednesday in Bangor. Prosecutors say Burton shot 37-year-old Stephanie “Ginn” Gebo in her Parkman home in June 2015 out of jealousy. Defense attorneys say Burton acted in self-defense after Gebo shot him in the shoulder. Burton was on the lam for 68 days.

The Maine Technology Institute is holding a series of workshops on how to apply for $45 million in grant funding following a bond referendum. Voters approved the bond in June, and Brunswick-based MTI is soliciting projects from organizations that want to invest in research and development, infrastructure and technology upgrades. The workshops began on Monday in Farmington. There are more scheduled for Thursday in Portland, Friday in Caribou and Oct. 11 in Fairfield.

A gun shop owner in Garland, Texas, says Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock came into his store last year with girlfriend Marilou Danley, and asked about a way to modify a gun to make it easier to pull the trigger. The firearms dealer says Paddock didn’t buy anything, but that he did sell handguns to Paddock in 2010 and 2011. He says Paddock never purchased any long guns that could have been used in the Las Vegas attack.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he plans to meet with GOP Sen. Pat Toomey to discuss bipartisan gun background check legislation that they have collaborated on in the past. But Manchin says that he doesn’t want to reintroduce the bill, which the Senate has rejected twice, unless there is more widespread GOP support.

President Donald Trump was somber Wednesday as he visited hospital bedsides and a vital police base in stricken Las Vegas. He offered prayers and condolences to the victims of Sunday night’s shooting massacre, along with the nation’s thanks to first responders and doctors who rushed to save lives.

A chemist has testified in a Malaysian court that he found traces of VX nerve agent and its precursors on the clothing of the Vietnamese suspect in the murder of the half brother of North Korea’s leader. His testimony has linked VX to both women accused of smearing Kim Jong Nam’s face with poison in a brazen assassination at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February.

U.S. officials say three U.S. commandos who were killed and two others who were wounded in southwest Niger (nee-ZHEHR’) Wednesday were likely attacked by militants from al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. U.S. Africa Command says in a statement that the commandos were with a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol near the Mali border when they came under hostile fire. U.S. officials say the wounded were taken to Niger’s capital and are in stable condition.

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