July 9, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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CANAAN

Woman pulled from bicycle and sexually assaulted

Maine state police say a 50-year-old woman visiting from Florida was pulled off her bicycle and sexually assaulted in the town of Canaan.

Police say a passerby stopped to assist the cyclist after her attackers fled Sunday afternoon.
She was treated at Redington Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan and released.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance. They want to speak to anyone who traveled along the Whitten Road in Canaan between noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

State police in Augusta can be contacted at 624-7076 or (800) 452-4664.

LIVERMORE

Body found off Route 4 after apparent suicide

Police say a man whose body was discovered in a wooded area off Route 4 in Livermore on Monday afternoon died of an apparent suicide.

A dispatcher for the Androscoggin Sheriff’s Office said a crew from a local tree company was working in the area when they discovered a body around 4 p.m.

AUGUSTA

LePage seeks $100 million bond for bridges, roads

Gov. Paul LePage is urging lawmakers to consider a proposed bond for the state’s highways and bridges this week.

The Republican governor said in statement Monday that the Democratic-led Legislature should consider the $100 million transportation bond when it reconvenes Tuesday to finish its business for the session.

But Democratic lawmakers say they will wait until the fall to take up a larger bond package that includes money for transportation, natural resources, research and development and schools.

They say LePage must first officially release more than $100 million in bonds already approved by lawmakers and voters before new bonds are considered.

House Republicans say the Legislature should take up LePage’s transportation bond separately, instead of tying it to other bonds that likely won’t have the same support.

Moody’s: New state budget gives cities ‘credit negative’

The biennial budget that lawmakers approved last month reduces the state funding that cities and towns use to maintain services and makes them more dependent on property taxes, which is a “credit negative” for the local governments, says the Moody’s debt-rating agency.

Moody’s said the designation does not mean that the credit rating or outlook changed, but indicates the impact of a development as one of several factors affecting the credit quality of a municipality.

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