January 30, 2013

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Truman told police he stole prescription painkillers to sell for money to pay the $700 deposit on an apartment for his sister.

The Kennebec Journal reported that he said he discarded two of three bottles of OxyContin he was given because they were more than he needed.


Cause of fire that destroyed old mill under investigation

A building that burned down this week was once home to the last manufacturer of wooden clothes pins in the U.S.

The Penley Mill was West Paris' biggest employer from 1923 until it closed in 2002.

The building was destroyed in a fire that broke out early Tuesday morning. It took 50 firefighters from a dozen departments to control the flames.

The mill was leased by the owners of a fireworks store just yards away, but officials say there were no fireworks in the building.

Sgt. Joel Davis of the state Fire Marshal's Office said that the building was in compliance with code regarding distance to nearby structures and that helped prevent flames from spreading to a fireworks storage building.

The cause remains under investigation.


Longfellow celebration runs Saturday through Feb. 27

The town plans a monthlong series of events in celebration of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The annual Longfellow Days celebration will start Saturday and run through Feb. 27, the 206th anniversary of Longfellow's birth. Longfellow was born in Portland, attended Bowdoin College and went on to become one of America's best-known poets.

During the month, there will be public poetry readings, lectures and discussions, a film screening and a service at the Bowdoin College chapel.

The event is a program of the Brunswick Downtown Association, with support from Bowdoin, the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Alfred M. Senter Fund and the Association of Bowdoin Friends.

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