February 8, 2013

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Fire crews remained on the scene until 6:30 p.m.

BELFAST

Woman gets 3-month term in dog-mauls-infant case

A woman who authorities say was passed out drunk when the family dog mauled her infant daughter to death has been sentenced to three months in jail.

Katrina Mitchell of Frankfort was sentenced Wednesday in Waldo Country Superior Court after pleading no contest in December to endangering the welfare of a child.

Authorities say 7-month-old Annabelle Mitchell was fatally mauled by the family's Rottweiler in April 2011 while Mitchell, 31, was drunk and passed out on a couch. The baby's father was not home. The dog was euthanized.

WABI-TV reported that Mitchell's lawyer said it was in the best interests of his client to get the case wrapped up. She was also sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to undergo substance abuse counseling.

WARREN

Inmates, woman charged with drug-smuggling plot

The Maine Department of Corrections says two inmates and the mother of one of them are facing charges in an alleged plot to smuggle prescription drugs into three prisons.

Officials say Karen Lane of Orono was charged with drug trafficking for allegedly selling her suboxone, used to treat opiate addiction, to inmates and mailing the drugs to inmates' family members and friends so they could smuggle them into the prisons.

Associate Commissioner Jody Breton said the plot involved the Maine State Prison in Warren, the Maine Correctional Center in Windham and the Charleston Correctional Facility in Charleston.

Two inmates, Christopher Hyson at the Maine Correctional Center and Adam Shawley at the Maine State Prison, were charged for their alleged roles in the scheme. Hyson is Lane's son.

AUGUSTA

LePage signs order to start anti-domestic violence unit

As promised in his State of the State speech, Gov. Paul LePage has signed an executive order establishing a task force to address domestic violence in Maine.

LePage says the task force will look for ways to ensure that existing laws and court orders are enforced effectively to keep weapons away from domestic abusers.

He signed the order a day after Tuesday's State of the State address and released details Thursday.

The task force will review existing laws and practices to ensure that court-issued protection from abuse orders are effective in protecting victims. The governor says he's not interested in laws that infringe upon the ability of law-abiding citizens to own guns.

New transmission line to boost reliability, CMP says

Central Maine Power Co. began work this week on a new electric transmission line between Portland and Westbrook.

The $3 million project will replace an existing three-and-a-half-mile line between substations near Morrill's Corner in Portland and near Prides Corner in Westbrook. The work is part of CMP's plan to spend nearly $400 million in 2013 to expand and modernize its system.

CMP's John Carroll says some of the equipment being replaced dates back to the 1920s. He says the new line will ensure continued reliability.

The new line will be put up in the existing corridor, using slightly taller wood poles and higher capacity conductors. The line will continue to operate at 34,500 volts, but it's designed to operate at higher voltage if more capacity is needed later.

Casino gets building permit to replace deficient one

The state Department of Environmental Protection has reissued a construction permit to the Oxford Casino, six months after Kennebec County Superior Court found that the state had violated its own permitting rules in granting a permit in 2011.

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