Heating prices continue climb in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The price of heating oil continues to climb steadily in Maine even as global crude oil prices have fallen.

The Governor’s Energy Office said on Tuesday the average statewide cash price is now $2.99, which is 3 cents higher than a week ago. It’s also up from $2.21 per gallon from October 2017.

The energy office says there has been “considerable speculation” about the future of oil prices due to impending economic sanctions on Iran from the United States. Decreased production in Venezuela and tension between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are also factors.

Kerosene is now $3.58 per gallon, up from $2.85 in October 2017. Propane is $2.84, up from $2.53 in October 2017. Kerosene and propane were also both up slightly from last week.


Police: Bicyclist killed in collision involving car

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BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Maine police say a 67-year-old bicyclist who collided with a car earlier this month has died.

The Bangor Daily News reports Lisa Cavanaugh, of Boothbay Harbor, died Thursday.

Police say Cavanaugh was riding home from work Oct. 4 on Route 27 near Hannaford when her bike “veered sharply” into a vehicle driven by 66-year-old Nancy Christopher, of Boothbay Harbor. Cavanaugh fell onto the pavement after striking the vehicle.

Police say Cavanaugh was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Investigators say the collision was “difficult to avoid” because Cavanaugh didn’t signal and swerved abruptly.


Police say man shot by officer is expected to live

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Bangor police say an officer shot a man while responding to a report of a domestic disturbance.

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The Bangor Daily News reports that police have not released the identity of the man shot Tuesday morning on 112 Grove St or the officer.

Bangor police spokesman Sgt. Wade Betters said that when officers arrived around 11:15 a.m., a man with a weapon came out of the building and appeared to threaten officers.

The officer shot the man, who was taken to a local hospital and is expected to live.

Betters said no officers were injured. Better said the officer involved is expected to be placed on administrative leave.

The Maine attorney general’s office investigates all shootings involving police.

It’s the first officer-involved shooting in Bangor since 2015.

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