Lewiston man, minor charged with animal abuse in connection with viral video 

LEWISTON (Sun Journal) — Lewiston police Tuesday charged an adult and a minor with animal cruelty in connection with a video circulating on Facebook showing a man whipping a dog. 

Curtis Teague, 18, of Lewiston, was charged with cruelty to animals, as was a minor, also from Lewiston, who police declined to identify. 

According to an email statement by Lt. David St. Pierre, the video was brought to the Lewiston Police Department’s attention Sunday. The statement said police immediately began to investigate to determine who was responsible, where the incident took place and ensure the dog was safe. 

Neither of the suspects are owners of the dog, according to police. The statement said the dog’s owner was cooperative and was not involved with the abuse. 

Police said the dog, which they located on Tuesday, was evaluated by a local veterinarian. 

The video, shared by thousands on Facebook, showed a man striking a dog with a belt multiple times. 

Hawk native to South America rescued from Maine snowstorm 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents have helped rescue a hawk native to Central and South America from a recent snowstorm. 

Terra Fletcher says she and her husband were skiing in Portland’s Deering Oaks Park Sunday when they found the great black hawk lying in the snow and another person trying to help it. 

Fletcher, who has experience as a falconer, got the hawk into a box and called the rehabilitation center Avian Haven so volunteers could collect it. 

Avian Haven says the bird was standing up and looking alert as of Monday. 

They say the hawk appears to have frostbite on its feet, and it is unclear if or when it can be released. 

The hawk is believed to be the same bird spotted in Maine in early August. 

Maine Law dean leaving to head Penn State law school 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine School of Law says its dean has been named the new dean of Pennsylvania State University’s law school and will start the new position on July 1. 

UMaine’s law school says Dean Danielle Conway was named dean of Penn State Dickinson Law after a national search. She took over the deanship at Maine Law in 2015. 

Maine Law says it will soon announce an interim dean who will begin when Conway starts her new position in July. It says it expects to make that announcement in a few weeks. Maine Law’s next long-term dean will be named after a national search. 

Maine Law is the only law school in the state. 

2 separate Maine malls listed for auctions 

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Two Maine malls have now gone up for auction. 

California-based auction house Ten-X is advertising separate auctions for the Bangor Mall and Aroostook Centre Mall in Presque Isle on its website. The auction for the Bangor Mall is scheduled for late February with a minimum bid price of $6.5 million. 

The mall is listed as having about 531,000 square feet of rentable space. 

There are few details available for the Presque Isle mall’s upcoming auction, with no auction date or bid price listed. 

Gov launches Twitter account, vows to tweet less than Trump 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills is launching new official public accounts on social media. 

Mills, a Democrat, was elected last year and took office this month. Mills and her office staff will maintain her new accounts, which are @GovJanetMills on Twitter , @GovernorJanetMills on Facebook and @governorjanetmills on Instagram . 

Mills says in a statement she does not expected to be “as prolific a tweeter as the president,” adding that she thinks “that is a good thing.” She says the accounts will be used for sharing information with state residents and putting a spotlight on the work of her administration. 


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