Trial set for man without first name charged in 2018 killing 

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The trial of a man charged with homicide is set to begin in Maine. 

The Bangor Daily News reports that the man is accused of shooting to death 51-year-old Israel Lewis of Bangor on Jan. 7, 2018 in Bangor. 

The man doesn’t have a first name and goes by F Daly. 

Court documents say that Lewis’ body was discovered three days later by his ex-girlfriend who saw his body and called 911. An autopsy determined he’d been shot twice. 

Daly, originally from Boston, has pleaded not guilty to intentional or knowing murder. Ahead of the Sept. 23 trial, his defense attorneys say the state’s case is based solely on circumstantial evidence. 

The attorney general’s office declined comment. The newspaper says investigators allegedly found the murder weapon hidden in Daly’s apartment. 


4 Brazilians are accused of living in US illegally, arrested 

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Border Patrol agents in Maine have arrested four Brazilians they say were living in the country illegally. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says agents arrested two of the men in the Farmington area Wednesday, and further investigation led them to a hotel where the two others were arrested. 

The agency says all the men were found to have initially entered the country legally with tourist visas, and all admitted to engaging in unlawful work activities in the U.S. 

The men were entered into removal proceedings and transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 


Police investigate discovery of body near Maine, NH border 

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Authorities in New Hampshire say they are working to identify a man whose body they found floating in the Piscataqua River. 

Portsmouth Police say they received calls about the discovery of the body on Friday evening. They say the Portsmouth Fire Department located the man’s body just before 7:30 p.m. on the New Hampshire side of the river. 

Police say the man was found dead, and the New Hampshire Office of the Medical Examiner has been contacted. They said they had not yet identified the man as of Saturday morning. They also have yet to identify the cause of the man’s death. 


Mansion from Gilded Age sells at fraction of asking price 

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A mansion of the Gilded Age originally listed at $15 million has sold for a fraction of its original asking price in Bar Harbor, Maine. 

The Bangor Daily News reports the eight-bedroom East of Eden waterfront house sold for $4.1 million. 

Its assessed value is $5.1 million, and the house remained on the market for two years before its Sept. 7 scheduled auction. 

The mansion was built in 1910 and dates back to the glory days of Bar Harbor’s Millionaire’s Row. A 1947 fire destroyed many of the mansions dotting the coastline. 

The East of Eden is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s located on nearly nine acres of land fronting Frenchman Bay. 


Maine ocean institute launching new climate center 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine science facility named for a body of water that is one of the fastest warming on Earth is launching a new center focused on climate. 

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute says its new climate center will be “a new interdisciplinary center focused on solutions to local, regional, and global challenges related to ocean warming.” The institute has often focused on ocean warming over the years, as the Gulf of Maine supports numerous fisheries and is warming faster than most of the world’s oceans. 

The new center will be within the institute’s existing lab, which is in Portland near the city’s downtown. It says it will focus on issues such as helping fishermen adapt and preparing communities for sea level rise. 


Mobile campaign geared at reality of youth opioid misuse 

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A mobile trailer staged as a typical teenager’s bedroom is touring Maine to highlight the reality of warning signs of opioid misuse in young people. 

State government officials, lawmakers and community members have toured the trailer, which has made stops in Hallowell and Kennebunk. 

The RX Abuse Leadership Initiative of Maine, for example, has hosted the trailer in the Hallowell parking lot of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine. 

Participants who tour the trailer can identify a number of signs that a young person is misusing substances. 

Plans for an appearance in Bangor are in the works. 


University honors Maine civil rights leader with fellowship 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine university is honoring the state’s first African American legislator through a new three-year fellowship. 

The Portland Press Herald reports the University of Southern Maine is creating a new teaching fellowship dedicated to examining race in honor of 87-year-old Gerald Talbot. 

Talbot attended the March on Washington in 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. 

He also served as president of Portland’s NAACP chapter in 1964, when it was reestablished after a five-year hiatus. 

Talbot was also instrumental in passing Maine’s first law protecting fair housing and human rights. 

Talbot was first elected to Maine’s House of Representatives, representing Portland, in 1972. 


Security increased for annual Eastern States Exposition 

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — It’s the opening weekend of the annual Eastern States Exposition and officials have new security measures in place at New England’s largest agricultural fair. 

Visitors will have to pass through metal detectors, 25 of which have been placed at the entrances to the Big E. 

Security towers also have been erected around the fair to give law enforcement a better view of the grounds. 

The moves are in response to mass shootings across the country, including the July shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California where a gunman killed 3 people and injured 17 and the Sept. 3 shooting that left three people injured outside the Minnesota State Fair. 

More than 100,000 people are expected Saturday at the Big E, which runs through Sept. 29. 


Maine hunters get more cracks at wild turkeys this fall 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine wild turkey hunters will be able to take more of the big birds this year than in previous years in some parts of the state. 

The state’s fall turkey hunt starts Saturday with Youth Fall Wild Turkey Day. The rest of the season gets going on Monday, and it lasts until Nov. 7. 

Maine is using its wildlife management districts to divide up the number of turkeys hunters can bag and possess this year. In some districts, including some in southern Maine, hunters will be able to take up to five turkeys of either sex. 

Other districts will allow hunters to take one, two or three turkeys. Turkey hunting will not be allowed to take turkeys in some parts of far northern Maine. 


Maine receives $2.5 million in latest greenhouse gas auction 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Utility regulators say Maine has received nearly $2.5 million in the latest auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances. 

Maine is among nine New England and mid-Atlantic states that participate in the program. 

Such states limit, or cap, carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to reduce air pollution. Companies then purchase allowances at auctions that allow them to emit a certain amount of CO2 gas from power plants generating over 25 megawatts of electricity. 

That auction generates revenues for all nine states, which had reduced CO2 emissions by over 50% since 2007. 

Maine Public Utilities Commission Administrative Director says the latest auction reached the milestone of selling the one billionth emission allowance. 

Maine has received $108.6 million in revenue since 2007 that’s financed rate relief, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. 


Collins, Heinrich eye improvements to solar permitting 

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Two U.S. senators from opposing parties are working on a proposal to streamline the permitting process for energy technologies such as rooftop solar and battery storage. 

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico are calling their plan the American Energy Opportunity Act. They say the bill would give local and state governments the ability to expedite and standardize permitting for such technologies. 

Collins says streamlining the permitting process at the local level would help make technologies such as solar more affordable for residents and business owners. The senators say the new tools available to state and local governments would be voluntary and would utilize an online permitting portal to help reduce the burdensome aspects of permitting work. 


Zoning regulators OK northern Maine development plan 

BREWER, Maine (AP) — Maine zoning regulators have approved Canada-based J.D. Irving’s plan to rezone tens of thousands of acres of rural land to commercial and residential development as well as conservation. 

Maine Public reports that the Land use Planning Commission has voted unanimously to support the 30-year proposal to rezone 51,000 acres in northern Aroostook County. 

The committee’s chair calls the Wednesday vote a win for Irving and the public. 

Opponents such as the Natural Resources Council of Maine had argued the plan doesn’t provide an adequate balance of conservation and development. 

The plan protects 17,000 acres from development and calls for as many as 330 development units around four scenic lakes.