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Central Maine News: Officials Investigate Death of Baby Found in Lewiston Bathtub

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These are some of the stories central Maine is talking about today.

The final heated debate among the three men in a tight race for Maine governor has showcased their differences on a wide range of issues, including education and welfare. Eliot Cutler accused Mike Michaud of keeping secret how he would pay for his economic plan that calls for investments in renewable energy, among other things. Partisan sparks flew between Paul LePage and Michaud, who are polling in a dead heat ahead of Cutler. Michaud criticized LePage’s policies. LePage charged the Democrat “doesn’t know what honesty is.” Michaud countered the governor will say “anything, whether it’s factual or not.” (AP)

Police say a grenade found at a motel in Skowhegan was a toy. Part of the Towne Motel was evacuated on Tuesday after a maintenance worker found the device wedged between the building and an oil tank and alerted authorities. The Maine State Police bomb squad removed the object and determined it was a toy grenade. They say it’s unclear who put the toy grenade there or why. They continue to investigate. (AP)

Sales of existing Maine homes rose 6.58 percent last month. The median sales price in the state was $175,000 for September. That was a 1.16 percent increase from a year ago. September saw 1,393 homes sold. Maine home sales for July, August and September climbed 3.85 percent from the previous year. The biggest increase in sales took place in Somerset County. The highest number of homes sold in York County. (AP)

A group of Maine railroad enthusiasts wants to get Waterville’s old steam locomotive up and running after it sat dormant for 60 years. Maine Central locomotive #470 was built in 1924 and made its last run in June 1954. New England Steam Corporation of Winterport recently bought the locomotive from the city of Waterville and is prepping it for a move to Ellsworth. Work will take place in Ellsworth to restore the locomotive. The project of moving and restoring the locomotive will cost more than $1 million. A spokesman for the New England Steam Corporation says the group is in the midst of fundraising for the effort. (AP)

Maine students are casting their ballots for governor and representatives in Washington in a mock election. Students from more than 125 schools are expected to participate in the “Rally and Tally” event at the Augusta Armory today. They’ll hear from First Lady Ann LePage, Democratic candidate for governor Mike Michaud and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. Students will also vote in the races for governor, the U.S. House of Representatives and on seven referendum questions. The goal of the event is to get students excited about voting and help them learn about political issues and the electoral process. (AP)

A Wilton firefighter is facing an arson charge for allegedly setting a small blaze at an outdoor music theater in the village of East Dixfield. An investigator with the state Fire Marshal’s office says Jason Baldwin set a fire at the Countryfolk Music Theatre on Oct. 15 and then helped extinguish it with only minor damage. Officials believe he the 28-year-old Baldwin set the fire to bring attention to himself. Wilton’s fire chief says Baldwin has been with the department since May and will likely be dismissed. (AP)

Officials are investigating the death of a baby boy found in a bathtub in Lewiston. The baby boy, who was about to turn one, died of an apparent drowning. State Police say the child was left in a bathtub unattended. The dad put the boy and his two year old sister in the tub for a bath. He left the room and when he returned the boy was unresponsive. At this point, it is not clear exactly how long the two children were left alone in the tub. The State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the child’s body Tuesday. State Police say those results may determine if any charges are filed. (WGME)

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