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Central Maine News: Maine Police Find High School Ring Lost 25 Years Ago-Returning it to Owner

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

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have given in to international pressures and have released a train packed with the bodies of some of the 298 people killed when a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over Ukraine last week. The separatists also have handed over the plane’s black boxes. (AP)

Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet with top Egyptian and Arab League officials in a U.S. push for international support for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Kerry acknowledges the differences between Israel and Hamas run very deep and must be addressed in any long-term solution. Two weeks of fighting have killed at least 500 Palestinians and more than two dozen Israelis. (AP)

A New Hampshire family is asking for privacy following the safe return of their 15-year-old who had been missing for nine months. Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family Sunday evening. Abigail disappeared Oct. 9 while on her way home from school. The FBI won’t discuss the specifics of the investigation, but they say it will continue. (AP)

Scarborough police say they have tracked down the owner of a 1987 class ring that was recovered last week following an arrest. According to WMTW the ring belongs to Jerry Pottier, who graduated from a California high school 1987.  According to police, a woman who was arrested at Walmart had the ring and could not prove ownership. Crime analyst spent three days trying to locate the ring’s owner, whose name was engraved inside the ring. Turns out Pottier lost the ring 25 years ago in Massachusetts. Police are planning to ship the ring back to Pottier. (WMTW)

Officials say a 5-year-old girl who was found unresponsive at the bottom of a swimming pool in Minot has died over the weekend. Police say the girl, who couldn’t swim, was one of eight or nine children in the swimming pool that was supervised by two adult. The girl was playing in shallow water but somehow ended up in water over her head Thursday evening. The incident remains under investigation but police described the death as an accident. (AP)

A man was in custody after Augusta firefighters were called to help remove Joseph Ridley from a roof has been charged in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars of stolen wire from a CMP site in Belgrade. According the KJ, stealing copper from a substation, particularly when it involves cutting ground wires or breaking behind fences, is dangerous because of the high voltage. Scrap metal yards are required to document material that is salvaged and who turned it in.  (centralmaine.com)

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