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Central Maine News: One of the Largest Drug Busts Ever in Franklin County

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

(AP) A major drug bust in Franklin County. Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. yesterday said deputies executed a search warrant seized more than 400 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, as well as more than a pound of processed marijuana, $100,000 in cash and firearms from an Avon man’s home Friday. Police arrested 56-year-old Daryl Searles on charges including trafficking in scheduled drugs and unlawful trafficking in marijuana. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 3.

A Skowhegan man was taken by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Monday night after being stabbed in his Milburn Street kitchen. David Greene, 34, suffered three or four stab wounds at the base of his head. They came after a disagreement with people attending a party at his apartment. Police yesterday said no arrests have been made and no weapons have been found.

Early yesterday morning Dover-Foxcroft Police officers arrived at an apparent shooting on Lancaster Avenue. Two men had to be transported to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, while another was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Bangor to Eastern Maine Medical Center. As of yesterday, police have not released the names of the men. None of their injuries were considered life-threatening.

(AP) Earth Day yesterday turned out to be a boost for The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $29.7 million in funding toward upgrades at seven Maine facilities. They include Gardiner, $555,000 to replace a 900-foot sewer main along the Cobbossee Stream. Also, Wiscasset, $1.2 million that will help ensure quality drinking water for the towns of Wiscasset, Edgecomb (Davis Island) and Woolwich.

(AP) Police have identified the Massachusetts couple who died in a car crash in Waldoboro last week. 68-year-old Raymond Thompson and 70-year-old Peggy Aldrich died in a head-on crash on Atlantic Highway on Friday afternoon. Investigators say they were headed north when they were struck by a southbound car driven by a 63-year-old Waldoboro man that crossed the center line. The driver of that car was hospitalized. The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.

(AP) Maine police have arrested a New York City man they say used teenage girls to spend counterfeit $100 bills. A worker at the Maine Mall in South Portland contacted police Monday night to say a young woman had tried to use a fake $100 bill to make a purchase. Police discovered there were three other teen girls at the mall doing the same thing. Police recovered $1,000 in fake currency. Officers also found 20-year-old Andrew Cupidore hiding in a mall bathroom. He is being held on $25,000 bail on charges of aggravated forgery and endangering the welfare of a child. The girls were taken to a youth detention facility.

(AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would direct the administration to report on efforts to combat welfare fraud. The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report annually to the Legislature on its efforts to investigate fraud in MaineCare and programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. In his veto letter, the governor said the department would need additional resources, but that lawmakers stripped the funding from the proposal.

(AP) — A new Maine law means that some low-and-middle income families will see their property tax credits double. The bill raises a property tax credit for residents under the age of 65 to $600 from $300 and 65 and older from $400 to $900.

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