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Democrat John Martin vying for a seat in Augusta

Democrat John Martin vying for a seat in Augusta

John Martin, the 73-year-old Democrat who served unprecedented ten terms as House speaker, is among dozens of former lawmakers who are trying to return to the Maine Legislature.

Martin's nearly five-decade-long career in the state Legislature came to an abrupt end in 2012 when Republican candidate Allen Nadeau defeated him by less than 300 votes. Still, his unmatched experience in legislative tasks made him one of the most influential personalities in Augusta.

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Augusta’s rank among safest driving cities slips to 92

Augusta’s rank among safest driving cities slips to 92

Augusta's rank among America's 200 safest driving cities has slipped from 88 in 2013 to 92 this year, according to Allstate Insurance Co's latest annual report.

Ranking Augusta at 92nd spot in its 10th annual "America's Best Drivers Report," Allstate Insurance Co said that the city is apparently getting worse in terms of frequency of car collisions on roads.

Last year, Augusta's rank had improved by one spot, from 89th in 2012 to 88th in 2013. In the latest report, Augusta is preceded by Ontario City of California, and followed by Memphis City, Tenn.

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Pilot of National Guard F-15 jet killed in Augusta crash: Officials confirm

Pilot of National Guard F-15 jet killed in Augusta crash: Officials confirm

Officials have announced that the pilot of the Air National Guard F-15C fighter jet that crashed in Augusta County last Wednesday was killed in the mishap.

The pilot has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., an Air Force Academy Graduate from the 1996 batch. Before the accidental death, he was serving with the 104th Fighter Wing as a full-time Wing Inspector General and as an F-15 instructor pilot.

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Drivers in Augusta area to see more patrolling officers this Labor Day

Drivers in Augusta area to see more patrolling officers this Labor Day

Augusta drivers will likely see heightened road patrol during the coming holiday weekend as officers are determined to prevent DUIs and an epidemic of road fatalities that commonly occur due to increase in traffic around Labor Day holiday.

Outlining the plans, Richmond County Sheriff's Office Lt. Lewis Blanchard said officers didn't want to make arrests or write citations but saving lives and keeping accidents at a minimum was their job.

Lt. Blanchard stressed that officers needed as much voluntary compliance as possible.

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Search operation for missing pilot of crashed jet continues

Search operation for missing pilot of crashed jet continues

Crew searching for the missing pilot of an Air National Guard F-15C fighter jet that crashed in Augusta County on Wednesday has so far failed to spot the pilot or make a voice contact with him.

The jet crashed at 9:06 a. m. yesterday, near Elliott Knob. Around a minute earlier, the pilot informed air traffic control officers in Washington, District of Columbia, about an in-flight emergency.

The fighter plane, which was a 1986 model, was en route to New Orleans to receive a new radar system. Authorities claimed that the plane was fine when checked previously.

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Quick-witted ferry operator saves two lives after car falls into water in Augusta

Quick-witted ferry operator saves two lives after car falls into water in August

A Molloy Island ferry's operator heroically saved the lives of an elderly man and his dog after the elderly man drove his car into the river while trying to board the ferry.

The 77-year-old man and his dog were in a car, and they were trying to board the ferry heading from Augusta to the island when he accidentally hit the accelerator of the car.

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Trial of man accused of raping 4-year-old starts in Augusta

Trial of man accused of raping 4-year-old starts in Augusta

The jury trial of a Sidney man accused of raping a 4-year-old girl started in Augusta on Tuesday, August 26. Prosecutors informed that 24-year-old Eric Bard repeatedly raped the minor girl he was babysitting in the city in 2011 and 2012. Brad not only raped the minor but also recorded his own misdeed on his cell phone.

Police charged Bard with a total of 21 counts, most of which are pertaining rape and sexual exploitation of a minor. But, he has pleaded not guilty to all the charges in the indictment against him.

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