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Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital faces lawsuits over Legionnaires’ outbreak

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two people who say they contracted Legionnaires’ disease at newly opened Ohio hospital have sued the facility and its health system.

Martin and Rebecca Brown, from Orient, sued Mount Carmel Grove City in Franklin County on Tuesday. Anna Hillis, of Grove City, filed suit Friday.

Sixteen people have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’, a severe form of pneumonia, since the outbreak was made public two weeks ago. A 75-year-old woman has died after being diagnosed.

Record number of African migrants coming to Mexican border

PORTLAND, Maine — Undaunted by a dangerous journey over thousands of miles, people fleeing economic hardship and human rights abuses in African countries are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers, surprising Border Patrol agents more accustomed to Spanish-speaking migrants.

Officials in Texas and even Maine are scrambling to absorb the sharp increase in African migrants. They are coming to America after flying across the Atlantic Ocean to South America and then embarking on an often harrowing overland journey.

Fire forces evacuation of Edgewood Manor in Farmington

FARMINGTON, Maine — Crews are currently on the scene of a fire at Edgewood Manor in Farmington.

According to the Franklin County Regional Communications Center, Fairbanks Road has been shutdown in the area of the fire.

Patients are being taken to Mt. Blue High School by bus, according to the center’s Facebook page.

This story will be updated.

 

Family, friends hold vigil for slain Lewiston man

LEWISTON, Maine — A local man killed during a fight a year ago was remembered Saturday night in the place where he died.

Donald Giusti was killed in a brawl at Kennedy Park in Lewiston, and now three people face charges in connection with his death.

Friends and family gathered in Kennedy Park for a vigil, saying they have found strength in numbers during a very difficult time.

Police: NH woman shoved dog into lake, watched as it drowned

MERRIMACK, N.H. — Police say a New Hampshire woman is charged with shoving her golden retriever off a dock and standing by while the pet drowned.

Merrimack Police Chief Denise Roy called the incident earlier this month in Wasserman Park “disturbing.”

Sixty-six-year-old Nancy Bucciarelli was arrested Friday on a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge.

Portland raises more than $230,000 for asylum seekers

PORTLAND, Maine — Donors have provided more than $200,000 and volunteers are assisting as Portland, Maine, deals with a sudden influx of asylum-seeking immigrants from Africa.

Donations are needed because the new arrivals from the nation’s southern border are not eligible for state General Assistance. Thus they’re relying on city funds and donations from the community.

Officials: Man shot by police in New Hampshire

BELMONT, N.H. — Law enforcement officials say a man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Belmont, New Hampshire.

Officials say the man was shot by police at 11:40 p.m. Saturday. It’s being investigated by the attorney general’s office and the state police major crimes unit.

The incident unfolded late Saturday on the South Road in Belmont.

The identity of the man is unknown. No further details were released.

 

1 dead, 3 injured in early morning crash in Buckfield

BUCKFIELD, Maine — One man is dead and three others injured after two cars collided early Saturday morning in Buckfield.

The Oxford County Sheriff’s Office said the accident happened just after 1 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Route 117, North Whitman School Road and South Whitman School Road.

Sergeant Tim Ontengco said a sedan and a sports car were involved in the crash, with the passenger in the sedan killed.

The identity of the victim has not been released, pending notification of his family.

‘We may be a little city, but we have got a lot of pride’: Portland celebrates LGBTQ pride

Fifty years after the Stonewall Riots that sparked a national movement, Mainers celebrated LGBTQ Pride in Portland with a parade, starting at Monument Square and ending at a festival in Deering Oaks Park.

James Melanson, who serves on the steering committee of Pride Portland!, says he was in the city’s first pride march 32 years ago, along with about 50 other participants.

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