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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNI NEWS) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared a major disaster exists in the State of Maine and ordered Federal aid to supplement recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding last December.

The declaration releases federal funding, which will be available for State, Tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities.

During the period of December 12-19, 2010, harsh weather brought severe storms and flooding, damaging the counties of Aroostook, Piscataquis and Washington, and the Tribal lands of the Passamaquoddy Tribe located entirely within Washington County.

In addition, the declaration allows federal funding to be available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and Tribes within the State.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, however, explained that additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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ROCKWOOD, MAINE (BNO NEWS) — At least one person was killed on Sunday after a small plane crashed into Moosehead Lake in Maine, federal officials said.

The crash happened near the town of Rockwood, in Somerset County. “At least one dead and one injured,” said Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Peters said the plane was upside down in the lake after it went down. “I don’t have the type of plane or if other passengers were on board,” he added.

Further information was not immediately available.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the cause of the crash.

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SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE (BNO NEWS) — Two people were killed on Saturday afternoon when the small plane they were on crashed in a parking lot near Portland International Jetport, city and federal officials said.

The fixed-wing single engine aircraft, a Yakovlev Yak-52, crashed at around 3.30 p.m. local time in the parking lot of a Staples office supply store, located at 443 Western Avenue in South Portland.

Portland city spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said the non-commercial aircraft was carrying two people when it crashed, shortly after take-off. “They both perished in the crash,” she said.

The Staples parking lot at Western Avenue is located just a few hundred feet from Portland International Jetport.

Federal records showed the aircraft was registered to Mark H. Haskell of Brunswick, a town in Cumberland County, Maine. It was not immediately clear if he was one of the casualties.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), will investigate the cause of the crash. The South Portland Police Department is also assisting.

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WASHINGTON D.C. (BNO NEWS) – President Barack Obama signed on Thursday a disaster declaration for the State of Maine as major damages exist due to the severe storms and flooding that struck the northern state during March and April, the White House announced.

Obama ordered Federal aid to complement State and local recovery efforts. From March 12 to April 10, Maine and other Northeast states were struck by severe winter storms and snowstorms causing floods, mudslides and landslides, as well as many damages to vehicles, residences and other buildings.

During the storms an average of 5 to 7 inches of rain fell. In March 13-15 as much as much as 10 inches of rain fell, causing several rivers to rise and flooding basements.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated the counties of Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and York to receive public assistance to state and local governments and some private nonprofit organizations for emergency efforts and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities.

FEMA also made available funding on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures across the state. If needed, additional designations made be made at a later date depending on the result of the damage assessments.

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BANGOR, MAINE (BNO NEWS) — A international Delta flight from Paris to Atlanta, Georgia was diverted on Tuesday to Main following a security incident, officials said.

Delta flight 273, operated by an Airbus A330-300, was diverted to Bangor International Airport due to a disruptive passenger who is currently being interviewed, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told BNO News.

Flight 273 landed safely at approximately 3:30 p.m. EDT. TSA said that is monitoring the incident and added that law enforcement met the flight upon arrival.

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BUFFALO, NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) – A resident of Bangor, Maine was sentenced to 57 months (over 4 years) in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, U.S. Attorney William Hochul announced on Wednesday.

Charles Dunlop, 20, met a thirteen-year-old girl on the internet and arranged to pick her up in Niagara County. Then, he drove her to Ohio where he engaged in sexual activity with the girl. The victim was with Dunlop for three days, after that he dropped her off at a Pennsylvania mall.

Dunlop was also ordered to register as a sex offender and his computer will be monitored during his supervised release term.

“Those who target minors for sexual conduct will be removed from the community and after serving prison time will be required to register as a sexual offender so law enforcement can continue to monitor this person,” U.S. Attorney Hochul said.

The conviction was a result of Project Safe Childhood in conjunction with federal, local and state law enforcement.

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BLADENSBURG, MARYLAND (BNO NEWS) — A Maine man who fled after allegedly murdering his girlfriend’s 15-month-old baby boy was arrested in Bladensburg, Maryland on Monday, federal authorities said.

Edgard Anziani, 27, was charged last Friday with the murder of Damien Lynn, allegedly beating the child to death inside his girlfriend’s home in Banger, Maine on February 26. “During the investigation, it was determined that Mr. Anziani had traveled to Maryland,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Warren Bamford. “Mr. Anziani was taken into custody today at approximately 1:00 p.m. without incident in Bladensburg, Maryland.”

He has also been charged with Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution. The FBI had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Anziani’s arrest.

The Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland and the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office assisted the FBI in the arrest of Anziani.

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