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Scarborough & Lewiston to play for girls hockey title

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The top four teams in the state determined who would be playing for the state title in girls hockey.  One of the favorites won, the other did not. 

Top-seeded Scarborough beat #2 Falmouth for the third time in as many games this season to clinch the Western Maine championship, 7-0.  In the Eastern Maine final, the second-seed Lewiston avenged two regular season losses to defeat the #1 Edward Little/Leavitt co-op, 2-0. 

Scarborough (20-0) has outscored their opponents 129-11 thus far.  Two of those wins came against Lewiston (3-0 at home on Dec. 30 and 2-0 away on Jan. 20). 

For Lewiston, they'll advance to their third state title game.  The Blue Devils won the first girls hockey championship in Maine back in 2009.  They lost the following season to Cheverus. 

Cold case unit proposed for AG's office

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Thursday lawmakers are expected to hear testimony on a bill that would create a cold case unit within the Attorney General's office.

It's been more than 2-years since Samantha Turner Folsom was found murdered in her Lewiston apartment. Her case is one of more than 100 unsolved homicides in Maine.

Relatives of victims and prosecutors will try to convince lawmakers to spend more than 400-thousand dollars a year top set up a unit that would focus solely on those cold cases.

Fire destroys home in Gray

GRAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fire has destroyed a home on Weymouth Road.

Firefighters responded to reports of a house fire at around 8:30 Monday morning.  When they arrived, the house was fully involved and the family of six had made it out safely.

The family said the fire started in the laundry room, but firefighters are unsure of how it started. The family tried to extinguish the fire themselves, but were unsuccessful and called for help. Firefighters from surrounding towns came to help fight the fire. The fire chief said the home is a "total loss." As of 11:30am Monday, the firefighters are still putting out hot spots.

State Cheerleading Highlights & Results

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The championships are underway for the winter sports season in high school with cheerleading the first to hand out the trophies. 

Here are the results from all four classes. 

CLASS 'A'

Biddeford 158.8*
Marshwood 158.8
Bangor  149.1
Lewiston 148.9
Noble  144
Gorham  133.5
Scarborough 130.3
Oxford Hills 129.8
Thornton 127.4
Brewer  126.4
Hampden  115.4
Edward Little 111.5

CLASS 'B'

Pirates drop fifth game out of six

HERSHEY, Pennsylvania (NEWS CENTER) - A Dane Byers goal less than four minutes into the third period proved to be the difference as the Portland Pirates lost for the fifth time in six games, 2-1 at Hershey. 

Brandon Yip's fifth goal of the season 6:14 into the second period negated the Bears lead from the game's opening goal scored just 52 seconds prior. 

Despite Louis Domingue's 34 saves, the goaltender lost his 7th straight game. 

Portland (16-21-7-2) is off for the AHL all-star break when they'll resume play at Adirondack next Friday.

Girls Hockey: Unbeaten Scarborough storms into regional final

SACO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The only unbeaten team in girls hockey heading into the playoffs showed why they're the prohibitive favorites to win a state title as Scarborough beat Capeflete (a Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete cpmbined team), 11-1. 

The top-ranked Red Storm (19-0) scored the first four goals of the game and the last seven as well. 

They'll play second-seeded Falmouth (14-5) for the Western Maine title at Portland Ice Arena on Wednesday night. 

The Eastern Maine final will be decided between #2 Lewiston (14-4-1) and #1 Leavitt/Edward Little (16-3). 

Investigation into DHHS document shredding expands

AUGUSTA (NEWS CENTER) -- The probe into whether managers at Maine's Center for Disease Control ordered staff to shred documents is expanding.

A lawyer for whistleblower Sharon Leahy-Lind says the F-B-I is now involved and has interviewed Lind. Also within the last week, the Legislature's Government Oversight Committee has asked four managers involved in the process - including C-D-C Director Shiela Pinette - to testify about what they knew, when they knew it, and whether they broke the law.

At issue is how and why millions of dollars were dispersed under the Healthy Maine Partnership program. Explanations don't exist in part because one spreadsheet in particular that existed the day before the funding allocations were announced has since disappeared.