Small businesses explore health care options

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Small business owners are getting the chance to learn about their options under the federal health care law.

Maine Health Access Foundation and the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce are hosting an Affordable Care Act forum on Tuesday at the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn Campus.

The event designed for businesses for 50 or fewer employees will provide an overview of the health care law and it's Small Business Health Options Program.

Speakers include representatives from Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield add Maine Community Health Options, the two companies offering coverage on the exchange in Maine. Maine is one of the 36 states using the federally-run exchange.

AG says "hang up and delete" to avoid fraud

AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's Attorney General is warning consumers that the best way to combat fraud -- is to avoid becoming a victim in the first place.

Attorney General Janet Mills says that despite state and federal efforts to crack down on the kinds of scammers that target people by phone or email -- the problem isn't going away any time soon.

Mills spoke at a forum in Auburn Thursday night. she says scams cost Mainers millions of dollars every year -- money that could go towards bills, improving the local economy, all kinds of things.

But otherwise intelligent people are giving away their personal information by mistake because the scammers can sound very convincing. She says the best policy is not to engage.

Fit at Five: Kids Zumba

The arctic temperatures we have been experiencing lately have made it a challenge to enjoy the outdoors. If your kids are in need of getting a little energy out, we have the perfect activity for them. Adults have been falling in love with Zumba for years and now this popular workout is being offered to a new generation. Kids Zumba is a great way for kids ages 4-11 to join in on the Zumba fun. These 45 minute classes help teach kids confidence, coordination, and balance through games and music. Instructor Andrea Farrar tells us that teaching Kids Zumba at the Gray Rec Center has been a great way to give back to the community.

"Especially after school you can just see them come in tired and then once we start the music they just light right up."

For more information on Kids Zumba we have provided links to the Gray Rec Center and Zumba websites.

Teen arson suspect ruled incompetent to stand trial

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - The arson case against a 13-year-old Lewiston boy charged with starting a massive apartment fire in the city last year has been suspended by a judge who determined that prosecutors have not met their burden of proving the boy is competent to stand trial.

The boy faces four counts of arson stemming from fires that burned four apartment buildings and a garage on Bartlett and Pierce streets on May 3. No one was hurt.

The blaze was one of three arsons at about the same time that terrorized the city. Others have been charged in connection with the other fires.

The Sun Journal reports that after a hearing last week, the judge ruled the boy is not competent to stand trial at this time, but may be in the future.


Lewiston shooting locks down local daycares

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --  A 43-year old man has been charged with aggravated criminal threatening and reckless conduct with a firearm, following a shooting in Lewiston Monday morning.

Jerome Hudson lives in an apartment on Fisher Avenue with a woman and her children.  Police say he had gotten into a fight with the father of those children just before 8am Monday, when that fight escalated and he shot at the father.  He missed, but both men fled the scene.

Neighbors say a number of children were outside during the shooting, waiting for the school bus.  While police started a search for Hudson, an on-site daycare went into lockdown mode, telling parents not to drop their children off, and another daycare up the street kept it's doors locked and quickly shuffled it's children off to school.

Pirates drop to the bottom of the Atlantic Division

WORCESTER, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) - The Portland Pirates sank to the bottom of the division standings after a 4-3 loss at Worcester. 

Mathieu Broder (1), Jordan Martinook (6), and Kris Brown (6) each scored in the losing effort.

The Pirates (15-14-1-5) are off until Friday when they host Springfield.