Maine State News From The Associated Press 7-1-22

Affidavit: Woman killed in Maine was stabbed 484 times

PERRY, Maine (AP) — Newly unsealed court documents show that woman killed in her home in eastern Maine in April was stabbed 484 times. A state police affidavit indicates Kimberly Neptune had wounds on her legs, stomach, neck and head when her body was discovered wrapped in a blanket in her apartment in Perry. The affidavit indicates the two people charged with murder knew Neptune and planned to rob her. Their attorneys didn’t immediately return a request for comment on Thursday.
Man suspected of killing 3 in NYC home arrested in Maine

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who was wanted in a grisly triple homicide in New York City has been arrested in Maine, police said. Twenty-nine-year-old Travis Blake was arrested Thursday in Bar Harbor in the deaths of two women and a man whose bodies were found inside a home in Queens on June 24. The victims were identified as 55-year-old Karleen Barnett, her 35-year-old son Dervon Brightly and family friend Varshana Malcolm. Police say Blake will be extradited to New York to face charges in the three deaths. It’s not clear if he has an attorney who can comment.

EPA: Maine superfund site to receive $21M for cleanup

BROOKSVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine superfund mining site is receiving $21 million in Environmental Protection Agency funding to expedite contamination cleanup efforts. The EPA said in a statement Tuesday the Callahan Mine superfund site in Brooksville originally received $9 million from the bipartisan federal infrastructure bill passed in November last year but an additional $12 million has now been approved to address the contamination at the site. The funding is a part of a larger plan the agency has to help clean up superfund sites in communities across the country.
Child dies, found in plastic bin full of water

CLINTON, Maine (AP) — Officials say Thursday that a 1-year-old Maine boy who was discovered inside a water-filled plastic container has died. Police in Clinton received a call about the child on Tuesday evening. They said they responded to a home and learned that the boy was found by his mother outside in a plastic bin that had filled with water. Police say the child was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he later died. Police said Maine State Police are still investigating the circumstances that lead to the child’s drowning. They told the Morning Sentinel an initial investigation determined the child fell into the bin and wasn’t able to get out.