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    Report: Almost half of Maine Homicides are Domestic Violence

    A new report by the state of Maine has concluded that almost half of all homicides in the state are caused by domestic violence.

    The report released Tuesday showed that the rate has remained steady for more than a decade.

    Of the 34 homicides reported in Maine from 2016-2017, 16 victims died at the hands of a family member or intimate partner, or 43 percent.

    The findings were released at the Maine State House, where officials highlighted programs for victims of domestic abuse. They also urged anyone who may be a victim to seek help.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    The Kennebec Journal reports that the study was authored by the Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel, a group first created by the Maine Legislature in 1997.

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