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Repeat offender with mental illness sentenced

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Darrell McCauley has a history of violence and inappropriate contact with young girls.

"That afternoon my daughters innocence was taken and after I confronted this man, who said what I just kissed her, he kicked me in the face".

The was the emotional plea for justice from a woman who's 12-year old daughter was grabbed and kissed by McCauley. While on supervised release from a group home in Brunswick he still managed to grab the girl and kiss her on the mouth.

It is not the first time McCauley has done something like that. In 2000 he was convicted of assaulting his sister. The following year he hugged and harassed an 11-year-old girl at a ski area. In 2003 he walked away from a supervised apartment in Augusta and kissed and groped a 7-year-old girl in her back yard.

Tuesday's boys hockey quarter-final schedule/scores

NEWS CENTER - The boys high school hockey quarter-finals got underway on Monday night with a Lewiston win.  Here's the rest of the regional matchups that are all scheduled for Tuesday.  

CLASS 'A' WEST

(8) SOUTH PORTLAND    0
(1) FALMOUTH             10

(5) CHEVERUS     3
(4) NOBLE/WELLS  4

(6) BIDDEFORD           3
(3) THORNTON ACADEMY  5

(7) PORTLAND/DEERING       2
(2) SCARBOROUGH          4

CLASS 'A' EAST

Cap on tax deductions could hurt nonprofits' bottomlines

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A change to the state's tax code last year, designed to close part of a $37 million budget shortfall by capping tax deductions, may cause a ripple effect in the budgets of nonprofits across the state.

The change caps all deductions, including donations to charity, at $27,500 reducing the tax incentive for Mainers to give to nonprofit organizations.

Brenda Peluso, director of public policy for the Maine Association of Nonprofits, says it is too early to tell what the impact will be right now, because donors who gave during 2013 are finding out now that they are not eligible for a tax deduction on large gifts.

"I have heard some people say they are going to double down, reduce their contributions to make up for their losses in 2013 in 2014," stated Peluso. 

Famous author cuts a check to bookstore in Topsham

TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Best-selling author James Patterson is giving away $1 million of his own money to independent bookstores.

On Wednesday, Patterson announced the first round of 55 stores to receive over $267,000 in funds.

Patterson's publisher, Hachette Book Group, released a statement saying the author feels that bookstores are vital to communities and that they leave a lasting love of reading in children and adults.

Percy's Burrow in Topsham received a check from Patterson in the about of $2,500.

Father and 4-year-old rescued from house fire in Bath

BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A father and son are lucky to be alive after a fire in their South Street home Thursday afternoon.

PHOTOS: Fire in Bath

The fire started at 62 South Street around 3:30 p.m., according to Bath Fire Chief Stephen Hinds.

He said when his crews arrived, they found all three floors of the building burning, and a father and son in the second floor window.

John Tanguay, 37, his son, Nicholas, 4, were trapped inside.

By the time firefighters got to the window, it was almost too late.

"The fire was in the room with the people when we got to them," said Chief Hinds.

Firefighters were able to get them out with seconds to spare.

"Very, extremely lucky," said Hinds.

Bath Iron Works competes with Southern shipyards

BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Senator Susan Collins says she thinks bath iron Works has a good chance of winning a new shipbuilding contract with the I.S. Coast Guard.

BIW was told last week it is one of three finalists to design and build a new generation of offshore cutters for the Coast Guard. That service hopes to build as many as 25 ships in the coming years. Sen. Collins' office reports the estimated total price for those ships is more than $7 billion.

Bath Iron Works is competing for the contract against shipyards in Louisiana and Florida, one of which has reportedly built other vessels for the Coast Guard. Shipyards in the Gulf Coast area have a reputation for being able to build vessels at lower costs than those in the Northeast.