A Maine patient’s ordeal: ‘Waiting for placement’

September 24th, 2017 by admin No comments »

SKOWHEGAN — For two months, Mark Madore has called the emergency department at Redington-Fairview General Hospital home.

There are two twin mattresses on the floor in a small room where he spends most of his time – asleep and awake. Two more mattresses are attached to the wall with athletic tape to protect him when the seizures come. A small whiteboard hangs on the wall that lists basic information, including the hospital staff member assigned to him any given day.


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Under the “notes” section are three words that have been there since he arrived: “Waiting for placement.”

Madore, who is diagnosed with neuromuscular disease and seizure disorder and has intellectual disabilities, is among hundreds of disabled adults who receive residential services under a MaineCare program known as Section 21.

Until recently, the 34-year-old had lived in a group home in Embden for about a decade. He was abruptly evicted in July after he started using medical marijuana to treat his seizures, which was not authorized by the home that provided his care.

His mother, Cathy Madore, said she takes responsibility for the medical marijuana, but disagrees with the outcome. She just wanted to help her son. Instead she left him homeless.

“Even a stray dog gets to go to a shelter,” Cathy said. “He’s a person.”

Maine’s system for providing services to adults with developmental disabilities has been fracturing for years, mostly because of insufficient funding and poor oversight. A recent federal audit revealed that the

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/24/a-maine-patients-ordeal-waiting-for-placement/

Feds charge owner of Bangor head shop with growing, selling pot …

September 23rd, 2017 by admin No comments »
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The owner of a head shop and hookah lounge in downtown Bangor is facing federal drug and money laundering charges.

Christopher Ruhlin, 48, of Holden, owner of Herbal Tea Tobacco, located at 44 Main St., and his employee, Terrence Sawtelle, 48, of Bangor, were indicted Sept. 14 by a federal grand jury on one count each of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana.

Ruhlin, who has owned the shop since 2011, also was indicted on two counts of maintaining a drug-involved place and seven counts of structuring bank transactions to avoid reporting deposits of $10,000 or more to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The government also is seeking to seize the Frankfort and Bangor properties where marijuana allegedly was grown and sold and the cash Ruhlin allegedly made selling pot.

Maine voters approved marijuana for recreational use in November, seven years after endorsing the use of medical marijuana. President Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions has said he would prosecute marijuana dealers since the drug still is illegal under federal law.

Ruhlin’s attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor, said that his client would surrender to the U.S. Marshal Service and make his first court appearance Tuesday in federal court in Bangor.

“Chris denies all charges,” Silverstein said. “He feels he’s being made an example of in the federal versus state marijuana conflict. The new [U.S.] attorney

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/09/22/news/bangor/feds-charge-owner-of-bangor-head-shop-with-growing-selling-pot/

Feds charge owner of Bangor head shop with growing, selling pot

September 22nd, 2017 by admin No comments »
Gabor Degre | BDN

The owner of a head shop and hookah lounge in downtown Bangor is facing federal drug and money laundering charges.

Christopher Ruhlin, 48, of Holden, owner of Herbal Tea Tobacco, located at 44 Main St., and his employee, Terrence Sawtelle, 48, of Bangor, were indicted Sept. 14 by a federal grand jury on one count each of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana.

Ruhlin, who has owned the shop since 2011, also was indicted on two counts of maintaining a drug-involved place and seven counts of structuring bank transactions to avoid reporting deposits of $10,000 or more to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The government also is seeking to seize the Frankfort and Bangor properties where marijuana allegedly was grown and sold and the cash Ruhlin allegedly made selling pot.

Maine voters approved marijuana for recreational use in November, seven years after endorsing the use of medical marijuana. President Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions has said he would prosecute marijuana dealers since the drug still is illegal under federal law.

Ruhlin’s attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor, said that his client would surrender to the U.S. Marshal Service and make his first court appearance Tuesday in federal court in Bangor.

“Chris denies all charges,” Silverstein said. “He feels he’s being made an example of in the federal versus state marijuana conflict. The new [U.S.] attorney

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/09/22/news/bangor/feds-charge-owner-of-bangor-head-shop-with-growing-selling-pot/

Scarborough Police Beat: Sept. 22 – The Forecaster

September 22nd, 2017 by admin No comments »
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Arrests

9/11 at 2:31 p.m. Shawn T. Brown, 34, no address listed, of Limington, was arrested on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Brian Nappi on a charge of operating after habitual offender license revocation.

9/13 at 7:39 a.m. Denise Kenny, no address listed, of Biddeford, was arrested at U.S. Route 1 and Payne Road by Officer Aaron Erickson on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license. 

9/14 at 10:30 a.m. Thomas E. Harrington, 51, of Sherry Drive, Limerick, was arrested on County Road by Officer Travis Hon on a charge of refusing to sign a summons.

9/14 at 12:38 p.m. Stephen E. Richard, 50, of Lamont Street, South Portland, was arrested on U.S. Route 1 by Officer Breagh Gomez on a charge of operating under the influence. 

9/15 at 11:38 a.m. William H. Jines II, of Webbs Mills Road, Casco, was arrested on Ginn Road by Officer Breagh Gomez on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm and violation of probation or parole.

9/15 at 8 p.m. Israel I. Oriol, 60, of Springbrook Way, Portland, was arrested on Gallery Boulevard, by officer Holly Thompson on an outstanding warrant.

9/16 at 4:52 a.m. Andrei A. Savtchenko, 41, of Maine Street, Brunswick, was arrested at Black Point Road and Thornton Road by Officer Aaron Erickson on a charge of operating a vehicle with an expired license of 90 or more days and operating with a suspended or revoked license.

Summonses 

9/11 at 1:53 p.m. Adam M. Mesta, 27, of Wermuth Road, South Portland, was

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/scarborough-police-beat-sept-22/

Scarborough Police Beat: Sept. 22

September 22nd, 2017 by admin No comments »
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Arrests

9/11 at 2:31 p.m. Shawn T. Brown, 34, no address listed, of Limington, was arrested on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Brian Nappi on a charge of operating after habitual offender license revocation.

9/13 at 7:39 a.m. Denise Kenny, no address listed, of Biddeford, was arrested at U.S. Route 1 and Payne Road by Officer Aaron Erickson on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license. 

9/14 at 10:30 a.m. Thomas E. Harrington, 51, of Sherry Drive, Limerick, was arrested on County Road by Officer Travis Hon on a charge of refusing to sign a summons.

9/14 at 12:38 p.m. Stephen E. Richard, 50, of Lamont Street, South Portland, was arrested on U.S. Route 1 by Officer Breagh Gomez on a charge of operating under the influence. 

9/15 at 11:38 a.m. William H. Jines II, of Webbs Mills Road, Casco, was arrested on Ginn Road by Officer Breagh Gomez on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm and violation of probation or parole.

9/15 at 8 p.m. Israel I. Oriol, 60, of Springbrook Way, Portland, was arrested on Gallery Boulevard, by officer Holly Thompson on an outstanding warrant.

9/16 at 4:52 a.m. Andrei A. Savtchenko, 41, of Maine Street, Brunswick, was arrested at Black Point Road and Thornton Road by Officer Aaron Erickson on a charge of operating a vehicle with an expired license of 90 or more days and operating with a suspended or revoked license.

Summonses 

9/11 at 1:53 p.m. Adam M. Mesta, 27, of Wermuth Road, South Portland, was

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/scarborough-police-beat-sept-22/

North Yarmouth man killed in Tuesday crash on I-295 in Falmouth

September 21st, 2017 by admin No comments »

Family members say Joshua Martin, who lived in North Yarmouth with his fiancée, Danyelle Hilton, was a loving, nurturing father to his daughter, Laila Martin, left, and Hilton’s children, Sean and Haylie Glass. Family photo

The family of a 36-year-old North Yarmouth man was reeling Wednesday after his death Tuesday night in a traffic accident on Interstate 295 during his commute home.

Joshua Martin was killed when his 2005 PT Cruiser was struck from behind near Exit 10 in Falmouth as traffic slowed for another crash a short distance away involving a truck that had driven off the road and into a median guardrail.

Martin had started to build a better life for himself and his family after years of battling heroin addiction, said his parents, Brenda and Jim Martin of Yarmouth.

They said they were stunned Tuesday night when police notified them of his death.

“I thought he was going to die from an overdose, not a car accident,” Brenda Martin said.

“We expected to get the call one day (that he had overdosed),” Jim Martin added. “But we were not prepared for this. That’s what made it so hard.”

Martin was a loving father to three children and worked tirelessly to put his family first, said Christine Cassella of Portland, 31, the mother of one of the children.

“If there was anything that Josh excelled at in life, it was being a father,” said Cassella. “He was incredibly patient and very

Article source: http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/09/20/north-yarmouth-man-killed-in-crash-on-i-295-in-falmouth/

Talking retail marijuana

September 21st, 2017 by admin No comments »

From left, panelists Dan Brown, Tara Young, Ellen Best and Lynne Williams all have knowledge and perspective on different angles of retail marijuana.

Article source: https://penobscotbaypress.com/multimedia/gallery/2017/sep/21/talking-retail-marijuana/

Eliot Planning Board tables request for medical pot operation

September 21st, 2017 by admin No comments »

ELIOT, Maine The Planning Board tabled a request Tuesday to establish a nonprofit medical marijuana caregiver operation at 495 Harold Dow Highway.

In a public hearing, Hughes and Kristin Pope of Eliot asked the board to amend a previously approved site plan for Route 236 that would create three warehouse/business spaces in an existing building and relocate two greenhouses at the property. It is in the commercial/industrial zone.

Meeting the zoning requirements was in question. The zoning ordinance for a nonprofit medical marijuana caregiver dispensary states a dispensary may not be located within 500 feet of the property line of an existing public or private school, residential property, child care facility, place of worship or public facility. The proposed dispensary location is across the highway from the Eliot Department of Public Works garage, a public facility and near an auto repair shop currently used as a residence but in the commercial/industrial zone.

Hughes Pope said he and his wife established a medical marijuana caregiver dispensary three years ago and decided recently to expand and move the facility. Pope said they are applying for certification from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and would control mold and pesticides. This my passion and love, he said.

Pope said the proposed building is 502 feet from the DPW building and 200 feet from the dwelling at 505 Harold Dow Highway.

I thought we were close, he said, but then questioned if the town had a definition of a

Article source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20170920/eliot-planning-board-tables-request-for-medical-pot-operation

Eliot Planning Board tables request for medical pot operation

September 21st, 2017 by admin No comments »

ELIOT, Maine — The Planning Board tabled a request Tuesday to establish a nonprofit medical marijuana caregiver operation at 495 Harold Dow Highway.

In a public hearing, Hughes and Kristin Pope of Eliot asked the board to amend a previously approved site plan for Route 236 that would create three warehouse/business spaces in an existing building and relocate two greenhouses at the property. It is in the commercial/industrial zone.

Meeting the zoning requirements was in question. The zoning ordinance for a nonprofit medical marijuana caregiver dispensary states “a dispensary may not be located within 500 feet of the property line of an existing public or private school, residential property, child care facility, place of worship or public facility.” The proposed dispensary location is across the highway from the Eliot Department of Public Works garage, a public facility and near an auto repair shop currently used as a residence but in the commercial/industrial zone.

Hughes Pope said he and his wife established a medical marijuana caregiver dispensary three years ago and decided recently to expand and move the facility. Pope said they are applying for certification from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and would control mold and pesticides. “This my passion and love,” he said.

Pope said the proposed building is 502 feet from the DPW building and 200 feet from the dwelling at 505 Harold Dow Highway.

“I thought we were close,” he said, but then questioned if the town had a definition of a

Article source: http://www.fosters.com/news/20170920/eliot-planning-board-tables-request-for-medical-pot-operation

North Yarmouth man killed in Tuesday crash on I-295 in Falmouth

September 20th, 2017 by admin No comments »

The family of a 36-year-old North Yarmouth man said they are reeling after his death Tuesday on Interstate 295 during his commute home.

Joshua Martin was a loving father to three children, and worked tirelessly to put his family first, said Christine Cassella, 31, who is the mother of one of the children.

Joshua Martin, 36, of North Yarmouth was killed in a crash on Interstate 295 in Falmouth on Tuesday.Joshua Martin, 36, of North Yarmouth was killed in a crash on Interstate 295 in Falmouth on Tuesday.

Martin was killed when his 2005 PT Cruiser was struck from behind near Exit 10 as traffic was slowing for another crash a short distance away, where a vehicle ended up on a median guardrail.

“If there was anything that Josh excelled at in life, it was being a father,” said Cassella, of Portland. “He was incredibly patient and very understanding and nurturing. Whether it was his own daughter or his stepkids, that was always his priority, 100 percent.”

Although Martin was raised in Yarmouth by his mother, Brenda, and has deep ties to the town, he moved in with his girlfriend, Danyelle Hilton, in North Yarmouth, where Martin was helping to raise two stepchildren, Cassella said.

Cassella said she, Hilton and Martin were friendly and worked together to co-parent the children. Martin’s daughter with Cassella, a 10-year-old girl, lived during the week with her mother, but spent every weekend and major holiday with Martin, Cassella said.

“We were talking about him sleeping

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/20/fatal-crash-tuesday-in-falmouth-killed-north-yarmouth-man/