Archive for February, 2015

Opposing sides in Maine’s 2014 bear-baiting referendum square off over ballot bill

February 25th, 2015

AUGUSTA – The fallout from last year’s bitter bear-baiting referendum trickled into the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee Wednesday, as lawmakers took testimony on a bill restricting how signatures are gathered for ballot initiatives.

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, a pro-hunting group that played a leading role in opposing the referendum, drafted L.D. 176, which would make it harder for out-of-staters to participate in the signature gathering process to put a question on the ballot. The bill could affect future referendums, including another bear-baiting questions, because some campaigns depend on organizations that specialize in signature collection.

The Humane Society of the United States, a national group that bankrolled the bear-baiting campaign, opposes the bill. So does the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, which argued that the proposal restricts the constitutional right to political speech.

Wayne Pacelle, the society’s CEO, would not specify in a phone interview Wednesday when the organization might attempt another referendum on bear hunting practices.

Maine is one of at least 20 states that allow its citizens to use ballot question process to change, repeal or enact laws. A provision in the Maine constitution requires that those who circulate petitions to gather signatures be Maine residents. However, over the years campaigns have used nonresidents to witness, and in some instances, play an active role, in the process, according to David Trahan, executive director of the sportsman’s group. Trahan said Wednesday that the humane society exploited the loophole in a “shady, if not illegal” way while gathering signatures in 2013.

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Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/25/supporters-opponents-of-2014-bear-bating-referendum-square-off-over-ballot-bill/

Presque Isle police seize ‘canned’ pot during traffic stop

February 25th, 2015

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Presque Isle police seized a dozen mason jars filled with marijuana and related paraphernalia after a Tuesday night traffic stop, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.

Officer Kevin Reed working with his K9 partner, Dozer, pulled the driver over for speeding and driving erratically, Chief Matthew Irwin said in the post. A field sobriety test indicated the driver’s blood alcohol level was 0.12, according to the post.

Efforts to reach Irwin Wednesday afternoon were not immediately successful.

The driver, whose name, age and residence were not available, allegedly admitted to having marijuana in his possession but claimed to also have a medical marijuana card permitting him to do so.

However, according to Irwin’s post, not only had the card been voided, the driver was in possession of more than three-times the amount of marijuana allowed had the card been valid.

The marijuana and related items were taken by Reed, according to Irwin’s post, and the driver was charged with possession of an illegal substance.

 

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/25/news/aroostook/presque-isle-police-seize-canned-pot-during-traffic-stop/

Former school building in Mattawamkeag has two potential buyers

February 25th, 2015

MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine — Town leaders plan to talk next week to two potential buyers of the former Dr. Carl Troutt School, officials said Tuesday.

If all goes well, a small manufacturing business, which would employ no more than a dozen people, will make a tentative offer to the Board of Selectmen when the board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The other potential investor could make a conference call with the board, Chairman John Whitehouse said.

“We have been working with an individual tailoring an offer to repurpose it in some way. He came up with one idea and decided that wouldn’t work, but he is still interested in the property,” Whitehouse said Tuesday.

The manufacturer has asked that his name be kept confidential until he is ready to make an offer, said Whitehouse, who doesn’t know what type of business the second investor would offer.

The building will not house a marijuana grower, Woodhouse said.

Residents voted 52-22 at a special town meeting Jan. 12 to reject a tentative proposal from a Lebanon-based company to buy the former school for $69,000 and turn it into a medical marijuana dispensary. Besides worrying a marijuana grower would draw crime to the area, residents objected to losing the playing fields on school grounds.

The manufacturer would allow the town to keep the ballfields, Whitehouse said. He hopes to hold an informational forum with the buyer before scheduling a new town meeting. Voters must approve the sale before it can occur.

Selectmen have had four informal offers

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/24/news/penobscot/former-school-building-in-mattawamkeag-has-two-potential-buyers/

Defendant’s face showed fresh scratches after Nichole Cable died

February 24th, 2015

BANGOR, Maine — A former co-worker of the man accused of luring a 15-year-old girl to her death using a fake Facebook page testified Tuesday that Kyle Dube’s face was scratched by a client the night before Nichole Cable died.

Clifford Redman of Monticello also told the jury that Dube showed up for work the day after the Glenburn girl was killed with fresh scratches on his face in different places.

Redman told jurors that he and Dube worked for the Getchell Agency in May 2013. The weekend of May 11-12 they were at a house caring for a woman with a mental illness who became violent on Saturday, Redman testified.

“She attacked us and clawed Kyle’s face near his eye that day,” Redman said. “We filled out an incident report. When I saw him on Monday [May 13, 2013] he had a couple by his nose he hadn’t had before.”

The prosecution showed the jury a photo of Dube with scratches above and next to his left eye. In the picture, Dube also had scratches left of his nose and on his upper lip.

Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber said in his opening statement Monday that Dube’s DNA was found under Cable’s fingernails.

Redman and two other men who worked with Dube testified on the second day of his trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center. A Bangor police detective trained in computer forensics also took the stand.

Dube is accused of luring Cable out of her mother’s home in Glenburn on Mother’s Day nearly two years

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/24/news/bangor/detective-testifies-he-traced-fake-facebook-page-used-to-lure-nichole-cable-from-home-to-accused-killer/

Detective says fake Facebook page used to lure Nichole Cable traced to …

February 24th, 2015

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor police detective trained in computer forensics testified Tuesday morning that the fake Facebook page created to lure 15-year-old Nichole Cable from her home was traced to Kyle Dube’s cellphone.

Brent Beaulieu took the stand on the second day of Dube’s jury trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Dube is accused of luring Cable out of her mother’s home in Glenburn on Mother’s Day nearly two years ago by using someone else’s identity on Facebook, then killing her in an abduction gone wrong. Dube allegedly planned to kidnap the girl, hide her, then find her and play the hero.

He has pleaded not guilty to one count each of kidnapping and murder in the May 12, 2013, death of the Old Town High School student. Dube created a phony Facebook page using the identity of Bryan Butterfield, his then-girlfriend’s former boyfriend, to convince Cable to leave her Glenburn home and meet him, according to the prosecution.

Beaulieu also said that he traced a Facebook account using the name Bryan Butterfield and an AOL email account using that name to a computer at Dube’s home.

Facebook chats between Butterfield and Cable on the afternoon of May 12, 2013, the day the victim disappeared, were shown to the jury. They included plans for the two to meet to smoke marijuana and directions to Cable’s mother’s house in Glenburn.

The chats ended at 9:18 p.m., Beaulieu told the jury. There was no communication on Facebook or email after that.

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/24/news/bangor/detective-testifies-he-traced-fake-facebook-page-used-to-lure-nichole-cable-from-home-to-accused-killer/

Nichole Cable’s mother tells jury: ‘I felt something was wrong’

February 23rd, 2015

BANGOR, Maine — The mother of a slain 15-year-old girl testified Monday that when her daughter, Nichole Cable, did not answer her phone or return a text message on May 13, 2013, she knew something wasn’t right.

“I was scared,” Kristine Wiley of Glenburn testified Monday afternoon. “I felt something was wrong.”

An emotional Wiley testified on the first day of the jury trial of Kyle Dube, 21, of Orono at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Dube’s mother, Tammy Dube of Orono, also took the stand.

Dube is accused of luring Cable out of her mother’s home in Glenburn on Mother’s Day nearly two years ago by using someone else’s identity on Facebook, then killing her in an abduction gone wrong. Dube allegedly planned to kidnap the girl, hide her, then find her and play the hero.

Cable’s body was found late May 20, 2013, in a wooded area of Old Town. The teenager died of “asphyxia due to compression of the neck,” according to Dr. Margaret Greenwald of the state medical examiner’s office. Greenwald is to testify later this week.

Dube has pleaded not guilty to one count each of kidnapping and murder in the May 12, 2013, death of the Old Town High School student. Dube created a phony Facebook page using the identity of Bryan Butterfield, his then-girlfriend’s former boyfriend, to convince Cable to leave her Glenburn home and meet him, according to the prosecution.

In addition to Wiley and Dube’s mother, Cable’s best friend, Butterfield, neighbors of the Wileys, and a

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/23/news/bangor/nichole-cables-best-friend-tells-jury-they-drank-smoked-pot-together/

Nichole Cable’s best friend tells jury Dube took them to party

February 23rd, 2015

BANGOR, Maine — The best friend of a slain 15-year-old allegedly lured from her home by a fake Facebook page testified Monday that she and Nichole Cable liked “to party — drink and smoke marijuana together.”

Haleigh Robertson, 18, of Old Town told the jury of eight men and seven women, including three alternates, that she and Cable started smoking marijuana after Kyle Dube took them to an outdoor party in Dixmont, a few months before Cable died.

Robertson was the first witness in Dube’s trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Cable’s mother, Kristine Wiley of Glenburn, is expected to take the stand after a lunch break. She appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show to warn of Internet dangers.

Dube, 21, of Orono has pleaded not guilty to one count each of kidnapping and murder in the May 12, 2013, death of the Old Town High School student. Dube created a phony page on the online social network using the identity of another man, Bryan Butterfield, to convince Cable to leave her Glenburn home and meet him, according to the prosecution.

Robertson, now a senior, said that she had been best friends with Cable since the sixth grade. At the time of Cable’s death, both attended Old Town High School.

Robertson testified that the night her friend disappeared, she received a text from Cable that said she was going to meet Bryan Butterfield. Robertson said she did not read it when it was sent — between 9 and 10 p.m. —

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/23/news/bangor/nichole-cables-best-friend-tells-jury-they-drank-smoked-pot-together/

Three sentenced in Winterport marijuana robbery case

February 20th, 2015

All three of the men who impersonated police officers and stole medical marijuana plants from a residence in Winterport have been sentenced as of Friday, Feb. 13. An accomplice’s case is still pending.

Kerry L. Hurd, 45, of Bucksport, and his brother Jeffrey Hurd, 48, of Glenburn, along with Scott Roberts, 35, of Glenburn were indicted in November 2014 by a Waldo County grand jury on the charges of Class A robbery with a dangerous weapon, Class D theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, Class E impersonating of a public servant, and Class E criminal trespass. On Feb. 13, at Waldo County Superior Court with Justice Robert Murray presiding, Kerry Hurd and Jeffrey Hurd pleaded guilty to and were convicted of impersonating a public servant and criminal trespass. The theft and robbery charges were dismissed, and instead they both pleaded guilty to new “information” charges, which are charges brought by the public prosecutor without a grand jury indictment, of Class C theft by unauthorized taking of property valued at more than $1,000.

The two brothers were each sentenced to 6 months for impersonating a public servant, 6 months for criminal trespass, and 3 years with all but 9 months suspended for theft by unauthorized taking. All sentences will be served concurrently with each brother serving 9 months in jail and 2 years probation upon release. Each will pay a $75 fine to the court, as well as a portion of the $1,000 restitution due to the victim. Roberts, and his girlfriend April

Article source: http://waldo.villagesoup.com/p/three-sentenced-in-winterport-marijuana-robbery-case/1307080

Lewiston man pleads not guilty to killing infant son

February 20th, 2015

A Lewiston man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he killed his infant son and he will continue to be held on $100,000 bail for the foreseeable future.

Danny Adams, 24, was arrested Jan. 7 at his apartment on Rideout Avenue where he lived with 3-month-old Zade Adams and the child’s mother.

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The boy was found unresponsive in his crib on Dec. 14. An investigation by the State Medical Examiner and Maine State Police determined that Adams died of asphyxiation, police said. Adams told police he forced a pacifier into the baby’s mouth and an hour later realized he wasn’t breathing. He told police that he had been using heroin and marijuana the night before and that he was frustrated because the child wouldn’t stop crying, according to court papers.

On Thursday, Adams was arraigned in Androscoggin Superior Court in Auburn and entered not guilty pleas to charges of depraved indifference murder and manslaughter. He did not challenge his bail though his attorney reserved the right to ask for a modification of bail in the future.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Crockett said the state must turn over investigative information to the defense by April 1 and the two sides have three months to submit motions to the court.

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Husson University To Host Third Annual Interprofessional Event

February 20th, 2015

Feb 18, 2015 09:39 PM EST

Third Annual Interprofessional Evening of Conversation
(Photo : Husson University ) More than 250 Husson University students will participate in the Third Annual Interprofessional Evening of Conversation on Feb.19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Gracie Theatre.

More than 250 Husson University students will participate in the Third Annual Interprofessional Evening of Conversation on Feb.19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Gracie Theatre.

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The event, structured in a manner similar to “grand rounds”, features a simulated case presentation with an actor portraying a patient with a health condition. Students observe the interview and then engage in small group discussions from an interprofessional perspective where they formulate a care plan for the “patient.”

Twenty-five student and faculty facilitators help engage the more than 250 Husson students participating in this event.

Husson University is one of only a few institutions of higher education in Maine using this cutting-edge method of education for their healthcare and education programs.

Once completed, the students from the various healthcare and education disciplines will have gained insight into drawing out information from patients, identifying treatment options and the potential for various healthcare disciplines to contribute to a plan of action that improves patient outcomes.

“While there are many opportunities for Husson students to experience interprofessional collaboration as part of their education, the “Evening of Conversation” is

Article source: http://www.universityherald.com/articles/16046/20150218/husson-university-to-host-third-annual-interprofessional-event.htm