Archive for June, 2015

Father files wrongful death suit in Hampden police shooting

June 30th, 2015

BANGOR, Maine — A man whose 21-year-old son was shot and killed by Hampden police two years ago has filed a wrongful death suit against the officer who fired the fatal shot, the chief of police and the town.

The Maine attorney general’s office found in October 2013 that Sgt. Christian Bailey, a more than 20-year veteran of the Hampden Police Department, was justified in using deadly force against Cameron Arrigoni. That decision will have no impact on the case, attorney Edward Benjamin of Portland, who represents the police and the town, said Tuesday.

In addition to Bailey and the town, the complaint also named Chief of Police Joseph Rogers.

The lawsuit originally was filed June 1 by Verne E. Paradie Jr., the Lewiston attorney representing Arrigoni’s father, Charles Arrigoni, 53, of Winterport, in Penobscot County Superior Court. Last week, the attorney for the town of Hampden moved it to U.S. District Court.

A trial date has not been set.

The incident on June 9, 2013, that led to Cameron Arrigoni’s death began when he told his live-in girlfriend that he was going to commit suicide and got a gun out of his car, the attorney general’s office said in its report on the shooting. She called 911 about 9:15 p.m. but hung up when he again threatened to kill himself.

When Bailey and Officer William Miller arrived, Cameron Arrigoni was trying to break down the locked door of the bedroom where the girlfriend had gone in an attempt to call 911

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/30/news/bangor/father-files-wrongful-death-suit-in-hampden-police-shooting/

Kennebec Journal June 29 police log

June 29th, 2015

AUGUSTA

Sunday at 11:57 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Gage Street.


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1:06 p.m., there was an accident on Civic Center Drive.

1:22 p.m., there was a report of a malfunctioning traffic light at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Cony Road.

1:51 p.m., mischief was reported on Cony Road.

1:54 p.m., there was a report of theft on North Street.

2:01 p.m., there was an accident at the intersection of Leighton and Old Winthrop roads.

4:01 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Marketplace Drive.

5:19 p.m., there was an accident on Arsenal Street.

5:26 p.m., there was a report of a malfunctioning traffic light at the intersection of Old Belgrade Road and Medical Center Parkway.

8:06 p.m., there was a report of a person experiencing a mental health problem on Whitten Road.

9:04 p.m., there was a traffic complaint on Penn Lane.

10 p.m., firefighters responded to an alarm on Edison Drive.

11:21 p.m., trespassing was reported on Independence Drive.

Monday at 12:15 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Edison Drive.

12:23 a.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on Cony Road.

12:58 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Glenridge Drive.

1:41 a.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on Washington Street.

2:34 a.m., firefighters responded to an alarm on Green Street.

3:27 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Bond Street.

5:01 a.m., firefighters responded to an alarm on Green Street.

7:45 a.m., firefighters extinguished a fire on Interstate

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2015/06/29/kennebec-journal-june-29-police-log/

Maine lawmakers soundly reject marijuana legalization bills

June 23rd, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine — If Maine is going to “free the weed,” the Legislature wants no part of the process.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate overwhelmingly affirmed on Monday that they would not pass a law to legalize, tax and regulate recreational use of marijuana. The House rejected LD 1380, a bill by longtime legalization advocate Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, that would have put the question out for a public vote. The bill was defeated 98-45.

The bill was the best and last chance for pro-pot activists to push their agenda through the Legislature this year. While the bill still faces a vote in the Senate, its death is all but assured; senators on Monday unanimously killed another pro-legalization bill, LD 1401, sponsored by another Portland Democrat, Rep. Mark Dion.

Two separate and competing pro-legalization groups are collecting signatures to put the legalization question out to statewide ballot in 2016.

Russell and Dion both said it’s only a matter of time before voters enact legalization by citizens’ initiative. The regulatory needs of legalization will be immense, and the Legislature should learn from history, they said.

Maine enacted a law to legalize medical cannabis in 1999, but the law has been amended in the Legislature and the ballot box several times since. Dion said that’s because the original law was not fleshed out enough to get the job done.

“Each and every Legislature that has sat in this chamber since then has been confronted with innumerable bills

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/22/politics/maine-legislature-soundly-rejects-marijuana-legalization-bills/

Maine Legislature soundly rejects marijuana legalization bills

June 22nd, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine — If Maine is going to “free the weed,” the Legislature wants no part of the process.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate overwhelmingly affirmed on Monday that they would not pass a law to legalize, tax and regulate recreational use of marijuana. The House rejected LD 1380, a bill by longtime legalization advocate Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, that would have put the question out for a public vote. The bill was defeated 98-45.

The bill was the best and last chance for pro-pot activists to push their agenda through the Legislature this year. While the bill still faces a vote in the Senate, its death is all but assured; senators on Monday unanimously killed another pro-legalization bill, LD 1401, sponsored by another Portland Democrat, Rep. Mark Dion.

Two separate and competing pro-legalization groups are collecting signatures to put the legalization question out to statewide ballot in 2016.

Russell and Dion both said it’s only a matter of time before voters enact legalization by citizens’ initiative. The regulatory needs of legalization will be immense, and the Legislature should learn from history, they said.

Maine enacted a law to legalize medical cannabis in 1999, but the law has been amended in the Legislature and the ballot box several times since. Dion said that’s because the original law was not fleshed out enough to get the job done.

“Each and every Legislature that has sat in this chamber since then has

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/22/politics/maine-legislature-soundly-rejects-marijuana-legalization-bills/?ref=latest

Local group opposes marijuana legalization – WCSH

June 19th, 2015

The Bangor Area Recovery Network is raising awareness about what it calls the pitfalls of legalization.
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Article source: http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/2015/06/18/local-group-opposes-marijuana-legalization/28945325/

Bangor health board to issue statement about effects of vaping

June 19th, 2015

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Region Public Health Advisory Board voted Wednesday to draft a statement regarding the health effects of vaping.

The advisory board is tasked with providing advice and guidance to the city of Bangor, public and private health care organizations and public policy makers in order to improve the health of the region’s population.

To date, scientific research has not produced definitive findings regarding benefits or health consequences of vaping, but the panel voted to have board member Patty Hamilton draft a statement for consideration.

“In my mind — and I have not yet brought this to the group — I feel that we ought to err on the side of the public’s health,” Hamilton, who also serves as director of Bangor Health and Community Services, said after the meeting.

“In other words, some of the data says that it could be dangerous. Other data says it isn’t. I would rather take the chance that we put guidance in place and that, if we find out that it’s not, then we can relax that guidance,” she said.

Voting Wednesday, the board approved the motion from member Bruce Campbell, clinical director for the addiction treatment agency Wellspring, directing the preparation of a statement about the health effects of vaping.

“The thing that I’ve not been convinced of is the long-term benefit of nicotine addiction,” he said. “I get it that the smoke is not going into the lungs.”

Campbell also raised concern that vaping providers target young people “because as soon

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/19/news/bangor/bangor-health-board-to-issue-statement-about-effects-of-vaping/

Anti-marijuana program kicks off in Brewer

June 18th, 2015

BREWER, Maine — An organizer for a community education series intended to raise alarm over the pitfalls of marijuana legalization in Maine said turnout was low during their first public session because most people aren’t that concerned about marijuana.

In all, five people who were not affiliated with the Bangor Area Recovery Network attended the meeting Wednesday that featured a slideshow entitled “Marijuana in the New Millennium.”

“I think that that goes to the belief that it’s not a big deal, pot isn’t a big deal, smoking marijuana isn’t a big deal, and people don’t think that they should be worried about it,” said Jean Baker, a member of the Bangor Area Recovery Network board of directors.

“But I think most of the people that came here tonight came away with some information that they didn’t have before,” she said.

During the meeting, Bangor Area Recovery Network members warned attendees about the commercialization of recreational and medical marijuana, alleging that marijuana-infused foods and candies were being marketed to children with names like “Ring Pots” and “Pot Tarts.”

In Colorado, they said, the number of medical marijuana centers and recreational marijuana stores are greater than the number of Starbucks coffee shops and McDonald’s restaurants.

That’s 505 medical marijuana centers and 322 recreational marijuana stores compared with 405 Starbucks and 227 McDonald’s as of January, according to Bangor Area Recovery Network.

They said marijuana use among teens is growing in Colorado since the legalization of recreational marijuana and that regular marijuana use by adolescents can result in

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/17/news/bangor/anti-marijuana-program-kicks-off-in-brewer/

Man shot in Ellsworth standoff seeks release for medical treatment

June 17th, 2015

BANGOR, Maine — A man shot in the face by police more than a year ago during a standoff at his Ellsworth home has asked a federal judge to release him on bail to receive medical treatment.

Jeffrey Paul Barnard, 51, appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison.

The judge took the request under advisement and will issue a written decision in a few weeks.

Barnard was charged a year ago with being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the incident in which he was injured.

When he made his first appearance in federal court on June 20, 2014, Barnard waived his right to a detention hearing. The defendant, who was arrested June 18, 2014, the day he was released from Eastern Maine Medical Center, told Nivison on Wednesday that he did not remember agreeing to be held without bail because he was heavily medicated at the time.

Barnard testified that he has made numerous requests at the Somerset County Jail, where he is being held pending a trial, to visit a specialist to repair damage to his jaw and eye from the gunshot wound. He said the requests have not been dealt with in a timely manner.

He said that he has “a dull pounding headache 24/7” and he is on a soft diet because it is so painful for him to chew his food. Barnard said that before he was shot, he qualified for Medicaid and his health care needs had been adequately addressed

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/17/news/bangor/man-shot-in-ellsworth-standoff-seeks-release-for-medical-treatment/

Medical pot, neighboring facility clear hurdles in York

June 17th, 2015



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Article source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20150615/NEWS/150619339

Portland, Maine, to allow medical marijuana festival Aug. 9

June 17th, 2015

Article source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/16/portland-maine-to-allow-medical-marijuana-festival/