Archive for August, 2015

Knox County Grand Jury Indictments: Manslaughter, drug trafficking, aggravated …

August 29th, 2015

ROCKLAND – The Knox County Grand Jury handed down 20 indictments on Aug. 6. Of the 20 indictments, one includes a drug trafficking charge against an inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren. The indictments represent 18 individuals from Maine and two from Massachusetts. An indictment does not imply guilt.

Jeremy Stephan Stone, 41, of Rockport, manslaughter, aggravated criminal operating under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident involving bodily injury or death, and improper plates.

Stone was arrested Jan. 30 on charges related to a fatal hit-and-run vehicle accident in Rockland. He was accused of driving while intoxicated and striking Daniel F. Cormier, 35, of Rockland and Owls Head, while Cormier was walking along Camden Street (Route 1) near the Pizza Hut. The two people walking with Cormier were not injured. Cormier was pronounced dead at Pen Bay Medical Center.

According to court documents, Stone was accused of fleeing the scene of the accident. Stone said he wasn’t sure what he hit, that visibility was poor due to the rain, and he panicked and drove off, instead of staying at the scene.

Rockland Police Sgt. Don Finnegan and Detective Russ Thompson arrested Stone at his residence in Rockland, after his location was identified to police by a woman. She told police at the scene she had received a call from Stone after the accident saying that he “messed up and might have hit someone on Camden Street.”

Finnegan said that when he spoke with Stone at his home his speech was slow, and he

Article source: http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/knox-county-grand-jury-indictments-manslaughter-drug-trafficking-aggravated-oui-theft/57877?source=mp

Woman rescued by bicyclist after car tumbles off Acadia road

August 28th, 2015

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A Florida woman has been summoned on a federal charge of possession of marijuana after her car went off the Park Loop Road, fell 20 feet down a steep embankment and caught fire on Thursday, according to a park ranger.

A bicyclist from Argentina who witnessed the accident put out the flames with a fire extinguisher from a passing Island Explorer bus and then kicked out the rear window of the woman’s car and pulled her to safety, Ranger Chris Wiebusch said Friday.

The woman, Brenda McCabe, 57, of St. Petersburg, Florida, suffered only minor injuries in the accident, according to Wiebusch.

The accident occurred around 11 a.m. as McCabe was driving a 2016 Kia Sedona toward Otter Cliffs, the ranger said. Rangers are not sure how it happened, but Wiebusch said McCabe told them that she heard a loud noise just prior to her car rolling off the road.

“It took two coping stones with it and fell about 20 feet,” Wiebusch said of the vehicle, which came to rest on its driver’s side. “She heard a loud bang and the next thing she knew the vehicle was rolling off the cliff.”

Wiebusch said McCabe’s car may have drifted off the left side of the pavement and blown a tire, which then could have caused her car to veer over the edge.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Wiebusch said the quick thinking of the cyclist, whom rangers interviewed after the accident with the help of a translator,

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/08/28/news/hancock/woman-rescued-by-bicyclist-after-car-tumbles-off-acadia-road/

Kennebec Journal Aug. 26 police log

August 28th, 2015

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Tuesday at 8:18 a.m., a 22-year-old Augusta woman was summoned on charges of operating while her license was suspended or revoked and failure to register a vehicle by police making a motor vehicle stop on Old Winthrop Road.


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9 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Riverside Drive.

10:20 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Western Avenue.

11:11 a.m., a theft was reported on Gage Street.

11:13 a.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Stephen King Drive.

11:16 a.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Stone Street.

1:30 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Western Avenue and Melville Street.

2:14 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Gage Street.

2:47 p.m., an overdose was reported on Cony and Pearl streets.

4:04 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Medical Center Parkway.

4:53 p.m., a motor vehicle crash causing injuries was reported on Sewall Street.

5:58 p.m., a motor vehicle fire was reported on Memorial Circle.

6:15 p.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Mount Vernon Avenue.

8:14 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Penobscot Street.

8:24 p.m., a 37-year-old Waterville woman was summoned on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer by police responding to a report of shoplifting on Stephen King Drive.

10:30 p.m., harassment was reported on Medical Center Parkway.

11:49 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Patterson Street.

Wednesday at 12:58 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Riverside Drive.

1:49 a.m., mentally disturbed persons were reported on Water Street.

8:29 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Western Avenue.

8:55 a.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Whitten Road.

9:49 a.m., terrorizing was reported on Anthony Avenue.

10:19 a.m.,

Article source: http://www.centralmaine.com/2015/08/26/kennebec-journal-aug-26-police-log-2/

More research needed to inform marijuana decisions

August 27th, 2015

Marijuana is approved for medical use in 23 states, including Maine, but there is scant scientific evidence of its success in treating a range of conditions. That’s because marijuana research has long been tightly restricted by the federal government.

The legal marijuana market — both medical and recreational — is growing. But there is a dearth of evidence of the effectiveness of marijuana for medical purposes. Nor do we know the full extent of the dangers of recreational pot use.

Answers to these question will only come through research, which not only must be easier, but should be fast tracked so state policymakers and voters have better information as they consider increasingly common proposals to legalize marijuana.

In June, the Obama administration began to relax federal restrictions on marijuana research. It removed an extra layer of review by the Public Health Service that was required before any nongovernment funded research on medical marijuana could begin. This review — required before researchers could purchase marijuana — slowed down projects, including one examining the use of marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

There is still only one approved provider of marijuana for medical research, the University of Mississippi. Until recently, the school was only permitted to grow 21 kilograms of marijuana a year. Last year, federal regulators raised that to 650 kilograms to meet scientific and research needs.

Despite these changes, it will take years for clinical trials to

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/08/20/opinion/editorials/more-research-needed-to-inform-marijuana-decisions/

Sanford hospital patient denied medical marijuana

August 27th, 2015

SANFORD — Eric Chipman doesn’t hide his medical marijuana use, which he says best treats the lasting effects of a severe accident he was in 40 years ago.

So, during a two-week stay at Southern Maine Health Care in Sanford, Chipman told his doctors he was rubbing a marijuana-based lotion into his skin that relieves pain better than the narcotic drugs he tries to avoid. After making that disclosure, however, Chipman was told by hospital officials he was in violation of hospital policy and must remove it from the property.


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The loss of his medicine slowed Chipman’s recovery, he said, because of pain and inflexibility that makes it harder to do physical therapy sessions and gain back the strength he needs to care for himself and get in and out of his wheelchair.

“Medical marijuana could help so many people and they won’t allow it,” Chipman said. “I think of it as a Catch-22.”

Chipman, like other patients around the state, ran afoul of a hospital policy that is common in Maine, despite a state law that allows qualified patients to use medical marijuana.

Because marijuana is illegal under federal law and hospitals are licensed by the federal government, they could risk being found in violation of their license, lose funding and face penalties. Also, because medical marijuana is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, clinicians are prohibited from providing the drug in a hospital, officials said in April while testifying against a bill that would

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/08/23/hospital-patient-denied-medical-marijuana-lotion/

The pot trail, from Oregon to New England: Congressman campaigns for …

August 26th, 2015

TJI_marijuana talk 1_082715New Hampshire is not exactly on the cutting edge when it comes to marijuana legalization, but Granite State voters are hearing plenty about pot.

One reason: presidential politics.

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., swung through the Live Free or Die state en route to speaking to marijuana legalization advocates in Portland last week.

Maine is already knee deep in pot legalization efforts.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (https://www.regulatemaine.org), backed by the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project, filed a ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine and reported raising more than $53,000 by mid-July toward qualifying the November 2016 ballot measure. Legalize Maine (http://legalizemaine.net), a grassroots group, also is in the signature-gathering process with its own legalization measure. In late July, the group reported gathering more than 20,000 signatures of the 61,000 needed to qualify for next year’s general election ballot.

At Urban Farm Fermentory on Aug. 20, Blumenauer explained the importance of Maine’s neighbor to the west.

“I’ve started to be involved a little bit in presidential politics, and one of the reasons I spent time in New Hampshire, it’s not that we’re going to get full legalization anytime soon in New Hampshire, I want it to be an issue in New Hampshire,” Blumenauer explained. “The 25 men and women running for president, you can’t turn around in New Hampshire without tripping over them. … I don’t want any man or

Article source: http://portlandphoenix.me/2015/08/26/news/the-pot-trail-from-oregon-to-new-england-congressman-campaigns-for-legalization-in-n-h-maine/

The Phoenix Potpourri: Police say murder suspect, victim apparent strangers in …

August 26th, 2015

potpourri murder boudreau_082715Police said there is no indication that a suspect in a fatal throat-slitting at a Shaw’s supermarket in Saco on Aug. 19, 31-year-old Connor MacCalister of Saco, knew the victim, Wendy Boudreau, 59, also of Saco.

The crime shocked the community and left the public grappling with a crime with no apparent motive.

A funeral ceremony was held Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Thornton Academy Garland Auditorium, for Boudreau, the mother to five adult children whose obituary indicated she worked as a nurse’s aide for Notre Dame Hospital in Biddeford and later began work as the office manager for the family business, Jeff Boudreau General Contractor. She maintained her position with the family business and began work at the Thornton Academy Alumni Office, according to her obituary.

The man accused of slitting her throat initially was identified as female by police. MacCalister’s brother, Jeremy Hopkins, told the Portland Press Herald that the suspect is a female-to-male transgender person who identified as a male for the past few years.

On Facebook, MacCalister wrote “Aufweidersehen!!!,” German for “goodbye,” in February 2010, the last Facebook post by the suspect, who also listed as background, “attending Biddeford High School.”

Police said the stabbing took place near the ice cream freezers inside the Shaw’s Supermarket just before 3 p.m. Aug. 19. Two local EMTs were in the store at the time and immediately started giving Boudreau medical assistance, police reported. She was taken to Southern Maine Medical Center,

Article source: http://portlandphoenix.me/2015/08/26/news/the-phoenix-potpourri-police-say-murder-suspect-victim-apparent-strangers-in-saco-incident/

The Phoenix Potpourri: Police say murder suspect, victim apparent strangers in …

August 26th, 2015

potpourri murder boudreau_082715Police said there is no indication that a suspect in a fatal throat-slitting at a Shaw’s supermarket in Saco on Aug. 19, 31-year-old Connor MacCalister of Saco, knew the victim, Wendy Boudreau, 59, also of Saco.

The crime shocked the community and left the public grappling with a crime with no apparent motive.

A funeral ceremony was held Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Thornton Academy Garland Auditorium, for Boudreau, the mother to five adult children whose obituary indicated she worked as a nurse’s aide for Notre Dame Hospital in Biddeford and later began work as the office manager for the family business, Jeff Boudreau General Contractor. She maintained her position with the family business and began work at the Thornton Academy Alumni Office, according to her obituary.

The man accused of slitting her throat initially was identified as female by police. MacCalister’s brother, Jeremy Hopkins, told the Portland Press Herald that the suspect is a female-to-male transgender person who identified as a male for the past few years.

On Facebook, MacCalister wrote “Aufweidersehen!!!,” German for “goodbye,” in February 2010, the last Facebook post by the suspect, who also listed as background, “attending Biddeford High School.”

Police said the stabbing took place near the ice cream freezers inside the Shaw’s Supermarket just before 3 p.m. Aug. 19. Two local EMTs were in the store at the time and immediately started giving Boudreau medical assistance, police reported. She was taken to Southern Maine Medical Center,

Article source: http://portlandphoenix.me/2015/08/26/news/the-phoenix-potpourri-police-say-murder-suspect-victim-apparent-strangers-in-saco-incident/

OUR OPINION: Federal action on medical marijuana the fair and compassionate …

August 26th, 2015

Maine law allows residents of all ages, from children with epilepsy to adults with post-traumatic stress disorder, to ease the impact of their ailments with medical cannabis. There’s a catch, though: Most Maine hospitals ban the drug for fear of federal penalties, as one patient recently found out when he had to leave his medication behind during a two-week stay at a Sanford hospital.

But both in Maine and nationwide, the outlook for medical-marijuana patients may be growing brighter. Both houses of Congress are poised to take up proposals to end the federal ban on medical marijuana, and passage of the legislation would be a major step forward for fairness and for compassion.


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Under federal law, marijuana is a Schedule I drug; it has no known medical benefits and a “high capacity for abuse.” But Americans in Maine and 22 other states have found something quite different: Cannabis helps relieve their symptoms.

For example, Eric Chipman of Sanford, who suffered serious injuries in a 1976 motorcycle accident, uses cannabis to make a lotion. It doesn’t get him high, he says, but it does make it easier for him to use his hands. But Chipman was told he couldn’t use the lotion while he was at Southern Maine Medical Center for treatment of a blood infection.

Marijuana is illegal under federal law, so hospitals that allow medical cannabis could lose federal certification and funding. The loss of his medicine has delayed his recovery, Chipman

Article source: http://www.centralmaine.com/2015/08/26/our-opinion-federal-action-on-medical-marijuana-the-fair-and-compassionate-thing-to-do/

Sanford hospital patient denied medical marijuana lotion

August 24th, 2015

SANFORD — Eric Chipman doesn’t hide his medical marijuana use, which he says best treats the lasting effects of a severe accident he was in 40 years ago.

So, during a two-week stay at Southern Maine Health Care in Sanford, Chipman told his doctors he was rubbing a marijuana-based lotion into his skin that relieves pain better than the narcotic drugs he tries to avoid. After making that disclosure, however, Chipman was told by hospital officials he was in violation of hospital policy and must remove it from the property.

Eric Chipman, seen in a wheelchair in a hospital room at Southern Maine Health Care in Sanford on Wednesday, suffered a number of debilitating injuries as the result of a motorcycle accident in 1976. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer


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The loss of his medicine slowed Chipman’s recovery, he said, because of pain and inflexibility that makes it harder to do physical therapy sessions and gain back the strength he needs to care for himself and get in and out of his wheelchair.

“Medical marijuana could help so many people and they won’t allow it,” Chipman said. “I think of it as a Catch-22.”

Chipman, like other patients around the state, ran afoul of a hospital policy that is common in Maine, despite a state law that allows qualified patients to use medical marijuana.

Because marijuana is illegal under federal law and hospitals are licensed by the federal government, they could risk being found in violation of their

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/08/23/hospital-patient-denied-medical-marijuana-lotion/