Archive for November, 2015

Man shot, killed in Bangor identified

November 30th, 2015

BANGOR, Maine — Police on Monday identified the man who died early Friday in a shooting on Center Street as Robert Mark Kennedy, 38, of Bangor.

Investigators have not released the identity of the second victim. He is being treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center, according to Sgt. Tim Cotton, spokesman for the Bangor police.

An autopsy of Kennedy’s body was completed Sunday, but the medical examiner’s office declined to release any information about what it found.

“I can’t release any information at this time, the investigation remains active,” Mark Belserene, spokesman for the office of the chief medical examiner, said Monday.

Cotton said the investigation into what led to the shootings is ongoing. He declined to comment on whether investigators suspect the incident might be drug-related.

The two New York men charged in connection with the shootings have extensive criminal histories in New York, according to court records in that state.

Robert Hansley, 27, and Thomas Ferguson, 37, both of Brooklyn, New York, were arrested Friday night on charges of murder and elevated aggravated assault. Police took them into custody about 7 p.m. outside a Hammond Street apartment near Webster Avenue.

They are being held at the Penobscot County Jail.

The men are scheduled to make their first appearances before Superior Court Justice William Anderson at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

They will be held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail until their attorneys request hearings on whether there are conditions under which they could be released.

Ferguson has been convicted of

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/11/30/news/bangor/man-shot-killed-in-bangor-identified/

Two New York men arrested in fatal Bangor shooting, 1 victim identified

November 30th, 2015

By Judy Harrison and Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Police on Monday identified the man who died early Friday in a shooting on Center Street as Robert Mark Kennedy, 38, of Bangor.

Investigators have not identified the second victim, a male, who is being treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center, according to Sgt. Tim Cotton, spokesman for the Bangor police.

An autopsy of Kennedy’s body was completed Sunday, but the medical examiner’s office declined to release any information Monday about what it found.

“I can’t release any information at this time, the investigation remains active,” said Mark Belserene, spokesman for the office of the chief medical examiner. “The autopsy is completed and I will continue to check to see when I can release the cause.”

Two New York men charged in connection with the shootings have extensive criminal histories in New York, according to court records in that state.

Robert Hansley, 27, and Thomas Ferguson, 37, both of Brooklyn, New York, were arrested Friday night on charges of murder and elevated aggravated assault. Police took them into custody about 7 p.m. outside a Hammond Street apartment near Webster Avenue.

They are being held at the Penobscot County Jail.

The men are scheduled to make their first appearances at 8 a.m. Tuesday before Superior Court Justice William Anderson at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

They will be held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail until their attorneys request hearings on whether there are

Article source: http://www.wgme.com/news/features/featured/stories/two-new-york-men-arrested-fatal-bangor-shooting-1-victim-identified-2496.shtml

Homesteaders of ‘Sugarbush’ make music together

November 29th, 2015

THORNDIKE, Maine — On a cold, clear evening deep in the woods of Thorndike, three women gathered in an off-the-grid cabin, plugged in the Christmas lights, got out the wine and homemade chocolate and tuned their instruments.

Then the women — all mothers, Waldo County homesteaders and farmers — opened their voices and lost themselves in song. Sugarbush, a trio formed last January comprising Camille Giglio on the cello, Becca Biggs on the banjo and Amy Green on guitar, has had a busy and eventful year, but there’s still nothing the three like better than to get together and sing.

“I love the synergy of our connection as friends and sisters together,” Giglio, 30, of Thorndike said. “We’ve often called this our therapy. Creating music together is very intimate and very deep. We go very deep. We know a lot about each other and our lives. I think that comes across when we play for people.”

The three took very different paths before meeting, but they all have a long time love of music and of choosing a simpler, more deliberate lifestyle. Their homes don’t all feature indoor plumbing, but they are rich in song, they said, adding that many of their counter-culture friends also are musicians and bring instruments to every gathering.

“The point is living a good life,” Green said.

Briggs, 28, of Monroe runs the Roots and Wings Farmstead with her partner, Sean James, and has been writing and playing music since she was a child. Green, 33, of Monroe is a medical marijuana

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/11/29/homestead/homesteaders-of-sugarbush-make-music-together/

Slippery path from prescription opiates to heroin all too prevalent in Maine

November 26th, 2015

Editor’s note: This story has been rewritten to remove references to Bob Bailey, who had falsely described himself as a former Maine state trooper. A story describing that incident can be found here.

Andrew Kiezulas was given an oxycodone prescription when he injured his back slipping on the ice in 2007. The powerful drug eased the pain from his injury, but it also set him on a path to heroin addiction – a path that thousands of others in Maine also have taken.

OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS

Total opioids dispensed in the MaineCare system have fallen by 45 percent since 2012, from 22.1 million in 2012 to 12.2 million in 2014, after MaineCare instituted reforms making it more difficult to obtain opioid prescriptions.

But for patients using private insurers, opioids dispensed increased by 5 percent since 2012, from 41.5 million in 2012 to 43.8 million in 2014.

Source: Maine CDC

 

 


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It is the No. 1 reason heroin has become so prevalent in Maine, health experts say.

Kiezulas, who grew up in an upper-middle class neighborhood in Concord, Massachusetts but now lives in Portland, has a story that mirrors what specialists say is the typical way heroin addiction starts: People are prescribed pills legally for an injury, then later buy them illegally on the street. When prescription pills become too expensive, they turn to heroin.

Four out of five new heroin abusers become addicted

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/11/22/slippery-path-from-prescription-opiates-to-heroin-prevalent-in-maine/

New Hampshire cancer patient gets permission to travel to Maine for medical pot – Tribune

November 25th, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire health officials have approved a lung cancer patient’s application for an identification card that will allow her to buy medical marijuana in Maine.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services said Linda Horan was to be issued a card Wednesday, a day after a court granted her emergency request and ordered the state to review her application. The state had argued that issuing the Alstead woman a card before dispensaries open next year would undermine its need to control marijuana distribution, but Horan, who was diagnosed with late-stage cancer in July, argued she might be dead by then.

New Hampshire lawmakers approved the use of marijuana by people suffering from a limited number of diseases and medical conditions more than two years ago, but the first four dispensaries won’t open until early 2016.

Maine law allows for people visiting the state for an extended period of time to obtain medical marijuana if they meet certain requirements, including having a qualified medical condition. The program manager for the Maine Medical Marijuana Program told New Hampshire court officials that the provision was intended to serve patients who are in Maine for a vacation or a school term, not those looking to buy marijuana and drive home immediately. Horan has said she plans to visit friends in southern Maine and stay with them for an extended period.

It’s unclear whether others in Horan’s

Article source: http://triblive.com/usworld/nation/9514206-74/maine-marijuana-medical

Judge allows New Hampshire woman to buy medical marijuana in Maine

November 24th, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A woman with late-stage lung cancer can seek to buy medical marijuana in Maine before dispensaries open in New Hampshire, a judge ruled Tuesday.

New Hampshire lawmakers approved the use of marijuana by people suffering from a limited number of diseases and medical conditions more than two years ago, but the first four dispensaries won’t open until next year. Linda Horan, 64, says she might be dead by then and sued the state in hopes of getting an identification card that would allow her to purchase marijuana in Maine instead.

Linda Horan arrives for a hearing Nov. 12 in Merrimack County Superior Court, seeking a marijuana identification card before dispensaries open next year in New Hampshire. A judge ruled Tuesday that Horan may buy marijuana in Maine.The Associated PressLinda Horan arrives for a hearing Nov. 12 in Merrimack County Superior Court, seeking a marijuana identification card before dispensaries open next year in New Hampshire. A judge ruled Tuesday that Horan may buy marijuana in Maine.The Associated Press


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Lawyers for the state argued that issuing Horan an identification card now would undermine New Hampshire’s need to control distribution, but a judge sided with Horan and ordered the state to process her application and issue a card if it is approved. The state, which has 15 days to approve or deny an application, did not dispute that Horan would be entitled to a card.

“I’m over the moon.

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/11/24/judge-allows-new-hampshire-woman-to-buy-medical-marijuana-in-maine/

Kennebec Journal Nov. 23 police log

November 23rd, 2015

AUGUSTA

Saturday at 12:15 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Cross Hill Road.


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Sunday at 8:12 a.m., there was a littering complaint on Hatch Hill Road.

11 a.m., a 19-year-old Burnham man was charged with sale and use of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop on Hospital Street.

11:54 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Mayflower Road.

1 p.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct on Gage Street.

3:49 p.m., police recovered property on Cony Street.

5:51 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Western Avenue.

5:53 p.m., a 46-year-old Augusta woman was charged with sale and use of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession after police and rescue responded to a report of an overdose on Edison Drive.

6:22 p.m., there was a crash at the intersection of Wilson Street and Civic Center Drive.

10:21 p.m., an assault was reported on Medical Center Parkway.

11:28 p.m., there was a report of suspicious vehicles on Howard Street.

Monday at 2:10 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Western Avenue.

2:33 a.m., there was a crash at the intersection of Belfast Avenue and Conservation Drive.

CHELSEA

Friday at 11:06 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Hillcrest Drive.

Monday at 4:25 a.m., there was a crash on Windsor Road.

CHINA

Friday at 2 p.m., there was a crash on Route 3.

FAYETTE

Sunday at 9:10 p.m., there was a crash on Fayette Corner Road.

GARDINER

Friday at 11:14 a.m., theft was reported on Winter Street.

1:04 p.m., there was a report of a fight on West Hill Road.

3:14 p.m., there was a crash on Maine Avenue.

11:10 p.m., an

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2015/11/23/kennebec-journal-nov-23-police-log-2/

‘I didn’t look like an addict,’ former state trooper says

November 22nd, 2015

Bob Bailey, a former Maine State Police officer, dug into the debris at Ground Zero in Manhattan, a volunteer in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. He found no survivors, only body parts. But during his grim stint, he slipped and fell off a 30-foot pile of debris, injuring his back.

When he returned to Maine, the opiates he was prescribed to treat his back propelled him down an 11-year path that eventually led to a near-fatal overdose and an addiction to heroin.

OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS

Total opioids dispensed in the MaineCare system have fallen by 45 percent since 2012, from 22.1 million in 2012 to 12.2 million in 2014, after MaineCare instituted reforms making it more difficult to obtain opioid prescriptions.

But for patients using private insurers, opioids dispensed increased by 5 percent since 2012, from 41.5 million in 2012 to 43.8 million in 2014.

Source: Maine CDC

 

 


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Bailey’s prescription-to-heroin journey has become the path thousands of others in Maine also have taken. It is the No. 1 reason heroin has become so prevalent in Maine, health experts say. Maine’s prescribing rates for the opioids most likely to be abused are highest in the nation.

Bailey went from a respected police officer driving fancy cars with a nice home in Bridgton to losing everything. When he was on heroin, his daughter barred him from seeing his granddaughter. Denial persisted for years before he finally sought help in 2012.

“I was indignant. I am not

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/11/22/i-didnt-look-like-an-addict-former-state-trooper-says/

Dying labor activist’s lawyer says she can get Rx marijuana in Maine if DHHS …

November 21st, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman with late-stage lung cancer could get medical marijuana in Maine if New Hampshire health officials issue her an identification card saying she’s eligible before the state opens its own dispensaries, her lawyer said Thursday in court documents.

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Article source: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20151120/AGGREGATION/151129899

Dying woman’s lawyer asserts she can get marijuana in Maine

November 20th, 2015


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Article source: http://www.fosters.com/article/20151119/ap02/311199983