Archive for July, 2016

Ballot question campaigns bring in $1 million since June

July 31st, 2016

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016 6:38 pm
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Updated: 7:01 pm, Fri Jul 29, 2016.

Ballot question campaigns bring in $1 million since June

Associated Press |

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — About $1 million has been raised since June alone by supporters among the five Maine initiatives on the ballot this fall.

Article source: http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/ballot-question-campaigns-bring-in-million-since-june/article_f6daf11a-19f9-5ca8-ac18-3f335411638f.html

Police investigate home invasion that left 1 man dead, 2 ‘severely injured’ in Rangeley

July 30th, 2016

RANGELEY — One man died and two others were seriously injured early Thursday during an apparent home invasion on Main Street that might have been drug-related, police said.

The door to the house at 2564 Main St. was open late Thursday morning and smeared with blood as Maine State Police, the Rangeley Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office investigated.


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“These investigations do tend to have elements of drug involvement in them,” Lt. Brian McDonough of the Maine State Police said during a noontime news conference at the crime scene. “We can’t confirm that in this case yet, but that’s obviously one of the things we’re going to be looking into.”

Police said they had not yet identified the man who died or where he was from. They said only that he did not live at the residence. Police had questioned about a dozen people by midday Thursday, but no one was in custody and no charges had been brought.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said detectives were working on processing evidence at the house and an update on the investigation wasn’t expected until Friday morning.

Sue Lind, who operates a bed-and-breakfast across the street, couldn’t recall anyone being killed during the 12 years she has lived in Rangeley.

“It’s awfully sad,” she said. “It’s a very safe town. Kids are always running around, but of course in the summer there’s always an influx of people.”

McDonough said that one

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/07/28/one-dead-another-person-injured-in-rangeley/

Maine ballot question campaigns bring in $1 million since June

July 30th, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — About $1 million has been raised since June alone by supporters among the five Maine initiatives on the ballot this fall.

Voters will decide ballot questions in November on marijuana legalization; a tax to support public schools; universal background checks for gun sales; a gradual minimum wage hike; and ranked-choice voting.

The biggest contributors since June include author and activist Stephen King; the nation’s largest teacher’s union; a Washington state venture capitalist; and “dark money” nonprofit groups.

Aside from King, individuals in Maine contributed just shy of $38,000 of the $1 million.

It’s an unsurprising development in a campaign finance landscape marked by landmark court decisions striking down limits on unions, corporations, individuals and nonprofit groups’ contributions to political action committees, said University of New England political professor Brian Duff.

In Maine, registered political groups have raised $11.7 million so far this year — more than three times as much raised by this time in 2008 and more than double the amount raised at this point in 2012.

“It takes a while for people to gear up, to learn to identity donors who are most likely to be interested in state measures like this,” Duff said.

The National Education Association gave $300,000 to Citizens Who Support Maine’s Public Schools. The Augusta-based group is leading efforts to create a new fund for public schools by instituting a 3 percent tax on residents’ taxable income above $200,000.

The union also contributed $131,000 to the Mainers for Fair Wages campaign, launched by the Maine People’s Alliance and

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/2016/07/29/maine-ballot-question-campaigns-bring-1-million-june/1968181

Supporters of Maine marijuana drive open Portland office

July 30th, 2016

Office for pro-marijuana group opens in Maine.

Article source: http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/supporters-of-maine-marijuana-drive-open-portland-office/283441197

Scarborough Police Beat: July 29

July 30th, 2016
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Arrests

7/23 at 5:34 p.m. Danielle M. Fitzgerald, 46, of Pepperbush Circle, South Portland, was arrested on U.S. Route 1 by Officer Antonio Delvecchio on charges of operating under the influence and endangering the welfare of a child. 

Summonses

7/18 at 3:06 p.m. Nicole B. Dupont, 26, of Presumpscot Street, Portland, was issued a summons at Spring Street and Gallery Boulevard by Officer Donald Laflin on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license and operating an unregistered vehicle for 150 days or more.

7/20 at 5:41 p.m. Reagan A. Ames, 36, of Congress Street, Portland, was issued a summons on Spurwink Road by Officer Antonio Delvecchio on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license. 

7/23 at 1:35 a.m. Chase X. Allen, 18, of Pleasant View Drive, Saco, was issued a summons on U.S. Route 1 by Officer Thomas Chard on a charge of possession of marijuana. 

7/23 at 5:17 p.m. Tsan Chau, 77, of Gorham Road, was issued a summons on Higgins Street by Officer Andrew Flynn on a charge of terrorizing. 

Fire calls

7/18 at 3:25 a.m. Alarm call on Libby Street.

7/18 at 8:18 a.m. Fire alarm activation on Sawgrass Drive. 

7/19 at 11:40 a.m. Alarm call on Elmwood Avenue. 

7/19 at 3:03 p.m. Alarm call on Broadturn Road. 

7/20 at 4:36 p.m. Marine water rescue in Atlantic Ocean. 

7/22 at 3:52 p.m. Alarm call on Hannaford Drive. 

7/22 at 9:55 p.m. Alarm call on Black Point Road. 

7/23 at 1:29 p.m. Alarm call on Gorham Road. 

7/23 at 9:47 p.m. Alarm call on Susan Avenue. 

7/24

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/scarborough-police-beat-july-29-3/

Travel guru Rick Steves donates $50000 to Maine’s marijuana legalization campaign

July 29th, 2016

Well-known travel writer and television host Rick Steves has donated $50,000 to a Maine political action committee that’s backing a fall referendum effort to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

In its most recent campaign finance reports, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said it raised just over $191,000 for the reporting period that ended on July 19.

Rick Steves, one of the country's most visible advocates of marijuana legalization, speaks during an interview in Portland, Ore., in this 2014 file photo. Rick Steves, one of the country's most visible advocates of marijuana legalization, speaks during an interview in Portland, Ore., in this 2014 file photo.


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Steves has been a prominent supporter of legalization in the U.S. He is scheduled to come to Maine in October to stump for the referendum campaign.

In a May letter to legalization supporters, Steves promised to match “dollar-for-dollar” donations up to a total of $50,000. He made his donation July 18, according to campaign finance records.

“Through my travels in Europe, I’ve learned that pragmatic harm reduction makes much more sense than legislating morality,” Steves wrote in the letter. “And I believe in civil liberties. Responsible adults should be able to use marijuana, just as they can use alcohol. Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Alaska have demonstrated that it is possible to build a system of marijuana control and regulation that works. This isn’t about being ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ on drugs. This is

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/07/28/travel-guru-rick-steves-among-donors-to-maines-marijuana-legalization-campaign/

Belfast PD to get K-9

July 29th, 2016

Belfast — After several years of human-only policing, Belfast Police Department is planning to get a dog sometime next spring. Chief Michael McFadden said it can’t come soon enough.

The reason isn’t an uptick in crime, but an increasing number of missing people.

McFadden recalled standing outside a house on the outskirts of Belfast where a 2-year-old girl had been until her parents realized she wasn’t and called the police. When McFadden arrived, there was no hint of which way the girl had gone. The situation highlighted, in the most gut-wrenching way, what police officers can’t do.

The girl reappeared, uninjured, but McFadden said it was easy to imagine it playing out differently. More commonly people go missing from residential mental health facilities like Sweetser. Some walk away unwittingly, others run away.

“I’ve been saying for a couple years anyway that our law enforcement now is dealing with more mental medical issues today than they ever have in the history of law enforcement,” he said. “It’s not an unusual situation that we’re called to a missing person who has walked away from the hospital while they’re waiting to be placed at a mental facility. We get there and they’re gone.”

Police faced a similar situation last year, when Jonathan Grinstein-Camacho, a 28-year-old Searsport man with schizophrenic bipolar disorder, disappeared near Belfast Variety while police were trying to reconnect him with his parents. He was found dead the next morning, drowned in a shallow stream 100 yards from the store.

McFadden, who was involved in an

Article source: http://waldo.villagesoup.com/p/belfast-pd-to-get-k-9/1551200

LePage blasts Congress, lobbyists, legislators in latest town hall

July 29th, 2016

PARIS, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage set his sights on the November referendum ballot questions during his latest town hall forum, held in Paris on Wednesday evening.

With more than 100 people seated in the auditorium of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, LePage addressed all five ballot questions that will go before voters Nov. 8, with some frustrating him more than others.

Question 3, which asks Mainers if they wish to expand mandatory background checks to private gun sales or transfers, with some exceptions, drew the most ire from LePage, who called the ballot question “unconstitutional.”

“It’s nothing more than a way to force Mainers to have a directory of gun owners,” LePage said. “It’s unconstitutional, and let me tell you why: The citizens of the state of Maine have the right to own or bear arms, and it shall never be questioned.”

His statement was followed by a raucous round of applause.

In regard to Question 4, which asks residents if they wish to raise Maine’s minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020, audience member Mark Cummings asked LePage, “How do you tell people that started at $7 an hour and worked five years to get to $12 an hour that you’re going to give someone who walks in off the street the same amount of money to start what it took you five years to earn?”

“I’m all in,” LePage quickly replied. “This is the problem with minimum wage.”

Cummings continued, calling the ballot question “an insult to anyone who had to work their

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2016/07/28/politics/lepage-blasts-congress-lobbyists-legislators-in-latest-town-hall/

Travel guru Rick Steves among donors to Maine’s marijuana legalization campaign

July 29th, 2016

Well-known travel writer and television host Rick Steves has donated $50,000 to a Maine political action committee that’s backing a fall referendum effort to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

In its most recent campaign finance reports, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said it raised just over $191,000 for the reporting period that ended on July 19.

Rick Steves, one of the country's most visible advocates of marijuana legalization, speaks during an interview in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Steves is in the midst of a 10-city tour to stump for legal pot in Oregon. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)Rick Steves, one of the country's most visible advocates of marijuana legalization, speaks during an interview in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Steves is in the midst of a 10-city tour to stump for legal pot in Oregon. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)


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Steves has been a prominent supporter of legalization in the U.S. He is scheduled to come to Maine in October to stump for the referendum campaign.

In a May letter to legalization supporters, Steves promised to match “dollar-for-dollar” donations up to a total of $50,000. He made his donation July 18, according to campaign finance records.

“Through my travels in Europe, I’ve learned that pragmatic harm reduction makes much more sense than legislating morality,” Steves wrote in the letter. “And I believe in civil liberties. Responsible adults should be able to use marijuana, just as they can use

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/07/28/travel-guru-rick-steves-among-donors-to-maines-marijuana-legalization-campaign/

Morning Sentinel July 28 police log

July 28th, 2016

IN BRIGHTON, Wednesday at 10:31 a.m., trespassing was reported on Albion Way.

IN CANAAN, Wednesday at 1 p.m., threatening was reported on Park Drive.


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IN CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Wednesday at 11:12 a.m., a road hazard was reported on Carrabassett Drive.

IN CLINTON, Wednesday at 1:38 p.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Mutton Lane.

5:34 p.m., an assault was reported on River Road.

IN FAIRFIELD, Wednesday at 1:51 a.m., threatening was reported at Sprint and Willow Street.

10:35 a.m., a harassment complaint was made on Water Street.

IN FARMINGTON, Wednesday at 1:56 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Farmington Falls Road.

8:26 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Fairbanks Road.

9:26 p.m., trespassing was reported on Wilton Road.

10:29 p.m., an assault was reported on Bridge Street.

IN MADISON, Wednesday at 8:05 a.m., a theft was reported on Abnaki Road.

11:57 a.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Preble Avenue.

10:26 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Oak Street.

IN NEW PORTLAND, Wednesday at 5:39 p.m., a structure fire was reported on River Road.

IN NORRIDGEWOCK, Wednesday at 11:26 a.m., harassment was reported on Waterville Road.

1:05 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Martin Stream Road.

5:37 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Mechanic Street.

IN OAKLAND, Wednesday at 7:12 p.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Sawtelle Road.

IN PHILLIPS, Wednesday at 2:47 p.m., trespassing was reported on Mile Square Road.

IN RANGELEY PLANTATION, Wednesday at 10:20 a.m., a theft or fraud was reported on South Shore Drive.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Wednesday at 9:37 a.m., harassment was reported on Winter Street.

1:28 p.m.,

Article source: http://www.centralmaine.com/2016/07/28/morning-sentinel-july-28-police-log-3/