Archive for February, 2017

Maine Marijuana Panel Deluged With Comments

February 28th, 2017

Maine and other states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana face a growing cloud of uncertainty following signals of a possible enforcement crackdown from the Trump administration. In Augusta today, a panel charged with implementing Maine’s new marijuana law heard from stakeholders directly affected, including the state’s business community.

Committee co-chairman Sen. Roger Katz, a Republican from Augusta, opened the crowded hearing by acknowledging the daunting task the panel faces in implementing the new law.

“Details of licensing and oversight and public safety and public health and all the rest of the things that other states have already struggled with,” he says.

And there are many unanswered questions around how the fee and taxing scheme outlined in the citizens initiative will actually work.

Some attending the hearing were seeking insight into how the state’s medical marijuana system can be integrated with the regulations around recreational use. Several users of medical marijuana expressed fear that program would be eliminated.

But Paul McCarrier, president of Legalize Maine, one of the groups that supported passage of the marijuana referendum, says that is not the intent.

“We’ve offered this initiative, gathered signatures and as we were speaking with voters, who made it clear that legalization should not be used to dismantle the current medical marijuana program. This is one of the most controversial issues that I personally encountered,” he says.

And there was testimony from people like Elaine Graham, who are concerned about maintaining local control. Cities and towns can prohibit marijuana retail stores or smoking lounges under current

Article source: http://mainepublic.org/post/maine-marijuana-panel-deluged-comments

The lengthy criminal history of Glenn Reed – By Stephen Betts …

February 28th, 2017

The arrest last week of Glenn Reed on a charge that he sexually assaulted a woman is the latest in a 36-year long history of sex offenses committed by the now 69-year-old man from Searsmont.

Reed’s criminal history includes multiple mistrials, and mixed results for appeals before the state’s highest court.

On Monday afternoon, Feb. 27, in West Bath District Court, Judge Beth Dobson ordered Reed held without bail on a probation violation allegation connected to the alleged assault last week. Once Reed hires, or is appointed, an attorney, he can ask another judge to reconsider bail.

Reed’s criminal record dates back to 1965. In 1974, he was convicted of breaking into the office of Oasis Hotel on Myrtle Street in Rockland and stealing 26 cartons of cigarettes. He had been living in a room in the hotel and had done carpentry and foundation work for the owner. He appealed that case to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court but his appeal was rejected.

The first sex offense occurred when, at age 33, he was charged with raping a 16-year-old girl in Lincolnville who been walking home from the Center Store along Route 52 on a July evening in 1981. The girl, who was vacationing in Lincolnville, said Reed offered her a ride home. She accepted but he refused to let her out of his vehicle, drove her to his home in Lincolnville and raped her, according to previously published reports.

The trial ended with a conviction in 1982 but the Maine Supreme Judicial Court overturned

Article source: http://waldo.villagesoup.com/p/the-lengthy-criminal-history-of-glenn-reed/1628089

The lengthy criminal history of Glenn Reed

February 27th, 2017

The arrest last week of Glenn Reed on a charge that he sexually assaulted a woman is the latest in a 36-year long history of sex offenses committed by the now 69-year-old man from Searsmont.

Reed’s criminal history includes multiple mistrials, and mixed results for appeals before the state’s highest court.

On Monday afternoon, Feb. 27, in West Bath District Court, Judge Beth Dobson ordered Reed held without bail on a probation violation allegation connected to the alleged assault last week. Once Reed hires, or is appointed, an attorney, he can ask another judge to reconsider bail.

Reed’s criminal record dates back to 1965. In 1974, he was convicted of breaking into the office of Oasis Hotel on Myrtle Street in Rockland and stealing 26 cartons of cigarettes. He had been living in a room in the hotel and had done carpentry and foundation work for the owner. He appealed that case to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court but his appeal was rejected.

The first sex offense occurred when, at age 33, he was charged with raping a 16-year-old girl in Lincolnville who been walking home from the Center Store along Route 52 on a July evening in 1981. The girl, who was vacationing in Lincolnville, said Reed offered her a ride home. She accepted but he refused to let her out of his vehicle, drove her to his home in Lincolnville and raped her, according to previously published reports.

The trial ended with a conviction in 1982 but the Maine Supreme Judicial Court overturned

Article source: http://waldo.villagesoup.com/p/the-lengthy-criminal-history-of-glenn-reed/1628089

‘They killed an innocent girl’: Family, friends question why police shot 18-year-old passenger

February 27th, 2017

VASSALBORO, Maine — Family members and friends mourning the 18-year-old woman and 25-year-old man shot to death by police two weeks ago, after the man allegedly rammed a pickup truck into a state police cruiser, question the use of deadly force.

Police “didn’t need to use excessive force like that. They could have took that car out,” said Jessica Fagre, the mother of Ambroshia “Amber” Fagre , 18, of Oakland, who was fatally shot alongside Kadhar Bailey, 25, of Gardiner on Feb. 10.

When they were shot, Fagre was a passenger and Bailey was driving the truck on Arnold Road, a half-mile-long, one-lane dirt fire lane that connects Webber Pond Road to a handful of camps and homes along the water.

Maine State Police Lt. Scott Ireland, State Trooper Jeff Parks and Vassalboro police Chief Mark Brown all fired their weapons after responding to a report of daytime burglaries in the area, according to Tim Feeley, spokesman for the Maine attorney general’s office. All three officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the attorney general’s investigation.

Neither the involved law enforcement agencies nor the attorney general’s office has released a detailed account of how Amber Fagre and Kadhar Bailey ended up being killed. Authorities have not said how many shots were fired, where the three officers were positioned when they used their weapons, which officer or officers fired the fatal shots or whether the officers considered their own lives endangered.

Police also have not said whether Bailey or

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/25/news/mid-maine/mourners-ask-why-police-fatally-shot-driver-passenger/?ref=mostReadBoxNews

Lewiston-Auburn

February 27th, 2017

LEWISTON, Maine — A Lisbon man who left the scene of a fatal accident near his home in June pleaded guilty Friday to related charges.

According to the Sun Journal, Zachary Greene, 24, entered guilty pleas in 8th District Court to leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury or death, a felony, and violation of condition of release, a misdemeanor.

A judge is expected to sentence Greene on the two charges in April. The felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000; the maximum penalties for a misdemeanor are six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Defense attorneys and prosecutors will be allowed to argue for any sentence up to the maximum.

According to police, Greene had been turning from Lisbon Street onto Memorial Street when his pickup truck collided with a motorcycle driven by Jeff Sickel, 28, of Brunswick on June 11. Sickel, who suffered severe head injuries from the impact, later died at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, when he was removed from life support.

Assistant District Attorney Kate Bozeman said Greene told police he thought he saw Sickel “fly over the hood” and land in the roadway. He initially said he thought he heard something hit his truck, but hadn’t seen anything, so he continued on his way home near the crash scene.

Greene told Lisbon police that he had been returning home from a McDonald’s restaurant on Lisbon Street around 10 p.m. when he made

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/26/news/lewiston-auburn/lisbon-man-pleads-guilty-to-a-felony-in-fatal-crash/

Maine border life goes on under Trump — Aroostook — Bangor …

February 26th, 2017

While border security and enforcement of immigration laws are ramping up under the Trump administration, not much may change in Maine’s northern border communities, where people like Christopher Yockey cross the international line often.

Yockey, a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen who lives in Meductic, New Brunswick, teaches middle school history at Southern Aroostook Community School in Dyer Brook.

“I come over the border every weekday. I don’t have any problems,” Yockey said during a shopping trip at the Walmart in Presque Isle with his 8-month-old son, Benjamin, during February vacation. “It’s not as complicated as people think it is.”

Yockey grew up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and came to Canada for college, attending Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and later meeting his Canadian-born wife.

“I haven’t noticed any sort of change or awkwardness” since Trump’s inauguration, Yockey said.

He and his wife have made just one change recently: They keep a notarized letter in their passports stating that both parents gave each other permission to bring their son across the border when they’re not together.

Other residents and business owners in Aroostook County and Canadians crossing the border also said they have not noticed any difference in their experience.

Joey Couturier, an Edmundston, New Brunswick resident, said he crosses to Madawaska at least once a week. He shops at places like Bob’s Service Center to purchase gas and staples such as milk and bread, which are more expensive in Canada.

Maine’s border with two Canadian provinces spans nearly 299 miles just on land and occasionally sees its

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/26/news/aroostook/maine-border-life-goes-on-under-trump/?ref=moreInstate

Maine border life goes on under Trump

February 26th, 2017

While border security and enforcement of immigration laws are ramping up under the Trump administration, not much may change in Maine’s northern border communities, where people like Christopher Yockey cross the international line often.

Yockey, a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen who lives in Meductic, New Brunswick, teaches middle school history at Southern Aroostook Community School in Dyer Brook.

“I come over the border every weekday. I don’t have any problems,” Yockey said during a shopping trip at the Walmart in Presque Isle with his 8-month-old son, Benjamin, during February vacation. “It’s not as complicated as people think it is.”

Yockey grew up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and came to Canada for college, attending Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and later meeting his Canadian-born wife.

“I haven’t noticed any sort of change or awkwardness” since Trump’s inauguration, Yockey said.

He and his wife have made just one change recently: They keep a notarized letter in their passports stating that both parents gave each other permission to bring their son across the border when they’re not together.

Other residents and business owners in Aroostook County and Canadians crossing the border also said they have not noticed any difference in their experience.

Joey Couturier, an Edmundston, New Brunswick resident, said he crosses to Madawaska at least once a week. He shops at places like Bob’s Service Center to purchase gas and staples such as milk and bread, which are more expensive in Canada.

Maine’s border with two Canadian provinces spans nearly 299 miles just on land and occasionally sees its

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/26/news/aroostook/maine-border-life-goes-on-under-trump/?ref=moreInstate

Council addresses marijuana moratorium

February 26th, 2017

Following in the footsteps of many other communities in the greater Portland area, the Scarborough Town Council is debating whether to impose a recreational marijuana moratorium that would temporally bar marijuana facilities from coming into town.

The group passed the idea at first reading last week. The public hearing and second reading, and possible adoption, has been set for Wednesday, Sept. 6. Although, the council could take the matter up sooner if necessary.

According to language in the draft moratorium, if passed, it would give town leaders time to “develop reasonable regulations governing” the location and operation of marijuana establishments and prohibit a retail marijuana establishment or retail social club from operating in town.

The intent of passing a moratorium is not to necessarily keep such facilities from Scarborough, but rather wait for the state to come up with how the recreational marijuana growers, dispensaries and social clubs will be licensed and regulated. A group of state legislators – The Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation – is working to recommend state regulations for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to adopt between now and next February. Much like the state’s consumer fireworks law, local municipalities have the power to further regulate how marijuana establishments are treated in their communities by restricting them, or outright banning them.

The moratorium would stipulate the town “work on developing appropriate land use regulations concerning retail marijuana establishments and retail marijuana social clubs” during the 180- day holding period and bar any town official or

Article source: http://leader.mainelymediallc.com/news/2017-02-24/Community_News/Council_addresses_marijuana_moratorium.html

News Briefs

February 26th, 2017

All is fine with public works plow sign

Kennebunk has resolved the issue with the new sign at the highway garage on Sea Road, made from a 1950s-era V-style plow.

According to Kennebunk Director of Community Planning Chris Osterrieder, the fact that the sign is letter painted on a plow is not an issue.

Under town ordinance, “almost anything” can be deemed a message-conveying sign. However, the rules limit total sign area in the suburban residential zone to 36 square feet, Osterrieder said, and the plow face measured 32 square feet. The issue was resolved by taking down a separate sign marking the recycling and transfer station and filing a $30 permit application fee.

The transfer station is due for a $1.7 million upgrade next year, and that may trigger a site plan review and request to replace the recycling sign.

“Although there are some exceptions for directional signs, it is unlikely they would be able to expand the overall amount of signage they will get, and they’ll likely have to go before the zoning board of appeals at that time,” Osterrieder said.

Marijuana moratorium vote set for Feb. 28

Kennebunk voters will have a chance on Tuesday, Feb. 28, to vote on passage of a six-month moratorium on permits for retail sale and commercial cultivation of marijuana.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. So far, interest in the measure has been scant. According to Town Clerk Merton Brown, less than 50 people had cast early absentee ballots as of Feb.

Article source: http://post.mainelymediallc.com/news/2017-02-24/Community/News_Briefs.html

‘They killed an innocent girl’: Family, friends question why police …

February 25th, 2017

VASSALBORO, Maine — Family members and friends mourning the 18-year-old woman and 25-year-old man shot to death by police two weeks ago, after the man allegedly rammed a pickup truck into a state police cruiser, question the use of deadly force.

Police “didn’t need to use excessive force like that. They could have took that car out,” said Jessica Fagre, the mother of Ambroshia “Amber” Fagre , 18, of Oakland, who was fatally shot alongside Kadhar Bailey, 25, of Gardiner on Feb. 10.

When they were shot, Fagre was a passenger and Bailey was driving the truck on Arnold Road, a half-mile-long, one-lane dirt fire lane that connects Webber Pond Road to a handful of camps and homes along the water.

Maine State Police Lt. Scott Ireland, State Trooper Jeff Parks and Vassalboro police Chief Mark Brown all fired their weapons after responding to a report of daytime burglaries in the area, according to Tim Feeley, spokesman for the Maine attorney general’s office. All three officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the attorney general’s investigation.

Neither the involved law enforcement agencies nor the attorney general’s office has released a detailed account of how Amber Fagre and Kadhar Bailey ended up being killed. Authorities have not said how many shots were fired, where the three officers were positioned when they used their weapons, which officer or officers fired the fatal shots or whether the officers considered their own lives endangered.

Police also have not said whether Bailey or

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/25/news/mid-maine/mourners-ask-why-police-fatally-shot-driver-passenger/