Archive for October, 2017

Maine citizens to have say on Medicaid expansion – News – fosters …

October 22nd, 2017

ELIOT, Maine — Five times Medicaid expansion has passed the Maine Legislature and all five times the expansion bills met the same fate: a veto from Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

On Nov. 7, the people of Maine will vote on whether or not to expand Medicaid through a citizen’s initiative question, giving voters a final say by possibly circumventing the governor’s prior refusals after legislators failed to override his previous vetoes. If passed, Maine would join 32 other states, including the District of Columbia, that have expanded Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.

Question 2 asks citizens, “Do you want to want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare coverage for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 means $16,643 for a single person and $22,412, for a family of two?”

Proponents of the ballot question say a Medicaid expansion will lead to lower premiums for people who buy private health insurance and end up providing “charity” care when people with no health care coverage need emergency medical procedures and also tens of thousands of Maine citizens would gain access to some form of health care, while creating thousands of new jobs, according to David Farmer, director of communications for Mainers for Healthcare, the ballot committee supporting Question 2.

“Voters can send a message throughout Maine and down to D.C. that we want more health care, not less; more people with health care

Article source: http://www.fosters.com/news/20171022/maine-citizens-to-have-say-on-medicaid-expansion

Patient says her medical marijuana was confiscated at Maine Med – WLBZ

October 22nd, 2017

Maine Med Confiscates patient’s medical Marijuana

Article source: http://www.wlbz2.com/news/patient-says-her-medical-marijuana-was-confiscated-at-maine-med/484698018

Maine citizens to have say on Medicaid expansion

October 22nd, 2017

ELIOT, Maine — Five times Medicaid expansion has passed the Maine Legislature and all five times the expansion bills met the same fate: a veto from Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

On Nov. 7, the people of Maine will vote on whether or not to expand Medicaid through a citizen’s initiative question, giving voters a final say by possibly circumventing the governor’s prior refusals after legislators failed to override his previous vetoes. If passed, Maine would join 32 other states, including the District of Columbia, that have expanded Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.

Question 2 asks citizens, “Do you want to want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare coverage for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 means $16,643 for a single person and $22,412, for a family of two?”

Proponents of the ballot question say a Medicaid expansion will lead to lower premiums for people who buy private health insurance and end up providing “charity” care when people with no health care coverage need emergency medical procedures and also tens of thousands of Maine citizens would gain access to some form of health care, while creating thousands of new jobs, according to David Farmer, director of communications for Mainers for Healthcare, the ballot committee supporting Question 2.

“Voters can send a message throughout Maine and down to D.C. that we want more health care, not less; more people with health care

Article source: http://www.fosters.com/news/20171022/maine-citizens-to-have-say-on-medicaid-expansion

Kennebunk to launch K-9 program

October 21st, 2017

KENNEBUNK — In what has grown to become a semi-annual tradition in Kennebunk over the past couple of years, department heads have begun appear- ing before selectmen to report on “significant accomplishments” within their jurisdictions over the past six months, and to identify “select goals and objectives” on the front burner for completion before the end of the current fiscal year, June 30.

The Sept. 26 meeting saw presentations from Public Services Director Eric Labelle, Town Clerk Merton Brown, and Fire Chief Jeff Rowe, while Oct. 10 brought reports from Police Chief Robert MacKenzie, Assessor Daniel Robinson, General Assistance Director Karen Winton and Library Director Jill LeMay. On Oct. 24, the final round of reports will be delivered by Community Development Director Chris Osterrieder, Recreation Director Tasha Pinkham, Finance Director Joel Downs and Town Manager Michael Pardue.

Police Department

Police Chief Robert MacKenzie pointed out that his department got three grants totaling more than $26,000 last year from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety for officer overtime to staff details dedicated to catching impaired and distracted drivers. The money also helped pay for a new $2,000 radar unit.

While not statistics were provided on how many arrests or summonses came from those added patrols, MacKenzie did say the implementation this past summer of a new passport parking system resulted in 565 beach parking tickets, of which 75 percent have not been paid. This is an increase over the old system, he said, which normally pulled about a 65 percent compliance rate with

Article source: http://post.mainelymediallc.com/news/2017-10-20/Front_Page/Kennebunk_to_launch_K9_program.html

Kennebunk to launch K-9 program

October 21st, 2017

KENNEBUNK — In what has grown to become a semi-annual tradition in Kennebunk over the past couple of years, department heads have begun appear- ing before selectmen to report on “significant accomplishments” within their jurisdictions over the past six months, and to identify “select goals and objectives” on the front burner for completion before the end of the current fiscal year, June 30.

The Sept. 26 meeting saw presentations from Public Services Director Eric Labelle, Town Clerk Merton Brown, and Fire Chief Jeff Rowe, while Oct. 10 brought reports from Police Chief Robert MacKenzie, Assessor Daniel Robinson, General Assistance Director Karen Winton and Library Director Jill LeMay. On Oct. 24, the final round of reports will be delivered by Community Development Director Chris Osterrieder, Recreation Director Tasha Pinkham, Finance Director Joel Downs and Town Manager Michael Pardue.

Police Department

Police Chief Robert MacKenzie pointed out that his department got three grants totaling more than $26,000 last year from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety for officer overtime to staff details dedicated to catching impaired and distracted drivers. The money also helped pay for a new $2,000 radar unit.

While not statistics were provided on how many arrests or summonses came from those added patrols, MacKenzie did say the implementation this past summer of a new passport parking system resulted in 565 beach parking tickets, of which 75 percent have not been paid. This is an increase over the old system, he said, which normally pulled about a 65 percent compliance rate with

Article source: http://post.mainelymediallc.com/news/2017-10-20/Front_Page/Kennebunk_to_launch_K9_program.html

Kennebunk to launch K-9 program | post.mainelymediallc.com …

October 20th, 2017

KENNEBUNK — In what has grown to become a semi-annual tradition in Kennebunk over the past couple of years, department heads have begun appear- ing before selectmen to report on “significant accomplishments” within their jurisdictions over the past six months, and to identify “select goals and objectives” on the front burner for completion before the end of the current fiscal year, June 30.

The Sept. 26 meeting saw presentations from Public Services Director Eric Labelle, Town Clerk Merton Brown, and Fire Chief Jeff Rowe, while Oct. 10 brought reports from Police Chief Robert MacKenzie, Assessor Daniel Robinson, General Assistance Director Karen Winton and Library Director Jill LeMay. On Oct. 24, the final round of reports will be delivered by Community Development Director Chris Osterrieder, Recreation Director Tasha Pinkham, Finance Director Joel Downs and Town Manager Michael Pardue.

Police Department

Police Chief Robert MacKenzie pointed out that his department got three grants totaling more than $26,000 last year from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety for officer overtime to staff details dedicated to catching impaired and distracted drivers. The money also helped pay for a new $2,000 radar unit.

While not statistics were provided on how many arrests or summonses came from those added patrols, MacKenzie did say the implementation this past summer of a new passport parking system resulted in 565 beach parking tickets, of which 75 percent have not been paid. This is an increase over the old system, he said, which normally pulled about a 65 percent compliance rate with

Article source: http://post.mainelymediallc.com/news/2017-10-20/Front_Page/Kennebunk_to_launch_K9_program.html

Topsham Police Beat: Oct. 20 – The Forecaster

October 20th, 2017
  • Delicious

Arrests

10/11 at 3:07 p.m. Tyger Pepin, 31, of Dingley Road, Bowdoinham, was arrested by Officer William Collins on Topsham Fair Mall Road on a charge of theft.

10/15 at 1:40 a.m. Carmen Khorram, 36, of Providence, Rhode Island, was arrested by Officer Garrett Decker on Lewiston Road on charges of operating under the influence and operating after suspension.

Summonses

10/12 at 7:54 a.m. Craig Bryant, 30, of Clearview Lane, was issued a summons by Detective Mark LaFountain on Middlesex Road on a charge of operating after suspension.

10/13 at 10:31 a.m. A 13-year-old girl, of Lewiston, was issued a summons by Officer Mathew Bowers on Republic Avenue on a charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

10/13 at 5:58 p.m. Nathaniel Santeramo, 22, of Harpswell Islands Road, Harpswell, was issued a summons by Officer Mathew Bowers on Midway Drive on a charge of attaching false plates.

10/14 at 3:33 p.m. Paul Roy, 33, of Bostwick Road, Brunswick, was issued a summons by Officer Mathew Bowers on Augusta Road on charges of operating an unregistered motor vehicle more than 150 days, and having improper plates.

10/14 at 4:10 p.m. Shannon Lancaster, 43, of Black Point Road, Scarborough, was issued a summons by Sgt. Robert Ramsay on Lewiston Road on a charge of criminal speed.

Fire calls

10/11 at 11:15 a.m. Motor vehicle accident on Foreside Road.

10/12 at 8:01 p.m. Motor vehicle accient on Longview Lane.

EMS

Topsham emergency medical services responded to 20 calls from Oct. 10-16.

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/topsham-police-beat-oct-20-2/

Topsham Police Beat: Oct. 20

October 20th, 2017
  • Delicious

Arrests

10/11 at 3:07 p.m. Tyger Pepin, 31, of Dingley Road, Bowdoinham, was arrested by Officer William Collins on Topsham Fair Mall Road on a charge of theft.

10/15 at 1:40 a.m. Carmen Khorram, 36, of Providence, Rhode Island, was arrested by Officer Garrett Decker on Lewiston Road on charges of operating under the influence and operating after suspension.

Summonses

10/12 at 7:54 a.m. Craig Bryant, 30, of Clearview Lane, was issued a summons by Detective Mark LaFountain on Middlesex Road on a charge of operating after suspension.

10/13 at 10:31 a.m. A 13-year-old girl, of Lewiston, was issued a summons by Officer Mathew Bowers on Republic Avenue on a charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

10/13 at 5:58 p.m. Nathaniel Santeramo, 22, of Harpswell Islands Road, Harpswell, was issued a summons by Officer Mathew Bowers on Midway Drive on a charge of attaching false plates.

10/14 at 3:33 p.m. Paul Roy, 33, of Bostwick Road, Brunswick, was issued a summons by Officer Mathew Bowers on Augusta Road on charges of operating an unregistered motor vehicle more than 150 days, and having improper plates.

10/14 at 4:10 p.m. Shannon Lancaster, 43, of Black Point Road, Scarborough, was issued a summons by Sgt. Robert Ramsay on Lewiston Road on a charge of criminal speed.

Fire calls

10/11 at 11:15 a.m. Motor vehicle accident on Foreside Road.

10/12 at 8:01 p.m. Motor vehicle accient on Longview Lane.

EMS

Topsham emergency medical services responded to 20 calls from Oct. 10-16.

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/topsham-police-beat-oct-20-2/

Patient says her medical marijuana was confiscated at Maine Med … – WCSH

October 20th, 2017

Maine Med Confiscates patient’s medical Marijuana

Article source: http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/patient-says-her-medical-marijuana-was-confiscated-at-maine-med/484697480

Patient says her medical marijuana was confiscated at Maine Med – WCSH

October 19th, 2017

Maine Med Confiscates patient’s medical Marijuana

Article source: http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/patient-says-her-medical-marijuana-was-confiscated-at-maine-med/484697480