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South Portland Police Beat: Nov. 24 – The Forecaster

November 23rd, 2017
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Arrests

11/3 at 5:38 p.m. Allisa Corrado, 26, of South Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Kaitlyn Thurlow on charges of theft by unauthorized taking, violating conditions of release and operating with a suspended or revoked license.

11/4 at 1:39 a.m. Michael B. Thorne, 64, of Cape Elizabeth, was arrested on Ocean Street by Sgt. Kevin Gerrish on a charge of operating under the influence.

11/4 at 10:14 a.m. Scott A. Yonker, 52, of Portland, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Phillip Longanecker on a charge of criminal trespass.

11/5 at 5:05 p.m. David O. Logugune, 20, of Portland, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Phillip Longanecker on charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. 

11/6 at 5:03 p.m. Alfarabick Mally, 27, of New York, New York, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Ryan Johns on charges of failure to notify of an accident, driving to endanger and operating without a license.

11/8 at 8:03 a.m. Michael Rice, 52, of Windham, was arrested on the Casco Bay Bridge by Officer Rocco Navarro on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license and violating conditions of release.

11/9 at 9:43 p.m. Wendelin M. Choiniere, 30, of South Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Shane Stephenson on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

11/9 at 9:55 p.m. John Guy, 20, of Kittery, was arrested on Deake Street by Officer Caleb Gray on a charge of violating conditions of release.

Summonses

11/4 at 1:48 p.m. Elizabeth Parker, 30, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons on the Casco Bay Bridge by Officer Rocco Navarro on a charge of operating with an

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-police-beat-nov-24/

South Portland Police Beat: Nov. 24

November 23rd, 2017
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Arrests

11/3 at 5:38 p.m. Allisa Corrado, 26, of South Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Kaitlyn Thurlow on charges of theft by unauthorized taking, violating conditions of release and operating with a suspended or revoked license.

11/4 at 1:39 a.m. Michael B. Thorne, 64, of Cape Elizabeth, was arrested on Ocean Street by Sgt. Kevin Gerrish on a charge of operating under the influence.

11/4 at 10:14 a.m. Scott A. Yonker, 52, of Portland, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Phillip Longanecker on a charge of criminal trespass.

11/5 at 5:05 p.m. David O. Logugune, 20, of Portland, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Phillip Longanecker on charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. 

11/6 at 5:03 p.m. Alfarabick Mally, 27, of New York, New York, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Ryan Johns on charges of failure to notify of an accident, driving to endanger and operating without a license.

11/8 at 8:03 a.m. Michael Rice, 52, of Windham, was arrested on the Casco Bay Bridge by Officer Rocco Navarro on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license and violating conditions of release.

11/9 at 9:43 p.m. Wendelin M. Choiniere, 30, of South Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Shane Stephenson on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

11/9 at 9:55 p.m. John Guy, 20, of Kittery, was arrested on Deake Street by Officer Caleb Gray on a charge of violating conditions of release.

Summonses

11/4 at 1:48 p.m. Elizabeth Parker, 30, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons on the Casco Bay Bridge by Officer Rocco Navarro on a charge of operating with an

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-police-beat-nov-24/

Maine’s Governor Says Voters Were Wrong to Approve Medicaid Expansion

November 22nd, 2017

Portland, Maine (AP) — Maine’s governor said Wednesday that residents of his state made an expensive mistake when they voted to expand access to Medicaid under the federal health care law, and he’s hesitant to implement it.

Gov. Paul LePage, an opponent of “Obamacare” like his ally and fellow Republican, President Donald Trump, has vetoed five different attempts by the state Legislature to expand the program. But Maine voters decided the issue at the polls Tuesday, approving a Medicaid expansion under former President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act.

LePage said a previous Medicaid expansion in the state created yawning hospital debts and failed to reduce emergency room use. He said he won’t implement the new expansion until it’s fully funded by the state Legislature.

“Credit agencies are predicting that this fiscally irresponsible Medicaid expansion will be ruinous to Maine’s budget,” LePage said, adding that he will “not support increasing taxes on Maine families, raiding the rainy day fund or reducing services to our elderly or disabled.”

Tuesday’s vote was the first time since the law took effect that the question of expansion had been put in front of U.S. voters. Maine has now joined 31 other states in expanding Medicaid. Nearly 59 percent of voters chose expansion with 98 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial totals.

The ballot question became a referendum on one of the most important pieces of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans, including Trump, have tried numerous times to repeal the law, failing every time.

Democrats in Maine immediately pushed back

Article source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-08/governor-says-voters-wrong-to-approve-medicaid-expansion

Maine’s governor wants to ignore the will of voters. He’s not alone.

November 22nd, 2017

Correction: An earlier version of this op-ed incorrectly stated that the South Dakota legislature repealed a ballot initiative on campaign finance and political corruption in an emergency session. The measure was passed in regular session under an emergency clause. This version has been updated.


Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) speaks at a town hall meeting in Yarmouth, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)

Josh Silver is founder and director of Represent.Us.

Less than a day after voters in Maine voted to expand Medicaid in their state, Gov. Paul LePage (R) moved quickly to subvert their democratic will, announcing Wednesday that he will not implement the expansion until it is “fully funded by the Legislature.”

This is not the first time that elected officials in the state have blatantly ignored voters in this way. Last year, Mainers approved an innovative reform known as “ranked-choice voting,” as an effort to ensure that their governor wins with a majority of the vote. But the state legislature did not agree with that decision, so it recently voted to delay and potentially repeal the initiative. In fact, it brazenly meddled with every single ballot measure passed by the state’s voters in 2016.

The news out of Maine is part of an ominous pattern: state legislators across the country resisting the will of the people by gutting or even repealing citizen initiatives. This is a

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/maines-governor-wants-to-ignore-the-will-of-voters-hes-not-alone/2017/11/08/099e9582-c0a5-11e7-8444-a0d4f04b89eb_story.html

Maine House upholds LePage’s veto of recreational marijuana regulations

November 22nd, 2017

AUGUSTA — The Maine House voted Monday to sustain Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that would create the legal framework for retail sales of recreational marijuana.

The bill was the result of more than nine months of work by a special committee tasked with implementing the law that voters narrowly approved last November, putting Maine among the eight states and the District of Columbia that had legalized the adult use of marijuana. The 74-62 vote Monday fell 17 votes short of the two-thirds margin required to overturn LePage’s veto.

In his veto letter, Gov. Paul LePage dismissed the marijuana regulatory bill essentially as a risky, inconsistent and expensive rush job.In his veto letter, Gov. Paul LePage dismissed the marijuana regulatory bill essentially as a risky, inconsistent and expensive rush job.


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The path forward for the ballot-box law remains unclear, with the current moratorium on recreational sales expiring Feb. 1. The Legislature reconvenes in January and could pass legislation then, but it’s uncertain whether the political dynamic will change enough in the next two months for an implementation law to be passed or the moratorium to be extended. If neither occurs, the ballot box law would take effect, a prospect that some lawmakers find alarming.

“I feel like we legalized gasoline, but not gas stations,” said Rep. Martin Grohman, a Biddeford independent.

Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, co-chairman of the special legislative committee that wrote the implementation

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/11/06/legislature-set-to-take-up-lepage-veto-of-recreational-marijuana/

Jurors in Lincoln County deputy’s sex assault trial break for weekend

November 21st, 2017

AUGUSTA — A Kennebec County jury deliberated for about five hours Friday before being sent home for the weekend in the trial of a veteran Lincoln County deputy accused of sexually assaulting three young girls over more than a decade.

Kenneth L. Hatch, 47, of Whitefield is charged with 22 felonies – 11 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, three counts of unlawful sexual contact, and eight counts of aggravated furnishing of marijuana. The drug counts allege that he gave marijuana to two of his alleged victims in exchange for sex. In one of those instances, the state contends the marijuana came from evidence he had seized.

Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Hatch listens Monday to opening statements at his trial on 22 charges, including sexual abuse of a minor.Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Hatch listens Monday to opening statements at his trial on 22 charges, including sexual abuse of a minor.

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The jury is scheduled to resume deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Monday. The defense and the state completed closing arguments Friday morning.

Assistant Attorney General John Risler said this was a case about the abuse of trust. He asked the jury to hold Hatch accountable.

Defense attorney Richard Elliott said all three accusers knew each other and had an ax to grind against the deputy.

He also cited a number of inconsistencies in the testimony of the accusers compared to previous statements

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/11/17/jurors-begin-deliberating-in-sexual-assault-trial-of-lincoln-county-deputy/

Cape Elizabeth schools craft medical marijuana policy

November 21st, 2017
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CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board had a first reading of a policy governing medical marijuana in schools. 

The draft policy says the board recognizes some students rely on medical marijuana to manage a medical condition and, without it, may not be able to effectively function in school. 

Maine law provides that a primary caregiver – defined as a parent, guardian, or legal custodian – may possess and administer a non-smokable form of marijuana on the grounds of a school where a minor who is a qualifying patient is enrolled. 

The caregiver must provide proof that they are the student’s primary guardian and that the student has a written certification from a medical provider and needs the drug during the school day. The medical marijuana may only be possessed and administered by the caregiver and may only be administered in the principal’s office or an area designated by the principal. 

Interim Superintendent of Schools Howard Colter on Nov. 15 said the policy is expected to be adopted in December.

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/cape-elizabeth-schools-craft-medical-marijuana-policy/

Maine Legislature has long to-do list when it returns in January

November 21st, 2017

AUGUSTA — State lawmakers will face a long list of bills when they return to work in January – including measures to fund Medicaid expansion and approve adult-use marijuana – in a second session with a high risk of grandstanding by those who are running for higher office in the November 2018 election.

More than 400 bills need action by the 128th Legislature. Among them are 319 that were held over from the first session, 63 new bills approved for consideration by legislative leaders and 41 bills submitted by the administration of Gov. Paul LePage.

Key issues facing the legislature in 2018

n Adult-use marijuana, approved by voters in 2016 but still being amended by the Legislature.

n Medicaid expansion for up to 70,000 low-income Mainers, approved by voters but needs funding by Legislature.

n Solar and hydropower regulation and expanding internet broadband access to the most rural parts of the state.

n Tax reform proposals that may be submitted by Gov. Paul LePage, and bills to reform the way annual excise taxes are paid on automobiles and commercial vehicles.

n Financial regulation, including at least one bill that regulates how banks can assess overdraft fees.

n Initiative and referendum process changes, to address concerns about abuses.

n Teen suicide prevention measures, proposals to address the opioid epidemic and tougher penalties for sexual assault and stalking.


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In a closely divided Legislature, where Republicans control the Senate and Democrats the House, political tensions may be

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/11/20/maine-legislature-has-long-to-do-list-when-it-returns-in-january/

Lincoln County deputy takes stand to deny sexual assaults

November 19th, 2017

AUGUSTA — Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth L. Hatch III took the witness stand Thursday in Kennebec County Superior Court to deny he sexually assaulted three girls and provided them marijuana and alcohol.

But Hatch also said he did take the girls on rides in his cruiser while on patrols, and that one girl may have ridden with him more than 100 times.

Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Hatch listens Monday to opening statements at his trial on 22 charges, including sexual abuse of a minor.Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Hatch listens Monday to opening statements at his trial on 22 charges, including sexual abuse of a minor.

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The state rested its case Wednesday after the three women testified during parts of the first three days of the trial.

Hatch, 47, responded to questions by his attorney, Richard Elliott, to rebut the general allegations and specific details of what the alleged victims said occurred.

Hatch remains on unpaid leave from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He faces 22 criminal charges involving the three girls. He was indicted in August 2016 after having been arrested earlier in the year.

The department had named him deputy of the year in 2015. He previously held the rank of detective sergeant but was demoted in 2013 for unspecified reasons. The Maine Attorney General’s Office opened an investigation but decided not to prosecute.

One girl said she was 6

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/11/16/sheriffs-deputy-takes-stand-to-deny-sexual-assaults/

So. Berwick Town Council OKs police station site purchase negotiations

November 18th, 2017

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — The Town Council empowered Town Manager Perry Ellsworth to move forward with a purchase and sale agreement that would move the town closer to construction of a new police station.

The agreement will be negotiated with the Farmgate condominium association for land for the new station. Farmgate is on Route 236 near Academy and Brattle streets. Ellsworth said an amendment to zoning regulations will enable South Berwick to provide Farmgate with 1.5 acres of town-owned land in exchange for 2.25 acres of Farmgate property for construction of the police station. Farmgate is currently unable to utilize any of its surrounding property since it is in non-compliance with the town’s cluster zoning regulations.

While the council approved the purchase and sale negotiations it was hesitant to exclude consideration of the former Norton Street location for the police station, preferring to instead wait until further progress is made on the Farmgate site.

Nevertheless, the council viewed an initial architectural rendering of the proposed police station presented by Mike Lassel of Lassel Architects, the South Berwick firm contracted by the town to design the station. The sketch identified major sections of the station starting with the booking and processing of suspects that included spaces for interview rooms, evidence storage and narcotics storage.

The station will feature spaces for patrol officers, sergeant’s office, an armory for weapons and the detective’s squad room. There will also be a community training room that could be used by community

Article source: http://www.fosters.com/news/20171115/so-berwick-town-council-oks-police-station-site-purchase-negotiations