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Scarborough Police Beat: August 18

August 17th, 2017
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Arrests

8/8 at 8:18 p.m. Joshua A. Poissant, 29, of Skillings Road, Arundel, was arrested on Beech Ridge by Officer Brian Nappi on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license.

8/9 at 12:01 a.m. Carrie L. Caporino, 45, of Kennebago Drive, was arrested on Kennebago Drive by Officer Ian Theriault on charges of domestic violence assault and aggravated assault.

8/9 at 5:48 a.m. James J. Jent, 52, of Hammond Street, Bangor, was arrested on Payne Road by Officer Ian Theriault on a charge of criminal threatening. 

8/9 at 11:18 a.m. Blaine T. Gallant, 23, of James Drive, Waterboro, was arrested on County Road by Officer Breagh Gomez on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license.

8/10 at 12:14 a.m. Andrew M. Lambert, 27, of Buxton Road, Saco, was arrested at Flag Pond Road and U.S. Route 1 by Officer Aaron Erickson on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license.

8/10 at 11:06 a.m. Brandon J. Staples, 27, of Deering Ridge Road, East Waterboro, was arrested on County Road by Officer Travis Hon on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license.

8/11 at 10:48 p.m. Justin H. Knudsen, 28, of North Street, Westbrook, was arrested at Black Point Road and Winnocks Neck Road by Officer Andrew Flynn on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, violating conditions of release and on an outstanding warrant.

8/12 at 12:38 a.m. Nicholas Boucouvlas, 34, of Broadway, South Portland, was arrested on U.S. Route 1 by Sgt. Timothy Barker on

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/scarborough-police-beat-august-18/

What would a cannabis store look like in Boothbay Harbor?

August 16th, 2017

What if someone decides to develop a retail marijuana shop in Boothbay Harbor? A vote in November could make it possible. 

This is the first article of a two-part series. The Boothbay Register spoke with five companies from across the U.S., about the business and safety aspects a company needs to consider when opening a storefront. Part two will focus on community and education, concluding with what a storefront might look like.

The first company, MedMen, is based in Los Angeles, California and owns a total of 11 retail cannabis shops in California, New York and Arizona. The second is a multi-award-winning retail and medicinal cannabis company based in Fort Collins, Colorado called Infinite Wellness Center (IWC8). The third company is a principal and interior design company called Highroad Studio based in Phoenix, Arizona. Megan Stone — founder and sole proprietor — boasts a résumé of projects in 13 states and many awards. The fourth company is the Wellness Connection of Maine, a medicinal dispensary based in Portland, with branches in Bath, Gardiner and Brewer.

The fifth company is the medical marijuana caregiver storefront in Boothbay,  Pharmer’s Market. Owner Jan Martin and consultant Darrell Gudroe opened it July 1. It sells products with cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive substance that targets pain receptors made from hemp. The medical marijuana can only be purchased by patients who have a medical marijuana card, and only after an initial intake appointment with Martin.

When asked what the biggest

Article source: http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/what-would-cannabis-store-look-boothbay-harbor/90584

Cumberland Police Beat: Aug. 17

August 16th, 2017
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8/5 at 1:54 a.m. Lamont F. Brown, 41, of Tinker Lane, was arrested on Gray Road by Officer Benjamin Burnes on a probation hold.

Summonses

8/1 at 10:52 p.m. A 17-year-old male, of Cumberland, was issued a summons on Tuttle Road by Officer Scott Hendee on a charge of possession of marijuana.

8/1 at 10:52 p.m. John P. Riolo, 19, of Mill Road, North Yarmouth, was issued a summons on Tuttle Road by Officer Scott Hendee on charges of sale and use of drug paraphernalia, illegal transportation of drugs by a minor and illegal transportation of liquor by a minor.

8/5 at 5:18 a.m. Deserea C. Debrienza, 20, of Horton Street, Lewiston, was issued a summons on Gray Road by Officer Joseph Burke on a charge of operating without a license.

8/5 at 4:40 p.m. Janyl E. Hart, 40, of Westbrook Street, South Portland, was issued a summons on Gray Road by Officer Benjamin Burnes on a charge of illegal attachment of license plates.

8/6 at 4:57 a.m. MacKenzie E. Bowers, 20, of Little River Drive, Gorham, was issued a summons on Chet’s Way by Officer Joseph Burke on a charge of illegal possession of liquor by a minor.

Fire calls

8/4 at 2:16 p.m. Wire down on Kathy Lane.

8/5 at 11:36 a.m. Alarm call on Hillside Avenue.

8/5 at 3:37 p.m. Smoke detector malfunction on Foreside Road.

8/6 at 12:22 p.m. Vehicle fire at Maine Turnpike Service Plaza.

8/9 at 5:27 p.m. Alarm call on Main Street.

EMS

Cumberland emergency medical services responded to 16 calls from Aug. 3-9.

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/cumberland-police-beat-aug-17-2/

Eliot Select Board ends negotiations for solar array – News …

August 15th, 2017

ELIOT, Maine — Negotiations with Barrington Power to build a 132,200-watt passive solar installation on the town’s transfer station landfill have ended, but another builder is in the wings.

The town approved building the array in June. The proposal was for the project to be constructed under a power purchase agreement with Barrington Power. There would be no initial cost to the town, and during the first five years of operation, the town would buy power through Barrington Power at a discount from Central Maine Power rates. The town could buy the array at fair market value after that.

At the last Select Board meeting July 27, the board refrained from signing a contract with Barrington Power. Chairwoman Rebecca Davis was concerned if CMP rates dropped below the floor rate established by Barrington Power, “then we could be upside down.” The town and Barrington Power could not come to an agreement on the rates and the town has begun discussions with ReVision Energy of Brentwood to build the array.

There is urgency to building the array. The Maine Public Utilities Commission allows “net metering” where owners of solar arrays receive credit for 100 percent of the retail value of electricity they feed into the power grid.  But the PUC wants changes made; solar arrays placed on line this year get the 100 percent return for 15 years. For arrays placed on line in 2018, the return would be 90 percent and would be reduced by 10

Article source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20170811/eliot-select-board-ends-negotiations-for-solar-array

Eliot Select Board ends negotiations for solar array – Seacoast Online

August 12th, 2017

ELIOT, Maine — Negotiations with Barrington Power to build a 132,200-watt passive solar installation on the town’s transfer station landfill have ended, but another builder is in the wings.

The town approved building the array in June. The proposal was for the project to be constructed under a power purchase agreement with Barrington Power. There would be no initial cost to the town, and during the first five years of operation, the town would buy power through Barrington Power at a discount from Central Maine Power rates. The town could buy the array at fair market value after that.

At the last Select Board meeting July 27, the board refrained from signing a contract with Barrington Power. Chairwoman Rebecca Davis was concerned if CMP rates dropped below the floor rate established by Barrington Power, “then we could be upside down.” The town and Barrington Power could not come to an agreement on the rates and the town has begun discussions with ReVision Energy of Brentwood to build the array.

There is urgency to building the array. The Maine Public Utilities Commission allows “net metering” where owners of solar arrays receive credit for 100 percent of the retail value of electricity they feed into the power grid.  But the PUC wants changes made; solar arrays placed on line this year get the 100 percent return for 15 years. For arrays placed on line in 2018, the return would be 90 percent and would be reduced by 10

Article source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20170811/eliot-select-board-ends-negotiations-for-solar-array

Brunswick Council approves new zoning ordinance

August 11th, 2017

BRUNSWICK — After three-and-a-half years, over 100 public meetings, thousands of hours of work, and six separate drafts, Brunswick’s new zoning ordinance was approved unanimously by town council at the Aug. 7 regular meeting.

The work of the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite Committee, the new ordinances are intended to simplify Brunswick’s zoning districts and clarify rules for landowners. Previously, Brunswick’s zoning ordinance included more districts than some major cities.

“It’s gratifying, if nothing else, to say that we’re finally beginning the town council phase of this project,” said Charlie Frizzle, chair of the planning board and ZORC.

The rewrite of the zoning ordinance had five distinct goals: Implement the 2008 comprehensive plan; simplify the zoning district structure; integrate Brunswick Landing into the standards; improve user friendliness, and improve neighborhood edge protections.

Anna Breinich, director of planning and development, said there is still work to be done in the future. Tackling things like dark sky lighting, short-term rentals (like AirBnB), shoreland protection overlays, and rules for retail and medical marijuana establishments are still in the works.

Public comment on the new zoning ordinance was mixed. Many residents expressed approval, and were eager to have the new ordinances implemented so that projects that were on hold could be started.

Mattie Daughtry, a state representative for Brunswick, was on hand as a citizen to express her approval. She and her business partner Philip Welsch were planning to open a small downtown brewery, something that isn’t permitted under the current ordinance. “We’re really excited to learn that this problem is addressed

Article source: http://www.coastaljournal.com/2017/08/10/brunswick-council-approves-new-zoning-ordinance/

Eliot Select Board ends negotiations for solar array

August 11th, 2017

ELIOT, Maine — Negotiations with Barrington Power to build a 132,200-watt passive solar installation on the town’s transfer station landfill have ended, but another builder is in the wings.

The town approved building the array in June. The proposal was for the project to be constructed under a power purchase agreement with Barrington Power. There would be no initial cost to the town, and during the first five years of operation, the town would buy power through Barrington Power at a discount from Central Maine Power rates. The town could buy the array at fair market value after that.

At the last Select Board meeting July 27, the board refrained from signing a contract with Barrington Power. Chairwoman Rebecca Davis was concerned if CMP rates dropped below the floor rate established by Barrington Power, “then we could be upside down.” The town and Barrington Power could not come to an agreement on the rates and the town has begun discussions with ReVision Energy of Brentwood to build the array.

There is urgency to building the array. The Maine Public Utilities Commission allows “net metering” where owners of solar arrays receive credit for 100 percent of the retail value of electricity they feed into the power grid.  But the PUC wants changes made; solar arrays placed on line this year get the 100 percent return for 15 years. For arrays placed on line in 2018, the return would be 90 percent and would be reduced by 10

Article source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20170811/eliot-select-board-ends-negotiations-for-solar-array

Deer Isle to hold public hearing on marijuana moratorium

August 10th, 2017

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Article source: http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/deer-isle-to-hold-public-hearing-on-marijuana-moratorium/article_7a96a79d-a20b-536b-93bb-c29c2af20de1.html

Kittery grapples with role as pot border town – News …

August 8th, 2017

KITTERY, Maine — Inside the council chambers on July 24, a group of town officials pondered all the possible ways legalized recreational marijuana could play out in town.

This past November Maine voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana by a slim margin and a state legislative committee is wrestling with the details of use, sales and taxation. In Kittery there was strong support for legalization with 3,448 votes in favor to 2,171 opposed.

“There is a lot of concern, even where marijuana has been legalized in other parts of the country, it’s still fairly new in terms of recreational legalization,” said Kittery Town Manager Kendra Amaral, who serves on the town’s marijuana working group. “The way we’re approaching it is we’re trying to understand as much as we can and proceed in the most public and thoughtful way possible. We are giving the public every possible chance to speak up with the workshops and community forums we’ve hosted so they can let us know if they think we’re going in a wrong direction. Going forward does not come without risks, so it comes down to how we’re going to balance those risks to eliminate as much of the negative impacts and reap as much of the positives.”

Municipal officials in Maine have several months to enact specific land-use ordinances to shape what recreational infrastructure and uses will be permitted in town and where it will be located, however, many municipal leaders are wary

Article source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20170806/kittery-grapples-with-role-as-pot-border-town

Maine Smoking Age Raised to 21

August 8th, 2017

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