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Man detained by police after standoff in Waterville closed down College Avenue neighborhood

December 15th, 2017

WATERVILLE — A man was detained by police late Sunday morning following an hours-long standoff with authorities that ended dramatically when officers fired several rounds of non-lethal pepper balls to disable him.

Michael Joslyn, 23, initiated the nearly 13-hours-long standoff with police when he refused to leave his College Avenue apartment building after earlier firing several gunshots through the floor in the direction of his landlord, with whom Deputy Chief Bill Bonney said Joslyn was having a dispute. Bonney also said Joslyn was intoxicated at the time he fired the shots, which totaled about a half-dozen when the standoff ceased.


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At some time between 11 and 11:20 a.m., Bonney said Joslyn came out of the house without a weapon, but was still not cooperating with officials. He went back into the house and back outside several more times until Waterville officers were able to detain him without injury by deploying their pepper-ball system, firing several rounds until Joslyn was subdued. There appeared to be about 20 to 30 law enforcement officers in total.

Joslyn was charged Sunday afternoon with three counts of aggravated reckless conduct, aggravated criminal mischief, both of which are felony charges; refusing to submit to arrest and creating a police standoff, which are misdemeanors. He was then transferred to Kennebec County jail where his bail was set at $6,000 total. A clerk at the jail said Joslyn is expected to be in court tomorrow for arraignment.

Richard Beaulieu, 22, watched the morning’s dramatic events

Article source: http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/12/10/police-standoff-in-waterville-prompts-shutdown-of-upper-college-avenue/

Kennebec County Courts Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2017

December 15th, 2017

AUGUSTA — This is a roundup of cases closed Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2017, in courts in Augusta and Waterville.

Marcus T. Allen, 40, of Oakland, operating while license suspended or revoked Oct. 17, 2017, in Augusta; $500 fine.

Michelle A. Arbour, 40, of Augusta, operating while license suspended or revoked Aug. 10, 2017, in Augusta; $500 fine, seven-day jail sentence.

Abby E. Arena, 29, of Stetson, passing stopped school bus Sept. 14, 2017, in Waterville; $250 fine.

Aaron E. Armstrong, 37, of Windsor, motor vehicle speeding more than 30 mph over speed limit Sept. 15, 2017, in Windsor, dismissed.

Matthew W. Benger, 25, of Saco, aggravated assault June 12, 2017, in Vassalboro, dismissed.

Angela L. Berry, 39, of Mercer, operating while license suspended or revoked Oct. 7, 2017, in Clinton; $600 fine.

Douglas L. Blaisdell, 76, of Rome, operating under the influence Sept. 21, 2017, in Rome; $500 fine, 150-day license suspension.

Dakota L. Brann, 21, of Augusta, reckless conduct April 11, 2017, in Gardiner; five-year Department of Corrections sentence all but 20 months suspended, two-year probation; reckless conduct April 11, 2017, in Gardiner; 20-month Department of Corrections sentence; failure to stop, remain, render aid, personal injury, and two counts each elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault, same date and town, dismissed.

Brittany V. Brown, 27, of Presque Isle, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and two counts unlawful possession of scheduled drug, all Aug. 28, 2017, in Waterville, dismissed.

Bobby C. Campbell Jr., 51, of Waterville, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer Oct. 24, 2017, in Waterville; 24-hour jail

Article source: http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/12/10/kennebec-county-courts-nov-30-dec-6-2017/

Maine mother sentenced to 13 years for killing infant son …

December 14th, 2017
Waldo County Jail | BDN

BELFAST, Maine — A Troy mother convicted of killing her 7-week-old son will spend 13 years in prison.

A jury found Miranda Hopkins, 32, guilty of manslaughter in the death of infant Jaxson at the end of an emotional seven-day trial last month.

Superior Court Justice Robert Murray sentenced Hopkins to 18 years with five years suspended. She’ll follow her time in jail with four years of probation, during which she’ll be required to refrain from using drugs or alcohol and submit to random testing and counseling or treatment as needed.

Murray agreed to stay the sentence until Dec. 26, so Hopkins can spend Christmas with her father, who is in poor health. Hopkins will be placed under house arrest at her cousin’s home in Carmel, where she’s been staying while out on bail since her arrest 11 months ago.

Christopher MacLean, Hopkins’ defense attorney, said he has filed a notice of appeal in the case, but that he hasn’t determined whether he will follow through with an appeal. He said he feels the trial was handled fairly by the court.

On Jan. 12, Hopkins told police that she rolled over in bed to discover Jaxson’s cold, lifeless body. Neither she nor first responders could revive the baby.

Hopkins claimed to have no knowledge of what happened to Jaxson that night. She told investigating officers that

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/12/13/news/midcoast/maine-mother-sentenced-to-13-years-for-killing-infant-son/

Maine processors who make pot products facing state crackdown

December 14th, 2017

Tree Tap Extracts in Jay produces marijuana-infused maple sugar candies for patients, some of whom prefer to ingest the drug without having to smoke it. (Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald)

Maine plans to start cracking down on the growing number of labs and kitchens that specialize in turning cannabis into a product that doesn’t have to be smoked.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says processors, labs and kitchens that turn caregiver cannabis into manufactured products such as foods, oral tinctures, topical salves and vaporizer waxes for medical marijuana caregivers are breaking state rules and will face harsh penalties, such as losing their caregiver license or referral to law enforcement. Inspectors are warning caregivers that the crackdown will begin Feb. 1.

Processors, caregivers and patients want to fight the crackdown, saying it would end a startup industry that makes high-quality, potent concentrates – in an environment that is safer than do-it-yourself basement operations – and that helps patients who don’t like to smoke their medicine. They may ask a legislative committee that will have to sign off on rule changes to amend or overturn the processing ban.

“When these rules kick in, we are going to see a lot of frustrated patients struggling to find the medicine that works best for their needs, as well as plenty of upset business owners who have invested many hours and dollars,” said caregiver Dawson Julia, who owns East Coast CBDs in Unity. “If processors are forced to shut down,

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/maine-processors-who-make-pot-products-facing-state-crackdown/

Maine processors who make pot products facing state crackdown

December 14th, 2017

Maine plans to start cracking down on the growing number of labs and kitchens that specialize in turning cannabis into a product that doesn’t have to be smoked.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says processors, labs and kitchens that turn caregiver cannabis into manufactured products such as foods, oral tinctures, topical salves and vaporizer waxes for medical marijuana caregivers are breaking state rules and will face harsh penalties, such as losing their caregiver license or referral to law enforcement. Inspectors are warning caregivers that the crackdown will begin Feb. 1.

Processors, caregivers and patients want to fight the crackdown, saying it would end a startup industry that makes high-quality, potent concentrates – in an environment that is safer than do-it-yourself basement operations – and that helps patients who don’t like to smoke their medicine. They may ask a legislative committee that will have to sign off on rule changes to amend or overturn the processing ban.

“When these rules kick in, we are going to see a lot of frustrated patients struggling to find the medicine that works best for their needs, as well as plenty of upset business owners who have invested many hours and dollars,” said caregiver Dawson Julia, who owns East Coast CBDs in Unity. “If processors are forced to shut down, we’ll lose some of the most qualified and knowledgeable experts in the industry, as well as some of their state-of-the-art facilities.”

BACK-AND-FORTH DONATION SYSTEM

At the heart of the controversy is the state’s insistence that only a

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/14/maine-processors-who-make-pot-products-facing-state-crackdown/

Rockland medical marijuana ordinances effective in January

December 14th, 2017

ROCKLAND – Following several months of lengthy discussion, and acknowledging that some issues may be readdressed in the future, Rockland City Council members passed into law a series of local ordinances pertaining to medical marijuana. Not to be confused with recreational marijuana, which Mainers approved the use and sale of  in 2016, Rockland councilors focused only on the sales and distributions of medicinal cannabis by caregivers.

Having stricken references to dispensaries and butane extraction from all amendments, the remaining ordinances go into effect 30 days following the Monday, Dec. 11 votes.

Some of the new policies are listed below.

Medicinal marijuana may be cultivated, processed and/or stored in the home of the qualifying patient or the home of the medical marijuana caregiver, and will be considered an accessory use. A facility that is not a primary resident of the patient or caregiver shall be referred to as a medical marijuana production facility and is considered a commercial use.

No medical marijuana production facility shall be located within 500 feet of the property line of an existing public or private school. This is a change from a previous amendment which included drug-free zones, city playgrounds and churches.

Alcohol and CO2 extraction will be allowed in a zones, including the industrial zone.

Medical marijuana facilities have the option to post a standard green cross (plus sign) on a white background in addition to their regular sign/logo as a way to offer standard identification on products sold.

New applications are reliant upon inspections by the Code Enforcement Officer, the Fire

Article source: http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/rockland-medical-marijuana-ordinances-effective-january/95659

Maine mother sentenced to 13 years for killing infant son

December 13th, 2017
Waldo County Jail | BDN

BELFAST, Maine — A Troy mother convicted of killing her 7-week-old son will spend 13 years in prison.

A jury found Miranda Hopkins, 32, guilty of manslaughter in the death of infant Jaxson at the end of an emotional seven-day trial last month.

Superior Court Justice Robert Murray sentenced Hopkins to 18 years with five years suspended. She’ll follow her time in jail with four years of probation, during which she’ll be required to refrain from using drugs or alcohol and submit to random testing and counseling or treatment as needed.

Murray agreed to stay the sentence until Dec. 26, so Hopkins can spend Christmas with her father, who is in poor health. Hopkins will be placed under house arrest at her cousin’s home in Carmel, where she’s been staying while out on bail since her arrest 11 months ago.

Christopher MacLean, Hopkins’ defense attorney, said he has filed a notice of appeal in the case, but that he hasn’t determined whether he will follow through with an appeal. He said he feels the trial was handled fairly by the court.

On Jan. 12, Hopkins told police that she rolled over in bed to discover Jaxson’s cold, lifeless body. Neither she nor first responders could revive the baby.

Hopkins claimed to have no knowledge of what happened to Jaxson that night. She told investigating officers that

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/12/13/news/midcoast/maine-mother-sentenced-to-13-years-for-killing-infant-son/

Yarmouth council considers ban on marijuana retail stores, social clubs

December 13th, 2017

YARMOUTH — The Town Council will vote Dec. 21 on whether to permanently ban retail marijuana establishments and social clubs.

At a workshop on Dec. 7, councilors also discussed a “Solarize Yarmouth” program and slowed momentum on potential updates to the town’s solid waste management system.

In August, the town approved a six-month moratorium on all retail marijuana establishments, which is set to expire in February. The proposed ordinance would make that moratorium permanent.

Town Manager Nat Tupper said the ban wouldn’t affect medical marijuana distribution or possession in small, legal doses.

Police Chief Michael Morrill said it was important the council implement a ban, calling it a legal and moral issue.

“By not imposing a ban, I believe our community is giving passive approval that it is OK to sell and use marijuana,” he said, adding that the topic could be revisited and reversed at any time in the future.

Councilor April Humphrey said she was torn because Mainers voted to legalize marijuana sales statewide in a referendum vote in November 2016.

‘SOLARIZE’ YARMOUTH

Humphrey introduced the idea of a “solarize project” at an Operations Committee meeting in August, which reflects what has been done in nearby towns such as Freeport and Bath.

In such a program, the town would provide a joint purchasing option for solar panels from a selected provider for residents and businesses, which would help reduce the cost of installation.

Economic Development Director Scott LaFlamme said it is not a new concept; he set up and administered a multi-town solarize project for the Midcoast when

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/13/yarmouth-council-to-consider-retail-marijuana-ban/

Central Maine Sunday Dec. 9 police log

December 13th, 2017

IN AUGUSTA, Friday at 7:17 a.m., a disturbance was reported on North Belfast Avenue.

7:38 a.m., there was a traffic accident on Route 3 and Riverside Drive.

9:42 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Western Avenue.

9:51 a.m., criminal mischief was reported on Gage Street.

10:08 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Union Street.

10:22 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Leighton Road.

11:30 a.m., theft was reported on Cony Street.

11:39 a.m., there was a traffic accident on Mount Vernon Avenue.

11:43 a.m., there was a traffic accident on Crossing Way.

11:53 a.m., there was a traffic accident on Stone Street.

12:25 p.m., there was a traffic accident on Stone Street.

1:15 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Patterson Street.

1:38 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Western Avenue.

2:33 p.m., theft was reported on Water Street.

2:50 p.m., theft of a motor vehicle was reported on Stephen King Drive.

3:30 p.m., there was a traffic accident on Senator Way.

3:50 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Cony Street.

4:29 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Northern Avenue.

5 p.m., there was a traffic accident on Civic Center Drive and Interstate 95.

6:14 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Civic Center Drive.

11:22 p.m., harassment was reported on Eastern Avenue.

Saturday at 12:48 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Riverside Drive.

IN ANSON, Saturday at 1:45 a.m., police investigated a report of a domestic disturbance on West Mills Road.

IN BINGHAM, Saturday at 7:27 a.m., vandalism was reported on West Street.

IN CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Friday at 2:48 p.m., a report of harassment was taken on Begin’s Way.

Saturday at 12:39 a.m., a report of

Article source: http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/12/09/central-maine-sunday-dec-9-police-log/

Yarmouth council to consider retail marijuana ban

December 13th, 2017
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YARMOUTH — The Town Council will vote Dec. 21 on whether to permanently ban retail marijuana establishments and social clubs.

At a workshop on Dec. 7, councilors also discussed a “Solarize Yarmouth” program and slowed momentum on potential updates to the town’s solid waste management system. 

In August, the town approved a six-month moratorium on all retail marijuana establishments, which is set to expire in February. The proposed ordinance would make that moratorium permanent. 

Town Manager Nat Tupper said the ban wouldn’t affect medical marijuana distribution or possession in small, legal doses. 

Police Chief Michael Morrill said it was important the council implement a ban, calling it a legal and moral issue.

“By not imposing a ban, I believe our community is giving passive approval that it is OK to sell and use marijuana,” he said, adding that the topic could be revisited and reversed at any time in the future.

Councilor April Humphrey said she was torn because Mainers voted to legalize marijuana sales statewide in a referendum vote in November 2016. 

Solarize Yarmouth

Humphrey introduced the idea of a “solarize project” at an Operations Committee meeting in August, which reflects what has been done in nearby towns such as Freeport and Bath. 

In such a program, the town would provide a joint purchasing option for solar panels from a selected provider for residents and businesses, which would help reduce the cost of installation. 

Economic Development Director Scott LaFlamme said it is not a new concept; he set up and administered a multi-town solarize project for

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/yarmouth-council-to-consider-retail-marijuana-ban/