Union votes to ban marijuana retail, permit changing signs – Courier

June 21st, 2017 by admin No comments »

Union — Voters in Union approved a proposal to ban all recreational marijuana facilities at the annual town meeting June 19.

After some discussion, the ban was approved by a 33-19 vote.

About 50 people attended the meeting, approving a $4.7 million budget, which represents an increase of $61,416, or 1.32 percent.

Town Manager Jay Feyler said in May that the increase was not expected to affect the property tax rate.

Most articles passed quickly and without discussion. Residents approved a new 10-year comprehensive plan.

Some residents did express displeasure with the ordinances banning marijuana facilities and allowing signs on Heald Highway that change every 3 seconds.

The marijuana ordinance prohibits retail marijuana stores, social clubs, and cultivation, manufacturing and testing facilities, the five types of establishments defined under the state referendum question legalizing recreational marijuana and approved by voters last year.

While private, personal use and cultivation of marijuana by adults has been legal in Maine since January, the Legislature has yet to develop regulations for retail sales, and selling marijuana remains illegal. State lawmakers have until next February to develop those regulations.

The ordinance does not have any effect on medical marijuana in Union or on adult residents’ right under state law to privately possess, use and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana.

Two residents spoke against the marijuana ordinance, with both emphasizing potential economic opportunities in allowing facilities.

Town Assessor Jim Murphy framed it differently, saying he believed retail facilities would be detrimental to surrounding property values.

Feyler

Article source: https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/union-votes-to-ban-marijuana-retail-permit-changing-signs/1662538

Yarmouth Police Beat: June 22

June 21st, 2017 by admin No comments »
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Arrests

6/16 at 12:48 a.m. Joshua Couture, 42, of Vose Street, Waterville, was arrested by Officer Michael Pierce on U.S. Route 1 on a charge of operating under the influence. 

6/17 at 7:54 p.m. Sara Kew, 38, of Chase Court, Freeport, was arrested by Sergeant Kevin Pedersen at West Elm Street and Village Brook Road on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, operating under the influence, operating with a suspended or revoked license, exceeding the speed limit by 20-24 mph and failure to produce evidence of insurance.

6/17 at 8:48 p.m. Michael Redfield, 28, of Smith Avenue, Bridgton, was arrested by Officer Michael Pierce on Poland Spring Road in Naples on a charge of operating under the influence.

Summonses

6/16 at 2:52 p.m. A 14-year-old male, of Yarmouth, was issued a summons by Officer Derek Lucas on McCartney Street on a charge of possession of marijuana.

6/17 at 1:05 p.m. A 17-year-old female, of Northfield, Vermont, was issued a summons by Officer Shawn Miles on U.S. Route 1 on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Fire calls

6/15 at 12:55 p.m. Alarm call on Blueberry Cove Road. 

6/16 at 2:27 p.m. Accident on southbound Interstate 295. 

EMS

Yarmouth emergency medical serives responded to 23 calls from June 12-18.

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/yarmouth-police-beat-june-22-3/

Manslaughter charges for Hope woman involved in deadly …

June 20th, 2017 by admin No comments »

A Hope woman involved in a deadly accident near Taste of Maine in January has been indicted on two Class A charges of manslaughter for the deaths of Robert S. Martin, 70, of Woolwich and Carolyn W. Martin, 76, of Woolwich. Danielle R. Ward, 34, was also charged with seven other crimes: two counts of Class B Aggravated Criminal Operating Under the Influence, a Class C count of Aggravated Criminal Operating Under the Influence, a Class C count of Driving to Endanger, a Class D charge of Driving to Endanger, and two Class E charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

The accident occurred on Jan. 21. In addition to the couple who were killed, Ward and three of the six children in her vehicle were hospitalized with serious injuries. All the passengers in Ward’s car have since recovered.

A Sagadahoc County grand jury handed up the indictment on June 16, and a warrant was issued for Ward’s arrest. She was arrested at her home and transported from Knox County Jail to Two Bridges Regional Jail, where she awaits trial. The court set bail at $10,000 cash, which was $40,000 less than the prosecutor requested.  Ward has not posted bail; conditions of release would include not using alcohol or any intoxicating drug, including marijuana, unless in possession of a legal medical marijuana card, and to submit to random testing. She may also not drive unless she has proof of a license.

Ward was convicted in 2009 and 2013 of Operating Under the

Article source: http://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/manslaughter-charges-hope-woman-involved-deadly-woolwich-crash/88021

Start the shutdown ticker if Maine lawmakers don’t cut budget deal Thursday

June 20th, 2017 by admin No comments »

The special panel of six lawmakers trying to bridge their own gaps on Maine’s two-year budget is setting a deadline of noon today to finish their work, but there was no agreement on the sticking point — education funding — by the time they adjourned late Wednesday.

There was some movement, with Democrats and Senate Republicans ceding a bit on past school funding demands. But House Republicans were still holding out for policy changes that may be difficult to build consensus on in the 11th hour of negotiations.

There will be government shutdown if there’s no budget by July 1, the start of the next fiscal year. The Legislature has been working under a Friday deadline to pass a budget in both chambers, which takes two-thirds majorities. To get it to the floor in time, the Legislature’s budget office has said it needs to begin drafting the document around noon today.

On Wednesday night, Democrats retreated on education funding, saying they would accept a $200 million increase in state aid to schools over the last two-year budget after they made an offer of roughly $250 million last week.

That would bite into the voter-approved surtax on high earners, expected to generate more than $300 million over two year, but Democrats have come down because Republicans have been united in saying they want to repeal the surtax.

Senate Republicans countered by restating an earlier offer of $110 million more in education funding over the last budget cycle without the surtax. However, Sen.

Article source: http://stateandcapitol.bangordailynews.com/2017/06/15/start-the-shutdown-ticker-if-maine-lawmakers-dont-cut-budget-deal-by-noon-thursday/

Manslaughter charges for Hope woman involved in deadly Woolwich crash

June 19th, 2017 by admin No comments »

A Hope woman involved in a deadly accident near Taste of Maine in January has been indicted on two Class A charges of manslaughter for the deaths of Robert S. Martin, 70, of Woolwich and Carolyn W. Martin, 76, of Woolwich. Danielle R. Ward, 34, was also charged with seven other crimes: two counts of Class B Aggravated Criminal Operating Under the Influence, a Class C count of Aggravated Criminal Operating Under the Influence, a Class C count of Driving to Endanger, a Class D charge of Driving to Endanger, and two Class E charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

The accident occurred on Jan. 21. In addition to the couple who were killed, Ward and three of the six children in her vehicle were hospitalized with serious injuries. All the passengers in Ward’s car have since recovered.

A Sagadahoc County grand jury handed up the indictment on June 16, and a warrant was issued for Ward’s arrest. She was arrested at her home and transported from Knox County Jail to Two Bridges Regional Jail, where she awaits trial. The court set bail at $10,000 cash, which was $40,000 less than the prosecutor requested.  Ward has not posted bail; conditions of release would include not using alcohol or any intoxicating drug, including marijuana, unless in possession of a legal medical marijuana card, and to submit to random testing. She may also not drive unless she has proof of a license.

Ward was convicted in 2009 and 2013 of Operating Under the

Article source: http://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/manslaughter-charges-hope-woman-involved-deadly-woolwich-crash/88021?source=mp

In Starks, Maine’s pot haven, passion doesn’t burn evenly

June 18th, 2017 by admin No comments »

STARKS — There was a moment in August 1994 when Don Christen realized his idea for a big outdoor party to celebrate marijuana was really catching on.

“I woke up on Saturday and the field was just covered with blankets and tents from people who slept there overnight,” said Christen, 64, recalling that year’s Hempstock festival in Starks. “We recorded 12,500 people through our gates. The issue back then was so important to people that they just had to be there.”

dueling marijuana fests

Maine’s best-known cannabis celebration, Hempstock, began in Starks in 1991. The landowner and the original organizer split, and now each hosts his own series of festivals:

At Harry Brown’s Farm, 45 Abijah Hill Road, Starks; Harryshill.net

Friday through June 25: Harry’s Hoe Down

Aug. 18-20: Green Love Renaissance

Oct. 6-9: Harvest Ball

Maine Vocals at Freedom Field, 75 Carson Hill Road, Harmony; Mainevocals.net

Sunday: Freedom Fest (last of three days)

July 14-16: Somerset County Jam Fest

Aug. 10-13: Hempstock

Sept. 1-3: Heads in Harmony

Oct. 6-8: Harvest Fest

Oct. 20-22: Harvest Fest II


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By drawing crowds of 10,000 or more pot smokers and activists, Hempstock helped this rural town of 640 people become known as an epicenter of marijuana advocacy in Maine. Though the names have changed and crowds have grown smaller over the years, cannabis-friendly festivals have been held on Harry Brown’s 70-acre farm every year since the first Hempstock in 1991. The next one, Harry’s Hoe Down, takes place Friday through June 25.

So it may seem

Article source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/18/in-starks-maines-pot-haven-passion-doesnt-burn-evenly/

Rockport voters elect new select board members, say yes to middle school construction

June 18th, 2017 by admin No comments »

More than 1,040 Rockport elected three select board members and approved a $25.2 million bond to build a new middle school in Camden for School Administrative District 28 (Camden-Rockport K-8) (vote was 669 to 396). The voters said no on a nonbinding referendum to all marijuana establishments and retail marijuana social clubs and the development of regulations.

There were six candidates running for two three-year seats and one running for a one two-year term. The new select board members are Tom Gray, Mark Kelley and Doug Cole.

Candidates received the following votes:

William C. Chapman, 203

Douglas S. Cole, 435

Anastasia Ileana Fischer, 406

Mark G. Kelley, 562

Geoffrey C. Parker, 201

Theodore F. Skowronski, 55

 

Thomas H. Gray ran for the one two-year seat. He received 772 votes.

 

There was one seat open on School Administrative District #28 for a three-year term (serves concurrently on the Five Town CSD School Board). Only one candidate stepped forward to run for that seat: Sarah Bradley Prindiville. She received 811 votes.

Heaven L.N. Bartlett ran unopposed for a three-year seat on the Library Committee. She received 764 votes.  

Two candidates ran for a one-year seat on the Library Committee: Brooke E. Kehoe and Cheryl A. Leichty. Kehoe received 338 votes and Leichty 467 votes.

Three candidates, Heaven L.N. Bartlett, Stephanie Kumble and Thomas M. Murphy, ran for three empty three-year terms on the Budget Committee.

 

Municipal articles

Article 3: Hotels in the Downtown

Passed at 729 to 308

The measure allows Hotels in part of the Harbor Village or “Downtown” area, with a total maximum of forty (40) rooms to be permitted

Article source: http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/rockport-voters-elect-new-select-board-members-say-yes-middle-school-construction/87783

South Portland Police Beat: June 16

June 16th, 2017 by admin No comments »
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Arrests

5/27 at 6:28 p.m. Shaun Barry, 26, no address listed, was arrested on Market Street by Officer Ryan Johns on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and violating conditions of release.

5/28 at 5:52 p.m. Chelsea R. Vincent, 19, of South Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Brian McCarthy on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license.

5/31 at 6:52 p.m. James M. McCoy, 28, of South Portland, was arrested at Crocketts Corner by Officer Jeff Warren on a charge of operating after habitual offender license revocation.

6/1 at 3:53 p.m. Matthew Crockett, 18, of South Portland, was arrested on Ocean Street by Officer Kevin Sager on charges of possession of marijuana and violating conditions of release.

6/2 at 11:55 a.m. Michele Kimball, 45, of Westbrook, was arrested on Running Hill Road by Officer Theodore Sargent on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

Summonses

5/27 at 5:11 p.m. Chelsea R. Vincent, 19, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Main Street by Officer Philip Loganecker on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license.

5/28 at 12:24 a.m. Prosper Kinyomvyi, 41, of Portland, was issued a summons on Cash Corner by Officer Ezekiel Collins on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license.

5/29 at 1:27 p.m. Katherine Crozier, 25, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Broadway by Officer Rocco Navarro on a charge of operating with an expired registration. 

5/31 at 12:35 p.m. Kyle J. Dixon, 30, of Scarborough, was issued a  summons on Broadway by Officer

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-police-beat-june-16-3/

Thomaston voters open door to crematory, pot sales – Courier

June 15th, 2017 by admin No comments »

Thomaston — With little fanfare, voters passed ordinance amendments at the annual town meeting June 14 that will allow the Planning Board to consider applications for crematories and retail marijuana establishments.

Hall Funeral Homes has already expressed interest in building a crematory at the Village Cemetery.

In the case of marijuana sales, cultivation and testing, however, the Legislature is still writing statewide regulations. That process is expected to conclude by the end of February 2018.

There has been some opposition to the idea of a crematory. A neighbor of the cemetery had gathered signatures for a petition calling for a ban on crematories, but as of a public hearing last month he said he would hold the petition as long the proposed facility is set back from the street.

On June 14, however, the article adding crematories as a conditional use under the ordinance passed without discussion.

Likewise, the ordinance amendment adding marijuana facilities as a conditional use passed with almost no discussion. The amendment bans social clubs and restricts retail, testing and cultivation facilities to the highway commercial and industrial zones, the areas where Walmart, Lowe’s and Dragon Cement are located. Some farmers, however, could be permitted to grow marijuana outside of the zones.

Thomaston hosted a medical marijuana dispensary in the highway commercial zone until last year, when it moved to Bath.

Last month, caregiver Mark Crockett opened a new medical marijuana facility in the same location next to Fastenal. Crockett said he would be interested in obtaining a license to sell recreational marijuana

Article source: http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/thomaston-voters-open-door-to-crematory-pot-sales/1661320

South Portland Police Beat: June 16 – The Forecaster

June 15th, 2017 by admin No comments »
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Arrests

5/27 at 6:28 p.m. Shaun Barry, 26, no address listed, was arrested on Market Street by Officer Ryan Johns on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and violating conditions of release.

5/28 at 5:52 p.m. Chelsea R. Vincent, 19, of South Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Brian McCarthy on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license.

5/31 at 6:52 p.m. James M. McCoy, 28, of South Portland, was arrested at Crocketts Corner by Officer Jeff Warren on a charge of operating after habitual offender license revocation.

6/1 at 3:53 p.m. Matthew Crockett, 18, of South Portland, was arrested on Ocean Street by Officer Kevin Sager on charges of possession of marijuana and violating conditions of release.

6/2 at 11:55 a.m. Michele Kimball, 45, of Westbrook, was arrested on Running Hill Road by Officer Theodore Sargent on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

Summonses

5/27 at 5:11 p.m. Chelsea R. Vincent, 19, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Main Street by Officer Philip Loganecker on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license.

5/28 at 12:24 a.m. Prosper Kinyomvyi, 41, of Portland, was issued a summons on Cash Corner by Officer Ezekiel Collins on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license.

5/29 at 1:27 p.m. Katherine Crozier, 25, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Broadway by Officer Rocco Navarro on a charge of operating with an expired registration. 

5/31 at 12:35 p.m. Kyle J. Dixon, 30, of Scarborough, was issued a  summons on Broadway by Officer

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-police-beat-june-16-3/