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New police station proposed in Augusta

August 21st, 2018 by admin No comments »

AUGUSTA — City officials propose to build a police station.

The Police Department’s current home, a former Navy reserve building, has so many infrastructure needs — including a new roof, wiring, and plumbing throughout — that it would cost millions to renovate and update the Union Street building.

Instead of doing that, City Manager William Bridgeo proposes in the city’s latest five-year capital improvement plan to build a replacement station, next to the old one, at an estimated cost of $8.55 million. If the proposal moves forward, it could be ready for police to move in within five years.

City councilors are scheduled to consider authorizing the initial funding to get that process started Thursday, as part of several capital improvement plan-related funding proposals.

Officials said it’s not that the old building, which is believed to have been built around 1940 and was converted into the city’s police station about 20 years ago when police moved out of the old City Hall on Cony Street, has one glaring problem prompting the need to move. Rather, they said, it’s an accumulation of smaller problems combined with an aging infrastructure and a leaky roof. Those, and the expense that would be incurred to house the department while renovation took place that, would cost millions of dollars to fix. And if and when the renovation took place, the city still would be left with an older building, with a shorter projected remaining lifespan than an entirely new, though likely more expensive, one.

“We can no longer operate here

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/08/21/new-police-station-proposed-in-augusta/

Former Maine drug agent steps into an unlikely role

August 21st, 2018 by admin No comments »

As a drug enforcement agent, Scott Durst spent three decades trying to put illegal drug dealers in jail, both in Maine and abroad.

Now the retired police officer is making a second career for himself as a private security consultant for Maine’s legal cannabis growers, transporting cash between five state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries and the handful of banks that will accept legal marijuana profits. He teaches the industry how to thwart would-be criminals and local police how to work with the industry.


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“At first, I thought, ‘Oh boy, I don’t know if I can do this,’ but I talked to my former colleagues, and they said if somebody’s going to do it, we’re glad it’s you, because this is going to be a nightmare for law enforcement,” Durst recalled on a recent cannabis cash run. “That’s how I justify it in my head. I’m still fighting illegal drug crime. I’m just doing it from the inside.”

Three days a week, the 64-year-old dons his tourist garb, hops in an inconspicuous SUV, and sets about the very serious business of blending into the background. While some security teams go for flash, using armored cars and exposed sidearms to deter robbers, he tries hard to fly under the radar. Durst feels like he’s done a good job if you don’t even know he was there.

His primary mission is to carry cash that patients use to buy medical marijuana from the dispensaries to banks and credit unions. The money

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/08/19/ex-maine-drug-agent-steps-into-an-unlikely-role/

Rockland Council gives initial OK to pot moratorium as fourth … – Courier

August 21st, 2018 by admin No comments »

Rockland — The Rockland City Council gave initial approval Monday evening to a moratorium on marijuana businesses that the mayor said was needed for the community to maintain local control.

The attorney representing one applicant vowed, however, to appeal the moratorium in court if it gains final approval Sept. 10.

The council’s action comes as a fourth application for a medical marijuana production facility was filed with the city’s code enforcement office on Monday, Aug. 20. This proposal is for one at 11 Lime St., part of the former Bicknell Manufacturing building.

One facility has already been approved by the City Council and Planning Board for Nick Westervelt of Westervelt Provisions LLC  at 500 Main St.

Michael McNaboe of Yarmouth has proposed one at 12 Moran Drive in the Industrial Park.

And Mark Crockett from Pen Bay Alternative Medicine Inc. has applied to have one at 266 Main St. where Hill’s Seafood restaurant is located.

Attorney Joseph Baiungo of Belfast, who represents Crockett, urged councilors at the Aug. 20 meeting not to enact the moratorium nor to make it retroactive to July 9. Crockett is scheduled to have his proposal reviewed Tuesday evening, Aug. 21 by the Rockland Planning Board. A public hearing and final vote would likely not be held until September.

The attorney said Crockett is the most knowledgeable people in the state on the law regulating marijuana facilities and is willing to work with Rockland officials.

The moratorium is an extreme measure, Baiungo said. He said state law allows a moratorium only in

Article source: https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/rockland-council-gives-initial-ok-to-pot-moratorium-as-fourth-application-filed-with-city/1773235

Rockland medical marijuana moratorium approved | PenBay Pilot

August 21st, 2018 by admin No comments »

ROCKLAND – The four people who’ve requested applications for medical marijuana retail distribution in Rockland just need to ‘hang tight,’ according to City Council member Amelia Magjik.

In a special session, Monday, Aug. 20, Rockland City Council members voted three to two to establish an emergency 60-day moratorium on medical marijuana production facilities, registered caregiver retail stores, registered dispensaries, medical marijuana testing facilities, and medical marijuana manufacturing facilities.

Councilors Ed Glaser and Adam Ackor both voted against the measure. However, Councilors will return to the same issue during the September 10 meeting in order to consider a 180-day moratorium in Second Reading.

According to the amendment, “The City’s existing ordinances do not provide an adequate mechanism to regulate and control the location and operation of Medical Marijuana Production Facilities, registered caregiver retail stores, registered dispensaries, marijuana testing facilities and manufacturing facilities and are inadequate to prevent serious public harm that could be caused by the development of such facilities in the City.”

Therefore, Ordinance Amendment #27 Emergency Medical Marijuana Moratorium is enacted as an emergency ordinance in order to meet the public emergency created by the scrivener’s error in the current Zoning Ordinance and the 90+-day delay of the effective date of the Act, which combined and on their own have created a rush by applicants to take advantage of a perceived loophole in the current Zoning Ordinance and the grandfathering language in the Act in an attempt to establish medical marijuana stores and other facilities in the City, which are not permitted uses

Article source: https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/rockland-medical-marijuana-moratorium-approved/106449

Maine senator gets behind push for cannabis for veterans

August 20th, 2018 by admin No comments »

Maine’s independent senator says he is getting behind an effort to research how medicinal cannabis could help veterans.

Sen. Angus King is part of a bipartisan group of legislators that wants to authorize the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to advance research about the safety and efficacy of medicinal cannabis for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.

The scientific and medical research would be authorized by the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018. King says the act would clarify that research into medicinal cannabis is within the authority of the VA. It would also require the VA to report to Congress about how it plans to exercise such authority.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America supports the legislation.

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Article source: https://www.wmtw.com/article/maine-senator-gets-behind-push-for-cannabis-for-veterans/22770416

Our View: Maine needs options for juvenile offenders – Portland …

August 20th, 2018 by admin No comments »

A 16-year-old steals a scooter. He paints the number “420” on it, celebrating marijuana use. He fails to show up for counseling appointments and a court hearing.

What do you do with a kid like that? In Maine, you might have to send him to prison.

That was the decision last year by a judge in Somerset County who committed the out-of-control kid to Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland.

The teenager wasn’t sent there because his crimes were so serious that they called for the most serious level of punishment available in a juvenile case (they weren’t), or because the community needed to be protected from him at any cost (it didn’t). He definitely wasn’t incarcerated because that’s the best way to treat whatever psychological conditions might have been behind his acting out. In fact, most experts would agree that a prison environment is the worst place to treat mental disorders.

No, he was sent to prison, at an approximate cost of $250,000 a year to the taxpayers, because that was the only option available to the judge, a position that was affirmed unanimously by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

And that, wrote Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley, is a tragedy.

“The lack of alternatives available to the court, to the youth and his family, and to the attorneys attempting to carry out the Legislature’s mandate for rehabilitation of a youth who is out of control, is both shortsighted and fraught with potential long-term

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/08/20/our-view-maines-chief-justice-is-right-lack-of-juvenile-options-a-tragedy/

Our View: Maine needs options for juvenile offenders

August 20th, 2018 by admin No comments »

A 16-year-old steals a scooter. He paints the number “420” on it, celebrating marijuana use. He fails to show up for counseling appointments and a court hearing.

What do you do with a kid like that? In Maine, you might have to send him to prison.

That was the decision last year by a judge in Somerset County who committed the out-of-control kid to Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland.

The teenager wasn’t sent there because his crimes were so serious that they called for the most serious level of punishment available in a juvenile case (they weren’t), or because the community needed to be protected from him at any cost (it didn’t). He definitely wasn’t incarcerated because that’s the best way to treat whatever psychological conditions might have been behind his acting out. In fact, most experts would agree that a prison environment is the worst place to treat mental disorders.

No, he was sent to prison, at an approximate cost of $250,000 a year to the taxpayers, because that was the only option available to the judge, a position that was affirmed unanimously by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

And that, wrote Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley, is a tragedy.

“The lack of alternatives available to the court, to the youth and his family, and to the attorneys attempting to carry out the Legislature’s mandate for rehabilitation of a youth who is out of control, is both shortsighted and fraught with potential long-term

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/08/20/our-view-maines-chief-justice-is-right-lack-of-juvenile-options-a-tragedy/

Former Maine drug agent steps into an unlikely role – CentralMaine …

August 20th, 2018 by admin No comments »

As a drug enforcement agent, Scott Durst spent three decades trying to put illegal drug dealers in jail, both in Maine and abroad.

Now the retired police officer is making a second career for himself as a private security consultant for Maine’s legal cannabis growers, transporting cash between five state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries and the handful of banks that will accept legal marijuana profits. He teaches the industry how to thwart would-be criminals and local police how to work with the industry.

“At first, I thought, ‘Oh boy, I don’t know if I can do this,’ but I talked to my former colleagues, and they said if somebody’s going to do it, we’re glad it’s you, because this is going to be a nightmare for law enforcement,” Durst recalled on a recent cannabis cash run. “That’s how I justify it in my head. I’m still fighting illegal drug crime. I’m just doing it from the inside.”

Three days a week, the 64-year-old dons his tourist garb, hops in an inconspicuous SUV, and sets about the very serious business of blending into the background. While some security teams go for flash, using armored cars and exposed sidearms to deter robbers, he tries hard to fly under the radar. Durst feels like he’s done a good job if you don’t even know he was there.

His primary mission is to carry cash that patients use to buy medical marijuana from the dispensaries to banks and credit unions. The money is tucked into locked bank bags, a

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/08/19/ex-maine-drug-agent-steps-into-an-unlikely-role/

Kennebec Journal police log for Aug. 19

August 19th, 2018 by admin No comments »

IN AUGUSTA, Saturday at 5:29 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Oak Street.

5:30 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Western Avenue.

9:12 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Fowler Street.

10:13 a.m., shoplifting was reported on Civic Center Drive.

11:09 a.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Cony Street.

11:57 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Western Avenue.

12:01 p.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Western Avenue.

1:01 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Front Street.

2:24 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Bangor Street.

2:35 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Whitten Road.

3:35 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Edison Drive.

3:46 p.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Western Avenue.

4:28 p.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Western Avenue.

4:31 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Littlefield Street.

6:12 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Summer Street.

6:18 p.m., a 26-year-old Bowdoinham woman was summoned on a charge of theft on Medical Center Parkway.

8:15 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Stephen King Drive.

9:54 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Cony Street.

Sunday at 4:19 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Crossing Way.

4:21 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Hospital Street.

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IN AUGUSTA, Saturday, at 6:09 p.m., William Everett, 54, of Augusta, was arrested on a charge of criminal trespassing on Whitten Road.

9:02 p.m., Dylan Scott Young, 18, of Manchester, was arrested on a warrant and a charge of possession of marijuana at the intersection of Winthrop and Elm streets.


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