UPDATE: Wanted Whiting man arrested by State Police, charged with multiple felonies

February 19th, 2018 by admin No comments »

TRESCOTT, UPDATE — S​tate Police today arrested a Whiting man they had been looking for for three days and charged him with multiple felonies, according to a media release from the Maine State Police. Robert Boggia, 32, was arrested at the home of his girlfriend on the County Road in the Trescott section of Lubec about 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16. State Police Tactical team assisted troopers with the arrest.

Boggia is now charged with gross sexual assault, domestic violence assault, robbery, burglary and theft. His girlfriend, Nicole Phinney, 45, was also arrested and charged with hindering apprehension, according to the media release.

Boggia, who runs​ ​marijuana shops in Machias and Calais, had eluded authorities for most of the week. State Police asked the public for help yesterday through the media and on Facebook, and received a number of tips.

Boggia and Phinney were taken to the Washington County Jail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

UPDATE, TRESCOTT — State Police have apprehended Robert Boggia of Whiting, according to a release from the State Police on Feb. 16.

Boggia was arrested at a home in Trescott around 11 a.m. on Friday, officers were assisted by a Maine State Police tactical team. He will face numerous felony charges including gross sexual assault and felony domestic violence, according to the release.

State Police said an additional update will be issued later in the day.

WHITING, Feb. 15 — State Police are looking for a Whiting man wanted for “serious felony crimes,” and they are asking the public for help.

Troopers have not been able

Article source: http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/state-police-seek-public-help-locating-whiting-man/98006

South Thomaston residents to decide whether to ban marijuana businesses – Courier

February 16th, 2018 by admin No comments »

South Thomaston — A proposed municipal budget that is up 12 percent from last year will go before residents at the March 27 annual town meeting.

Citizens will also need to fill a vacancy for its single representative on the regional school board.

The 7 p.m. town meeting will be held at the Gilford Butler School. An ordinance prohibiting retail marijuana businesses is also on the warrant for residents.

The proposed overall 2018 municipal budget is $1,285,443, up 12 percent from the approved 2017 budget of $1,147,534.

The general government budget is proposed at $330,971.

The public safety budget is rising from $274,913 to $322,626. The ambulance division is largely behind that increase ($129,447 to $161,275). The Board of Selectmen approved a contract with the St. George Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Association to provide management and support for the town’s emergency medical services need. That took effect Jan. 1.

The public works budget is proposed at $233,191, up from $216,819.

The health and sanitation budget is proposed at $204,882, down from $208,562.

The school board vacancy was created with the resignation last month of Jessie Butler. No one took out nomination papers for the seat. But voters can write-in a candidate at the town meeting.

Selectmen Board Chair Jan Gaudio is unopposed for another term on the Board of Selectmen.

An ordinance that would prohibit all retail marijuana businesses will also be before citizens.

Public hearings on the proposed marijuana ordinance and some land-use ordinances are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the municipal building.

Article source: https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/south-thomaston-residents-to-decide-whether-to-ban-marijuana-businesses/1725557

Police remove Windham student from bus after marijuana vaping incident

February 16th, 2018 by admin No comments »

A male high school student was removed from a school bus by police Thursday afternoon, but the incident on Route 302 involved substance abuse, not a threat of violence, authorities said.

Sanford Prince, superintendent of Regional School Unit 14, said police were called to the scene by the school bus driver after the student had a medical reaction to what Prince described as a vapor pen containing marijuana oil. A vapor pen is easy to hide and can be used to vaporize concentrated marijuana oils instead of nicotine. The practice is becoming more popular among students.

Prince tweeted that the student, who required medical attention, “is doing fine at this time.”

Windham police would not provide details on the incident. But in a week when there was an incident in South Portland and threats of violence at two other Maine schools, Capt. William Andrew stressed that the student was arrested as the result of a totally separate police investigation that he declined to elaborate on.

Christopher Howell, the principal of Windham High School, sent an email to parents further explaining what happened on the bus. He said two students were involved.

Marijuana oil vape pens like this one typically use a USB connection to charge a small battery in the pen that in turn heats the THC oil until it vaporizes. Shutterstock photo

“It was my fear that the absence of information in the media today would lead the

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/02/15/student-removed-from-windham-school-bus-after-marijuana-incident/

Police remove Windham student from school bus after marijuana vaping incident

February 16th, 2018 by admin No comments »

A male high school student was removed from a school bus by police Thursday afternoon, but the incident on Route 302 involved substance abuse, not a threat of violence, authorities said.

Sanford Prince, superintendent of Regional School Unit 14, said police were called to the scene by the school bus driver after the student had a medical reaction to what Prince described as a vapor pen containing marijuana oil. A vapor pen is easy to hide and can be used to vaporize concentrated marijuana oils instead of nicotine. The practice is becoming more popular among students.

Prince tweeted that the student, who required medical attention, “is doing fine at this time.”

Windham police would not provide details on the incident. But in a week when there was an incident in South Portland and threats of violence at two other Maine schools, Capt. William Andrew stressed that the student was arrested as the result of a totally separate police investigation that he declined to elaborate on.

Christopher Howell, the principal of Windham High School, sent an email to parents further explaining what happened on the bus. He said two students were involved.

Marijuana oil vape pens like this one typically use a USB connection to charge a small battery in the pen that in turn heats the THC oil until it vaporizes. Shutterstock photo

“It was my fear that the absence of information in the media today would lead the

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/02/15/student-removed-from-windham-school-bus-after-marijuana-incident/

See how far LePage went off script and the surprising things he left out

February 16th, 2018 by admin No comments »
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
By Darren Fishell, BDN Staff
February 15, 2018 5:42 pm

Updated: February 15, 2018 6:00 pm

Gov. Paul LePage is known for going off-script in his speeches, but not usually to tone down his rhetoric.

That was the case Tuesday evening, as the governor edited out more detailed attacks on “liberals,” taking out a whole passage attacking “liberals who continue to use our broken referendum process as a means of implementing their social engineering agenda.”

LePage instead left his critique to “big, out-of-state money” fueling referendums to change Maine law.

That’s just one of the changes that we tracked in our transcript below, that shows where LePage added, where he took away and where he stayed on script.

The governor made numerous notable changes on the fly, some reflecting more than others what was on his mind as he delivered his final and longest State of the State address.

If you see errors in the transcript, please leave a note in this document, so we can correct it.

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2018/02/15/politics/see-how-far-lepage-went-off-script-and-the-surprising-things-he-left-out/

Student removed from Windham school bus after marijuana incident

February 15th, 2018 by admin No comments »

A male high school student was removed from a school bus by police Thursday afternoon, but the incident on Route 302 involved substance abuse, not a threat of violence, authorities said.

Sanford Prince, superintendent of Regional School Unit 14, said police were called to the scene by the school bus driver after the student had a medical reaction to what Prince described as a vapor pen containing marijuana oil. A vapor pen is easy to hide and can be used to vaporize concentrated marijuana oils instead of nicotine. The practice is becoming more popular among students.

Prince tweeted that the student, who required medical attention, “is doing fine at this time.”

Windham police would not provide details on the incident. But in a week when there was an incident in South Portland and threats of violence at two other Maine schools, Capt. William Andrew stressed that the student was arrested as the result of a totally separate police investigation that he declined to elaborate on.

Christopher Howell, the principal of Windham High School, sent an email to parents further explaining what happened on the bus. He said two students were involved.

“It was my fear that the absence of information in the media today would lead the community to believe that the issue today was related to weapons or school violence,” Howell wrote in his email, which came one day after 17 people were shot and killed at a high school in Florida. “I want to reassure all of

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/02/15/student-removed-from-windham-school-bus-after-marijuana-incident/

LePage tells lawmakers that municipal leaders prey on elderly Mainers

February 15th, 2018 by admin No comments »

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage showed up to a legislative committee hearing to advocate for a bill he says will help Maine’s senior citizens avoid foreclosures on their homes because of tax liens.

The Republican governor’s interactions with lawmakers have been rare during his time in office — and unpredictable. On Tuesday, we learned from Twitter that the governor had shown up at the Legislature’s Taxation Committee to champion his bill to implement a process for municipalities to use before foreclosing on property owned by someone 65 years or older because of a tax lien. The bill, which was sponsored on behalf of LePage by Assistant House Minority Leader Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester, also includes provisions financially favoring homeowners if their property does end up in foreclosure.

LePage said his system could be accomplished without any funding and should be the responsibility of elected officials. The governor has been publicly touting the idea of protecting indebted elderly Mainers from losing their homes since at least 2017, when he proposed the bill after a report about an elderly couple in Albion who lost their home over $4,000 in back taxes. LePage said he will continue to publicize the issue, including in his State of the State address next Tuesday.

The bill is not without opponents. The Maine Municipal Association’s 70-member Legislative Policy Committee is “strongly opposed” to the proposal because it would be “more complicated and administratively burdensome” than the current 18-month process, which

Article source: http://stateandcapitol.bangordailynews.com/2018/02/07/lepage-tells-lawmakers-that-municipal-leaders-prey-on-elderly-mainers/

Police: Daycare staff says cookies delivered by parent made them high

February 14th, 2018 by admin No comments »
Alex Acquisto | BDN
By Callie Ferguson
February 14, 2018 2:20 pm

Updated: February 14, 2018 4:26 pm

Staff at a Bangor daycare said they felt high on Wednesday after eating a batch of suspected marijuana-laced cookies dropped off by a parent, according to police.

None of the children at Watch Me Shine daycare at 28 Gilman Plaza ate the cookies, which are being tested to see “whether they have been tainted with anything at all, to include marijuana,” said to Bangor Sgt. Wade Betters.

Police have identified the parent but declined to release his or her name without yet knowing if the cookies were laced, and Betters would not comment on whether the parent had any idea his or her cookies would make the daycare staff feel high.

That parents dropped a few batches

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/02/14/news/bangor/police-daycare-staff-says-cookies-delivered-by-parent-made-them-high/

Pot advocates help finance gubernatorial bid of leading marijuana opponent

February 14th, 2018 by admin No comments »

The leaders of Legalize Maine are backing the gubernatorial candidate who has led the political effort to keep the state’s recreational marijuana market closed.

Every member of Legalize Maine’s five-person board of directors has donated to House Minority Leader Ken Fredette’s gubernatorial campaign, accounting for almost one out of every five dollars the Newport Republican had raised as of Jan. 16, the most recent campaign filing deadline. When other Legalize Maine donors are included – such as caregivers and cannabis testing and extraction labs – marijuana interests account for almost a third of Fredette’s total campaign war chest.

But it’s a small war chest – Fredette had raised just $14,435 by Dec. 31, 2017, a pittance compared with the Republican and Democratic front-runners.

“A third of next to nothing is nothing,” Fredette said when asked about the marijuana-linked donations. “They’re not getting much from me, are they?”

When asked about the motivation for the donations, both Fredette and Legalize Maine’s president, Paul McCarrier, said they shared a personal relationship. The two became friends about 10 years ago when McCarrier took a negotiations class that Fredette taught at the University of Maine in Augusta.

“He wanted to help out and that’s what you do on campaigns,” Fredette said.

McCarrier applauded Fredette’s stance on lowering taxes, which he said “helps all Mainers and Maine businesses” and is personally important to him.

“We hope Ken will keep an open mind when it comes to cannabis policy,” McCarrier said.

LEGALIZE MAINE POLITICAL INTERESTS

Fredette isn’t the only gubernatorial candidate to receive

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/pot-advocates-help-finance-gubernatorial-bid-of-leading-marijuana-opponent/

Read Gov. Paul LePage’s final State of the State address

February 14th, 2018 by admin No comments »

Gov. Paul LePage delivered his final State of the State address Tuesday night. Read the entire speech below.

Chief Justice Saufley, members of the 128th Legislature, distinguished guests, and my fellow citizens:

I want to briefly remember Paul Mitchell of Waterville, brother of Senator Mitchell, who passed away this weekend. He was a dedicated public servant.

As I begin the last State of the State Address of my time as Governor of this great state, let me first thank my wife Ann—please stand— for her service to the people of Maine these past seven years. I would not be here tonight without you. Ann, you have made Maine proud as our First Lady—and our family is proud of you. In case I forget, happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

I also thank our children. I appreciate my family’s willingness to share my time with the duties of being Governor.

To Staff Sergeant Ronald Fowler of the Air Force’s 243rd Engineer Installation Squadron, the military herald this evening, thank you for your selfless service to our state and nation. We congratulate you on being our state’s 2018 Outstanding Airman of the Year.

Ann and I are grateful to all our military and their families for their service.

I would also like to recognize Angela Kooistra our sergeant of security and Holly Lusk my chief of staff.

I’m here tonight to speak to you about the future of our state. We have

Article source: http://www.wmtw.com/article/read-gov-paul-lepages-final-state-of-the-state-address/17806062