Archive for March, 2016

Boothbay Harbor Police Blotter: Four arrests

March 31st, 2016


On March 8 at 9:03 p.m. on Barter’s Island Rd., Sgt. Higgins and Officer Upham arrested Dustin Thiboutot, 37 Boothbay Harbor, for a probation violation and domestic violence stalking.

On March 15 at 8:14 p.m. on Andrea Lane, Officer Chryplewicz arrested Richard Lefevre Jr., 32, Boothbay Harbor, for failure to pay fines and possession of marijuana.

On March 21 at 1:37 p.m. on Atlantic Ave., Officer Mercier arrested Heather Manson, 32, Boothbay Harbor, for failure to appear in court.

On March 21 at 9:57 p.m. on West St., Officer Chryplewicz arrested Michael Shean, 44, Southport, for driving to endanger.

Summary Report

From March 8-28, Boothbay Harbor police officers responded to 252 calls. They conducted two drug investigations, four 9-1-1 checks, seven compliance checks, two pedestrian checks, 46 property checks, 30 motor vehicle stops, 26 escort/transports, and five welfare checks. They assisted 12 citizens, five other agencies and with six community paramedicine visits. They received police information 13 times, performed community policing seven times, controlled traffic 23 times, attempted to locate two persons, and responded to eight burglar alarms, one burglary, one civil complaint, four fire alarms, one fire, 21 medical emergencies, one motor vehicle accident, one parking problem, one found/lost property report, seven reports of suspicious activity,  four reports of theft/forgery/fraud and one unwanted subject.

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Cape Elizabeth Police Beat: April 1

March 31st, 2016
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3/27 at 1:24 a.m. Jacquelyn Young, 25, of England Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island, was arrested on Ocean House Road by Officer Rory Diffin on a charge of operating under the influence. 


3/22 at 1:08 a.m. Ryan Jalbert, 26, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons on Route 77 by Officer Darin Estes on a charge of operating without a license.

3/23 at 12:03 a.m. Celia Tuttle, 28, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Shore Road by Officer Aaron Webster on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license.

3/24 at 3:15 p.m. A 17-year-old male, of Portland, was issued a summons on Ocean Street by Officer Rory Diffin on a charge of failure to stop at a red light.

3/25 at 11 p.m. A 17-year-old male, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons on Emerald Way by Officer Rory Diffin on a charge of furnishing a place for minors to consume.

3/25 at 11:05 p.m. Mya Hodgdon, 18, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons on Emerald Way by Officer Ben Davis on a charge of possession of alcohol by consumption.

3/25 at 11:05 p.m. Clyde Burnham, 18, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons on Emerald Way by Officer Darin Estes on a charge of illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.

3/25 at 11:12 p.m. Erin Sewall, 18, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons on Emerald Way by Officer Darin Estes on a charge of possession of alcohol by a minor.

3/26 at 2:12 p.m. Kayly Mailhot, 28,

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Ellsworth Police Log: Charges pending in road rage assault

March 31st, 2016

ELLSWORTH — Charges are pending in a case of road rage that reportedly led to one man hitting another with a hammer, according to police.

On March 23, police received “a report of an assault which occurred on State Street,” involving two men “who were involved in a road rage incident.”

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Lt. Harold Page said the two men were reportedly throwing punches and that one of them allegedly hit the other man with a hammer.

Page said the incident was apparently triggered by one man pulling out in front of the other, causing the second man to have to slam on his brakes.

Page said the District Attorney’s Office has reviewed the case and decided to proceed with charges, but as of Tuesday those charges had not yet been filed.


A two-car crash on March 22 resulted in one man going to the hospital.

David Kazlaskas, 41, of Ellsworth was traveling along Pine Street around 2:50 p.m. in his 2001 Volkswagen when he was hit by another vehicle.

That vehicle, a 2007 Ford pickup driven by 54-year-old Edward Holloway of Steuben, came out of a stop sign from Franklin Street.

Holloway told police he did not see Kazlaskas’s vehicle “partly due to a utility pole” and partly because

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Maine marijuana advocates ask judge to overturn ‘vague’ ballot denial

March 31st, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine — Proponents of a marijuana legalization ballot initiative disqualified by Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap told a judge Wednesday that the decision relied on an “unconstitutionally vague” legal interpretation.

The court battle will decide the fate of a question that would make Maine the fifth state to legalize marijuana, and it revolves around more than 17,000 signatures notarized by Stavros Mendros, who’s at the center of another appeal over a failed York County casino question.

Advocates submitted more than 99,000 signatures to get the question on the 2016 Maine ballot — more than the required 61,123 valid signatures from voters. But in March, Dunlap threw out nearly 48,000 signatures for many reasons.

The appeal hinges on petition signatures notarized by Mendros. Petition circulators take an oath that says they personally witnessed all petition signatures, and a notary’s signature indicates that.

Dunlap’s office tossed all petitions notarized by Mendros after saying the signatures didn’t match his on-file signature and because it couldn’t be determined he witnessed them. The office does not have handwriting experts.

Portland attorney Scott Anderson, who represented legalization backers, including the Marijuana Policy Project, rejected that, telling Maine Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy that Dunlap lacked evidence to support invalidating the petitions Mendros notarized and that Dunlap had interpreted the law in an “unconstitutionally vague” way.

Anderson said the ruling was an overbroad interpretation of a 2009 state law requiring notaries to sign documents “in the same form” as their signature on

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Lewiston schools chief: ‘We need to hold our student-athletes to the highest standards’

March 30th, 2016

Lewiston’s superintendent of schools said Wednesday “we need to hold our student-athletes to the highest standards” after an incident in which high school hockey players partied outside the home of a school district employee.

Superintendent Bill Webster said “several” Lewiston High players were disciplined for drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana during a celebration in the hours after the boys’ hockey team won the Class A state championship game March 5.

Webster said neither head coach Jamie Belleau nor junior varsity coach Ben McDonough is the school district employee in question, but declined to identify the individual.

“I view it as a personnel matter,” he said, “and anything that’s a personnel matter is considered confidential.”

There were no suspensions from school, but each player faces a 14-day suspension from the spring sport season, according to Webster and Shawn Chabot, the Lewiston High principal.

Webster said he is not aware of any non-hockey player involved in the incident but declined to say whether any of the disciplined players are seniors.

He acknowledged the policy regarding substance abuse lacks clarity in cases of students who may not be playing another sport or who have exhausted their eligibility.

“I do think we need to take a fresh look at our policies,” Webster said, “because I believe we need to hold our student-athletes to the highest standards and I want to make sure our policies do that.”

He said the school committee will take a closer look at the athletic participation form in hopes of strengthening it.

“I want to make sure that we’re

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Maine Senate approves marijuana OUI bill

March 30th, 2016

AUGUSTA –– The Senate voted 19-14 Wednesday to back a bill that establishes a blood level limit to determine whether a driver is impaired from marijuana use.

The vote followed a lengthy debate that, much like the national debate over marijuana impairment, did not break along party lines. Supporters argued that setting a blood limit is essential for helping police charge impaired drivers with operating under the influence. Opponents said the proposed limit will ensnare unimpaired drivers because the science is not settled on the appropriate threshold for THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.

Some medical marijuana patients have also been critical of the bill, contending that their use of the drug may leave them with residual blood THC levels that would violate the standard.

The debate reflects policy discussions in other states as they grapple with efforts to legalize recreational or medicinal use of marijuana. The bill, L.D. 1628, now shifts to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

A majority of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted against the bill March 10. A minority of the committee argued that the state needs to establish testing protocols to ensure police and prosecutors are equipped to handle what a recent survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found was a marked increase in the percentage of drivers testing positive for marijuana.

Maine already has a medical marijuana law. A bid to legalize recreational use could appear before voters in November, pending a decision by a Superior Court justice on whether supporters submitted enough valid

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Opioid/heroin forum yields a range of views, strategies

March 30th, 2016

ELLSWORTH — There was no dazzling light at the end of the tunnel for the 70-plus concerned citizens who participated in Monday night’s opioid forum. But they came away with a better idea of the dimensions of the tunnel.

The forum at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School, sponsored by Healthy Acadia and The Ellsworth American, featured drug intervention professionals, a psychiatrist, a recovering heroin addict and the county sheriff.

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Together they presented a daunting picture:

  • A total of 273 opioid and heroin overdose deaths in 2015 — up 31 percent from the year before. Two overdose deaths in the Machias area last weekend.
  • Prescription drug misuse among 12th-graders in Hancock County at almost twice the state average; 6 percent of the county’s high school seniors have tried heroin once in their lives — twice the state average.
  • No availability this side of Portland of suboxone, which has been found effective, in some cases, for those who cannot go cold turkey.
  • Police and corrections officers having little experience with individuals addicted to opiates. “We’re never, ever, going to arrest our way out of the problem,” Sheriff Scott Kane said.

Kip Young, a drug intervention counselor in Ellsworth, said it doesn’t help to stigmatize a person who is addicted to opioids. Some 20 percent of his

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Sidney child appears to have recovered after swallowing heroin

March 30th, 2016

AUGUSTA — A month after a Sidney couple brought their year-old daughter to the hospital after she allegedly swallowed heroin at home, Massachusetts police reported finding them smoking marijuana in a vehicle with the baby in a car seat in the back.

Jason D. Thomas, 34, and Katie J. Robinson, 23, were indicted Friday on charges of unlawful possession of heroin and endangering the welfare of a child on July 17 in Sidney.

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Thomas is free on $5,000 cash bail with conditions that prohibit him from contact with the child and other children under 12.

Robinson is free on $1,000 bail, and she is not prohibited from living with the child. Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Tuesday that her office had argued against allowing Robinson to have contact with the child, but a judge allowed it after hearing that there is no open case involving the family with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Maloney said it appeared the child recovered from the opiate incident “as best we can tell. We don’t know what the lasting effects are.”

Maloney said she does not know where the child is living now.

Both Thomas and Robinson are scheduled for court hearings in April, when they will be arraigned on the indictments.

An attorney for Robinson was unreachable by phone on Tuesday. There was no indication in court files that Thomas has

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Lewiston hockey players disciplined for alcohol, marijuana

March 29th, 2016

Members of the Lewiston High boys’ hockey team have been disciplined for drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana after the team won the Class A state championship on March 5.

The incident, first reported by the Lewiston Sun Journal, happened outside the home of a school district employee, the newspaper said. It is unclear how many players were involved.

Lewiston athletic director Jason Fuller told the Portland Press Herald that the players “were disciplined according to the contract.”

According to an athletic handbook posted on the school district’s web site, punishment for the first offense of “any student who is involved in a violation of the substance abuse policy will be suspended for 14 days from the (sport) in which the student-athlete is participating at that time.”

The rule states that the suspension carries over to the next season, but it is not known if any of the students involved were seniors.

Lewiston boys’ hockey coach Jamie Belleau could not be reached for comment. An assistant to superintendent of schools Bill Webster said he had left for home with an illness.

Earlier, Webster told The Sun Journal: “We have fully investigated this incident, and discipline has been administered in accordance with policy. While I cannot go into details, I do want to communicate that our investigation determined that the alcohol and marijuana use was outside the house, and not known by the employee when it was happening. This does not excuse that it took place.”

Webster called it “a very disappointing situation. We will be doing a review of

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Can Maine GOP keep special election winning streak alive?

March 29th, 2016

Good morning from Augusta. The Legislature has plenty to do here, with 280 bills left to act on and just three weeks left in the scheduled session.

But on Tuesday, many will have their attention on York County, where a special election will decide who will be the 35th member of the Maine Senate representing Biddeford, Kennebunkport, Alfred, Arundel, Lyman and Dayton, after Democrat David Dutremble resigned in January to battle alcohol abuse.

The race is between Democrat Susan Deschambault, a retired social worker from Biddeford, and Republican Steve Martin, a retired Biddeford police officer.

The district has 4,000 more Democrats than Republicans, dominated by Biddeford, a Democratic stronghold. But some of the outlying towns lean Republican. That party won two southern Maine special elections for the Maine House of Representatives in November. — Michael Shepherd

Maine delegation asks Obama administration to fight Sweden’s proposed lobster ban

Maine’s congressional delegation sent a letter to top Obama administration officials on Monday asking them to fight Sweden’s efforts to ban Maine lobster imports from the European Union.

Swedish officials say they’ve found 30 American lobsters with rubber bands in their water over the past few years, fearing diseases and interbreeding that Swedes say could harm smaller, European lobsters.

The European Union will take up the request next month, according to The Guardian. Many of those lobsters have had rubber bands on their claws, leading Swedish officials to think they were released “perhaps for later consumption.”

But the Maine delegation said in a letter to Secretary of

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