Archive for March, 2016

Falmouth clinic launches how-to website for medical marijuana

March 29th, 2016
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FALMOUTH — Since 2011, a local doctor has been using medical marijuana and other integrative remedies to treat patients.

But he and his practice were running up against a problem: accurate information on medical cannabis wasn’t readily available to patients.

So Dr. Dustin Sulak, whose Integr8 Health practice is at 170 U.S. Route 1, decided to make the information available on a first-of-its-kind website,

“Cannabis is different from a lot of medication,” Sulak said last week.

Sulak said cannabis isn’t just one medication; it’s hundreds, as there are different variations and responses to it. On the website, he said, patients can find the right dosage, how to use cannabis therapeutically without the high, how to become more sensitive to cannabis, and how to control unwanted side affects.

“ is taking educational material … and making it available to medical users everywhere,” Sulak said.

Brad Feuer, co-founder of and CEO of Integr8 Health, said the website is a way to make science and methodology about medicinal cannabis available to people around the world.

“What we found is, this information wasn’t particularly out there,” Feuer said.

Sulak said one issue is information on how to use cannabis wasn’t generally coming from medical providers, but from dispensaries.

“We quickly found we were having the same conversations over and over again,” Sulak said.

Sulak said medicinal cannabis has “incredible potential” to relieve suffering and improve quality of life in those who use it. He said this, along with accompanying diet and exercise, can reduce pain and anxiety

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Our View: Maine prescription compromise won’t heal flawed health care system

March 29th, 2016

Recognizing the role of prescription painkillers as a gateway drug to heroin, Maine lawmakers and medical professionals are working together to limit the prescription of opioids. As overdose deaths mount, this proposal is a major and welcome step toward helping reduce the number of Mainers at risk of opioid addiction. But the measure doesn’t – and can’t – address one of the issues underlying the drug epidemic: our nation’s inconsistent and inefficient system of pain care.

The Maine plan – the result of discussions involving the LePage administration and the Maine Medical Association – limits opioid prescriptions to seven days for acute pain and 30 days for chronic pain. Doctors would have to use the Prescription Monitoring Program, a state database that tracks prescriptions and is meant to keep patients from visiting multiple physicians to get the same drug. Training would also be required before physicians would be allowed to prescribe opioids.

These are all wise measures. Though MaineCare tightened rules on opioid prescriptions several years ago, doctors are still prescribing opioids at high rates to patients who have private insurance. After their prescriptions run out, those who’ve become addicted buy painkillers on the street, then turn to heroin because it’s far cheaper than the illicit pills.

In fact, four out of five new heroin users come to that drug after misusing prescription opioids, with consequences that are evident even to casual followers of current events in Maine: growing levels of addiction, overdose deaths and disrupted families.

The sad irony is

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The North Berwick Police Department arrest log for Feb. 7 – March 5

March 28th, 2016

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Group accused of burglary indicted by Waldo County grand jury

March 26th, 2016

BELFAST, Maine — A group of five young adults who were arrested in connection with the Jan. 8 burglary and robbery of Patterson’s General Store in Burnham have been indicted by the Waldo County grand jury.

The owner of the store interrupted the burglary and was attacked by one of the burglars after he went to investigate why one of his lights wasn’t working in the early morning hours, according to Waldo County Sheriff Jeff Trafton. The burglars ran off, the owner called police, and within a few days, police had begun to make arrests, Trafton said.

Over the course of the investigation, police determined that three people had initially broken into the store and then left the premises. Two returned an hour later to steal more items when they were interrupted by the owner, according to Detective Gerry Lincoln of the sheriff’s office. The burglars succeeded in stealing “a lot” of tobacco products and alcohol, including Twisted Tea and Angry Orchard, Lincoln said.

Michael McGregor, 22, of Canaan was charged with burglary and theft by unauthorized taking. Matthew Shaw, 20, of Hartland and David W. Pedone, 22, of East Newport each were charged with robbery, burglary and theft by unauthorized taking.

Those three men went into the store, Lincoln said.

Also indicted in connection with the break-in were John Michael Ryan, 19, of Fairfield and Sarah B.J. Chase, 19, of Burnham, both of whom were charged with robbery, burglary and unauthorized taking.

Ryan drove a vehicle used in the crime and Chase was

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Three arrested in Biddeford after month-long drug trafficking investigation

March 26th, 2016

BIDDEFORD, Maine — A month-long drug investigation by Biddeford Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit culminated in the arrests Tuesday night of three people, plus a fourth on unrelated charges.

A man and a woman from Massachusetts were taken into custody around 6 p.m. on Alfred Street in the vicinity of AutoZone and the Journal Tribune; two Biddeford men were arrested at their homes that day.

“It is important to note that this investigation was started and sustained by concerned citizen information and attentive patrol officers,” said Deputy Police Chief JoAnne Fisk this morning.

On Tuesday, the Street Crimes Unit obtained arrest warrants charging Class A felony aggravated drug trafficking.

Law enforcement officers swooped down on a vehicle with Massachusetts plates and arrested Christina Moreland, 27, of Dorchester, Massachusetts. According to Fisk, 11 grams of cocaine were seized subsequent to that arrest. Moreland is on probation from a previous trafficking conviction.

Bail was set at $50,000 on the drug warrant, but her alleged probation violation means she won’t be released from York County Jail on bail.

Biddeford Police were assisted in Moreland’s arrest by the U.S Marshals Service’s Maine Violent Offender Task Force, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and an Old Orchard Beach officer with a police dog.

Peter Quimby, 37, of Biddeford, was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Maine Violent Crimes Task Force outside his home on West Cutts Street. He was taken to York County Jail and held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

James Ruane, 61, also of Biddeford,

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Woman sentenced to three years for role in Maine guns-for-drugs scheme

March 26th, 2016

PORTLAND — A woman described as the driver and lookout in a burglary ring that stole guns and exchanged them for drugs has been sentenced to three years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Amber Meserve of Limerick, who was 22 when she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess stolen firearms in 2015, had her two small children with heroin in the car during one of the burglaries, police said at the time of her arrest.

Meserve initially pleaded innocent. She changed her plea to guilty late last year, and was sentenced on Thursday by Judge Jon Levy at U.S. District Court in Portland.

According to court documents, Meserve’s attorney, Thomas Dyhrberg, said she was addicted to heroin when she was arrested and taken to York County Jail in November 2014. He said she detoxed while at the jail, and competed a 28-day substance abuse program in Limestone.

The court has recommended that Meserve, who is pregnant and due to deliver in early June, serve her sentence at a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut.

“During the three months that she was free on bail pending her guilty plea in this case, Amber stayed out of trouble, remained employed, and most importantly, clean and sober,” Dyhrberg said in a pre-sentence report. “She faces sentencing confident that with counseling and the support of her now-sober mother, she will succeed in raising a happy, healthy baby, reconnecting with the children removed from her care, and leading a productive, drugfree life.”

Meserve’s brother,

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AG’s Report: Bangor Officer Acted in Self-Defense Using Deadly Force in December Shooting

March 25th, 2016

AG’s Report: Bangor Officer Acted in Self-Defense Using Deadly Force in December Shooting

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The Attorney General’s Office says a Bangor Police officer was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed a man in wooded area off Outer Hammond Street in December.

According to the AG’s report released Friday afternoon, 23-year-old Joshua Jozefowicz of Hancock County was shot after he was pulled over by Officer Ryan Jones.

He was driving a stolen car, according to the report.

Jozefowicz parked the outside a convenience store on Hammond Street and then ran into nearby woods.

Investigators say he fired a gun at the officer while running from him.

Autopsy results showed Jozefowicz had 11 different drugs in his system including marijuana, cocaine, and fentanyl.

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Police seize 2 lbs of pot in Augusta bust

March 25th, 2016

Police in Augusta have seized 2.1 lbs of marijuana in a drug bust in the parking lot of the Red Robin.

An off-duty state police trooper reported observing what appeared to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction in a parked vehicle Wednesday evening.

Augusta police responded, and after searching the vehicle found 2.1 pounds of marijuana and $420.

Police arrested Rory Kavanagh, 20 of Georgetown, Massachusetts, and Nicholas Caponigro, 24, of Amesbury, Massachusetts. Both are charged with unlawful trafficking of drugs. Caponigro is also charged with criminal forfeiture of property.

Both have been transported to the Kennebec County Jail.

This story originally reported the amount of marijuana seized as 3.17 lbs. Police corrected the amount to 2.1 lbs after publication.

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Madawaska police Facebook post about ‘lost’ marijuana is on fire

March 25th, 2016

MADAWASKA – The police department in Madawaska has caused an Internet sensation with a tongue-in-cheek offer to help someone who “lost” a bag of marijuana in a pharmacy.

The Madawaska police Facebook post has been viewed more than 100,000 times since Sunday. The post says: “If you’ve lost a baggie of marijuana at the Rite Aid store, please give us a call. We would like to speak with you.”

WMTW-TV reported that the small bag contained two marijuana buds and was found by an employee near the store’s register.

No one has come forward to accept the police’s offer so far. The police department says the post was meant to be taken lightly.





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Surry man gets 90 days for giving marijuana to kids

March 24th, 2016

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Surry man has been sentenced to serve 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to unlawful furnishing of drugs and then committing other crimes.

Gary W. Goodrich III, 19, got into trouble last August after he provided marijuana to three boys at Edaco Court mobile home park in Ellsworth. The boys were 13, 15 and 16 years old when he let them smoke some of his marijuana, according to documents filed in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court.

Goodrich later pleaded guilty in an agreement with prosecutors that would have allowed him to avoid any jail time and pay a $400 fine if he stayed out of trouble and received counseling on a regular basis.

Two weeks after Goodrich appeared in court last November to have his deferred disposition approved by a judge, however, he got into trouble in Madawaska after he broke into someone’s apartment, court documents indicate.

Then, in February, Goodrich attempted to shoplift $13 worth of bicycle accessories from Wal-Mart in Ellsworth, according to court documents. When the store’s loss prevention staff confronted him, he threatened them.

Goodrich subsequently was sentenced to 18 months behind bars with all but 90 days suspended on three counts of aggravated furnishing of drugs stemming from the incident at Edaco Court last August. He also was ordered to serve two years of probation upon his release.

Goodrich reported to Hancock County Jail last week to begin serving his sentence.


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