Archive for July, 2018

Waterville Housing Authority bans smoking on its properties

July 15th, 2018

WATERVILLE — Dorothy Gilley and Guy Farmer were having a cigarette on a recent afternoon on the sidewalk outside their apartments at Elm Towers.

The location was less than ideal.

“In the wintertime, we’re going to have to come out here, along with the handicap and elderly people,” said Farmer, 55. “There are some 90-year-old people who can’t walk to the sidewalk or across the street.”

His companion pointed to the sidewalk littered with cigarette butts.

“It’s already starting to look like a mess out here,” Gilley said.

Since 2009, tenants of the Waterville Housing Authority haven’t been allowed to smoke in housing authority buildings, but a new policy implemented July 1 is now extending that to all Waterville Housing Authority property, including outside grounds and parking areas.

The change has some tenants, such as Gilley and Farmer, upset and worried about the feasibility for elderly and handicapped residents.

Some have protested outside the Elm Towers building in the July heat with signs that say, “Our rights are being taken from us,” and “Unfair practices from WHA/HUD. No rights for elderly and disabled.”

“I can understand not wanting people to smoke in the building, but taking it away from the property?” said Gilley, 72. “We have a gazebo and a picnic table. It looks ridiculous, all these people out here smoking on the sidewalk.”

The changes in Waterville stem in part from a 2016 rule implemented by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department requiring all federally funded public housing agencies to implement smoke-free policies within

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/07/13/waterville-housing-authority-bans-smoking-on-properties/

Central Maine police log for July 14

July 14th, 2018

IN AUGUSTA, Friday at 5:01 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Whitten Road.

5:34 a.m., simple assault was reported on Mount Vernon Avenue.

6:17 a.m., property was recovered on Whitten Road.

8:40 a.m., indecency was reported on Memorial Circle.

9:10 a.m., theft of a motor vehicle was reported on Penobscot Street.

9:24 a.m., criminal mischief was reported on Winter Street.

9:53 a.m., a well-being check was done on Court Street.

10:33 a.m., property was recovered on Bangor Street.

10:40 a.m., property was recovered on Union Street.

11:01 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Crossing Way.

11:51 a.m., property was recovered on Stone Street.

12:26 p.m., property was recovered on Union Street.

12:41 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Senator Way.

1:03 p.m., gross sexual assault was reported by a caller on North Street.

1:34 p.m., a dangerous dog was reported on South Belfast Avenue.

1:52 p.m., property was recovered on Union Street.

2:22 p.m., property was recovered on Civic Center Drive.

2:33 p.m., criminal mischief was reported on Water Street.

3:39 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Front Street.

4:29 p.m., a mental health and well-being check was done on Capitol Street.

5:42 p.m., property was recovered on Bangor and Patterson streets.

5:47 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Mount Vernon Avenue.

5:59 p.m., an overdose rescue was done on Water Street.

6:08 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Gage Street.

6:50 p.m., an animal well-being check was done on Civic Center Drive.

8:10 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Maple Street.

11:03 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Water Street.

Saturday at 12:27 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Stevens Road.

1:43 a.m., criminal trespassing was reported

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/07/14/central-maine-police-log-for-july-14/

Maine’s ‘Warehouse of Wonders’ to close after 15 years

July 14th, 2018
Lauren Abbate | BDN
By Lauren Abbate, BDN Staff
July 14, 2018 1:00 am

Updated: July 14, 2018 10:45 am

ROCKLAND, Maine ― Two and a half weeks. That’s all the time that Jeremiah Pasternak has to move 17,000 square feet worth of antiques, collectibles and other “stuff” he and his late father have acquired through their antiques business.

For the last 15 years, the goods behind Pasternak Antiques have been housed in what Pasternak’s father Jerry — who died in January — dubbed, “The Warehouse of Wonders,” located at the end of Main Street in Rockland.

Beginning in August, a new business will lease the space with the intention of opening a medical marijuana growing facility. The new business will also potentially include space for community events, according to Pasternak.

With a departure deadline looming, Pasternak has spent much of the past month and a half trying to sell or move the troves of items that fill his Warehouse of Wonders.

“It’s very daunting,” Pasternak said. “[The space] was packed to the gills.”

Jerry Pasternak started Pasternak Antiques decades

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/07/14/news/midcoast/religion-antiques-and-pot-all-play-a-role-in-the-saga-of-maines-warehouse-of-wonders/

Public can voice opinions on medical marijuana stores in Old Orchard Beach on Tuesday

July 14th, 2018


OLD ORCHARD BEACH — The public can weigh in on Tuesday regarding a proposed ordinance that would prohibit medical marijuana storefronts in Old Orchard Beach. 

In February, the Old Orchard Beach Town Council enacted a moratorium on medical marijuana storefronts to give the council time to create an ordinance to govern them. 

The Planning Board drafted zoning amendments and voted four to one to recommend them to the Town Council.

The amendments are simple — they define medical marijuana storefronts and prohibit the use town-wide,” wrote planning staff in a memo last month. 

The Town Council has final say on the matter, and will vote on the proposed ordinance change at a later date after hearing comments from the public. 

The proposed ordinance amendment defines medical marijuana storefronts as establishments which resemble a retail storefront in terms of sign placement, hours of operation and accessibility to patrons, and is operated by any individual, including primary caregivers or medical marijuana caregivers, for the sale, distribution or administration of medical marijuana and

Article source: https://www.journaltribune.com/articles/front-page/public-can-voice-opinions-on-medical-marijuana-stores-in-old-orchard-beach-on-tuesday/

Religion, antiques and pot all play a role in the saga of Maine’s ‘Warehouse of Wonders’

July 14th, 2018
Lauren Abbate | BDN
By Lauren Abbate, BDN Staff
July 14, 2018 1:00 am

ROCKLAND, Maine ― Two and a half weeks. That’s all the time that Jeremiah Pasternak has to move 17,000 square feet worth of antiques, collectibles and other “stuff” he and his late father have acquired through their antiques business.

For the last 15 years, the goods behind Pasternak Antiques have been housed in what Pasternak’s father Jerry — who died in January — dubbed, “The Warehouse of Wonders,” located at the end of Main Street in Rockland.

Beginning in August, a new business will lease the space with the intention of opening a medical marijuana growing facility. The new business will also potentially include space for community events, according to Pasternak.

With a departure deadline looming, Pasternak has spent much of the past month and a half trying to sell or move the troves of items that fill his Warehouse of Wonders.

“It’s very daunting,” Pasternak said. “[The space] was packed to the gills.”

Jerry Pasternak started Pasternak Antiques decades before he found his Warehouse of Wonders in Rockland. Jeremiah Pasternak called

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/07/14/news/midcoast/religion-antiques-and-pot-all-play-a-role-in-the-saga-of-maines-warehouse-of-wonders/

Sessions says law enforcement plays critical role in opioid fight

July 13th, 2018

Law enforcement has an important role to play in helping the nation respond to the opioid drug crisis, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday after a meeting in Portland with local law enforcement officials.

“Enforcement of drug laws is never more important than now,” Sessions said in a news conference at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “We prescribe too many opioids in this country. It has contributed and led people to heroin and fentanyl and death.”

Sessions said the Trump administration’s goal is to reduce opioid prescribing by one-third in three years, but he did not provide any new details on how that would be accomplished.

Opioid prescribing has started to decline nationally and in Maine, according to federal statistics, with a 13 percent decrease in Maine in 2017 compared to an 8.9 percent drop nationally. Maine approved one of the strictest opioid prescribing laws in the nation, including limits on dosage and length of prescriptions that went into effect in 2017.

Sessions came to Portland to promote Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge, a crackdown announced Thursday on the misuse of opioids, which have fueled a crisis in Maine and across the nation.

“That’s a good Washington acronym, SOS,” Sessions said.

A news release about the initiative said that Maine would get an additional prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office to help on opioid cases, but other details were not released Friday, and Sessions did not take questions from the media.

“We will be relentless,” Sessions said. “We will sustain this effort.”

His visit attracted a

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/07/13/protesters-gather-to-greet-attorney-general-sessions-in-portland/

Brunswick man gets maximum sentence for illegal gun possession

July 12th, 2018

A Brunswick man who threatened his girlfriend with a shotgun was sentenced to a decade in prison by a federal judge in Portland on Wednesday.

Chief Judge Nancy Torresen gave Joshua Knight, 35, the statutory maximum sentence – 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank. Knight pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon in January. He had prior felony convictions in Maine for aggravated marijuana furnishing.

Knight had a Remington 12-gauge semi-automatic sawed-off shotgun at his home in Brunswick and once held the gun to his girlfriend’s head and threatened “this is what it feels like right before you die,” Frank said in the release.

“Your criminal history shows trends that are very disturbing … things you have done are, frankly, heinous,” Torresen said in handing down the sentence.

The Brunswick Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation that led to Knight’s conviction.

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Vassalboro residents learn about sewer expansion project

July 12th, 2018
by Mary Grow

Ten people showed up for the Vassalboro selectmen’s June 28 public hearing on a Community Development Block Grant for the sewer extension project, not all of them members of the Vassalboro Sanitary District Board of Trustees.

Despite the audience being larger than usual for a local hearing, no one had questions, so the hearing lasted the typical two minutes.

Engineer Richard Green of Hoyle, Tanner and Associates, of Brunswick, distributed a summary of the project. The goal is to connect Vassalboro’s sewer system to Winslow’s and thence to the regional treatment plant in Waterville.

Work includes installing new sewer pipes along Route 32 from East Vassalboro to Winslow and major changes – replacements, upgrades and demolitions – at the existing treatment facilities in Vassalboro. Total project cost is estimated at more than $7 million. The Community Development Block Grant is $975,000; Vassalboro Tax Increment Finance (TIF) money and state and federal grants and loans are expected to cover the rest of the cost, with the Sanitary District borrowing what Green called “quite a bit.”

The public hearing was followed by a selectmen’s meeting at which selectmen returned to two issues raised earlier in June. They unanimously authorized Town Manager Mary Sabins to negotiate with state officials to end Vassalboro’s lease of the Three Mile Pond former rest area and boat landing.

They took no action on a possible request to voters to approve an ordinance

Article source: http://townline.org/vassalboro-residents-learn-about-sewer-expansion-project/

Brunswick Police Beat: July 13

July 12th, 2018
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Arrests

7/4 at 5:02 p.m. Michael Irish, 52, of Cushing Street, was arrested on Pleasant Street by Officer Kerry Wolongevicz on a charge of operating under the influence.

7/5 at 3:33 a.m. Caroline C. Evans, 63, of Harpswell Neck Road in Harpswell, was arrested at Walmart on Tibbetts Drive by Officer Christopher Wolongevicz on an outstanding warrant from another agency. 

7/6 at 12:29 a.m. Renae A. Sutherland, 43, of Oak Street in Bath, was arrested at Cumberland Farms on Pleasant Street by Officer Brandon Curtis on charges of violating conditions of release and sale and use of drug paraphernalia.

7/6 at 12:29 a.m. Justin H. Storer, 36, of Church Road, was arrested at Cumberland Farms on Pleasant Street by Officer Brandon Curtis on a charge of violating condition of release.

7/6 at 12:35 a.m. Ronald F. Dube, 42, of Cumberland Street, was arrested by Officer Christopher Wolongevicz on Cumberland Street on charges of domestic violence assault and obstructing a report of a crime. 

7/7 at 6:08 p.m. Ethan M. Ward, 20, of LaJoie Drive in Freeport, was arrested at Lighthouse Variety and Deli on Harpswell Road on charges of failing to stop for an officer, operating with a suspended or revoked license, violating condition of release, operating under the influence, minor consuming liquor, and operating a vehicle without a license.

7/8 at 1:22 a.m. Obidimma Chukwujiorah, 32, no address listed, was arrested at Aki Japanese Cuisine on Maine Street by Officer Joshua Bernier on a probation hold. 

Summonses

7/3 at 5:02 p.m. Erik B. Ready, 34, of Harpswell Road, was issued a summons

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/brunswick-police-beat-july-13-2/

Lewiston passes moratorium on medical marijuana retail stores

July 12th, 2018

A moratorium on medical marijuana retail stores in Lewiston will take effect this Friday.

The City Council passed the moratorium Tuesday night.

It will last until Jan. 9. Any applications received by the end of the day Thursday or that are already pending will not be affected.

The City of Auburn also recently passed a moratorium.

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Article source: http://www.wmtw.com/article/lewiston-passes-moratorium-on-medical-marijuana-retail-stores/22113784