Archive for October, 2018

Democrats spotlight criminal records of 4 Republicans running for …

October 20th, 2018

AUGUSTA — The Maine Democratic Party released documents Friday highlighting the criminal records of four Republican candidates for the Legislature, including one sitting lawmaker seeking re-election with a 25-year record of guilty pleas and convictions for drug trafficking and other offenses.

One of the other candidates is no longer running for a seat in Belfast and another, who was previously asked by Republican leadership to withdraw, remains on the ballot in South Portland but has not been actively campaigning. The two have not formally withdrawn their candidacies, according to the Maine Secretary of State’s Office.

It’s unclear if any of the approximately 175 Democratic candidates for the Legislature have criminal records. Democratic Party spokesman Chris Glynn said the party did not do background checks on Democratic candidates.

“We generally trust our candidates to be adult enough to know if they have something in their background they should consider before running for office,” he said.

Criminal histories are maintained by the State Bureau of Identification and managed for public access by a third-party vendor, InforME. The records are available to anyone upon payment of a $21-to-$31 fee to InforME for each record, and submission of the full name and date of birth of the person of interest.

Glynn said Democrats did not do background checks on all Republican candidates but limited the checks to candidates whose records were brought to their attention.

The Maine Republican Party didn’t respond to a request for comment Friday.

DRESDEN LAWMAKER

The one incumbent Republican candidate named by Democrats, Rep. Jeffrey K. Pierce of

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/10/19/democrats-spotlight-criminal-records-of-four-republican-candidates-for-the-legislature/

Democrats spotlight criminal records of 4 Republicans running for Legislature

October 20th, 2018

AUGUSTA — The Maine Democratic Party released documents Friday highlighting the criminal records of four Republican candidates for the Legislature, including one sitting lawmaker seeking re-election with a 25-year record of guilty pleas and convictions for drug trafficking and other offenses.

One of the other candidates is no longer running for a seat in Belfast and another, who was previously asked by Republican leadership to withdraw, remains on the ballot in South Portland but has not been actively campaigning. The two have not formally withdrawn their candidacies, according to the Maine Secretary of State’s Office.

It’s unclear if any of the approximately 175 Democratic candidates for the Legislature have criminal records. Democratic Party spokesman Chris Glynn said the party did not do background checks on Democratic candidates.

“We generally trust our candidates to be adult enough to know if they have something in their background they should consider before running for office,” he said.

Criminal histories are maintained by the State Bureau of Identification and managed for public access by a third-party vendor, InforME. The records are available to anyone upon payment of a $21-to-$31 fee to InforME for each record, and submission of the full name and date of birth of the person of interest.

Glynn said Democrats did not do background checks on all Republican candidates but limited the checks to candidates whose records were brought to their attention.

The Maine Republican Party didn’t respond to a request for comment Friday.

DRESDEN LAWMAKER

The one incumbent Republican candidate named by Democrats, Rep. Jeffrey K. Pierce of

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/10/19/democrats-spotlight-criminal-records-of-four-republican-candidates-for-the-legislature/

Rockland Council Candidate Brandy Perkins

October 19th, 2018

ROCKLAND — Three candidates, Benjamin Dorr, Harold Dale Hayward, Jr., and Brandy Perkins, are competing for one seat on the Rockland City Council. In an effort to better understand their goals and philosophies, Penobscot Bay Pilot sent them all a list of the same questions via email. What follows are their individual responses, as they have returned them.  


I am 38 years old.  I live in Rockland in a house I purchased in the South End.  I was born at the old Camden hospital and have lived in Rockland for nearly my whole life.  The exception is five years when I attended Husson College to achieve my bachelor’ degree; a few years when I was young in Arizona; and three years when I lived in Connecticut.  I have worked in the Hospitality Industry along with banking and finance.  Customer service is my focus on any of the positions I’ve held.  I am currently a retail wireless consultant at U.S. Cellular in Rockland. 

What are Rockland’s greatest strengths, and how do you hope to maintain them?

Rockland has a vibrant downtown, community involvement and many year-round businesses that employ residents of our region.  

I have worked as a volunteer for many events and groups, served on committees and boards over the years and have a great relationship with Rockland Main Street, Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce, Maine Lobster Festival and Coast Guard City Committee.  I am also a very active participant when I can

Article source: https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/rockland-council-candidate-brandy-perkins/109300

Windham Town Council: Candidates agree on need to improve how councilors do business

October 19th, 2018

An incumbent, a former town councilor and a medical marijuana business owner are competing for one seat on the Windham Town Council in the only contested municipal race in town this November.

Councilor Dennis Welch is being challenged for an at-large seat by David Nadeau and Charles Hawkins Jr.

THE CANDIDATES

CHARLES HAWKINS, Jr.
Age: 35
Family: Wife, two daughters
Occupation: Owner of medical marijuana caregiver storefront, Maine’s Alternative Caring
Education: Studied commercial aviation at University of Alaska Anchorage, business pre-law at Ohio University, pre-sports medicine at American Public University and naturopathic medicine at Trinity School of Natural Health
Political/civic experience: “This is my first opportunity to run for any political office.”
Website/social media: Charles “Will” Hawkins for Windham Town Council on Facebook

DAVID NADEAU
Age: 69
Family: Partner, four children, 19 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren
Occupation: Retired electronic engineer
Education: Two technical schools and many courses
Political/civic experience: Six years on the Windham Town Council with four years as chairman of the Finance Committee, 10 years on the Windham Planning Board

DENNIS WELCH
Age: 49
Family: Single, one adult son
Occupation: Corrections officer, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
Education: Windham High School, Maine Criminal Justice Academy
Political/civic experience: Town Council since 2011, appointee to the Maine Labor Relations Board, member of the Maine Municipal Association’s Legislative Policy Committee, past president of the local chapter of the National Correctional Employees Union

Councilor Timothy Nangle is running

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/10/18/windham-town-council-race-trio-agree-on-need-to-improve-how-councilors-do-business/

Three moratoriums banning marijuana sales approved in Augusta

October 18th, 2018

AUGUSTA — Nearly anyone with plans, two years after Maine voters legalized marijuana use by adults, to sell marijuana in Augusta is going to have to wait another 180 days.

City councilors voted Thursday to extend moratoriums already in place temporarily banning all retail stores selling either recreational marijuana to adults or medical marijuana to card-carrying patients, and to add a new moratorium also temporarily banning medical marijuana caregivers from selling to patients in all residential zoning districts in Augusta.

That means the only marijuana sales that could take place in the city legally under state law would be by caregivers to patients in the city’s nonresidential zones.

Officials said the moratoriums are needed to give the city more time to come up with regulations on how such businesses and caregivers operate in Augusta, a process city leaders said was delayed in because the state still has not established regulations for recreational marijuana sales and only recently passed a sweeping medical marijuana reform bill.

City Manager William Bridgeo warned people are eying Augusta as a potential place to set up shop selling marijuana, so the city should act to prevent that from happening before regulations are in place.

“Be aware there are people buying up properties now on Bangor Street and elsewhere,” he said. “We don’t want to have even a day’s time where there isn’t a moratorium in place, or you could end up in a legal battle.”

Councilors unanimously voted to extend the existing moratoriums against medical and

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/10/18/three-moratoriums-banning-marijuana-sales-approved-in-augusta/

Waldoboro Police beat: Stolen medical marijuana, accidents

October 18th, 2018

WALDOBORO — Waldoboro police responded to 117 calls for service from Oct. 10-16. Listed below are a few of the highlights. An arrest or summons does not imply guilt. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Oct. 11        

Sgt. Jamie Wilson is investigating a report from a citizen about criminal mischief to one of his truck tires.

Wilson is investigating a report from a citizen about his stolen medical marijuana.

Officer Justin Hills investigated an accident on the Washington Road at 4:11 p.m. Benjamin Anderson, 17, of Washington, was driving a 2005 Jeep utility vehicle. Anderson was traveling northbound following the roadway, lost control and went off the road, striking a well cover. No injuries were reported.

Oct. 14        

Officer John Lash investigated an accident on the Union Road at 7:51 p.m. George King, 59, of Warren, was driving a 2005 Jeep utility vehicle. King was traveling southbound, went off the road, striking some bushes and trees. No injuries were reported.

Oct. 15        

Officer Andrew Santheson investigated an accident on the Atlantic Highway at 5:06 p.m. Richard Baker, 75, of Waldoboro, was driving a 1990 Chevrolet cargo van. Kristen Travers-Whitmore, 44, of Wiscasset, was driving a 2012 Acura utility vehicle. Travers-Whitmore was headed north and was stopped to make a left-hand turn into the Medomak Veterinary Clinic. Baker was traveling north and failed to navigate around the other vehicle. Baker’s front driver’s corner struck Travers-Whitmore’s rear passenger corner. No injuries were reported.

Reach Sarah Shepherd at news@penbaypilot.com

 

Article source: https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/waldoboro-police-beat-stolen-medical-marijuana-accidents/109128

Rockland Council Candidate Benjamin Dorr

October 17th, 2018

ROCKLAND — Three candidates, Benjamin Dorr, Harold Dale Hayward, Jr., and Brandy Perkins, are competing for one seat on the Rockland City Council. In an effort to better understand their goals and philosophies, Penobscot Bay Pilot sent them all a list of the same questions via email. What follows are their individual responses, as they have returned them.  


My name is Benjamin Alton Dorr: I live at 45 James Street in Rockland, am 34, and am a graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School and the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont.  I am the son of former Rockland City Attorney Greg Dorr and former Camden/Rockport State Representative Susan Dorr.

I have been fortunate to live a life here in the Midcoast that has been punctuated with interesting travel and life experiences, such as bicycling through Northern Vietnam with my father, teaching English in El Salvador, hitchhiking around New Zealand, living and working in the United States Virgin Islands, and spending five seasons lobstering off of Vinalhaven.

My partner, Emily Seymour, and I currently co-own Curator Consignment at the corner of Main St and Tillson Ave. in downtown Rockland.

 

What are Rockland’s greatest strengths, and how do you hope to maintain them?

Rockland’s greatest strengths are its natural resources, our hard working and passionate population, and our ideal location, which will allow us to grow as a service, tourism, and arts hub in the Midcoast.  It is possible to support and maintain all of these elements

Article source: https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/rockland-council-candidate-benjamin-dorr/109168

Zoned out: Augusta councilors considering marijuana zoning ordinance changes

October 17th, 2018

AUGUSTA — Medical marijuana caregivers hoping to operate from their homes soon might need to find a new plan to do business in the city.

City councilors meet Thursday not only to consider extending the city’s moratoriums temporarily banning recreational marijuana retail sales and medical marijuana retail stores, but also banning — temporarily for now — medical marijuana caregivers from selling to patients in all residential zoning districts in Augusta.

For months, councilors and a subcommittee formed after Maine residents voted to legalize marijuana in 2016, have debated how Augusta should regulate both medical and recreational marijuana production and distribution.

Last week councilors asked city staff members and an attorney to draft proposed zoning ordinance changes to ban medical marijuana caregivers from operating in the city’s residential zoning districts. A majority of councilors indicated they want to ban marijuana sales from residential neighborhoods but allow it in some commercial zones in the city.

Matt Nazar, development director, said in a memo to councilors Tuesday the city will need more time to come up with rules banning medical marijuana caregivers — many of whom sell the cannabis they grow to patients out of their homes — from operating in residential neighborhoods.

He said the city can adopt a moratorium, however, banning medical marijuana caregivers not already operating by Oct. 11, from selling to their patients in residential zoning districts in the city. The proposed new moratorium would give officials 180 days to come up with longer-term rules.

Nazar also suggested the city consider

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/10/16/zoned-out-augusta-councilors-considering-marijuana-zoning-ordinance-changes/

Rockland council hopefuls face public – Courier

October 17th, 2018

Rockland — The three candidates for a single seat on the Rockland City Council dealt with a wide range of issues Monday night, Oct. 15, including marijuana stores on Main Street, cruise ships, budgets and short-term rentals.

Benjamin Dorr, Harold “Dale” Hayward Jr., and Brandy Perkins participated in the forum held at City Hall organized by the Courier-Gazette.

Hayward said he was running for office because he wants to help Rockland, adding that it has explosive potential. He cited high taxes as one of the challenges, as well as the lack of affordable housing and the need for street repairs.

“Rules and regulations come out of City Hall with lightning speed, leaving many questions,” Hayward said.

Hayward, 72, was born in Belfast. He is an Air Force veteran, worked as a state auditor and then opened Seaport Office Supply, which operated on Main Street in Rockland until 1992. He later drove tour buses. He lives on North Main Street.

He ran for the council in 2009 and 2012, finishing last in those races.

Dorr, 34, graduated from Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport and the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt. He and his partner, Emily Seymour, own and operate the men’s consignment store Curator on Main Street, which opened in May 2016. They live on James Street in a house they built in 2016.

Dorr said the city has a great opportunity to grow and he wants to be involved in finding progressive and creative solutions to problems. He said he

Article source: https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/rockland-council-hopefuls-face-public/1784659

Waldoboro Police beat: Stolen medical marijuana, accidents …

October 17th, 2018

WALDOBORO — Waldoboro police responded to 117 calls for service from Oct. 10-16. Listed below are a few of the highlights. An arrest or summons does not imply guilt. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Oct. 11        

Sgt. Jamie Wilson is investigating a report from a citizen about criminal mischief to one of his truck tires.

Wilson is investigating a report from a citizen about his stolen medical marijuana.

Officer Justin Hills investigated an accident on the Washington Road at 4:11 p.m. Benjamin Anderson, 17, of Washington, was driving a 2005 Jeep utility vehicle. Anderson was traveling northbound following the roadway, lost control and went off the road, striking a well cover. No injuries were reported.

Oct. 14        

Officer John Lash investigated an accident on the Union Road at 7:51 p.m. George King, 59, of Warren, was driving a 2005 Jeep utility vehicle. King was traveling southbound, went off the road, striking some bushes and trees. No injuries were reported.

Oct. 15        

Officer Andrew Santheson investigated an accident on the Atlantic Highway at 5:06 p.m. Richard Baker, 75, of Waldoboro, was driving a 1990 Chevrolet cargo van. Kristen Travers-Whitmore, 44, of Wiscasset, was driving a 2012 Acura utility vehicle. Travers-Whitmore was headed north and was stopped to make a left-hand turn into the Medomak Veterinary Clinic. Baker was traveling north and failed to navigate around the other vehicle. Baker’s front driver’s corner struck Travers-Whitmore’s rear passenger corner. No injuries were reported.

Reach Sarah Shepherd at news@penbaypilot.com

 

Article source: https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/waldoboro-police-beat-stolen-medical-marijuana-accidents/109128