Unemployment Fraud Bill Nears Final Approval
A bill aimed at cracking down on unemployment fraud is near final approval in Augusta.The house joined the senate in approving the bill, which includes a “three strikes and you’re out” clause for repeated fraudulent claims.Majority republicans say the bill strengthens Maine’s unemployment laws and will reduce fraud, but democrats say the bill will reduce benefits to unemployed maine workers.They are upset over a provision they say delays unemployment benefits until after laid-off employees have used up their vacation time.
Discussion Continues On Proposed Juniper Ridge Landfill Expansion
It was a packed house in Old Town Wednesday night, as the Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner met with the Juniper Ridge Landfill Advisory Committee, to discuss operations.The Commissioner, Patricia Aho listened to comments and suggestions from residents and committee members, about concerns regarding the landfill and possible expansion.The landfill is currently state owned, and operated by Massachusetts-based Casella Waste Systems INC.The biggest concerns were the public benefit determination of the landfill, as well as how waste is being processed in maine and whether that means waste is being dumped in maine from out-of-state.Another concern seemed to be what the landfill could ultimately do to the environment, others were upset that Aho may have been lackluster at answering questions regarding the public benefit.Both sides will continue to discuss operations, and what a possible expansion could mean.
Mitchell Resigns as Chairperson of RSU 26 Board of Directors
The chairperson of the RSU 26 board of directors has resigned.Alison Mitchell submitted her letter of resignation today, saying she has been “attacked and undermined from many directions”.Mitchell goes on to say that she was a supporter of the formation of the RSU, but has since come to the conclusion that it would be in the best interest of all three towns to disband from the RSU.Veazie and Glenburn residents recently approved a plan to create a withdrawal committee.Wayne Scott will take over Mitchellâ€™s position.Scott was elected to the board earlier this year and was already set to take over Mitchellâ€™s seat when her term ended in June.
Legistators Toughen Teen Driving Rules
A key legislative committee has approved a bill that toughens rules regarding teenage drivers and boosts penalties for irresponsible driving.Tuesday, the Legislature’s Transportation Committee approved the bill that extends the period of restrictions on intermediate driver licenses and adds fines and suspensions for drivers who violate those restrictions.It also increases the minimum fine for texting while driving for all drivers, from $100 to $250.
Bangor Salvation Army Low on Donations
It’s the time where many of us are doing some spring cleaning and when you might be thinking of getting rid of things you don’t use anymore.The Salvation Army is hoping you’ll donate those things instead of throwing them away.The Family Store on Broadway in Bangor is low on donations right now.While they’re always looking for clothing donations, they want to make sure you know they accept all sorts of items from electronics to furniture to toys.”Usually the spring is a bit slow, but we have had far fewer donations then we usually do, so that’s really having an impact on what we have in our store to help raise money for our social services that we do in the community,” said Captain Tim Clark, the core officer for the Bangor Salvation Army.
Day 3 in Triple-Murder Trial: Jurors Watch Recorded Police Interview with Thayne Ormsby
Jurors spent the final hours of Wednesday’s court proceedings watching a recording of a police interview with Thayne Ormsby.Ormsby is charged with the stabbing deaths of Jeffrey Ryan, 55, Ryan’s son Jesse, 10, and Jason Dehahn, 30.
Thieves Steal Cash Register In Waterville Convenience Store Burglary
Waterville Police are investigating an early morning burglary at a convenience store where the burglars made off with the store’s cash register.Waterville Detective Sergeant Michael Benecke said the thieves struck around 2:00 Wednesday morning.