The Rite Aid at the intersection of Union and Fourteenth Streets in Bangor was robbed around 7:30 Wednesday night. It was the second robbery at the pharmacy in just nine days. An off-duty police detective was at the drug store at the time and he knew something wasn’t right. ” As I was crossing the parking lot I noticed two guys ahead of me, two males going into the store, both wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hood pulled up and around their face as if they were in a blizzard and one was wearing a backpack so it struck me as very odd and suspicious. So I immediately started calling down to the station to dispatch,” said Detective Erik Tall, with the Bangor Police Department. Tall chased the suspects and stayed on the phone with the dispatcher. Police arrested Sheldon Hopkins, 33, and Darian Young, 18, both of Bangor. The two men are charged with robbery. Authorities say a bag of prescription pills was found near where the two men were arrested. In the first robbery last week, the suspect was described as an older man, about 6 feet tall with salt and pepper hair. He has not been caught. If you have any information call Bangor police at 947-7382 extension 6.
The Maine House has upheld Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to allow fraternal and veterans’ organizations to operate up to five slot machines each. Representatives voted 80-61 Thursday morning to override theveto, less than the two-thirds needed. Meanwhile, the Senate voted to override LePage’s veto of a $20million borrowing proposal for research and development, sending itto the House. Bond supporters said the proposal will create new jobs andspinoff economic activity. LePage says the bond lacks assurances ofnew jobs and tax revenues. Lawmakers are also deciding whether to override LePage’s vetoesof bills to limit the borrowing power of the Maine GovernmentalFacilities Authority and to address the teacher certificationprocess.
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Legislative Democrats want to persuade majority Republicans to stick by their earlier votes and pass a $20 million borrowing proposal for research and development. That bond issue is among four vetoed bills lawmakers are taking up Thursday as they end the 2011-12 session. Democrats set the tone for debate when they said Gov. Paul LePage is turning his back on new jobs and spinoff economic activity that would be generated by research and development borrowing. LePage says the bond lacks assurances of new jobs and tax revenues. Lawmakers are also deciding whether to override LePage’s vetoes of bills to limit the borrowing power of the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority: to address the teacher certification process: and to allow fraternal and veterans’ organizations to operate up to five slot machines each.
An appeals court has ruled that a law that denies a host of federal benefits to same-sex married couples is unconstitutional. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled Thursday that the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, discriminates against gay couples. The law was passed in 1996 at a time when it appeared Hawaii would legalize gay marriage. Since then, many states have instituted their own bans on gay marriage, while eight states have approved it, led by Massachusetts in 2004. In 2010, a federal judge in Massachusetts declared the heart of the law unconstitutional in two separate lawsuits. The judge found that the law interferes with the right of a state to define marriage.
A Rockland woman convicted of assaulting another woman having an affair with her husband has been spared time behind bars.Jessica Arsenault was sentenced Wednesday in Knox County Superior Court to a 30-day suspended jail term and given a year of administrative release, which is similar to probation.The judge called the 30-year-old Arsenault’s assault on the other woman last year an isolated and situational offense that did not require jail time.Prosecutors asked for jail time because Arsenault had pulled hair from the other woman’s head and bruised her eye during the attack.The Bangor Daily News, reports that Arsenault’s lawyer said the attack was out of character, prompted when she caught her husband and the other woman in bed together.
The Maine man arrested while protesting an appearance at Colby College by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he’s been fired as a substitute teacher.Lawrence Reichard says he was called to substitute teach at an area high school on 12 of the 16 school days before his May 20 arrest but has not been called since. He’s been a substitute teacher at the school for eight years.The 53-year-old Reichard was charged with disorderly conduct while protesting Tony Blair’s commencement address at Colby. He calls Blair a “war criminal.”He says his treatment is reminiscent of “the anti-communist witch hunts of U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy.”Superintendent Rick Lyons denies that Reichard has been fired. He says Reichard is still on the on-call list, but has not been needed.
Health insurer Anthem Health Plans of Maine Inc. is seeking an average 1.7 percent rate increase.The rate changes were requested in a filing with the Maine Bureau of Insurance.The requested rates cover about 11,000 individual policy holders and would take effect July 1. The maximum increase in the filing is 18.2 percent, for people older than 60 with a $15,000 deductible. The maximum decrease is 17.5 percent.Joe Ditre, executive director for Consumers for Affordable Health Care tells the Kennebec Journal, the request is “excessive.”The state’s highest court ruled in February that state regulators were justified last year in cutting a rate-increase request by Anthem. The insurer sought a 9.2 percent increase, but that was cut to 5.2 percent. Anthem appealed, and lost.
A Maine tractor-trailer truck driver who was involved in a crash that took the life of a 12-year-old girl is contesting his three-year license suspension stemming from last year’s wreck in Farmington.Charles Willey of Dexter plans to challenge the suspension at a Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles administrative hearing Thursday.Police found excessive speed to be the primary cause of the August 2011 crash between Willey’s tractor-trailer and a van that was carrying young campers. The crash killed 12-year-old Tess Meisel of Westport, Conn.The district attorney’s office determined there was not enough evidence to bring a vehicular manslaughter charge against Willey, but his license was suspended.Suzanne Tanner of Westport, Conn., mother of Tess Meisel, plans to observe Thursday’s hearing. Tanner says the three-year license suspension is insufficient.
A fourth independent has filed petitions to appear on the November ballot for U.S. Senate in Maine.Tea party activist Andrew Ian Dodge says he submitted 4,183 signatures to the Maine secretary of states office on Wednesday, a day after independent former Governor Angus King submitted his petitions.Two other independents, Steve Woods from Yarmouth and Danny Dalton from Brunswick, have submitted their petitions. The deadline is Friday.King has garnered much of the attention in the race to fill the Senate seat that’s being vacated by Republican Olympia Snowe.Six Republicans and four Democrats are seeking party nominations for the opportunity to appear on the ballot. Their primaries will be held on June 12.
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The Rite Aid on Union Street in Bangor was robbed at 7:35 Wednesday night.That makes two robberies at the pharmacy in just nine days.We’re told an off-duty police officer was in the pharmacy Wednesday night and called in the robbery.Two suspects, were arrested a short time later: 33-year-old Sheldon Hopkins, and 18-year-old Darian Young, both of Bangor.Authorities say they were found in the nearby woods, and a bag of prescription pills was also located.Both men are charged with class B robbery, and are being held in the Penobscot County Jail.This robbery comes just nine days after the same pharmacy was robbed by a suspect that was described as an older man, about 6 feet tall with salt and pepper hair. That suspect has not been caught.