The planning board in Augusta will wait to talk about a zoning change that could allow for a medical marijuana dispensary to open the city.The board tabled a public hearing last night on a proposal to expand the city’s medical district.
Fundraising efforts for a special plaque kicked off in Augusta Wednesday.That plaque will hang in the State House to honor Maine’s female veterans.Meghan Hayward reports.”I think these women who served in those capacities needed to be recognized for not only what they’re doing for us now, but they’ve done for us in the past.”Come November, everyone who walks through the Hall of Flags in the Maine State House will see the memorial plaque in honor of female veterans.”I’m very excited about the design.
Police have charged a man from Fairfield with domestic violence, saying he forced his ex-wife to swallow his wedding ring.Police say 44-year-old Darryl Alan Roberts joined his ex-wife and another woman for drinks on June 23, but they left him at a Bangor pub after he became angry.
Senator Olympia Snowe has announced she will vote to confirm Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court justice.Snowe says Kagan met her standard for Supreme Court nominees with “strong intellect, respect for the rule of law, and understanding of the important but limited role of the Supreme Court.”Senator Susan Collins said last week she would support Kagan.Most Republicans plan to vote against Kagan.
A local customer at C&K Variety in Hermon is a million dollars richer.The customer won the million-dollars on Saturday’s Powerball drawing.According to the store owner, Bob Duran, the winner plays the lottery every once in a while.The winner did not pick the numbers, it was all random.
State Police responded to three “car versus moose” crashes on the interstate near Hermon Tuesday night…all three involving the same animal.The first call came in around 10:45pm, and the second and third followed soon after.They all happened in the Northbound lane of I-95, near the Coldbrook exit.We’re told no one was injured in the chain reaction crashes.
Police in Jay have arrested a man in connection with a break-in at a pharmacy.19 year old Lucas Caron of Livermore Falls is being held at the Franklin County Jail.He’s accused of breaking into the Spruce Mountain Pharmacy just before five Sunday morning.Police have not said what type of drugs were stolen, or how much.The department released video from a surveillance camera that shows a man smashing through the drive through window, climbing through it, and taking prescription drugs.After the footage aired on television, police received several calls with information in the case.That led to Caron’s arrest.Police tracked him to a home in Livermore Falls.
A man from Thorndike wound up in jail after being accused of peeping into a woman’s home.Police got a call around 1:30 Sunday morning from a woman who claimed 54-year-old Richard Merritt was looking through her windows.A Waldo County Sheriff’s Deputy says he spotted Merritt driving in his vehicle a short time after the complaint was called in.Merritt was charged with invasion of privacy, drunk driving and resisting arrest.He’s being held at the Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset on 25 hundred dollars bail.
Patten’s town manager says the Appalachian Katahdin mill has closed.Company officials announced last Friday the wood veneer mill would close in the coming weeks, putting 18 people out of work.Town manager, Terri Conklin, says she left a message for company officials to see if there was anything the town could do, but has not heard back.Officials said in a statement last week the closure is due to overall market demand, the rising costs of transportation, and managing costs of raw materials.Conklin says the closure presents a hardship for the mill’s employees and the area.”I think it’s quite a disappointment.
Thirteen hundred tons of contaminated soil are in the process of being removed from the ground in Patten, at the site of the former general store and gas station.It’s a project to help protect the town’s drinking water.”The tanks were on the other side, there was no contamination there.
An illegal and exotic fish has been captured in Limestone.It’s a Pacu, a fish from South America that is related to the Pirahna.Two game wardens captured the 14-inch, 7-pound Pacu in a brook in Limestone.Thirty-four-year-old Joe LaPierre has been charged with illegally stocking waters and possessing a restricted type of fish without a permit.Authorities say LaPierre had the fish as a pet and no longer wanted it, but didn’t want to kill it.The fish was spotted by a town public works employee while inspecting a culvert.Authorities say a fish like this can damage local habitat.”We’re not sure what parasites or diseases that fish may bring into our environment.