A fund passed through the Healthy Maine Partnerships is helping keep Bangor families safe from lead poisoning.The state funding has let Bangor Regional Public Health and Wellness team up with Penquis to perform lead dust wipe tests.So far, Penquis has tested 44 units for lead and helped organize training for more than 90 landlords.The wipes are done on horizontal spaces, often windowsills.There is a particular reason why Bangor and some other larger communities were chosen for this project.”Because about 40 percent of all lead poisonings in the state are occurring in these larger communities and 80 percent of those lead poisonings are in rental housing primarily pre 1950s housing.””So when I come in I do the dust wipes.
Police in Dexter have arrested a man they’ve been looking for since Monday night.50-year old Scott Ferrie was nabbed near Upper Grand Court in Dexter around 10 this morning.Several agencies, including the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office assisted Dexter Police in making the arrest.Police went to Ferrie’s home Monday night to arrest him.Police say it turns out he wasn’t home.Ferrie faces a felony charge of aggravated forgery.
According to court documents, the owner of a Rockland methadone clinic, Angel Fuller-McMahan, filed for bankruptcy on July 21st.Fuller-McMahan was arrested just a week prior, on July 13th after police said they caught her selling cocaine in a parking lot.In the documents, the Owl’s Head woman is listed as the owner of the turning tide methadone clinic.The clinic, which opened in 2008, provided methadone to about 280 drug-addicted clients.
An Eddington man is behind bars following a three hour manhunt.Police were called to a Main Road home early Thursday morning after receiving a call that 47-year-old Richard Hart was arguing with his wife.Police were told he had a rifle.But when they arrived, Hart could not be found.He was eventually located near his home at around five Thursday morning.Police say he didn’t have any weapon on him.He was taken into custody at the Penobscot County Jail.
Two of the five Mainers running for governor took part in a leaders roundtable in Bangor Thursday morning.Republican Paul LePage and Independent Eliot Cutler answered questions at a breakfast as part of the Atlantica Champions of Excellence Awards.Candidates took questions focusing mainly on energy and transportation.Democratic candidate, Libby Mitchell, was invited to the event, but backed out due to the fact that Independent candidates Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott were not invited to participate.
The Maine Senate has approved dozens of nominations by Governor Baldacci to cabinet and judicial posts as well as numerous boards and commissions.Winning unanimous confirmation votes on Wednesday were Ellen Schneiter of Readfield to head the department that oversees state finances, and Angela Faherty as Education Commissioner.After a brief debate, Kurt Adams’ appointment to the University of Maine system board of trustees was also confirmed.Senators voted to elevate three district court judges, Ann Murray of Bangor, Marygay Kennedy of Brunswick and Robert Murray Jr.
Northeast Patients Group will have to find another spot to put their medical marijuana dispensary if they want it in the capitol city.Tuesday night, the Augusta planning board voted for a zoning change that would expand the medical district in town.However, the proposal did not include the Middle Rd.
The Maine Senate returned to the statehouse Wednesday to vote on more than 70 nominees from Governor Baldacci.The men and women will fill positions on boards, commissions and judgeships.The senators will also decide whether to elevate three district court judges to the superior court bench.
Brandon Tolman of Lincoln was indicted by the Grand Jury.Tolman, 23, is charged with receiving stolen property in connection with a burglary at Ballard Hill Community Center.Lincoln Police Chief Scott Minckler says Tolman was found in possession of a Nintendo Wii gaming console, controllers and games that were taken from the community center.
Jury selection has began in the trial of a Monmouth man accused of murdering his mother.Kenneth McDonald, 44, has pleaded not guilty to killing his 80-year old mother in their home a year ago.Police say Janice McDonald died of multiple sharp force trauma.Police reported finding a bloody knife in a bathroom sink and the clothes Kenneth McDonald said he was wearing the night before the death were found in a hamper, allegedly covered in blood.
A college student arrested in May following a chase that began on I-95 in Bangor and reached speeds of 150 mph was indicted Wednesday by the Grand JuryChad Dionne, 21, of Madawaska is a student at Eastern Maine Community College.Trooper Chris Hashey says Dionne confessed to speeding and later said quote “he just basically was being stupid.”Dionne is charged with eluding an officer and criminal speed.
Police say there could be a bumper crop of marijuana this season, despite the dry weather.Officers from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Drug Task Force have already seized several thousand dollars worth of marijuana plants in Central Maine.