A woman from Exeter pleaded guilty Monday to stealing drugs from the hospital where she worked.District Attorney Chris Almy says 44-year old Paula Thorne stole more than $8,000 worth of drugs from 2008 through 2009 at Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft.The investigation into Thorne’s theft began when the pharmacy director noticed he was ordering more drugs than usual.Almy says a large quantity of narcotics was discovered at Thorne’s home during a search.
A Winthrop man died on railroad tracks early this morning, and it’s still unclear how the accident happened.Winthrop Police say 26-year old Christopher Bourisk was on the tracks just after 2:30 a.m.Bourisk was hit by a train at the Annabessacook Crossing on the Annabessacook Road.The operators of the train called police.The accident in under investigation.
Augusta Police say a man died this morning after being hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk on Bangor Street.Police say the 48-year old man from Augusta was crossing four lanes of traffic and the driver of the vehicle did not see him.The pedestrian was taken to Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, where he died.No charges are pending at this time.
A soldier with ties to Maine has been killed in Afghanistan.20 year old Specialist Andrew Hutchins was killed Tuesday will serving as a Military Policeman serving with the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.Specialist Hutchins’ hometown on record is New Portland.
A Winslow woman accused of defrauding the state by claiming she was pregnant for 40 months made a court appearance this morning.34-year old Leah Wright pleaded not guilty to one count of theft by deception and eight counts of aggravated forgery.Wright was released on supervised bail conditions.The Attorney General’s Office says Wright allegedly forged state documents in order to obtain food stamps.
A water rescue in Bangor early Tuesday morning, after a woman apparently fell off a bridge.Bangor Police say the initial call came from the victim’s friend.She says the the woman was talking to her on a cell phone while sitting on the ledge of a bridge downtown.The friend says she suddenly heard a loud splash and lost contact with the caller.Bangor Police say they then received several calls from nearby residents, reporting a woman in the water yelling for help.It appears the victim somehow made it to a ledge underneath the bridge, and Bangor fire fighters were able to rescue her with a boat.We’re told that she was alright as of 7 Tuesday morning.
Officials at Maine General Medical Center says the State has given the green light for a 322-million dollar project to build a new Hospital in Augusta.The plan also calls for the Waterville Thayer Campus to be converted to an outpatient and emergency services facility.The new hospital is scheduled to open in late 2014.
An auction is under way to help sustain the local legacy of the late Andrew Wyeth.Museum-quality art works are being sold.The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland says the auction runs from today through November 29th.Adelson Galleries in New York City is hosting the auction on its website.You can check it out at adelson.com.For sale are works donated by artists, collectors and philanthropists who want to help sustain the Farnsworth Museum’s mission.Proceeds support the part of the Farnsworth devoted to the Maine-related work of Andrew Wyeth, his father NC and son Jamie.Andrew Wyeth died in January of last year he was 91.
Outgoing State Senate President Libby Mitchell is leaving politics.The 70-year-old Mitchell finished third in the race for Governor, well behind Governor-elect Republican Paul Lepage and Independent Eliot Cutler.Mitchell was first elected to Maine’s House of Representatives in 1974.
Maine Republicans are getting ready to elect a Speaker of the House.There are six house members in the running to succeed Democrat Hannah Pingree of North Haven.The contestants in a runoff to be decided Friday include representatives Andre Cushing of Hampden, Paul Davis of Sangerville, Stacy Fitts of Pittsfield, Patrick Flood of Winthrop, Robert Nutting of Oakland, and Meredith Strang Burgess of Cumberland.Last week Republicans took control of the house, 77 seats to 73 for the Democrats.The newly-elected Senate Republican majority picked Kevin Raye of Perry as Senate President Friday.
Union nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor will meet tonight to decide whether or not they want to strike.Last week, a majority of the Union rejected the hospital’s final offer on a new contract.850 nurses at EMMC are members of the Maine State Nurses Association.The Union’s been pushing for higher nurse-to-patient staff ratios.
Despite an increasing health epidemic of childhood obesity, many Maine schools do not meet nationally recommended amounts of physical education and physical activity minutes per week.The American Heart Association and the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance want to do something about that.A report card was presented today to hundreds of Maine PE and Health Education teachers at a conference in Rockport.It includes health guidelines, facts on Maine obesity rates, and information on how the state measures up to the rest of the country.Organizers say Maine students usually only get about thirty minutes of physical activity a week in school.Federal guidelines call for about one hundred and eighty minutes per week.The hope is this report will jump start the amount of activity Maine students experience.
Pine trees are not rare in Maine, but a local research team found they carry a unique material used in a common flu vaccine.”We’ve been going out and collecting needles form conifers.”Professor Ray Fort is one of three scientists at the University of Maine who discovered that pine needles carry shikimic acid, a base ingredient in the drug Tamiflu.”We’ve been testing a variety of procedures for separating out the good stuff.