Six people, including a stockton springs man and his three children, are facing charges for allegedly trafficking prescription drugs.The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office says they conducted a six month long investigation with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.Authorities say Oxycontin, Morphine and Adderall were sold in Waldo County and were either prescribed to sellers or came from somewhere else.64-year-old David Pattershall was arrested Wednesday on two counts of drug trafficking.If convicted, he could spend 10 years in jail and be fined up to 20-thousand dollars.Deputies arrested his three children 30-year-old Mark Pattershall and 32-year-old Joanie Pattershall of Stockton Springs, and 26-year-old Kelly Pattershall of Belfast last month on trafficking charges.31-year-old Christopher Riley of Searsport and 30-year-old Neena Jackson-Lamarche of Belfast were also arrested.
Baxter State Park is opening Friday, a little later than usual.The popular tourist spot usually opens by May 15th, but heavy rain and snow have kept park rangers busy fixing road washout.The Park Tote Road will be open Friday from Togue Pond Road gate to Foster Fiend.The Roaring Brook Road will open on Sunday.The Tote Road is also open on the north end of the park.And, a number of campgrounds within the park will open Friday.For more information, including trail conditions, call 723-5140 or you can log onto Baxter State Park Authority dot com.
A 9-year-old boy in Maine was shot in the head with a pellet gun.The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office says the boy was shot Thursday afternoon.Police say the pellet lodged in the front part of the boy’s brain and his injuries are described as life threatening.Capt.
Acting on a perennial issue before the Maine Legislature, the House has voted to bolster private landowners’ protections from all-terrain vehicle users.By a 90-56 vote Thursday, representatives gave preliminary approval to the bill, which still faces further House and Senate votes.Now, a game warden may stop an ATV if the warden has a “reasonable and articulable” suspicion to believe a violation of the law has taken place.
The Finance Authority of Maine’s board has approved a loan insurance program to help more than 200 independent Maine grocers who were caught by surprise by the recent closure of their vendor, Associated Grocers of Maine.Many small grocers are attempting to find new food distributors after the sudden closure of the Gardiner-based cooperative.
Forty-five new officers are graduating from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.Attorney General William Schneider is the speaker at Friday’s graduation in Vassalboro.The graduation follows 18 weeks of training on topics ranging from crime scene processing and firearms training to criminal law and domestic violence.The officers will go to work for law enforcement agencies such as municipal police departments, sheriff’s departments, the Maine Marine Patrol and the Maine Warden Service.(The Associated Press)
A break in the water main outside the Margaret Chase Smith federal building on Harlow Street in downtown Bangor has closed down that building for the day.The Bangor Water District was on the scene early Friday morning, and authorities say that the break hasn’t disrupted service to any other area businesses or residences.They did have to shut off water flow through the main for a time.The federal building will remain closed all day Friday.
It looks like more cuts could be on the way for the Bangor School System.Committee members voted four to one to amend the previously approved school budget at Thursday night’s meeting.Bangor City Councilors had asked the school committee to make some cuts to the originally proposed nearly 42-million dollar budget.Bangor School Board Members voted to slashed over $130,000 dollars from next year’s spending plan.Some of the money cut came from school officials retiring.Some of the high school athletic funds were also reduced, but superintendent Betsy Webb says much of the athletic funds that were done away with will be donated to the school by the booster club and private donations.The Bangor City Council will read over the amended school budget for the second time this Monday, May 23rd, at their scheduled meeting, which begins at 7:30 p-m.
Maine’s Medical Marijuana Law violates Federal Law and the Justice Department reserves the right to prosecute people in Maine who distribute the drug, even if they have state approval.That’s what U.S Attorney Thomas Delahanty says in a letter to state lawmakers.He was requested to weigh in on the matter by the legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee, which is considering a proposal to make it optional for medical marijuana patients to register with the state..
Police say a woman responsible for a hit and run accident in Orrington Wednesday night had been drinking.They say 43 year old Kimberly Chadbourne backed into a car at a Mobil On The Run store.A witness says Chadbourne took off, but managed to write down her license plate number.Bangor Police saw the car parked on Harlow street a few hours later.Orrington Police have charged her with leaving the scene of an accident and Bangor Police have charged her with drunk driving.
A man serving 35 years for murder has had three more years tacked on for making a knife in prison.Timothy Mooney is accused of attacking his cellmate with that knife.A Knox County Superior Court jury this week found him guilty of trafficking in prison contraband.
Thousands of pounds of free food was given away in Millinocket Wednesday when a mobile food bank rolled into town.It comes just a few weeks after that same food distributor ended business with a Millinocket food pantry.The Good Shepherd Food Bank has been serving the state for the past 12 years, nourishing Mainers with food and helping them get back on their feet.”They were excited to see us and they said they were so happy to see us because the need is so great,” said Cheryl Jalbert with Good Shepherd Foodbank.Jalbert says in these tough times, to see the smiles on the faces of the people who need it most, is why she does her job.Good Shepherd’s mobile food bank rolled into town with ten thousand pounds of food to help ease the burden of struggling families and laid off mill workers.The Katahdin Paper Mill shut down a few years ago, leaving 150 people out of work, and this year, more than 4-hundred people became unemployed when its sister mill in East Millinocket also closed.”We know that things have been hard with the mill closing.