A bill in front of the Maine legislature would limit solitary confinement to an inmate in this state to 45 days, unless it’s determined that the prisoner has committed or attempted to commit violence.But members of the criminal justice committee are divided.On Thursday six members voted to kill the bill.Some of the members want to review special management policies, and others want to bar the seriously mentally ill form the special management unit.Some members said no evidence was given that prisoners are mistreated.
t’s Maine Restaurant Week, and some local restaurants are celebrating.They’re offering three course meals, for a great deal.”To celebrate the beginning of spring, to be able to give people a reason to go out to eat.”That’s why Mary Dysart-Hartt says her restaurant, Dysarts in Hermon, is taking part in restaurant week.
Fishermen from across the state will be heading to Rockport this weekend for the annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum.As Meghan Hayward tells us, a lot of folks return each year to see the friends they’ve made in the past.It’s a chance for fishermen to mingle with others in the industry and learn about the latest equipment.And it’s become a popular yearly event for many.”Oh I wouldn’t miss it.
For the second straight year, the Maine Supreme Court has rejected a request that would have allowed graduates of Husson University’s proposed law school to take the Maine bar exam.The court says it denied the request because Husson has yet to open the law school and they don’t intend to seek accreditation from the American Bar Association.Husson President Robert Clark says the school will take the matter up with their board in april and examine all available options.
The Hannaford supermarket in Bar Harbor will soon be expanding.The Maine based supermarket chain announced today that they’ll be making several improvements, including a new bakery area, more fresh food offerings, and expanding the natural and organic foods section.Hannaford officials had announced in January of 2009 that they were planning to build a new store in Town Hill.
Road conditions are to blame for two accidents in Bucksport Thursday morning.An SUV was traveling north on the Millvale Road when the driver hit a patch of ice and rolled over onto it’s side.The driver was pinned in the vehicle for a short time.But escaped with minor injuries.Another vehicle on the same road also slid off the road and had to be pulled out by a tow truck.That driver did not receive any injuries.Sean Geagan, Chief of Police for Bucksport says even though it looks like winter has left us, drivers still need to be aware of the changing weather and road conditions.” This is one of those storms where it’s very spotty.
Layoffs are coming at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.The hospital says it will let nearly 50 employees go, including 23 nurses.Jill McDonald, a spokeswoman for EMMC says the workers were notified on Wednesday and most layoffs are expected to take place March 19th.In January, the hospital announced it’s cutting 100 full-time jobs to save them between 5 and 7 million dollars.They were hoping to eliminate many of the positions through early retirement, but McDonald says of the 300 senior staff that were offered the incentives, only 50 took the offer.
A Bangor city bus turned into a crime scene Wednesday afternoon, after a passenger reportedly fired off a .357 Magnum.20 people were on board the bus at the time.No one was hurt.Police say the bus was traveling down State Street when it happened.The alleged shooter then fled the scene.According to authorities, the BAT bus driver flagged down police officers, and told them someone had shot her bus.About an hour and a half later, authorities received a tip from a passenger from the first bus, that the man had boarded another bus.State police stopped that bus in Orono at around 5:45pm, and arrested 24-year-old Jason Robinson of Bangor.Police say Robinson had the gun in his coat.He told officers he was going to sell the gun in Old Town.
A group of people holding a vigil in Augusta say they’re shocked someone defaced their signs Tuesday night.Several people have been taking part in a 40 day vigil outside Family Planning in Augusta.They set up outside the facility and say they pray there daily from eight to eight, then at night they store their signs at a nearby business.They say they arrived Wednesday morning to find someone had spray painted over their signs.