The Maine Real Estate and Development Association hosted a forum Tuesday on possible changes to Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission.LURC was formed 40 years ago as the planning and zoning authority for unorganized territory in our state.A 13-member commission is being formed to recommend changes to LURC.Conservation Commissioner Bill Beardsley will chair that panel.
Waterville Fire Chief David Lafountain says he’s concerned about an apparent change in procedure at the State Fire Marshal’s investigative procedure.Chief Lafountain says when he asked the Fire Marshal to come and investigate last nights apartment fire he was initially told the response protocol had changed.Lafountain was told due to a budget shortage of $800,000 the Fire Marshal would only be investigating fires in the case of a fatality, serious injury, or if the fire was set.Lafountain said the local investigators had to make the case that this fire was suspicious in order to have the Fire Marshall’s office look into it.
Around 40 firefighters from Waterville and Winslow battled a fire Monday night at a Water Street apartment building.An elderly woman is alive thanks to the quick thinking of another woman who just happened to be passing by.Therese Wilbur was walking past the building Monday night when she says she spotted a boy, around 10-years- old, with a book of matches.
Drug raids last week resulted in the arrests of five men in two counties.25 year old Robert Boggia of Blue Hill and Whiting, and 26 year old Craig Young of Whiting and 25 year old Ryan Sargent of Cutler were charged with trafficking and growing marijuana.Police say more than 250 marijuana plants were found along with more than 15 thousand dollars in cash, processed pot, and a pair of handguns.In a separate case, Maine Drug Enforcement Agents also arrested 39 year olds John Snider and Jason Cramer of Harrington.Both men were arrested after allegedly leaving a pot growing area with a garbage full of marijuana.Both are charged with marijuana cultivation.All five men will appear in court in November.
A teen from Liberia, being helped by a couple from Winterport, has undergone life-changing surgery.Diaworseh Doupu,17, had two severely crippled feet.Brian and Marsha Richardson worked for nearly three years to bring her to Boston for surgery.She arrived in May.Last month, her right foot was repaired.
After announcing last week that the Maine Jump is closing, it appears the business is bouncing back.On the businessesâ€™ facebook page, it says the Maine Jump will stick around, but under new ownership.John Dobbs started it up in July.He decided to close it when attendance took a big dip at the start of the school year.The Maine jump, with a new owner, will re-open Wednesday.
Workers are expected to start returning to the Katahdin region paper mills, maybe as soon as Tuesday, now that they have a new owner.New Hampshire-based Cate Street Capital signed paperwork Friday night to take over and rename the facility the Great Northern Paper Company.They say that they expect to hire up to 250 people at first, with work starting for some Tuesday.Cate Street is waiting for the transfer of environmental permits from the previous owner.