Four of the five candidates for Maine governor tackled budget issues at the Maine Municipal Association’s annual convention last night.Candidates answered questions about state funding cuts that have affected town and city governments in areas such as revenue sharing and K-12 education.Democrat Libby Mitchell, and independents Eliot Cutler, Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott participated.
Maine’s Attorney General, Janet Mills announced that Maine is part of a 50-state investigation of so-called “robo-signing” of home foreclosure documents.The allegations are that mortgage companies mishandled documents and broke laws in thousands of foreclosures.Mills said several court decisions in Maine in the last two months found serious flaws with documents.
Bangor is a step closer to having a medical marijuana dispensary.The Bangor City Council has killed the medical marijuana moratorium that was in place.Wednesday night, in an unanimous vote councilors agreed on requirements for where medical marijuana can be distributed and cultivated.The cultivation and distribution cannot take place in the same facility.
The adult entertainment business seems to be flourishing in one Central Maine city.Next month Waterville will have its third adult-oriented store.Will Stuart of Farmingdale plans to open first amendment adult book and video on College Avenue.It’s in a spot previously occupied by a Chinese Restaurant.Stuart owns a store by the same name in Oxford that opened fifteen years ago.He says he hasn’t run into any problems in the past and he doesn’t want any in Waterville where there are currently two other similar stores.Stuart has received all of the necessary permits…he’s remodeling the space right now.He’s not sure how many people he’ll hire, Stuart says that will depend on the demand for what he sells.
It’s a beautiful view of Bangor, and you only get the chance to see it a few times a year.Once each season, the city of Bangor opens up the Thomas Hill Standpipe for tours.Folks are invited to climb the steps to the top to take in the amazing view.Wednesday was the Fall tour.” It’s really beautiful.
Folks from El Salvador are in Bangor as part of a sister city relationship.Meghan Hayward explains.In the 1980s delegations of people from the United States visited El Salvador as villagers were returning to their homes following the Civil War in that country.”And the relationships were so deep and important that the people in the US and the people in El Salvador decided that it would be important to keep those relationships going and continue learning from one another.”Which is how the organization Power in Community Alliances, or PICA, has maintained a sister city relationship with El Salvador.Salvadoran German Gonzales Alas is in Bangor.He’s a grassroots leader who started as a young activist in his country.He will make a presentation to local folks here.”Talking about people and their lives before they cross the borders.
Also being discussed Wednesday night in Bangor is the possibility of consolidating Bangor Emergency Dispatch with Penobscot County Dispatch.Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia says he’s opposed to that move.There’s a workshop Wednesday night to discuss possible negotiations between the two entities.It’s open to the public and starts at 6:15 in City Council Chambers.
The Bangor City Council is expected to vote Wednesday night on an ordinance restricting where sex offenders can live.It calls for 750-foot buffers around schools, parks, playgrounds and other areas frequented by children.Sex offenders now living within the restricted zones would not have to move.The restrictions would only apply to offenders who have committed felonies against victims under the age of fourteen.
State Police have received more than 20 calls overnight, which they say is helping them identify two women they believe used a stolen ATM card at stores in Bangor and Lincoln.Police say the card was dropped at a parking lot on Hogan Road in Bangor last month.The card was used the next day at Hogan Road Deli in Bangor and also at Smokes for Less, Wal-Mart, Why Not Stop, and Hannaford in Lincoln.Police say surveillance video shows the women, each carrying a young child.
A man was arraigned Wednesday after allegedly fleeing from police and crashing his car in Stockton Springs Tuesday night.According to Chief Deputy Bob Keating with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department, Douglas Chambers is charged with burglary, stalking, driving to endanger and criminal speed.Keating says just before 6:00 Tuesday evening, a woman staying at the Rocky Ridge Motel in Stockton Springs called saying her ex-boyfriend, Chambers, was trying to open her door and she feared for her safety.When authorities arrived, they say, Chambers got in his car and fled the scene.Keating says Chambers missed a sharp turn at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 1A in Stockton Springs, crashing his car.He then fled on foot into the woods where he was arrested.His bail is set at $750.
The Fire Marshal is trying to figure out what caused a rooming house to catch fire in Bar Harbor Tuesday night.No one was hurt but the building was destroyed.Police officers were able to rescue two men before firefighters arrived.Richard Anderson woke up in the middle of the night to the sounds of his dogs barking.