The city of Caribou has been found guilty of discrimination by the Maine Human Rights CommissionOn Monday, the commission unanimously agreed that a former Director of Community Development for the town was unlawfully fired while she was on medical leave.In 2006, Mary Walton returned to work on a temporary part-time basis following brain surgery related to an on-going condition.When she attempted to do the same two years later, the City Manager imposed conditions on Walton’s return.When she and her doctor appealed to the manager, she was fired.The Maine Human Rights Commission ruled that the City Manager had motive to get rid of Walton, because of a report she made to the City Council regarding wage discrimination.If the case goes to trial, the city could be forced to re-hire Walton with back pay of more than $100,000, as well as paying damages and legal fees.
While there is already a moratorium in place preventing marijuana dispensaries from setting up shop in Brewer, city councilors met tonight to take the issue one step further at their city council meeting.The councilors passed 4 to 1, a moratorium that would prevent the cultivation of marijuana for dispensaries in the city of Brewer.
A 10-year-old girl who was critically injured at a campground in the town of Lebanon when a tree top fell on a tent she was in, is doing better tonight.Authorities say her condition has been upgraded to serious.She and five other family members were taken to the hospital after strong winds sheared off a tree top which fell on their tent and minivan.The family is from Massachusetts.It took six people to lift the tree and free the girl from the tent.She is part of quadruplets.
A Pakistani man continues to be detained in Maine on an immigration violation while authorities investigate the attempted Times Square car bombing.Mohammad Shafiq Rahman was expected to appear before an immigration judge today in Boston via video link from Portland, where he’s in jail.The immigration hearing was rescheduled for August 24.Rahman, of South Portland, was one of three Pakistani men in New England charged with immigration violations, during the bombing investigation.
Next month, a teenager from Milo will help represent Maine in a national horse riding competition.Fifteen-year old Ashley Shaffer will make the trip to Georgia with her family, and riding partner, “Dixie.”Meghan Hayward has more.” We got her five years ago.
The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter has added a new room to accommodate the growing demand for beds and services.The new room will have five beds and a television.Six businesses including Hollywood Slots, Lowe’s and the Maine Fire Protection Agency donated time and money to build the room.Christopher Haywood has been living in the shelter since June and credits its staff for helping him get his life back together.He hopes the extra beds will help others in his situation.”Forget about the cable, it’s just a bed to sleep in it, but I call this home for now, it feels good to know I’m safe,” he said.The folks who run the shelter say they can always use more volunteers and donations.If you’d like to help, log onto volunteermaine.org
The Salvation Army and Target are teaming up to make sure a group of local kids get everything they need when they head to school this fall.30 students who needed a little help were chosen by the Salvation Army and Target gave each one an $80 gift card.
The Augusta planning board will hear from the public tonight about a zoning change that could allow for a medical marijuana dispensary to open in the city.City leaders are considering expanding Augusta’s medical district along Old Belgrade Road.