Republican Gubernatorial candidate Les Otten has issued an apology after his campaign was accused of plagiarism.The website Pine Tree Politics says an Otten quote on a federal education grant program was virtually the same as testimony given to lawmakers by Stephen Bowen of the Maine Heritage Policy Center.Otten’s campaign apologized on the website Augusta Insider, where his quote about the grant program was posted, calling it an error of omission.A staff member has also resigned following the accusation.Bowen originally said he didn’t believe the incident was an accident, but now says he’s satisfied that if Otten had known where the material came from, he would have attributed it.
One man wound up the the hospital, another man in jail after a stabbing in Waterville early Sunday morning.29-year-old Charles Fling of Millinocket was arrested on a violation of probation conditions.Police say he was involved in a fight in front of the Bob Inn in Waterville around 2 Sunday morning.Police say Fling managed to get out of the fight, but was pursued a short distance away where the brawl resumed.And that’s when, police say, Fling stabbed a 21-year-old man in the stomach.Police have not named the man who was stabbed, but do say he was treated at a local hospital.
Two Solon residents are in trouble with the law, after police say they found more than 180 marijuana plants growing in their home.The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department raided the residence on Eaton Hill Road in Solon Monday.48-year-old Lora Gervais and 29-year-old Michael Gervais are accused of growing and selling marijuana.Deputies also reportedly seized cultivation equipment, dried marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.Michael Gervais was arrested.Last Friday, Somerset County deputies searched the home of 24-year-old Matthew Giguere on Route 2 in Skowhegan.Police say they seized twenty-five plants there, along with a small amount of dried pot and drug paraphernalia.Giguere has been charged with cultivating marijuana.
Now that the calendar has flipped to May many of us might be making plans for summer that include trips to the coast.If you have to to use Route 1-A to get there, you should be aware there’s a seven mile stretch in Dedham and Ellsworth where you’ll run into construction delays says Maine Department of Transportation Project Manager Ernie Martin.
Folks who ride the BAT bus are being asked to comment on a proposed fare increase and service reduction.The city is considering raising fares on the BAT Community Connector, from a dollar to $1.25, with a half-price ticket going up from 50 to 60 cents.The cost of a five-ride strip of tickets would increase by one dollar, and a monthly pass would go up by five dollars.They’re also thinking about eliminating Saturday service on the Mall Hopper route, and cutting service on Bangor routes on six public holidays: Martin Luther King Jr.
A Lubec couple is behind bars after a robbery in Lubec Saturday night that ended with a standoff Sunday afternoon.State police say they received a call from a Lubec resident Sunday morning.The man reported someone had broken into his Maple Tree Road residence Saturday night, and robbed him at gunpoint.The homeowner said $1,500 in cash was stolen as well as some prescription drugs.He identified 27-year old Nathaniel Myers as the man who committed the robbery.When police went to Myer’s house Sunday afternoon, they say he refused to come out.State Police Sgt.
Maine utility regulators will soon be taking up the FairPoint bankruptcy reorganization plan.The Public Utilities Commission has scheduled hearings for Wednesday, May 5th, and Thursday, May 6th on FairPoint’s petition for approval of its bankruptcy reorganization plan, and for modifications of the january 2008 Verizon-FairPoint merger order.FairPoint’s petition seeks to delay from April to December the deadline to complete the first phase of the its broadband expansion project.It also seeks to reduce the percentage of lines that will be capable of carrying broadband upon completion of the five-year broadband expansion project.The hearings are open to the public, but are not a forum for public comment.
A grass fire kept fire crews busy in Hermon Sunday night.Fire fighters were called to an area near Newburgh and Swan Roads around 5:30 pm.Hermon Fire Chief Larry Willis says they found at least 9 small fires.He believes the blazes may have been caused by a grass fire that was spread by a passing train.One of the fires came close to a house but firefighters were able to stop in time.
Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s office are trying to figure out exactly what caused a fire at a business in Sidney early Sunday morning.Crews were called to Hilltop Log and Timber Homes on Lyons Road at around one o’clock Sunday morning.When they arrived, a manufacturing building was engulfed in flames.Fire fighters were able to put the fire out without any major problems, but the building was destroyed.The company was closed at the time, officials think the fire probably started in a kiln.