A newly enacted law in Maine designed to streamline regulations is already having an impact.It lets the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection manage environmental rule making considered to be routine.State lawmakers must still sign off on major B.E.P.
A bill that bans methadone users from driving commercial vehicles was signed into law by the governor Friday.Methadone is commonly used to treat drug addicts.Two years ago a UPS delivery driver from Naples was killed after his van was hit by a public works truck driven by a man who had taken methadone.Representative Anne Graham sponsored the bill after meeting the widow of the man killed in that crash.
It’s three years in prison, at least, for a Madison man accused of murder.Thirty-three-year-old Shaun Corson pleaded guilty Friday to a probation violation.He was convicted of arson in 2002 and was supposed to refrain from further criminal activity.But he’s been charged with auto theft in Florida and that’s what the three years in prison is for.Corson is also wanted in connection with the murder of a woman in Jacksonville last month.Police say the 31-year-old victim was found face down and covered by a blanket behind an apartment complex.Florida is yet to file for extradition on the murder charge.
A new business is rocking downtown Bangor.The Rock and Art Shop opened its newest location last week on Central Street in the store space that used to be home to Lippincott Books.It’s a family owned business selling work from local artists and natural history objects.There are also unique and educational items for children to teach them about science.Annette Dodd and her brother Tony Sohns say they are excited to move their store into Bangor, a place they already call home.Their family is from the area.”Bangor is just starting to come abuzz you can really tell, there are new shops coming up all the time and we both love Bangor, we always have and we finally thought this is the time, (this is the time),” they said.The rock and art shop has another location in Ellsworth.To learn more about the store, visit their website at therockandartshop.com
A Bangor teen was sentenced to six months in prison Friday.Nineteen-year-old Jay Carter pleaded guilty to theft, assault and failure to appear in court.In April, police were told by a clerk at the Big Apple on State Street that a man entered the store with a gun and demanded money.Police now believe it was an inside job, involving that clerk.CArter also has to pay more than than $700 in restitution.Former store clerk, 22-year-old Alicia Perkins of Mars-Hill, is charged with theft and filing a false public report.
A diesel powered semi truck apparently ruptured its fuel tank while driving in Lincoln Friday morning, spilling out about 70 gallons of fuel.It happened on West Broadway near Lloyd’s store.We’re told most of the spilled diesel has been contained in five gallon buckets.The Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation have been called to the scene, and are monitoring the situation.
(AP) – A Canadian folk singer and her backup vocalist are facing federal charges for allegedly lying when attempting to cross from Canada into Maine.Michele Marie Bahrynowski, who performs under the name Michelle Joly, and Carrie Ann Sadler, both of Red Deer, Alberta, are charged with making false and misleading representation.According to an affidavit, border agents in Calais turned back the pair at 2 a.m.
(AP) – Maine is getting a $2.1 million, three-year grant to crack down on the sale of cigarettes to minors.Maine’s attorney general says the formal announcement of thefunding from the Food and Drug Administration will be made Mondayat the Calumet Club in Augusta, where a forum on tobacco compliancewill be held.Participants will include Lawrence Deyton, director of the FDACenter for Tobacco Products, Maine Attorney General WilliamSchneider and Maine Department of Health and Human ServicesCommissioner Mary Mayhew.