The Bangor School District is trying their best to keep bath salts of their school systems.The School Committee was given a presentation on the designer drug by Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia and Lieutenant Tom Reagan.While the average user is in their mid to late 20’s, Chief Gastia says it’s only a matter of time before we see younger people doing bath salts.
A law that makes penalties for dealing and using bath salts much tougher was on the agenda for lawmakers Tuesday.The Maine Legislature passed a bill strengthening penalties for both users and dealers of the drug.Both Democrats and Republicans approved of the bill, but discussion came up late Tuesday afternoon as to how the state might fund the bill.The bill will now include increasing possession of bath salts from a civil violation to a misdemeanor and trafficking the drug will now become a felony.The bill now goes to the Governor to be signed into law.
In Jay, a pit bull has been put in quarantine for 10 days after it bit a 6-year-old boy in the face.Police say the dog bit the boy Sunday morning in a fenced-in area on Main Street where the dog was kept.The boy was taken to a hospital for treatment.
A rally in Bangor had people showing their support for the Postal Service.About 25 people gathered outside of Representative Mike Michaud’s office on State Street to show their support for a Bill that would allow the postal service to apply its retirement payments to meet its current financial obligations.Former letter carrier John Curtis says if the Bill is not passed, it could lead to thousands of post offices closing and thousands of people losing their jobs.Curtis believes that rural communities have the most to lose.The bill is currently stalled in a Committee in the House.For more information, you can visit saveamericaspostalservice.org.
State lawmakers took time out from their special session to pay tribute to the Maine Funeral Honors Program.It’s comprised of men and woman who provide final military honors to veterans of all branches of the service when they leave us.The group attends an average of more than 100 funerals per month.Last month the Maine Funeral Honors Program took park in its 7000-th funeral.Governor LePage stopped by to say thank you.
Maine lawmakers sat down in special session Tuesday with a lot on their plate, including reworking Maine’s congressional map.Democrats and Republicans agreed to a compromise that leaves most of Maine’s two districts untouched.After months of bickering, the two sides finally reached an agreement late Monday night.
A ban on students wearing bracelets that drew attention to breast cancer by using the word “boobies” has been lifted.On Friday, Medomak High School in Waldoboro called off the ban after several students had been suspended for refusing to take off the bracelets that say “I (heart) boobies.”Superintendent Susan Pratt lifted the ban because officials did not want to make a bigger deal out of the issue than it really is.School policy says students cannot wear anything with sexual connotations, but Pratt says the students weren’t suspended for wearing the bracelets: they were suspended for not taking them off when asked.According to the Bangor Daily News, all students who were suspended for bracelet-related reasons will have their suspensions erased from their school records.
Demolition is under way on a building that once housed the YMCA in Augusta.The owner of the 30,000-square-foot building received a permitto demolish the 1914 building in 2008, but waited in hopes that other uses for the building could be found.The contractor says the building will be gone in a week and the site cleaned up within two weeks.
Two men are facing drug trafficking charges after police say they found more than 100 marijuana plants in Passadumkeag.According to police, 30-year old William Tash of Passadumkeag was arrested last week after the plants were discovered on the Caribou Road.Police say the owner of the property, 45-year old Daniel Pattershall, turned himself in and was arrested the next morning.
A law that makes penalties for dealing and using bath salts much tougher is also on the agenda for lawmakers today.Currently, trafficking and possessing the synthetic drug is only a misdemeanor.Governor Lepage proposed legislation to give that law some teeth.That bill made its way out of committee yesterday.Republican Rep.