Democratic leaders in Augusta have a few questions about a memo sent out by governor Paul LePage.The Governor’s memo requests all department heads to clear any communication with lawmakers and the media with senior administration officials.The memo was sent out on Monday and is causing a bit of a stir among the democrats in the state house.
A man serving two life sentences for killing his former girlfriend and a toddler is asking the Maine high court for a new trial.Oral arguments are expected Thursday for Jeffrey Cookson.His attorney is expected to ask for d-n-a tests on clothes and a wig that were worn by a man who claimed to kill 20-year-old Mindy Gould and 21-month old Treven Cunningham.That man later retracted his statement saying he came forward to help Cookson.Cookson was convicted in 2001 of shooting Gould and Treven execution style in December of 1999.
For the people of Frankfort, Fire Chief Earl Anderson is the kind of man that won’t let you down.He’s been a firefighter for fifty years and those who know him best will tell you he’d give anything to help others.”He usually is first on scene, he usually helps out you know so much,” said his daughter, Angela Norton.But these days, Anderson is the one who needs help.In September, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery, then a few weeks later he got more devastating news, he was diagnosed with Colon Cancer.Anderson is now undergoing chemotherapy treatment and is splitting his time between being home and traveling to hospitals in boston and portland.It’s been tough for his family, especially his daughter, Angela.
Waterville Police say they’ve broken up an elaborate pot growing operation and are thanking an alert citizen for it.Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey says a resident called just before midnight last night to report two men pushing what appeared to be a large metal box down the street.Police responded and found the men in a garage on Green street with a box that fit the description.
An East Machias man is accused of using phony money.Authorities say 40-year-old Lawrence Cormier confessed Tuesday to passing fake 50-dollar bills at Walmarts in Ellsworth, Bangor and Calais.Ellsworth Police Lieutenant Harold Page says he suspects forgery charges will follow.Page says the cases of fake bills in Calais and Bangor are being handled by the police departments of those two communities.
Governor LePage today presented his spending plan for Maine for the next six months.His proposed supplemental budget focuses mainly on paying down debt the state owes to hospitals.Maine would pay nearly $250-million to hospitals for debts racked up from 2006 thru 2009, leaving the state owing another $150-million to hospitals.LePage says by not paying those bills, the state caused a fiscal crisis in the hospital industry that cost 600 jobs.
There’s a free seminar on veterans benefits this weekend.It will take place at Sunbury Village Retirement Community on Saturday at 2:30.The seminar will discuss VA Aid and Attendance Program, which provides eligible veterans and surviving spouses a certain amount of money a month.TO RSVP or learn more call Sunbury Village at 262-9600.
You can get in a workout while learning a thing or two about trees.The Orono Land Trust is hosting a tree identification snowshoe trek this weekend.A forest expert from UMaine will lead it.The trek steps off at one Saturday, storm date is Sunday.FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT GAIL AT 866-0041.
If you’re looking for a 2011 calendar, a local senior center can help you out.The Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor is selling three different calendars put together by members.Seniors created the artwork that fills the calendar.
State government offices will close at 3 o’clock this afternoon due to the snow storm.Governor Paul LePage says business is a priority, but safety is as well, “I’m shutting down government early so state employees have the time and daylight they need to get home safely.
A Bangor man has been arrested in connection with a reported home invasion last month.Forty-six-year-old Dennis Wood is charged with robbery, attempted kidnapping and aggravated assault.Bangor Police officers responded to a residence on Newton Street last month.They were told two males had knocked on the door, told the resident their car had broken down and they needed to use a telephone.Authorities say when the resident reached inside to get a phone, one of the males tried to force his way into the house.The resident was able to fight off the men, who quickly left the area on foot.The case remains under investigation and additional charges are expected.Wood remains at the Penobscot County Jail.