A recount in Rockland today reaffirmed results from Election Day, showing voters rejected a $3,000,000 bond issue for a new public works garage and sand and salt shed.Rockland’s city clerk says the measure was defeated by 12 votes on Election Day.Today’s recount revealed the same outcome, but by a margin of 14 votes.The recount was done after a written request from more than 100 city residents.
A former state lawmaker accused of threatening a news photographer with a loaded gun pleaded not guilty Tuesday.58-year-old Frederick Wintle of Garland is charged with criminal threatening, reckless conduct, and carrying a concealed weapon.Police say he pulled a gun on a man in the parking lot of a Waterville Dunkin Donuts in May.Wintle quit the Maine House of Representatives in September.He remains free on $3500 cash bail.
A former Maine woman who was at the center of an 8.5-hour police standoff in 2005 has been sentenced in federal court to time served for telephone harassment of judges and other government officials connected to the confrontation.Charlotte Bea Palm also was sentenced Monday to one year of supervised release.
A Westbrook man who served briefly as a police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually molesting a young girl.Steven Goozey was also sentenced on Monday to six years of probation upon release and ordered to register as a sex offender.The 39-year-old Goozey pleaded guilty to 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact in October.
State labor officials are planning additional job-search workshops for unemployed Mainers in anticipation of federally funded unemployment programs expiring at the end of the year.Commissioner Robert Winglass says more than 17,000 jobless Mainers are expected to lose benefits in the coming months as the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits programs come to an end.Winglass says unless Congress reauthorizes the programs, jobless people can expect far fewer weeks of unemployment benefits next year as the programs are phased out.In anticipation of an influx of additional job seekers, the department is planning to double the number of job search seminars and resume workshops at its 12 career centers.