Residents of Auburn, Maine, can now report certain crimes or complaints online.The Auburn Police Department’ has launched a web-based, non-emergency reporting system that will allow citizens to file certain incidents over the Internet at their convenience.The public can file reports at a time that is best for them, without having to wait for an officer to respond or call them back.The system allows users to submit the incident then print a copy of the temporary police report for free.The system is designed for reports such as animal complaints, crime tips, harassment, thefts, vacant house checks and vandalism.
Testimony continues today in a hearing to determine whether a New Hampshire man convicted of strangling a nursing student, should be granted a new trial.Jason Twardus was convicted in 2010 of murdering 30-year old Kelly Gorham, then burying her body on property owned by his father in New Hampshire.Twardus’ attorney claims new evidence discovered after the trial could change the verdict.Another man who also lived on the same property as Gorham is being offered as an alternative suspect.That man pleaded guilty to an attempted strangulation assault in August of 2011.Twardus’ attorney argues the alternative suspect was present the night Gorham disappeared.The state believes evidence presented at the first trial was overwhelming and new evidence would not change the outcome.Twardus is currently serving a 38-year prison sentence.
The State of Maine has purchased more than 5,700 acres south of Millinocket in Piscataquis County, including two miles of Seboeis Lake shoreland.State and conservation advocates say Monday’s $2.7-million purchase in Lakeville Plantation is expected to enhance outdoor recreation, tourism, public access and economic development throughout the region.The purchase from the Bigelow Timber Corp.
Your input is welcome on a plan to better meet the needs of folks with Alzheimer’s.The state’s plan on Alzheimer’s and related dementias is designed to help state agencies, businesses and other organizations work together to help those fighting memory loss and their families.Three public input sessions were scheduled.One was held last week.The next one is 11:30 Wednesday morning at the First United Methodist Church in Bangor.And there’s one set for Lewiston on May 8th.For more information, log on to alz.org/maine.
Fishermen in the Gulf of Maine won’t be able to use stationary nets called gillnets for two months of the year.Federal regulators say porpoises are getting tangled in those nets and drowning.So the feds will close the fishing grounds for two months, the first closure will be in October.
Down East Community Hospital in Machias has reached a contract agreement with its nurses and technical staff.Union nurses had been working without a contract since the beginning of the year.As part of the three year deal, salaries competitive with similar positions across the state are being implemented.The hospital will also cut back on temporary workers.
A republican state senator is condemning Governor LePage’s comment that Maine government’s middle management “is corrupt.”Senator Roger Katz of Augusta issued a statement Monday saying it was an attack on good Maine people.Katz says many of those criticized by LePage are his hard working friends and neighbors and calling them corrupt is quote, “Demeaning and Inexcusable.”The governor made the statement at town hall meeting last week in Newport.Republican representative Patrick Flood of Winthrop, who also represents a lot of state workers, says LePage’s comment made many of his constituents uncomfortable.LePage later clarified his statement to say the workers were “corrupted” by a bureaucratic mindset.
Some good news for Maine lawmakers tasked with filling an $82 million MaineCare budget hole.There’s been an increase in consumer spending, which translates into more tax revenue than anticipated.The state is expecting an extra $49 million in revenue which can be applied to the MaineCare deficit.
People will have the chance to learn more about a proposed Bangor dog park this week.An information session will be held Wednesday, May 2nd at 6PM at the Mary Snow School in Bangor.The Bangor City Council has approved the use of land at Essex Woods for the dog park.Presentations at the meeting will include an overview of the park plan as well as a question answer session.For more information, you can contact Dawnette Carver at 664-9943 or by email at [email protected]
A man accused of savagely attacking a woman in greenville was in court Monday.42-year-old John “Cheeto” Johnson is accused of rape and kidnapping.The incident happened Wednesday night and Johnson had been wanted for the attack.He turned himself into police the next night.According to court documents, he forced a female acquaintence to perform a sex act.When she tried to pull away, he yanked on her hair, punched her in the face and choked her.The victim suffered several bruises to the face and was treated at a local hospital.Johnson reportedly stole her car but later abandoned it.His bail is set at 50-thousand dollars.If he makes bail, he’ll have to live with his father.”If you accept the evidence as is this is a very serious offense and he’s a threat to the public in our opinion and my concern is if he was bailed we would not know where he was and we would need some way of regulating his whereabouts to make sure we knew what he was up to,” says District Attorney Chris Almy.Almy says Johnson has a criminal history and could face more charges.Johnson is expected to appear in court again in June.