The Norridgewock man police say held the manager of a paper mill in Jay hostage for about 8 hours Wednesday has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.Francis Smith was in court Friday afternoon.He’s charged with kidnapping and four counts of criminal threatening with a firearm.
With the coming of spring, Lieutenant Jeffrey Currier and his team of forest rangers are prepared to hit the road aggressively to protect Maine’s land.”We want to treat landowners with respect and avoid these problems in the first place,” said Lt.
Maine wardens are warning snowmobilers to never drink before getting on a sled.Game wardens say two men on snowmobiles crashed into one another around 4:30 PM Wednesday afternoon on Big Wood Lake near Jackman.62-year-old Robert Verge of Scarborough was taken to the hospital with serious head injuries.Wardens say the other man, 61-year-old Lawrence Salamone of Gorham was charged with an OUI.
A public hearing is now set for folks to weigh in on the proposal to close a nursing home in Calais.Owners of Atlantic Rehabilitation & Nursing Home say they’re losing more than $80,000 a month.Closing the 50-bed facility would put nearly 100 people out of work.Senate President Kevin Raye says he’s looking into using grant money to keep the nursing home open.A public hearing will be held April 5th from 10-4 at Washington County Community College.
An effort is under way to do away with Maine’s presidential caucuses and replace them with primaries.Republican Senate President Kevin Raye has proposed a change in state law that would establish a Maine presidential primary one week after New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary starting in 2016.Raye told Maine Today Media he proposed the change after this year’s controversial Republican caucus process.The state GOP declared Mitt Romney the winner.
A former Chelsea selectwoman and her husband have been released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to federal extortion, tax evasion, and fraud charges.Carole Swan and her husband, Marshall Swan, were ordered by a federal judge on Thursday to submit DNA samples and were barred them from contacting the alleged victims or witnesses in the case.The 53-year-old Carole Swan is accused of using her position as a Chelsea selectwoman to extort $20,000 from a local construction company.
Governor Paul LePage has signed into law a bill that clarifies sales tax exemptions for buses, which the governor says will help the motor coach industry create jobs.LePage was joined by legislators and members of Maine’s motor coach industry when he signed the bill Thursday.Current Maine law allows sales and use tax exemptions for vehicles used in interstate commerce.
A Brewer mom is on a mission to bring awareness to the community about lyme disease.Lisa Jordan’s daughter was recently diagnosed with the disease, typically contracted from ticks.The diagnosis comes 4 years after her daughter, Sally, began experiencing the diseases painful symptoms.Lisa has organized a “Tick Talk” next Tuesday, March 20th, at the Brewer Community School from 6:30PM-8PM.Doctors will be on hand to talk about awareness and prevention, including how to remove a tick, and how to recognize the symptoms of lyme disease.
Maine’s highest court has ruled the land use regulation commission did not violate rules when it gave Plum Creek the green light for a massive development project in the Moosehead Lake region.The plan by Seattle-based Plum Creek calls for 821 house lots and two resorts with more than 1,200 housing units at Big Moose Mountain and Lilly Bay.It was approved in September 2009, nearly five years after the company announced plans to rezone about 400,000 acres.Environmentalists were divided over the plan.