Maine’s largest state workers’ union has filed a complaint with the Maine Labor Relations Board accusing the state negotiators of violating the law as the two sides tried to reach an agreement on new contract.The complaint filed Monday by the Maine State Employees Association says the state abandoned negotiations at a important time, tried to skip the bargaining process by seeking legislation and proposed concessions that were not proposed for other unions.Adrienne Bennett, a spokesperson for Governor Paul LePage, told the Portland Press Herald that the complaint follows a pattern that started last week with another aimless accusation about the state hiring subcontractors.A union representative says talks are continuing between the two sides after they agreed to go to mediation in August.
49-year-old Clinton Grubbs of Bangor stabbed a fellow tenant at a boarding house two years ago.He’s been found not guilty by reason of insanity.Grubbs was charged with elevated aggravated assault.Prosecutors say he stabbed 57-year-old Frederick Pond of Bangor twice with a knife in January 2010.Pond died months later.
State police say a 65-year-old New Brunswick woman involved in a car crash on Interstate 95 in Houlton last week has died.Police said in a statement released Monday that Shirley Haines died in a hospital last Friday of injuries suffered in the accident four days previously.Police say Haines was driving south on the highway at about 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks and gazebos were on the minds, and agenda, of Bangor City Councilors Monday night.Earlier this month, they voted to send along a proposed fireworks ban to the planning board.Monday, the councilors passed the proposal to ban the use and sale of fireworks in Bangor.Fireworks become legal in Maine on January 1st, but the new law gives municipalities the option to ban them.The council also passed the order for Parks and Recreations to build a new gazebo at Paul Bunyan Park.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection held a public meeting Monday evening on the proposed expansion of the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town.The state owns the landfill, but the dumping ground is operated by Casella Waste System.Casella has tried in the past to expand the landfill, but withdrew their most recent application in 2010.The waste management company maintains that the landfill will reach capacity by 2017.Dozens of residents packed the Black Bear Inn in Orono to give their take on the proposed expansion.The crowd was very vocal, which lead the moderator of the meeting to remind people they could be asked to leave.Casella Waste System hopes to add over a hundred acres North of the current facility.The next step in the process is the full facility application, which could take months to complete.
A phone call to Bangor police lead to the arrest of April Kane, 26, early Friday morning.The caller told police an SUV almost hit a telephone pole.When the officer caught up with Kane on 2nd St, he thought she was under the influence.He says Kane failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for OUI.After she was searched, the officer says he found a knife and drugs including what was thought to be bath salts and she was booked on those charges as well.Kane will be in court in December.
Several major local newspapers are urging voters to approve Question 2, which would allow racinos in Biddeford and Washington County: and reject Question 3, which would allow a casino in Lewiston.The editorials appeared Sunday in the Bangor Daily News, The Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal and the Central Maine Morning Sentinel.
Bangor police got a call Sunday afternoon from a resident of Moosehead Blvd who claimed someone stole pills and other things from their home.Police tracked down Damien Woods, 29, on nearby Sugarloaf Ln and say they found painkillers and cash on him.He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and faces theft charges.No court date has been set.
Pilot error is being blamed for a deadly plane crash in Rockwood in August 2010.Telford Allen II, 64, was killed.He was the founder of Telford Aviation.The National Transportation Safety Board says Allen didn’t retract landing gear when he took off in Rangeley.That caused instability when Allen tried landing on Moosehead Lake.A passenger, Natalie Holmes Moody of Rockwood, was injured in the crash.The NTSB report also says that impairment from medication was a factor.Tests performed on Allenâ€™s body found he had recently taken an over-the-counter anti-histamine.
The Katahdin Area Rotary Club is showing its support for a program to educate about a disease that isn’t talked about much in our nation any more.On World Polio Day, the group sponsored a raffle at Katahdin Federal Credit Union in Millinocket.The raffle is for an afghan made by Money McGibbon, a woman who has had the disease since she was two years old.McGibbon says the biggest misconception with Polio is that it can be cured, based on her experience, she says that’s not the case.”They say Polio is eradicated and in a sense it is but the ones who have had Polio and they still have to live with that,” she says.Raffles for the afghan are being sold all week.If you would like to help with polio awareness, you can visit rotary.org.
Governor LePage met with workers at the newly named Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket.It was a welcome back for many who lost their jobs when the then Katahdin Paper mill shut its doors in April.”My boss told us that Meriturn has backed out and that it was my job to tell my employees to tell my employees to go home it wasn’t a good feeling,” says mill employee John Bishop.As the area’s biggest employer, we’re told the mill had an economic impact of about three hundred million dollars.After months of failed negotiations with potential buyers, New Hampshire based Cate Street Capital purchased the mill, bringing new life to the Katahdin region.”The day I left it was kind of a sick feeling to your stomach and getting back is like seeing friends you haven’t seen all summer,” Bishop said.215 of the 400 employees who were laid off now have a place to work again.
Kids at Canaan Elementary school got a lesson in fire safety Monday.Members of the Canaan Volunteer Fire Department showed the kids possible fire hazards to watch out for in their homesThey were shown what frayed wires look like as well as how to tell if the fire extinguishers in their homes are full.Fire crews also demonstrated how to make a 9-1-1 call to make sure the kids would know the information they need to know in case of emergency.
A Meddybemps man is behind bars, accused of stealing an Indian Township police cruiser, then ditching it in a lake.It all happened Sunday morning in Baileyville.Authorities were called to a fight on Palm Street.While police were investigating, 19-year old Timothy Dickey allegedly jumped into an officer’s car and took off.Police from Indian Township as well as the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were unable to keep up with Dickey.
Returning home from war is certainly cause for celebration, but for so many veterans, it can also cause conflict.Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can show up weeks…months…or even years later.A different method for treating PTSD is now gaining hold in Maine.As Joy Hollowell tells us, a group is in training this week to learn how to use the technique.=====Cheryl Morin lost her son to suicide nearly six years ago.