Northeast Patients Group will have to find another spot to put their medical marijuana dispensary if they want it in the capitol city.Tuesday night, the Augusta planning board voted for a zoning change that would expand the medical district in town.However, the proposal did not include the Middle Rd.
The Maine Senate returned to the statehouse Wednesday to vote on more than 70 nominees from Governor Baldacci.The men and women will fill positions on boards, commissions and judgeships.The senators will also decide whether to elevate three district court judges to the superior court bench.
Brandon Tolman of Lincoln was indicted by the Grand Jury.Tolman, 23, is charged with receiving stolen property in connection with a burglary at Ballard Hill Community Center.Lincoln Police Chief Scott Minckler says Tolman was found in possession of a Nintendo Wii gaming console, controllers and games that were taken from the community center.
Jury selection has began in the trial of a Monmouth man accused of murdering his mother.Kenneth McDonald, 44, has pleaded not guilty to killing his 80-year old mother in their home a year ago.Police say Janice McDonald died of multiple sharp force trauma.Police reported finding a bloody knife in a bathroom sink and the clothes Kenneth McDonald said he was wearing the night before the death were found in a hamper, allegedly covered in blood.
A college student arrested in May following a chase that began on I-95 in Bangor and reached speeds of 150 mph was indicted Wednesday by the Grand JuryChad Dionne, 21, of Madawaska is a student at Eastern Maine Community College.Trooper Chris Hashey says Dionne confessed to speeding and later said quote “he just basically was being stupid.”Dionne is charged with eluding an officer and criminal speed.
Police say there could be a bumper crop of marijuana this season, despite the dry weather.Officers from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Drug Task Force have already seized several thousand dollars worth of marijuana plants in Central Maine.
The Stinson Seafood Cannery closed its doors this past April, leaving 130 employees out of a job.On Wednesday, the Selectmen of Gouldsboro approved a letter of intent to allow the Live Lobster Company to purchase the former plant.Diana Bosch was at the meeting and reports the move could change the lobster industry.The company’s plan to use $400,000 dollars in federal grant money to develop a lobster processing plant is moving forward.”Our plan is to run a business and make it successful and make the town successful,” said Antonio Bossone, the President of the company.The plant would be built on the former stinson cannery and has the capacity to bring in up to 60,000 pounds of lobster a day.While many local fishermen had concerns about how this plan would impact their livelihood, many of their fears were alleviated.”It sounds like he would be a good neighbor and he would be welcome and I welcome him to town,” one resident said during Wednesday’s meeting.While some believe a lobster processing plant would create more competition, Michael Hunt, a co op in Corea believes this is what Gouldsboro needs.”We’ve been doing business with Live Lobster for over a year now and we look forward to doing more business with them, we support them buying the plant,” said Hunt.The plant will bring in about 140 jobs.
An Alton man was sentenced to 21 months in prison in relation to a theft charge Wednesday.Thirty-one-year-old Sidney Dunton stole more than six-hundred dollars from an elderly blind woman.He was out on bail for that theft charge when he left Maine and headed to Minnesota without permission from his probation officer.He was arrested and brought back to maine in May.Dunton has a long criminal history.In 2000, he crashed his car into a Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department cruiser.
For Clara Moore her lemonade stand on Webster Avenue in Bangor is a labor of love.She’s been out here all summer, with one goal in mind, donating the money to the American Folk Festival.”The original idea was if you donate $1000 you get a ticket to the kick off party but all my friends started helping so we would only get one ticket so it wouldn’t really be fair,” said Clara Moore, manager of the stand.The friends make the lemonade and fruit punch, and for 25 cents a pop, it’s a pretty good deal.A deal that has customers leaving happy.”I got the fruit punch, it’s very good.
Folks planning on attending this year’s Folk Festival should keep in mind that a train runs through the waterfront on a daily basis.State Coordinator of Maine Operation Lifesaver, Fred Hirsch, says the tracks will be fenced off except at crossings and the train passing through will be at a reduced speed.But he says fairgoers should still remember some important safety tips.A train can operate at any time on any day, and from either direction.Trains can’t stop quickly.
A real estate group says the expiration of the recent tax credits for home buyers caused existing-home sales to drop by 30% in Maine last month.For the three-month period from May through July, home sales in Maine were virtually flat compared to a year ago, while prices rose 3.8%.The National Association of Realtors report that sales of previously lived-in homes plunged more than 27% nation-wide last month.
The Augusta planning board is taking up the topic of medical marijuana again.On the docket, zoning options that could clear the way for a marijuana dispensary in the city.A company that wants to open a dispensary in Augusta has mentioned a building on Middle Rd.