A Norway man police say broke into more than a dozen homes and businesses in early 2010 has been sentenced to two years in prison.Authorities say 21-year-old Shawn McAuliffe was sentenced in Oxford County Superior Court this week to 10 years behind bars with all but two suspended and six years of probation.
A battle between the administration of Governor Paul LePage and one of the state’s biggest labor unions is headed to court.The director of Maine’s Labor Relations Board this week denied a request from Republican administration to dismiss a complaint filed by the Maine State Employees Association workers.The judge rejected all but one element of the union complaint, but ruled that the administration must stand trial before the board on charges that it negotiated in bad faith and interfered with the rights of MSEA workers.A union official tells the Bangor Daily News that the administration has proposed deep concessions from state workers with no attempt to negotiate.An administrations lawyer says she expects to prove that the state bargained in good faith.
Governor LePage signed a bill into law last June which paved the way for charter schools in Maine.Thursday, the Charter School Commission was in Bangor looking for input from the community.The group is trying to design an application so those interested in creating a charter school can apply.Under the new law, the State Charter School Commission is an “authorizer” and can only approve 10 charter schools in the state in 10 years.But local school boards can approve additional charter schools, which don’t count towards the commission’s approvals.People at Friday’s meeting wanted to make sure the commission takes financial sustainability into account on the application.Folks also want to make sure the application would cater to innovative ideas, like a school that would revolve around the arts.The process of approving a charter school is just getting underway, and there are still a lot of questions to be answered.The commission hopes to have an application available by the end of April.The commission has given itself a deadline of July first to approve proposals for charter schools in time for the 2012-2013 school year.
A former state lawmaker accused of pulling a loaded gun on a news photographer reached a plea deal with the state Thursday.Fifty-nine-year-old Frederick Wintle of Garland agreed to plead guilty to criminal threatening charges.He’ll serve 45 days in jail and could face more time behind bars if he fails to obey court orders set forth for the next year.Police say Wintle pulled a gun on a man in a Waterville parking lot last May.Wintle stepped down from the House of Representatives in September.Wintle’s attorney told TV5 Wintle suffered a mental breakdown that led to the incident.
It’s not uncommon for teenagers to play a sport or be involved in extra curricular activities, but Winslow High School senior Sydney Crogan takes it to another level.Student Senate President, National Honor Society Co-President and field hockey player are just a few of her long list of accomplishments.”It makes me a lucky mom.
The man charged with murdering a Florida man, whose body was found in Newburgh last week, was in court Thursday.Daniel Porter, 24, was ordered to be held without bail following a hearing that lasted nearly three hours in Belfast.During a lengthy round of questioning with lead State Police Detective, Brian Strout, we learned more about how 31-year old Jerry Perdomo died.Strout said Perdomo was killed by a single gunshot wound that went right through the side of his head.
Students at Hampden Academy are pledging to not text and drive.Secretary of State Charles Summers and representatives from AT&T spoke about the dangers of texting and driving at a school assembly Thursday.”It Can Wait” is AT&T’s national anti-texting and driving campaign.It was launched two years ago.
A Machiasport man faces several charges after police took a look inside his camper.Acting on a tip, Washington County deputies went to conduct a bail check on 25-year-old Jon Wright, who’s accused of drug trafficking.We’re told deputies and game wardens forced their way into the camper after Wright refused to let them in.Authorites say they found several firearms, drugs, and deer parts inside, as well as a live raven.Now Wright is facing several more charges and is being held without bail.
A plan to move an historic statue in downtown Bangor tok another step forward Thursday night The Downtown Bangor Partnership is working to relocate the silver sculpture in West Market Square to the Bangor Waterfront.The sculpture titled “Continuity of Community” was created in 1969 and donated to the city.