An Aroostook County man has been sentenced to 7Â½ years in federal prison for ordering 3,800 oxycodone pills from pharmacies in Mexico, using some to support his 10 to 15 pill-per-day habit and reselling the remainder.Michael Folsom of Presque Isle was also sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to three years of probation and ordered to undergo treatment for his addiction to opiates.The 34-year-old Folsom pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute oxycodone.
Belgrade voters have approved tax breaks for a proposed a natural gas pipeline through the community despite possibly illegal automated telephone calls urging them to vote against the breaks.Residents on Tuesday voted 277-198 to approve breaks for the company that wants to build the pipeline from Richmond to Madison.Selectwoman Penny Morrell tells the Kennebec Journal the automated message was illegal because the female caller did not identify herself.State law says a person may not “authorize, commission, conduct or administer a push poll by telephone or telephonic device unless, during each call, the caller identifies the person or organization sponsoring or authorizing the call.”Kennebec Valley Gas Co.
Slow and steady might be a good way to describe voter turnout at the Bangor Civic Center Tuesday.Only about 10% of registered voters turned out to cast their ballot in Bangor, but City Clerk, Lisa Goodwin, says that number was expected.Goodwin says absentee ballot votes were down by 50% this year, which is usually a good indicator as to how many people will be at the polls come election day.A new law, passed last year which requires absentee ballots to be turned in three days before election day, could have also influenced voters.
A giant plant that carries a sap known to cause burns and blisters is causing commotion in Maine.The Department of Agriculture has received many calls from people claiming to have found giant hogweed, but officials say, in most cases, the people calling are mistaken.According to the department, people are confusing the plant with cow parsnip, which is a close relative.Horticulturists at the department say the main difference between the two is that giant hogweed doesn’t flower as early.They still recommend caution when cutting flowers from the parsnip, as many plants produce sap that can irritate.
A boat ride on the Penobscot River Tuesday afternoon turned dangerous when a family of five was tossed into the water after it capsized.The 20 foot boat flipped over in Verona, near the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.Officials say the water was choppy and started splashing into their vessel, eventually causing it to waterlog and capsize.Four people swam to safety, while another stayed behind with the boat.Officials say none of them were injured and the boat was towed back in.
A ship that hails from the Isle of Man, carrying cargo from Denmark, made its way to Searsport Monday night, where a team at Sprague Energy was waiting to unload the hundreds of thousands of pounds in materials that give insight to the scale of First Wind’s Bull Hill project.”We’ll have twenty guys working for two days just on this ship alone,” said Tim Winters, the company’s terminal manager.On board are a portion of the towers the plan’s 19 turbines call for.
A 32-year-old Rockland man is being held on $10,000 bail on a charge he sexually assaulted a 3-year-old child.Police arrested Ryan Withee on Saturday afternoon on a charge of gross sexual assault.Police said the child’s mother came home to find Withee with the child who complained that he had hurt her.The mother called police who arrived and placed Withee under arrest.The child was taken to a local hospital for examination.