A legislative panel has given the go ahead to an investigation into a DHHS computer glitch that allowed thousands of people access to MaineCare benefits that were not eligible to have them.Tuesday afternoon the bipartisan Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously to authorize a investigation by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew revealed to lawmakers last month that close to 25,000 Mainers still had access to benefits they were no longer entitled to.Democrats have accused Mayhew and Governor LePage of lying and covering up the glitch to persuade lawmakers to pass a budget that kicked thousands of Mainers off of MaineCare.Committee Chairman Roger Katz says this shouldn’t be a partisan issue.
A New Hampshire man accused of smuggling and selling drugs from Bangor motel rooms is headed to jail.27-year old Colby Hanlon pleaded guilty in a Bangor courtroom Tuesday.Hanlon was charged with trafficking heroin and violating bail conditions from a previous incident.Bangor police arrested Hanlon, along with three others, in November.The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency had received tips that the group was dealing drugs.Hanlon was sentenced to five years behind bars, followed by four years of probation.
Diamonds Gentleman’s Club in downtown Bangor could be facing eviction.The club, located on Harlow Street, is behind on rent, heating and taxes, according to one of the landlords, Thomas Brann.Brann said the club’s owner owes him $34,000 and he’s taking him to court.
An Augusta man has been charged with fatally stabbing his roommate in June.In an indictment unsealed Monday, 40-year-old Michael Thomas Young was charged with murder in the death of David Cox.Young called police on June 11 to say Cox was dead in the apartment they shared, but he was not initially charged with the stabbing.
In an annual rite of spring, Maine’s Acadia National Park has announced the opening date of the Park Loop Road and one of its visitor centers.Park officials say the loop road and the Hulls Cove Visitor Center will open next Sunday.
A century-old Waterville printing business is shutting down, another victim of the economy and the evolving marketplace.Co-owner Jim Mitchell says Atkins Printing Service will close later this month after 102 years in business, putting nine people out of work.Jim Mitchell and his brother Peter bought the family business four years ago, they were optimistic but did not see the financial meltdown coming.Atkins does computer design, digital and offset printing, full bindery services including trim, folding, letterpress and saddle stitch and mailing.The 22,000-square-foot business produced highly specialized printing for companies including L.L.
If you’d like to learn more about the pet Bobbie Fowler introduced us to Tuesday morning, check out the Old Town Animal Orphanage’s NEW website at www.animal-orphanage.com give them a call at 827-8777, or stop by their location at 71 Airport Road, in Old Town.
Former Maine Governor Angus King is keeping people guessing as to which party he would side with if elected to the US Senate.King is running as an Independent for Senator Olympia Snowe’s vacated seat.Although King won’t say if he would side with Republicans or Democrats in the Senate, he has publicly supported President Barack Obama’s re-election and calls the GOP’s budget plan a “disaster.”
Maine lawmakers are expressing their frustration with a second proposal by Governor Lepage to eliminate state funding for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.The appropriations committee has voted to restore all of the $1.7-million that the governor wanted to cut from his supplemental budget.Committee members say they are displeased that funding for the network has become a political football.
A tractor trailer collided with a train Monday afternoon on Route 11 in Masardis.State Police say 32 year old Travis Carll was driving the tractor trailer, owned by McGary Forestry of Linneus.Investigators say it looks like Carll wasn’t able to stop in time at a railroad crossing.The accident caused the tractor trailer to spill its load of logs and knocked a train car off the track.No one was hurt, but both the tractor trailer and train were heavily damaged.