Maine’s highest court has tossed out the 29-year sentence of a former music teacher from Blue Hill who molested students.But 52-year-old Theodore Stanislaw remains in prison tonight.Maine’s Supreme Court ruled that a superior court judge didn’t follow guidelines when sentencing Stanislaw in January of last year.Stanislaw pleaded guilty to molesting five girls between the ages of ten and fourteen.
During the weekend we brought you a report of a second attempting kidnapping of a child in Hermon.Police now say it was a hoax.An 11-year-old boy told authorities early Friday night that a man in a white car with red pin racing stripes tried to coax him into his vehicle.The description of the car was the same as the one given by a 9-year-old girl two weeks earlier.
Police in Maine say a 34-year-old man is facing charges he broke into an Augusta restaurant, raided the bar and then fell asleep in the basement.Police say Wyatt Daril Wilson was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and theft after police roused him from sleep inside Lisa’s Restaurant on Monday morning.Police say an employee opening the restaurant searched the building and found Wilson after noticing several liquor bottles out of place.Wilson told police he had no recollection of the events.Wilson was reportedly extremely intoxicated.
State house lawmakers have agreed to a bill prohibiting residents from registering to vote on election day.Speaker of the House Robert Nutting is the sponsor of the measure.He says the legislation will alleviate a significant amount of growing stress on our election system by making minor changes to registration and absentee ballot deadlines.House democrats fought against the plan.
According to the state treasurer Bruce Poliquin the state of Maine has sold $108,000,000 worth of general obligation bonds, and those funds are now tabbed for highway and railway construction along with other capital projects approved by voters in recent years.This is the first time since 1990 the state has sold bonds on a competitive basis, and according to Poliquin allows them to be sold at the lowest cost possible.Both taxable and tax exempt bonds were sold, with a dozen firms bidding on them.
Knox County fire fighters were busy Monday afternoon.Crews were called to a fire at Al and Di’s Auto in Washington.The garage is on Route 17.We’re told the exterior of the building was badly damaged from the fire.No one was hurt, but two dogs belonging to the owners of the business died in the fire.There has been no word yet on a cause.
Governor LePage is asking for your help in saving the state some money.The administration has just launched a website to solicit ideas about how Maine can reduce spending.A spokeswoman says the governor’s office will sort through suggestions, then post them in order to collect votes from “website users” about which ones they like the best.To provide a suggestion, or vote on one, you can go to the state website maine.gov.
Fire ripped through an apartment in Rockland Monday afternoon.Around four, fire crews responded to the blaze at One Cottage Street.Fire officials tell us that there are five units in the building but only one sustained major damage.The tenants of the apartment that caught fire were not home at the time and everyone else that was in the building got out safely.The Fire Marshal’s office was called in and ruled the fire accidental saying that they could not rule out the possibility of the fire being sparked by an electrical problem.
Sunday marked three decades since the first case of AIDS was reported in the United States.Since then, many worldwide have died from the disease, but so many more are living, thanks to advances in medicine and awareness.The first case of AIDS in Maine was reported in 1984.The Eastern Maine Aids Network in Bangor was established in 1987 and that year, there were 20 new cases.Executive Director Sean Weber joined the organization in 1989 and he says at that time, HIV was considered a death sentence.Now, many in the health field view it as a chronic disease instead.Weber credits modern medicine for giving patients more control over HIV but he’s careful to point out that as the treatments progress, so does the disease.In 2010, folks in their 40’s accounted for the highest percentage of new cases in our state.So far this year, there have been fourteen new cases of HIV.
A Knox County Sheriff’s Department cruiser, responding to a vehicle chase early this morning, crashed in Owl’s Head.Officials say Deputy Nathaniel Jack was driving on Route 73 and was manipulating emergency equipment when he misjudged a corner and went off the road.The cruiser struck a telephone pole and tree.Deputy Jack was taken to Penobscot Bay Medical center in Rockport where he was treated for cuts and pain to his ribs.State police are investigating the accident.
Maine lawmakers met over the weekend to try to get close to agreeing on a budget for the next two years.A proposal to cut the Maine Rx program that reduces prescription prices was replaced with a plan to make the program self-sufficient through $15.00 annual fees.Last week the appropriations committee agreed to some of the governor’s suggested budget moves, including a three year cost of living wage freeze for state employees and retirees.The new budget is supposed to be in place by the end of this month.
The Kennebunk man who triggered Maine’s first Amber Alert is going to prison for six years.Gary Traynham was accused of assaulting his former girlfriend, then running off with their two year old daughter in November 2009.He was convicted in March of assault and criminal restraint.He was also accused of rape and burglary, but the jury was deadlocked on those charges so prosecutors dropped them.