Governor Paul LePage says he doesn’t plan to submit new legislation past Sunday, hoping to rest criticism he’s delaying major bills until late in the session to force quick action.Last week, democrats took LePage to task for taking a vacation in the midst of a busy legislative session, just as major issues involving his own proposals on public education, energy and health and human services reorganization came forward.Some lawmakers believe it’s a strategy to force quick action in the session with is set to end April 18th.
The reward has been increased for anyone with information leading to the killer of a northern Maine sawmill owner.Fifty-six-year-old Darrel Smith was shot to death during an apparent robbery four years ago in his sawmill, next to his home in Woodland.Police say Smith’s wallet and a safe were taken.His family is now offering $60,000, which police say is a record reward for any State Police case.
Spring is in the air at the Curran Homestead Museum.They hosted a Maple Festival and Irish celebration.The Easter Bunny even made an appearance and the kids got to take part in an Easter egg hunt.There were farm animals folks could check out too.” The Curran Homestead is a tie to the past.
Some high schoolers may be one step closer to choosing where they want to attend college.Husson University held their spring open house Saturday.Besides getting a tour of the campus, they had the opportunity to see what clubs and organizations the university offers.
While search teams were looking for evidence in the Ayla Reynolds case on Saturday, they found a body.State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland said he believes it’s the body of 53-year-old Steven Brandon of Waterville who was reported missing in 2004.We’re told a group of volunteers found the remains on Saturday morning along Messalonskee Stream.”The remains, which were skeletal, will be taken to the state medical examiner’s office for positive identification and for examination,” said McCausland.Police said they do not believe foul play was involved.
Route 15 in orrington has been opened back up, after water was sent spilling into the roadway Friday night.Orrington Police say the old beaver dam on Swetts Pond gave out around seven.There was about 6 to 7 feet of water on Route 15.Police say a portion of the Swetts Pond Road remained closed Saturday evening as crews were trying to remove the debris.One woman was evacuated from her home and has been able to return.
Two boy scout troops in Bangor teamed up to help out the homeless youth in Maine.Pack 476 and Troop 8 scouts got together to raise money for the Shaw House in Bangor.They went out in the community to collect donations, as well as spread information about the issue.Friday night, the troops camped out in honor of kids in Maine that don’t have a home.The Scouts raised an total of $875 dollars that was donated to the Shaw House.That money will feed homeless teens at the shelter for over a year.If you would like more information on the Shaw House you can log onto the shawhouse.org
People packed Eastern Maine Community College’s Johnston Gym Friday evening…but not for a basketball game.The school held it’s first ever Maine Chef Challenge Friday.The event was put on to raise money for the school’s new hospitality program.There were three teams, all lead by local chef’s who also happen to be EMCC graduates.It was a three course competition, and the teams could make whatever they wanted…but there was a catch.A surprise ingredient was introduced just minutes before the competition, which the chef’s had to incorporate into one of their dishes.That surprise ingredient was Moxie.
A man who was shot earlier this month in Lamoine has been arrested on drug charges.Ellsworth police say an officer stopped a vehicle driven by Joshua McKinney, 25, early Friday morning.TV5 was told McKinney was driving with a suspended license and was charged for that and for being a habitual offender.Police searched his car and say they found ritalin and suboxone.
A federal judge has ruled that Governor LePage was within his rights when he removed the mural from the state labor department last March.Judge John Woodcock announced his decision on Friday to deny a trial for the lawsuit that would require LePage to restore the mural.The lawsuit claimed removing it was a violation of the first admendment.The state argued the mural was commissioned and paid for by the government and therefore removing fell under “government speech.”Judge Woodcock agreed with the state.