A methadone clinic in Rockland has been shut down by state and federal officials after the owner of the clinic was arrested on drug charges.Last month, Maine Drug Enforcement Agents, sheriff’s deputies and state police arrested clinic owner Angel Fuller-McMahan of Owls Head after authorities say they caught her selling cocaine in a parking lot.Three days later, clinic counselor Carol Gardiner of Thorndike was arrested for attempted possession of cocaine.The Turning Tide methadone clinic, which opened in 2008, provided methadone to about 280 drug-addicted clients before it was shut down.
A homeless man accused of trying to rob a bank in Corinth was found not guilty by a jury Thursday afternoon.Jerome Richards, 25, was sentenced to time served to two lesser charges that he pleaded guilty to.Richards was arrested in June when an off duty trooper saw him walking toward the entrance of the Maine Savings Federal Credit Union wearing a black hoodie backwards, with eyeholes cut out, and black latex gloves.When Richards spotted the trooper, he took off.Police tracked Richards down, and say they found the sweatshirt, the gloves and b.b.
Police say a driver who caused a head-on collision in Vassalboro has been arrested for driving after having his license suspended.Police say David Burden, 34, of Augusta was heading north on Route 201 when he crossed the center line, crashing into a vehicle driven by Cheryl Bouchard, 64, of Winslow.Bouchard was taken to the hospital for head trauma and a broken leg.Her three grandchildren were in the car.
After two years of appeals and hearings, the Board of Environmental Protection has ordered the clean up of the former Holtrachem facility in Orrington.BEP members voted in favor of accepting a plan that orders the Mallinckrodt company to remove two of the five contaminated landfills.The company will also have to manage the remaining three sites to ensure they are safe.The former Holtrachem plant made chemicals used in the pulp and paper industry for more than 30-years.The plant closed in 2001.Today’s order reduces what the department of environmental protection had originally required of Mallinckrodt, which was to remove all five landfills.Company officials say they’re eager to begin clean-up, but they still don’t agree with all the terms.Mallinckrodt contests that the removal of landfill number two would expose citizens in Orrington to harmful air emissions.The clean up is expected to cost Mallinckrodt more than $100,000,000.
The social security program turned 75-years-old Thursday.Senior citizens, religious leaders, and others gathered in Orrington to celebrate the anniversary of the anti-poverty program.Advocates that gathered at the Orrington congregational church are hailing the social security program a smashing success.”In the early 30’s, the poverty rate among seniors had exceeded 50%.
The Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton celebrated the grand opening of its new self-guided nature trail.The Wabanaki Interpretive Trail is point seven miles long.It explores the history of fish in the Pushaw Stream and Native American fishing.Molly Lizotte, a Senior at the University of Maine created the trail as part of her senior capstone project.She says the past year of planning was worth it.”It feels really nice to see it come through, I didn’t think at times we would actually get to this stage but it’s good and I’m really excited to see what it does to the refuge,” Lizzotte said.The self guided nature trail is the first in a series of interpretive walking and canoe trails at the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge.If you would like more information, visit their website at www.hirundomaine.org
Folks in Bangor had the chance to have lunch and talk with a man who wants to be Maine’s next governor.Eliot Cutler is running as an Independent.He was the speaker at Fusion Bangor’s Noontime Networks luncheon.Cutler used the first 20 minutes of his speech to lay out his vision for the state.
Maine State Prison inmate Michael Chasse continued his testimony Thursday in his trial in Rockland.He’s accused of kidnapping and assault at the prison and is representing himself.Prosecutors say Chasse held a prison worker and an inmate hostage for seven hours in june of 2008.Thursday, Chasse said he told the prison worker she got herself into the situation and had she stayed seated like he asked, he never would have done anything to her.He said he told her he had planned a killing spree and he was filled with anger that had been building for years.Thursday afternoon, the judge put a time limit on Chasse’s testimony, forcing him to wrap up.Closing arguments will be heard Friday morning.
Fire destroyed the Big Apple Citgo gas station in Corinna Thursday.It happened just after noon at the store on Newport Road.A passer-by saw smoke coming from the back of the building, and went in to tell the folks in the store.The manager, a worker and two customers were inside at the time — all got out safely.Corinna Fire Chief, Leslie Bolstridge tells TV 5 when they arrived on scene there were flames and smoke coming from the roof.The fire was controlled, but he says they are always extra cautious when dealing with a fire at a gas station.”There’s always the potential of getting into the fuel tanks, fuel lines, the pumps, anything erupting, hard time getting the power shut off,” said Chief Leslie Bolstridge with the Corinna Fire Department.Fire crews from five towns responded to the blaze.No word yet on what sparked the fire.
A boil order in Bradley remains in effect until further notice.The boil order, which went into effect Monday, was expected to be lifted after a few days.The order came as a result of a construction accident near the fire station.But the Superintendent of the Old Town Water District, Frank Kearney, says the order remains in effect while construction is still going on near the water main.Kearney says residents may get a notice early next week that the order has been lifted.He says residents need to continue to boil their water until they receive that notice.
Police are looking for a burglar, or burglars, following break-ins at places in Winterport and Unity.The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office received a report Tuesday morning that Forrest Truck and Auto Body on North Main Street had been broken into.The owner told police several thousand dollars worth of shop tools were taken, along with a computer.Earlier this week police say a change machine at The Rivertown Wash and Vac was vandalized.It’s unclear how much money was taken from there.And investigators are also looking into a string of burglaries that occurred in Unity.Three reports were called in Tuesday morning from homeowners living on different roads.Police say a flat screen television, safe and a handgun were reported stolen.If you have any information you’re urged to call the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office at 338-6786.