The Attorney General’s Office says the Maine State Board of Nursing has revoked the nursing license of a Steuben man.Forty-four-year-old John Zablotny’s nursing license is being revoked for incompetent nursing practice and unprofessional conduct.The AG’s office says Zablotny was the nursing supervisor at Down East Community Hospital when he allowed Reid Emery, an elderly and disoriented patient, to be discharged from the hospital during snowstorm in January of 2008.Emery’s body was later found near the hospital.The medical examiner determined Emery died of hypothermia and opiate toxicity.Zablotny’s nursing license has been revoked for two years and he’s been fined 15-hundred dollars.
A 25-year-old transient charged with an attempted robbery in Corinth earlier this week remains in jail tonight, after appearing in a Bangor courtroom this afternoon.Officials didn’t set bail for Jerome Richards because he was already on probation for theft.Richards was arrested Tuesday, after he was seen walking toward the entrance of the Maine Savings and Federal Credit Union around 5 p.m.
A few months ago we first told you about complaints over the conditions of horses at the Fair Play Farm in Clinton.Animal Welfare has now seized fifteen horses and two dogs from that farm.The animals were taken to provide information in connection with an investigation into the claims the horse have been neglected.We spoke to one of the owners, Brett Ingraham, who didn’t want to go on camera but did tell us they are continuing business as usual.Ingraham says he has no idea why the horses were taken and they are hoping to get them back.There are still horses on the farm.Norma Worley of Maine Animal Welfare says the remaining horses appeared to be in better condition than the ones they seized.
Some local lawyers have been tuning up for a charity concert that’s being held Friday night.A group of lawyer-musicians from Bangor are doing it to raise money to buy cellos and basses for the orchestra program for Bangor schools.The concert starts at 7-30 at the Next Generation Theater in Brewer.It’s five dollars to get in, just ten dollars per family.Lawyer Jeffrey Silverstein is one of the performers.
Coast Guard investigators were working with the Maine State Ferry Service to determine why the ferry Everett Liberty ran aground with 30 people on board shortly after leaving the terminal in Vinalhaven on the way to Rockland Thursday.None of the 26 passengers or four crew members were injured during the accident and there were no reports of pollution.The ferry terminal manager called the Coast Guard around 9:25 Thursday morning, reporting the ferry grounded in the reach, near Norton’s Point.A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Coast Guard station Rockland escorted the Everett Liberty to a ferry landing in Rockland, where Coast Guard investigators and inspectors met the vessel.The Coast Guard said visibility at the time of the grounding was less than a quarter of a mile.
Maine’s Secretary of State has decided how the citizen initiative question involving a casino will read on the November ballot.Matthew Dunlap says it will read: “Do you want to allow a casino with table games and slot machines at a single site in Oxford County, subject to local approval, with part of the profits going to specific state, local and tribal programs?”Black Bear Entertainment wants to build a four-season resort and casino in Oxford County.
The Bangor City Council held a workshop Thursday night to discuss the city budget.They decided to reinstate funds to several areas they had originally made cuts to: like the senior center, the police department, and the public library.In an effort to keep the mill rate down, councilors proposed borrowing money from the arena fund as well as from the reserve fund.However, those motions were not passed.The budget will be presented as it is to the full council for first reading June 14th.
A car rolled over and into the median on I-95 just before 7 o’clock Thursday.State Police, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, and the Hampden Fire Department responded to the scene.A State Trooper said when he arrived he spoke to the driver, who did have some injuries, but he was walking around trying to find his cell phone.
Four people, including a small boy, were rushed to the hospital following a bad crash in Western Maine Thursday evening.At around 6 o’clock the call came in that two vehicles had crashed head-on after one crossed the center line on Route 2 in Dixfield.Police tell us that both vehicles were totaled in the crash.Those inside the vehicles were taken by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Charges may be filed, though alcohol appears not to be a factor.Route 2 was closed to all traffic for about three hours on Thursday.
The longtime head of Maine’s largest environmental advocacy group is stepping down after 26 years on the job.Everett “Brownie” Carson, 62, says he’ll leave the Natural Resources Council of Maine later this year.He joined the organization in 1983 and became its executive director the next year.He’s been a prominent voice on environmental issues and an advocate for Maine’s north woods, its rivers, renewable energy and laws protecting people from toxins.Carson said he plans to spend more time outdoors and with his family while remaining active on environmental issues in Maine and nationwide.
A man who was pulled out of the Kennebec river has died.Police haven’t released his name, but they tell us that he was in his early twenties and was fishing with friends when he fell off the dock of the east side boat landing in Augusta.He was pulled from the river by a swimmer around 3:30 Wednesday and was taken to an Augusta hospital, where he died.
A Maine paper company is hiring at two of its mills in the state.The Verso Paper Company has hired about 200 permanent and temporary summer employees for its mills in Bucksport and Jay.It marks the first time in several years that Verso has advertised for workers.Verso spokesman Bill Cohen says the hiring reflects the company’s need to hire and train new workers to replace employees nearing retirement age.