Declining gas prices aren’t enough to change predictions that fewer motorists will be using the Maine Turnpike over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.The Maine Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Southern Maine says turnpike traffic is projected to be down 5.4 percent at the York toll plaza.
Prosecutors have declined to pursue charges against a homeless man in Maine who helped himself to an outdoor electrical outlet to charge a pair of cellphones.Bangor police originally charged 23-year-old Shaun Fawster last weekend with theft of services after an officer caught him charging phones on an outlet hidden behind some flowers.
Maine will be the backdrop for a survival show airing on the Discovery Channel.”Dual Survival” was shot this spring at Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land Unit and Quoddy Head State Park, both properties managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.The episode, dubbed “Road to Nowhere,” will be aired at 9 p.m.
The Maine legislative session came to an end with an anti-bullying bill being set aside and democrats who supported it say they’re disappointed.It calls for the education commissioner to develop a standard harassment, intimidation and bullying prevention policy.School districts would have to adopt a policy based on that model by next summer.The bill did get support in the house and senate.Now it will have to wait for review during the next legislative session.
Nearly 200 teenagers from seven middle eastern nations and the US have arrived in Maine for Seeds of Peace Summer Camp.The camp in Otisfield brings together teens from countries considered enemies.They engage in dialogue and conflict resolution activities, while enjoying typical summer camp activities.This year’s campers include Israelis and Palestinians, as well as teens from Egypt, Jordan, India, Pakistan and the US.
One day after Rhode Island lawmakers approved civil unions for same sex couples, gay marriage supporters in Maine are getting ready to launch another bid to get the issue before voters.They need to get 57,000 signatures on petitions to get it put to a statewide vote in 2012.Two years ago maine voters overturned the same-sex marriage law that was passed by maine lawmakers.
A man accused of killing two men and a 10-year-old boy in Amity went to court today in an effort to suppress statements he made to police.21-year-old Thayne Ormsby is charged with the murders of Jeffrey Ryan, Ryan’s son, Jesse, and Jason Dehahn.They were killed last June.Ormsby’s attorneys claim he wasn’t advised of his rights by police.The deputy attorney general on the case says that’s not true.
A judge in Bangor Thursday rejected a new trial for a teenager convicted of killing another teenager.In March, a jury found 19-year-old Zachary Carr guilty of murder in the shooting death of John “Bobby” Surles in Bangor.The defense filed the motion saying the state failed to prove Carr acted intentionally or knowingly, and also failed to disprove the theory Carr shot Surles in self-defense.Carr’s attorney also says one of the witnesses lied on the stand.”Well obviously it wasn’t the outcome we were hope for but, the judge has made a decision.
A man from Massachusetts who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of an infant in Bangor is going to prison for more than two decades.Twenty-eight-year-old Edgard Anziani was sentenced to 25 years in prison.The maximum jail sentence for manslaughter is thirty years.
The trial of a former Augusta Fire Department Captain accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl began Thursday.Court records say Robert Macmaster had sex with the girl over a period of four years beginning five years ago.On the stand Thursday the girl described MacMaster as a father figure to her family.She said she lived at his house weekends.Defense Attorney Sean Farris asked her if she made up the abuse story for money.She said no.One of her friends testified Thursday too.
The state’s highest court says a 45-year-prison sentence will stand for a man from Belfast who admitted to kidnapping and robbing a 72-year-old woman, then leaving her for dead.24-year-old Stanley Ward appealed his sentence to the Maine Supreme Court, saying it was too extreme.Ward pleaded guilty to robbing, kidnapping and trying to kill Patricia Moss in November 2009.Police say he went to Moss’s house to steal money, tied up her hands, forced her into her car, drove her to a remote camp and cut her throat.She survived and crawled to Route 137 for help.Ward was sentenced last July.In their decision, the justices said not only was the 45-year-term for Ward correct, but also commendable.
This year for the Fourth of July how about grilling something different than hamburgers and hotdogs?Â How about GRILLED RED, WHITE, and BLUE PIZZA?Â Jackie Conn, from Weight Watchers joined us to share an idea for a slimtastic 4th of July meal.Grilled pizza is easy, delicious, healthful and economic and just right for a Independence Day get-together because your guests can build their own pizzas.Â Grilled PizzasBuy refrigerated fresh pizza dough (1lb) at the supermarket.