Republicans, Democrats, and Independents stood together Wednesday in Augusta to speak out in favor of a proposal to get rid of parts of the Federal Real ID Act implemented in Maine under former Governor John Baldacci.The federal law would eventually link every state drivers license and ID cards to a federal database but only if the federal government can get all states on board.Real ID would also require facial recognition or retinal scans in order to get a license or state ID.Former Governor Baldacci implemented parts of the law four years ago, including screening some Mainers through federal records to determine their citizenship.
Parents and students were among those who testified in front of lawmakers in hopes of putting an end to bullying and cyber bullying.A larger than normal crowd filled the room where the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs meets.
A family flare-up in old town ended with the arrest of a man wanted in a drug trafficking case.25-year-old Richard Watson of Orono was arrested Tuesday morning.Old Town police Sergeant Michael Hashey says police responded to a disturbance at the Riverside Mobile Home Park.Police say Watson was there and was arrested after they ran his name and found out he was wanted for failing to appear in court.Police say Watson was arrested in Bangor in October when undercover drug agents allegedly bought oxycodone from him and his girlfriend.He was arrested again in February, accused of the same crime.
Bangor Police continue to look for the man who robbed the Big Apple store on State Street Monday morning.We now have surveillance pictures of the suspect.A woman at the store told police a man was outside smoking, covered his face with a bandana then entered the store and demanded money.
Two people from Veazie are behind bars, charged with drug trafficking.Police say 26-year old Jamie Boyd and 27-year old Shawn Bryant were arrested after a four month investigation.Police say they stopped their vehicle on I-95 in Carmel around 1 this morning and found methadone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone on Boyd.Police say they also searched their residence and found a gun, more oxycodone and methadone, and percocet tablets.Police say the street value of the drugs is worth more than $14,000.Boyd is being held on trafficking in scheduled drugs and trafficking in prison contraband.
A convicted sex offender has been fined for failing to comply with the sex offender registry law for the sixth time.According to court records, 31-year-old Michael Slobuszewski of Milo appeared at the Dover-Foxcroft district court on the latest charge.Slobuszewski has failed to sign up with the Maine Sex Offender registry since he was convicted of two counts of unlawful sexual contact in 2000.District Attorney Chris Almy says Slobuszewski has violated that law six times.In 2009, he served 18 months in jail for one of those violations.He was fined 5-hundred dollars after the felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.
The Bangor Chinese school has landed a federal grant to send students to China.Twenty high school students will spend six weeks there this summer with all expenses paid.The Chinese school has received almost one hundred applications for the trip.Executive Director Jing Zhang says it won’t be easy to choose who gets to go but she has specific criteria in mind.