Firefighters had to rescue a 60-year-old woman who became stuck waist deep in the mud while digging for clams in Wells. Capt. Jeff Cullen says firefighters responded to the mud flats off Drake’s Island just after noon on Monday, and about a half hour before low tide. The firefighters were able to walk out to her and use a 20-foot roof ladder to help get her to safety. The woman’s name was not released, but Cullen says she was a visitor to the area. He tells The Portland Press Herald, she was checked out by rescue workers but did not require medical attention.
A Maine man of Ethiopian descent who worked at a Walmart store claims in a lawsuit the company discriminated against him because of his race and retaliated when he complained. Abdulaziz Omar of Lisbon filed his complaint in Androscoggin County Superior Court. He alleges his supervisor at a Lewiston Walmart in 2009 treated him less favorably than workers who were not black. Omar also alleges when he went over his supervisor’s head to complain, he was ignored. He alleges when he was injured on the job, he was told not to seek medical treatment because it would cost the company money. He said he was fired in 2010 for an error he did not make. A company legal representative tells the Sun Journal, that Wal-Mart denies discriminating or retaliating against Omar.
A Maine man authorities describe as a key figure in a drug distribution ring faces life in prison at sentencing. Shareef Nash of Buxton is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland. Authorities say the 34-year-old Nash was a top dealer at the Maine end of the drug ring, taking shipments of mostly cocaine that women in the network smuggled inside their bodies on planes and cars from New York. The drugs were distributed in packages to lower-level dealers in the Portland area. The Portland Press Herald, reports that Nash pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base, cocaine and heroin, aiding and abetting. He faces 10 years to life in prison and fines up to $10 million.
New England’s shrimp-fishing season begins Wednesday, but it will be a short one.This year’s quota is 1.4 million pounds, about a quarter of last year’s catch.Net fishermen are restricted to fishing two days a week.A much smaller season for trap fishermen begins in about two weeks.The shorter season and lower catch limits come after scientists warned the Gulf of Maine shrimp population is in poor shape.Maine fishermen catch about 90% of the harvest, New Hampshire and Massachusetts fishermen account for the rest.
Tough day for Patriots fans.Many Mainers made their way to Foxborough for Sunday night’s game, which ended in disappointment, the Ravens winning 28-13. For one group from Livermore, it’s a family affair that spans three generations. Patriots tickets are always the hottest ticket in town, especially Sunday, with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.That makes this family trip to Foxborough that much more exciting for the Bolduc family, as three generations made their way from Livermore to Foxborough.”I still can’t believe I am going,” said Issac Bolduc before the game. “I was sitting at home, and said I want to go an AFC Championship game. So this is what is going to happen. We are going to do it.”It is the ultimate family road trip for Alfred Bolduc, his son Issac, and his granddaughter Brooke.All three are all lifelong Patriots fans, but only Issac had been to a game in person. He landed tickets late last week, much to the surprise of his daughter.”I found out on Thursday night when they came in, and he is like ‘I have got something in the email for you,’ and he pulls it out, and I lost it. I shrieked.”Even though he lived many years down south, Alfred continued to show his allegiance to the Patriots, and now he finally gets to be around fellow Patriots fans. “I have been in Virginia for 20 years, so I have been fighting with all those Redskins fans, Dallas fans for all these years, and I always have been a Patriots fan. So this one here, I am not going to give it up. I am going to do it this year.”Issac says he is excited to be going with his dad and daughter, though they have all watched many games together in their living room, he says he has been telling them it is nothing like the atmosphere of being there live. “It is a good time. The sights, the sounds, the feeling when the crowd roars, it almost shakes the whole stadium. It makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.”Bltimore is back in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2001, when the Ravens won it.
AARP Maine is looking for a new president.It’s a volunteer position and will cover all fifty-three offices statewide and the more than 230 thousand members.To apply, you must have previous volunteer experience with AARP or other organizations.Applications will be accepted until the end of Feburary.For more information or a job description call 776-6304 or log on to aarp.org/me.
Jury selection is set to start on Tuesday in the case of man accused of being a business partner in a prostitution ring in Kennebunk.Mark Strong Sr. of Thomaston is charged with fifty-nine misdemeanors.Authorities say he helped a Zumba instructor use her dance studio as a front for prostitution.There are 250 potential jurors. The selection process could take several days.
The death of a woman found dead in a car in Portland last week has been ruled a homicide.The ruling follows an autopsy on the body of 29-year-old Margarita Fisenko Scott of Westbrook.Portland police are asking for the public’s help. Investigators have not released the cause of death.The body was discovered around around 3:30 Thursday afternoon in a vehicle parked at the Motel Six on Riverside Street.
A home and a car were destroyed by fire Sunday in West Paris.Nobody was home at the time of the blaze.The West Paris fire chief says high winds made it incredibly difficult for his firefighters to battle the blaze on Maple Street.Gusts reached 40 miles per house, and fire fighters had to spray surrounding houses with water to keep the flames from spreading.The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Bidding for a rare Stephen King book has ended. The auction ended at 5:00 Friday night.An attorney in Boston placed the higgest bid of $2,850. Money raised from the auction of the book will go to the Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth for its fuel fund.”The Regulators” was written under King’s pen name, Richard Bachman.There are only 500 copies like it in the world.It comes with a limited edition slipcase cover and is signed by Mr. King.
Excitement is mounting for two Maine groups heading to Washington DC to take part in the Presidential Inauguration Monday.The Gym Dandies of Scarbrough have been entertaining crowds on their unicycles for years.They’ve been to Washington five times already, and will perform in the Inaugural Parade.Also going to our nation’s capitol for the inauguration, a dozen students and chaperones from Franklin Alternative School in Auburn, courtesy of congressman Mike Michaud.They tell us they feel priviledged to be invited to witness history.Both groups will board buses bright and early Sunday for the trip to DC.
Unemployment in Maine ticked up a bit in December.Last month’s jobless rate was 7.3%, up from November’s 7.2%.The U.S. unemployment rate was estimated at 7.8% in December.
A judge has denied a defense lawyer’s request to drop out of the trial of a man accused in connection with a prostitution scandal in Kennebunkport.Mark Strong’s lawyer told the judge Strong doesn’t have money to continue paying him, and the lawyer claims he doesn’t have the resources needed to prepare for the trial, but Justice Nancy Mills rejected the lawyer’s request on Friday.Strong is accused of helping a woman run a prostitution ring out of her Zumba dance studio.Jury selection for his trial is set for Tuesday.
A case involving a reported misuse of inmate funds has cost at least one Washington County Jail employee her job.She was let go after a marathon hearing held by Washington county commissioners that lasted well into last night.The hearing looks the same in public as it does behind closed doors. Washington County Jail Administrator Capt. Robert Gross and Jail Clerk Karina Richardson spoke before county commissioners to explain their work-related expenses over the past year.According to a report released by the county’s lawyer, Peter Marchesi, nearly $7,300 from the inmate benefit account was used by gross and richardson to buy items including dvds, books, and cellphones.”I came here to set the record straight on all my bras and stuff,” Richardson said. “That was more important to me than getting my job back.”Richardson says her clothing purchases were approved by the county, including 5 bras, saying none of that money was taken from the inmate fund. Even so, she was terminated after the commissioners believe she used the money for personal gain. “We’re obviously pleased with the decision so far. We think the commissioners are handling this hearing and situation very well.”Even though a decision was made in regards to Richardson, commissioners agreed they did not have enough time to look over all of the details from Captain Gross’ case.They will meet January 24th to determine the jail administrator’s position. Step two is continuing the investigation for this. It was an employment hearing Friday.After the commission makes a decision on gross’ employment, they will hand investigation over to the Attorney General’s office for any criminal findings.”It doesn’t matter who allegations are made against. It’s important we are extremely thorough and no one escapes scrutiny.”
A 19-year-old Phippsburg man has been charged with having unlawful sexual contact with a young girl from Bowdoinham. The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office says the 13-year-old girl contacted police on Sunday, alleging that she had been sexually abused in her home the previous night. Police investigated and on Wednesday police arrested Cody Ayer. Ayer was taken into custody at a home on Hill Road in West Bath. He has been charged with one count of unlawful sexual contact and is being held on $5,000 cash bail at the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. He is due in court March 12. It was not clear if he had a lawyer.
Police are investigating a suspicious death in Maine. Authorities say a woman was found dead at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday in a vehicle parked at a Motel 6 on Riverside Street in Portland. They’re calling the woman’s death suspicious. Police did not immediately release the woman’s name and declined to give additional information. They continue to investigate.
Senator Angus King says he’s pleased with the President’s plan, saying he believes many are reasonable and prudent. In a statement he says:”Given the inherent complexity of this issue, though, I look forward to further studying the specifics on the President’s plan as well as details in corresponding legislation introduced on the Senate floor to ensure that we adopt effective, enforceable, and common sense solutions.”
A state senator wants to increase tax on incomes of more than $250,000. Senator Tom Saviello of Wilton wants to return the tax to 8.5%.That was the tax rate until 2011 when lawmakers scaled it back to 7.95%.Tax bills have to be introduced in the house, so Saviello has to find a house member to submit the measure.
Finance officials say Maine state revenues were below estimates in December by $5.2 million as Christmas-season sales did not quite measure up to what was hoped for.But the state’s associate finance commissioner for tax policy, Michael Allen, also says total revenues through the first half of fiscal 2013 are slightly above budget estimates.Allen told the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee on Thursday that Maine continues to work its way through a “challenging economic environment.” Overall consumer purchasing is weak, with the weakest area in building supplies. But Allen says there are also some signs of resurgence, for example in auto sales which are doing better.As for the holiday shopping season, Allen sales weren’t great, but they weren’t as bad as people feared.
There may be a plea deal in the works for the business partner of a Zumba dance instructor charged with running a prostitution business from her Kennebunk studio. A lawyer for Mark Strong Sr. confirmed Wednesday that a conference with prosecutors is scheduled for Friday, where a settlement may be discussed. The 57-year-old Strong is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday in York County Superior Court on 59 misdemeanor charges of conspiring with Zumba instructor Alexis Wright to run a prostitution business. Strong’s attorney, Daniel Lilley, tells The Portland Press Herald, his client wants a deal in which he gets a small fine but avoids jail. Lilley says he’s removing himself from the case because Strong can no longer afford to pay him. Strong and Wright have pleaded not guilty.