Two border patrol agents involved in a deadly shooting in Jackman in June were justified in using deadly force.That conclusion by the Attorney General’s office which investigated the shooting of 75-year-old Charles Robinson.The agents entered his home and returned fire after Robinson fired a shotgun blast that injured one of the agents.The agents thought a woman was still inside the home and in danger, when she had actually already left the building.Police say Robinson had threatened the woman after she called them to say Robinson was drunk and had hurt himself in a fall.
Changes are coming for the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal in Portland.It’s the first signigicant upgrade to the facility since it opened nearly twenty-five years ago.”If you can imagine at night with all the lights on, all the glass,” General Manager Hank Berg points to the spot the new waiting room will be located. “The view will be great.”Beyond simply the great view however, Berg says the ferry lines has outgrown its current configuration, a building which opened back to 1988.25-years ago, the ferries carried about 500 thousand passengers a year, now it’s more than one million.”In the summer when it’s jam packed full of people it gets very crowded in the current waiting room.”The “new” waiting room will double in size from 3,000 to 6,000 square feet. The picture windows allowing passengers to know exactly when their boat has arrived.”Much better,” says Denise Feeney, a resident of Little Diamond Island, “especially when you have friends and family coming down for a visit, it’ll be easier for them too. When they’re not sure what docks to go to or where their boat is, it’ll be a lot more visible to them.”Phase one of the project also includes upgrading the pier’s infastructure, shoring up docks and pilings underneath the terminal, and though Berg admits it will be a challenge, the construction will not interfere with the ferry schedule.Regular passengers, like Mary Lavendier-Myers of Peaks Island, say they’re just anxious to see a more modern facility. “I always called this the Dog Kennel, because of the way it looked. Shepherding dogs in between fencing like that.”
Maine’s highest court has upheld the conviction of a Maine yoga instructor who’s serving a 16-year sentence for beating her husband with a softball bat and staging it to look like a home invasion.The Maine Supreme Judicial Court rejected the apeal of 51-year-old Linda Dolloff on Tuesday.She claimed the prosecutor misrepresented facts and expressed personal opinions, and the judge made mistakes allowing certain evidence at her trial two years ago.She was convicted of attempted murder for attacking her husband while he slept at their home in Standish then shooting herself to make it look like she had also been attacked. The couple was going through a divorce at the time.
A Maine State Police sergeant accused of showing up to work in her department cruiser while drunk has avoided jail time. Sgt. Julie Bergan on Monday lost her license for 90 days, was fined $500 and was ordered to take part in a first offender OUI alternative sentencing program. Prosecutors had asked for a seven-day jail sentence. The Bangor Daily News, reports that several of the 24-year department veteran’s colleagues testified on Monday that she showed up for work on June 28 acting erratically and out of character. A breath test showed her blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit to drive. Bergan said in court that she did not know she was intoxicated that morning when she woke up and has not had a drink since.
The Victoria Mansion in Portland is decked out for the holidays. This year’s theme is the Gilded Age.It celebrates the late 19th century period, when big fortunes were made and the dÃ©cor was lavish.Each year, local designers decorate rooms in the house. “They come in and they bring in their own decorations and they’re free to be inspired by the rooms and to interpret the theme however they wish so you always see something a little bit different. This year because the theme changes to a certain degree the designers change as well.”It’s the mansion’s major fundraiser.
Top lobster scientists are meeting in Maine this week to look at things that have affected lobsters in recent years.The Maine Sea Grant Program is hosting a conference in Portland focusing on things such as warming oceans, the changing food web and seafood economics. Scientists from the US, Canada and Europe are among those involved.UMaine research professor Rick Wahle says the lobster industry has reached a critical point, with the Maine harvest huge but the fishery virtually collapsed in southern New England.
Authorities say two people needed treatment at the hospital after dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide were found in their Kennebunk home. The homeowners called 911 at about 10 a.m. on Sunday to report that their carbon monoxide detector was going off in the Old Port Road home. Firefighters responded and tested the air in the home, finding high levels of the deadly gas. Both residents were taken to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford for evaluation. Firefighters say says the basement furnace is the likely cause. Authorities say carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, so a detector is essential. Exposure to the gas can cause headaches, nausea and blurred vision.
Police are investigating multiple thefts from unlocked vehicles at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. Investigators are focusing on three men seen in a hospital security camera photo at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. Sgt. Edward Hastings says the department is asking the public for help identifying the three men. He tells the Sun Journal cash, cigarettes and electronic devices valued at more than $500 were taken from the vehicles. All vehicles were left unlocked at the time of the thefts. No damage to property has been reported.
A forester hired by Livermore has determined that about 1,250 trees were illegally cut from the town’s Memorial Forest. Town officials say they intend on recouping the value of the trees. Town administrative assistant Kurt Schaub tells the Sun Journal, that the forester is in the process of calculating the total value of the cut, based upon the size of each stump. Ninety-nine percent of the trees were hardwoods. Schaub says about 10 acres of town property was cut by a logger who cut over the property line. A letter was sent in September to the logger responsible for the cutting, informing him of the town’s intention to recoup the value of the trees, the cost of the survey and the cost of the timber valuation.
Black Friday is bringing numerous shoppers to Maine retail outlets, and a greater possibility of thefts. In Kittery, Police Chief Paul Callaghan says the two most common targets for thieves at the Kittery Outlets are clothing and electronics. He tells Foster’s Daily Democrat, the outlets typically have two types of thieves: casual opportunists who may steal an item or two at random and organized groups that are much more advanced. Callaghan said they distract store employees and line shopping bags with materials to eliminate sensors. Three people from New York were arrested in Kittery recently for allegedly taking about $8,000 worth of clothing from stores. Earlier in the month, four Massachusetts women were accused of taking $4,000 worth of merchandise.
While shopping for toys, be on the look out for toys that are too small or too loud.That advice from a public interest advocacy group known as “PIRG.”Using a Portland child care center as a back-drop, they talked about its 27th annual “Trouble in Toyland” survey.The group says even though some toys pass national standards, they still may be hazardous to the your child.The owner of this “child care center” says it’s a scary sight to see a child choking.She said any parent can use the “toilet roll test” to check and see if a toy is a potential choking danger for children.For a complete list of toys the group says could be dangerous, go to www.uspirg.org.
In some parts of New England, Hurricane Sandy is still affecting travelers. Those who haven’t rented a car for their Thanksgiving travel yet could be out of luck, because the storm created a shortage.Sandy damaged thousands of cars in the Northeast, rental cars included. So while the demand for rental cars is higher than usual, there are fewer available.We’re told this shortage shouldn’t affect travelers in the Bangor area.”We’ve checked with our car rental agencies here. They’re able to manage all the reservations that they have in their systems today. We heard that same report, but right at this point, no effect to folks here in Bangor,” said Tony Caruso, Airport Director at Bangor International Airport.In those areas seriously affected by Sandy, most existing car reservations are being honored, but the few cars still available to rent carry a hefty premium.
A group of New Hampshire and Maine residents has started a $60,000 campaign to put aesthetic lighting on the new Memorial Bridge. Committee member Ben Porter tells the Portsmouth Herald, that current plans are to install LED lights to illuminate the bridge’s towers, piers and a memorial plaque. He said there may be the ability to change the color of the lights, as well. The group has contracted with John Powell, owner of Light Time in Space in Allston, Mass., for design work. Powell handled lights for Moakley Bridge near the Boston Children’s Museum and other Charles River bridges. The new bridge connecting the states is under construction and is expected to be completed by July 2013. The old Memorial Bridge connected the two communities for nearly 90 years.
Eleven down, three to go, that’s the latest on legislative recounts here in Maine.Among the recount results that we know: In House District 54, Democrat Catherine Nadeau of Winslow remains the winner over Republican Susan Morissette of Winslow.In House District 45, Democrat Brian Jones of Freedom remains the winner over Republican Ryan Harmon of Palermo.The final results for the recount in Senate District 20 show Democrat Christopher Johnson of Somerville remains the winner over Republican Leslie Fossel of Alna.
Maine’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month.It was 7.4% in October, down .2% from the previous month.The unemployment rate for all of New England in October was also 7.4%.
A convicted murderer from Lewiston has been sent back to prison for more than two years for threatening to kill an official with the Social Security Administration. Harold Rowe was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to two years and three months behind bars, followed by three years of probation. The 55-year-old Rowe pleaded guilty in August to a charge of mailing threatening communications to the deputy commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management of the Social Security Administration in Baltimore in September 2011. The Bangor Daily News, reports that Rowe threatened in a rambling letter full of spelling errors to kill the federal employee if his social security checks were stopped. Rowe spent 27 years in prison for a 1982 drug-related shooting death.
Prosecutors say a homeless man from Portland accused of raping and beating a woman and leaving her in the bathtub of a Saco motel room was tied to the crime through DNA evidence. Lebon Bruno made his first court appearance Monday in connection with the death of Elizabeth Williams of Portland. The 55-year-old Williams was found by housekeepers at the Sunrise Motel on Nov. 6. She died the following day. The 39-year-old Bruno did not enter a plea and remains in custody. He’s charged with murder and sexual assault. Court documents indicate that blood stains on Bruno’s shoes and body matched Williams’ DNA. Williams suffered internal injuries, eye and neck bruising, broken teeth, a broken nose and “a non-survivable brain injury.” Bruno told police someone else killed the woman.
An Army sergeant is returning home to Maine five months after being seriously injured in a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan. Sgt. Helaina Lake is arriving Tuesday at Portland International Jetport. A motorcade of police, firefighters and others will bring her to her hometown of Livermore Falls, where she graduated high school in 2007. Lake was severely wounded in June when Taliban insurgents attacked a base in eastern Afghanistan where she was stationed. Two Americans were killed and dozens were wounded. The Sun Journal, reported that Lake has spent months in and out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, where she has undergone numerous surgeries for burns, an arm injury and a shattered leg.
A panel that’s looking at Maine’s election process to make sure it’s fair and secure is holding its eighth and final public hearing. The Commission to Study the Conduct of Elections in Maine is holding a hearing Tuesday evening at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The five-member panel was appointed in May to study the voter registration process, voter participation and how elections are conducted. The hearings are being held so the commission can better understand how Mainers view the state’s voting process and how they think it can be improved. The commission will report to the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs by February.
The Phippsburg Fire Department with help from colleagues in Bath rescued a man who got stuck in a chimney during the weekend. Phippsburg Chief James Totman says the department got a call at about 5:15 a.m. Saturday for a 19-year-old man stuck in a chimney. Totman tells The Times Record, that Cody Ayer was lodged about four feet down. The Bath Fire Department used its ladder truck to swing over the chimney, take bricks down, and get to the man. The rescue took about 45 minutes. Totman says Ayer may have been cleaning the chimney. He did not require medical attention. Police took custody of Ayer on a parole violation and transported him to jail.