Attorney General Janet Mills says people claiming to represent Medicare are calling and asking people for their Medicare numbers in order to issue new cards.The callers also ask for the name of your bank, as well as your account and bank routing numbers. Anyone who has provided this information is advised to monitor their Medicare statements closely over the next year.Mills says never give out personal information over the phone. If you think your account information has been compromised, call the Attorney General’s consumer hotline 626-8849.
There is a record number of women in the new Congress, 81 in the House, and 20 in the Senate. Three of the female senators were on the CBS Morning Show on Tuesday, including Senator Susan Collins. One of the popular topics was that women don’t seem to be running for office. Here’s what Senator Collins thinks about that: “Women tend to think that they’re not quite ready and I always try to encourage women to take the risk, to roll the dice.” “You said if women were in charge we would have a budget deal by now. So with a record 20 women in the senate, is this going to get better?” “I certainly hope so. I actually was serious when I made that comment. I honestly believe that if you put the 20 women into a room and locked us up and threw in provisions occasionally that we would come out with a budget.”Collins says all of the women Senators get together about once a month for dinner.
A man from Maine played a historic role in Monday’s inauguration.Richard Blanco of Bethel delivered the inaugural poem, paying tribute to the American experience.He was born in Spain and emigrated to the US with his parents.At age 44, he is the youngest ever inaugural poet.
Relatives of a Westbrook woman found dead in Portland last week are pleading with the public to come forward with any information.Margarita Fisenko Scott, 29, was found dead on Thursday.Family members say they hadn’t seen her since early November.”He opened the car in the backseat she was found,” says cousin of the victim, Alla Sherstyukov. “Her body was just kind of tipped over. Her head was on her knees.”Police ruled the death a homicide, and have not released the cause of death.Margarita Fisenko Scott was described by her large extended family as trusting and naÃ¯ve. Her cousins gathered soon after her discovery begging for answers as to who killed her, and why?”I’ve been trying to think about what she went through, what happened with her, what her last minutes of being alive,” said Denis Stikin. “It just makes me sick to my stomach just to even think about what happened.”Sherstyukov says her cousin was close to her family. She kept in touch with many of them on a regular basis. They knew something was wrong when she was no where to be found during the holidays. Alla said her cousin talked about leaving her husband.”In November she said, they must have had marriage problems. All she said she thinks she temporarily didn’t want to be with Carey her husband, wanted to take a little break. She took some clothes. She took the car.”Relatives say they were surprised since the couple seemed so happy.The victim’s husband, Carey Scott, told News 8 during a phone interview today that he hadn’t seen his wife since November 10th.Scott said he was interviewed for three hours at Portland Headquarters on Sunday. Scott, who was distraught over the phone, said he loved his wife and he had nothing to do with her death. Meanwhile family members are begging for answers, pleading with the public to come forward if they have any information.”She had so many friends, so many acquaintances. Somebody must have seen her. Somebody must have talked to her. Somebody must know something out there and we want closure to this.”
Lawmakers get to work this week on Governor LePage’s supplemental budget.It’s designed to make up $90 million in cost overruns in the state’s Medicaid and MaineCare program.The budget also addresses a $35.5 million revenue shortfall.Appropriations committee hearings start on Wednesday and are expected to wrap up Monday.
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.