Police say two men have been taken into custody after a nearly three-hour standoff in Mexico ended peacefully. Mexico Police Chief James Theriault says a domestic dispute sparked the standoff at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. He says one of the men arrested, 23-year-old Troy Blanchard, contacted someone he was not supposed to because of existing bail conditions. Theriault says Blanchard had been drinking, which was also in violation of his bail conditions. Blanchard and a co-defendant, 22-year-old Damen Korhonen, ran into another home with three people inside. Those people emerged about 45 minutes later. The standoff ended at about 10:30 p.m. when both suspects surrendered. They are charged with terrorizing and trespassing. No weapons were found.
A series of forums seeking public input into the state of the Maine lobster industry are getting under way. Maine fishery officials are holding 16 public meetings through January in coastal towns from York to Machias. The first meeting is Wednesday in Boothbay Harbor. Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher says he’s seeking ideas from people in the lobster industry about the harvest, prices, Maine’s relationship with Canada, the state’s marketing strategy and the lobster licensing system. The industry was thrown into turmoil last summer when a lobster glut caused prices to fall, and Canadian lobstermen blocked truckloads of Maine lobsters from being delivered to Canadian processors. The schedule of all the forums is posted on the department’s website Click Here
It was a frigid final day of the year in Maine, but that didn’t stop dozens of people from plunging into the ocean at Portland’s East End Beach.The state’s largest environmental group, the “Natural Resource Council of Maine” organized the “Polar Bear Plunge.”It was to raise money in the group’s effort to raise awareness about global warming.It was the fifth year for the plunge.”Awe, its freezing, it’s awesome.””It was soooo fun, so fun, I’m so glad I did it. It was cold, I lost my sunglasses so I got to go back in again. Just the exercise, get out, go for a run and just say you did it. It was great.”Folks who didn’t feel like swimming helped raise money by taking part in a 5K walk or run.By the way, the water temperature yesterday off Portland: 37 degrees.
Ice fishing season is here and wildlife officials urge you to be careful out there. Some lakes and ponds in northern Maine opened to winter fishing in December, but most opened on Tuesday. Wardens remind us that ice conditions remain highly hazardous, so double check on thickness before going out to fish.
A brand new building now stands in the Catholic Charities parking lot in Presque Isle, but it isn’t for people: it’s for horses.”I’ve been working closely with the Amish community in trying to get someplace for their horses when they bring their horses to town, to park them, so they’re in a safe controlled environment.”And Shaw has been successful! The building, which was designed and built by the Amish, will now accommodate up to two horses at a time, keeping them safe, fed and watered through the cold of winter, heat of summer or any rain, thunder or snow storm, and Shaw says they are hoping this is only the beginning.”We’re hoping to replicate this throughout town. We’re hoping other businesses will see that it’s a worthwhile cause to have these available because the Amish are here and they come to town and they spend money in our community and as tight as this economy is, we need all the help we can get. I think this welcomes them and says come on in and be comfortable. You’re horse can be comfortable and you can be comfortable while you’re doing your errands around town.”Overall, Shaw says, although there may be a few bugs to work out over the next few months, this is a win-win situation for everyone involved and both Shaw and the Amish community are looking forward to seeing more horse shelters going up throughout the city.”They are so thankful and so grateful to have this opportunity and they are more than willing to work with other businesses and areas throughout town to do the same thing again.”The shelter will be available year-round and you do not have to be Amish to use it. It is open to the community to use as a temporary horse shelter also.Should you encounter an Amish horse tied up, you should leave it alone. They are work horses, and are very different from pet horses.
Now a look at crime this past year in Maine.State police say there were fifty-six pharmacy robberies, more than double the amount the year before.Maine had twenty-two homicides last year, slightly below the 10-year average. There were nineteen fire deaths, down from twenty-three in 2011, and there were 164 highway deaths in 2012, which is up from 136 the year before.
A train and bus station in Portland is open again after being shut down for four hours following a bomb threat.Police say 44-year-old Rodney Jewell of Portland entered the Portland Transportation Center around 6:30 Tuesday morning and said he had a bomb in his backpack.The station was evacuated.Police convinced the man to leave the building and put the backpack down in a parking lot. The bag was searched. Police say it contained household items.Jewell was arrested.The facility is a station for the Downeaster Amtrak Train and Concord Trailway buses.It re-opened around ten Tuesday morning.
We now know more about two teens killed in Biddeford Saturday night. Kari Henderson says her younger brother, Derrick Thompson, was full of life. Police say Thompson and his girlfriend, Alivia Welch were shot and killed by their landlord. It’s believed an argument about rent and winter parking led to the shootings. Thompson’s relatives say they don’t understand why the two were killed about something “so senseless.” “He is 74 years old, he did not have to take two lives that were just beginning,” said Katelyn Grant, Thompson’s cousin. “They had so much to live for. Why? That is what i ask myself. why?.””I do not know how to put it all together,” Henderson remarked. “It is just so hard to accept.”There was a vigil Monday night in Biddeford for friends and families of the victims.
With a new year come new restrictions on University of Maine campuses.Wiping out tobacco is the ultimate goal.A new tobacco free policy will be enforced on the University of Maine system campuses. Collectively the universities have been working on this policy for the past 6 months or so. This means they will no longer allow cigarettes or any form of tobacco on campus in order to promote health and wellness and reduce the harm from first, second and third hand smoke. Ray Phinney, Associate Dean of Student Life & Development commented, saying, “the policy starts on January 1st, but doesn’t actually start to be enforced until April 1st, so the first four months are actually leeway so education, providing signage for students staff and faculty and getting the word out.”Six out of the seven University of Maine system campuses will adopt the policy starting on the new year which will apply to every student, staff member, contractor and visitor. After April 1st, the enforcement would mean that students caught smoking would go to the student conduct code, and for staff and faculty it will be part of their reviews, but Phinney says their goal is not to punish but rather to help.”We’re actually offering counceling to the employees, we are working very closely with our rise up program at the system office so there’s actually a calling number where people can actually work with Cigna Insurance to get information about quitting, but we also have people on campus who are trained to help students and staff members.” Phinney says health insurance is one of the largest expenses of the University of Maine system. So by decreasing the amount of smokers it would increase the overall health of the individuals which would reduce the expense of health insurance. Normally when someone wants to light one up they would have to go to a designated smoking area, but with the effort to promote a healthier campus and with respect to the new tobacco free policy, the only place somebody will be able to smoke is in their own vehicle.The Maine Tobacco Hotline, the Healthy Maine Partnership and the Rise Up program will be available, and certain staff and faculty members at UMFK are actually doing training as well to help people on campus.UMaine adopted a tobacco-free campus policy one year ago today.
More than 400 people are expected to take a noon-time plunge into the cold ocean waters at Old Orchard Beach for the annual Lobster Dip fundraiser for Special Olympics Maine. The New Year’s Day ocean plunge was Maine’s original cold-water fundraiser when it began in 1988 with about 15 participants. It has grown to become the largest such fundraiser in the state, with last year’s Lobster Dip raising nearly $100,000. Tuesday’s event will be followed by a post-dip party at The Brunswick restaurant in Old Orchard Beach.
Portland Water District officials say an aging infrastructure could mean more massive water main breaks like one in mid-December. The Dec. 19 break on Somerset Street spilled 20,000 gallons of water per minute for 45 minutes, and caused street flooding, damage to property and a 24-hour boil order. The district provides water from Sebago Lake to about 190,000 people in 11 Portland-area communities through a 975-mile network of pipes, ranging in age from 1870 to 2012. Christopher Crovo, executive director of asset management and planning for the district, tells The Portland Press Herald, the biggest concern is pipes laid between the world wars, when there was a scarcity of metal and lower craftsmanship. Annually, the district replaces about 3.5 miles of pipe, at a cost of $3 million.
Maine’s largest environmental advocacy organization is holding its fifth annual cold-water ocean plunge to raise money in the name of global warming. The Natural Resources Council of Maine is expecting about 200 people for its Polar Bear Plunge, held at noon Monday at Portland’s East End Beach. The event raises money and awareness for the group’s work on climate change issues. For those who aren’t up for a bone-numbing dip into the ocean, they can still raise money and take part in a 5-kilometer walk or run. Last year nearly 200 people took part, raising $18,000.
The family of a 23-year-old Massachusetts man who disappeared 10 days ago in Maine has posted his obituary in a Cape Cod newspaper. The family of Prescott Wright of Barnstable wrote in the obituary in the Cape Cod Times on Sunday, that he is “a lover of people” and a boat builder who lived for the water. Wright and 21-year-old Zachary Wells of Burlington, Vt., disappeared on Dec. 20 from a gathering at Wells’ home in the Kennebunkport, Maine, village of Cape Porpoise. On Christmas Eve, Maine Marine Patrol found clothing on Goat Island, a mile from Wells’ home. Both have been students at The Landing School, a boat building and yacht design school in Arundel, Maine. The search was suspended on Thursday and a police spokeswoman said Saturday that there was no new information.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month. Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines says her doctors discovered the clot during a follow-up exam Sunday. Reines says Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants. Clinton was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital so doctors can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours. Reines says doctors will continue to assess Clinton’s condition, “including other issues associated with her concussion.”
Police said heavy snowfall is the cause of a 20-car-pileup in New Hampshire.A New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman says the chain-reaction crash happened near Exit 22 on interstate 93 Saturday afternoon.A dozen vehicles were involved in the initial crash, before four more vehicles then became involved. The DOT said an another four vehicles veered off the road to avoid the pileup.Authorities say the accident left 5 people injured. They were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The accident temporarily closed the interstate, but it is now reopened.
The family of a Medal of Honor winner from Maine is outraged that someone stole Christmas wreaths from five stone pillars in a Portland park named for the airman. The wreaths were stolen from the pillars at the end of the Eastern Promenade, an area named for Maj. Charles J. Loring. Loring earned a Medal of Honor posthumously for crashing his damaged plane into an enemy gun position during the Korean War in 1952. Bill Donnini, the husband of one of Loring’s nieces, first noticed one wreath missing as he drove by the park last week. He stopped to check, thinking maybe the wind had blown them down, but they were nowhere to be found. Paul Loring, Charles Loring’s brother, tells The Portland Press Herald, people have no respect.
A Maine woman and man are facing liquor violation charges in connection with a fatal car accident that killed a 19-year-old man last spring. Police say Jacob Marcotte was legally drunk when he crashed his car after attending a graduation party in Saco in June. Police say 22-year-old Kathleen Ricker of Saco, who bought the alcohol, was issued a summons this week for furnishing liquor to a minor. Twenty-year-old Michael Herlihy of Saco, who hosted the party, was issued a summons for allowing a minor to possess or consume alcohol at his home. Ricker and Herlihy are scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 1 at York County Superior Court in Alfred.
Investigators think a man who said he was attacked, tied up, and left in the burning apartment building he owns in Windham concocted an elaborate hoax. Investigators with the state Fire Marshal’s Office have not charged 66-year-old Donato Corsetti, but say in court papers they believe he set the fire himself to collect on an insurance policy. Corsetti, who also owns a market next door, told investigators he was showing an apartment to two men who jumped, him, tied him up and set the Dec. 7 fire. Corsetti told police an organized crime group from Rhode Island was trying to scare him. Investigators said he kept changing his story. Investigators say the apartment and Corsetti’s home had been foreclosed on. Corsetti refused comment when reached by The Portland Press Herald.
The Portland Museum of Art is keeping extended hours Thursday and Saturday for the final week of its record-setting exhibition of Winslow Homer works. Record numbers of museum-goers have viewed the exhibit, Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine, since it opened in September. The exhibit, which ends this Sunday, features 38 of Homer’s works that he produced at his studio in Scarborough. Due to the show’s popularity, the museum extended its Thursday and Saturday hours until 8 p.m. through the end of the exhibit while adding an admission surcharge and selling timed tickets. The exhibition showcases masterpieces that Homer created in Scarborough, where he lived from 1883 until his death in 1910.
Former President George H.W. Bush remained in guarded condition overnight in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital after a day marked by what his spokesman called “a series of setbacks including persistent fever.” Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday that that the 88-year-old former leader had been admitted Sunday to the ICU at Methodist Hospital. McGrath said Bush, the oldest living former U.S. president, was alert and talking to medical staff, adding that doctors are cautiously optimistic about his treatment. No other details were released about his condition, but McGrath said Bush is surrounded by family. Bush has been hospitalized since Nov. 23, when he was admitted for a cough related to bronchitis after having been in and out of the hospital for complications related to the illness.