Republican Charlie Summers was out and about meeting and greeting voters Saturday.The Secretary of State was at the Portland Expo, outside of the Maine Brewers’ Festival.Summers says he understands the fight of real people and will represent their needs if elected. “I understand the issues that they face every single day. Paying the mortgage, paying their taxes, sending their kids to school and as you look at that in comparison to the federal debt and what that can mean to the middle class and working people – farmers, truck divers nurses, those are the people that we’ve been reaching out to across the state to let them know that my life is just like theirs and I want to go to Washington and represent their interests.”Summers spent most of Saturday campaigning in the Portland area.
All three leading US Senate candidates from Maine could be seen on the campaign trail this weekendAs part of his bus tour, former governor Angus King visited USM’s Gorham campus Saturday.He met with students, had breakfast there and shared this food for thought, “it’s just a matter of trying to be civil, to listen and find common ground and I don’t have any illusions that I can do it all by myself, but you gotta start somewhere and that’s really what this campaign is all about. This could be some history here sending a genuine independent to the US Senate, who’s agenda is trying to get something done.”King’s bus tour ends in Brunswick tonight.
The Maine Forest Ranger Incident Management Team is helping with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.Wednesday, the team traveled to a coastal area of Queens, New York that was devastated by the storm surge and still without power.They’re using their expertise in managing large-scale incidents to help organize and distribute supplies such as food, water and blankets. Right now, the Maine Ranger Team is working out of its mobile command vehicle, which is set up in Brooklyn.
Police are investigating what appears to be an armed robbery of $5 that took place in the parking lot at the Maine Mall. Police say a woman who works near the mall was standing beside her car Sunday evening when a red Ford Mustang, with four young men inside, pulled up and asked for 70 cents to pay a Maine Turnpike toll. The woman says one of the car’s occupants was holding a handgun. The youth, who seemed to be playing with the gun, never pointed the gun at her. Police tell The Portland Press Herald, the woman felt scared and intimidated, so she gave the car’s occupants $5. Police contacted turnpike authorities to see if they had seen the car. They are also planning to review video footage.
The city of Portland and a local brewer have agreed to bring in a third party to settle a dispute over an estimated $1.5 million in sewer bills the brewery says were never received. City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg tells The Portland Press Herald an independent arbitrator is expected to hear arguments from the city and Shipyard Brewing Co. and render a binding decision, likely by the end of March. Fred Forsley, president and co-owner of Shipyard, refused comment. The city is seeking back payments for a 6-inch water line installed in 1996, for which the brewery was never billed. The brewery was only making payments on about 9 percent of its water usage. The sewer billing error was discovered in 2011.
Authorities are investigating two armed robberies at pharmacies in the Lewiston area that may be related. Police say a weapon was shown at a robbery at the Rite Aid on Lisbon Street in Lewiston on Sunday. The thief got away with prescription medications. Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland says the Rite Aid on West Gray Road in Gray was robbed of prescription drugs at about 1 p.m. Sunday. Weapons were again involved. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crime, though they have not released any information about the incident. McCausland tells the Sun Journal, that authorities are “looking at any similarities” between the robberies because “there’s some suspicion they may be connected.”
The Massachusetts company that makes the paper used to print U.S. currency has bolstered its stationery division by buying a Maine-based division of Hallmark Cards. Crane & Co. announced Thursday it has agreed to purchase Kennebunk, Maine-based stationery company William Arthur and consolidate the companies at its North Adams facility late next year. Crane CEO Stephen DeFalco tells The Berkshire Eagle, the deal gives his company “flexibility in the marketplace.” The consolidation will result in no job cuts, which employs around 300 in North Adams. Crane will offer William Arthur’s 270 Maine employees jobs in western Massachusetts. The acquisition is expected to close Nov. 30. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed. Dalton-based Crane was founded in 1801 and has been the U.S. government’s sole supplier of paper currency since 1964.
Two former Bates College students charged in connection with an alcohol-fueled disturbance on campus two years ago have told a judge they completed their court-ordered community service. Through their attorneys, the pair reported in Androscoggin County Superior Court on Thursday that they each had completed their terms of 200 hours of community service. The Sun Journal, reports that lawyers for 24-year-old Francis Suozzo, of Golden Bridge, N.Y., and 25-year-old Samuel Guilford of Surry told the judge they provided proof of completion to the district attorney’s office. Guilford pleaded guilty a year ago to assault on an officer. Suozzo was charged with failure to disperse. Those charges are expected to be reduced. Eleven Bates students were charged in connection with the disturbance in May 2010 that involved hundreds of students.
With the clock running out, candidates are busy making their last appeals to voters.Candidate for Congress in Maine’s second district, Kevin Raye, campaigned in Bangor this morning.His talk focused on veterans issues.Raye says if elected he’ll make veterans programs a top priority and that he won’t vote to cut their funding in any effort to cut the deficit.”It’s off the table as far as I’m concerned when we’re looking at where we’re going to make savings at the federal level. It’s not going to come out of the VA with my vote,” Raye commented.Raye also made a campaign stop in Lewiston today.
Police say a 17-year-old student at Leavitt Area High School in Turner has been charged with terrorizing for allegedly threatening staff and students at the school on Facebook. The student whose name was not made public, was charged by state police on Wednesday. The alleged threats were made Tuesday morning and Monday night. Their exact nature was not disclosed. The Sun Journal, reports that school officials contacted police. Police say after the student was identified, he was interviewed and took full responsibility. No other students are believed to be involved. The case will be turned over to the district attorney’s office and the juvenile court system.
Police are trying to determine who shot and injured an Arabian horse. The Portland Press Herald reports, that the owner of Flash, a 20-year-old brown horse, told police the animal was found bleeding on Sunday. A veterinarian examined the horse on Tuesday and found three wounds. Deputy Chief Marc Hagan says two bullets hit the horse on the top of the head, breaking the skin but not becoming embedded inside, and a third shot punctured the horse’s side. Hagen says the veterinarian decided to leave the bullet in the horse, saying it would be more dangerous to remove it.
The American Red Cross is facing a severe shortfall in blood donations. Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of more than 200 blood drives across the east coast. Now the Red Cross needs to make up for a huge donation gap, an estimated 9,000 donors. The Red Cross has set up a blood drive at 900 Hammond Street in Bangor, and says the need is greater than ever. “Every two seconds someone in the country needs blood, we need blood every two seconds,” says Christine Bessey of the Red Cross. “In Maine alone we need 300 units a day just to keep the hospitals current.”The drive will continue over the next few days. To donate, you can stop in at 900 Hammond Street between 11:00-6:00 Thursday and from 8:00-2:00 Friday and Saturday.
A 5-year-old Falmouth girl bitten by a dog while out for a walk in Portland won’t need rabies shots, but the dog’s owner faces charges. The owner gave the girl’s baby sitter an out-of-service Vermont telephone number after last week’s biting incident. The girl’s mother wanted to know whether her daughter would need rabies shots. The Portland Press Herald, reports that the dog owner left a copy of the animal’s rabies vaccination certificate near where the girl was bitten, but with the owner’s name blacked out. Police say they figured out the name by holding the paper up to the light. Now 25-year-old Alison Slattery is charged with keeping a dangerous dog. She is due in court Dec. 13. The dog is a 46-pound pit bull-Labrador retriever mix.
The family of a man who died five days after being found barely alive on the floor of his office at the University of Southern Maine says he lay there for days over a holiday weekend before he was discovered. David Norton, a senior communications specialist for the University of Maine System, died at a hospital Oct. 15, five days after he was found by campus police in his Portland office. Police and his family think Norton lay stricken by a stroke in his office from the Friday before Columbus Day weekend until the following Wednesday. Police found the 45-year-old Norton after a co-worker reported he had missed a meeting and couldn’t be contacted. Norton’s mother, Linda Norton, tells The Portland Press Herald police should check offices more often.
Court documents indicate a civilian shipyard worker accused of setting a fire that caused $400 million in damage to a nuclear-powered submarine has been offered a proposal to resolve his case without a trial. Casey James Fury of Portsmouth, N.H., faces two counts of arson at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Lawyers have been meeting to discuss a potential resolution of the trial without the need for a grand jury indictment. Fury’s lawyer said in court papers that both sides have made “significant progress” and asked the judge to delay the deadline that prosecutors must bring forward an indictment. Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Fury confessed to setting a fire inside the USS Miami on May 23 and setting a second blaze outside the sub on June 16.
Maine’s cruise ship season is coming to an end. The 962-foot Brilliance of the Seas is scheduled to arrive in Portland at 7 a.m. Wednesday with approximately 2,400 passengers and 850 crew members. It’s set to depart for New York City at 5:30 p.m. The Royal Caribbean Lines vessel is the final cruise ship of the season scheduled for Maine this year. Two ships that were expected to make port calls in Bar Harbor on Wednesday cancelled their plans because of Superstorm Sandy.
A woman accused of drug and weapons charges was sentenced in federal court Tuesday.41 year-old Sherri Mancos of Caribou will serve 33 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. In April, she admitted to possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it and having guns, illegally.Authorities say they found nearly ten pounds of pot and four firearms in a house Mancos shared with her boyfriend.Her boyfriend, 32 year-old William Quirion was sentenced back in January to more than six years in prison.
The medical examiner says the Maine woman found dead in her burned home died of blunt impact injuries to the head and stab wounds. Sixty-one-year-old Patricia Noel was found dead in her Old Orchard Beach home last week. Her grandson, who also lived at the home, is scheduled to appear Tuesday morning in York County Superior Court. Twenty-three-year-old Derek Poulin is charged with murder and arson. According to court documents, Noel described in letters and in conversations with relatives that Poulin had been disrespectful toward her, called her names, and “gotten physical” with her. The Portland Press Herald, reports that police found a golf club, an adjustable wrench and a knife with a 3-inch blade in the home. Poulin’s attorney said he could not comment.
A replica of the HMS Bounty that was docked at the public landing in Belfast in August, and in Eastport last month, has sunk in rough seas off the North Carolina coast.The Coast Guard rescued 14 crew members after the Bounty began taking on water, but two crew members are unaccounted for.The Coast Guard is using a helicopter and an airplane to search for them.Officials say they are in survival suits designed to keep them afloat and protect them against cold waters for about 15 hours.The ship was built in 1960 for the Marlon Brando film, Mutiny on the Bounty.Since then it has starred in other movies including Treasure Island, Yellowbeard, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Gay marriage opponents rallied at the state house in Augusta today.Spokewoman Paul Madore says it’s an attempt to inform voters on what he called “the real dangers and the pure insanity” of gay marriage.Speakers at the event included officials from three out-of-state groups that oppose same-sex marriage.In 2009 state lawmakers passed a law allowing same-sex marriage, but that law was overturned by voters that fall.