Maine news

Courtesy, Bangor Police Department

BANGOR, Maine - Authorities in Bangor say a 13 year old child with autism has been found safely, after disappearing overnight. Joshua Hogan went missing from his home on Griffin Road, some time around 12:30 AM Sunday. He was spotted by several people in Brewer late Sunday morning, walking with a suitcase, after police launched a search.

CHARLESTON, Maine (AP) - A man blamed for the deaths of six people and serving a life prison sentence wants Maine Gov. Paul LePage to give him another chance.

ROME, Maine (AP) - The Maine Warden Service believes a medical event could've preceded the death of a man found alongside a hiking trail in the town of Rome.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A 32-year-old gang leader has admitted he took part in four murders as the head of what federal prosecutors say was a ruthless drug trafficking ring in New Haven.

Poetry Brings Emotion, Identity to Education

Mar 18, 2017

I love creating and performing poetry because it is a way for me to escape from the real world. When I am expressing myself through my writing, I don’t feel the pressure of others telling me what to say; I can just be myself and say exactly what’s on my mind.

When I listen to poetry, I don't have to understand all of it because the poet is showing their own feelings through their writing.

When I first started writing poetry, I was a quiet person and did not speak much to others. As I continued writing in my free time, I felt myself becoming more and more confident.

Poetry gave the courage to break out my shell. Finally, I found myself. When I am writing, I feel like a whole new person, because I can speak my mind and feel strongly about it. When I am standing on the stage and performing my poetry, I see the emotions in the audience’s eyes. I can connect to them and change their point of view in that very moment. Poetry has changed my life for the better and I hope to transform the world even more with my own poems and performances. Taking creative writing helped me expand my poetry and improve my grammar while clarifying my thoughts.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Former U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II knew he was going to give up his job to an appointee of President Donald Trump. He just didn't expect the end to come so abruptly.

HALLOWELL, Maine - The city of Hallowell, Maine, has paid a former police officer $60,000 to settle an employment discrimination complaint stemming from a sexual assault allegation against its police chief.

The Kennebec Journal reports that the officer was paid in January.  Half covered "alleged non-wage compensatory damages'' on account of her physical injury in June 2013. The other half covered attorney fees.

The Associated Press doesn't generally identify victims of sexual assault.

PORTLAND, Maine - It all came down to a missing comma, and not just any one.
A federal appeals court decided this week to keep alive an Oakhurst Dairy drivers' lawsuit seeking more than $10 million in overtime.
It concerned an exemption from Maine's overtime law saying it doesn't apply to "canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of'' foods.

ROME, Maine - Rescuers have found a 57-year-old hiker dead in Rome, Maine, after he had planned an afternoon of snowshoeing to the summit of Round Top Mountain.

The man, from Mount Vernon, Maine, was found just after 9 p.m. Thursday along a hiking trail. He was last seen at about 1 p.m., when he left a parking area for his hike.
Maine game wardens say although it appears the cause of death may be exposure, the medical examiner's office has been contacted. The man's name hasn't been released pending family notification.

In his budget proposal released earlier this year, Gov. Paul LePage vowed to drastically transform how schools are funded. The most notable change was the removal of roughly $40 million that the state gives local districts to help pay the salaries of administrators.

In his State of the State address, LePage hammered home the point that he thinks there are far too many administrators in Maine’s schools. Most notably, he pointed to the more than 100 school superintendents across the state.

PORTLAND, Maine - The University of Southern Maine and Iceland's Reykjavik University will sign an agreement to make it easier for students and faculty to visit the schools.
USM officials say President Glenn Cummings and Reykjavik University President Ari Jonsson will sign the agreement on Friday. The schools began collaborating last August.
USM says the new agreement "sets a course for routine visits'' by students and faculty at both schools. The schools are calling it an "internship addendum.''

Eating Disorders

Mar 17, 2017

According to the National Eating Disorders Association – NEDA - National surveys estimate that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives.  Bulimia, anorexia nervosa and binge eating are among the many eating disorders that can seriously affect sufferers – who are often young women, but also men.  What are the symptoms, risks and treatments for these disorders?

Guests: Patrice Lockhart, Medical Director of the New England Eating Disorders Program at Sweetser

BANGOR, Maine - Federal officials are set to announce how $1.1 million in forfeited money from a massive marijuana grow operation will be distributed to Maine law enforcement agencies.

The marijuana operation was concealed in the woods and bogs in Washington County. Drug agents in 2009 seized nearly 3,000 plants and 40 pounds of processed marijuana valued at $9 million.

Five men were either convicted or pleaded guilty.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A proposal to try to address marine debris that results from commercial activities on and near the water will be the subject of a public hearing in the Maine State House.

Rep. Michael Devin, a Newcastle Democrat, has proposed the bill, which will be up for a hearing before the Marine Resources Committee on March 22.

Devin's bill proposes to take on marine debris that results from businesses such as commercial fishing operations and aquaculture.

BANGOR, Maine - A new study suggests that as more people retire, inadequate personal savings means the taxpayers will have to take on more of the burden. 

"With an aging Maine workforce moving into retirement increasingly reliant on public assistance, that cost to the state it likewise increasing," says Amy Gallant, advocacy director for AARP Maine, which commissioned the study.

States and the federal governments must address the barriers to saving for retirement, says Gallant, or the burden on taxpayers will continue to grow.