(Orono) – The former chief operating officer at the National Science Foundation will be the new president of the University of Maine. Trustees appointed Joan Ferrini-Mundy to the post yesterday. Ferrini-Mundy has worked at the NSF since 2007. She will also be the president at the U-Maine Machias campus. The New Hampshire native called her new post daunting and exciting.
(Augusta) – A Republican candidate for the US Senate seat held by Angus King says he will appeal a ruling that allows an opponent to appear on the primary ballot in June. State Senator Eric Brakey had complained that numerous signatures on opponent Max Linn’s nominating petitions were forged. Last week Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap tossed out 230-signatures, but said Linn, who is from Bar Harbor, still had barely enough to appear on the statewide primary ballot. The Bangor Daily News reports Brakey plans to appeal that ruling to a state court.
(Belfast) – Police in Waldo County forcibly removed a Wisconsin man from his car after a high speed chase that began in Belfast and ended in Searsport. The Pen Bay Pilot reports a bartender in Belfast reported that 35-year old Luke Morzanti left the bar with a beer. Officers pulled over his car in Belfast, but he refused to get out and sped off, reaching criminal speeds before police boxed him in in Searsport. Morzanti is accused of OUI, eluding and other charges.
(Ellsworth) A grand jury in Hancock County has indicted an Eastbrook woman for manslaughter after fatal crash last fall. The Ellsworth American reports police arrested 53-year-old Darlene Haslam for operating under the influence of an intoxicant causing a death and aggravated driving to endanger. The November 15th crash killed Trudy Pickard, who spent 3 days in critical condition before succumbing to her injuries. Pickard and her husband were passengers in Haslam’s truck when it spun around the Eastbrook Community Center parking lot and crashed. The Pickards were not wearing seatbelts. Haslam and another passenger were unharmed.
(Blue Hill) The Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is bringing back table games for their annual dinner and casino night. Chamber executive director Lori Sitzabee says games include Black Jack, Texas Hold ‘Em, and Roulette. The annual dinner and casino night is April 21st from 6 to 10 PM at Mainescape in Blue Hill. Tickets can be purchased online at: Blue Hill Peninsula dot Org.
SS Benefits Fraud
(Orono) An Orono woman will spend 5-years on probation and must pay over $26-thousand-dollars in restitution for social security fraud. A federal judge sentenced 33-year-old Amanda Harding on yesterday. Court records say Harding received Supplemental Security Income payments from 2006 through 2016. In 2011 Harding moved to Canada but did not inform the SSA of her change of address and illegally obtained benefits. Harding admitted to investigators she knew her benefits would have been significantly reduced if she informed the SSA of her Canadian citizenship.
(Portland) The federal government’s response to a lawsuit from fishermen trying to eliminate former President Barack Obama’s Atlantic Ocean monument is coming due. The groups sued to challenge the 2016 creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The monument is a 5,000-square-mile area off of New England and is the first monument of its kind in the Atlantic Ocean.
(Ellsworth) A new medication-assisted treatment facility that offers help to people addicted to opioids is set to open in Ellsworth. The Downeast Treatment Center will not have beds and no medication will be kept there. The Ellsworth American reports patients will receive prescriptions to fill elsewhere. Healthy Acadia is coordinating the networking effort among several groups to run the center. Treatment is open to all individuals, including those who are uninsured and under-insured. The Downeast Treatment Center is slated to open April 16th at 406 State Street.
Plastic Bag/Styrofoam Ban
(Blue Hill) Voters in Blue Hill have approved a ban plastic bags and styrofoam containers at local stores and restaurants. The Ellsworth American reports proponents pointed at health and environmental issues, while opponents cited the inconvenience of elderly shoppers trying to carry paper bags without handles. It will take a few months for the ordinances to go into effect to allow businesses time to deplete their inventories of plastic bags and styrofoam containers.
(Augusta) A new proposal for governing the retail sale of marijuana has cleared its first test in Maine. The Maine House approved the new compromise Tuesday with a veto-proof majority, suggesting there’s support for it. Lawmakers have been trying to hammer out regulations for legalized marijuana since voters chose to go legal in 2016.
Gang Member Sentenced
(NEW HAVEN, CT) The U.S. attorney’s office says 30-year-old Kavon Rogers is sentenced to 12 years in prison for racketeering and firearm offenses following an investigation by the New Haven Police Department into the drug trade by the gang between New Haven and Bangor, Maine. Rogers was trafficking crack for the Bloods gang when he was arrested in 2014, and was found to be a felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded guilty to both counts in 2015.
- Boston Red Sox 14 NY Yankees 1 (Mookie Betts scored 5-runs, and hit a grand slam, Chris Sale got the win) (9th straight win for 1st place Sox)
- Sox and Yankees play again tonight, David Price starts for Boston
- Washington Wizards 113 Boston Celtics 101
- The Bruins open their 1st round playoff tomorrow against the Toronto Maple Leafs