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Central Maine News: Augusta Police Chief is still on the Mend after Motorcycle Crash Sept 6th

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These are some of the stories central Maine is talking about today.

New figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the number of Mainers without health insurance grew in 2013. According to data released yesterday, Maine was one of two states that saw an increase in the uninsured rate between 2012 and 2013. The other was New Jersey. According to the Bangor Daily News, the survey was done prior to the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of health insurance coverage through private insurance marketplaces and largely before states began expanding their Medicaid programs under the ACA. (AP/BDN)

A quick thinking school administrator caught a scam, just in the nick of time. According to WGME, that kept Athens Community School from being scammed out of $600. The school received an invoice for 50 books, books the school didn’t buy. It was a company called Scholastic School Supply. Thieves were imitating a legitimate company called Scholastic, Inc. Several other schools have also received the invoice. (WGME)

A lawmaker running for re-election is accused of committing a sex act in public and refusing to identify himself.it. According to WGME 56-year-old Brian Jones is a democratic representative from Waldo County. A state trooper says he caught Jones engaged in a sexual act in a van at the West Gardiner park and ride.  Police say Representative Jones refused to tell him who he was. The trooper arrested Jones and found his car with legislative license plates parked at the service center across the road. Jones has stated he is deeply embarrassed…he is taking steps to address his long-term struggle with alcoholism that he believe is the cause of his behavior.” (WGME)

Several hours of debate are scheduled in the House today on taking on the terror group Islamic State. There is bipartisan support of the administration’s plan to arm and train moderate rebels in Syria to battle the extremists. A vote could come later in the day. Lawmakers are anxious to get back to their districts for campaigning. (AP)

A city investigation into Hallowell Police Chief Eric Nason ended this week when he received a letter of reprimand for “personal conduct and lack of judgment” more than a year after being accused of sexually assaulting a female officer under his command. According to the KJ, the letter from the city has not penalty. The letter dis acknowledge Hallowell’s recent investigation into two sexual misconduct claims against Nason while being up front about the city manager’s concern that the episodes have tarnished the police force’s reputation. (centralmaine.com)

The Augusta police chief continues to improve after a motorcycle crash left him critically injured. According to the KJ, Robert Gregoire is no longer in ICU at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.  Deputy Chief Jared Mills said Gregoire “is now able to devote most of his time to rehabilitating his injuries.” Gregoire was injured Sept. 6 when he crashed his motorcycle in Jay during an off-duty charity ride. (centralmaine.com)

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