Things You Need to Know: Skowhegan Woman Charged with Child Endangerment
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A Skowhegan woman was arrested this past weekend after she was found unconscious in an apartment. According to centramaine.com officials also found an infant in unsanitary conditions with her. The child is now with other family members.
A public hearing Monday on merging Lewiston and Auburn had both support and opposition. According to the Sun Journal the event was hosted by Auburn officials to get feedback on the Lewiston-Auburn Joint Charter Commission's consolidation agreement. A vote will take place in both cities on Nov. 7.
RSU #18 is taking on dozens of fire code violations at schools after a report from the State Fire Marshal's Office. According to WABI some things have already been fixed and none of the issues threaten the safety of students. The schools district asked for the inspections.
The mother of an 18-year-old woman who was shot by police in Vassalboro earlier this year plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit. According to the Bangor Daily News Amber Fagre of Oakland was fatally wounded along with Kadhar Bailey of Gardiner on Feb. 10 on Arnold Road. Jessica Fagre said earlier this year that her daughter was an innocent bystander.
Gardiner resident and business will get more information on the bridge replacement projects in the city for 2018 and 2019. According to Centralmaine.com Maine Avenue and Bridge Street bridges need the work. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Little Theater @Gardiner Area High School.
From the Associated Press:
More than 30 attorneys general and state consumer advocate agencies are urging Congress to reject plans by the administration of President Donald Trump to eliminate the federal heating assistance program. They say the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program already has been cut by a third since 2010, and it's only serving 19 percent of eligible households. In the letter, they urge Congress to restore and boost funding so fewer families are "literally left out in the cold." Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and Maine Public Advocate Barry Hobbins signed onto the letter.
Four members of a legislative panel are spending a few days in Colorado on a mission to learn the ins and outs of marijuana regulation. Recreational marijuana is already legal in Maine thanks to a voter-approved referendum last fall. But a joint legislative committee is tasked with figuring out the nitty gritty of implementing sales of retail marijuana. The committee is set to soon vote on specifics like a likely tax increase on recreational marijuana. The lawmakers will return in time for the Legislature's last official day Wednesday.
A Maine lobster boat crew has saved an eagle that it spotted struggling in the Atlantic Ocean. John Chipman, of Birch Harbor, said Monday that he came across the wet and weary raptor near Schoodic Island. He says it appeared to be relieved to see the boat and even tried to hop on board last Thursday. Chipman says two retired police officers who were with him brought the bird aboard after fashioning a makeshift raft. Chipman intended to deliver the eagle to game wardens, but it flew away.
Poland Spring hopes to pump up to 172 million gallons of water a year from a Maine public water district well that served a now-closed paper mill. Poland Spring says it sees an opportunity with the Lincoln Water District following the closing of a Lincoln Paper & Tissue mill and says "the region is hungry" for positive economic change. The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday is set to discuss a permit application filed by Poland Spring's parent company to withdraw municipal water.
The family of a Maine man killed on Christmas 2015 is appealing the state's denial to pay for his funeral costs because authorities said he was involved in criminal activity. The Kennebec Journal reports Augusta police contend 35-year-old Eric Williams had committed a burglary hours before his shooting, making his family ineligible for compensation from the state Victims' Compensation Program. His family says Williams should be innocent until proved guilty.
A Rhode Island offshore wind developer has entered the fray of companies vying for the largest renewable energy contract in New England history. Deepwater Wind announced plans Monday for a 144-megawatt wind farm about 12 miles off the coast of Martha's Vineyard that it would pair with a battery storage system provided by Tesla. Massachusetts is seeking projects to provide up to 1,200 megawatts of energy from water, wind and solar power.
President Donald Trump's spokeswoman is clarifying why Trump's new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, was let go from his job only 11 days after being appointed. Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the president believes Scaramucci's recent off-color remarks to The New Yorker were "inappropriate."
Two men sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed as teens are savoring their freedom. They are among dozens across the U.S. who have been resentenced and released after the Supreme Court banned mandatory no-parole sentences for juvenile offenders. As one of them said: I don't think you can find anyone who really can describe how it feels to be free.
North Korea after decades of effort has a missile potentially capable of reaching the continental United States, but analysts say Pyongyang has yet to show the ICBM can inflict serious damage once it gets there. U.S. and South Korean experts said Japanese video footage capturing the Hwasong-14's re-entry vehicle shortly before it crashed into the sea suggests it failed to survive the extreme heat and pressure after re-entering the atmosphere.
Defense lawyers for Joe Arpaio say the former Arizona sheriff will appeal his criminal conviction for disobeying a court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. Arpaio's attorneys say U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton violated the Constitution by issuing her ruling Monday without reading it to the former lawman in open court.
Egypt's Al-Azhar institute, the Sunni Muslim world's foremost religious institution, has set up a booth in a Cairo subway station with clerics offering fatwas, or religious advice, to commuters. The idea is to provide Muslim worshippers with a way to plug in fast to Islamic teachings but it's also part of a push to correct misconceptions of religious texts seen as fostering Islamic militancy. The move has stirred debate, with critics saying rooting out extremism won't happen in metro stations.