Things You Need to Know Today: Recount in Marijuana Question Dropped
Here are the things you need to know today......
Auburn police Facebook page is reporting they are looking for a missing 14 year old. She is autistic and has a history of running away so it was not considered suspicious at first. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie. ANYONE with information please call the Auburn Police Department at 207-333-6650.
Wreaths Across America made to the trip to Togus National Cemetery Saturday. According to WABI volunteers join Wreaths Across America in laying down thousands of Christmas wreaths. Despite the snowy conditions, every tombstone was attended to.
Saturday (Dec 16) was the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of 20 month old Ayla Reynolds. According to centralmaine.com the case is still open and being investigated. Police do say they believe she is dead, but no arrests have been made. Last week Ayla's mother announced they were taking steps to have the court declare Ayla is dead.
From the Associated Press:
Police say they've interviewed at least one person of interest after hundreds of cows were let out of their pens at Misty Meadow Farm in Clinton last month. Police say other acts of vandalism were also done at a nearby farm. Police Chief Stanley Bell tells the Morning Sentinel they believe the culprits are youths or late teenagers. An investigation remains ongoing.
The group that campaigned against the legalization of marijuana in Maine has dropped its request for a recount. There are now satisfied that the result approving legalization is accurate.Maine residents last month approved legalizing marijuana by a narrow 4,073-vote margin.
Gov. Paul LePage has rejected proposals to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but state voters are going to have the final say. Maine Equal Justice Partners said Thursday that they've exceeded the nearly 62,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot next fall.
Firefighters say a disabled man was severely burned while trying to put a log in his woodstove to keep warm. Officials say Thomas Soucy's pants caught fire Friday afternoon and spread to much of his body and his wheelchair. He called for help using Lifeline, an emergency call service.
Authorities in Maine say a 69-year-old man has died in a house fire in Turner. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says John Jordan died in the fire reported around 2 a.m. Saturday. He lived alone. McCausland says it's unlikely the cause of the blaze will be determined because the house was flattened in the fire.
Members of the Electoral College are set on Monday to formally cast votes for Donald Trump as the 45th president. Meanwhile, Trump's aides say he's not ready to accept a finding by intelligence officials that Moscow hacked Democratic emails in an effort to elevate Trump. The aides say that even if it's true, Trump still won the White House fair and square.
The U.N. Security Council plans to vote Monday on a resolution to immediately send U.N. monitors to Syria's eastern Aleppo. France says it's a critical move to prevent "mass atrocities" by Syrian forces, and especially militias, who captured the rebel stronghold. The resolution comes as thousands more trapped Aleppo civilians and rebels await evacuation in freezing temperatures.
Volkswagen faces a Monday deadline to tell a federal judge in San Francisco whether it has reached a deal with U.S. regulators and attorneys for the owners of some 80,000 vehicles involved in an emissions cheating scandal. A deal already had been reached with the owners of another 475,000 vehicles. That settlement gives the owners of Volkswagen 2-liter diesel cars the option of having the German automaker buy back the vehicles or pay for repairs.