Things You Need to Know Today: Train Derailment in Leeds Causes Slower Response to Monmouth Fire
Here are the things you need to know today......
12 people were arrested on drug-related charges in Augusta following a several month investigation into the sale of crack cocaine and heroin in Augusta and mid-coast area. According to the Maine DEA Facebook page they found crack, heroin, 5 handguns and about $4000. The street value of the drugs seized is estimated to be $10,000. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.
A train went off the tracks yesterday in Leeds Tuesday morning causing a detour. According to WABI, that caused a slower response to a fire in Monmouth. No one was hurt. The fire destroyed the home. Crews were able to get the train back on the rails by Tuesday afternoon, and the scene was cleared by 2 p.m. (Additional info from centralmaine.com)
From the Associated Press:
Republican Gov. Paul LePage has a history of interpreting the state Constitutional in ways that are later discredited, but that didn't stop him from lobbing more dubious claims this week. LePage took claimed on talk radio Tuesday that Maine's constitution says approved ballot referendums are just "recommendations" that "the legislature doesn't even have to enact." Legal experts say LePage's interpretation is incorrect.
The state Department of Health and Human Services has announced it will expand access to medication-assisted addiction treatment by creating 359 new slots with a program scheduled to start next month. The Portland Press Herald reports the department said Monday its study showed that about 300 to 450 people in Maine are on the waitlist for medication-assisted treatment, which combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance abuse.
A nonprofit group that focuses on responsible seafood management says it is certifying the Gulf of Maine's lobster fishery as sustainable. The Marine Stewardship Council says the lobster fishery has achieved Fisheries Standard certification. The group says that means commercial vessels licensed by Maine and the federal government meet its sustainability requirements.
Maine's U.S. senators say a bill designed to assist the state's small and medium-sized manufacturing companies is set to become a law. The senators say the bill is designed to expand a federal program that provides manufacturers with access to training and technology to improve efficiency, productivity and profit.
A landlord sentenced to 90 days in jail after a fire killed six people at one of his properties is requesting a new trial. A judge sentenced Gregory Nisbet for a code violation on Dec. 1. He owned an apartment house in Portland where the Nov. 1, 2014, fire occurred.
Authorities in Mexico have not yet said what may have caused Tuesday's explosion at a fireworks market that killed at least 29 people and injured another 72. The market in Mexico State's San Pablito was bustling with shoppers when the powerful chain-reaction explosion ripped through its stalls. Some of the injured have been burned over 90 percent of their bodies.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the truck attack on a crowded Christmas market in Berlin. Meanwhile, a man taken into custody near the scene has been released. Authorities say there's no evidence the man was at the wheel of the truck that killed 12 people and injured 48. The man had been taken into custody based on a description from people who saw the driver jump out of the truck and run off.
Death sentences in the United States may be on the decline. A report from the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center says the 30 people were sentenced to death in the United States this year. That's the lowest number since the early 1970s. Robert Dunham, the group's executive director, says "I think we are watching a major political climate change concerning capital punishment and it's reflected among reduced death sentences across the country."