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Things You Need to Know: Skowhegan Police Summons Woman Caught on Video with Toddler Climbing Around Car

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Police in Skowhegan have found and charged the woman who was caught on video driving while on the phone and with a toddler climbing around the vehicle.  According to WCSH Jennifer Beane has been summonsed for endangering the welfare of a child. The case was sent to DHHS for review.

The Maine Forrest Service has decided online services that issue burn permits are no longer valid. According to centralmaine.com those services will no longer be recognized by the state.

From the Associated Press:

Maine voters are heading to the polls to determine the outcome of local issues as well as a proposal to fund advancements in industries such as technology and agriculture. Local referendums and local elections are on ballots around the state. The one statewide item is a $50 million bond issue. (Voter information)

Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills says she will challenge any executive branch actions by President Donald Trump’s administration to abolish a national monument in northern Maine. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke this week is set to tour the wilderness that comprises a national monument that’s one of more than a dozen that’s under review by Trump. Mills says under the federal Antiquities Act, only Congress and not the president has the authority to abolish a national monument.

Police in Maine are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside a burned out car in Orrington. Police say the body was found early Sunday morning. The car was fully engulfed in flames at the time someone passing through the area found it. Police are also investigating to find out how the fire started. Police say the car is registered to an Orrington woman.

Lawmakers are set to consider Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s plan for the state to take over part of a northern Maine dam on the U.S.-Canadian border. The dam’s owner Woodland Pulp LLC says it would pay for the dam’s operating costs for a decade if Maine takes it over. Critics say the bill could leave taxpayers on the hook for millions in operating costs over coming decades.

President Donald Trump’s call to review 27 national monuments established by three former presidents put in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering sequoia trees, deep canyons and ocean habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles roam. Trump and other critics say presidents have lost sight of the original purpose of the law that was designed to protect particular historical or archaeological sites rather than wide expanses.

The political intrigue is growing in connection with the question of whether there are White House recordings of President Donald Trump’s private conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey. For its part, the Secret Service says that it doesn’t have any recordings or transcripts of any tapes, if any exist. The agency’s response comes as Trump continues to be coy about whether there are such tapes. The president raised the possibility of tapes last month after he fired Comey.

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign. Trump friend Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, has gone so far as to suggest the president was already thinking about “terminating” Mueller. Trump supporters are increasingly worried that the investigation will overshadow the president’s agenda for months to come.

A cryptocurrency for legalized marijuana is sponsoring former NBA star Dennis Rodman’s latest trip to North Korea. Rodman tweeted Tuesday “I’m back! Thanks to my sponsor Potcoin.com.” He earlier passed through immigration at Beijing airport, from where he was expected to fly to North Korea.

Hawaii’s Attorney General Doug Chin says a ruling that upholds the blocking of President Donald Trump’s travel ban shows why the country has three branches of government. Chin says the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Monday is everything high school students learn in social studies coming into play the way it should. The three-judge panel of the court upheld a lower court decision and said Trump violated U.S. immigration law with the ban.

Jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial want to hear more of his deposition testimony from the accuser’s lawsuit when they resume deliberations on Tuesday. Cosby chose not to testify when the defense opened on Monday. The defense put on just six minutes of testimony from a detective before closing arguments. Cosby’s accuser and her mother have stayed in town to await the verdict.

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