Things You Need to Know: Students from Skowhegan + Mt. Blue Students Facing Charges for School Threats
Here are the things you need to know today......
Centralmaine.com reports two boys, a freshman and a sophomore, were arrested after a second threat aimed at Skowhegan High School. Mount View in Thorndike was on lock down after a social media threat, allegedly from a person also involved in the Skowhegan threats.
Three Mt. Blue High School students were charged with terrorizing. Centralmaine.com reports it is in connection with the case of a student who threatened “to shoot up the school” on Tuesday.
Ice cutters finished getting to Gardiner this week. Centralmaine.com reports they are hoping to keep the water moving and avoid any flooding with this weeks warmer temperatures and today rains.
From the Associated Press:
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Republican governor is defending his decision against renewing a contract for a child abuse prevention program. Gov. Paul LePage's office says his administration believes parts of the program are valuable to the state. LePage's office said that Maine's existing child abuse and neglect councils provide some similar services.
SEATTLE (AP) — Outdoor retailer L.L. Bean will no longer sell rifles to anyone under 21. The company joined retail heavyweights Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods in changing policies in the wake of the Florida school massacre. L.L. Bean said in a statement late Thursday that it will no longer sell guns or ammunition to anyone under the age of 21.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine resident charged with mailing cyanide to a suicidal man in England is scheduled to be sentenced in April. Windham resident Sidney Kilmartin was found guilty in 2016 of mailing injurious articles resulting in death and witness tampering. A spokesman for federal prosecutors in Maine says his sentencing is set for April 27 in Portland, but that date could change.
BOSTON (AP) — A major Nor'easter is starting to slam the East Coast with heavy rain, intermittent snow and strong winds. Gusts exceeding 50 mph are expected as the storm moves up the Eastern seaboard on Friday. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has activated 200 National Guard members. Authorities are urging residents of coastal communities to be prepared to evacuate if necessary in advance of Friday morning's high tide.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Advisers say the White House has been gripped by tumult that is striking even by the standards of President Donald Trump's often chaotic administration. White House officials and other Trump advisers say the turbulence leaves the president with a shrinking circle of trusted advisers and remaining White House aides demoralized about the prospect of a reset on the horizon.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump's stunning shift on gun policy has left lawmakers scrambling to figure out what to do next on gun legislation. Any movement on legislation has skidded to a halt in Congress. Republicans are squirming over Trump's call for stricter gun laws after the assault on a Florida high school, while Democrats are seizing on the opening to unveil a more ambitious priority list, including beefed-up background checks.
ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines' decision to cut ties with the National Rifle Association could cost the airline millions of dollars. Republicans in Georgia's legislature voted Thursday to kill a tax break that would have saved Delta millions of dollars in sales tax on jet fuel. The vote came after Delta announced last weekend that it would no longer offer discounted fares to NRA members.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, escalating tensions with China and other U.S. trading partners. That raised the prospect of higher prices for American consumers and companies. Trump's announcement caught some Republican allies off-guard and capped an intense internal White House debate. The move roiled financial markets in the U.S. and overseas.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mourners are gathering to pay their respects to the Rev. Billy Graham at a funeral that marks the culmination of more than a week of tributes to "America's Pastor." The service is scheduled to start at noon Friday and to include performances by musicians who shared the stage with Graham at his crusades.