Things You Need to Know: Waterville Looking at Increase to Municipal Outdoor Pool Fees
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19 year old Ethan Russell of Wayne died in a Mt. Vernon crash Friday. According to Centralmaine.com riding in a truck that went off the road. The driver and another passenger were injured. Officials are still investigating but say speed and alcohol may be factors and that none of them were wearing seat-belts.
Waterville City Councilors will look at increasing municipal outdoor pool fees at their Tuesday meeting. According to centramaine.com rates would go up a dollar for a day and five dollars for each season pass. The cost of paying life guards has gone up.
From the Associated Press:
Police charged 36-year-old Tara Shibles with manslaughter, aggravated criminal trespassing and assault in connection with the death of 72-year-old Joyce Woods in Burnham. The Morning Sentinel reports Woods called police on April 2 after she realized a woman had gotten into bed with her at her home. Family members arrived at the scene before police and placed Woods in a car in the driveway, and she then died.
Maine State Police have made an arrest three months after a man was found stabbed to death outside a home in the town of Waldo. 24-year-old Victoria Scott of Rockport was arrested Thursday after she was indicted on a manslaughter charge. Investigators say she was involved in the death of 43-year-old Edwin Littlefield of Belmont on Feb. 8.
The new Maine National Guard Joint Force Headquarters is taking shape in Augusta. Officials say construction is about 70 percent complete, and Camp Chamberlain is due to be completed by year's end. Col. Norm Michaud tells the Kennebec Journal that personnel will begin moving from the existing headquarters to the 100,000-square-foot, two-story building in January.
It was big day for college commencements with ceremonies being held at the University of Maine System and other campuses. Entrepreneurs Heather and Abe Furth are keynote speakers Saturday at the 215th commencement exercises at the University of Maine.
The Maine Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a man sentenced to 50 years in prison for fatally stabbing his girlfriend. In the appeal, the lawyer for 42-year-old Justin Pillsbury says the prosecutor was at fault for describing Pillsbury as a "green-eyed monster" during trial. The court says Pillsbury received a fair trial.
Maine wild blueberries are being served up in more schools. The Wild Blueberry School Foodservice Program says federal data show that more frozen Maine blueberries were sold to schools in April than in all of 2016. In the coming school year, Maine wild blueberries will be served in public school systems in 19 states.
More than 250 middle school and high school students are expected to participate in two science competitions involving wind at the University of Maine on May 19. The contests will feature hands-on projects created by the students. One of the competitions is the Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge, in which teams of high school students will design and build a scale-model floating wind turbine platform and deliver a sales pitch to a panel of judges.
Portland, Maine, is the latest city in the U.S. to try to cut down panhandling by taking people from curbside begging to jobs. The city launched the "Portland Opportunity Crew" program this month. The program will take panhandlers to do landscaping and clean up public areas at the minimum wage of $10.68 per hour. Albuquerque, New Mexico, and San Jose, California, have tried similar programs.
North Korea says the missile it launched over the weekend was a new type of long-range ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. Its propaganda must be considered with wariness, but if confirmed, the claim marks another big step forward in the country's escalating efforts to field a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. The launch is an immediate challenge to South Korea's new leader.
Global cyber chaos is spreading as companies boot up computers at work following the weekend's worldwide "ransomware" cyberattack. The extortion scheme has created chaos in 150 countries and could wreak even greater havoc as more malicious variations appear. State media said more than 29,000 institutions across China had been infected along with hundreds of thousands of devices.
A Japanese nonprofit says has computers at 600 locations had been hit in the global "ransomware" cyberattack. Nissan Motor Co. confirmed some units had been targeted, but there was no major impact on its business. Hitachi spokeswoman Yuko Tainiuchi said emails were slow or not getting delivered, and files could not be opened. They were installing software to fix the problems.
Thousands of school-age offenders are treated for sexual aggression each year in the United States. The Associated Press sought to understand who they are. It turns out there is no typical attacker. That makes it difficult for schools to predict who might harm a classmate. It could be a popular jock, a quiet loner, or anyone between. Therapists describe a huge range of motivations, which rarely are as straightforward as physical gratification. The good news is that therapy can speed recovery.