Things You Need to Know: Las Vegas Shooting + LePage Wants Lawmakers Back for Special Session
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A Waterville transient was arrested yesterday after he allegedly got away from police in Winthrop and Manchester before he was caught in West Gardiner. According to centralmaine.com when he was found with stolen items in a stolen vehicle. 32 year old Albert Depietro was charged with "criminal speeding, operating after suspension, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, eluding, refusing to submit to arrest, burglary, felony theft, criminal mischief and felony authorized use of a vehicle."
A South China woman was charged arson. According to WMTW it is for allegedly starting her home on fire. The house was a total loss.
Gov. LePage said he was calling the lawmakers back to for a special lawmaking session for Oct. 23. According to the Sun Journal he wants them to address two issues; the recently passed ‘food sovereignty’ law to ensure compliance with federal requirements and the need to fund the Maine Office of Geographic Information Systems. He can call lawmakers back for specific reasons he he cannot control what the leaders decide they want lawmakers to work on.
About 35 people showed up for what was billed by organizers as a “Rally to Denounce Political Violence” at the State House this weekend. According to the Bangor Daily News several speakers criticized the media for distorting coverage of violence in Charlottesville last month after a white nationalist demonstration. A counterprotest said the rally was an attempt to legitimize white supremacy.
From the Associated Press:
Over 20 dead and over 100 wounded after someone opened fire on an outdoor country music festival across the street from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Las Vegas police say one suspect is 'down'.
Portland's newest professional hockey franchise will be the Maine Mariners. That's the same name the Portland team had from 1977 to 1992 in the American Hockey League. Finishing second in a contest was Wild Blueberries.
Police in Maine are investigating a series of attempted child abductions in Rockland. Authorities say in all three incidents a man or group of men riding in a white van tried to lure children into the vehicle. An investigation is ongoing.
A pair of cows is responsible for a pair of collisions this week in Maine. Police say one driver who crashed into a black Angus cow was on the phone with 911 at the same time there was a second car crash with a second black Angus cow about 200 yards away Wednesday in Auburn. The Sun Journal reports that neither driver was seriously injured, but both cows had to be euthanized.
Authorities believe they have found the body of an elderly, retired priest who has been missing for more than two months in Maine. The Maine Warden Service says a man clearing trails near a lake Saturday found a car that belonged to Clement Thibodeau, of Caribou. Game wardens later found the remains of a body nearby. Foul play is not suspected.
In releasing the Coast Guard's report on the sinking of the El Faro, Capt. Jason Neubauer says the Coast Guard would have sought to revoke the license of the cargo ship's captain if he had survived. Neubauer said at a news conference Sunday in Jacksonville, Florida, that El Faro Capt. Michael Davidson "was ultimately responsible for the vessel, the crew and its safe navigation." He also says Davidson "misjudged" Hurricane Joaquin and overestimated the vessel's heavy weather survivability.
State police say a man died after being shot on the enclosed front porch of a Maine home. The Press Herald reports that 53-year-old Michael Burns, of Rochester, New Hampshire, was fatally wounded shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday in Saco. State police say the man who fired the gun was a tenant of the home and was not taken into custody. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the shooting.
The state Department of Education says it's working to expand access to career and technical education to middle-school students across Maine. A new state law allows but does not require schools to offer such opportunities for sixth through eighth graders this school year. Department of Education Chief Academic Officer Rachelle Tome this year said that 11 other states have expanded their career and technical education programs to include middle-schoolers.
Federal arrests of immigrants without criminal records but in the U.S. without legal permission have tripled in New England through mid-July compared with the same period last year. The Bangor Daily News reports U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 631 immigrants in New England without a criminal record from Jan. 20 through July 20. That's compared to arrests of 206 immigrants during that time period in 2016.
Catalonia's regional government has declared a landslide win for the "yes" side in a disputed referendum on independence from Spain that degenerated into mayhem, with more than 800 people injured as riot police attacked peaceful protesters and unarmed civilians trying to cast their ballots. Catalan's president said he would keep his pledge to declare independence unilaterally if the "yes" side won.
LA Nevada parole official says O.J. Simpson plans to live at a home in the Las Vegas area for the foreseeable future. State Parole and Probation Capt. Shawn Arruti told The Associated Press on Sunday that the former football hero and celebrity criminal defendant has one approved residential plan, and it doesn't currently include a move to Florida or any other state. Arruti says that could change in the future.
The judge in the trial of two women accused of killing the half brother of North Korea's leader has denied a defense request that four other people listed on the charge sheet be identified. Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam are the only suspects in custody in a killing that South Korea's spy agency said was part of a five-year plot by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to kill Kim Jong Nam _ a brother he reportedly never met.
The first full Supreme Court term of the Trump presidency begins Monday with high-profile cases involving gay rights and religious freedoms on the docket. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said this year on the court will be momentous. Conservatives are looking for a boost from the newest justice, Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch (GOR'-suhch). Looming cases involve a dispute over a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, gerrymandering and the government's ability to track people without search warrants.