Things You Need to Know Today: North Pond Hermit Not Paying Restitution on Evidence Gathering + Betsy Anne Ross House Back on Track
Here are the things you need to know today......
The Maine Supreme Court ruled the “North Pond Hermit” does not have to pay some of the restitution he had been ordered to pay in connection to the state police collecting evidence from his remote campsite. According to WABI, Christopher Knight is believed to have committed hundreds of burglaries while living in the woods in Rome for 27 years.
Things are back on track for the Betsy Ann Ross House for Hope for homeless female veterans. According to WABI, they have the go-ahead but still need about $50,000 to finish the renovations.
The Augusta City Council has put a 180 moratorium on new group, boarding or boarding houses. According to centralmaine.com, St. Marks is worried that it might slow down their goal of selling their west side property.
From the Associated Press:
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the trade association for the firearms industry is offering a reward for information leading to burglars who stole 22 guns from a Newport pawn shop last month. The Morning Sentinel reports the robbery occurred on July 1 at The Money Shop.
For the first time in several years, the Maine Drought Task Force has called a meeting in response to the unusually dry weather the state has experienced this summer. The Kennebec Journal reports the they will examine and discuss the potential risks from the dry weather.
Bicyclists who are peddling more than 300 miles from Calais to Portland will stop in Maine's capital city. The 17 bicyclists are cycling on the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile trail route that goes from the Canadian border to Key West, Florida.
Donald Trump tells a Maine newspaper the best deal he could negotiate as president would be "peace all over the world." And no, Trump adds, he's not quitting the presidential race despite one of the most difficult weeks of his campaign. Trump spoke in an interview with the Portland Press Herald.
President Barack Obama is pushing back at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's suggestions that the November election might be rigged. The president calls the assertion "ridiculous." Obama says his advice to Trump is to "go out there and try to win the election."
Mike Pence is trying to smooth over turmoil stirred by Donald Trump's refusal to endorse some prominent Republicans. The GOP vice-presidential nominee has issued a blanket endorsement of all Republican congressional incumbents seeking re-election. Pence's mass endorsement is an unusual break between a running mate and the top of the ticket.
A jury in Virginia has recommended 2 1/2 years in prison for a white former police officer convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man. The ex-officer, Stephen Rankin, shot 18-year-old William Chapman in the face and chest outside a Wal-Mart store last year in Portsmouth.
The public is set to get its first look at videos related to last week's fatal Chicago police shooting of an 18-year-old suspect in a car theft. The release scheduled for Friday morning marks the first time the city will make public such material in a fatal police shooting under a new policy that calls for it to do so within 60 days.