Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tickets confirm motorists distracted and unbuckled
A state police crackdown during the summer resulted in nearly 3,000 combined tickets being written for failure to buckle up, distracted driving and texting while driving.
Col. Robert Williams, the head of the state police, said he told troopers to step up enforcement of those laws in July, August and September and as a result, 2,486 drivers were ticketed for not wearing seat belts and 493 got tickets for distracted driving or texting while driving.
Steve McCausland, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said comparable figures for prior months and last summer were not available Friday.
“We all see motorists not paying attention while they are driving or not buckled up, and the numbers for the past three months confirm it,” Williams said.
Williams also said that troopers wrote 13,134 tickets for speeding in the three same three months.
Gay Episcopal bishop to talk about same-sex marriage
Bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire will speak Tuesday about gay marriage at the Cathedral of St. Luke.
Robinson will sign copies of his new book “God Believes in Love: Straight Talk on Gay Marriage” at 6:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m. he will address frequently asked questions about gay marriage. Topics will include a discussion of civil unions, parenting and why straight people should care about gay marriage, according to a news release from the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination and Integrity Maine.
Robinson had been married to a woman and has two children, but has been married to his longtime male partner for four years.
Maine voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to allow the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Man, 23, will face charges of threatening over standoff
Police say a man who was arrested after a standoff has been charged with two counts of criminal threatening with a firearm.
Police Chief Phil Crowell said Dylan Brockway, 23, fired two shots in the air and one toward police.
Police eventually used tear gas to bring the incident to a conclusion on Friday.
Crowell told the Sun Journal that Brockway lived with his grandmother and that she got to safety during the incident.
Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland said the incident began about 1 a.m. and the state police tactical squad responded.
Council fires town manager after a few months on job
The town manager in Lincoln is out after only a few months on the job.
The town council voted 6-0 at a special meeting Thursday night to terminate the contract of Bill Reed, who was still on his six-month probationary period after being hired in June.
Councilors did not give a reason for firing Reed, but council chairman Steve Clay said it was not related to the recent discovery of some $1.5 million in accounting errors in the last two town budgets.
Clay told the Bangor Daily News that Reed just wasn’t a good fit.
Police Chief William Lawrence was appointed to serve as interim town manager until a permanent replacement is hired.
Supreme court will honor lawyers for pro bono work
Maine’s highest court will honor 16 York County lawyers for their pro bono work on behalf the poor and elderly.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will recognize the lawyers at an awards ceremony at Biddeford District Court at noon Tuesday. The lawyers are: Diane M. Edgecomb, Rita M. Farry, Scott David Giese, Jennifer G. Hayden, Pamela S. Holmes, Lori A. Howell, Erin O’Reilly Jakan, Amy B. McGarry, Robert M. Powers, Amanda E. Ramirez, Craig John Rancourt, R. July Simpson, Charles W. Smith Jr., Angela M. Thibodeau, Neal Weinstein and Russell B. White.
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