May 1, 2013

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PORTLAND

Former Standish lawmaker will report to prison May 17

A former legislator from Standish who was sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve six months in prison and pay $384,000 in restitution for misusing federal funds is scheduled to report to prison on May 17.

Adam Mack, 38, was sentenced April 22 and must serve three years of supervised release after his term.

Mack, who was a Republican member of the Maine House from 1997 to 2000, pleaded guilty in October to a single count of equity skimming.

After he left the Legislature, Mack was the president and majority owner of Chartwell Management Company Inc., a Portland-based residential firm that managed nine multifamily residences, including Barron’s Hill I in Topsham. To buy that property, the property owner took loans subsidized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development program, according to court records.

In January 2007, Mack withdrew $384,000 that Chartwell was holding for the agency as security for the mortgage loan and improperly used those funds to pay unrelated expenses for other properties in which he and his family members had an interest, court documents say.

When authorities charged Mack more than five years later, he had not returned any of the $384,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says.

THORNDIKE

Bullying was not a factor in teen’s suicide, police say

An investigation into the suicide of a 13-year-old Mount View Middle School student in March shows that bullying was not a factor in her death, police said Tuesday.

The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department also found that no crimes were committed in connection with the suicide of Kitty McGuire of Troy, said Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton.

“Interviews with family, friends and the school failed to provide any specific instances of bullying at the school,” he said.

Kitty McGuire’s grandfather Fred McGuire said Tuesday that he still believes bullying played a role.

McGuire’s death was investigated after her body was found March 26 at her home. Many of her relatives and friends have said she was bullied because she questioned her sexual identity, expressing herself by dressing in black and experimenting with her hair and makeup.

Further details of the police investigation are not being released because of their sensitive nature, Trafton said.

Fred McGuire said he believes police did a complete investigation but the school should have done more to prevent bullying in the first place.

AUGUSTA

Police collect record amount of prescription medication

Police throughout Maine gathered a record amount of unused and unwanted prescription medication last weekend in the sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Departments collected 22,260 pounds of medication that residents dropped off at police stations and other collection sites. Most of the collections were held Saturday.

That’s up sharply from the 13,980 pounds collected last fall and more than the previous record of 19,980 collected in the spring of 2012.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration coordinates the take-back and funds disposal.

Maine passes a resolution to overturn Citizens United

Maine is joining other states in asking Congress to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for unlimited campaign spending by special interests.

The resolution seeking to reverse the Citizens United decision was approved by lopsided, bipartisan margins in the Maine House and Senate on Tuesday. Supporters say Maine is the 13th state to pass such a resolution.

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