Sunday, May 19, 2013
From staff and news services
Follow-up inspection finds no deficiencies at nursing home
A follow-up state inspection of a nursing home where maggots were found on a resident revealed no deficiencies.
The report on the Newton Center home showed "the resident was well cared-for, the issue was caught in its earliest stage, the staff acted immediately and professionally and this was an isolated incident," said Patsy Aprile, president and chief executive officer of Goodall Hospital, which owns and operates the nursing home.
Aprile said the incident with the maggots "resulted in unfair characterizations of the care we deliver to our residents and exaggerated the nature of the issue."
The larvae were found on the ankle of a male resident on Aug. 5. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services conducted its follow-up investigation on Aug. 14.
Newton Center has been found to have "health deficiencies" far exceeding state and national averages during inspections last year, according to a federal Medicare comparison of nursing homes.
State officials said the 74-bed skilled nursing home and rehabilitation facility was fully licensed, without conditions, following its regular annual inspection.
Minors with alcohol arrested during traffic stop, police say
Three male teenagers had to be taken into police custody during a traffic stop Tuesday night at the junction of Routes 1 and 88 in Falmouth.
Sgt. Frank Soule said the driver, a 17-year-old from Sanford, was charged with driving under the influence and operating without a license.
During the stop, Soule said two other 17-year-old passengers, became verbally abusive toward police. Those boys were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.
One of the boys was charged with a probation violation, while another was charged with a bail violation. They were all transported to the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland.
Soule said there were five juveniles in the car and all of them had been drinking alcohol.
The traffic stop occurred around 4:45 during the height of the evening commute.
Groundbreaking ceremony to kick off civic center project
A ceremonial groundbreaking for the $33 million renovation of the Cumberland County Civic Center will be held Wednesday.
The event will be held next to the Free Street entrance of the Civic Center at 11 a.m. Neal Pratt, the chairman of the Civic Center board, will lead the ceremony and be joined by representatives of the renovation project's architectural firm and contractor.
The renovation will add suites and premium seating to the arena, upgrade the ticketing and concession areas, improve the heating and cooling systems and enlarge and update the back-of-house areas, including the loading dock and locker and dressing rooms.
The renovation will be done in phases, starting this month with work primarily focused on the northwest corner of the arena near the Free Street entrance.
County voters last fall approved spending up to $33 million to renovate the arena. The work is expected to be completed in early fall 2013.
Warren man, 25, dies in early morning motorcycle crash
Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash in Waldoboro.
The Waldoboro Police Department said that 25-year-old Gregory Zaccadelli of Warren went off Jefferson Street and crashed his 1997 Harley-Davidson shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Jefferson Street had to be closed for nearly three hours.
Officer Jeremy Joslyn investigated. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Two statewide unions back Democrat in U.S. Senate race
Democrat Cynthia Dill has endorsements from two statewide groups in the race for Maine's open U.S. Senate seat.
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