November 27, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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The definitions were refined during a meeting on Nov. 13 between CMP, Maine's largest power transmission company, and the regulatory agency, which oversees public utilities.

The public can comment on the new definitions until Nov. 30.

After that, likely in December or January, the PUC will vote to determine whether CMP has satisfied the commission with its new definitions.

A CMP spokesman told the Sun Journal the company is still wary that it could be held liable for outages caused by downed trees outside CMP's jurisdiction.

AUGUSTA

Election recounts conclude with no change in results

State election officials have completed their recounts from the Nov. 6 election.

The Secretary of State's Office held a recount Monday in the Piscataquis County commissioner's race between Democrat Donald Crossman and Republican Frederick Trask. Trask gained one vote during the recount, making him the victor by 11 votes.

A recount was scheduled in the House District 51 race between Democrat Michael Devin and Republican Alan Pinkham, but Pinkham withdrew his request for a recount, leaving Devin the winner.

All told, the Secretary of State's Office held recounts in 12 legislative races and in the commissioner's race. None of them changed the Election Day results.

 

More AAA branches added as places to renew licenses

The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles is expanding the number of communities where motorists can renew driver's licenses at their local AAA branch.

Following a successful pilot program in Waterville, the program is being expanded Wednesday to include AAA branches in Portland, Bangor and Augusta.

Secretary of State Charlie Summers, who oversees the bureau, says the public-private partnership is providing more locations and flexible hours without any additional cost. AAA branch office business hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The program will eventually include AAA's remaining five offices.

WALES

Chest wound killed hunter who was shot on Nov. 20

The medical examiner says a 49-year-old Maine man who was killed in a hunting-related shooting died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The Maine Medical Examiner's Office issued its conclusion following an autopsy on the body of Gerard Parent, who was killed Nov. 20.

The Maine Warden Service says Parent was shot by Christopher Austin of Wales as they were hunting separately for the same deer. Austin fired two shots, while Parent fired one.

Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service would not say Monday whether charges will be filed.

 

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