February 22, 2013

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Those fishermen target bottom-dwelling groundfish, such as cod and haddock. They're absorbing potentially disastrous cuts on those species in May, but many also have permits to catch monkfish.

Regulators say allowing groundfishermen to catch more monkfish in the so-called Northern Fishery Management Area can provide additional revenue as they try to survive the cuts.

Last week, regulators allowed fishermen to boost their 2013 catch by carrying over a percentage of 2012's unused catch quotas.

The coming cuts are so deep, however, the impact of such measures is unclear.


Man arrested for bath salts for second time since Jan. 17

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested a Waldoboro man on bath salts charges for the second time in just over a month, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Bradford Davis, 37, was arrested Wednesday at his home on Friendship Road on charges of trafficking bath salts and violating bail conditions.

State, county and local police were involved in the operation, which included a seizure of 20 grams of bath salts, said Steve McCausland, department spokesman.

At the time of his most recent arrest, Davis was free on bail following an arrest Jan. 17, when drug agents seized 44 grams of bath salts, McCausland said in a news release.

Davis was being held at the Two Bridges Regional Jail pending his arraignment Friday on the new charges.

Bath salts is the street name for synthetic stimulants such as mephedrone and methylone that are typically sold in powdered form in small, colorful packets.


Former Gardiner man free on time served in killings

A former Gardiner man who was charged in connection with the killings of a Maine couple in California is free.

Elijah Bae McKay, 30, is free after pleading guilty to being an accessory after the fact. His accomplice, Robby Beasley, 32, formerly of Augusta, has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2010 murders of Augusta couple Frank and Yvette Maddox in a drug-related case.

McKay was sentenced in California court Tuesday to two years behind bars. The sentence is less time than McKay had served since his arrest in 2010, meaning he won't have to serve any additional jail time.

McKay, like Beasley, originally was charged with double murder. During his trial, McKay blamed Beasley.


Defense granted more time to prepare for woman's case

A lawyer for a Deer Isle woman facing a manslaughter charge for allegedly running over her boyfriend has requested more time to prepare for the case.

An attorney for Kimberly Phelan, 30, was granted his request by a judge Thursday in Hancock County court.

Authorities say Phelan and Andrew Ray, 31, were driving home in the early morning hours last Sept. 15 after a night of drinking when they stopped in Blue Hill to smoke marijuana.

Police say they had an argument and when Phelan put the vehicle in reverse she ran over Ray. He later died at a hospital.

WABI-TV reported that court documents show her blood-alcohol level was more twice the legal limit.

Phelan, who is free on bail, is scheduled back in court April 18.


Five cars of chicken feed derail but remain upright

Authorities say five cars of a freight train carrying chicken feed derailed Friday but remained upright during the accident. No one was hurt in the derailment, which occurred at 6 a.m.

The train is operated by Pan Am Railways in Billerica, Mass. Cynthia Scarano, executive vice president for Pan Am, said the cars derailed as they were being switched for a delivery to a customer. She said the railway is investigating what happened.

She said since the cars remained upright, none of the chicken feed spilled from the train. At least three cars were back on track later in the morning.

The derailment led to the closure of Route 219 in Leeds, a town about 20 miles west of Augusta.


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