March 23, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Hautala is also survived by three grown children.


Principal appeals decision not to renew her contract

The principal of Bonny Eagle High School is appealing a decision by the School Administrative District 6 board not to renew her contract.

The board voted last month to end the employment of Beth Schultz, the principal since 2008, effective at the end of June. The decision was made at the recommendation of Superintendent Frank Sherburne, who said he was not confident in Schultz's leadership ability.

Schultz has requested that the board provide reasons for its decision and hold a hearing on her appeal.

The board must hold the hearing within 30 days of her request, which was received on March 8, said Peter Cary, attorney for the board.

He said the hearing has not been scheduled and the board has not provided Schultz with reasons for its decision. The board will have to do that before the hearing, Cary said.

He was not sure if the hearing would be open to the public.

Schultz waived her right to a confidential hearing at the school board meeting last month, before the vote on her contract.


Woman sent to Riverview in boyfriend's fatal stabbing

A Bangor woman has been sent to a psychiatric facility after being found not criminally responsible by reason of insanity for the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend.

Gail Judd on Thursday entered her plea to the stabbing death of 47-year-old Michael Drouin in February 2012.

WABI-TV reported that a judge committed her to Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Augusta indefinitely.

The 53-year-old Judd's defense attorney said his client suffered from a liver condition that caused too much ammonia in her system, which sometimes drove her to a delirious state. He told the court she was in such a state when she stabbed Drouin.

Judd initially claimed self-defense in the stabbing, saying Drouin tried to rape her.


Investigation continuing after 75 dogs, birds rescued

State animal welfare officials say many of the 75 dogs and more than 20 birds removed from a Wilton home last week were living in unsanitary conditions and were sick.

Animal Welfare Program Director Liam Hughes told the Sun Journal on Thursday that the investigation is still open. The resident has not been charged.

Court records indicate a majority of the dogs were deemed very thin or emaciated. Some had dental disease, hair loss and scabbing from chronic flea infestations, overgrown toenails, ear and eye infections and long hair matted with feces. Many had parasites.

Among the dog breeds were dachshunds, pugs, Pomeranians, French bulldogs and shih tzus. There were seven parakeet-type birds, six lovebirds and four canaries as well as chickens.

They have been taken to a shelter.


Effort aims to recall official who backed gun proposal

Some residents of a small western Maine town that made national news when voters were asked whether every home should be required to have a gun have launched an effort to recall a town official who supported the proposal.

Town Clerk Allison Freeman confirmed Thursday that 17 people had signed the petition asking for the recall of Anne Simmons-Edmunds, head of Byron's select board.

The Sun Journal reported that the petition initiated by resident Robert Bourassa says among other things that Simmons-Edmunds subjected "residents of the town to ridicule, embarrassment and disrepute" with her support of the gun measure.

Simmons-Edmunds said she was aware of the petition. Bourassa could not be reached.

Voters in the town of about 140 residents unanimously rejected the measure at town meeting this month.


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