July 19, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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He is being held in the York County Jail, with a court appearance scheduled for Friday in Biddeford District Court.

AUGUSTA

Citizens for Clean Elections to kick off petition drive

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections said it is prepared to begin a citizens initiative campaign aimed at reducing the role of special interest money in state elections and government.

Executive Director Andrew Bossie said the proposed legislation would strengthen Maine's Clean Election Act by increasing transparency and closing loopholes in campaign finance laws.

Bossie said more specifics will be presented at a news conference Friday morning in Augusta.

Once petition language has been approved by the secretary of state, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections will have to collect at least 57,000 signatures of registered voters to get its initiative on the ballot.

Bossie said he hopes that a ballot question can be presented to voters by 2015.

WATERVILLE

Police sergeant disciplined for abusing homeless man

A Waterville police sergeant has been disciplined by the department because of a complaint from a homeless man who said the officer mistreated him.

Brian Charette said in his complaint to police that Sgt. Brian Gardiner used disparaging terms and profanity, threatened to use force against him, and sprayed saliva in his face during a confrontation in May.

Following an internal investigation, police substantiated Charette's complaint. In a letter to Charette, the department apologized for falling short "of the mark of professionalism that we all strive for."

Charette, who has a criminal record, says he has had difficulty sleeping since the incident.

 

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