December 12, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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Republicans appoint their apportionment panelists

Maine House and Senate Republican leaders have named the leader of the state party and a mix of lawmakers to the legislative apportionment commission, which will meet throughout the winter and spring to redraw the state's House and Senate district lines.

The GOP appointees are Sens. Andre Cushing III of Hampden and Garrett Mason of Lisbon Falls; Reps. Wayne Parry of Arundel, Matthew Pouliot of Augusta and Amy Volk of Scarborough; Maine Republican Party chairman-elect Richard Cebra, and former House Republican Leader Joshua Tardy, who is the public member.

The Democrats are still working on their list of appointees to the commission.

The Maine Constitution requires redistricting every 10 years in order to ensure that state legislative districts reflect population changes.


Probate judge, 92, calling it quits after 50 years on bench

Maine's longest-serving probate judge has decided it's time to retire -- at age 92.

Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday accepted Penobscot County Probate Judge Allan Woodcock Jr.'s resignation, which takes effect at month's end.

Woodcock told the Bangor Daily News that he chose Jan. 1 because it marks 50 years of service as a judge.

He was most recently elected to a four-year term in 2010. LePage will select a replacement from a list of recommendations made by the Penobscot County Republican Committee.

Medical problem preceded crash that killed state worker

Authorities say a state worker who died after his state-owned vehicle crashed into a utility pole in Augusta apparently suffered some sort of medical emergency before impact.

Police say 64-year-old John Pearl died at a city hospital shortly after the crash at about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The state medical examiner is expected to determine a cause of death.

Pearl was a 26-year employee of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services Bureau of General Services.

An agency spokeswoman said Pearl worked in inventory and property and was on a routine delivery when the accident occurred.

Police say the box truck hit the pole at low speed.


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