November 1, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

Two Scarborough women charged with trafficking, possession of crack cocaine / Feds nearing settlement in Maine submarine arson case / Injury to Arabian horse proves to be bullet wounds ... and more news from around the state.

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Mom facing drug charges after pupils get brownies

Police arrested a Maine mom after her child allegedly brought pot brownies to an elementary school and distributed them to fellow students.

The school superintendent says the student brought the marijuana, which police said was contained in brownies, to Mountain View Elementary School in Sullivan on Tuesday.

After the school interviewed students, several were suspended in connection with the pot brownies.

A Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agent told the Bangor Daily News that police concluded that the brownies belonged to the student's mother.

Amanda L. Hiser, 32, of Sullivan has been charged with trafficking of a scheduled drug.

She was released on Tuesday on a $500 unsecured bail.


Bowers Mountain project scaled back to 16 turbines

Maine's largest wind energy developer has submitted a scaled-back plan to build wind turbines on Bowers Mountain in eastern Maine, proposing 16 instead of 27 turbines.

The proposal has been submitted to state regulatory agencies, six months after the original project was rejected.

First Wind says its new plan would reconfigure the turbines to reduce visual impact, use more efficient turbines and new technology to leave lights off at night except when planes are in the area, and create a fund to improve deer habitat and promote local guides.

The $100 million project in Carroll Plantation would supply the average power needs of 25,000 homes.


Teen driver in double-fatal asks to suppress statement

The lawyer for an Oxford teenager facing manslaughter charges for allegedly causing a car crash in West Paris that killed two friends has filed a motion to suppress statements made to police.

Passengers Rebecca Mason, 16, of West Paris and Logan Dam, 19, of Norway were killed in the crash on Jan. 7. A third passenger, Jacob Scaff, 22, of South Paris, was injured.

A lawyer for Kristina Lowe, 19, argued that when his client talked to a state trooper in the hospital the day after the crash, she was on strong painkillers and was not read her rights.

Police say Lowe admitted to texting while driving at the time of the crash in West Paris. Police say Lowe had also been drinking and smoking marijuana, and was driving 75 mph.

Lowe pleaded not guilty. Her lawyer blamed icy roads.

The Sun Journal reported that the prosecution and defense have until next week to submit information before the judge rules.


Backers urge passage of transportation bond

A coalition of nearly 20 community and professional groups is urging passage of Question 4 on next week's Maine ballot, the $51.5 million bond issue for highways, bridges and other transportation projects.

Among the supporters at a news conference Wednesday in Hampden were Bangor Mayor Cary Weston, Hampden Town Manager Susan Lessard, David Gelinas of the Penobscot Bay and River Pilots Association, and Irving Smith of H.O. Bouchard Inc., Maine's largest bulk carrier.

Smith says that in three decades, he's never seen Maine's roads and bridges in such disrepair. He says Bouchard's trucks travel 4.75 million miles in Maine and every mile of bad road costs the company money.

No organized opposition to the bond has surfaced, but some voters may be wary of additional state borrowing in general.


Panel clears Sen. Farnham, fines PAC for slow response

Maine's campaign watchdog panel has cleared a state senator from Bangor of improperly coordinating with a political action committee to direct $73,000 into ads against her opponent.

The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices voted unanimously Wednesday to clear Republican Sen. Nichi Farnham of illegal coordination between her campaign and a PAC for which she was named an officer.

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