Four jail officers indicted over incident with inmate

A Maine sheriff said four jail corrections officers have been indicted on misdemeanor charges including assault, criminal threatening and reckless conduct.

York County Sheriff Mark Ouellette said Friday that the charges stem from an incident three weeks ago when jailers responded to the cell of an inmate in the maximum security wing. He says the inmate was “acting out” when officers responded. He declined to provide details of the incident.

All four are on administrative leave and are subject to an internal investigation.

They’re identified as 30-year-old Roger Souliere of Waterboro, 25-year-old John Sibya of Alfred, 26-year-old Daniel Roy of Lyman and 27-year-old Michael Pitts of Biddeford.


Manufactured housing plant to reopen, hire 45 workers

A Maine manufactured housing company is reopening a plant in Waterford, putting 45 people back to work.

KBS-Building Systems of South Paris had closed the Waterford plant in December, laid off 25 workers and moved 20 workers to other sites.

At that time, General Manager Ray Atkisson said the closure was due to a lack of commercial work in Maine and the high cost of heating the Waterford building in the winter.

The Sun Journal said work at the 17-acre property, which has a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, is due to begin May 16. Atkisson said 45 workers would be hired “to start off.”


Woman gets 42 months for vastly overbilling MaineCare

A woman who ran a company that provided services for children with mental disabilities was sentenced Thursday to 42 months in state prison for overcharging the state’s MaineCare program by more than $4 million.

Dawn Solomon, who admitted to the fraud when pleading guilty in December, was also ordered to pay restitution as part of her plea agreement with prosecutors.

The 43-year-old Harrison woman ran a company called Living Independence Network Corp. in Norway that provided behavior management and physical and social development services to children with mental disabilities.

The attorney general’s Healthcare Crimes Unit uncovered her overbilling scheme after a state audit raised red flags in September 2009.

The investigation revealed that MaineCare paid Solomon’s company for services that weren’t rendered and expenses that were fabricated or unauthorized, prosecutors said. When the fraud began in 2006, Solomon was inflating her company’s MaineCare billings by about $87,000 a month, but the overbilling rose to an average of $134,000 a month in 2008.


Maine Military Authority gets truck overhaul contract

A new contract to overhaul 5-ton trucks for the National Guard gives the Maine Military Authority enough work to keep employees busy through the summer of 2012.

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud said Friday that the National Guard is sending 50 of the trucks to the Maine Military Authority’s facility in Limestone.

Each vehicle represents 700 hours of work.

Michaud says the new contract will allow the Maine Military Authority to avoid laying off workers next month. The facility currently has 200 workers.


Town office staff resigns, citing citizens’ behavior

The office staff of the town of Newburgh has resigned en masse.

At what was supposed to be a routine meeting Thursday of the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Rick Briggs, Town Clerk Lois Libby and Assistant Town Clerk Jill Gilman handed in their resignations.

Part-time Treasurer Sue Lessard did not resign, but because she was an appointee of Briggs she is technically no longer a town employee.

The Bangor Daily News said the three employees who stepped down Thursday cited a caustic atmosphere created by a group of concerned citizens who have been combing through town records and challenging officials on a range of issues.


Logging trucks lead funeral procession for ‘Mackie’ Moore

A longtime Maine log truck driver was remembered by colleagues doing what they do best: Twenty logging trucks led a funeral procession for 72-year-old Maxell “Mackie” Moore, who also had stints behind the wheel as a driver of race cars and school buses.

The Morning Sentinel of Waterville said truckers from across Maine turned up for Moore’s funeral Thursday afternoon in Skowhegan. Moore, 72, died April 27 in Skowhegan. For the last 20 years, he drove pulp trucks.