Death of inmate, 79, under investigation

A 79-year-old inmate from Franklin County died at the Maine State Prison in Warren early Friday morning, the Maine Department of Corrections said.

George Henry O’Donnell died about 3 a.m., the department said.

O’Donnell’s death is being reviewed by the Maine State Police and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which is standard procedure in such cases.

O’Donnell had served about four months of a 30-month sentence for unlawful sexual contact. He was sentenced in October to eight years with all but 30 months suspended. He would have been released in March 2016.



Used car dealer pays fine for fake inspection stickers

The owner of a Bangor used car dealership who’s under fire for allegedly selling unsound vehicles has paid a $7,000 fine for using phony inspection stickers.

An attorney for Glenn Geiser entered a plea of no contest to 28 counts of using counterfeit inspection stickers and paid the fine during a court hearing Thursday. Geiser was not present.

In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop 56 remaining counts, WABI-TV reported.

Geiser, owner of My Maine Ride, faces a lawsuit from the Maine Attorney General’s Office, accusing him of unfair and deceptive business practices.


He has also accepted a six-month suspension of his license to sell cars.


States again plan to apply for TIGER grants for bridge

New Hampshire says replacing a 75-year-old bridge connecting the state to Maine is a priority, but work is still being done to find the funding sources.

Members of New Hampshire’s House Public Works and Highway Committee on Thursday visited the Sarah Long Bridge in Portsmouth, the state’s No. 1 red-listed bridge.

Work on the $160 million replacement bridge is expected to begin in 2015, with completion in 2017. Maine and New Hampshire co-own the bridge. Each has committed $80 million.

Federal Highway Administration funding will pay for the bulk of the project, but lawmakers said the states are looking to apply for the next round of federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grants.

The two states were unsuccessful in securing a $25 million TIGER grant last fall.

– From staff and news services

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