Category archives for: Bath Salts, Alkies, And Mischief

Grateful Dead Manager Asks Interviewer What Was The Question Again, Again

grateful dead managerIt was the summer of 1966 – at the height of the Cold War and Vietnam, with the Civil Rights Movement in full bloom – when 23-year-old Richard Loren embarked on a pop cultural journey with some of the most influential rock icons of the day. That transformative time was reflected in the revolutionary spirit of the music being made. “Bob Dylan turned the Beatles on to some dope and we went from ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ to ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,'” recalled Loren in an interview from his home in Nobleboro. “Rock was a movement then. It was the catalyst for change, the driving force behind the counter-culture.” Over the next decade and a half, Loren went from booking hot new rock acts like the Doors and Jefferson Airplane in New York City to organizing the Grateful Dead’s legendary concerts at the pyramids of Giza in 1978.

Thomaston Man Dooms A Seal, Which Seals His Doom

thomaston man hits sealROCKLAND, Maine — A Thomaston man only will [sic] receive fines for striking a seal with his skiff this past summer, sharing Suboxone with his fiancee and driving to endanger if he adheres to terms of a deal approved in court Friday. Justice William Stokes accepted a plea deal worked out between the Maine attorney general’s office and defense attorney in the case against 27-year-old Adam L. Dodge, who was charged by the Maine Marine Patrol with killing or injuring an animal with a motor vehicle. Defense attorney Eric “Rick” Morse said his client agreed to plead guilty to that charge and two others as part of a compromise. Morse said his client only admits he hit a seal while coming into shore from his lobster boat in Rockport Harbor on Aug. 13. Morse said several people on land thought Dodge intentionally turned the skiff into the seal while heading to shore. Dodge also pleaded guilty to a felony charge of furnishing Suboxone in September in Thomaston, as well as driving to endanger on Aug. 21 at the Union Fairgrounds. A charge of endangering the welfare of a child, which was connected to the Aug. 21 incident, was dismissed. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Police Discover The Last Person In The Country Who Wants To Talk To President Obama

white house fenceWASHINGTON — A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday evening and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said. “Dogs got him,” the spokesman said, referring to the intruder. Video showed Secret Service agents surrounding the man on the north lawn of the White House, which was put on lockdown for about 90 minutes. The man punched one of the dogs that attacked him, as seen in the video. The incident came roughly a month after an intruder armed with a knife scaled the White House fence and made it inside the executive mansion, raising questions about security levels at the heavily guarded complex and spurring the resignation of then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson. The man climbed the fence around 7:15 p.m. and was apprehended shortly thereafter.  (keep reading at the Bangor Daily News)

Police Say Mexico Man Achieved The Rare 13th Step In The AA Program

wilfred merrillPARIS — Police said a 50-year-old Mexico man is charged with trying to strangle a speaker at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting Monday night. Wilfred T. Merrill of Mexico Avenue is charged with felony aggravated assault, refusal to submit to arrest, attempting to elude an officer, criminal speeding and operating after suspension, according to a complaint Mexico police filed with a court clerk.  Merrill was arrested on Route 2 in Rumford on Monday night, police Chief Roy Hodsdon said, and made an initial appearance in Rumford District Court on Tuesday afternoon. Hodsdon said Merrill was attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Mexico around 7:30 p.m. Monday when he assaulted an elderly man. After the two were separated, Merrill fled on foot. According to Hodsdon’s affidavit filed in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris, the victim told police he was speaking to the group when Merrill approached and tried to strangle him. There was no direct communication between the two before the assault, the affidavit said. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Local Hipster Pretty Sure English Majors Invented Agriculture About Twenty Years Ago

common ground fairUNITY, Maine — From low-impact forestry to Scottish Highland cattle to contra dancing, the 38th annual Common Ground Country Fair is a celebration of Maine’s rural and agricultural traditions. Tens of thousands are expected to gather this weekend on 50 lush acres in Unity for the three-day fair that captures the essence of Maine and the bounty of the harvest season. “We strive for community and education while highlighting agriculture,” April Boucher, fair director, said. Run by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, the fair unites leaders in agriculture like Ben Falk, author of “The Resilient Farm and Homestead,” with locals like Lisa Fernandes, who runs The Resilience Hub, a permaculture center in Portland. Both are speaking about permaculture, this year’s theme, which focuses on designing ecological landscape systems that work in harmony with nature to restore balance. As more and more people embrace the do-it-yourself lifestyle across Maine and the country, these age-old practices of homesteading and low-energy use are being re-examined for modern times. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Police Charge Rockland Man With Being Dunkin’ Disorderly

Adam HallROCKLAND, Maine — An unhappy customer is in legal trouble after allegedly stealing a sign when he couldn’t get a sandwich. Adam Hall, 22, of Rockland was arrested and charged with theft after Rockland police said he stole a stand-up vinyl sign from outside the Dunkin’ Donuts in Rockland. Police apprehended Hall early Sunday morning. Hall told officers that he stole the sign because when he went to order a sandwich he claimed was being advertised, he was told it was not on the menu, according to Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower. The chief said he did not know the type of sandwich that Hall sought. Hall also was charged with ripping out a sunflower from the flower garden at the adjacent ice cream shop at Home Kitchen Cafe. Hall told officers that sunflowers were too tall and that the ice cream shop had not been open long enough to deserve having such a flower. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Wes Welker Says The Drugs Must Have Belonged To Ty Law’s Cousin

wes welkerENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos will be without Wes Welker for the first four games of the season, after the NFL said the receiver violated the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Normally, the league announces such violations on Mondays. News of Welker’s ban didn’t come down until late Tuesday, after the league offices had closed and the Broncos had already finished drawing up blueprints for their opener against Indianapolis, undoubtedly with Welker playing a prominent role. ESPN first reported Welker’s suspension, saying the violation had to do with amphetamines. Welker told the Denver Post in an email that he was “as shocked as everyone at today’s news.” He noted he’s meticulous about what he puts in his body and would “never knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage in any way.” The 11th-year pro who’s been the NFL’s top slot receiver over the last decade added that he never concerned himself with the league’s drug rules but now realizes those policies “are clearly flawed.” (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Let He Who Has Never Gazed Longingly At Abercrombie & Fitch Models Cast The First Vegetable

James RouxFREEPORT, Maine — A South Freeport man arrested Monday for allegedly throwing produce at the Abercrombie & Fitch outlet on Main Street was charged Tuesday morning with the same crime. James M. Roux Jr., 27, was charged again with criminal mischief and criminal trespass, as well as with violating conditions of his release on Monday, Freeport police Chief Gerald Schofield said Tuesday. Roux was arrested Monday morning after police allegedly found him throwing produce outside the store at 55 Main St. Roux told police he was protesting the store’s “exploitation” of young models, Schofield said Monday. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Police Accuse Suspected Child Molester Of Being A Lawyer

lawyerLawrence Winger, a well-regarded lawyer who lives in Falmouth and has an office in Portland, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with possessing child pornography. Maine State Police said Winger, 63, turned himself in at the Cumberland County Jail, nine days after Computer Crimes Unit searches of his home at 12 Bay Shore Drive and his office on Pearl Street. The searches yielded a laptop computer and two external hard drives, one of which contained dozens of images and videos of prepubescent children engaged in sexual activity, police said. None of the images appeared to be of Maine victims, authorities said. Winger was cooperative during the searches, said Detective Justin Kittredge of the Computer Crimes Unit, who made the arrest. Winger was accompanied by his lawyer, Neale Duffett, when he surrendered Wednesday, and was released on $500 bail. The case will be turned over to the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, Kittredge said. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

York Marijuana Activists Promise To Deliver Petition To Town Clerk Or The First Convenient Store On The Way That Sells Funyuns

Granny Clampett's Rheumatiz medicine, AKA medical marijuana. Maine news from The Rumfrod MeteorA group pushing to legalize recreational marijuana use in York will submit a petition Wednesday afternoon, its second attempt at getting the issue on the November ballot. Citizens for a Safer Maine plan to submit more than 900 signatures to the town clerk, said David Boyer, Maine director of the Marijuana Policy Project, the group pushing for legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and older. The group had to collect 641 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot after the York Board of Selectmen previously voted against putting the question on the ballot. On July 28, the board voted 3-2 against putting the measure on the ballot, which gave supporters 30 days to collect additional signatures. The selectmen who supported putting the question on the ballot said residents should make the decision about legalizing, while the majority of the board questioned the legality of the measure. Recreational marijuana use remains illegal under state and federal law. “Clearly, voters in York are interested in the prospect of adopting a more sensible marijuana policy,” Boyer said. “People are fed up with laws that punish adults for using a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol.” (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

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