Category archives for: Bath Salts, Alkies, And Mischief

Only Caribbean Person At Sugarloaf Reggae Festival Looks At The Crowd Through The Kitchen Window Near The Sink

Sugarloaf Reggae FestivalCARRABASSETT VALLEY — Maine’s biggest cure for spring fever was underway Saturday during Sugarloaf’s 26th annual Reggae Festival. It was a scene in which three bananas and a chicken drank beer with a Gumby. The ski resort celebrating spring to the beat of Caribbean music got a boost from warm and sunny weather. “People just need this,” said Jacob Martinsen of Boston. “It’s been a long, cold, brutal winter and this is just what we needed: some sun, some friends — some fun.” Soft snow, spring skiing and riding and plenty of music, sunshine and an eclectic cast of characters from across New England and the world made memorable moments for many. University of Maine students Samantha Harrington and Madeline Mazjanis stopped dancing long enough to shoot a “selfie” with the crowd in the background. The pair and their friends said they came to celebrate the change of seasons and the snow. Chet Jordan, 23, said he’s been coming to the resort’s annual reggae festival since before he could walk. “My mom would bring me up here in my sled,” he said. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

St. Patrick’s Day Gives Local Step Dancers A Rare Chance To Be The Last Thing You See Before Vomiting

PORTLAND – This is a busy weekend for Irish step dancers. Multiple shows Friday. More shows today. And a St. Patrick’s Day parade to boot. For a handful of dancers, the best is yet to come. Four girls from Maine will compete in the World Championships of Irish Dancing in Belfast at the end of March. That’s the Belfast in Northern Ireland, not the one up the coast of Maine. “I’ve been working really hard for it,” said Emma Fitzpatrick of North Yarmouth, a fifth-grader who recently turned 11. “I’m just really excited to be going. It’s a great opportunity.” This will be the first trip to the world championships for Emma, who followed her older sisters into jigs and reels and hornpipes when she was only 3. (read more at PortlandPressHerald)

Bath Man Needs A Bath, Man

Bath manBATH, Maine — A 34-year-old Bath man remained in Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on Wednesday morning after police say he hit another man in the head with a cooking pan. Corey Hagan of Bath was charged with aggravated assault Tuesday night, according to a news release from Bath Police Chief Michael Field. Officers arrived at a Bath apartment building at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday to find a 60-year-old man who had been struck in the head with a cooking pan. Hagan, who lived in an upstairs apartment, was arrested and charged with the Class B felony. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

World’s Biggest Drug Trafficker Arrested. Other Than Your Wife’s Gynecologist, Of Course

Shorty GuzmanMEXICO CITY, Mexico — Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the man who supplied more illegal drugs to the United States than anyone else on Earth, was captured by the Mexican military without a shot Saturday morning in the Pacific coast town resort of Mazatlan, according to U.S. and Mexican authorities. The arrest of the world’s most wanted drug lord was electrifying news in Mexico and a major political victory for its president, Enrique Pena Nieto. On Saturday afternoon, Pena Nieto confirmed the capture in a tweet and thanked his security forces. “Congratulations to all,” he wrote. Guzman runs an organized crime empire that spans several continents and earns billions of dollars. Guzman built a shipping and transport empire that plied air, sea and roads to sate the world’s demand for cocaine, heroin and marijuana. From Los Angeles warehouses to Chicago barrios, his employees criss-crossed America to supply their customers. His Sinaloa cartel is the grandfather of Mexican drug-running organizations, the wealthiest and most powerful corporation in the business, whose riches have corrupted generations of Mexican politicians and corroded the nation’s democracy. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Despite The Tremendous Odds Against It, Local Man With Joke Name, Nickname, And Neck Tattoo Doesn’t Have A Steady Job

Michel David D'AngeloA former Sanford man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Portland to robbing Kennebunk Savings Bank in Berwick in 2012 while dressed as a woman. Michel D’Angelo, 34, went into the School Street bank just before noon on Sept. 21, 2012, dressed in red women’s sweatpants, sweatshirt and a wig with long brown hair. He told a bank teller that he had a bomb in his bag and would set it off if the teller pressed any buttons, according to a court affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Thomas MacDonald. D’Angelo, who goes by the nickname “Karma,” escaped the bank with $1,298.25 in a getaway car driven by his girlfriend, Jennica Miller, 22, of Thomaston, according to the affidavit. (read more at Portland Press Herald)

Cumberland Votes To Allow Marijuana Sales In One Area Of Town. In Addition To The High School Parking Lot, Of Course

Committee meeting. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorCUMBERLAND — The Town Council voted unanimously Monday to allow registered medical marijuana dispensaries in part of town. The town code will be amended to allow dispensaries as a permitted use in the Office Commercial North district, which follows U.S. Route 1 from the Tuttle Road ramp north to the Yarmouth town line. Medical marijuana dispensaries have been allowed in Maine since 2009. Eight districts were created, and Cumberland is part of the district that includes Cumberland County. Wellness Connection of Maine, based in Portland, is the registered dispensary for the district. Cumberland is pursuing a proactive approach to dispensaries by designating an area for the use, as opposed to having to react to an application, Town Manager Bill Shane said. (read more at The Forecaster)

Friends, Addiction Experts Can Only Wonder Why A Man With Unlimited Funds Who Really Likes Drugs Would Take Drugs

Phillip Seymour HoffmanLOS ANGELES – Philip Seymour Hoffman suffered from a chronic medical condition that required ongoing treatment. An admitted drug addict who first sought professional help more than two decades ago, Hoffman apparently succumbed to his illness with an overdose despite a return to rehab last March. A father of three with a thriving career, the Oscar winner died Sunday with a needle in his arm and baggies of what appeared to be heroin nearby. New York City medical examiners were conducting an autopsy on Hoffman’s body Monday as investigators scrutinize evidence found in his apartment, including at least four dozen plastic packets, some confirmed to have contained heroin. His death, which came after a long period of sobriety that ended last year, “epitomizes the tragedy of drug addiction in our society,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. (read more at Kennebec Journal)

Hipsters Hire Bums To Wait In Line To Get The iPhone They’ll Steal From The Hipsters Later

iPhone meleeLOS ANGELES — The release of the new iPhone on Friday caused a bustle across the globe. In Nashville and Indianapolis, fans waited overnight with sleeping bags. In Paris, they pulled their collars up against the fog on Rue Halevy. And in London, where the queue is an art form, an entrepreneur set up a massage table for the weary. But nowhere, it appears, did the sale of Apple’s latest product degenerate the way it did in Los Angeles. Scores of homeless people, who had been collected on skid row and driven to the Apple store in Pasadena, Calif., were promised $40, cigarettes and fast food to wait in line overnight. Fistfights erupted and police arrested at least two people. Dozens who live on the streets in downtown Los Angeles were stranded amid the tony shops of Old Town. “You got a bunch of skid row people in … Pasadena,” Justin Senac, 25, said later at the Midnight Mission shelter. “Even everyone down here can’t believe what happened.” (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Accused Arsonist Found Unfit For Anything But Standing In Line Next To You At The Sizzler Salad Bar

Stephen Cormier of AugustaAUGUSTA — A city man charged with arson in connection with a fire that heavily damaged a Northern Avenue apartment building last March was found incompetent to stand trial following a hearing today in Kennebec County Superior Court. Stephen B. Cormier, 57, was indicted in April on two counts of arson — one saying the fire recklessly endangered people or property and the other saying the fire was intended to damage or destroy property — and one count of aggravated criminal mischief. An affidavit filed with the court by Kenneth MacMaster, an investigator with the state fire marshal’s office, said Cormier admitted using a lighter to set fire to a bill in the living room of his first floor apartment and then placed it near other pieces of mail. It also said Cormier told officials he poured several glasses of water to try to put out the fire and fled after flames from the couch reached the ceiling. He was treated for smoke inhalation. Cormier and one other tenant were the only people at the four-unit building at 146 Northern Ave. when the fire started. The building was later razed and the lot cleared. (read more at Kennebec Journal)

Police Say Man’s Blazer Caught Fire After He Masturbated In Front Of A Four-Year-Old In A Gravel Pit. Perhaps Some Lubrication Is In Order

Maine police. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorA 19-year-old man was arrested Friday on charges of indecent conduct and visual sexual aggression against a child. Simeon Welch was charged for allegedly masturbating in the front of a sport utility vehicle while a 4-year-old boy was in the back seat, according to an affidavit filed in Kennebec County Superior Court by Detective David Bucknam, of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office. Bucknam was initially contacted by a State Fire Marshal’s Office investigator after an SUV driven by Welch caught fire in a gravel pit in West Gardiner on the evening of May 15. He was accompanied by a 4-year-old boy, and the fire investigator contacted Bucknam to investigate. According to Bucknam’s affidavit, the boy spoke to a forensic interviewer and described Welch “showing his private parts as well as touching it. When asked where this happened, (the boy) stated it happened in the ‘blazer.’” The affidavit indicated the Blazer was the vehicle that burned in the gravel pit. (read more at Morning Sentinel)

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