Category archives for: Bath Salts, Alkies, And Mischief

Snoop Dogg Expected To Hit The Streets Of Portland This Summer With His ‘Will Mumble For Cristal’ Sign

Snoop DoggIconic rapper and musician Snoop Dogg will make a Maine appearance this summer, when he takes the stage at the Portland Expo on Thursday, July 10. Snoop Dogg — also known as Snoop Lion, when he’s in a reggae mood — last played in Maine in 2012. Tickets for his show, part of the Machias Savings Bank concert series and produced by Waterfront Concerts, go on sale at noon this Friday, June 6, via Ticketmaster. Snoop Dogg has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and has been nominated for multiple Grammys. Since 1993, he has released twelve albums and collaborated with artists across all genres of music. His seminal album “Doggystyle” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 800,000 copies in the first week. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Police Trace Gun Used By Marathon Bomber Back To Ore Smelted In Pennsylvania

Maine police. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorPORTLAND, Maine — Following a Los Angeles Times report that the handgun used by suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev to shoot at pursuing police officers was funneled through “violent” gangs in Portland, the city’s police chief and a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent on Tuesday downplayed any link between “loosely affiliated criminal groups” in Portland and national gangs. At a news conference Tuesday, Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said, “Absolutely, the city of Portland is not the home of any of those gangs that are listed in the story.” But Deputy Attorney General William Stokes, the state’s top criminal prosecutor, said Tuesday that his attorneys and drug agents throughout the state are encountering members of national gangs, particularly along the Interstate 95 corridor. Stokes, who is also mayor of Augusta, said, “The P. Stones, out of Chicago, were selling drugs at the end of my street.” (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Dexter Policeman Fails To Tell The Guys In The Break Room That The Names Of The Arch Criminals He Just Nabbed Are Josh, Ryan, And Melinda

melinda riggsCharges against two local men and a woman from Howland have been upgraded to felony robbery following a masked home invasion March 23 in Cambridge. The woman, Melinda Riggs, 25, the alleged driver of the getaway car that night, was arrested Friday by Somerset County sheriff’s deputies on charges of robbery, burglary and theft. Riggs first was arrested after the home invasion on a probation hold. She is on probation for possession of scheduled drugs. Joshua Chase, 28, of Detroit, and Ryan Spaulding, 24, of Waterville, originally were charged with probation violations and with assault following the home invasion. They now are charged with robbery, burglary, assault and theft. Police said two men, believed to be Chase and Spaulding, covered their faces with bandannas and made their way into a home on Ripley Road through an unlocked door about 1:20 a.m. Once inside the men allegedly assaulted the 34-year-old woman who lives there when she confronted them, and they made off with prescription medication, according to Dale Lancaster, chief deputy for the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. (read more at Kennebec Journal)

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)

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