Category archives for: Bath Salts, Alkies, And Mischief

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)

Robin Williams Decides When All Else Fails, You Can At Least Smell Funny

Robin WilliamsSAN FRANCISCO – Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his San Francisco Bay Area home Monday, according to the sheriff’s office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff’s office said the preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.The Marin County coroner’s office said Williams was last been seen alive at home about 10 p.m. Sunday. An emergency call from his house in Tiburon was placed to the sheriff’s department shortly before noon Monday. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

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)

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