Drug Funds Distributed
(Bangor) – Eight Maine law enforcement agencies shared 1-point-1 million dollars the federal government seized from convicted marijuana farmer Malcolm French and Haynes Timberland Incorporated. The money came from fines and forfeitures in the case linked to a huge pot growing operation in Washington County in 2009. Drug agents uncovered nearly 3,000 marijuana plants in the September 2009 raid. Receiving the bulk of the money was Maine’s Drug Enforcement agency. Also sharing the funds were the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, State Police, Warden Service, Brewer, Biddeford, Gorham and Scarborough police departments.
(Ellsworth) – Safely tucked away off Route 3 in Ellsworth, a new store under construction should open its doors in a couple weeks. The Dollar Tree store is located in the parking lot next to Marden’s in the former Wal-Mart location on High Street. The Ellsworth American reports everything in the store is priced at one-dollar. The Dollar Tree franchise also owns the Family Dollar Store which has a location at the Ellsworth Shopping Center.
(Rockland) – It’s 2-and-a-half years in prison for a Bath man who tried to strangle a woman last December in Rockland. WABI-TV reports 47-year old James Furbish admitted to his crimes and got his sentence yesterday. Police learned of the incident after a hospital called when the woman sought treatment. They say Furbish also threw the victim’s cell phone away so she could not call for help. Furbish has a lengthy and violent criminal record.
(Brewer) March is American Red Cross month – the nationwide organization relies solely on volunteers. Red Cross spokeswoman Mary Brant says a special event is planned each year in March to honor local community members. This year the heroes breakfast is March 30th at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. Brant says event tickets are $25 and that money directly benefits Red Cross Disaster Services in Maine communities.
(Waldoboro) – Drug agents nabbed two Massachusetts men at the Warren/Waldoboro town line as they were headed back home after allegedly selling drugs in the mid-coast area. The Drug Enforcement Agency reports to Star 97.7 that 34-year old Cameron Soto and 18-year old Trevor Teves had drugs, cash, and a loaded gun with them when they pulled over their car. Officers had a pretty good idea they were dealing – undercover agents had been keeping an eye on them. Soto was released from the Maine State prison earlier this year, and Teves is a convicted felon who is prohibited from carrying a weapon.
Food Not Fines
(Blue Hill) Blue Hill Public Library has declared the last week in March as “Food Not Fines” week. That means from March 27th through April 1st library patrons who return overdue library items can have their fines forgiven in exchange for non-perishable food donations to the Hancock County Food Drive. A donation box is conveniently set up right at the Blue Hill Public Library.
Peter’s Arrival-Open House
(Columbia Falls) A retired war horse is calling Columbia Falls “home”. Wreaths Across America founder Morrill Worcester and wife Karen were presented with the horse during an adoption ceremony in Virginia earlier this month. Peter is from the third US Infantry Regiment and a US Army Caisson Platoon horse. The public is invited to meet Peter during an Open House today at Dun Dreamin’ Farm in Columbia Falls from 1 to 4PM.
Cop in Court
(Old Town) – No plea from a former Old Town Police officer accused of stealing from his department. Authorities have charged Michael Hashey with theft, tax evasion and tampering with public records. He went before a judge yesterday and entered no plea. Hashey is accused of carrying out the crimes between 2010 and 2015. The case against Hashey goes next to the grand jury.
• NHL: Edmonton Oilers 7 Boston Bruins 4
• Celtics take on the Brooklyn Nets tonight.
• Great Harbor House Shootout begins today at gyms on MDI, Trenton and Ellsworth