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    April 18, 2010

    Veteran officer has protected and served

    Lt. Gerard Madden’s career has come full circle. Madden started out as a Maine state trooper on Jan. 2, 1985, assigned to the Troop D barrack based in Thomaston. More than 25 years later, on April 16, Madden concluded his career as commander of the barrack. The retirement is bittersweet in that the barrack that has been such an important part of Madden’s professional life will be closed in two months. The …

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    April 15, 2010

    Midcoast man gets two years in jail for forcing children to fight

    A 26-year-old Rockport man was sentenced April 13 to two years in jail for assaulting a child when the child would not fight an older sibling. Pedro Delgado was sentenced in Waldo County Superior Court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm. The sentencing was held there because that was where the judge was assigned that day. The case originated in Knox County. Delgado was sentenced to four years in jail with all but two …

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    April 13, 2010

    Borrowing package goes to voters

    A scaled-back package of borrowing requests will go before voters later this year but the bond deals did not receive the support of some local legislators. The state Senate voted 30-5 on April 12 to authorize a bond package to go before Maine voters at the polls in both June and November. The House voted 102-44 for the package. In the Senate, two of the five no votes on the bond package statewide came from …

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    April 9, 2010

    Watered down prisoner protection bill approved

    Local legislators were divided on a bill that would have restricted the use of solitary confinement in state prisons. The House voted 78-67 on April 6 to accept an amended version of LD 1611, “An Act to Ensure Humane Treatment for Special Management Prisoners.” The amended version removed all of the restrictions that had been in the original bill. The Senate also approved the resolve but there was no roll call …

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    April 9, 2010

    State police barrack to close

    The oldest state police barrack in Maine — the Thomaston building — will close July 1. Col. Patrick Fleming, the chief of the Maine State Police, said the decision was made as a cost-saving measure. He said the finance staff in the public safety department projected the closure will save $48,000 annually. Fleming said much of the savings will be from utilities but there will be savings from reduced supplies …

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    April 6, 2010

    Casino bill moves on to voters

    Local legislators were divided on a bill that would allow a casino with up to 1,500 slot machines to open in Oxford County. Voters will have the final say, however, since supporters of the casino proposal collected sufficient signatures to send the measure to the November ballot as a voter-initiated referendum. The Senate voted 26-8 on April 5 to kill LD 1808. The House had voted 83-59 on April 2 to kill the …

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    April 3, 2010

    Revised state budget gains support of local legislators

    Nearly all local legislators gave their backing March 30 to a supplemental state budget that includes $310 million in cuts in areas such as state education aid, Medicaid, and local revenue sharing over the next 15 months. The House voted 110-35 and the Senate voted 31-2 to approve the budget. Among local legislators, all three Midcoast state senators — Republican Sens. Christopher Rector of Thomaston, A. …

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    March 26, 2010

    Legislators support new health insurance mandates

    The Maine House overwhelmingly approved two bills this week that would add two new mandates on what health insurers must cover. The House voted 135-11 on March 24 to approve LD 20, which would require health insurers to cover the costs of prosthetics with microprocessors. Current state law mandates coverage for prosthetics and this would expand it to include those with microprocessors. Also on March 24, the …

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    March 25, 2010

    Representatives back bill to require licensing of home builders

    People who build or repair homes would need to be licensed by the state under a bill that was approved March 24 by the Maine House. Local legislators were sharply divided on the legislation, LD 272, that was narrowly approved 76-70 in the Maine House. The Senate has yet to vote on the measure but state Sen. Christopher Rector, R-Thomaston, said now was not the time to enact such legislation. “This is a …

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    March 19, 2010

    Representatives split on reasons to stop all-terrain-vehicle drivers

    Local state legislators were divided on a bill that would allow state game wardens to stop all-terrain-vehicle drivers on private property without a reasonable suspicion that an offense had occurred. The House rejected LD 1536 on March 9 by a 70-76 vote. The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee had recommended passage of the bill. Current law provides that a law enforcement officer may stop an ATV to …

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