If Dan -as the author of the thread- wants me to remove it, I will be glad to. We have county police crimes listed here. This note is not far afield from what has already been posted.
Midcoast....I've been saying that all the way through this. We are up to over 11 pages on this thread and there are only 17 or so true local government crimes. The rest are everything from postal crimes to county and school crimes. Its too bad, the thread was well intentioned but its too watered down to be considered accurrate.
Counties and public schools are local governments, IMO.
The post office, not so much.
OK, I can get there for that...but churches? Read through the pages on this thread. It has become a joke!
Firefighter accused of sex abuse of two girls
By TREVOR MAXWELL Staff Writer
December 5, 2008
A Portland firefighter who also works as a volunteer fire captain in Cumberland was indicted Thursday on charges that he sexually abused two teenage girls who were participating in that townâ€™s youth firefighter program.
Craig Rawnsley, 41, who lives in North Yarmouth, faces eight felony counts and four misdemeanor counts under the indictments handed up by a grand jury in Cumberland County.
Kennebunk paramedic charged with OUI
By Laura Dolce
December 09, 2008 1:23 PM
KENNEBUNK â€” Keith Stuart,... was charged with operating under the influence Monday, Dec. 8, after Kennebunk Police officers pulled him over on Fletcher Street.
According to police, Stuart, 41, also was charged with violating conditions of release and was taken into custody at 8:41 p.m.
Police Lt. Nick Higgins said Stuart was out on bail on an assault charge that took place June 12 of this year in town.
Keith Stuart is the only fulltime paramedic in Kennebunk. It was his email to staff that was posted on the Kennebunk thread several pages back, regarding alleged unsanitary conditions on the rigs, including blood.
Allegedly, the charge in June was one resulting from a domestic assault. Due to his violation of the June release conditions with this latest charge, the article stated that he can't be bailed, and he's in the Alfred county jail, awaiting arraignment. Pretty sad.
Lately, Kennebunk staffers seem to be having a problem with alcohol. This is at least the second OUI reported in a couple months for a Kennebunk town fire or police member.
BY DARLA L. PICKETT
Nearly $5,000 of that money was put into a private checking account, another $636 was kept in cash, and $5,660 was in the form of checks from an Oakland steel recycling firm.
"I've decided that there's not a basis for criminal prosecution in this matter," Evert Fowle, district attorney for Somerset and Kennebec counties, said late Wednesday.
Morning Sentinel Sourse
Patsy Rollins, the former Manchester town clerk convicted of 31 counts of aggravated forgery, is headed for jail.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday denied her appeal of that conviction.
"Justice will finally be served in short order," District Attorney Evert Fowle said Thursday.
After reading what she did, I wish she were serving the entire five years, instead of only 18 months. The effect on the victims' lives includes difficulty getting financing, and damage to their credit ratings, not to mention the hassle of correcting the bogus liens on their properties.
To me, this goes way beyond a casual case of embezzlement of funds.
Gardiner sues fired official
BY BETTY ADAMS
Gardiner is seeking $95,000 from Patricia Coty, 55, of Gardiner, who is serving the nine-month unsuspended portion of her jail term.
Her attorney, Walter McKee, said Wednesday his client has taken responsibility and knows she owes the money.
Coty pleaded guilty in September to charges of theft by unauthorized taking and forgery for taking $196,000 from the city between June 2002 and June 2008.
Maine woman sues jail over strip search
December 26, 2008 8:22 AM
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) â€” An Old Orchard Beach woman who spent three days in the Cumberland County Jail has sued the county, alleging that she was strip-searched repeatedly and forced to shower in front of male inmates and guards as they ridiculed her.
The claim by Marci Ladakakos rekindles the legal debate over strip searches at Maine jails, which were the focus of class-action lawsuits in recent years in York and Knox counties.
This is a great thread, and I hope it will be continued to include 2009.
Here are a few more additions:
1) UPDATE: MSEA Executive Director Facing Criminal Charge
Click Here for the AMG thread on this case which involves the boss for Baldacci's major campaign supporters/PAC at Maine State Employees Union.
2) Locke v. Karass at the U.S. Supreme Court
Click Here for the actual Transcript of oral argument at U.S. Supreme Court (10/6/2008).
FMI on this case: http://www.nrtw.org
3) While the next example did not happen in 2008, it involves both a significant amount of tax dollars and a similar oversight group to some other cases listed for 2008 - Maine's DECD-CDBG
Former Norway official gets 2 years for stealing
By Rebecca Goldfine, Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 6,2006
Click Here for the full story.
PARIS - The former Norway employee charged with stealing money from the town unexpectedly pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Oxford County Superior Court to taking more than $117,000 since 1992.
Judge Robert Crowley sentenced Deborah P. Wyman, 51, to 10 years in prison, but suspended all but two years. She must also return the money she stole, some of which will be repaid in $200 monthly payments during her three-year probation. Back in January, the town first noticed financial discrepancies after a local merchant came forward saying he had not received money from a community development block grant that the tax form indicated. This was the first year the town had issued 1099s for grants dispersed to local businesses to improve building facades.
A month prior, Wyman had asked for a leave of absence to take a vacation. She worked as part-time community development director and town office receptionist
And still this thread continues to include posting that have nothing to do with local Government. The MSEA case as well as the other case has absolutely nothing to do with local government. The case in Norway is now 2+ years old. Recent and relevant cases make for good educational reading, but this other stuff is watering down this thread.
Naran's latest post is also off the mark.
But it is nearly time to put this thread to bed and to open a new one for 2009!
why is Naran's post off the mark? it is dealing with a County Jail and you said County issues were all game. Please explain?
There was no crime involved by the county or its employees. Possibly a civil issue, but no crime.
In my 2009 thread, I will start out by clearly explaining the rules.
your right good point
Please do that now, Dan - since I thought the thread was for any crime to do with, or regarding, local government. I thought a county lawsuit would qualify. My mistake if not, and sorry for it.
ps - how do we know a crime wasn't committed by any county personnel? For the sake of argument (I know - it's 'Down the Hall') if we accept what the plaintiff is alleging, wouldn't some of the violations constitute criminal actions by county personnel?
I think the thread would have more credibility if it was limited to LOCAL and COUNTY government only. Not post offices, not accusations, convicted crimes. Not updates to those crimes, not stories about complaints about the chairman of a Board of Selectmen getting paid to plow a town owned parking lot, etc. etc. THose could be reserved for another thread..."2009 Local Government Mischief"
Hmmm... * ..... ponders where TM would end up, under that scenario..... *
Only if we can call it the MMA thread.... More Mischief Always.
Sorry Mid-Coast Mainer, but I believe "local government" includes the wrongful acts being committed by our crooked state leaders and their buddies at organizations like MSEA-SEIU. If you don't realize how twisted and wrong that relationship is, I can only assume you've either just moved to Maine or you are somehow connected to the MSEA-Baldacci administration/relationship.
Turek, you need serious help. I have no connection to the union or the andministration. I am a native, life long resident, never lived anywhere else. Never worked for this administration or the previous. Did work for the McKernan administration. Using your definition, everything is linked to local government. Given that, will there soon be a thread that credits local government for anything good that happens at all levels.
Sorry Mid-Coast Mainer, but I believe "local government" includes the wrongful acts being committed by our crooked state leaders and their buddies at organizations like MSEA-SEIU.
No, it doesn't.
If you don't realize how twisted and wrong that relationship is, I can only assume you've either just moved to Maine or you are somehow connected to the MSEA-Baldacci administration/relationship.
How about starting one thread of you own and carrying out your personal vendetta there? I am sick of you turning so many threads to the subject of the union.
Dan, Thank you for that clarification. It's good to know you have such a small view of what "local government" is and how it affects the others.
However, IMO, it's truly a shame you don't seem to realize how many of our state's financial problems have all started in Augusta...and that so-called "union" IS related in far to many cases.
Since the current union boss is also an attorney, it's no surprise to see someone protecting a brother-of-law...but I do have both the truth and tons of evidence on my side. It's only a matter of time before justice will be served for all of their highly questionable relationships and accounting practices. As soon as this happens, Maine state government might just be able to get back on track after the dead wood is tossed out.
I think we should repeal the law that allows state employees to form a union.
But your obsession is tiresome.
I'm convinced Mark's is not an obsession. It's a fettish. No one can get that much pleasure from an obsession.
While your both entitled to your beliefs, I believe in the old cliche that "nothing changes if nothing changes." If we can get rid of these 'bad practices' which are dragging our state down, perhaps our tax rates and quality of life will improve.
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
from Spokesman Steve McCausland - 626-3811 office
State Police arrested a Cumberland County deputy late Thursday night in Portland and charged him with operating under the influence and driving to endanger. The arrest of 36 year old Charles Ryder of Falmouth following several calls State Police received of a SUV traveling south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 295 between Falmouth and Portland. Ryder's Ford Explorer was pulled over by State Trooper Scott Duff near the Franklin Arterial, about 11:20 PM. Ryder was taken to the Cumberland County Jail, where he works as a sergeant in the corrections division. His court date is not expected before March.
Do you suppose his "I support Maine State Troopers" sticker in his rear window helped him at all?