Bangor, Maine News Update: July 12, 2017
A Jay man has been charged with murder in the death of his longtime girlfriend. Maine State Police say the body of 51-year-old Wendy Douglass was found yesterday in her home on Jewell Street in Jay. Her live-in boyfriend, 56-year-old James Sweeney, was later arrested and taken to the Franklin County Jail in Farmington. Police have not said how Douglass was killed. An autopsy was scheduled for later today.
Jury selection wrapped up yesterday in the trial of an 81-year-old man accused of killing an 86-year-old man in Presque Isle. Jurors today will hear opening arguments in the murder case against Robert Craig. He’s accused of killing Leo Corriveau, whose body was found last year in the backyard of his Presque Isle home. The men were neighbors in Clearwater, Florida. They were spending the summer together at Corriveau’s home on Route 1.
Peter Alfond, the son of the late philanthropist Harold Alfond, died Monday night of complications from malaria. He contracted the disease during a trip to Africa. Alfond was a senior executive at Dexter Shoe Company. Senator Susan Collins issued a statement yesterday, saying that like his father, Peter Alfond was an “extraordinarily generous individual who gave back so much to Maine.” He was 65 years old.
The State Liquor and Lottery Commission voted yesterday to reject Governor Paul LePage’s proposal to discontinue the sale of 50-milliliter liquor bottles known as nips. LePage argued that the increasing number of nips found in roadside litter indicates that more people are drinking and driving. LePage threatened to delist the tiny bottles if the Legislature overrode his veto of a bill seeking to combat roadside litter by adding a 5-cent deposit on nips.
Lawmakers are set to return to Augusta this week to deal with vetoes, bonds and unfunded bills. The governor recently vetoed a solar bill that he says would make the poor subsidize the cost of solar panels for the rich.