Bangor, Maine News Update: July 13, 2017
Two drivers were killed in a head-on crash on Route 17 in Union last night. Police say 52-year-old Sherry Cloutier of Augusta crossed the centerline and struck a vehicle driven by 49-year-old Angela Knight-Boege of Warren. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene. There were no passengers in either vehicle.
An 81-year-old man has admitted to killing his elderly friend in Presque Isle and says he did it in self-defense. Opening statements were heard yesterday in the murder trial of Robert Craig, who’s accused in the strangling death of Leo Corriveau. Craig’s attorney said a fight broke out between the two men and his client killed Corriveau to save his own life.
A Democratic lawmaker from South Portland is under fire for suggesting in a Facebook rant that he would harm President Trump. Rep. Scott Hamann posted the comments this week. Some Maine Republicans are calling on him to resign. He later deleted the post and issued a statement saying he regrets making the remarks.
State lawmakers are debating how much they can tax recreational marijuana. They hope to bring in enough revenue to pay for the cost of enforcing the law without driving customers to the black market. The legalization ballot measure approved last fall included a 10 percent tax on recreational marijuana, but many lawmakers say that’s not enough.
A Lincoln Academy administrator pleaded guilty to OUI Monday. Associate Head of School Andrew Mullin can either serve three days in jail or attend a first offender’s alternative sentencing program. He’ll also lose his license for 150 days and pay a $1,000 fine.
A historic general store in midcoast Maine is up for sale. The Hope General Store first opened as a general store in 1832. Over the years, it has also been used as a Grange hall, a trading post, an antique store and a post office.