Bangor, Maine News Update: September 5, 2017
A Linneus man died in a wreck Saturday night in Reed Plantation. Police say 47-year-old Ritchie Suitter was traveling north on Santa Claus Hill Road when he failed to negotiate a turn. His vehicle struck the guardrail and went airborne before coming to rest on an embankment. His passenger, Gail Suitter, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Police said speed and alcohol were factors in the accident.
A motorcyclist from Turner died after his bike collided with a truck on North River Road in Greene on Saturday. Police said 77-year-old Richard Bean crashed after a pickup truck pulled out of a parking lot and into the path of his motorcycle. Bean died at the hospital. The driver of the truck, 40-year-old Richard Sherwood of South Portland, suffered minor injuries.
A Virginia man was charged with attempted murder after a shooting at a Portland car wash Sunday afternoon. The shooting occurred just before 1:00 in the parking lot of the ScrubaDub car wash on Forest Avenue. Police said 23-year-old Abdul Timbo shot a 22-year-old Westbrook man after the two got into an argument. Timbo fled the scene and was arrested a short distance away from the car wash. The victim’s injuries were non-life threatening.
Hundreds of activists rallied on Labor Day in support of a proposed ordinance that would require all Portland employers to provide paid sick leave. The rally drew more than 200 people yesterday. Portland would become the first community in the state to establish a paid sick leave requirement if the ordinance is adopted. Mayor Ethan Strimling plans to introduce the proposal to the City Council later this month.
A former adviser to Governor LePage is behind a new group opposed to Medicaid expansion. LePage's former policy adviser Michael Hersey has registered the Welfare to Work political action committee to oppose the Nov. 7 ballot question. It requires the state to apply for Medicaid expansion for adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty line.
The old York County Jail in Alfred is on the market. The property is listed at $250,000 for the 14,000-square foot building, along with three acres of land. The jail was built in 1869. The owner, Michael Kaplan, told WGME there are many possibilities for the jail, from a brewery to a modern office space with an unusual backstory.