Things You Need to Know: Storm Recovery + Two Pitbulls Still Missing in Waterville
Here are the things you need to know today......
Officials have been opening emergency shelters in Maine. Evan as crews work to restore power for some it will still a few days. Here is a list of shelters from MEMA.
Waterville police are still investigating what happened to the two pitbulls missing from the humane society. According to centralmaine.com the dogs were ordered by the court to be euthanized and that same day the owner reported they ran away. The dogs are still missing.
Farmingdale is getting ready for a new fire station. According to centralmaine.com the have a the land next to Gosline's Hardware and should be done in a couple of years.
From the Associated Press:
Hundreds of out-of-state utility crews are in Maine to help the state recover from a strong storm that pounded the Northeast and left about 1.5 million homes and businesses without power. Maine was one of the hardest hit states with nearly 500,000 customers in the dark at one point on Monday. Utility companies in the state reported that the number of outages was down to about 200,000 on Wednesday night. But some schools and public services remained closed. The storm also disrupted train service from Brunswick, Maine, to Boston.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says residents should be aware of a phone scam in which a caller tells the recipient they have received an award from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Mills says the recipient of the call is asked to pay $200 for an access code to get the award. She says the government won't call people asking for credit card information by phone, and recipients of the call should hang up. The scam is similar to another that has circulated via Facebook messenger. Those messages often come from a phony profile of a friend of the recipient. Mills says residents can contact her office if they feel they have been the victim of this scam or any other.
A Maine hospital has agreed to a $1.5 million civil settlement for overbilling Medicare and MaineCare were overbilled for urinalysis drug screening tests. The Mercy Recovery Center in Westbrook was accused of overbilling on the drug screening tests from 2011 to 2013. In October 2013, the hospital was acquired by Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems. Federal officials say Mercy cooperated with the investigation.
The federal government says American fisheries grew by a little more than 2 percent in value last year, even with fishermen bringing slightly less fish to shore. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in a report released Wednesday that U.S. commercial fishermen brought 9.6 billion pounds (4.3 billion kilograms) of seafood to land last year. That's a decrease of 1.5 percent from 2015. The catch was valued at $5.3 billion, which is 2.1 percent more than 2015.
Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says attempts by Russian agents to sow discord on social medial were not limited to presidential politics. She said during a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., that Russian-created Facebook pages have gone after Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says residents should be aware of a phone scam in which a caller tells the recipient they have received an award from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Mills says the recipient of the call is asked to pay $200 for an access code to get the award. She says the government won't call people asking for credit card information by phone, and recipients of the call should hang up.
Authorities say the suspect in a deadly truck rampage was inspired by the Islamic State group's online videos and plotted his attack for two months. And they say Sayfullo Saipov told investigators that he felt good about what he'd done. The details emerged Wednesday in a criminal complaint bringing terrorism charges against the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant, who's accused of killing eight people. His lawyer says he hopes "everyone lets the judicial process play out."
FBI agents have been spending time interviewing people who know the suspect in Tuesday's deadly New York City truck attack. Sayfullo Saipov faces federal charges for using a rental truck to mow down people on a bike path. Saipov, who was wounded by police, appeared in court Wednesday in a wheelchair and shackles but didn't enter a plea or seek bail. Prosecutors say he emigrated from Uzbekistan seven years ago and worked in the U.S. as a trucker and ride-hailing service driver.
A digital hit list obtained by The Associated Press reveals an espionage campaign that not only disrupted the U.S. presidential election, but also sought to spy on thousands of targets around the world. The targets ran the gamut: Ukrainian politicians, Syrian rebels and even the punk band Pussy Riot in Moscow.
Ahead of President Donald Trump's first official trip to Asia, there's worry and doubt, resignation and indignation, dark comedy and morbid curiosity. Trump, who will visit Japan, South Korea and China before attending regional summits in Vietnam and the Philippines, has blended moments of flattery with vows to rip up trade deals, destroy a sovereign nation with nuclear weapons and generally crash norms of diplomacy anywhere it suits his aims.
Aung San Suu Kyi visited conflict-torn northern Rakhine state for the first time as Myanmar's leader, while her government said a plan to repatriate the Rohingya Muslims who've fled violence there is in the works. She arrived in the state capital and headed to northern Rakhine, where many Rohingya villages were located. Rohingya who've reached Bangladesh say government forces and Buddhist mobs attacked them and burned their homes.