Things You Need to Know: Funeral Home Driver Dies in Crash on Rt 202
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A funeral home employee, while taking a body to the funeral home in Winthrop, was killed in a crash. According to centralmaine.com Richard Charest was hit from behind on RT 202 in Greene.
From the Associated Press:
The president of the Maine Sheriff's Association has been ousted after a sexually explicit photograph of the sheriff in his office while in uniform surfaced. WGME-TV reports Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant confirmed the explicit photo was him Tuesday. Gallant says he sent the photo to a woman he didn't want to identify. The Maine Sheriff's Association said in a statement they don't condone Gallant's "inappropriate actions." According to the association, Vice President Sheriff Kevin Joyce will serve as acting president. Gallant was elected Oxford County Sheriff in 2006 and is in his third term. He had served as president of the sheriff's association since January. Gallant released a statement saying he should not remain in a leadership position with the association.
Maine wildlife officials are encouraging hunters in the state to consider donating game meat to the hungry as Thanksgiving nears. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is asking hunters to participate in the Hunters for the Hungry program. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry uses the program to distribute game meat donations to food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. The program is accepting donations of deer, moose and bear meat. The main hunting seasons for those animals all end on Saturday. The program also takes road kill donations as long as the meat isn't damaged. Hunters interested in participating in the program are encouraged to call 207-287-7513.
The Maine Association of Realtors says sales of single-family existing homes increased by a little more than 8 percent in October 2017 compared to a year earlier. The association says prices also climbed nearly 6.5 percent to a median sales price of $205,000 last month. The pace of sales in Maine was swifter than nationwide, where sales of single-family existing homes was about flat from October 2016 to last month.
A former town manager in Maine is headed for trial on charges that he collected illegitimate parking fees. The Portland Press Herald reports that former Ogunquit town manager Thomas Fortier is accused of pocketing $400 collected at town parking lots on July 4, 2016, after they were supposed to stop taking payment. Fortier resigned in February under a deal that allowed him to be paid until June. His trial is scheduled to start Monday.
Maine officials say the number of pedestrians struck and killed by vehicles in 2017 is poised to be the highest in more than 10 years. Patrick Adams of the Maine Department of Transportation's Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety program says 18 pedestrians have died after being struck by a vehicle so far this year.
President Donald Trump is discounting the sexual assault allegations against Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore and insisting voters must not support Moore's "liberal" rival. After more than a week of silence on the subject, the president says he will announce next week whether he will campaign for Moore, who faces Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election.
Zimbabwe's recently fired vice president is set to return today to be sworn in as the country's new leader. The transfer of power to Emmerson Mnangagwa comes after Robert Mugabe announced his resignation in the middle of impeachment proceedings again him. Zimbabweans erupted in response, cheering and dancing in the streets.
The United Nations' Yugoslav war crimes tribunal is set to pass judgment on former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, who is accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during Bosnia's devastating 1992-95 war. Mladic, who faces 11 counts, stands accused of commanding forces responsible for crimes including the worst atrocities of the war.
Veteran news host Charlie Rose's firing makes him the latest in a string of prominent journalists felled abruptly by accusations of sexual misconduct. News organizations aren't the only companies taking prompt measures against the accused. But they face particular pressure to act because of the risk of losing the audience's trust as they cover the sex scandals coursing through politics, Hollywood and the media itself.
It's another bump in the road for Uber. The ride-hailing service has acknowledged that it covered up a year-old attack by hackers who stole personal information about more than 57 million of its customers and drivers. Uber says the hackers were paid $100,000 to destroy the stolen information. The disclosure follows the ouster of CEO Travis Kalanick for building a culture that allowed women workers to be sexually harassed and encouraged employees to push the legal limits.