State offers plea deals to students in Colby dumpster fire

There is probable cause to charge a former student and possibly three others, the district attorney says.

WATERVILLE — The state has probable cause to charge one former Colby College student in connection with a dumpster fire investigated as arson on May 22 at the college, and may be charging as many as three more, according to Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney.

The former student allegedly set off a firecracker inside the 20-cubic-yard dumpster loaded with furniture and other items, igniting the fire.

Maloney said Friday that two other former students named by that student have come forward with their attorneys. A fourth student believed to be involved hasn’t come forward or retained an attorney.

The state is offering plea deals to all the students and is awaiting their decisions, Maloney said. The names of the four, all of whom graduated May 22, were not released because they haven’t been charged. Maloney said once the case goes to court, the names and other details will be released.

Jonathan Sdao was charged with assault and resisting arrest for allegedly throwing a cup of beer at a police officer at an earlier bonfire and ensuing melee that day. Maloney said charges against him are still pending.

The dumpster fire was reported at 4:30 a.m. on May 22, a few hours before the school’s commencement ceremony. The state Fire Marshal’s Office said at the time that two students probably would be charged with arson. No charges have been brought, however.

The dumpster fire started a few hours after a crowd of more than 200 people at the bonfire at the senior dormitory reportedly taunted and threw items at firefighters and police called to the scene.

The bonfire melee was not related to the dumpster fire and the three arson suspects are being looked at only in relation to the dumpster fire, Maloney said.

Firefighters were called to the bonfire scene around 1 a.m. They encountered students drinking alcohol and burning furniture and other items. Some students were aggressive toward firefighters and police, Waterville police Chief Joseph Massey said. He said the students were unruly enough that firefighters were afraid to approach the fire until police arrived.

Sdao, 24, of Niwot, Colorado, a member of the class of 2016, was arrested at the bonfire and did not participate in graduation exercises later that day, college officials said at the time. Sdao was originally due in court on July 19 on the class C felony charges. Maloney said the charges have yet to be adjudicated.

Colby officials said in May they intended to investigate the bonfire and the behavior surrounding it, but a college spokeswoman said Friday she didn’t have any information on the results of the investigation or whether any students were disciplined.

Madeline St. Amour can be contactded at 861-9239 or at:

mstamour@centralmaine.com

How Adam Nimoy Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Spock

Leonard Nimoy’s son started making a film with his father about Spock. After the elder Nimoy passed away, the documentary became a movie about his legacy. The post How Adam Nimoy Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Spock appeared first on WIRED.

How Adam Nimoy Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Spock

Leonard Nimoy’s son started making a film with his father about Spock. After the elder Nimoy passed away, the documentary became a movie about his legacy. The post How Adam Nimoy Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Spock appeared first on WIRED.

‘Dr. Drew’ canceled after Clinton episode

CNN says the move is part off a shakeup, but it also follows him questioning the presidential candidate’s health.

Dr. Drew Pinsky’s six-year-old HLN show, called “Dr. Drew On Call” has been canceled by CNN, effective Sept. 22.

In a statement, CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz said he and Pinsky “have mutually agreed to air the final episode of his show on September 22, but gave no specific reason for the cancellation.

CNN Money, in its reporting of the announcement, connected it to a broader shakeup at HLN, including the end of Nancy Grace’s flamboyant show devoted to criminal court cases.

But the decision came eight days after Pinsky’s comments on a radio show on Aug. 17 questioning the health and medical care of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president. After looking at bits and pieces of Clinton’s health-care records she made public in 2015, he said he was “gravely concerned not just about her health, but her health care.”

His comments came as the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, along with its surrogates and supporters, including former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and Fox News host Sean Hannity, have attempted to portray Clinton as lacking “the mental and physical stamina” demanded by the job, as Trump has put it.

Pinsky’s views, which he said were shared by another physician with whom he had consulted, aired on KABC’s “McIntyre in the Morning.”

It’s Women’s Equality Day, So Watch These 10 Movies About Badass Women

It’s Women’s Equality Day. Celebrate with a feel-good feminist binge-watching session. The post It’s Women’s Equality Day, So Watch These 10 Movies About Badass Women appeared first on WIRED.

It’s Women’s Equality Day, So Watch These 10 Movies About Badass Women

It’s Women’s Equality Day. Celebrate with a feel-good feminist binge-watching session. The post It’s Women’s Equality Day, So Watch These 10 Movies About Badass Women appeared first on WIRED.

Trump finally gives non-Fox News interview: Analysis

It didn’t take long for the Republican presidential candidate to get into trouble on Anderson Cooper’s show.

When it comes to media relations, Donald Trump has never been Mr. Congeniality – but he has been Mr. Accessibility. Throughout the primary season, he was omnipresent on cable news and granted interviews to journalists one might have expected him to avoid, such as former Bill Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulos of ABC News.

But lately the Republican presidential nominee has “mostly retreated to the relatively cozy confines of Fox News,” as the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone put it this week.

Trump finally ventured out again Thursday night, appearing on CNN for the first time in more than two months. It didn’t go very well. It went so not well, in fact, that you have to wonder whether his campaign will decide it’s best to dodge the likes of Anderson Cooper and Chuck Todd – or, for that matter, Chris Wallace and Bret Baier – and stick to softball sessions with Sean Hannity and the “Fox & Friends” crew.

It didn’t take long for Trump to get himself in a bind while speaking with Cooper. After wavering on his deportation plan in a sit-down with Hannity earlier in the week, the real estate mogul shifted again on CNN. Besides the policy changes, there was another key difference: While Hannity, an ardent Trump supporter, went along with his favored candidate, Cooper confronted him.

COOPER: You said on “Hannity,” you used the word “softening.” Even last night on “Hannity” you talked about …

(CROSSTALK)

TRUMP: Well, I don’t think it’s a softening. I think it’s . . .

COOPER: But 11 million people are no longer going to be deported.

TRUMP: I’ve had people say it’s a hardening, actually.

COOPER: But 11 million who have not committed a crime . . .

TRUMP: No, no. We’re then going to see.

COOPER: There’s going to be a path to legalization, is that right?

TRUMP: You know it’s a process. You can’t take 11 at one time and just say, boom, you’re gone. We have to find where these people are. Most people don’t even know where they are. Nobody even knows if it’s 11. It could be 30 and it could be 5. Nobody knows what the number is.

COOPER: But if somebody hasn’t committed a crime, will they be deported?

TRUMP: I’ll tell you what we know. Let me explain. Let me tell you what – we know the bad ones. We know where they are, who they are. We know the drug cartel people. We know the gangs and the heads of the gangs and the gang members. Those people are gone. And that’s a huge number.

COOPER: But isn’t that …

TRUMP: No, it’s not.

COOPER: But that’s Jeb Bush’s policy.

TRUMP LASHES OUT

Later, a frustrated Trump lashed out at Cooper and CNN, which he has taken to calling the “Clinton News Network.”

“I know you want to protect her as much as you possibly can,” Trump said, referring to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. At the time, he and Cooper were debating the true poverty rate for African-Americans. When Trump didn’t want to engage on the merits anymore, his immediate tactic was to try to put Cooper on the defensive with an unrelated accusation.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Trump’s long-term strategy leading up to Election Day is to not put himself in a position to be challenged by an interviewer in the first place. How withdrawn from media interviews has Trump been of late? Calderone tracked his recent TV appearances:

“Since that attack on the Khan family, Trump hasn’t appeared on ABC. Nor has he appeared on any others except Fox News and Fox Business (save for a phone interview with CNBC on Aug. 11).

“Indeed, the last appearance Trump made on CNN was June 13, according to an official with the cable network. The last time he was on NBC News was July 24, three days after officially becoming the party’s nominee. He hasn’t appeared on MSNBC since a May 20 episode of “Morning Joe,” a show he’s since repeatedly railed against. And he hasn’t been on CBS since July 17, as part of the rollout for vice-presidential pick Mike Pence.”

That was before Thursday, of course. One way to look at Trump’s appearance with Cooper is as a trial balloon. His campaign was seeing how it would go to determine whether Trump should return to the openness of the primary season or keep up the stonewalling that has characterized his time as the official Republican nominee.

The test results were not good. Expect Trump to go back behind the wall. He likes walls.

While You Were Offline: Are You Aware of Hillary Clinton’s ‘Vagenda’?

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While You Were Offline: Are You Aware of Hillary Clinton’s ‘Vagenda’?

It feels like we say this kind of thing too often, but this past week online was kind of awful. Catch up here. The post While You Were Offline: Are You Aware of Hillary Clinton’s ‘Vagenda’? appeared first on WIRED.

Amateur title fights to highlight NEF 25 card in Lewiston

NEF 25 will be the promotion’s second show in a month after a sold-out crowd of 1,200 turned out to watch NEF Presents “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight.”

NEF 25 will be the promotion’s second show in a month after a sold-out crowd of 1,200 turned out to watch NEF Presents “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight.”

One Million Ways to Show Support

Fort Kent ~ The twenty-sixth annual Tour de la Vallee, the primary fundraising event for the Edgar J. (Guy) Paradis Cancer Fund, was held on August 21, with the event starting line at the Lion’s Pavilion at Riverside Park in Fort Kent. An impressive ninety-five volunteers, individuals and civic and …

Fort Kent ~ The twenty-sixth annual Tour de la Vallee, the primary fundraising event for the Edgar J. (Guy) Paradis Cancer Fund, was held on August 21, with the event starting line at the Lion’s Pavilion at Riverside Park in Fort Kent. An impressive ninety-five volunteers, individuals and civic and …

Maine boy, 13, accused of stealing van, leading police on chase

Gardiner police and a Maine State Police trooper joined the pursuit as the juvenile allegedly reached speeds of nearly 90 mph.

Gardiner police and a Maine State Police trooper joined the pursuit as the juvenile allegedly reached speeds of nearly 90 mph.