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Central Maine News: $30,000 of Drugs off the Streets in Augusta

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These are some of the stories central Maine is talking about today.

Police say $30,000 worth of drugs is off the streets and two people are in custody. According to WGME officers say they seized 1,250 bags of heroin, 24 grams of cocaine, 13 grams of bath salts and more than 100 marijuana plants. Augusta Police and the Maine DEA say they found it at a home on River Street. Two people were arrested and were in jail being held on multiple drug charges.  (WGME)

According to WGME, the lawyers for the landlord trying to evict a Norridgewock woman for her daughters service dog says his clients plan to withdraw the eviction. The woman’s daughter is disabled and has a service dog, but they came the visit for five days to help the mom settle into her new place. The lease said no pets, but service animals have certain protections under the law. Her neighbors feel it would not have been an issue if she had notified the landlord up front; the woman has since apologized for not taking that step. (WGME)

Congress has cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants. The Senate voted 78-22 Thursday night to OK President Barack Obama’s plan, which was included in legislation to provide funding for the federal government after the end of the budget year on Sept. 30. The House approved the bill Wednesday.(AP)

Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. In a historic referendum, Scottish voters have decided 55% to 45 % against independence. The decision has prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, and brings a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. (AP)

The Norwegian home heating company Jotul plans to expand its Maine-based manufacturing. According to the Sun Journal they will move production of its wood stoves to the company’s North American headquarters in Gorham. Jotel will start manufacturing its first batches of wood stoves in Gorham early next year, hiring about seven new workers to handle a new assembly line for the stoves. Cost wise, for the Gorham site it’s about 45 % of the labor rate in Norway. The company now imports those stoves from Norway at a rate of about 9,000 a year. (Sun Journal)

Waterville police are warning that scam artists using computers to alter the caller ID so it look like that appears on victims’ phones. According to the KJ, they are preying on elderly people by pretending to represent an entity they call the National Gaming Commission. Police say everyone should be aware that no legitimate contest would require a person to spend money to claim a prize. (centralmaine.com)

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