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Service providers taking stock of mental health, substance abuse cuts

AUGUSTA, Maine — Agencies that provide services to people with mental health and substance abuse problems started to assess the impact Friday of $13.4 million in cuts to the state’s health and human services budget as part of a $35.5 million curtailment order issued this week by Gov. Paul LePage. …
Katrina Mitchell pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child Tuesday morning at Belfast District Court.

Frankfort mom of baby killed by family dog pleads no contest to misdemeanor charge

BELFAST, Maine — The mother of the Frankfort baby mauled to death by the family Rottweiler in April 2011 pleaded no contest Tuesday morning to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Katrina Mitchell, 31, of Frankfort spoke quietly in Belfast District Court as Justice Robert Murray …

Official: 85 percent of elders abused in Maine never report it

BANGOR, Maine — Like many elderly people who have saved for their retirements, Meredith Purcell’s 89-year-old mother thought she was set for life. Now she’s living on her meager Social Security income of $1,300 a month — barely enough to pay for her home in a low-income housing project. According …