–For more than a decade, Bangor jail guard Corporal Steven Buzzell exploited his position of authority over female inmates for sexual purposes, according to guards and inmates who knew him. It was also widely known among jail staff that Buzzell sent women, including his female colleagues, unsolicited obscene photos.
–The BDN spoke with four former inmates, four current and former jail employees, and one jail volunteer — now City Councilor Clare Davitt — who said they received or saw explicit images from Buzzell.
–Buzzell’s alleged behavior went unreported for years because people feared the potential consequences. Female inmates were too afraid to report him and lose his goodwill. Guards described not wanting to be ostracized at work, especially because they depend on their colleagues for their safety.
–Some Mainers are gearing up for a fight over the future of the state’s philosophical exemption for childhood vaccinations, a battle that is expected to play out during the upcoming legislative session. That’s because many Maine families are choosing against vaccinating their children, and some lawmakers would like to change that. Nationally, nearly 2 percent of parents chose not to immunize their kindergartners for non-medical reasons last year. In Maine, 5 percent of parents of public and private school children decided against immunization, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.