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University of New England students have created a program for jail staff and correction officers to help them deal with stress and other wellness issues
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PORTLAND, Maine — Students at the University of New England are spending time at the Cumberland County Jail this week.

The students have created a program for jail staff and correction officers to help them deal with several issues. The biggest one…stress.

They’re doing it not only for class credit, but because they say it’s the right the thing to do.

All week UNE students, studying to be nurses, occupational therapists and trainers, will help the staff with nutrition, exercise and stress management.

In the stress management session there were all kind of sensory activities like making slime and stress balls, by stuffing flour into a balloon.

It’s a  tool that will come in handy for corrections officer Chelsea Moore.

“There’s a lot of stress looking over your shoulder. There’s a lot of not knowing what’s going to happen at any given second. That’s probably the most tiring part of it” Moore says.

This is not the first time UNE students have been in the jail. They were there last year working with inmates, helping them with all kinds of wellness issues.

While there, they noticed the jail staff and correction officers could use some of the same services.

Kelly Pitre, who is studying occupational therapy at UNE, and will graduate next month, is spearheading this program, which is all volunteer.

“I feel like it’s our turn to take care of them” Pitre says. “I’m passionate about it, it’s a great way to put my skills to the test and help implement stress, well being, health and wellness.”

Libby Alvin, who is set to graduate from UNE’s nursing program next month says while she is busy with her school work, she looks forward to getting out in the community.

“It brings you back to why you’re doing school and why you’re working your butt off everyday in the library, to work with people and help make things better.”

A kind gesture that’s greatly appreciated.

“It’s nice to know somebody thought of us. There’s all this work, put into a whole week of them coming in and spending time with all shifts” says Moore.

Last year Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce awarded UNE students a Volunteer Appreciation Award for their work with inmates.

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Image result for Criminal Justice Academy in VassalboroVassalboro,  Maine — A sheriff in Maine says two corrections officers have been placed on paid leave after a fellow officer was shot in an apparent accident at a police training academy.

Matthew Morrison of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department was shot in the leg in a parking lot at the Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro on Monday. He was taken by ambulance to MaineGeneral in Augusta and then flown by the Lifeflight helicopter to Maine Medical, according to CBS affiliate WAGM-TV,  and is recovering.

Police say 24-year-old Cumberland County corrections officer Matthew Begner shot Morrison. Police say the shooting took place inside a pickup truck owned by by another Cumberland County officer, 25-year-old Cody Gillis, of Brunswick.

 

Police say the 9mm gun is owned by Gillis.

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The shooting took place as the three men were leaving the academy grounds for the evening around 8 p.m. The gun had been stored in the console of Gillis’ truck.

The director of the academy says he will also review the shooting and is awaiting the final investigative report from Maine State Police. WGME-TV reports ( http://bit.ly/2sy9dWR ) that the academy director says corrections officers aren’t supposed to have guns on campus.

The Kennebec County District Attorney’s Office will also receive a copy of that report, the station reports.

State police and the Cumberland County sheriff are both investigating.

 

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Misty Romero of Limington faces several charges after police say she drove through a closed accident scene, nearly hit a Gorham police office and struck six vehicles,

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s office said in a press release that Misty Romero was charged with eluding an officer and operating under the influence following the 6:40 p.m. incident that started on Route 35 in Standish. Police said a motorist had called the county dispatch center to report the 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 truck was operating erratically. The truck stopped near Route 35 and Route 237 in Standish where traffic had backed up due to a motorcycle fire on the side of Route 35. A Gorham police officer had a brief contact with Romero before she sped off nearly striking the officer. The truck drove through the backed up traffic, striking six other vehicles including two Standish fire vehicles and losing the truck’s driver’s side tire. Deputies were able to catch up with the truck which continued to operate with three tires, sending out a large trail of sparks s. The truck traveled at 40 to 85 mph for more than three miles before it became disabled. Romero and a 40-year-old passenger were taken into custody.

The passenger was not charged. Romero was ordered held for eight hours before she could pay the $1,500 bail.

Romero was also arrested on several other charges, police said.

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Life truly is a fairy tale, my adventure setting sail.

My triumph like Hercules – I brought Goliath to his knees.

What makes victory ever so sweet, is the learning that comes with defeat.

 

Never life’s mamba scares me a way, never a night without a day.

Never known love without a tear; never known courage without some fear.

Never known conviction without some doubt;

Can’t have “with” unless you have “without.”

Never known magic without some rules; never seen things built without some tools.

Never a full moon that didn’t wane:

If there’s a loss, then there’s a gain.

 

I grew an eye to make me the beholder, so beauty is beheld as I get older.

 

I speak of balance – yet don’t hold back!  If it’s a noble cause, the nobly attack!

One day there will come an end; can you say that you were the world’s friend?

 

There is perfection in the number seven;

I walked through Hell, so that I could know Heaven.

– Kabir

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The Maine Department of Corrections has intercepted more Suboxone sublingual film — thin strips of a prescription drug that are easy to hide and can be dissolved on the tongue — than any other contraband smuggled into Maine jails.

Research by Portland-based CBS affiliate WGME’s investigative reporter Marissa Bodnar found that inmates are regularly trying to sneak in and abuse the drug, which can be prescribed as a treatment for opioid addiction.

Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce told WGME Suboxone strips have been found in between sheets of cardboard and in the folds of envelopes. Attempts to smuggle in drugs also have prompted the jail to limit contact between inmates and visitors, leaving inmates to see loved ones from behind a sheet of glass.

“We’ve banned cards from coming in,” Joyce said. “We take photocopies of greeting cards.”

Suboxone is a branded prescription drug that includes the active ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone.

Addiction treatment specialists have said Suboxone can be an effective medication to help those battling addiction to heroin and other opiates and opioids, if used correctly.

Dr. Mark Publicker, a longtime Maine addiction specialist, told WGME that inmates should have regular access to medication and therapy.

“Any of the [federally] approved medications should be used,” he said. “We need to develop systems [to create better access to addiction treatment for inmates] and understand, right now at any given time, the figure is over 80,000 prisoners in state and federal levels have opiate addiction and are not being treated.”

Bodnar found that, in addition to the Suboxone strips, heroin, marijuana, methadone, Oxycodone and tobacco, among other contraband items, have been confiscated by corrections officials in Maine jails.

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Hey Circle,

So happy to get a letter from you guys, and I got your last letter and wrote you guys back, but I got out and was about to mail it when I got arrested for driving without a license.  So, the letter sits in my bag in a stamped envelope.  I was only out for about 43 hours.  I had planned on seeing you guys.  So much wanted to get up to Freeport and groove to positive vibrations.

I miss you guys tons and always think about you guys as well.  You are my family!

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I believe I will do another introduction to Dafa.  I have been practicing a lot.  Life is the practice if have the gumption.  So precious is an opportunity as a human being.  Compassion for everyone.  Soften my heart and connect with people.  So sad is the ordinary person’s existence.  Relying on all false hoods.  I want the best for all.  Guard, inmate, free man.  All beings!  (And, you, my friends!)

I love you dear friends.

My very best,

Kabir

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A Westbrook man died while in custody at the Cumberland County Jail on Thursday night, the sheriff’s office said Friday.

Adam Davis Barnes, 34, was brought in to the jail in Portland around 6 p.m. Thursday after being arrested in Portland, according to the sheriff’s office. He was found unresponsive in his holding cell a little more than an hour later.

The state medical examiner’s office performed an autopsy Friday morning, but the cause of death was not yet clear.

“We are told from the medical examiner’s office that they will require additional studies before they are prepared to rule on cause of death,” Portland Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch said during a press conference Friday afternoon. “It does not appear to be suspicious at this time.”

Malloch said the staff at Walgreens on Allen Avenue called 911 on Thursday afternoon to report a man in the store who was behaving suspiciously and might be under the influence of drugs.

Portland officers arrived as Barnes was leaving the store in his vehicle. He did not stop when the officers tried to pull him over, Malloch said, and there was a brief pursuit. On Washington Avenue Extension, Barnes struck a parked and unattended utility trailer, but continued driving.

Shortly thereafter, he stopped the car and was arrested. Police found cocaine and prescription Xanax in the vehicle, but it was unclear how much. There were no field sobriety tests conducted.

“He was arrested without incident,” Malloch said. “At that point, he was compliant.”

Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon of the sheriff’s office said Barnes was walking and talking when he arrived at the jail. While he was too aggressive for a full medical screening, a nurse determined Barnes was medically stable to enter the jail and did not need to be transported to the hospital. Gagnon said Barnes needed “light assistance” walking to the holding cell but did not appear to be injured and never asked for medical attention.

Gagnon said there appeared to be “nothing wrong with him.”

“He answered all the questions to the satisfaction of the nurse to be admitted,” Gagnon aid. “There was nothing suspicious. … We have intoxicated people come in all the time that we deal with, and he was of the normal range.”

Barnes had been charged with failing to stop, possession of scheduled drugs, violating bail, leaving the scene of an accident, driving to endanger and falsifying evidence. His criminal record was not available Friday.

Jail officials checked on Barnes every 15 minutes in his holding cell, which Gagnon described as protocol. It was during one of these routine checks that he was found unresponsive, a little more than an hour after he had been brought in. The sheriff’s office said jail officers gave Barnes first aid and attempted CPR, until a Medcu ambulance arrived. The jail said Medcu paramedics also tried to resuscitate Barnes but were unsuccessful.

The sheriff’s office could not immediately say whether Barnes was pronounced dead at the jail, while en route to the hospital or at the hospital.

The death is being investigated by the sheriff’s office, Portland police and the state medical examiner’s office.

“As far as we can see right now, everything was done with protocol,” Gagnon said.

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