“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
By Associated Press, Special to the BDN •September 16, 2017 1:28 pmTroy R. Bennett BDNTroy R. Bennett BDNA woman tests the water at Portland's East End Beach Tuesday July 3, 2012. Environment Maine contends the state's beaches may not be as clean as the Maine DEP says they are. Watch the video at bangor daily news.com. (Bangor Daily News photo by Troy R. Bennett)PORTLAND, Maine — Volunteers are set to clear Maine’s coastal shoreline and waterways of trash.The weeklong Coastal Cleanup begins Saturday across the state at sites including East End Beach in Portland and Warren Island State Park in Islesboro.Last year, 1,186 volunteers collected 19,674 pounds of trash from 74.8 miles of Maine coastline.The event is part of an International Coastal Cleanup effort. The nonprofit Ocean Conservancy records what volunteers collect and uses the data for the international ocean trash index.The group says the goal is making sure that coastal waters and habitats remain healthy and trash-free. Did we get something wrong? Please, Let us know, submit a correction.
Then Simms’ radio crackled with the voice of another officer just a few blocks north: “Shots fired!”Suddenly, the cleanup in the 900 block of Bennett Place in Harlem Park was on hold, as a half-dozen officers rushed out of trash-filled alleys, jumped into their cars and sped up the street.Moments later, off Pitcher Street near North Fremont Avenue, a young man was being handcuffed.Police said the man, 21, had arranged to buy a cellphone from two women on Facebook, then pulled a gun on them and announced a robbery in the women’s car in the 900 block of Arlington Ave., just across Fremont from Pitcher. The man allegedly struck one of the women with the handgun during the incident, causing minor injuries, before jumping out of the vehicle, police said.The woman driving the vehicle then attempted to flee and hit the man with her car, and the man fired shots at the women, police said. Officers in the area who heard the shots spotted the man running out of an alley and arrested him, police said.The young man, who was not identified pending the filing of charges, was walked to a nearby police van with plastic bags wrapped around his hands — a measure commonly taken to preserve any gunshot residue on the hands of arrestees suspected of recently firing a gun.A few minutes later, back in the 900 block of Bennett, Maj. Sheree Briscoe — the Western District commander — stood with a representative of the city’s public works department and discussed the importance of a holistic approach to violence in certain neighborhoods that also struggle... (Baltimore Sun)
You could see what the people looked like,” said code compliance director Brandon Bennett about a video captured in May. “You could see what the vehicle looked like. But you couldn’t see it well enough to read a license plate number, or to actually look at their face close enough to put it on the news and say do you know this person who was dumping?”The new cameras will do those things, he said. They are similar to cameras also purchased by the police department.Fort Worth is spending about $500,000 for the new technology. If they work, they could cut down on the $2.4 million budgeted this year for investigating, enforcing and cleaning these sites up.The city of Dallas continues to report success with its own enhanced camera program, with chronic dumping sites now numbering only about three dozen. (CBS DFW)