May 21, 2021

Police chief faked report to dodge meeting

Maine police

Maine Police Chief Faked Report to Dodge Meeting

Maine’s law enforcement oversight board revoked the license of the former Fryeburg police chief after discovering that he’d created a fake police report to justify leaving a public meeting in 2020, according to the Bangor Daily News. In February 2020, Joshua Potvin texted one of his officers during a meeting of the Fryeburg Board of Selectmen, asking her to call him out. He subsequently created a false police report to cover his actions. The Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s board of trustees, which certifies police officers, revoked his license recently upon discovering his duplicity.

N.D. to Merge Health, Human Services Agencies

The North Dakota Legislature has opted to merge the state’s Health Department with the much larger Human Services Department, according to the Bismarck Tribune. The merger, which will become effective on Sept. 1, 2022, is intended to integrate the function of two agencies with somewhat intertwined roles. For example, the Health Department inspects long-term care facilities while the Human Services Department regulates them.

Ex-Va. Nursing Assistant Sentenced in Patient Murders

A former nursing assistant in Virginia was sentenced May 11 for her role in the deaths of seven veterans in a Clarksburg, W.Va., medical center. Reta Mays pleaded guilty in July to seven counts of second-degree murder and one count of assault with intent to commit murder. Mays admitted administering insulin to several patients with the intent to kill them. She received seven consecutive life sentences, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.

Colo. Bill Targets High-Potency Pot Products

Lawmakers in Colorado are considering a bill that would enhance regulation of high-potency marijuana and marijuana products, according to the Colorado Sun. The legislation would limit the amount of medical marijuana patients between 18 and 20 could buy each day and require the tracking of their purchases in order to prevent them from visiting multiple shops in one day. The bill’s intent is to curb teen marijuana use and prevent adult overconsumption.  

N.C. to License Autism-Treatment Specialists

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill May 17 that will create a licensing process for specialists in autism treatment, according to the Associated Press. Currently, behavior analysts must be supervised by psychologists, which reduces access to therapy and increases cost. The new law will allow analysts to work independently subject to licensure by the yet-to-be-created Behavior Analysis Board.


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