Daily Archives: December 7, 2011

Winthrop Rite Aid Robbed

Updated 3 years ago

Winthrop Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the Winthrop Rite Aid Store on Peck Farm Road in Winthrop Wednesday.The suspect entered the store around 5:30 p.m. and handed a store employee a note that demanded drugs. The suspect threatened the use of a weapon, but no weapon was shown. The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of drugs. It is not known whether the suspect is male or female, but they are described as being of Asian descent, in their early 20’s, 5’6” and approximately 130 pounds. The suspect was wearing dark pants, a black shirt, light gray jacket, white baseball cap and had white plastic framed sunglasses. The suspect was also wearing blue gloves with white stripes and dark colored sneakers with a white logo on the side. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Winthrop Police Department at 377-7226.

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UMaine and Georgia Southern Have Playoff History

Tim Throckmorton

Updated 3 years ago

Saturday will be the third meeting between Maine and Georgia Southern… all have been in the NCAA playoffs. The first meeting was 24 years ago. Tim Throckmorton takes a look back at both of the games.

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Camden Rite Aid Robbed for the Third Time This Year

Updated 3 years ago

For the third time this year, the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Camden has been robbed.According to police, around 12:30 Wednesday a woman described as being in her late teens to early 20’s entered the Camden Rite Aid and handed a note to the pharmacist demanding drugs and made off with an unknown number of pills.She told the pharmacist she had a weapon, but no weapon was shown.The robber is described as being between five and 5’5 in height and between 105 and 110 pounds.She was wearing a dark-colored Adidas hooded sweatshirt and a green baseball cap.Anyone with information is asked to call Knox County Regional Communications at 594-5656 or Camden Police at 236-7953 during daytime hours.

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Hartland Woman Arrested and Charged with Drug Possession

Updated 3 years ago

A Hartland woman has been arrested and charged with possession of drugs after the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department searched her vehicle and found heroin, drug packaging material and drug related articles.Police searched the vehicle of 22-year-old Melinda Riggs as part of an ongoing investigation into the sale and use of drugs in the area.Additional charges against Riggs and others may be filed.Riggs is currently being held at the Somerset County Correctional Facility.

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Bangor City Councilors Vote Unanimously to Move Forward with Waterfront Concerts Agreement

Updated 3 years ago

The Waterfront Concerts are staying in Bangor for the 2012 season.Bangor City Councilors held a special meeting Wednesday night to go over the agreement, after delaying the deal last month.Councilors voted unanimously to move forward with the concerts.Council chambers were full with residents, many who voiced their support of the concerts.A common concern that was echoed is the noise factor, which is something both Waterfront Concerts President Alex Gray and city councilors are aware of and trying to find a solution.Councilors say now, Gray can begin booking.”We’re always happy when there’s progress moving forward. Sometimes the process does take some extra discussion but it’s worth it. Regardless of what it took to get here, I’m very happy with the result,” said Bangor City Council Chairman, Cary Weston.”Time is of the essence in our industry. If the city wants to realize their master plan, their best method is going to be the furthering of these concerts because if you want to sell those spaces down on the waterfront you need development. You need a reason for people to come to town and consume the product,” said Waterfront Concerts President, Alex Gray.Gray says the delay has already cost Bangor a big name act.He says promoters for James Taylor decided to book a performance at the Cumberland County Civic Center, instead, because of concerns over getting the contract approved in Bangor.

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Update: Councilors Disagree Over Donation to City of Bangor

Updated 3 years ago

Councilor Charlie Longo expressed an issue with a software donation to the city from Sutherland Weston, a marketing communications firm in Bangor.Council chair, Cary Weston, is a partner in the company, and Longo feels it’s a conflict of interest and against an ordinance in the city charter for the city to accept the free donation.City Solicitor, Norm Heitman tells TV 5 the donation does not violate any city ordinances.The council is expected to discuss the matter at its next meeting.

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New England Senators Working to Prevent Cuts in LIHEAP Funding

Updated 3 years ago

U.S. Senators from Maine and two other New England states are pushing a bill to prevent deep cuts in federal home heating aid.President Obama has proposed cutting the program down to $2.5 billion this year.Senators Olympia Snowe, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Jack Reed of Rhode Island are pushing for nearly twice that amount in LIHEAP funds.

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Cigarette Led to the Arrest of Industry Man Accused of Murder

Updated 3 years ago

A cigarette led to the arrest of a man from Industry in connection with a 31-year-old central Maine murder case.Jay Mercier was arrested in September and charged with murder in the July 1980 death of 20-year-old Rita St. Peter, whose beaten body was found alongside a road in Anson.Court documents say state police detective Bryant Jacques interviewed Mercier about the case last year. During that interivew, mercier tossed a cigarette butt into the street.The documents say Jacques retrieved it and had it tested.He says DNA from the cigarette matched DNA from the victim’s body which led to Mercier’s arrest.Mercier remains in jail without bail.

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Skills USA Helps Hands of Hope Spread Holiday Cheer

Updated 3 years ago

In October, the Hands of Hope Thrift Store in Bangor was robbed of funds that were set aside to purchase christmas gifts for needy children.Wednesday, they received some help from Skills USA to make those Christmas wishes come true.Because men’s jeans are in high demand, hands of hope buys jeans for two dollars from the public.Skills USA students from across the state have been collecting men’s jeans, 300 pairs in all.Instead of taking the 600 dollars for the jeans, the group donated the money to the Hands of Hope gift fund.”Personally I’ve been to other countries and have helped there and have seen the effects and it’s here in our home state, I thought we could make an impact,” said Leslie Campbell with Skills USA.Hands of hope will deliver Christmas gifts to about 15-hundred kids in 42 towns throughout Penobscot County.

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Middle School in Winterport Receives Big Award at Surprise Assembly

Updated 3 years ago

Students at the Wagner Middle School in Winterport got a big surprise Wednesday for digging into science.As part of a contest sponsored by S.W. Cole Engineering, they produced a 60 second video answering a simple question – how science and technology effects their daily lives.47 schools from Maine and New Hampshire participated.Mrs. Cardello’s class won the contest and a one-thousand dollar grant for the Challenger Learning Center.”If they get interested now at the middle school level, they’ll be more likely to enroll in high school, and in college and become the engineers and scientists we’re gonna need,” said David Dunnen with S.W. Cole Engineering.Five other schools in Maine and New Hampshire also received awards.Officials with S.W. Cole will travel to those schools and surprise them with similar ceremonies all week.

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Annual Holiday Tradition Adds Sparkle to Bangor

Updated 3 years ago

There’s an extra bit of sparkle in Bangor at St. Joseph Hospital.Thousands of lights were turned on in honor and memory of loved ones at the Lights of Remembrance Ceremony.Inside the hospital, there sits a special remembrance tree.Folks can purchase ornaments to honor or remember their loved ones.The Lights of Remembrance Ceremony is a holiday tradition that dates back to 1988.”So it’s great to see the kids and people come in and to see the younger children sing, it’s nice start to the holiday season,” said CEO and President Mary Prybilo.The lights outside of the hospital can be seen from the interstate.They will remain on even after the holidays.

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Bangor Loses James Taylor Performance Because of Concert Series Contract Delay

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 years ago

The head of the Bangor Waterfront Concert series says the city’s delay in finalizing a deal for next year has already cost Bangor a big-name act.Alex Gray says promoters for James Taylor decided to book a performance at the Cumberland County Civic Center, instead, because of concerns over getting a concert series contract approved in Bangor.An agreement between the city and concert organizers was postponed last month so some of the councilors could review the information further.The city is hosting a public hearing Wednesday night on the future of the concerts in Bangor.

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Excitement Spreads As Black Bears Get Ready For Weekend Game

Updated 3 years ago

UMaine Defensive Tackle Raibonne Charles had big dreams at the start of this season, “In pre-season, one time the Defensive Coordinator Coach, said close your eyes and envision where you want to be and it was us going into the playoffs with first round bye and now, we’re here.”Here is the quarter finals of the NCAA national tournament.After beating Appalachian State last weekend, the Black Bears are set to battle it out with the Georgia Southern Eagles.Coach Cosgrove knows the team needs to step it up this week, “We have to play even better than we did last week.”And on that front, Raibonne Charles agrees with Coach Cosgrove, “You know, they’re a real good football team, it’s going to take a lot of discipline a high level of effort, tenacity, to beat this team.”Georgia Southern may have a good football team, but at Wednesday’s pep rally, it looked like the Black Bears have better fans.Kara Capossela is one of those fans, “It’s exciting, I’m so happy for them and just like the guys are so pumped up and excited to play.”With a 9-3 record, the Black Bears have seen their ups and downs this season, but credit the loyal fans with their continued success on the field.Raibonne Charles is looking for a win, not so much for the team, but the whole state, “You know, I’m just glad people are behind us because that’s what we need because were really playing for them. You know we play for the state of Maine and the school, so this game all wins have been for Maine.”With the Black Bear spirit alive and well in Orono, this UMaine team hopes to carry that energy on to the field with them come Saturday.The game is scheduled to kick off Saturday at 2 PM in Statesboro, Georgia.You can watch it on ESPN 3.

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Bangor Man Pleads Not Guilty to Possessing Bath Salts

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 years ago

A man from Bangor who destroyed a relative’s bathroom while he was allegedly using bath salts pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Benjamin Hatfield, 22, is charged with drug possession.In October, police say they were called to a home on Juniper Street. Officers found Hatfield sitting outside, disoriented, with severe cuts to his hands and arms.Inside they say they saw water dripping through the ceiling, pools of blood, broken glass piled in a bathroom and bath salts.Prosecutors say they’re not charging Hatfield with damaging the bathroom, because his family member doesn’t want pursue it.He’s due in court in February.

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Dangers of Distracted Driving Discussed at Brewer High School

Updated 3 years ago

Texting and driving is dangerous…a point that was really driven home at Brewer High School Wednesday.A presentation at the school focused on risk factors that ride along with distracted driving.Texting and driving is not only dangerous, it’s also now illegal in Maine.Students signed a pledge, promising they won’t text and drive.

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Occupy Augusta Demonstrator Charged with Arson at Capitol Park

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 years ago

An Occupy Augusta demonstrator has been charged with arson in connection with a fire Monday that destroyed a tent at the encampment in Capitol Park. The state fire marshal’s office summonsed 18-year-old Matthew Meyer of Warren.Capitol Police say he turned himself into authorities Wednesday morning. Police say Meyer had been staying at the encampment for a month and was intending to move into the vacant tent.The encampment was empty at the time, since demonstrators had been asked to leave the park until a federal judge decides if they can stay without a permit.Police say Meyer claimed he was a volunteer firefighter and admitted to starting the fire.He’s now been prohibited from all state-owned property in Augusta.Meyer is due in court in February.

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Two Bank of America Branches to Close in Maine

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 years ago

No one will lose their jobs when two Bank of America branches in Orono and Sanford close this spring. The company announced it’s shutting down the Orono branch on Main Street and a drive-up location on River Street in Sanford on March 16th. Five people work at those locations and a spokesperson says they’ll all be moved to other branches. Local customers can still get Bank of America service less than four miles away, too.A branch in Old Town and a full-service bank in Sanford will remain open.We’re told the closures are part of the company’s plan to reduce the number of centers across the country over the next few years. Right now Maine has 34 Bank of America locations.

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Pearl Harbor Attacks Remembered in Bangor

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Seventy years ago the Japanese launched their attack, bringing the United States into World War II. The surprise military attack at Pearl Harbor damaged 8 U.S. battleships and killed more than 2,000 Americans. In Bangor, people gathered to remember the event, including a man who was in the Navy during the attacks. Robert Coles considers himself a lucky man. ” My luck started in December 21, 1923 when I was born. I was born in the United States of America,” said Coles with a smile. Two weeks before his 18th birthday, Coles, like so many others, shipped out to Pearl Harbor with the Navy. ” I was a seaman apprentice. Next to the bottom of the heap,” explained Coles. Being low man on the totem pole proved lucky once again. ” The torpedo planes that went by, they were ignoring the little old destroyers and they were going after the battleships. That’s the best time in your life to be ignored, when people are trying to kill you,” said Coles. Each year veterans get together on the bridge over the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor to remember what happened on December 7, 1941. ” Gosh, that was the greatest generation this nation has given and it’s a generation that we’re fast losing,” said Major General Bill Libby. Major General Libby takes it personally, he’s the son of a World War II vet. ” It was that generation quite frankly, listening to their stories, that was my call to service,” said Libby. More than 2,400 people were killed during the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. Lucky for Coles, he wasn’t one of them. ” It happened around me, it didn’t happen to me,” said Coles. ” The only blood I saw during World War II out in the Pacific is when I nicked myself shaving.”It’s not just older veterans who are taking the time to remember the tragedy. ” It’s our responsibility to remember all veterans from all the wars,” said Larry Holland, Jr. Vice Commander of VFW 1761 in Bangor. Seventy years after the attacks, Coles luck is still going strong. ” At age 88, I’m glad to be here. I’m glad to be anywhere above ground,” said Coles. He says he’ll be back in Bangor next year, joining his fellow veterans, if his luck holds out.Bangor native, Willard Carelton Orr, was the only Maine resident killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor. There’s a plaque honoring him on the footbridge over the Kenduskeag Stream.

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World War II Veteran from Orrington Dies

Updated 3 years ago

A man from Orrington, who gave a lifetime of service to his country and community, has died. Ray Perkins was in the Army during World War II. He was an Orrington selectman, a volunteer firefighter and he started the VFW in town. He did more than 1,000 interviews at the Cole Museum in Bangor throughout the years with students interested in World War II. In February, we had a story about Ray and his wife Louise who were married for 68 years. A memorial service will be held Friday morning at 11 at the First United Methodist Church in Orrington. Ray Perkins was 90 years old.

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Planned Power Outage in Corinth Area Thursday

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 years ago

People who live in parts of Corinth can expect to lose power for a couple of hours on Thursday, December 8th. Bangor Hydro will turn off electricity along Route 43 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. It’s for routine maintenance on power lines. Areas affected include Route 43 from Woodshop Lane to Route 221. Also Pond, Pierce, Smith and Hay Roads will lose electricity, as well customers from the intersection of Routes 43 and 221 to the Old Town Road, including Pine Grove.For more information, you can contact Bangor Hydro at 947-2414.

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