Daily Archives: December 7, 2011

Glenburn Officials Thank Students for Work in Community

Updated 3 years ago

A group of young students at the Glenburn School were recognized Wednesday for their work in the community.Some messages just don’t sink in the first time around.”It can burn through the atmosphere and cause hazardous things,” said sixth grader, Lydia Caron.If you didn’t catch that, you’ll have nineteen other chances soon to be found all around Glenburn.”We were having a difficult time getting the word out,” said Michael O’Connor, a town council member. Twenty students designed their own reminders.”It said Glenburn we recycle every second and fourth Wednesday of each month,” said Caron.The town has doubled its recycling pick up.”They’re going to be framed and put roadside in some places, they’re going to be put in all the convenience stores in town and all the municipal buildings,” said O’Connor.In hopes of reminding people to take care of their community now, so it’s a better place for these kids in the future.

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Hope Man Sues Former Company for Whistleblower Violation

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 years ago

A man from Hope is accusing his former company of firing him after telling Navy investigators the company was illegally selling technology to China.Eric Levitt, 47, filed a lawsuit last month in Knox County Superior Court against Sonardyne International and Sonardyne Incorporated. The company is based in the United Kingdom with a U.S. Division in Texas. In the lawsuit, Levitt says he was fired in October because he told Naval Criminal Investigation Services, or NCIS, that he believed his company was selling diver detection equipment to Chinese companies affiliated with the People’s Republic of China.Court documents say the firing violated the state’s whistleblower and human rights acts. A spokesperson for Sonardyne International say the lawsuit is without merit and the company intends to take all reasonable measures to defend itself against the false allegations.

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South Berwick Man Sentenced to 7 Years for Deadly Orono Hit & Run

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After a lengthy trial and a grueling process for the family of Jordyn Bakley of Camden, a judge handed down the punishment for the man who caused her death. “What today was for was accountability. Today was for responsibility and accountability and at least there was some measure of that today for Jordyn,” said J.C. Bakley, Jordyn’s father.Garrett Cheney, 23, of South Berwick will serve seven years in jail for manslaughter. After that, he’ll be on probation for four years. Cheney was convicted in July for driving drunk in a hit and run accident in Orono that killed Bakley, a 20-year-old UMaine student. During sentencing, Cheney’s attorney insisted Cheney wasn’t aware that he hit anyone.”I think the argument failed. I think the judge saw through it and as he said from the bench, Garrett Cheney knew what he did and he tried to get away,” said District Attorney Chris Almy.During his trial, the prosecution proved Cheney hit Bakley with his pick-up in January of last year, then took off toward the highway. In addition to manslaughter, Cheney was also convicted of leaving the scene of an accident and drunk driving. He had no prior criminal record. Cheney chose not to address the judge or Bakley’s family. “He’s not a hardened criminal. This is something he’s not used to. This is probably a very frightening process for him. It’s certainly very upsetting and frightening for the family. I don’t know how he’s gonna deal with this especially because from day one he’s maintained his innocence and still maintains it,” said Cheney’s defense attorney William Bly.Cheney was denied post conviction bail and was taken to prison directly after the sentencing. His lawyer plans an appeal.For the Bakley family, the sentence doesn’t bring an end to their pain.Jordyn’s father said, “Our sons have lost a hero. My wife and I have lost a daughter. Hopefully someday we’ll be able to move forward.”

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Police: Escaped Inmate was after Ex-Girlfriend and her New Boyfriend

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(AP) – Police say the burglary suspect who escaped from a New Hampshire jail and was on the lam for five days had vowed revenge against his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in Maine.David Glenn Hobson was captured Tuesday evening near a grocerystore in Rochester, N.H., near the Maine border.U.S. Marshal David Cargill said Wednesday at a news conferencein Alfred, Maine, that Hobson had threatened his girlfriend througha text message. Cargill says the woman was taken to a safelocation. Authorities say Hobson escaped from the county jail in Ossipee,N.H., on Dec. 1 by jumping off a roof and scaling a razor-wirefence in the recreation yard. He was awaiting trial on a burglarycharge. Hobson is in custody, and his family has declined to comment.

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Bangor City Council Meeting To Discuss Waterfront Concerts

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The Bangor City Council is holding a special meeting Wednesday (12/07/11) to discuss the future of the Bangor Waterfront Concert Series.An agreement between the city and the organizers was postponed in November so the Council could review the information further.The meeting will be held in Council Chambers start at 5:30pm.Public comments will be taken during the meeting.

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Senior Spotlight: St. Joeseph Home Healthcare; Telemedicine

Updated 3 years ago

Reita Abbott, RN, from St Joseph HomeCare stoped by our studios on Wednesday to discuss the state of home health in Maine.

Bangor Stations Raise Funds to Keep Mainers Warm…With a Little Help

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Two weeks ago, Stephen King issued a challenge.If his three radio stations could raise $70,000 for their “Help Keep ME Warm” fund, he’d match it.The Pulse morning show host Pat LaMarche lived in the cold for a week, to help in the effort. Money raised would help Mainers who may no longer be eligible for federal LIHEAP funding.The stations were able to come up with $24,000.Then, the Lerner Foundation heard about it.They decided to add to the pot, bringing the total to the $70,000 needed for the matching grant.Zone radio says in total, more than $141,000 will be given to Penquis, Washington Hancock Community Agency, and Waldo Cap agencies.

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Driver Cleared of Criminal Charges Following Fatal Farmington Crash

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No criminal charges will be filed against a Maine truck driver in connection with a crash that killed a 12-year-old Connecticut girl.Franklin County prosecutor James Andrews reportedly said his office reviewed the police investigation of the August 17th crash in Farmington and determined there was not enough evidence to bring a vehicular manslaughter charge against Charles Willey.Andrews says the probe concluded that Willey was driving his tractor-trailer about 11 miles per hour over the speed limit when he lost control of the rig and struck a YMCA minivan. But the prosecutor said there was no finding of criminal negligence as required by the law.The crash killed Tess Meisel, of Westport, Conn. She was in the van owned by Camp Jewell YMCA in Colebrook, Conn., that was returning from Acadia National Park.

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Augusta Propane Tanks Reportedly Targeted by Thieves

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Police in Augusta are investigating the thefts of eight large propane tanks in the city.Six of the stolen 100-gallon tanks had been filled within the past week.Two of the tanks were taken from the Children’s Discovery Museum. At least two other businesses were also hit, leaving them without heat as temperatures in the region start to fall.The president of Augusta Fuel Company says he’s baffled by the thefts. Marc Lacasse tells the Kennebec Journal the stolen equipment was worth thousands of dollars and he doesn’t have the “slightest idea” how or why the thieves pulled off the heist.(The Associated Press)

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Maine Court Finds in Favor of Mortgage Company

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Maine’s highest court has declined to find GMAC Mortgage in contempt for signing off on a home foreclosure without first verifying documents – a practice often referred to as “robo-signing.”In a 5-1 decision on Tuesday, the Supreme Judicial Court upheld a decision by a lower court last year. Judge Keith Powers stopped short in that ruling of finding GMAC in contempt, though he did find the company submitted the foreclosure affidavit on behalf of Fannie Mae in bad faith.The case involved a Maine woman who was unable to make her monthly mortgage payments after losing her job.GMAC’s parent company issued a statement saying it was pleased with Tuesday’s ruling.The company remains the target of a separate class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of Maine homeowners.(The Associated Press)

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Fairfield On-ramp Closed Until 2014

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Maine Transportation officials say a ramp leading to Interstate 95 in the Fairfield area will be closed for 2 1/2 years.The northbound on-ramp at exit 133 will be closed beginning Thursday. Commuters who would use that exit will be detoured to exit 132 via U.S. Routes 201 and 139. Wide loads will be restricted from exits 132 to 138 northbound and southbound.Officials say reconstruction of the Clinton Clauson Bridge between the towns of Fairfield and Benton began this October. The $9.3 million project involves replacing the northbound and southbound bridge decks on I-95 as well as the deck of a smaller bridge just south of the Clauson Bridge that spans the Pan Am Railways track.Motorists will use crossovers, and speed limits will be lowered.(The Associated Press)

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Bangor Council Reviews Permitting Procedure

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Bangor City Councilors were given an overview of the city’s permitting system Tuesday night.City Solicitor Norman Heitmann addressed councilor’s concerns over the wording of it.He also reviewed the purpose of having such a system, as well as the process of granting or denying a permit.Heitmann recommended city staff take a closer look at the current policy and revise it for a city council vote.”We want to make it so people’s rights to use the city park are not infringed on, that they’re free to use the park, keeping in mind that we need to protect the integrity of the physical structure of the parks as well as protect other users of the park,” Said Heitmann Tuesday night.Bangor city staff hope to have a revised edition of the permitting policy ready in about a month.

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Should parents be informed if head lice is discovered at a school?

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Yes 98% (399 votes) No 2% (7 votes)