Waterville senior Bethanie Brown signing her letter of intent today. She’ll get a full scholarship to run track at UConn in the fall.She told Tim Throckmorton this morning about when it dawned on her… that running in high school wouldn’t be enough.
The Husson men’s basketball team earning a 79-68 victory today over Colby-Sawyer. The Eagle women’s basketball team falling to the Chargers, 94-66.
BOYS BASKETBALL Bangor Christian 57, Penobscot Valley 36 Bonny Eagle 49, Windham 35 Cape Elizabeth 54, Greely 48 Deering 37, Portland 30 Dexter Regional 62, Orono 46 Falmouth 69, Yarmouth 35 Fort Kent Community 66, Limestone Community 59 Fryeburg Academy 63, Poland Regional/Whittier 30 Hermon 44, John Bapst Memorial 30 Hodgdon 88, Houlton Christian Academy 57 Marshwood 63, Noble 51 Old Orchard Beach 56, Freeport 37 Presque Isle 60, Caribou 47 Sanford 74, Massabesic 50 Seacoast Christian School 57, Gould Academy 56 Sumner Memorial 61, George Stevens 55 Traip (Robert W.) Academy 50, North Yarmouth Academy 45 Washburn District 70, Easton 44 Washington Academy 73, Old Town 72 Westbrook 56, Gorham 50 GIRLS BASKETBALL Bonny Eagle 51, Windham 40 Boothbay Region 60, Wiscasset 34 Dirigo 50, Mountain Valley 32 Freeport 51, Old Orchard Beach 37 Gorham 52, Westbrook 25 Hodgdon 78, Houlton Christian Academy 39 Kents Hill 47, Hebron Academy 31 Marshwood 52, Noble 34 Oak Hill 52, Monmouth Academy 33 Rangeley Lakes Regional 43, Greenville 37 Sanford 62, Massabesic 28 Scarborough 58, Kennebunk 34
State police were on the scene of what the Kennebec Journal is calling a â€œstandoffâ€ overnight.A Madison man was reportedly barricaded inside his home, threatening to shoot people and burn his house down.Officers from multiple agencies responded to the home on East Madison Road.The suspect’s name has not yet been released.We will bring you more information on that, as it becomes available.
No act of nature would stop one of Bangor’s longtime traditions on Friday night. The 31st Annual Father Daughter Valentine Dance rocked the Bangor Civic Center. The event was sold out.450 tickets were sold after going on sale January 1st. Organizers from the Parks and Rec. Department say it’s not the easiest event to coordinate, but its well worth the effort.”The value in this is always community, family, and just a chance to come out and have some fun on an evening that you just don’t usually get a chance to,” said Tim Baude of Bangor Parks and Rec. No tickets were sold at the door.All admission was sold out a full week before the event.
Despite the snow, more than a hundred people turned out for an outdoor gun rights rally at the State House Friday.Governor LePage told the crowd their rights to have guns won’t be infringed while he’s governor.He mingled with the crowd after his brief remarks and shook hands with many of those attending.The rally came two days after a coalition formed in the wake of December’s Connecticut school shootings called for further gun control.
For many, pre-storm activities include a trip to the grocery store.Supplies like bottled water, non-perishables, and batteries have been flying off local store shelves the past couple of days.Danforth’s Supermarket in Hermon saw things start to pick up Thursday with folks preparing for what the weekend weather might bring.”We have actually brought on extra staff,” said Cindi Valley, of the supermarket. “We’ve been trying to keep water on the shelves. We can’t keep water on the shelves, and batteries is definitely what people are looking for.”Danforth’s is planning to stay open this weekend.
Even tax season is taking a hit from the storm.Eastern Maine Cash Tax Preparation Super Saturday has been cancelled.The event had been scheduled for Saturday, February 9th, in Bangor, Ellsworth, and Machias, but the storm has wiped that out. The company says there are still many ways to receive tax prep in eastern Maine. You can visit www.unitedwayem.org for a list of places to schedule an appointment or get more information.
Patricia Barnhart lost her job as Maine State Prison Warden but is getting a new job with the state corrections department.Starting next month, she’ll be policy development coordinator for the department at a salary of just under $69,000.Her warden salary was nearly $103,000. An associate corrections commissioner says a change in direction at the prison was needed because of growing overtime, incident rates and staff turnover.There will be a national search for a new warden.
With the storm already pounding the East Coast, logistics at Bangor International Airport have been a bit tricky.”Travel today is challenging. Delta has canceled he rest of their flights for today and we have two arriving flights, one from DC and one from Philly this afternoon. And then US Airways and Delta will be repositioning their aircraft, so, we’re really not sure what’s going to happen tomorrow, but we think a lot flights will be cancelled, so, if you’re coming to the airport, call your airline first,” said Risteen Bahr, Public Information Officer at Bangor International Airport.They are prepared to help unexpected travelers.”The runways and the taxiways are open. Our operations talked to other regional airports this morning and told them that we would be ready for diversions as necessary,” said Bahr.As for ground transportation in town, they’ve been keeping a close eye on conditions.”Our operations in Concord are constantly monitoring the storm and keeping close touch with all the terminals and keeping us up to date on where the coaches are going, how far they are going, what runs are suspended and so forth,” said Tim McCann, Terminal Manager at Concord Trailways in Bangor.With the storm hitting larger hubs first, that has a major effect on their schedules.”Shutting down not just Boston, but also transportation out of Boston. Obviously we don’t want to go in there and drop people off that have no place to go afterwards, so, when they shut down in Boston, that impacts us,” said McCann.The same goes for Greyhound at Dysart’s in Hermon. They’ve grounded all busses.”I think they had it decided because there was so much snow in Boston, they had it pretty well decided last night that they weren’t going to have any buses. They’re thinking that tomorrow will be canceled. They don’t think they’re gouging to have any buses. They think they’ll probably get it resumed on Sunday, but they’re waiting to see on that,” said Tim Dysart, Vice President of Dysart’s.Throughout Friday, people seemed to be taking the weather in stride.”Travelers have been very patient. It is winter, it is Maine. This is the first big snowstorm that we’ve had. Everybody is prepared. Everybody has a little extra patience today,” said Bahr.
The winter storm pounding the Northeast is expected to drop as much as 20-inches of snow in Central Maine.Road crews from Waterville Public Works are ready to go and expected to work throughout the night.Director Mark Turner says this is the 19th storm they’ve worked this winter but they expect this will be the biggest and most challenging winter storm yet.The storm has also forced the cancellation of numerous events, but the first ever Maine Pond Hockey Classic on China Lake is still on for Saturday.Volunteers say the show will go on no matter what mother nature brings. They drop the puck on the 14 team tournament at 11:30 Saturday and 9:30 Sunday.
A Fairfield woman is in stable condition after colliding with a logging truck on Thursday.Sgt. Paul St. Amand said Trina Bradford, 35, was pulling out of a parking lot and onto route 201 when she collided with a logging truck.The driver of the truck, David Fowler, 49, tried to avoid Bradford, but hit the front end of her minivan and she was ejected. Bradford was taken by lifeflight to Maine General Medical Center Thayer’s Campus in Waterville and then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland.Amand said the 35-year-old was not wearing a seat belt and Fowler was not injured. Police do not believe any charges will be filed.
Tap Into Summer, that’s what the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau, known as CVB, wants you to try come June.Owner of Geaghan’s Restaurant, Pub, and Brewery in Bangor, Peter Geaghan said “People are signing up as we speak, I’m sure. Breweries from all over Maine will be there.”The first Bangor Beer Festival will be coming to the Bangor Waterfront on June 22nd and local breweries, like Geaghan’s, Black Bear, and the Seadog are all taking part. “The brewing community, and I mean community, is a wonderful group of people. We’re all passionate about brewing beer and servicing the community,” said Geaghan.Kerrie Trip, Executive Director of the CVB said two keynote speakers from TheBeerGeek.com will also make an appearance. “They have traveled the world, going to over 700 breweries each, and they’ll talk about some of their experiences.”Many of the favorite Maine-made beers will be available at the event, but some companies are even making their own special brews just for this summer. Tripp said “They’ll talk about how they made it, why they made it, how it should be tasting, and how the pairing should go.”CVB’s Executive Director said even the designated drivers can enjoy the event. “We’re offering a special discounted rate. Some prizes and a “thank you” for being that person, that safety person for the day”For now, this event is the light at the end of the tunnel for many brewers. The owner of Geaghan’s said “It should warm you up a bit, just thinking about it, and I’m sure it will be a great time.”You can head to VisitBangorMaine.com/TapIntoSummer for tickets. VIP tickets, which include lunch, are $50 and general admission is $25.The event is only for those who are 21 and older.
An Orland man is going to jail for a year for reportedly breaking into a house and touching the woman inside. William Kepner, 31, was found guilty of aggravated criminal trespass and unlawful sexual contact. His attorney, Jeff Toothaker, says Kepner was on drugs at the time and blacked out. Kepner reportedly broke into the house of his 63-year-old neighbor and touched her. The woman then locked herself in the bathroom. Kepner was sentenced to four years in prison with all but one year suspended. Toothaker says he has appealed the sentence.
A local floral shop is looking for the area’s cutest couple. The winners will get a sweet Valentine’s Day treat. Chapel Hill Floral in Bangor is holding a cutest couple photo contest on Facebook.Contestants can become a fan of the page and then submit their favorite picture. They don’t have to be shots of traditional couples, either. The first entry is actual of two dogs. The couple with the most popular picture wins a free bouquet of flowers and chocolates. Owner Barbara Frye says, “It’s a dozen roses that we have arranged, long stem roses and the candy is called Sweet Shop USA. It’s the best truffles around, wonderful and yummy.”The contest ends on February 10th.The winners can arrange to receive their prize on Valentine’s Day.
A chinese restaurant thatâ€™s manager is accused of harboring illegal aliens to work there, is closing.Twin Super Buffet in Brewer will shut down on Monday, February 25th. The manager, Mei Ya Zhang, 28, reportedly told a federal agent that she knew employees she hired were in the US illegally and they lived at a so-called safe house in Brewer. A restaurant employee tells TV 5 they are closing the business because the lease is up. In November, 2011 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were at the Brewer restaurant. Since 2007, federal prosecutors have been investigating the owners of a number of chinese restaurants in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The Zhang organization is accused of hiring and harboring illegal aliens, lying on federal tax returns, and skimming millions of dollars in cash from its restaurants, which includes the Super China Buffet in Waterville.
A woman from Augusta accused of helping rob a pharmacy there will remain in prison until her trial. 22-year-old Stephanie McCormick appeared in federal court in Bangor Friday and waived her right to a detention hearingMcCormick is charged with aiding and abetting a robbery at the CVS on Stone Street two weeks ago.Police say she wrote part of a note that read “Quickly and calmly put all oxycodone in bag. If not i have a gun and will start shooting.”If convicted, she could go to prison for thirty years and be fined $250,000.19-year-old Anthony Post of Auburn is charged with robbery in connection with the hold up.Police say he’s the one who walked into the pharmacy and demanded the drugs.He’ll remain behind bars until his trial, too.
A lawyer in Bangor is going to jail for six months for possessing child pornography. 53-year-old Richard Violette pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge. He was originally charged with a felony but prosecutors couldn’t determine if the children in the photos were under the age of 12. The Penobscot County District Attorney’s office says Bangor police got a tip that Violette was downloading child pornography on computers at his home. In April police went to the house and seized three computers, which they say had evidence of child porn. The Maine Board of Oversees of the Bar reports last week Violette was temporarily suspended from practicing law.
The storm is changing the schedule for this weekend’s National Toboggan Championships in Camden. All of Saturday’s activities, including racing, have been canceled. A full day of racing will be condensed and take place on Sunday. Things start Sunday morning at 8. Organizers say even though they are losing a day, it will still be a lot of fun. ” The chute speaks for itself. The chute is an adrenaline rush enough for everybody. To watch people go down it, it obviously never gets old,” said Andrew Dailey, marketing director for the Snow Bowl. Friday’s Snow Bowl activities remain the same, except everything is an hour earlier. The toboggan chute is open for practice runs and to the public until 4pm Friday. For more information, click here.