Today’s Top Stories

Retired Teacher Goes On Trial In Wife’s Cliff Push

Updated 3 months ago

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — A retired Kansas schoolteacher accused of pushing his wife off a cliff in Maine is going on trial on attempted murder charges.

Jury selection begins Monday in Rockland in the case of 71-year-old Charles Black, who now lives in Salt Lake City. He is also charged with two counts of elevated aggravated assault and three counts of aggravated assault.

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ATV Ride Benefits Local Children

John Krinjak

Updated 3 months ago

People in Down East Maine did some off-roading for a good cause today. The Mackenzie Gray Memorial ATV Ride wound its way from Cherryfield to Machias and back. The ride was organized by the family of 4-year-old Mackenzie Gray, who was killed in a car accident four years ago. About 30 people hopped on their ATVs for the 50-mile trek. Proceeds will help pay for swimming lessons and summer camp for local children–and participants say that helps keep Mackenzie’s memory alive. “So we organized this memorial ride in her memory. She loved to four-wheel. Matter of fact the picture is of her. And she liked to go swimming and camping and all of that stuff,” said Juanita Gray, Mackenzie’s grandmother. “This is actually a celebration of her life, because these are really things that she enjoyed to do, and it’s a good cause, and it gives us a chance to raise money for other kids to do the things that she’s not going to be able to do,” said Mackenzie’s aunt Alice Grindle. The ride is now in its third year.

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Online Campaign Raises $20K for Helen’s Workers

John Krinjak

Updated 3 months ago

Friday morning’s blaze at Helen’s in Machias left everyone speechless, from longtime employees to regulars.

“Who would have thought at this time last week that this would have been like this. It’s hard to wrap your head around it,” said Helen Gooch, an employee at Helen’s since 1963.

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Rally for Women’s Rights at Bangor Hobby Lobby

Erica Stapleton

Updated 3 months ago

People rallied for women’s rights outside the Bangor Hobby Lobby Saturday morning.

This protest in front of the state’s only Hobby Lobby comes after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the craft store last month, saying employers don’t have to pay for certain kinds of health insurance for employees, if it’s against the company’s owner’s religious beliefs.

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Bar Harbor Festival Showcases Maine’s Native American Art Market

Erica Stapleton

Updated 3 months ago

Each year shops, restaurants and other local businesses in Bar Harbor depend on tourism.

This concept is nothing new.

“For hundreds of years our people have come to bar harbor to set up and sell to the tourists so it’s continuing that tradition,” explains Jennifer Neptune, Director of Maine Indian Basket Makers Alliance.

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UPDATE: Helen’s Restaurant Fire Cause Undetermined

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 3 months ago

Because of the extent of damage, the Fire Marshal’s Office has been unable to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a landmark restaurant in Machias Friday morning.

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Authorities Searching for Inmate Who Escaped from Belfast

Updated 3 months ago

Authorities say an inmate escaped from a minimum security facility in Belfast last night.

According to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, 23 year old Tyler Malmstrom left the Maine Coastal Regional Re-entry Center just before 9 pm.

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Death Of Inmate Not Considered Suspicious

Updated 3 months ago

WARREN, Maine (AP) — Maine prisons officials say the death of an inmate this week is not considered suspicious.

Authorities say 68-year-old Paul Henry Gray was being treated for a long-term medical condition when he died Wednesday at a Portland hospital. The exact nature of the condition was not disclosed.

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Fire Destroys Helen’s Restaurant in Machias

Joy Hollowell

Updated 3 months ago

Fire destroyed a landmark restaurant in Machias Friday morning.

The first call to Helen’s Restaurant on Main Street came in around 1:45 AM.

According to their facebook page, no one was inside at the time.

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Bangor PD’s Facebook Page Quacks People Up

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 3 months ago

To most, the Bangor Police Department is very *like*able, but now it seems people all around the world want to be *friends* with our local police force all because of Facebook.

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Remembering Life of Former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 months ago

A former Bangor police chief who spent years fighting crime has lost his biggest battle.

Don Winslow died Thursday morning of cancer. He was 57-years old.

Winslow was certainly known known for his time on the police force, but in the last few years he became known for the way he handled a deadly disease with humor and grace.

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Penobscot Sheriff’s Office Needs Help Identifying Two Persons of Interest

Updated 4 months ago

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office needs your help identifying two persons of interest related to a theft in Hermon.

They say a money donation box for the Hermon Food Pantry was stolen on June 30th from C and K Variety on Billings Road.

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Meth Lab Bust in Aroostook County

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 months ago

Authorities say they’ve found another meth lab in Maine, this one in Aroostook County.

Officials say undercover drug agents made purchases from a home on Clark Road in Merrill.

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Glenburn Man’s Feathered Friend

Updated 4 months ago

Living in a wooded area, crossing paths with a wild animal would be pretty typical. It’s one of the things Maynard Lane loves most about his home.

Even he couldn’t predict what happened last fall.

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Suspect in Hallowell Bank Robbery Appears in Fed Court

Updated 3 months ago

A man accused of robbing a bank in Hallowell last month was in federal court in Bangor Thursday.

66-year-old John Cecil Slater of Augusta went before Judge John Nevison, where he waived his right to a detention hearing.

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Bangor Getting New Special Education Facility

John Krinjak

Updated 4 months ago

Greater Bangor is getting a brand new center for special education.

Crews have been busy rehabbing the old Chamber of Commerce building on Maine Avenue for the Southern Penobscot Regional Program for Children with Exceptionalities.

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Two Men Arrested In Canaan Break-In

Rob Poindexter

Updated 4 months ago

Somerset County Sheriffs Deputies arrested two men they say were trying to steal copper from a Canaan home this morning.

Hunter Prew, 18, of newport and Ryan Gaudet, 19, of Hartland are charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

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Police Investigate Skowhegan Homeless Shelter Prescription Drug Theft

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 months ago

Police are investigating the theft of prescription medications from a Skowhegan homeless shelter.

The town’s police chief says the drugs went missing from the Trinity Church Homeless Shelter sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning.

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Trooper Injured by Moose While Driving to Moose Crash

Joy Hollowell

Updated 4 months ago

A State Police trooper responding to a car-moose crash ended up colliding with a moose himself late Tuesday night.

Trooper Dennis Quint was on Route one in Cyr Plantation, heading north on a call about a car crash involving a moose in the area.

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Rollover Accident Ends High Speed Chase in Ripley

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 4 months ago

A rollover accident ended a high speed chase in Ripley, Tuesday afternoon.

Deputies say 26-year-old Michael Thompson of Corinna crashed a stolen pickup truck along Route 154, after driving over spike mats.

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