Today’s Top Stories

Crime Rates In Maine Drop; LePage Wants More Done To Fight Drugs

Rob Poindexter

Updated 4 months ago

According to the Maine Department of Public Safety, Maine’s crime rate dropped significantly last year, which Commissioner John Morris says makes the state one of the safest places to live in the U.S. But Morris warns that not all the news is good.

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UPDATE: First Woman Nominated as UMaine President

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 months ago

The first woman has been selected to serve as president of the University of Maine in Orono.

UMaine’s System Chancellor James Page says he’s chosen Susan Hunter to serve a two-year appointment beginning in July.

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UPDATE: Victims Identified in Fatal Hermon Crash

Updated 4 months ago

One person died in a crash on Route 2 in Hermon last night.

It happened near the Carmel town line around 5:30.

Deputies say an SUV crossed the center line and hit a car driven by 60 year old Karen Worcester of Carmel. Authorities say she was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Late Night Palermo Fire Destroys Route 3 Building

Updated 4 months ago

An overnight fire in Palermo has left one man homeless and two businesses destroyed.

The Palermo Fire Chief tells us when they arrived on Route 3 around 1 am, the building was fully involved.

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Restaurant Owners Plead Guilty to Hiring Illegals

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 4 months ago

The owners of several Mexican restaurants in Maine have pleaded guilty to hiring 10 or more people who were living in the U.S. illegally and to making false statements to federal agents.

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Morning Accident Sends Three to Hospital

Updated 4 months ago

Twin sisters were among three people taken to the hospital this morning because of a crash on Rt. 2 in Hermon.

Police say Melinda Walton, 51, of Carmel and Melanie Berber-Oglu of Etna was heading up Miller hill.

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East-West Corridor Protest in Pittsfield

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 months ago

Another protest Monday against a proposed East-West corridor in Maine.

A Dover-Foxcroft group picketed all day in front of Cianbro’s headquarters in Pittsfield.

The group “Friends of the Piscataquis Valley” say they want to show their disapproval of the firm’s continued commitment to the project.

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Accused July 4th Shooter Found Competent For Sentencing

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 months ago

A judge ruled Monday a man accused of firing 70 shots from his apartment window in downtown Bangor last July 4th is competent to be sentenced.

44-year-old Perrin Oliver pleaded guilty in December to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Route 2 Crash Sends Three People to Hospital

Joy Hollowell

Updated 4 months ago

Twin sisters were among three people taken to the hospital Monday morning, after a crash on Route 2 in Hermon.

According to the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, 51-year old Melinda Walton of Carmel and Melanie Berberoglu of Etna were heading up Miller Hill.

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Happy Father’s Day from WABI-TV5!

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 4 months ago

A tribute to all the Dads who watch TV5!


Thousands of Cyclists “Trek Across Maine”

John Krinjak

Updated 4 months ago

Thousands of cyclists pedaled into Belfast today, wrapping up the three-day-long Trek Across Maine–a fundraiser for the
American Lung Association.

Some 700 volunteers made the event possible, and now in its 30th year, the trek has raised more than 20 million dollars.

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Sangerville Celebrates 200th Birthday

John Krinjak

Updated 4 months ago

The town of Sangerville pulled out all the stops for its bicentennial.

“To bring the community together and to recognize that we all have the same history,” said bicentennial co-chair Pamela Smith.

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Food TV Chef Brings Flavor to Rockland

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 4 months ago

“I walked through the door and I took one look at that and went… Done.”

Chef Michele Ragussis is bringing Rockland’s best dockside restaurant spot her personal flavor.

“Everyone says farm to table, we’re sea to table.”

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Maine GOP Leaders and Candidates Show Unity at Rally

Updated 4 months ago

It was all about unity at the first GOP rally since the primaries.

“The Democrats have failed for two years,” said Governor LePage.

Creating jobs is their biggest theme.

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Former Chelsea Selectwoman Ordered to 7 Years in Federal Prison

Catherine Pegram

Updated 4 months ago

A former Chelsea selectwoman convicted of extortion and tax fraud will spend more than seven years in prison.

Carole Swan was also ordered to pay $125,000 in fines and more than $100,000 in restitution. Swan was ordered to pay $25,000 to Frank Monroe of Chelsea, the man whom she extorted thousands from.  It was Monroe who finally went to Police and told them of Swan’s manipulation of power.

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Old Town Man Charged with Bank Robberies

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 months ago

 

An Old Town man has been charged with two bank robberies.

26-year-old Troy Gay was arrested Thursday in connection with bank robberies in Corinth and Orono.

In March, police were called to Camden National Bank in Corinth. A masked man demanded money, then fled.

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State Terminates Contract To Alexander Group

Rob Poindexter

Updated 4 months ago

The Department of Health and Human Services announced today they have terminated their contract with the Alexander Group. The Rhode Island based consulting firm was hired to analyze Maine’s current welfare system and the potential impacts of expanding the MaineCare program under the Affordable Care Act. According to findings from the Alexander Group’s report, MaineCare expansion would cost Maine more than $800 million over the next decade.

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Woman Injured After Driving Car Into Pole in Glenburn

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 months ago

A woman was taken to the hospital after an accident in Glenburn Friday morning.

Officials say they responded to Hudson Road before 8 AM.

They say a woman drove her car into a pole.

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Bereaved Parents Speak about Loss and Encourage Support

Updated 4 months ago

Nearly two decades ago, a support group was formed in the Katahdin Region to provide a safe place for families dealing with tragedy.

Several mothers shared their experience in an effort to help others in grief.

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Brewer Woman Becomes Homeowner Through USDA Program

Erica Stapleton

Updated 4 months ago

“I didn’t have to put any money down, so it actually costs me less than it would have to rent an apartment,” explains Jennifer Kigas. “It’s not something that I thought I’d have the option to do.”

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