Today’s Top Stories

Severe Weather: Flash Flooding and Whipping Winds

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 2 weeks ago

Whipping winds, lighting strikes, along with heavy rain did some serious damage in our area, Tuesday night.

Franklin, Somerset, and Oxford counties were hardest hit.

In St. Albans, those strong gusts tore dozens of trees and power lines out of the ground.

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UPDATE: 2 Dead, 4 Injured After Head-on Collision in Brewer

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 2 weeks ago

Two people are dead after two cars collided head-on in Brewer Tuesday afternoon.

Four others have been seriously injured and taken to a hospital.

The accident occurred just after 1 p.m. on North Main Street, which is Route 9.

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Bangor Council Rejects Hearing for School Budget Line-Item Veto

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 2 weeks ago

City councilors in Bangor likely won’t have line-item authority over the school budget anytime soon.

After a lengthy discussion, the council rejected a motion to schedule a public hearing about a proposed charter change, in a 3-to-6 vote.

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LePage Asks Legislative Leaders To Convene Emergency Session After Another Nursing Home Closure

Rob Poindexter

Updated 2 weeks ago

A 57 bed nursing home in Pittsfield will close its doors in September and 66 people will lose their jobs. It’s the second rural Maine nursing home to announce its closure in the past few weeks. Meanwhile there’s millions of dollars in Augusta that could be used to help solve the problem.

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Vassalboro Man Admits to Killing Man, Sentenced

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 2 weeks ago

 

A Vassalboro man accused of stabbing and killing a family friend has changed his plea.

31-year-old Courtney Shea admitted Monday to murdering 69-year-old Tom Namer in November. Namer’s body was found behind an abandoned trailer in Vassalboro.

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Corinna Town Manager Dies In ATV Accident Sunday

Wayne Harvey

Updated 2 weeks ago

Corinna’s Town Manager died in an ATV accident in Moscow Sunday.

Game wardens say 38-year-old Kim Godsoe was driving on a dirt road and got caught in loose gravel, striking a tree.

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Woman Accused of Trying to Have Husband Killed Pleads Guilty

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 2 weeks ago

A Brownville woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband pled guilty today.

48-year-old Wendy Farley pled guilty in a Dover-Foxcroft courtroom to solicitation to commit murder.

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Former Ref Indicted on Indecent Conduct Charges with Underage Girls

Morgan Sturdivant

Updated 2 weeks ago

A former referee from Presque Isle was indicted for indecent conduct with underage girls.

Police started investigating 22-year-old Andrew Legassie after parents and school officials told them a high school girl received sexually explicit images.

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Retired Teacher Goes On Trial In Wife’s Cliff Push

Updated 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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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