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UMaine Celebrates 212th Commencement

Erica Stapleton

Updated 7 months ago

Black Bears marched into the Alfond to receive their diplomas Saturday.

The university of Maine held its 212th Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement speakers include author Tess Gerritsen and singer-songwriter David Mallett.

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Girl Power! ‘Women Build Week’ Brings In Volunteers

Erica Stapleton

Updated 7 months ago

This Bangor house will soon be ready for living.

“Our job is to come in and eliminate that poverty housing and make a place a decent home for everyone to live in. We’re all about giving a hand up instead of a hand out,” says Amanda Charette.

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Key Triple Murder Witness Released From Jail

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 7 months ago

A key witness in the Bangor triple murder trial was released from jail Friday afternoon.

Katelyn Lugdon is the sister of one of the victims, Nicole Lugdon.

Lugdon was arrested Friday morning for failure to meet for pre-trial interviews. After she testified the judge agreed to let her stay at a youth home in Bangor, with numerous bail conditions.

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Fmr. Howland Police Chief Arrested for Sexual Assualt

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 7 months ago

The Wells Police Department arrested the Former Howland Police Chief this morning for sexual assault.

72- year-old Carl Smith had four warrants out of Penobscot County for gross sexual assault.

Smith served as a law enforcement officer for 18 years and for 13 of them he was the Howland Police Chief.

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Deadly Accidents Prompt Shift in Stress Management for Responders

Erica Stapleton

Updated 7 months ago

May 9th marks the ten year anniversary for a deadly car crash on I-95 in Carmel.  Three mothers and four children lost their lives in this Mother’s Day crash when the SUV they were riding in careened off the road.  First responders on scene still remember vivid details from the case – how do they cope with the trauma?

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Triple Murder Trial Continues

Updated 7 months ago

Testimony continued in the trial Friday.

Nicholas Sexton and Randall Daluz are charged with the three murders and arson.

Mark Rowe took the stand and said he was with Sexton and Daluz the day before the victims were found.

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Rangers Suspect Aurora & Alexander Fires Intentionally Set

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 7 months ago

Investigators think a pair of forest fires may have been intentionally set Thursday.

Four acres were destroyed in Aurora, slightly more in Alexander.

Forest Rangers say they started within about a half-hour of each other.

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Bucksport Teen Charged in Deadly Crash Appears in Court

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 7 months ago

Samantha Goode, the 16-year-old driver in the deadly car accident that killed Bucksport teen Taylor Darveau did not enter a plea Friday morning in response to manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger charges.

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UMaine Hockey Player Facing Assault Charges

Tim Throckmorton

Updated 7 months ago

A UMaine hockey player is in trouble with the law.

Ryan Lomberg, a sophomore on the UMaine hockey team has been charged with assault by Orono Police.

Lomberg reportedly had a confrontation with another male at a party on the night of April 26th.

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Testimony Surrounds Guns at Triple Murder Trial

Updated 7 months ago

The gun prosecutors say was used to kill three people found in a burning car in Bangor in 2012 was the focus in court Thursday.

Nicholas Sexton and Randall Daluz are accused of three murders and arson.

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Three Acres Burned in Hermon Wildfire

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 7 months ago

A wildfire tore through three acres of grass in Hermon Thursday.

Firefighters from several surrounding towns were called to Clark Road, just after 5 pm.

Forest rangers say a permitted burn got out of control when the wind picked up.

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Gardiner Murder Suspect In Court: “I am the Lord” and “I am a political prisoner”

Updated 7 months ago

A Gardiner man accused of killing and dismembering his father earlier this week was in court this morning.

Leroy Smith III was formally charged with murder in the death of his father. A judge ordered Smith to undergo a mental health evaluation before the case against him proceeds any further.

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Downeast Assault Investigation Could Be Gang Related

Updated 7 months ago

State Police are investigating an assault that happened Downeast two weeks ago…they are looking into the possibility that this could be gang related.

Police say on the night of April 20th a man was beaten with a baseball bat at a home on the Davis Road in Alexander.

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Sister of Murder Victim Released from Jail

Updated 8 months ago

A sister of one of the murder victims appeared in front of the judge Wednesday.

Katelyn Lugdon was being held on $25,000 dollars bail at the Penobscot County Jail for failure to appear for pre-trial interviews.

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Students Get Real-Life Drunk Driving Lesson

John Krinjak

Updated 8 months ago

WARNING: Some may find the images in the above video disturbing.

Some students in Ellsworth got a real-life lesson today about the consequences of drinking and driving.

It’s a mock program called “every fifteen minutes.” That’s how often someone dies in a drunk driving crash in the United States.

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Testimony Continues in the Triple Murder Trial in Bangor

Updated 8 months ago

Testimony continues in a triple murder trial in Bangor.

Nicholas Sexton and Randall Daluz are accused of killing three people and burning their bodies in a car in August of 2012 in Bangor.

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Delivery Driver Killed in Morning Crash in Mariaville

Updated 8 months ago

A Clifton woman delivering for the Bangor Daily News was killed this morning in Mariaville.

State Police say 24 year old Bethany Dias was traveling south on Route 181 when she failed to negotiate a corner.

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Opponents of Proposed Landfill Meet in Alton

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 8 months ago

Opponents of a proposed landfill in Penobscot County gathered in Alton, Tuesday night.

In April, the Municipal Review Committee, a group representing nearly two hundred Maine cities and towns, submitted an application to the Department of Environmental Protection to build a landfill in Greenbush or Argyle.

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Sister of Victim Testifies in Triple Murder Trial

Updated 8 months ago

The morning began with testimony from the co-owner of the car rental business in Rhode Island where Nicholas Sexton is from and where he says Sexton rented the car that was found burning with three bodies in it in Bangor on August 13th, 2012.

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Man Charged With Father’s Murder After Body Found in Richmond

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 8 months ago

State Police have charged the son of the man found dead in Richmond Monday morning with murder.

Officials say the decision to charge Leroy Smith III was made by the Attorney General’s Office following Tuesday’s autopsy on Leroy Smith Jr. 

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