Firefighters in Hampden battled a house fire on Manning Mill Road Wednesday afternoon.Fire crews on the scene told us no one was home when the fire started just after 3 pm.A neighbor says the couple who lives in the home is relatively new to the area.Firefighters did rescue a dog inside the home.Officials say the back extension of the house may be a complete loss, but they believe the rest of the house is salvageable.No word yet on a cause.
Maine’s Thomas College has plans to get a lot larger.The liberal arts school has announced a plan to add a dozen new buildings, nearly doubling the size of its Waterville campus.Thomas currently has about 700 full-time students.The new buildings would include five residence halls and a new library.Designers of the master plan say it’s subject to change and could take many years to complete.
Heating oil prices went up 8 cents a gallon on average over the past week.The Governor’s office of energy independence puts the statewide average at 3$.18 per gallon.State energy director says prices are climbing with rising demand from emerging economies, including China but he says inventories remain high, so many experts believe current prices are close to peak.
Supporters of a racetrack casino in Biddeford have submitted petitions aimed at making it happen.The folks behind the Biddeford downs project hope lawmakers will open the door to racinos in Biddeford and in Washington County.The supporters have submitted enough petition signatures to force the issue to a statewide referendum if lawmakers don’t clear the way.Right now Hollywood Slots in Bangor is the only racino in Maine.
Cuisine from throughout the world will be served up in East Millinocket Thursday.Students at Schenck High School will host their annual International Dinner.You’re invited to dine with them, Thursday from 4 to 6:30.It doesn’t cost anything to get in, but donations are appreciated.Students from the National Honor Society, the Family Career and Community Leaders of America and Foreign Language Clubs will be making and serving the meals.
A popular spot in downtown Camden will soon have a new use.Folks in Camden will be able to lace up their skates and hit the new ice rink.Folks in Camden are busy installing the new Camden Amphitheatre Ice Rink.”It’ll measure 50 by 80 and it’s for the use of the community for general skating.
Firefighters in Hampden were called to Manning Mill Road around 3:15 this afternoon to battle a house fire.Firefighters from Hermon, Newburgh and Bangor were also called in to assist in battling the blaze.A Hampden Public Safetey dispatcher tell us it appears no on was home when the fire started.
The state director of the NAACP says Governor LePage is not telling the truth about an exchange that led to some controversial remarks made by the Governor last week.After turning down an invitation to attend a prison forum during last year’s campaign LePage said the NAACP only wanted him to meet with black prisoners.The Governor said last week that he told the NAACP he would attend if he could meet with all prisoners, not just black prisoners, but LePage said that wasn’t good enough for the organization.The state director of the NAACP says that is not true, the meeting was never supposed to be with just black prisoners.When the Governor was asked about it today he said this.
Wednesday saw day seven of testimony in the trial of Randall Hofland.Hofland is accused of holding students hostage at Stockton Springs Elementary School more than two years ago.Police say Hofland pulled a gun on an officer during a routine traffic stop, then left the scene, causing an eight day manhunt.On Tuesday, the jury heard from two witnesses who were at the school the day Hofland allegedly held students hostage.Gym teacher, Daniel Campbell, testified that he thought Hofland was going to pull the trigger when he pointed a gun at him.Campbell says he saw Hofland grab a fifth grader, and when he tried to intervene, Hofland pulled out the gun.Campbell was able to grab the student and leave the room.That’s when Hofland left the cafeteria and headed towards the fifth grade classroom.Fifth grade teacher, Carolyn Russell, testified that Hofland pointed a gun at her face while repeating that he didn’t want to hurt anybody.
Kids without any form of dental insurance will have the opportunity for free dental care next month.The Caring Hands of Maine Dental Center is holding its annual “Give Kids a Smile Day” on Saturday, February 12th.Kids up to age 18 can have free dental screenings, exams, x-rays, cleanings, and treatment.The event will be held from 8 a.m.
Wednesday marks day seven of testimony in the trial of Randall Hofland.Hofland is accused of holding students hostage at Stockton Springs Elementary School more than two years ago.Caroline Connolly was in Belfast covering the trial and joined us over the phone with the latest Wednesday morning.
The trial of an Aroostook county man who allegedly raped his ex-girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter continued Wednesday.26-year-old David Churchill is being charged with sexually assaulting the teenager, who was twelve years old at the time, in the summer of 2009.The mother of the girl took the stand Wednesday morning.She testified Churchill was at her home before she left for work the morning of July 21, 2009.She described her emotional state as “not very good” when she heard Churchill reportedly raped her daughter, saying she just called 911.The officer who responded to that call and a friend of Churchill’s also testified.
The state director of the NAACP says Governor Paul LePage is misstating details about a prisoners’ forum that he declined to attend during last year’s campaign.Rachel Talbot Ross says the forum was with all prisoners, not just black ones, as LePage has said.When asked for a comment Wednesday morning, Governor LePage told TV5 it’s “last weeks news” and he would not comment.