A state-run van service that helps more than 200 commuters who travel long distances to work is ending in May because there is no money to replace the service’s aging passenger vans.The Maine Department of Transportation says a lack of federal funding to the vehicles prompted it to end the service.Most commuters who use the van pool service are state workers who go to Augusta.
The Maine ethics commission’s staff says state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin should not be fined for failing to fully report his income on a disclosure report to the state.The Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices takes up Poliquin’s case on Wednesday.
Preliminary findings from University of Southern Maine researchers have linked wood stoves and pellet stoves with potential indoor air quality problems.The team of faculty and students began its work last spring, examining indoor airborne smoke and ash particles from firewood and wood pellets.Researchers found traces of at least 10 heavy metals in wood and pellet ash, including copper, arsenic and lead.
A federal commission has approved a pilot project license for a tidal energy proposal in Cobscook Bay on Maine’s eastern tip.The Ocean Renewable Power Company of Portland has proposed using five turbine generator units for its Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project near Lubec.Members of Maine’s congressional delegation said Monday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s has approved a pilot project license that they say will allow the company to construct and operate a 300-kilowatt project for eight years.Construction could start in March.
On Monday night the Bangor City Council voted in favor of the relocation of a proposed dog park from Dutton Street by Hollywood Casino to Essex Woods off of Watchmaker Street.The new site would include sections for both small and large dogs, with a training area serving as a buffer between the two.Those in favor of the park said they have so far raised $8,000 of the $75,000 needed for the project.
As a planned casino in Oxford moves toward hiring dealers and a Bangor casino expands its offerings to include table games, Maine lawmakers are taking a small step toward a statewide gaming policy.A subcommittee of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee onMonday recommended that the full committee consider a gaming policythat could include non-refundable application fees.
There is going to be a change atop the Bangor Fire Department soon.For nearly the last 12 thousand days Jeff Cammack has been a member of the Bangor Fire Department.He started in 1979 with the department and in 1996 was promoted to Chief.He went through the Ice Storm of 1998, Y2K, the Masonic Hall fire.But he also saw a number of changes in his more than 15 years as chief, and the most notable had to do with an aspect not directly dealing with fighting fires.” We had one ambulance in service at the time, we didn’t have anything such as paramedics, now we have three ambulances, one out of each station with a long distance transfer truck and a back up truck.
A woman accused of stabbing a man to death in Bangor last week was in court Monday.53 year old Gail Judd is charged with the murder of 47 year old Michael Drouin, who was found dead in an apartment on Court Street last Wednesday night.According to a court affidavit, police were responding to a reported theft at the apartment building when Drouin’s body was discovered inside Judd’s apartment.The report says that during questioning, Judd told police Drouin was forcing himself on her and she grabbed the knife for protection.The documents say she admitted to cutting him and leaving, but told police she didn’t think he was dead.In the interview, Judd mentioned that Drouin had domestic violence charges against him, which police noted had been dropped.In court, state prosecutor Andrew Benson remained tight lipped on the case, but admitted Judd and Drouin had a history.”Without commenting too deeply on the facts, it’s my understanding they were former romantic partners,” said Benson.Judd is being held without bail.The state asked that she undergo a psychological evaluation.Her next court appearance is scheduled for April 2.
The search for missing Florida Firefighter Jerry Perdomo was in day 11 Monday.Maine State Police Investigators are now calling Daniel Porter a person of interest in the case.Porter and Cheyenne Nowak are the last known people to have seen Perdomo and both have been questioned.But why he traveled from Florida to Bangor is still unclear.”My understanding that he was going to help someone, help a friend and that’s the type of person that he is, he helps everyone, he knows everyone, he’s social every time we go someplace he knows someone there,” said his wife Tonya.