In Maine, there were just over 60 cases of rabies last year.In an effort to get more information out about the disease, health and wildlife officials held a news conference in Augusta as part of world rabies day.The disease is caused by a virus that animals and people can get through exposures to saliva or nervous tissue from a rabid animals.Officials urge pet owners to vaccinate their animals.Officials are also hoping folks learn more about rabies and what to do if they are exposed to it.
Fire Prevention Week kicks off next week and the Orono Fire Department has unveiled a new poster to go along with it.The posters are supposed to encourage the use of smoke detectors and were designed by Second Lieutenant Kevin Sirois, and firefighters Dennis Bean and Matt Grindle as part of the ongoing fire prevention effort in the town.Brookings and Smith Funeral home also helped with the ad campaign, creating a setting of what could happen in the aftermath of a fire.Fire Prevention Week runs from October third through the ninth and this year’s theme is Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With.” The biggest thing is you can have one in place but it’s not going to its job unless it’s properly maintained and taken care of.
Miller Drug in Bangor held its first flu shot clinic of the season Tuesday.Owner, Bill Miller says it’s earlier than usual because the for the first time the vaccine is available much sooner.Miller says they usually see between 200 and 300 people for their first clinic, but he expects a smaller number since it is earlier.He says there should be no problem with the supply of the vaccine this year.And the shot will cover folks for six months.”The typical A and B flu virus and also the H1N1.
Democratic candidate for Governor, Libby Mitchell, now has the support of the Maine League of Conservation Voters.The group officially endorsed Mitchell at a press conference Tuesday afternoon at Paul Bunyan Park in Bangor.The board performed an extensive analysis of each candidate going through records and statements.The President of the board, Caroline Pryor, says Mitchell’s stance on environmental issues and green jobs made her the clear choice.”She has a terrific environmental track record, this last legislative session she was 100 percent on environmental issues and she really has the vision and commitment to protect Maine’s environment,” Pryor said.Maine League of Conservation Voters is a non-partisan group that includes registered Republicans, Democrats and Independents.
The Brewer Fire Department has had a long history of helping residents in need, but now, the department needs your help.As Diana Bosch reports, the department has come up with a new program that will allow residents to help them and be a part of their history.”We have a 100 year history and we’d like to show people that history.”Brewer Fire Chief Gary Parent says the department’s history is built on tradition and that history will soon be on display in a museum at the new public safety facility.The department moved into the building two years ago, after spending more than 50 years in the old location.”It was past its prime.
A Gardiner man has been indicted on charges of aggravated assault.Police say 40-year-old Kenneth Sirmans shot his girlfriend, 40-year-old ALlison Wainwright, in the stomach earlier this month while the two were in their apartment in Gardiner.Court documents say Sirmans told police he only meant to threaten his girlfriend, not shoot her.Sirmans is scheduled to be arraigned October 12th in Kennebec County Superior Court.
New developments in the trial of 35-year Colin Koehler, accused of killing a 19-year old woman on the Bangor waterfront last year.A man who took the stand today, Dustin Bayrd of Bangor, claims Koehler confessed to murdering Holly Boutilier.Bayrd was best friends with Justin Ptaszynski, the man police say was an eyewitness to the killing.
The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office says it has arrested a man for forgery in Belfast.21-year-old Benjamin Rankin was out on bail on a robbery charge out of Hancock County, and was wanted by Belfast police.The Sheriff’s Office says a concerned citizen called Belfast police after recognizing Rankin from a photo that had been released by local media.The caller said the man was seen staying at an apartment on Seaside Drive in Belfast.Rankin was later arrested at that apartment.