Maine’s former top drug cop has been found guilty of thirteen counts of child pornography.A judge in Portland returned that verdict Monday afternoon against 48-year-old James Cameron of Hallowell.He was found guilty of receiving, sending and possessing child porn.State Police began the investigation in December 2007.Cameron served as an Assistant Attorney General until the Spring of 2008.
Folks can hop on their motorcycles this Sunday and ride for a good cause.It’s the first annual Torch Ride, benefiting Special Olympics.The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is putting on the event.Registration starts at 8 am at the Sheriff’s Office and the ride kicks-off at 9:30.The registration fee is 25-dollars and 15-dollars per passenger.Registration forms are available at the Sheriff’s Office or at Coastal Hobbies in Rockport.Bikers will start in Rockland and head to Ellsworth and back to the Owls Head Transportation Museum to end the day with a BBQ.
A Bangor man is still in jail after being arrested early Sunday morning.Robert Hoop, 39, was charged with a Class C Felony of Criminal Threatening.Around one am Hoop was reportedly creating a lot of noise in the hallway of his apartment building on Ohio Street.The neighbors came out to see what was going on and they say Hoop pulled out a knife and threatened them with it.That is when police were called to the scene.According to Bangor Police, hoop was arrested and they found a jackknife and a large machete.Both weapons were taken into evidence.
One week before the student body will be on campus to start taking classes at Umaine, the faculty and staff were welcoming in the largest ever open house on the campus.And the event has turned into just that, an event.”Welcome to UMaine””We’ve taken it outside,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Robert Dana.
A Jay woman will spend six months behind bars, for killing her husband last year in a drunk driving crash.51-year old Barbara Benoit was sentenced last Friday for manslaughter, a charge she insisted on pleading guilty to.Police say Benoit was driving drunk when she crashed her car into a guard rail in July of 2009, killing Peter Benoit.Benoit then drove the car home after the crash, and called 911.Prosecutors said they were willing to plea down to a lesser charge of aggravated OUI, but Benoit said she would only agree to manslaughter charges, saying that’s what she felt she deserved.Benoit is serving her sentence at the Somerset County jail.
Earlier this month, the Bangor City Council gave the thumbs up for a dog park behind Geaghan’s restaurant.It’s something a group of local dog owners has been working on for close to a year now.Joy Hollowell brings us up to date on plans for the park as well as the concerns some have about such a facility.======A year ago, Joe Knox and his family adopted Ava from the Bangor Humane Society.
Late last week, board members announced that financial problems were forcing the Lewiston facility to close for good.But a press conference is scheduled for Monday afternoon…with a board member saying “There’s a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.”The Y.W.C.A.
A celebration of culture is taking place in Bangor and other communities in Maine.The art exhibit, Down East Sails Up Town, kicked off this weekend.Painting, sculpture and photography from 300 artists from all over the world is on display in 10 locations, including the Bangor Library, Bangor City Hall and ByDesign on Harlow Street.Proceeds from the event go to three childrens art programs including one at the Maine Discovery Museum.Organizers say art is powerful because everyone can relate to it.
Police are investigating vandalism at the Riverside Cemetery in Lewiston.About 150 gravestones at the 40-acre cemetery have been toppled.Some of the stones were 200 years old and weighed 1,000 pounds or more.Groundskeeper Kevin Ouellette estimates the damage at $30,000 to $40,000.
Police in western Maine say there could be a bumper crop of marijuana this season, despite the dry weather.Oxford County Marijuana Eradication Coordinator, Chancey Libby, says police are finding that plants cultivated outdoors are doing much better than in the past two years.Libby says that because of the lack of rain this summer, people who cultivate marijuana have to work harder to grow it, which increases the risk of getting caught.As of Wednesday, state and local law enforcement officers in Oxford County had seized more than 1,000 marijuana plants, four pounds of processes marijuana and three guns.