A businessman who built one of the nation’s largest egg production operations is getting out of the industry after its farms were found responsible for a nationwide salmonella outbreak.Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter, said in a statement that they have given up control of egg operations in Iowa, Maine and Ohio, including the farms with filthy conditions that produced salmonella-tainted eggs that sickened about 1,900 people last year.Centrum Valley Farms chief operating officer Steve Boomsma said Monday that his firm has signed a lease with an option to purchase DeCoster operations in Iowa.
The Eastern Maine Labor Council and Food and Medicine are helping laid off workers get a Thanksgiving meal.The two groups came together to create baskets filled with the all of the ingredients for a tasty turkey dinner.550 baskets are being delivered to families in Brewer, Millinocket and surrounding areas, they say that’s almost double than last year’s amount.The food comes from local farmers and businesses.Organizer Willow Cordes-Eklund calls it a “win win” for the state of Maine.”We’re supporting the Maine economy as a whole through this great sign of support and solidarity,” says organiezer Willow Cordes-Eklund.This is the ninth year they’ve hosted Solidarity Harvest.
Four people are in custody after Bangor police found $21,000 worth of heroin and oxycodone in their car.The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says they received tips that the group was smuggling and selling the drugs from motel rooms in Bangor.Friday, Bangor police arrested 23-year old Brittany Umbro of Bangor, 31-year old Down McCullough of Glenburn, 26-year old Colby Hanlon of New Hampshire and 38-year old Orbria Turner of New Jersey.Drug agents had Bangor police pull them over, and a search of their car found an ounce of heroin and 229 oxycodone pills.MDEA says a three month old baby was also in the car when police stopped them, and they contacted DHHS Child Protective Services.All four are facing drug trafficking charges are being held at the Penobscot County Jail.
A University of Southern Maine graduate ready to start a marketing job next year is the new Miss Maine USA.Rani Williamson of Bar Harbor took home the title Sunday night after a two-day competition.The participants were judged on poise, style, and performance in the swim wear, evening wear and interview contests during the pageant at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center.With her victory, Williamson is eligible to participate in the Miss USA pageant next June.Greely Regional High School junior Molly Fitzpatrick was crowned Miss Teen Maine.(The Associated Press)
A federal appeals court has ruled that people affected by the Hannaford credit and debit card security breach three years ago can sue the company.The lawsuits would cover costs to get new cards from the bank and the purchase of identify theft insurance.
There was a turkey trot in Brewer Sunday, and no there wasn’t too much gobbling going on.It was the annual 5k and one mile race for the Brewer High School sophomore class.The students help organize the event, which many say gives them a sense of school spirit.More than 600 runners were expected.” We’re using the proceeds to pay for graduation.
Christmas is a little more than a month away and folks are already doing what they can to bring a happy holiday to everyone.A craft fair was held in Bangor and they added a toy drive to it.All the toys collected will be given to Toys for Tots, which helps provide kids with gifts on Christmas morning.Folks shopping at the fair could find cooking items, tools and home interior decorations.” We’re giving the kids toys that wouldn’t generally have the toys and it’s also giving other small, independent businesses exposure as well,” said event coordinator, Rebecca Gormely.This is the first year they included the toy drive and say they are happy to help.
Occupy Bangor held a press conference Sunday, after city officials rejected their time extension request.They had been told they needed to remove their canopies and structures from Pierce Park by 10 pm Sunday, they asked to extend it until 5 pm Monday.They are abiding to the request, but have left one symbolic canopy up.They say it represents their First Amendment right.” We decline to move that.
Officials say it appears the driver of a tractor trailer fell asleep behind the wheel causing his truck to go off the interstate and roll over.State Police received a call from another driver reporting a tractor trailer was all over the road, minutes later saying it had rolled over.The driver is from Van Buren.
A mechanical error on a vehicle is believed to be the cause of an accident on 95 northbound in Waterville Saturday evening.Officials say a 17-year-old male from Clinton was driving in the passing lane when it appears something happened to one of his tires, causing him to strike a car being driven by 56-year-old Susan Estabrook of Norridgewock.They say both vehicles rolled over, the teenager’s car landed in the ditch and Estabrook’s car in the median lane.The male driver had four passengers, all teenagers.No one was injured.The accident is still under investigation.
The Wells Police Department are looking for a suspect who robbed a Bank of America branch.Police say the individual entered the bank at the Wells Plaza on Route 1, demanded money and left on foot with an unknown amount of cash.No weapon was displayed and no one was injured.The suspect is described as a white man, between 5’9 and 5’10, weighing 185 to 200 pounds.
More than twenty people have been displaced following a fire at an apartment building in Orono Saturday night.The Orono Fire Department responded Stillwater Village Apartments on Center Drive.Officials say the fire started in a first floor apartment and extended to the second and third floors.There was another fire at the same complex back in March.Bangor, Old Town and Veazie were called in to assist.They say the occupants are staying in either hotels or University of Maine dorms.The Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate.
Two people have been arrested on robbery charges following an incident at Sears Saturday evening.Bangor police responded to a report of two individuals, a male and female, shoplifting from the store.Twenty-seven-year-old Joseph Demmons of Holden is charged with robbery, theft, and possession of hallucinogenic drug.Twenty-year-old Brittany Holland of Hampden is charged with robbery and possession of hallucinogenic drug too, as well as violation of bail.They say the two suspects were approached by security guards, at which point Demmons sprayed mace in the face of one of the guards and took off on foot.Police were able to apprehend him behind Staples in the woods.They say they were in possession of what appears to be bath salts.Authorities say the two could have been arrested on a lesser charge.”They would have just been charged with shoplifting if they would have just given up when approached by the security guards,” said Sergeant Garry Higgins with Bangor Police Department.Officials say more than $900 worth of merchandise was recovered and turned back over to the store.
Politics and policy were being discussed at a meeting in Bangor Saturday morning.The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce hosted their hot stove.It’s an open forum that allows members to interact with lawmakers and city councilors.Saturday they were discussing their 2012 Issues of Impact Statement, which is what they will advocate for in the coming year.Some of those topics include transportation and education.
A man was shot and killed by a police officer in Farmington Saturday.Police Chief Jack Peck says 28-year-old Justin Crowley-Smilek came to the police station Saturday morning and asked to speak with an officer.The Attorney General’s Office has released the name of the officer as Ryan Rosie.Peck says when Rosie came out to speak with Crowley-Smilek there was a verbal confrontation.They say he then pulled a knife out and the officer shot Crowley-Smilek, killing him.Authorities say they were familiar with him.Rosie has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.The Attorney General’s Office is handling the investigation.
An ATV accident in Farmington sent a father and son to the hospital.Officials say 36-year-old Brian Dunton and his nine-year-old son from Winslow, were riding on the Whistle Stop Trail when their machine left the trail and hit a tree.Officials say speed is what caused the crash.