Lawmakers in Augusta are considering a request to name two bridges in Harmony after a family who was gunned down in Dexter last year.It’s been seven months since Steven Lake shot and killed his estranged wife Amy, and their two children, Coty, and Monica before turning the gun on himself.The incident has shined a light on the issue of domestic violence in Maine.
A state panel has cleared the Christian Civic League of Maine and the Christian Education League of claims that they illegally fired a former administrative staffer and tried to intimidate him for filing a complaint.Michael Hein had worked for the Christian Civic League of Maine since June 2006 and was fired August 2010.Hein told the Maine Human Rights Commission that he was retaliated against him as a “whistleblower” for telling the Department of Labor that the group had an illegal working relationship with a staff writer.The league said Hein was fired because of deep philosophical differences between him and the new leadership of the league and his unwillingness to change.Hein reportedly said on Monday he knew he had a difficult task.
A new report says there’s been a big increase in the number of Mainers who pedal to work, and that upsurge in bicycle commuting far exceeds the national figure.The report released Monday by the Alliance for Biking and Walking says the number of Mainers who commute to work by bicycle increased by 120 percent between 1990 and 2009.
The longtime rector of a historic Episcopal church in Gardiner has been suspended by the Diocese of Maine for two years following an investigation that found he engaged in sexual misconduct consisting of “inappropriate language and interpersonal boundary violations.”The Rev.
Two University of Maine football players have been suspended from the team indefinitely because of their alleged involvement in a pellet gun shooting on campus last week.Freshman defensive backs Aamad Bush and Malik Walker, both 18, were charged with assault and criminal threatening.Campus police say Bush and Walker fired shots from BB guns at two occupants of a dorm room.Neither victim required medical treatment.The Bangor Daily News reports that athletic director Steve Abbott said Walker and Bush will be prohibited from practicing with the team during winter workouts and spring practices.
15,000 jobs and energy savings for many Mainers, is what UMaine engineering professor Habib Dagher says will happen is an offshore windfarm is built.He said that while speaking Sunday at the University of Maine in Augusta.Dagher says harnessing energy from offshore wind will let Mainers heat their homes with electricity while making Maine less reliant on foreign oil.
Trustees for the University of Maine System voted Monday to freeze tuition for the upcoming school year.Officials say the last time tuition was held at the same rate was 25 years ago.They say the plan is part of a new set of goals, which include cost control and student success.
Bangor International Airport Director Rebecca Hupp is leaving.She’s taking a similar job in Boise, Idaho.Bangor City Manager Catherine Conlow says she’s pleased for Hupp professionally but that her leaving will be a loss for Bangor and the city’s airport.Hupp has been BIA’s director for more than ten years.
A Bangor man accused of stealing a vehicle, and a whole lot more, is being held on 20-thousand dollars bail.33-year-old Kevin Wood was in court Monday afternoon.He was arrested Friday night after Bangor Police went to a home on Essex Street.A man told police he left his truck running when he went inside.He told them he saw the truck backing out of the driveway so he ran out and tried to pull Wood from the driver’s seat.The man claims Wood shifted the truck into drive and spun the truck around with him still holding on.He told police that others helped him get wood out of the truck after it stopped.Wood was taken to jail, officers say he had Oxycodone on him.Wood will be back in court in March.
The folks at Kennenec County Community College and Good Will-Hinckley were all smiles Monday.Governor LePage made the announcement during a ceremony at the Blaine House, a gift of nearly $11-million from the Harold Alfond Foundation was presented to the Maine Community College System and Good Will-Hinckley.
A Medway man accused of leading police on a high speed chase through three towns was in a Bangor courtroom Monday afternoon.27-year-old Lauren MacArthur was appointed an attorney.State Police say a trooper tried to pull him over on the interstate in Old Town Friday night.They say MacArthur drove directly at an officer in Orono.Police say they stopped him after flattening a tire with a spike mat, then ramming into his car in Milford.They tell us they found a gun near where the car was stopped and believe macarthur threw it from the vehicle.
About seventy workers laid off from a company in Belfast will return to work soon.Little River Apparel temporarily let them go last month with a promise to bring them back at the end of this month.A spokesman for the company says they’re right on schedule.The company makes chemical protective suits for the military.A material for one of the suits needed to be re-engineered, which forced the company to make the layoffs.
Maine’s snowmobile season took a tragic turn this weekend, when three men lost their lives in separate accidents.Four other snowmobile crashes around the state left riders injured.Joy Hollowell headed to Hermon Pond to re-visit the do’s and don’ts of winter riding.====49-year old Matthew Divello was heading home Friday night across Graham Lake in Mariaville.