Crews spent part of Friday morning battling a fire in Madison.The call came in around 3:15 a.m.We’re told some sort of workshop type building caught fire on River Road.No injuries have been reported and no word yet on a cause.Fire crews left the scene around 7 a.m.The Fire Marshal’s office will investigate.
An 80-year-old Lewiston man whose motorized wheelchair was stolen this week has received some good news from police.Authorities say the wheelchair was recovered Thursday and they have suspects in the theft, although there have been no arrests.Dana Huard says someone stole the wheelchair from under his window as he was sleeping early Sunday morning.
Authorities have arrested a Lyman man they say was operating a sophisticated marijuana growing operation that had almost 1,000 plants in two locations.Police say 51-year-old Robert Ryder was arrested Wednesday after deputies and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided his home found 184 plants and five pounds of processed marijuana in the garage.Deputies said evidence in Ryder’s house led them to a warehouse in Waterboro where they say they found another 800 plants and five pounds of processed marijuana.The street value of the marijuana was estimated at $400,000.Ryder is scheduled to appear in court Friday.Police tell The Portland Press Herald the warehouse was set up for “continuous cultivation.” Reminders of when to water the plants and turn on grow lights were posted on walls.
Maine’s attorney general is warning diabetes patients about an apparent scam involving diabetes supplies.Attorney General William Schneider says his office is receiving reports of Mainers getting phone calls from people claiming to be from Medicare who are offering free medical supplies in exchange for Medicare information.
A legislative committee has agreed on a long-simmering bill to overhaul the way development is regulated in Maine’s Unorganized Territory.The Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on Thursday gave final approval by a 12-0 vote, with one absent, to a bill to overhaul the Land Use Regulation Commission.
A woman was transported by life flight helicopter to a local hospital Thursday night, after she was reportedly hit while crossing a street in Fairfield.We’re told 56-year-old Melody Lery was attempting to cross from High Street to Maple Street, when she was struck by a car.No charges have been filed against the driver.Lery was in serious condition at last report.Police are still investigating.
A little bit of Broadway is coming to Bangor.The Rotary Club of Bangor is hosting it’s “Music Off Broadway” extravaganza once again this year.Thursday night, performers were rehearsing for the show, which hits the stage this weekend.The theme of this years event is music from the movies.Producer Roger George says the audience can expect to hear a couple fan favorites from films like “The Lion King” and “The Wizard of Oz”You can catch the performance this weekend at Bangor High’s Peakes Auditorium.There is a show on Saturday, March 24th starting at 7:30PM and then another show on Sunday, March 25th at 3 in the afternoon.All the money from ticket sales will be donated to local non-profit organizations.
The Women’s Initiative in Waterville is celebrating its first birthday Thursday.Founder Martha Dempski says it’s a place where women from all walks of life are welcome to come and spend time together.There’s a variety of activities, including crafting.