A new court document shows Governor Paul LePage never viewed the labor mural in person before ordering it removed from the Labor Department headquarters and setting off a firestorm of protest.A 19-page document was filed in federal court Thursday in the lawsuit against LePage and other state officials seeking to have the mural depicting scenes in Maine labor history returned to the Labor Department.
Possible property tax increases could be on the way for Old Town residents.Citizens packed the Old Town City Council Chambers for Thursday night’s meeting, which included a review of 2012’s proposed budget.Previously, folks were up in arms after hearing that the new budget could include up to a 12% property tax increase.At Thursday’s meeting though, Councilors presented a budget which featured cuts that would only allow for about a 6% property tax increase.Old Town residents say that’s a step in the right direction.Residents hope a the budget that is approved will have a zero percent increase in taxes.The next meeting to discuss the proposed budget will be Tuesday, June 21st at 6 p-m in Council Chambers.
Last month, voters said “Yes” to a new Bangor arena.After Thursday’s Special Meeting of the Bangor City Council, the project now has a contractor.Cianbro was picked to take the helm of the nearly nearly 65-million dollar project.In making their selection, the Councilors say it sure didn’t hurt that Cianbro hails from right here in Maine.Councilors say they hope to break ground by the end of July.
Folks in Dexter will pay tribute to the victims of Monday’s triple murder-suicide.Amy Lake was shot and killed by her estranged husband.He killed their two children, Coty and Monica, then killed himself.On Saturday, everyone’s invited to attend a purple balloon release to honor Amy, Coty and Monica.It’s scheduled for 5pm at Dexter Public Beach.The color purple is used to help highlight domestic violence awareness.Funeral services for the family are also planned for Saturday.
An agriculture lab in Orono will be funded for at least another year.That’s according to Senator Susan Collins who says the New England plant, soil and water laboratory was slated for closure by the Secretary of Agriculture.The sixteen workers there were told it would close next month.But Collins says the White House has assured her there will be money through 2012.
There will be a vote recount in Hermon.Tuesday, the town voted to fill two council seats.Initial results show a one vote difference between the candidates that finished second and third, with 319 votes for Donald Pelletier and 318 for Anne Freeman.Freeman requested the recount which will take place Monday.
A Bangor man has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of a man on Fourth Street.Police had issued an arrest warrant for 29-year-old William Hall two days ago.Hall is accused of killing 28-year-old Melvin Abreu, who lived on Indiana Avenue in Bangor.Court documents say several neighbors said they were awoken to sounds of fighting coming from Hall’s apartment around 4:30 am.The documents say they heard racial slurs being made.The affadavit says Hall admitted he choked Abreu and threw him out the second floor window.Police say they found Abreu lying on the paved driveway behind the residence and noted obvious facial trauma.An autopsy by the Medical Examiner’s Office is consistent with this.
The Old Town City Council is holding a workshop Thursday night.Interim City Manager, Bill Mayo, says they’ll be discussing the money they receive annually from the landfill.Mayo says they’re currently looking at a 7.6% property tax increase, but he expects that number to go down.Mayo says Thursday’s meeting is to discuss how much money can be taken from what they receive from the landfill to lower property taxes.The meeting starts at 6 pm at City Hall.No final decisions will be made Thursday night.