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Liberty Fire Update

Updated 5 years ago

A fire that burned a family from Liberty out of their home has been ruled an accident. David and Carrie St. Claire and their three children were not home when the fire started Wednesday afternoon. We’re told a puppy did die in the fire. Firefighters managed to contain the flames and limit the damage, but hours later flames erupted again inside the home, destroying it.Investigators say they can’t say for sure precisely what caused it because there’s too much damage. The homeowners had insurance.The same home caught fire several months ago. Investigators say that fire was also an accident.

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Water Tests in Sangerville

Updated 5 years ago

State environmental officials will be in Sangerville Thursday.They’re there to take groundwater samples from wells in a gravel pit where an experimental sludge-spreading operation was carried out more than a decade ago.It comes in response to health concerns from some residents of East Sangerville.Memory problems and muscle disorders are just some symptoms they fear may be linked to groundwater contamination.The Department of Environmental Protection says the samples will be tested for heavy metals.

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Loss of Dam; Loss of Homes

Updated 5 years ago

The town of Winslow is going to apply for federal funds to buy and burn down a half-dozen homes.The homes are located on Dellaire Street, overlooking the Sebasticook River.Last summer, the Fort Halifax dam was knocked down causing soil erosion that experts say could put the homeowners’ safety at risk.The town manager says the residents would be reimbursed and relocated.

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BIA Expansion

Updated 5 years ago

Bangor International Airport just got a little bigger.There’s a new addition to the terminal for domestic flights.Construction started last summer, and the new space opened up last week.The project cost almost four million dollars.Airport officials say the new space offers passengers more amenities, including restrooms after the security checkpoint.The airport also installed new televesions and free wi-fi throughout the terminal.

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Fallen Officers Remembered

Updated 5 years ago

82 Maine law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty.Their names are forever-etched into a memorial located in our state’s capital.A tribute was held their Thursday to remember them and their families.Adrienne Bennett reports.——————————–“Bagpipe music” It was a march in memory of those who have given their lives in the line of duty.”Seldon L. Jones, Augusta Police Department”The Maine Warden Service has lost 14 members. The most of any agency. State Police follow with 10 fallen officers. In all, 82 names have been placed on the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Augusta.State Street was blocked by police Thursday morning for the nearly one hundred people paying their respects.”It’s important that the state recognize, remembers, and never forget.” Each name has family — left behind and a story of how their loved ones were taken.”He put up a roadblock with his Sergeant and the car that came down across threw him on top of the vehicle. They were going 90 miles per hour.””Halt!”The hour-long ceremony was somber yet celebrated.”O’er the land of the free The freedoms we share.”And the home of the brave”Because of the bravery of those who have died.”So we lean on the fallen cuz they stood for honor and truth.” Giving a reminder of the dangers involved with police work.”The hazards we face every day when we go out to work…law enforcement’s goal is to get home at the end of the shift and this is a reminder that that may not happen to all of us.” “They may be gone but not forgotten…” Adrienne Bennett, WABI TV5 News, Augusta”Forever living in me and you.”

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Thomaston Plant Shutdown

Updated 5 years ago

Dragon Products is halting production at its cement plant in Thomaston for four to six weeks because of the slowdown in the construction market.An undetermined number of the plant’s 110 employees will be temporarily laid off during the shutdown, which begins May 25. About 20% of the work force was laid off permanently in January.

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Hannaford Bros. Decision

Updated 5 years ago

According to a federal judge, only those who weren’t reimbursed for fraudulent charges may sue the Hannaford Bros. supermarket chain over a data breach that exposed more than four million credit and debit card numbers to computer hackers.District Judge D. Brock Hornby dismissed all but one of the civil claims filed after the data breach was revealed in March 2008. Still pending, however, is a separate class-action lawsuit in Florida against Hannaford’s sister company, Tampa-based Sweetbay.Between December and March 2008, hackers accessed card numbers used at 165 Hannaford stores and 106 Sweetbay stores. At least 1,800 numbers were used for unauthorized purchases.Hornby’s decision tosses all complaints that were merged into one lawsuit in Maine except for one, from a Vermont woman who was not reimbursed for fraudulent charges.

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Fournier Awaits Sentencing

Updated 5 years ago

A 48-year-old Millinocket man who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography is awaiting sentencing.Philip Scott Fournier entered his plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers searched Fournier’s home and computer after receiving information in 2006 that his credit card was being used to buy access to a child pornography Web site.Fournier allowed the officers to enter the home and gave written permission for the search.Possession of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

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Camden Restaurant Reopens

Updated 5 years ago

The owners of a Camden waterfront restaurant were halfway through an expansion project when a fire destroyed everything.They pulled together, started over, and today, reopened their restaurant.”We like it. We especially like the lobster,” says one diner, Roland Bernaudon, who was visiting from France.The lobster’s always been popular here, but last year, the restaurant looked a little different.”The decor was more utilitarian, it was just a typical, Maine, what would you call it? Seaside shanty,” says another diner, Kay Ouradnik, who lives nearby.John Hugh bought this Camden waterfront spot twelve years ago.”It was a clam shack,” Hugh says. “Cash only, no beer, no wine, no wait staff, and in the next couple of years, I turned it into a full service restaurant.”As the lines grew longer, Hugh and his wife Donna decided to the level the old restaurant and build a new spot. Then, two days before Christmas, as the new restaurant was being built…they got a call it was on fire.”It was devastating. We were out to dinner when the fire happened and we were fairly speechless for a couple of days. But, everybody just came back to work and made it happen,” Hugh says.Their crew of local contractors and craftsmen started over, working seven days a week throughout the winter.”Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to open for the season. But, because they put their heart and soul into it, they were able to put this beautiful restaurant together with fine craftsmanship,” he says.Five months later, they’re serving three meals a day, and will stay open all year long. A new addition is their “clam bake in a can” — just add water or beer and stick the can in your camp fire. “We can custom it up to 20 lobsters,” he says.”We’re very happy as townspeople,” says Ouranik, “that he’s done this.””We are sticky-fingered,” says Bernaudon, as he looked at what’s left of his lobster. “But it is alright.”

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Annual Patty’s Race Coming Up

Updated 5 years ago

An annual race in memory of a teen from lee will take place this Sunday, May Seventeenth.Patty’s Race is run in honor of Patricia Corbin.She was a 17-year-old junior at Lee Academy who died in a car crash in 2002.Her family created a scholarship in Patty’s name at Lee Academy. Proceeds from the race help fund it.This years race has a sweet addition, peppermint patty ice cream sundaes at Sandy Gifford’s Village Ice Cream, that’s located near the corner of Route six and the Winn Road.The race begins at 1 p-m.You can register in advance through the Web site www.pattysrace.com.Or you can register at 11 a-m on the day of the race inside the gymnasium at Lee Academy.

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Proper Treatments for Flea and Tick Season

Updated 5 years ago

Spring has arrived and so have fleas and ticks. There have been some reports of animals suffering from health problems brought on by certain treatments.So what should pet owners be watching out for?Meghan Hayward spoke with a Veazie Vet to get some advice.With flea and tick season here, Veterinarian David Cloutier of the Veazie Vet Clinic says its important for pet owners to purchase the right treatment.He says a lot of newer, safer products have been created and are only available at a vet’s office.But older products are still out there and not always safe or effective.”But the fleas are becoming resistant to them, so we’re having to make those compounds more potent to try and get them to work and therefore less safe.”Cloutier says the treatments they use have been well tested.He says by going to a vet, pet owners can make sure they’re getting the correct treatment.”They’re usually picking the right product for your pet. So if you have a really old cat or a mixed household of dogs and cats, we’re going to choose something different than for a young dog. At the grocery store or the pet store, you’re not getting that expertise so you may be choosing the wrong products.”Cloutier says treatments are made up of two components. The compound that kills the actual fleas and ticks and a carrier that spreads the treatment throughout the animal’s body.”I think a lot of the topical reactions, loss of fur, burning, irritation are probably due to the carrier.”But he says the actual poisonings that make animals sick and sometimes cause death, is the compound itself.For owners concerned about the potential dangers to their pets, there are some warning signs.”If your pet doesn’t seem ok, if they seem lethargic, vomiting, really really itchy, any kind of facial swelling, anything like that, if it was something you applied topically, wash it off right away and call your veterinarian to get some advice.”Cloutier says the dosage level depends on the size of the animal.”Often times people will misread it or misjudge or even misjudge how much think their pet weighs.”Cloutier realizes people are looking to save money, but buying over the counter products could wind up costing you more.”Pet owners have their pets on different products that they don’t even need and so they think that they need to put a topical insecticide to keep fleas and ticks off them and maybe they don’t, maybe they don’t even need it.”Cloutier says always check with your vet first.

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Colby Report Released

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A consultant’s report says Colby College security officers acted appropriately during an incident on Easter Sunday that provoked a student protest at the Waterville school. But the report by consultant Ralph Martin II, who was hired by Colby, also says everybody involved could have conducted themselves better during the incident, which occurred after a campus dance. Police arrested two students after they allegedly interfered during a medical assessment of a third student. A video shows police pinning the students to the floor. Martin interviewed people involved in the incident. His report says one student was restrained for too long and at least one security officer used “unprovoked and improper force” while trying to get students to leave.Click here to download the full report.

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Solar Classroom

Updated 5 years ago

One room in Bangor High is running on solar power.The ‘Green Room’ runs on power generated by solar panels on the high school roof.So far enough energy has been produced by the solar electric system, even on cloudy days, to run the room.The excess energy is collected by Bangor Hydro, and will be used to power the room during winter months, when the sun isn’t out as much.Students are using this as a learning tool to help them better understand how solar power works.And they’re doing projects revolving around renewable energy. “This is a project that’s pretty well rounded, in it gives students at all abilities and all levels an opportunity to look at alternative energy.”You can check out the project and look at just how much money and energy is being saved by logging on to www.sunnyportal.com

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Moose Falls From Sky

Updated 5 years ago

Police in clinton say a 500-pound moose fell 18 feet to its death when it apparently leaped a guardrail on an Interstate 95 overpass and landed on Hinckley Road.Officials learned of the incident when a motorist called the town office shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday and told assistant town clerk Shirley Bailey that “a moose just fell out of the sky.”Bailey said the driver, who was under the bridge when he spotted the falling moose, was “pretty excited about it.”Police Chief Charles Runnels said the yearling bull probably panicked because of the noise and traffic along I-95 and began running. He said it just picked the wrong spot to jump the guardrail, falling onto a road instead of landing in a field.A passerby with a wrecker hauled away the carcass.

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Fortin Update

Updated 5 years ago

A convicted killer who was on death row in New Jersey when that state abolished its death penalty can still be sentenced to life without parole.Steven Fortin also has a violent crime conviction in Maine.He wanted to have his sentence changed to life in prison with the chance of parole because that was the maximum sentence in 1994 when he raped and killed a woman in New Jersey.He was initially sentenced to death in 2001. But he was retried in 2007 and by then New Jersey had gotten rid of it death penalty.Fortin also served a prison sentence in Maine for raping a female state trooper during a traffic stop in 1995.

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SAD #37 Vote Results

Updated 5 years ago

Residents in Columbia Falls have decided to shut their school down. But voters in Cherryfield opted to keep their doors open.The SAD# 37 board voted to close schools in Columbia Falls and Cherryfield at the end of this year.But on Tuesday, Cherryfield residents voted 224 to 64 to keep their school open.Some estimate this will cost residents quite a bit: taxes could increase around 70%.The vote in Columbia Falls was a close one: 129 people voted to close the doors, 102 wanted to keep the school open.

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Monson School to Close

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Monson Elementary School will be closing it’s doors.In a very close vote Tuesday night residents decided to close the school.80 were in favor of shutting it down, 63 voted to keep it open.The superintendent of SAD #68 recommended closing the Monson Elementary School as a way of saving money in the district.Residents say they’re sad about losing their school, but the cost of keeping it open would be too great.Students will now have to be bussed to Dover-Foxcroft.

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Domestic Violence Memorial

Updated 5 years ago

Every year, maine families are affected by acts of violence. Some lives are changed forever by murder.Monday, Governor Baldacci met with parents and family members who have had to deal with the loss of a loved because of a homicide.A ceremonial signing was held, and an announcement was made, on plans to create a memorial for families and friends of children who have died by violence.The memorial is expected to cost $10,000, and will be raised through the efforts of the non-profit group that supports parents of murdered children.Arthur Jette heads up that organization. His grandson was murdered ten years ago.Jette hopes to have the memorial completed by September 2010.

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Coach Charged

Updated 5 years ago

An assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Maine has resigned after being charged with making sexual advances on a student athlete.Mike Burden resigned Monday after being placed on paid administrative leave a day earlier.Police Capt. Josh Ewing says Burden was charged with unlawful sexual contact against a 21-year-old woman and assault against a second woman who stopped to help her early Sunday.The woman who reported the incident says it happened early Sunday morning near a local night club.She reported that she was looking for a lost cell phone when she was approached and assaulted by a man she identified as Burden.

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Runaway Racehorse

Updated 5 years ago

A runaway racehorse that was attached to its unmanned cart escaped from the track at Bangor Raceway and trotted onto an Interstate 395 onramp before the occupants of a pickup truck managed to corral the horse.Police said the horse, Jeremiah Jones, made its way from Buck Street to Main Street and then headed up toward the highway before being stopped by Christopher Hitchcock of Hampden and a couple of other men in his truck.The horse was returned to Bass Park with no reports of injuries. The pickup received minor damage to its side as the driver pulled up alongside the horse in an effort to grab its reins.

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