A Lincoln man has admitted to growing large amounts of marijuana at his home and in a garage.64-year old Linwood Libby pleaded guilty to the drug charges in federal court this week.He was accused of possessing with the intent to distribute at least 100 kilos of pot.Libby was ordered to pay $125,000, the amount prosecutors say he earned during the more than four years of growing, then selling the plants.Libby also pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud.He’ll most likely have to pay thousands of dollars in restitution for that charge when he’s sentenced later this year.
Slick roads overnight contributed to car crashes around the region, including one involving a state trooper.State Police say Trooper Jon Brown was accelerating as he was pulling out of a crossover, and hydroplaned on I-95 northbound in Palmyra.The car hit a boulder in the median, and wound up standing on end against some trees.Brown was trapped inside, but eventually got out, and was taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital with minor injuries.The cruiser was totaled.
A car crash in Hancock County Thursday night knocked out power to more than 1,500 customers.A car hit a power pole around 11pm on Route 1 at the Lamoine/Hancock town line.We’re told no injuries were reported, but the utility pole was broken.Bangor Hydro says 1,548 were without power for a few hours.The lights came back on around 6 Friday morning.
Maine tax officials say revenue is 8.2% more then expected, leaving the state fund collections over budget by $22.5 million two months into the fiscal year.Officials say this is better than the same period last year when Maine ended the fiscal year below forecasts.Sales and use tax were over budget by $4 million for August, reflecting the strong sales during the height of the tourism season.The state highway fund also came in over budget.
Fall officially begins six days from now and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, along with the forest service, are celebrating.They’re offering nine fall foliage events in the coming weeks.Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle will host a river paddle this Sunday, September 19th.There will be eight hikes throughout the state from Saturday, September 25th to Sunday, October 10th.For a full list of hikes and sites, including information on the degree of difficulty of the hikes being offered as well as where to meet up, you can log onto parksandlands.com or call 287-4960.
Every year just before Halloween the friends of Fort Knox give guided tours through the fort in Prospect.And they could use help leading visitors around those old haunts.The friends of Fort Knox want people with the “fright” stuff.If you’re interested in volunteering you can call executive director Leon Seymour at 469-6553 or you can e-mail him at [email protected] will be an orientation meeting on Saturday morning October 16th.The scary tours will be given on the last two Fridays and Saturdays of October from 5:30 to 9 pm.
Still no decision from the Bangor City Council on who will become Bangor’s neext City Manager.The council met Thursday night at City Hall to continue the process.Council narrowed down the list of candidates to three finalists last month.They met with their top candidate earlier this month.Council Chair Richard Stone tells us they will most likely address the issue again next week.Stone says it’s a thorough process and they want to make sure they find the right fit for the position.
Folks looking for a job may find their next career on Monday at a job fair in Skowhegan.The career center is hosting the fair from 11 until 4.Representatives from Bonney Staffing Center, Care & Comfort, GCS, Maine Staffing, Mcdonald’s, T-Mobile and Walmart will be on hand to offer employment opportunities.Again, that job fair is Monday at 98 North Ave.
September is National Preparedness month for the Red Cross and their asking for your help to meet their blood need requirements.The Department of Homeland Security sets aside the month of September as preparedness month to remind us all of the urgent need for blood.The Red Cross says this is a particularly busy time of year for them.September is the height of hurricane season, which means the need for blood typically is high.The Red Cross has several promotions going on in the month of September in hopes of enticing donors.For more information you can give them a call at 941-2900.
A court case has tied up financing for a 22-turbine wind farm in the Western Maine town of Roxbury.Town selectmen say work was supposed to begin this month on record hill wind’s 120-million dollar project, but any construction will now have to wait on the outcome of the legal challenge.The Maine Supreme Court could hear arguments in the case late this fall.The project was approved by Maine Environmental regulators a year ago.
Three egg farms in Maine are coming under extra congressional scrutiny.A Congressional committee wants the inspection records and documents related to accusation of egg contamination at three farms with ties to Jack Decoster.It follows the salmonella-driven recall of 380-million eggs from an Iowa farm owned by Decoster.Maine State veterinarian Don Hoenig says Maine has regulations that go beyond federal ones.He cites as examples Maine’s requirement of vaccinations of young birds for salmonella and follow-up tests to see if the vaccinations worked.He also says there are stepped-up inspections of farm buildings here in Maine.
Waldo County sheriff’s deputies say speed played a part in a pick up truck that wrecked in Winterport and sent one man to the hospital.Deputies say 61-year-old Michael Jordan was heading north on Monroe Road, near the intersection of Route 69 about 11 o’clock this morning.
A Husson University Security Officer has been busted by Bangor Police.29-year-old Kimberly Bailey of Bangor is accused of possessing pot and drug paraphernalia.Bangor Police Officer Mike Brennan saw an unattended briefcase in the Husson University Security Office.Police say he opened it checking to see to whom it belonged and spotted the pot.Bailey was charged after Brennan concluded the briefcase was hers.
Stolen merchandise showing up in pawn shops isn’t anything new, but one Central Maine shop owner is speaking out to let folks know it’s a crime.Everyday Al Shell of “Val Shell’s Pawn Shop” in Waterville sends a report to local police on everything that comes into his store.In Maine, pawn shops are required to keep a copy of the persons driver license, or state ID on file when that person pawns an item.Shell urges folks who have been burglarized to check in with local pawn shops so they can give the owners a heads up about the stolen property.Recently, that’s what one local woman did and she got her guitar back.The police were notified and the guitar was returned to the rightful owner.
Medical professionals from across the country gathered in Bowerbank Thursday to learn how to rescue people in the wild.As Diana Bosch reports the program showed students how to deal with medical emergencies when dialing 911 is not an option.”It’s a matter of getting them out of the woods today instead of in two days when we have to wait for a helicopter, definitely life saving,” said Helen Weber-McReynolds, a student in the course.Weber-McReynolds traveled all the way from Indiana for the Wilderness Medical Training Course.