A suspicious powder that left an entire Ellsworth office in quarantine, last week, can’t be identified.Officials say there wasn’t enough of the substance to test.A sample of the powder that landed in the hands of a Bar Harbor Bank and Trust employee was sent to the state crime lab.Because there was so little powder, they won’t ever be able to tell what it is.The substance landed in the hands of an employee going through mail at the bank’s operation center.About thirty employees working at the time had to be quarantined in the parking lot.A hazmat team tested the powder twice on site.Both came up negative for a hazardous chemical.
A new business in Brewer is now open.Brewer Mayor Joe Ferris presented a key to the city to the Brewer Discount Furniture to help celebrate the business’ grand opening.The new store is located at the end of the Joshua Chamberlin Bridge on South Main Street.Mayor Ferris says it’s a good thing to see a new business open during these tough economic times.Owner Kathy Harvey is excited about doing business in Brewer.”During this hard time, it’s really tough for everybody, it’s hard to get new furniture right now so we have a very small markup and we make it so almost everybody can afford to get something new in their house at this time,” Harvey said.If you visit the store this week you can register for a special raffle.The grand prize is a one-thousand dollar gas card.
A Dover-foxcroft man accused of shooting his brother to death was charged with murder Monday.22-year-old Steven Mayo showed no emotion as he walked into Piscataquis County District Court.He’s accused of shooting his brother in the head.The Medical Examiner’s Office says 20-year-old Ryan Mayo died from a single gunshot wound to the head on May 1st.
A woman charged with attempted murder for allegedly setting her grandmother on fire last week made her first court appearance Monday afternoon.Emily Cole of Ellsworth was arraigned via video conference in a Bangor courtroom.According to court documents, Cole was putting gasoline on pine needles last Friday at her grandparent’s houseon Broadway.
A large turnout is expected in Augusta Monday, for a public hearing on governor Lepage’s proposal to eliminate all state funding for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.MPBN get nearly $2 million a year from the state.Ii accounts for nearly 20 percent of the network’s budget.The Governor’s spokeswoman says the administration doesn’t think the state should be subsidizing a TV and radio network during a budget crunch.MPBN’S President says the network and its supporters will put up a fight.
Authorities continue to investigate a fatal car crash in the town of Washington.It happened around 9 Saturday morning on Route 17, near Route 206.Police say 57-year-old Faustina Mitchell of Waldoboro was pronounced dead at the scene, 62-year-old John Fallows of Hope was taken to the hospital and has since been released.Police say Mitchell tried to pass another vehicle and ended up pulling into the path of Fallows.
The late CEO of Maine’s largest dairy is the winner of the annual Frank Knight Community Forestry Excellence Award.Maine Conservation Commissioner Bill Beardsley and other officials are gathering Monday at the state’s Arbor Day Celebration 2011 at the Maine State Museum in Augusta.At the event, Beardsley and state forester Doug Denico will present the award to family members of the late Stanley Bennett II, chairman and CEO of Oakhurst Dairy who died in February.
Volunteer fire crews from six surrounding towns converged on the scene of a home fire in the Piscataquis town of Abbot Village Sunday afternoon..Crews werE called to the Eagle Lane residence at 2pm, and were on the scene until 6:30 Sunday night.We’re told the home served a residence for a family of 2 adults and 5 children..Authorities say no injuries were reported, but the home was destroyed in the fire.
The Maine Renewable Energy Association premiered a film at the Penobscot Theatre Sunday.Its called Wind Energy in Maine: Clean, Renewable and Homegrown.The film offers a close up and personal account of how wind power projects have fit into the landscape in a number of communities providing environmental and local benefits.Many Maine citizens are featured in the film.