(Associated Press)Officials say the Maine Drug Enforcement Aagency say they stand to lose seven of its forty-nine drug agents in the coming year because of a loss of federal money.MDEA Director, Roy McKinney says five positions now funded with federal stimulus money will have to be eliminated.He says funding is also being cut for two other positions that were part of a special congressional appropriation to fight prescription drug abuse in northern Maine.
An eerie quiet is what you’ll find in the remains of the Calvary Apostolic Church.A fire on Thursday burned nearly every piece of its sixty-year history.But in just the few days since, its congregation has found its voice.”This is going to make us stronger.
(Associated Press)The owner of a Maine topless coffee shop is planning to close the business after being told his new signs violate zoning rules.Donald Crabtree says he plans to close when his inventory is sold.The original shop burned to the ground in 2009.Raymond Bellavance Junior is accused of setting the fire and is awaiting trial.He was in a relationship with one of the waitresses.Since then, the coffee shop has continued inside a trailer on the property.Crabtree says he was told his signs were too big and received notice of violations.One advertised a benefit topless car wash.
Downtown Bangor was the perfect place to bring the kids Saturday.It was the first annual Kid Central Festival.There were more than 20 activities at various locations throughout downtown Bangor.And they were all free for kids twelve and under.Organizers say they saw close to 600 kids at Saturday’s event.They say they don’t think kids often think of downtown Bangor as a place to go.” So this is a way to introduce kids to what is available down here.
The University of Maine in Orono sent more than 2,000 students out into the workforce Saturday.It was the 209th commencement ceremony for the university.There were morning and afternoon sessions to accommodate for all those attending.UMaine’s commencement is the state’s largest graduation.Senator Susan Collins delivered the commencement address at both ceremonies.” The diplomas you receive today represent a great deal of hard work on your part.
Maine DOT crews are scheduled to begin work on the Kelly Road Bridge that carries the Kelly Road over I-95 in Orono starting on Monday.Crews will be repainting the steel members of the bridge.They will first remove the existing paint, then apply three layers of a protective urethane in order to extend the life of the bridge steel.Traffic on Kelly Road over the bridge will be limited to one lane of alternating traffic regulated by temporary signal lights.Motorists on I-95 may also be impacted by temporary lane closures.If there are no delays in the project it should be complete by the end of August.
For the average flyer it might have seemed like business as usual at the Bangor International Airport, but the emergency crews there were practicing for a disaster.The Federal Aviation Administration requires that the airport performs a full scale disaster drill every 3 years.”This is a mock aircraft incident or a crash that unfortunately would involve hundreds of people and it involves all of the emergency response,” said Tony Caruso, Assistant Airport Director.The emergency response includes aircraft rescue, firefighters, and police as well as local hospitals and the American Red Cross.
If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift and trying to help out the community, then head on over to Frankfort.It’s the Frankfort Village fire department’s annual Mother’s Day plant sale.All the money raised will go towards fixing up the town’s fire station.Fire fighters are also collecting donations at the event for their Fire Chief, Earl Anderson, who is battling colon cancer.The last day of the plant sale is Saturday, May 7th from 9-5 at the Frankfort fire station on route 1A.
This Mother’s Day, one Nokomis High School student will give her mom a present with an extra special meaning behind it.Candace Howard entered Newport’s Yankee Goldsmith’s “Making Memories for Mom” design contest.To be entered into the contest, all Howard had to do was draw a design for what she thought would be the perfect necklace for mom.Howard’s finished design was a heart with a key in the middle and that was made into a beautiful necklace.Candace’s mom will be given the necklace this Saturday…just in time for Mother’s Day.
The lawyer for the man accused of burning down a topless coffee shop in Vassalboro has filed a motion to have those charges dropped.Attorney Rob Ruffner tells TV 5 he believes the state violated the rules of discovery and the constitution by not disclosing information to the defense.Raymond Bellevance, 49, is charged with setting the fire that destroyed the Grandview Topless Coffee Shop in June of 2009.Police say Bellavance set the fire because he believed his former girlfriend was having an affair with the coffee shop’s owner.Ruffner says some of the evidence that was not disclosed to the defense are statements made by that former girlfriend to the fire investigators.Ruffner says his written brief on this matter is due by the end of the month.
A man from Clinton was arrested last night at his home on River Rd.Kennebec County District Attorney Evert Fowle says Charles Perry, 46, was part of a dispute that involved an assault and the discharge of a firearm.We’re told Perry was arrested after State Police, Kennebec County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Clinton Police Dept.
The Madison Police Department needs your help in their search for a suspect in an armed robbery.Madison Police Chief Barry Moores says a man wearing a face mask and sunglasses robbed a clerk at knife-point at the Big Apple on Old Point Avenue early Thursday morning.Moores says the man ran away from the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.The clerk was working alone at the store, she was not injured in the incident.The suspect is being described as a white male, dressed in a dark hooded sweatshirt, and blue jeans.Anyone with information is asked to call the Madison Police Department at 696-5373.
The end of a mission for the 1136th Transportation Company out of Bangor is also the end of a special relationship with students in Tremont.The Maine Army National Guard unit returned home safely in March and Friday it was time for a thank you.Major Pete Carter didn’t join the military for applause, but kids at Tremont Elementary School are giving it to him – and his fellow soldiers – anyway.
More changes in Newburgh.What was supposed to be a routine meeting Thursday night turned into much more.The town of Newburgh is generally a quiet place.” Hometown of Ricky Craven,” said Delmer Terrill, a longtime resident.Lately, the community has been marked by scandal.
Hiding in a backroom of the Newport Big Stop, Curtis Graffam puts the last minute touches on a Mother’s Day gift to his mom.”She’s thinking that my brother’s taking her out to dinner and everyone’s getting together as a family to go out to dinner,” he said.Instead of a traditional gift of flowers, candy and dinner, the Guilford native’s gift is himself.