The eagle that sits atop a building in Portland is flying the coop.The Bayside Eagle has been a fixture at the intersection of Preble and Kennebunk streets for five years.The fiberglass bird is 9 feet tall and has a wingspan of 14 feet.The bird is taking flight to make way for the soon-to-be Heart of Bayside — Bayside Bowl.The eagle’s new nest is at Husson University in Bangor, where it will watch over the Furman Student Center.
The ex-girlfriend of the man accused of starting a fire at a controversial coffee shop in Vassalboro says she’s stunned at the recent news.Earlier this week police said 49-year-old Raymond Bellavance is responsible for the fire that levelled the Grandview Topless Coffee last year.Bellavance still hasn’t been found, but TV5 caught up with his former girlfriend.”I don’t know what to think.
An armed standoff in the parking lot of Firstpark in Oakland Thursday morning ended without injury.Police say a man threatening to hurt himself surrendered to authorities around 7:30am.The incident began shortly after 6am, when police received a call there was a man in a car with a weapon.Oakland Police responded to the park, and a negotiator was able to convince the man to give himself up.The man, whose name hasn’t been released, was taken to the hospital for an evaluation and police say criminal charges are pending.
A union representing hundreds of Central Maine Power employees said the company is planning on laying off more than 100 workers.The announcement comes less than a month after most of the union members ratified a contract set to run for another four years.Officials with the IBEW local 1837 say the latest layoffs are in addition to 141 meter personnel set to lose their jobs as a result of the installation of so-called smart meters.
Health care providers say using new technology to manage their patients’ medical information results in safer and better care.On Thursday, folks from around the state gathered in Bangor to talk about what’s working for them in a rapidly changing field.They looked at national trends in health care information technology and shared ideas with representatives from the business world.Those using it say this technology helps provide more consistent care and takes out a lot of variables.
Health experts say about four hundred babies born in Maine last year were addicted to opiates.It’s a problem that’s not lost on the folks at MaineGeneral Health.Speakers from across the country have been brought to a 2-day conference in Waterville to share their experiences with addicted, and pregnant, patients.Clinician Judy MacKenzie says in recent years she’s seen more women with drug dependencies in Maine.Her goal is to provide treatment and ensure a healthy delivery.
Orrington residents learned more Thursday night about plans to clean up the former Holtrachem plant site.The Department of Environmental Protection hosted a meeting at the Center Drive school.The state is trying to shore up a plan to remove mercury and other toxics from the property.Last month, Selectmen voted to support a quicker clean-up, proposed by the company that owns the property.But the D.E.P.
A Florida man who admitted to being the mastermind behind a drug ring in Northern Maine is going to federal prison for twelve years.Prosecutors say 56-year-old Michael Mayer is one of twenty-one people who have confessed to trying to distribute more than ten pounds of cocaine and prescription pain killers.Mayer was arrested in Costa Rica and extradited to Maine in october 2008.
The trial of a former junior high school science teacher charged with possessing child pornography is at a standstill after prosecutors were unable to seat a jury.42-year-old Michael Douglas from Augusta is accused of viewing child porn on his computer at Mount View junior high, as well as on his home computer.A jury pool of 115 people was questioned, but Waldo County Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker tells TV5 they were unable to find anyone who was not already influenced by the case.This is the second time the district attorney’s office has not been able to seat a jury for Douglas.Douglas pleaded not guilty in January and resigned from his teaching job last April.Walker says at this point in the trial, they are heading toward a change of venue to move the trial out of Waldo county.