A Stockton Springs man was killed last night after his car crashed into a ditch in Northport.Police say 35-year-old Scott Riley had been driving by himself on Route 52 just after ten last night, when he lost control of his vehicle.The say his car flipped and rolled over several times.
A Bangor City Councilor is asking his colleagues to reconsider their vote on the city’s budget.Monday night, councilors approved a 45-point-5 million dollar spending plan, which kicks into effect Thursday.Property taxes are going up 15 cents per 1-thousand dollars of valuation.Councilor David Nealley says he thinks it might be better to take funds from a city reserve account.He also says they might want to consider some cuts that were initially proposed.Nealley takes issue with money the city pays out in overtime for public safety.He says he hopes the citizens take the next step.”After hearing this maybe they will contact their councilor and ask them to reconsider the budget.”The motion would have to be made within 5 days of Monday’s vote.
Eight Maine airports are receiving a more than 2-million dollar federal boost, according to Senators Snowe and Collins Wednesday.770-thousand dollars in grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration will go to Hancock County-Bar Harbor airport to update a runway safety area.Nearly 570-thousand will go to Knox County Regional Airport to help pay for a new terminal building.The rest of the funding will go to airports in Millinocket, Pittsfield, Wiscasset, Princeton and northern Maine, for various safety and upgrade measures.
An Eddington man who police say ran a home daycare and downloaded child pornography on his computer was indicted by a Penobscot County Grand Jury.39-year old Walter Ramsdell III is charged with possessing sexually explicity material.State Police arrested Ramsdell earlier this month at his home on Main Street, where he and his wife run the “Care-A-Lot” Daycare Center.Investigators with the state’s Computer Crimes Unit say they uncovered Ramsdell’s computer activities while monitoring a network where child pornography is shared.Ramsdell is free on bail.
Fans of the Twilight saga packed the Bangor Mall Cinema 10 for the opening of Eclipse, the third movie in the series.There were an estimated 1,200 tickets sold, including four sold out midnight shows and 4 sold out 2:45am shows.several local businesses were providing services at the theater, including A Total Look day spa doing vampire makeovers and Hot Topic selling Twilight gear.Deb Belisle, director of operations for the Cinema, says this is the biggest event the theater has ever seen.
A former Maine prosecutor accused of downloading child pornography on his home computer has waived his right to a jury trial.James Cameron, Maine’s former top drug prosecutor, asked for testimony to be heard by a judge instead of a jury.The trial in federal court will begin in August.The 48-year-old Cameron of Hallowell remains free on $75,000 unsecured bail.
First Lady Karen Baldacci was the guest of honor at a luncheon to promote local foods and raise some money for a local non-profit.The Winterberry Heights Assisted Living Facility in Bangor hosted the event.The lunch highlighted local foods and featured courses featuring Maine products.Folks on hand enjoyed everything from fresh Maine salmon to strawberries.Mrs.
Maine’s budget for the next fiscal year faces a hole of 85 to 100 million dollars because of congressional refusal to authorize billions of dollars in extended stimulus aid.The budget for fiscal 2011, which starts July 1st, assumes the state will receive another 85 million dollars in stimulus money.