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Garland Fire

Updated 5 years ago

The Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a fire in Garland.The Red Cross has been contacted to help the family.The home on Parkman Road is considered a total loss and was basically gone before the fire crews arrived on the scene this morning.The residents of the home had left to go pick up their dog at the vet.Not long after they left, a neighbor noticed flames coming from the house and called 9-1-1.Due to the conditions and the size of blaze, fighting it was very difficult.Barry Deering, Chief of the Dexter Fire Dept. says, “Just really heavy smoke and the wind didn’t help it was blowing right into the road so we had a hard time getting in from the driveway.” Crews from Garland, Corinna and Dexter all responded.The Fire Marshal’s office says the fire started in the right rear bedroom, but a cause has not been determined.

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High Speed Chase in Deer Isle

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

A Stonington man is free on bail after leading police on a high-speed chase with speeds exceeding 100 mph.18-year-old David Bradshaw of Stonington was arrested Saturday night after the car he was driving ran over a spike mat in Sedgwick. The chase began in Blue Hill where a Hancock County Sherriff’s deputy tried to stop Bradshaw. Maine State Police joined in the chase that spanned three towns.Bradshaw is charged with criminal speeding,driving to endanger, illegal transportation by a minor and eludingan officer.Two passengers in the car were sited for drug violations. 24-year-old Patrick Betts of Stonington was charged with possesion of marijuana and possesion of drug paraphernalia, while 19-year-old Justin Betts of Bangor was charged with possesion of marijuana.

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Body Found of Missing Canoeist

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The body of a 20-year-old man from Massachusetts has been recovered near Jefferson.The Maine Warden Service found Victor Hardmon’s body sometime Monday morning.He was reported missing Sunday night after Hardmon’s and his friend, 20 year old Brian James Malvey’s, also of Massachusetts, canoe was capsized and took on water. While fishing on Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson. No lifejackets were in the canoe.Malvey and his dog made it to shore, and then returned to try and help his friend.The Warden Service and rescue crews called off the search for Hardmon late Sunday night.

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Trek For Lungs

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Thousands of cyclists found their way to from Western Maine to Belfast: they were riding to raise money.It was the final day of the Trek Across Maine, a three-day bike ride that raises funds for the American Lung Association.Riders raised more than $1,600,000 this year, the ride’s 25th-anniversary.The first year of the trek they had just 100 riders and 4 volunteers.This year, they had 2,200 riders…and 600 volunteers.The money goes to support clean air programs, and protect lung health in the state.

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Bangor Garage Shutdown

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Starting Monday, a parking garage in downtown Bangor will be out of service for a while.The lot on the corner of Columbia and Hammond Streets is going to be torn down and rebuilt over the summer.The parking garage was built in the 1970’s and officials say it has reached the end of its lifespan.The city determined it would cost less to rebuild the structure than it would to repair the existing one.The garage will be closed until sometime in October.For a short time during the beginning of the project drivers won’t be able to access Columbia street from Hammond: they’ll be detoured to Cross Street, which connects to Columbia.

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Trucking Limits

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Senator Susan Collins is asking fellow senators to approve a one-year pilot project exempting Maine’s highways from the federal truck limit of 80,000 pounds.She says it’s safer to keep heavy trucks on the highway, and it prevents wear and tear on smaller roads.Collins wants to allow trucks weighing up to 100,000 pounds to travel on Interstate 95 north of Augusta.

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Red Cross Chill and Grill

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The Red Cross was chillin’ and grillin’ in Brewer Saturday.They held their 4th annual Chill and Grill at the Brewer Auditorium.Texas Roadhouse was there serving up Bar-B-Que for all the donors.The Red Cross set a goal of 300 donors for the day, and the turn out was great early on.There were also representatives from the National Bone Marrow Program and the Organ Donor Program.They say this is their kick off for summer, when the number of donors tends to drop. “This event is targeted to get folks to sponsor, participate, and be involved in the summer months, where ere often times have challenges in just getting blood donors to present.” Explains Peter Morrison of the Red Cross.The Red Cross says they’re always in need of type-O blood.They encourage everyone to give the gift of life. If you couldn’t make it out today, and would like to give blood — you can call 1-800-448-3543 to make an appointment to donate.

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Law Enforcement Support Special Olympics

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Law enforcement from across the state spent Saturday pumping gas for a good cause. They were helping drivers fuel-up and taking tips to support Special Olympics.Officials were at Irving and Circle K locations throughout Maine.Ron Gastia, Chief of Police in Bangor, says law enforcement has always been a big supporter of the Special Olympics, but he says helping the organization is more important now than ever. “In this economy it’s been tough on all charities and all organizations and special olympics is not immune to that, they’ve been having a real tough year this year. Their expenses are up and their donations are down, so anything we can do to help is going to be a blessing to them.”Some of the athletes were also at the gas stations helping out and raising awareness about Special Olympics.There is going to be a golf scramble to support the organization on June 26. It’s at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course. For information you can call 843-6077.

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12th Annual Hospice Garden Party

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Despite the dismal weather several people came out to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Fieldstone Gardens in Vassalboro.It was the 12th annual Hospice Garden Party. Guests got to enjoy gardening workshops and tours, music and some tasty food.A silent auction was also held.All proceeds of the event go towards funding hospice.Executive Director Dale Marie Clark says it’s a good way to get their names out in the community.” Let people know that Hospice certainly we’re there to serve the people at the end of life and help them at difficult times but we really wanted them to meet us on a lighter level and find out that hospice really is about living.”Several children dressed up as fairies to attend the fairy feast.Which was for children twelve and under.

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Deployment Ceremony Held for 619th Transportation Company

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Family members and friends gathered at Lawrence High School in Fairfield today to show support for their soldiers who will be deploying to Iraq soon.(Nat) ” Anyone who is concerned whether or not patriotism is alive and well in the United States of America needs to look no further than the State of Maine.”That patriotism was evident in the 619th Transportation Company and their family at Saturday’s deployment ceremony.Michael Paquette is a member of that Army Reserve unit that is based out of Auburn.This is Paquette’s second deployment to Iraq.” I feel much stronger with this particular unity. The 619th has a fantastic FRG which is your family readiness group. They’ve very involved which makes a big difference on my family’s behalf while I’m gone. They can represent me and invovle my family and make sure everything is taken care of when I’m gone.”Paquette’s wife Alicia also feels a lot better about this deployment.” With the new technology nowadays you can talk on webcams with each other. I know before a lot of the veterans have said they would wait months before they heard from their spouses. So it makes it a lot easier with the technology now.”Alicia says the family readiness group is also going to be a lot of help.” His first deployment there was no FRG associated with the troops so we didn’t hear anything from the military unit he was from only from him when he called home.”The main mission of the family readiness group is to offer support for the family members left behind.619TH FRG leader Kellie White says she does whatever she can to help.” I’m the backbone and if there’s not somebody here to support the family then sometimes it is very emotional for the family members.”And at today’s ceremony all kinds of support was shown.” This ceremony is very important it means a lot to the soldiers to have their families involved. You see all these other veterans that are here in our support and just community members.”With their deployment only a week away Paquette says every trip to Iraq is a happy one as long as his wife is happy.” As for the future of my deployment, I take it day by day.”The unit will head to Fort Dix in New Jersey before heading to Iraq.While in Iraq they will conduct route clearance and provide security for Coalition Forces.

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Road Wash Outs

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Route 179 In Ellsworth Along the Jordan River Road is currently closed because it is washed out. Route 200 in Sullivan near Dunbar’s Store is also washed out, but currently not closed.

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Texas Roadhouse Benefit for Fire Victims

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A local restaurant is inviting you to come in on Monday, June 22nd and help the victims of the Orono apartment fire.Texas Roadhouse on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor will donate 10 percent of your food bill to the victims.The fundraiser will go on between three and nine that evening. Marketing Manager, Rachael Gordon says, “We decided to do it because a number of our staff came in, they heard about the fire and were worked up, and they were really concerned. Our hears just went out to them, we heard they were college students so we really wanted to help them out.”

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Paving Scam

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Bangor police have a warning about scam artists passing through the area, who want to sell you some asphalt.They say the scammers approach people outside their homes, and offer to pave their driveway for cheap. They do the work, leave town, and the work is very shoddy. By then they have the victims’ money and they are no where to be found.There have been reports of this scam from Bangor to Houlton.Sergeant Paul Edwards of Bangor Police says there are lots of legitimate pavers in the area, you just need to do your research. “I would just be very weary of that. Check the credentials, check the business, check the internet, check with the better business bureau to see if these people have had any complaints against them.”Edwards also reminds people that when you enter into a contract with someone, there is a three day wait period. You can take that time to check up on them.

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Juneteenth Celebration

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The Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863 by President Lincoln, calling for the end of slavery in our country. It was more than two years later on June 19th, that Union soldiers took that document to Texas, freeing slaves throughout the south.It’s now celebrated as Juneteenth. On Friday, folks gathered at the Brewer Auditorium to mark the occasion. The event was sponsored by the Maine Human Rights Coalition.31 states and the District of Columbia now recognize Juneteenth as an official holiday.James Varner, President of the Maine Human Rights Commission wants to try to make it a holiday in Maine too.

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Radio Host’s Hair Will Make ‘Beautiful Wig’

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While lots of people know someone who’s donated their hair to Locks of Love, you don’t hear of many men making donations.A local radio host surprised his listeners this week, when he told them that’s why he’s been growing out his hair.”It’s not the 1970’s anymore…the hippies have called, they want their hair back…” For more than a year, WZON Radio’s Pat Spekhardt has taken some good-natured ribbing about his long hair.Turns out, he’s quietly been growing it out to donate to Locks of Love.His mother died from cancer more than a decade ago. He says a wig she received after she lost her hair meant a lot to her.”She got a wig so she could look like herself when she had her final picture taken with my dad,” Spekhardt says. “And that always struck me as being a very nice thing, people providing that kind of service. I thought, you know, this is easy.”At Rebecca’s Hair Design inside Dysart’s Friday, he said goodbye to ten inches of hair.”He’s got a very thick head of hair,” says stylist Rebecca Lane. “Very gorgeous. It’s cutting very nicely.”She says she sees lots of folks donate their hair, but not so many men.”It’s going to be a beautiful wig for somebody who has lost their hair,” Lane says.Spekhardt says it’s a small gesture, but one worth doing in honor of his mom.”It made her happy. And I always remembered that. It makes people happy when they’re just going through a hideous time in their lives,” he says.When the chopping was done, Spekhardt picked up his lopped-off ponytail and laughed. And then, he said, he might even grow it out again to make another donation.

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Army Suicide Rates Prompt Prevention Training

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It’s an upward trend that U.S. Army officials are trying to get a handle on. A subject that many shy away from. The word is suicide, and the statistics show that the number of service members taking their own lives is on the rise. Last month the deaths of 17 soldiers were either confirmed or suspected to be suicides, up from 13 in April and 13 in March. The total number of potential or confirmed suicides since January is at 82 according to Army officials. The Department of Defense released data showing there were 133 suicides last year, the highest rate since 1980 when the Army began recording the figure. The data is prompting national and local officials to take action. This spring, military personel began conducting training to help identify soldiers most at risk of attempting suicide.The Maine Army National Guard has created a network of services to help service members of the past and present. The Family Assistance Center is available to assist with financial, mental health, marital, and other issues service members and/or family members may be dealing with. Chaplain Lt. Col. Andy Gibson, the director of deployment cycle support for the Maine Army National Guard says, “Virtually every Servicemember, whether they experience combat directly or had a rear echelon job, is going to have some level of post traumatic stress. It’s a minority who get the disorder however: everyone could benefit from talking to someone. Dealingwith things earlier rather than later is very powerful. The Family Assistance Hotline is (888) 365-9287. *The Maine Army National Guard ranks in the top ten states for frequency of deployments with over 2,300 Servicemembers having deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since September 11, 2001.

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A Kingsbury Plantation Man’s Legacy Will Live On

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A man was remembered and honored in Kingsbury Plantation today.As Meghan Hayward tells us, his name will not be forgotten for years to come.”He was a very gentle man but when he spoke you paid attention.”Now, every time anyone drives Route 16 in Kingsbury Plantation, they will see the signs that bear the words The Alton E. Worcester highway.His widow thinks he would have been surprised by the honor. “I think that’s kind of how he was. He’d say I didn’t do anything what’s all the fuss about? I think that’s the attitude he would take. He’d a be a little bit embarrassed I think.”Friday, folks came together for the dedication ceremony of the highway.Alton was diagnosed with ALS in 2001 and passed away two years later.Now, his legacy will live on.” I can’t even explain it. I really can’t. It’s one thing to know how you feel because of the closeness. But to hear other people to hear how they feel that’s a whole other story.”Many people had stories to share.For the longest time Lois and Alton’s house was the only one along a 12 mile stretch.”It’s a long ways across and this can be a scary road. It was always nice to see lights at their house when you came around the corner. And if you got in trouble they would help you out.”Throughout the dedication ceremony, similar stories were told about Worcester.”I’ve never heard anybody say a bad thing about Alton.”David says he was a man of integrity and wisdom. Someone you wanted on your side.Alton served 20 years in the air force.His service and memory will continue to live on.”It’s going to be here forever. It’s going to be a legacy that will be handed down to his children’s children.”

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Charity Golf Tournament Held in Hermon

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Some folks were swinging clubs for a good cause today in Hermon.A charity golf tournament was held at Hermon Meadow golf course.It will help send children affected by cancer to a free week at Camp Rainbow in Ellsworth.It’s a camping experience that aims to meet the physical, psychological and emotional needs of hundreds of young cancer patients.Larry Reynolds organized the event.He says it’s all about helping the children.”Every dollar counts rather it helps the kid or goes to research. We’re here to have fun. We’re here to support the kids and whatever money we make will go to their benefit.”TV 5’s Jon Small, Todd Simcox and Wayne Harvey were among those sloshing around the course today to support the kids and to try and show each other up, they’re very competitive.Local kids ages four through high school attend Camp Rainbow which is hosted by the American Cancer Society at Camp Jordan in Ellsworth.For more information about Camp Rainbow contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

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Bangor Church Celebrates 175th Anniversary

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A church in Bangor is having a big birthday celebration this weekend.Saint John’s Episcopal church is 175 years old.Tomorrow the congregation will get together for a tea party and to learn about the history of the church.Reverend Marguerite Steadman says they will also unveil the anniversary banner.She says the banner has extra significance to the church community because in recent years the parish has come together to refurbish the tower which was beginning to crumble.She says the celebration means so many different things.”It reminds us that before there was ever a building before there was a formal institution it was a group of people who come together in worship and in community and fellowship and that is foundational of who we are.”The festivities kick off tomorrow with tea at 3:30.The church is located at 225 French Street in Bangor.

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Fundraiser Controversy

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Countless times we’ve shared stories about Mainers coming together in times of tragedy. Neighbors helping neighbors.That was the case for the Labbe family of Waterville, who lost their daughter, Hunter.But, what was supposed to be helpful has turned painful for the family.10-year-old Hunter Labbe of Waterville lost her battle to cancer last March.Shortly after her death, her family says they were contacted by Rachel Knights and Sonny Perry.”These people told us to not worry about any expenses, they were from the Children’s Miracle Network.””We were under the assumption that they were there to help and from CMN.”Hunter’s mother had asked her sister, Heather Thomas, and family friend Janelle Pouliot to handle the arrangements of what Knights and Perry were willing to do to help pay for funeral expenses. On May 2nd, a benefit supper was held at Hunter’s school.Sonny Perry and his band provided music. Nearly $1000 was raised. Thomas says $600 went to Hunter’s family, which they say was spent on funeral costs.Thomas says the rest went to Perry. So when flyers of another fundraiser with Hunter’s name on them started to show up on local storefronts, the family was shocked.”They did not have permission to use Hunter’s picture. They did not contact us about having a second benefit in Hunter’s name.” Sonny Perry says he didn’t want to inconvenience the family. He says there is an unpaid bill from the first fundraiser.”I got the bill from the school, but I said instead of asking them for any money I’ll hold a benefit to raise the money for the school and pay it off.” “If he wanted to do a benefit to raise money for himself to help people doing benefits there’s other ways around this without using Hunter’s face when it’s not for her.”Heather Thomas and Janelle Pouliot decided to call CMN to check out Knights and Perry.TV5 spoke with CMN spokesperson Elliott Pitts who says, “In the past she {Rachel Knights} has been a valuable volunteer who may have mis-introduced herself.” In a written statement, Pitts added, “This reminds us how important it is to continually make sure that all volunteers, new and old, know how to represent our charity.” Rachel Knights told TV5 that she is no longer volunteering for CMN, and that Hunter’s family must have misunderstood.”It’s a total misunderstanding on someone’s part, but people would have known me for the past 8 plus years as being involved with CMN, but never did we say we were from CMN or that any funds would be coming from CMN. That never was said.””I’m really not out to make anyone look bad, I’m just out to warn people that there are people who will take advantage of uncomfortable situations which are hard enough to begin with.” Police say this incident is a good reminder for everyone who has been told or is under the assumption that someone is from a charity to call the organization and confirm it before any plans are made.

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