Maine Attorney General William Schneider says residents need to be wary about donating to relief efforts linked to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.Schneider says a tragedy like the one in Japan creates an opportunity “for good-hearted people to be victimized by scammers.” He reminds residents to never give out a credit card, debit card or bank information over the phone or over the Internet.He says Maine consumers who wish to determine if a charity is legitimate are encouraged to check the Maine Office of Licensing & Registration.(Associated Press)To learn more, check out their website at www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/license-search.htm
The company that owns the Cat Ferry has ended its lease at a Bar Harbor Ferry terminal.The high-speed Cat Ferry cut travel time between Bar Harbor and Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in half.Fifteen months ago it ended its service from Bar Harbor.The Bar Harbor ferry terminal is owned by Marine Atlantic.A company official says Marine Atlantic hasn’t decided what to do with that vacant space.The operators of the Cat say they ended their service to Maine after losing a Canadian government subsidy.
Gas prices went down a bit last week.After shooting up rapidly for a few weeks, gasprices.com says the average cost of a gallon of gas slipped about a penny-and-a-half this past week to 3.56.That’s about 80-cents higher than at this time last year and is up 34 cents from just a month ago.
The death of a Lincoln man has been ruled accidental.36-year-old Robert Arthurs was found last month in a neighbor’s driveway.The State Medical Examiner’s office has listed the official cause of death as hypothermia from exposure.Arthurs was found February 13th, the autopsy was done the next day.
A bill being considered in Augusta could grant convicted murderer Dennis Dechaine a new trial.The state lawmaker who’s proposed the bill says he just wants the case to be closed once and for all.Dechaine has been in prison for the past 22 years after being convicted in 1989 of kidnapping, raping, and murdering 12-year-old Sarah Cherry in bowdoin, but has always claimed they’ve got the wrong man.He’s been trying unsuccessfully for years to get a new trial based on DNA evidence collected after his conviction.
There are few moments on the job that Assistant Fire Chief Matt Connor would label as unique, but after more than ten years, he’s found one.”I would definitely have to call that once in a blue moon I would say.”Because on Friday, his crew had to battle two fires at the same time.”To have two fires within five minutes of each other were extremely rare, odd.”It started with a trailer fire on Dover Road around 9:00 pm.
A Massachusetts man charged in the death of a young boy in Bangor is expected to plead guilty to manslaughter next month, that’s according to his lawyer.Prosecutors say 28-year-old Edgard Anziani killed 15-month-old Damien Lynn at the child’s home last year.Anziani pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter last April.His attorney, Jeff Silverstein tells us Anziani plans to plead guilty to the manslaughter charge on April 15th.The murder charge would be dropped as part of the plea agreement.The maximum jail sentence for manslaughter in Maine is 30 years.
Bangor High School has more students than any high school in the state.For the first time ever, they welcomed next year’s freshman class a little early, with a step up day.”It’s in response to the fact we’ve had the request from some of the outlying schools that they would like to see us offer this,” said Bangor High School Principal Norris Nickerson.
A man from New Brunswick is going to prison for more than 13 years for his role in a pot smuggling operation that brought thousands of pounds of marijuana into Maine and New England.50-year-old Andre Picard was sentenced Friday in federal court in Bangor.
A Swans Island man has admitted to his role in a vandalism spree last year, involving more than a dozen homes on Long Pond.The damage totaled more than $100,000.19-year old Roman Cook appeared in Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth, last Thursday.Police say Cook and two others were ice fishing on the Mount Desert pond when they broke into the homes.Cook pleaded guilty to 9 of the burglaries in January of 2010, as well as charges stemming from an incident in Lincoln County, while he was out on bail- a total of 21 counts.He was sentenced to two years behind bars, and three years of probation.In October, 19-year-old James Lemoine was sentenced to three years in jail for the break-ins.
Two Bangor men accused of threatening someone with a knife are facing felony charges.Police say 46-year old Robert Cormier and 43-year old Charles Abbott were confronting someone who lived on Pine Street.They say the two men were walking down the street on Saturday when one of their wives claimed to have been assaulted by someone who lived there.Cormier and Abbott allegedly returned to the home later that day to confront the person.Police were called to the street and arrested both men.They were taken to Penobscot County jail and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
A Pittsfield man and his passenger were taken to hospital with broken legs following a crash on moose run road near Madawaska Lake in Stockholm Saturday.According to State Police, 32-year-old Jason Gillis was riding a snowmobile with a passenger when he reportedly failed to stop at the Moose Run Road crossing on the ITS #83.A car was traveling Westbound when the sled crossed it’s path, the car was unable to stop, and struck the snowmobile.No one in the car was injured.