Mainers gathered in Dexter Thursday to demand change.In light of the recent domestic violence murders that took place in town, folks are looking for ways to change the laws that are on the books to help protect victims.Citizens voiced their opinions and threw around ideas on new policies they would like to see implemented, such as stricter bail conditions.Representatives from State Police, Womancare, and Legislatures were on hand to listen to the public’s input.
A young man accused of a deadly drunk driving hit and run in Orono was found guilty, Thursday.Prosecutors say Garrett Cheney of South Berwick was drunk when he ran into twenty-year old Jordyn Bakley in January of 2010.A jury found him guilty of manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of operating under the influence.The end of the trial marks the end of a painful waiting game for JC Bakley.”Jordyn has received the justice that she deserved.”More than a year after she was killed, Jordyn Bakley’s father finally hears the first sound of closure.”It would be very difficult for any family that would have to endure this type of experience.
A Bangor man who admits to using bath salts was cited by police Thursday night.Bangor police say 31-year-old Christopher Thompson was summoned for carrying a concealed weapon.Police responded to an apartment on Walter Street Tuesday night after being told there was a man there hallucinating on bath salts who had a gun.Police found no one in the apartment but later found Thompson on Buck street.They also found an assault rifle hidden nearby and ammunition in his backpack.
A rollover in Detroit backed up traffic on the North road for more than an hour Thursday afternoon.Somerset County Deputies say it happened just after 1:00.Deputy Mike Ross says 52-year-old Peter Lavassear Plymouth was traveling on the North road when another car backed out of a driveway right in front of him.Ross says Lavassear swerved to miss the car and struck another one driven by 28-year-old Sarah Delong of Pittsfield.Lavassear’s car rolled over several times.
A man from Fairfield will spend 9 months in prison for impersonating an inmate who was set to be released from jail, along with two other crimes.29-year-old William McLain, Junior, pleaded guilty Tuesday to forgery for signing an inmate’s name, operating a vehicle after his license was revoked and failure to appear in court.The Kennebec County District attorney’s office says McLain was first on trial about a year ago for the driving violation.
Wasps to the rescue, of Maine’s forests.That’s what a UMaine graduate student is hoping for.She’s keeping a close eye on some potentially very helpful wasps as a research project.”We’re watching the wasps and seeing what they’re bringing back for prey and also taking a bunch of different weather variable measurements.”Graduate student, Tawny Virgilio has established a theater for bio-surveillance at the Dedham Elementary School, along with other sites throughout the state.”These wasps are a lot more efficient at bringing back prey than any of our traps are at collecting these types of beetles.”These particular wasps prey on colored beetles, similar in appearance and behavior to the Emerald Ash Borer, which hasn’t been found in Maine yet.
The funeral for a soldier from Hartland will be held Friday, in the high school from which he graduated just last year.19-year-old private first class Tyler Springmann was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.Another American soldier also died.Springmann graduated from Nokomis Regional High School in Newport last year.In his honor, Governor LePage is ordering flags be flown at half-staff from dawn until dusk Friday.
Closing arguments began in trial of a 23 year old Garrett, who is accused of a hit and run that killed a University of Maine student resumes Monday morning in Bangor.Caroline Connolly is following the trail and joined Carolyn Callahan on TV5 News at Noon over the phone with the latest.