The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department says they found marijuana plants, morphine pills, and other drug related items during a search of an athens home Friday.Authorities have charged 58 year old Charles Avery with trafficking and possession, among other charges.During the search, police also found several dogs living in unacceptable conditions and turned the animals over to Athens Animal Control.
Three days a week, students at Foxcroft Academy have a school wide assembly to go over different announcements.Monday morning’s gathering focused on an important message for kids not only it the classroom, but in life.It’s a subject sometimes left in the shadows, but it will be brought into the light as October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.It’s an issue many people, regardless of age, deal with.”I have actually been in a situation that wasn’t exactly positive,” said Foxcroft Academy Senior Taryn Lane.
People who run a group that helps Mainers feed their pets while they’re going through tough times say more people need their services and they’re being stretched thin.Every month volunteers with the Pet Food Pantry in Fairfield Center raise money and buy about $1,200 worth of food for dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and fish then distribute it at Victor Grange.
The Bangor Daily News is offering voluntary buyouts for up to 30 employees, with the possibility of layoffs later.The News’ offer comes days after the Portland Press Herald said it would be cutting 40 jobs, first through buyouts, then layoffs.Maine Public Radio says both papers are citing declining revenues due to a drop in advertising and competition from the Web.Todd Benoit, the Bangor Daily News’ director of news and new media, tells public radio that it’s unlikely there will be a net loss of 30 people.
A Maine citizens’ group says it will support a possible referendum challenge to a Republican congressional reapportionment plan if that party pushes its proposal through the Legislature with a simple majority vote.The Maine People’s Voting Coalition says it will participate in any coalition formed to launch a “people’s veto” effort if majority Republicans opt to pass their redistricting plan with their majority, rather than seeking a two-thirds vote.MPVC Executive Director Ed Schlick said Sunday that the GOP supported a pending constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds legislative vote to redistrict the state.
State Police say forty-one year old Paul Fritze of Farmingdale was shot and killed by a tactical team after he opened fire on the residents inside a home on Bowman Street.The balcony off of Rachel Mahar’s room looks more like an escape route now, as she retraces the steps that saved her life.”I jumped from this side.
(Associated Press)State Police say a Monticello woman has died following a single car accident in the northern Maine town of Littleton.Police say 19-year-old Kathleen Lombardo lost control of her vehicle on a gravel road and the vehicle rolled-over.They say Lombardo was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected.She died at the scene.Authorities say speed was a factor in the accident, but it’s still under investigation.
Two separate ATV accidents Saturday night hospitalized several people with serious injuries.In Robbinston an accident on the John Tree Farm Road sent two people to Calais Regional Hospital.Officials say around 6 pm an ATV driven by Rebecca Stanhope attempted to pass another ATV driven by Doug Smith of Princeton, John Stanhope was a passenger.The ATVs touched tires and both went into the woods, hitting large trees.Smith was not injured.
State Police say troopers shot and killed a Farmingdale man after he fired a weapon at his neighbors.Spokesman Steve McCausland says the man went into a home on Bowman Street Saturday night and began shooting at two people inside.Both residents escaped without injuries and called police.McCausland says the man emerged from the home around 8:30 p.m.
Old Town was buzzing with activity this weekend.It was their annual Riverfest celebration.A parade kicked off the event Saturday morning, which featured the University of Maine band and the Old Town one.There were a variety of vendors on hand selling crafts.Those involved say it’s all about getting the town together.” It’s a community activity and brings people together.