Maine wildlife officials say one lynx has been killed and at least six others captured in traps during the 2011-12 trapping season at a time state officials await federal action on a permit intended to shield the state from liability when the protected wildcats are inadvertently caught.Wally Jakubas of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says the six lynx released alive after being caught in foothold traps showed little or no sign of harm.He tells the Bangor Daily News the investigation into the killed lynx is continuing and the trapper faces charges.
A new bank coming to Brewer is trying to be cleaner and greener.Machias Savings Bank is building a branch on Wilson Street and the plan is to power it partially with the sun.The bank installed solar panels on the roof that will help keep the building running when the bank is closed.It’s the first Machias Savings branch to go this route.”Each little thing you do, it just improves, you know, how much money we do spend, the carbon that we don’t produce, etc.
An accident on Route 202 in Hampden sent one person to the hospital Monday afternoon.Police say the driver was blinded by the sun and rear ended a truck.That truck received no damage, but the car that ran into it was banged up.Police say the driver was taken to the hospital with only minor injuries.
The report of a fire in Ludlow led to the discovery of the body of a man from Houlton.Friday night, fire crews were called to a fire at a seasonal home.They arrived to find an abandoned vehicle stuck in the unplowed driveway.Another home nearby was broken into and damaged, and a pick-up was stolen from a third home on the McGlinn Rd.The abandoned vehicle belonged to Mark Williams, 39, of Houlton.The next morning, deputies searched a camp Williams had access to on Mattawamkeag Lake in Island Falls.The officers found the stolen truck in the driveway and Williamâ€™s body inside the camp.His death was ruled a suicide.
According to Fire investigators they can’t figure out what caused a fire in Levant Sunday.A home caught fire on Wing Road around three in the afternoon.The house was destroyed.Firefighters on the scene thought an electrical problem upstairs might be to blame.Three members of the levant volunteer fire department live in the house, Doug and Kassandra Vincent and their 18-year-old son.They weren’t home when the fire started.”I was in Bangor when the call came in, and my wife was driving and we both was in town, she’s on the department too and we come out, pulled into my mother’s door yard and come across and it was already gone,” said Doug Vincent.The family is insured and will stay at Doug’s mothers house for now.Members of the fire department were on hand Monday to help salvage whatever could be found in the home, which wasn’t much.Donation cans have been placed in stores in the Levant area, and other fund raisers are being planned.
One of the people arrested as part of a drug raid in Bangor in November was in Federal Court Monday.Edward Cogswell was among the 18 arrested in a cocaine ring busted up when police raided five apartments in Bangor, four on Ohio Street, and one on Garland Street.Cogswell was released on a ten thousand dollar bond after the hearing.
An inmate who wrote a threatening note to Governor LePage pleaded not guilty to writing one to President Obama.Leroy Dunn was in Federal Court Monday Morning, he’s charged with threatening to kill the President.He could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and fined a quarter million dollars.His attorney is expected to ask for a psychological evaluation for his client.Dunn remains in custody.He is serving time after being caught selling drugs in a Brewer motel room.
The American Red Cross says it’s just pints away from reaching its monthly goal of donated blood.The Red Cross hosted a blood drive at Husson University.Donors who gave a pint got a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee.Christine Bessey with the Red Cross says there’s always a need for blood.”The need for blood is always always forefront in all of our minds what with accidents and illnesses it’s very important that people know that blood drives are important to meet our collection goals and help the hospitals,” she said.If you couldn’t donate blood Monday, you can go the Blood Donor Center on Hammond Street Tuesday.There will be another blood drive from 11 am until 6 pm sponsored by the Bangor Roller Derby.
A former Belfast man will serve 35 years in prison for for strangling his girlfriend to death in 2010.41-year-old Dennis Edgecomb pleaded guilty Monday in a Belfast courtroom to murdering 42-year-old Pamela Green of Morrill.Edgecomb had initially pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea as part of an agreement with the prosecution.Edgecomb was in a relationship with Green and lived in her home in Morrill at the time the murder happened.Based on evidence in the case, the state says Green was angry when she learned Edgecomb planned to move out.Edgecomb then pushed her onto a couch and strangled her.In the 911 call, Edgecomb told dispatchers he lost it and didn’t mean to kill her.The autopsy conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s Office revealed severe hemorrhages to Green’s neck that would indicate Green wasn’t able to fight back.The state says cases involving strangulation indicate a high level of intent.The state and the defense agreed on the sentence of thirty-five years in prison.”The family was very happy with the sentence, it’s certainly a sentence we discussed with them before it was delayed and presented here in court,” says Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea.Jeremy Pratt, Edgecomb’s defense attorney declined to comment Monday.As part of the sentencing, edgecomb has been ordered to pay money to the Maine Victims Compensation Program and to Green’s family so they can buy a marker for her grave.
A Jay man has been charged with stealing an arsenal of 22 guns as well as a bottle of rum and a laptop computer from another home in town.Police say 33-year-old Roger Briscoe was arrested within 12 hours of the theft on Friday, in which a chainsaw and a bucket of change were also stolen.He was charged with felony theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and burglary, and violation of condition of release.
Maine wildlife officials say one lynx has been killed and at least six others captured in traps during the 2011-12 trapping season at a time state officials await federal action on a permit intended to shield the state from liability when the protected wildcats are inadvertently caught.Wally Jakubas of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says the six lynx released alive after being caught in foothold traps showed little or no sign of harm.He tells the Bangor Daily News the investigation into the killed lynx is continuing and the trapper faces charges.The U.S.