The Androscoggin County sheriff says he has sent two inmates to jails elsewhere in the state after uncovering a plot to escape the county lockup.Sheriff Guy Desjardins said Tuesday that officials received a tip just before Christmas that two inmates intended to escape through a broken window.Desjardins reportedly said the plot remains under investigation.The men planning to escape allegedly include a Lewiston man facing an attempted murder charge for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend and a Portland man accused of aggravated assault for allegedly knocking down a police officer with a car.Desjardins doubts the escape plan would have worked.
Camden’s economic development director is being investigated for allegedly impersonating a state official whose job he once held.According to court documents, Brian Hodges is being investigated by state police after they found emails to state officials that were supposedly from Deb Neuman, the state’s deputy commissioner of economic development.The emails sent in September and October referred to a “George,” which may refer to either Neuman’s boss, George Gervais, commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, or to George Hale, co-host on Neuman’s radio show.According to court documents, the emails came from IP addresses linked to Hodges.Impersonating a public servant carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.(The Associated Press)
A chimney fire in Eddington Tuesday night serves as a cautionary tale for other homeowners.Fire fighters responded to the home off Route 9 just before 7 P.M Tuesday evening.Fire fighters say there was smoke pouring out of the basement where the wood fire stove was located.Lieutenant Gene Kelso of the Eddington Fire Department says the chimney was about 60% blocked with creosotes, which likely led to the fire.The fire was knocked down quickly and there was only a little smoke damage to the house.Fire fighters say with the colder weather on the way, now is the perfect time to clean out your chimney’s to prevent a fire like this from happening to you.
A man from Hampden is a few hundred dollars richer after an appearance on a game show, seen right here on TV5 Tuesday afternoon.Michael havlin was visiting his sister in California when they decided to stop by “Let’s Make a Deal.”As part of the show, the audience dresses up in wacky costumes, Havlin was dressed up as a tennis player.When Havlin was called down, he was given the chance to choose between a mystery prize in a box, or $700.Havlin took the cash, and when the mystery prize was revealed, it was a barbeque and patio set worth $7,000.”At first, I thought I got up because I thought they called someone else, so I got up and I sat down.
According to state fire investigators, a fire in Whitefield that took fire crews from seven communities to fight last week was likely caused by careless disposal of smoking materials.The fire broke out on Rockland Road last Wednesday night.
Senator Susan Collins’ successful efforts to allow heavier trucks to use Maine’s interstate were recognized Tuesday.The Senator was honored at two different ceremonies, one in Orono at the University of Maine, the other in Bangor at the weekly Rotary Club meeting.Last November, President Obama signed the 2012 Transporation Funding Bill.In it, was the Senator’s provision to allow the big rigs to use I-95 North of Augusta.While Collins may have been the one receiving recognition, she insists there are many to thank.”I could not have done this without the assistance of so many people in the room who armed me with the facts, the data, the information I needed to persuade my colleagues,” she said.The measure is valid for the next twenty years.It also allows trucks in vermont to use federal highways.
More than two dozen people are back at work at a Maine call center.Argo Marketing Group reopened its call center in Pittsfield on Monday, putting about 25 people back to work.About 65 people were laid off in October when the center’s previous owner, Global Contact Services, closed it down after losing a major client.Argo, which is based in Lewiston, says it hopes to double the staffing in Pittsfield by the end of the month.
Maine’s Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse has been chosen to appear on a new line of quarters featuring parks, national forests and historic sites.The Bass Harbor lighthouse on Mount Desert Island was chosen to represent Acadia National Park as part of the U.S.