Close the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor.That’s one of twenty recommendations from the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine as ways for the state to save money while improving services.Carol Carothers, executive director of NAMI Maine says it costs nearly half a million dollars a year per person to provide services at Dorothea Dix: she says closing the facility would save the state more than $26-million per year.Carothers says more community support services are needed to help the state’s mental health patients.
Tis the season of giving, and some eighth grade students in Southwest Harbor are shining examples of that.Students at the Pemetic School have worked hard to earn something special for themselves, but instead, they’re helping a friend in need.For students at the Pemetic School in Southwest Harbor, an eighth grade school trip is a right of passage.
Bangor City Council voted Monday evening on whether or not to restrict where sex offenders can live.The council voted down the residency restrictions.Only one member was in favor, while 8 members were opposed to the idea.The council heard from several people on the issue in the past including Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia, members of the Rape Response Team, and concerned citizens.
Midway through his jury trial, a judge acquitted Michael Douglas, 43, of two charges of possessing child pornography, but will allow testimony to continue on the two remaining charges.The former Junior High science teacher had been charged on four counts of possession of sexually explicit materials depicting a minor.Douglas was accused of having the materials on both the laptop issued to him at the Thorndike school and on his home computer in Augusta.The indictments against Douglas were from Waldo County and Kennebec County.Justice Jeffrey Hjelm granted a defense motion to acquit Douglas of two of the charges in the indictment from Waldo County due of a lack of evidence that Douglas had possession of anything other than the laptop itself and could not prove Douglas was aware it contained images of child pornography.The trial will continue tomorrow in Sagadahoc County Superior Court on the other two counts.
Folks in Brewer tonight can weigh in on a proposal to build a new community facility.The Brewer Housing Authority is holding a forum to discuss the project.The Housing Authority says the proposed facility would offer job training programs to local residents and families who live in public housing and would be funded by a federal grant.
As of two this afternoon WABI TV 5 is a VHF television station.If you are a cable or satellite TV subscriber, it should make no difference.But anyone who currently receives channels 5.1 and 5.2 with an antenna, needs to unhook the antenna and re-scan their converter box or TV set, then hook the antenna back up and re-scan again to continue to get our stations.Our channel numbers will not change on your TV sets.For assistance visit www.wabi.tv or call 947-8321.
A Lamoine woman who was charged with stealing thousands of dollars in disability checks from her brother will spend the next 14-months in federal prison.29-year-old Jessica Sawyer took more than 20-thousand dollars that was intended for her brother who has cerebral palsy.
Bangor City Council is expected to vote tonight on whether or not to restrict where sex offenders can live.Councilors tabled a vote on the idea in October saying they wanted more information before they make a final decision.The council has heard from several people on the issue including Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia, members of the rape response team, and concerned citizens.