Local News

Fire Thought to be the Work of Waterville Youths

Updated 5 years ago

Officials say juveniles were seen leaving an abandoned building in Waterville, about half an hour before a fire started there Thursday afternoon.It happened on Harris Street.Crews from three area communities responded to the blaze.Fire fighters could see smoke as they approached the building.They say the fire started in a staircase leading up to the second floor.That’s a stable part of the building, so fire fighters were able to act quickly to put it out before the heat and humidity of the day became too much of a problem. “We moved to make a quick attack. Knock down the inside body of the fire. However, the fire had extended into a section between the ceiling and the roof. It continues to smolder so we have to cut the roofing material off to make sure the fire is out. We don’t want to come back,” Said Waterville Fire Chief David LaFountain.Police have been monitoring the abandoned building recently after transients were spotted in the area.

Read more on Fire Thought to be the Work of Waterville Youths…

32nd Annual Owl’s Head Auto Auction

Updated 5 years ago

If you’re an antique car enthusiast, or in the market to purchase one the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum is the place to be on Saturday.Have you always had a dream car in mind?Well chances are, it may be among cars that will be auctioned off at the 32nd annual Owl’s Head Auto Auction.But there hasn’t always been as big of a selection. “The very first car auction we had I remember distinctly because we only had a few cars. I think there was 15 cars and we raised 5,000 dollars.” Museum director Charles Chiarchiaro was the first paid employee at the museum.He’s had the chance to see the auction grow through the years.Chiarchiaro says it’s become the museum’s largest fundraiser. “This is a fundraiser that we’ve done again for 32 years that has raised 3 million dollars for our endowment program.”This year’s auction goes all the way back to 1911 with the Buick 14 Roadster.The newest car up for auction is a 2000 Maserati.But the vehicle likely to draw the most attention: a 1935 Duesenberg J. “There are very few of those around. In 32 years I’ve only sold one other car that was a Duesenberg in auction. So we’re very pleased to have the Duesenberg here in auction. And if it does sell in this auction it would probably sell for over a half a million dollars.” Chiarchiaro expects to have from 600 to 800 bidders and 3,000 spectators. “And they come and a spectator watches the auction because it’s the greatest car show you could ever see. To watch people’s dreams come true is very exciting.”While this is a big fundraiser for the museum, Chiarchiaro says it isn’t all about the money. “But what’s important is that it brings people here that would never necessarily come here physically or virtually over the internet because people can look at every car online.”If you think it’s time to make that dream car of yours become a reality then head to the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum Saturday morning.Bidding starts at 9-30. Bidder registration for the auction is $75.Spectator admission for adults is $15. Members of the museum and folks under eighteen get in free.For more information, or to look at the vehicles up for bidding, go to their website www.owlshead.org

Read more on 32nd Annual Owl’s Head Auto Auction…

Bangor Native Watches Childbirth From Around the Globe

Updated 5 years ago

From 8,000 miles away a Marine from Maine was able to watch the birth of his daughter.Captain Nathaniel Picard is a graduate of John Bapst High School in Bangor.He’s currently stationed in Iraq.His wife Rebecca recently gave birth to their daughter at Maine General in Augusta.Captain Picard was able to watch on a live video feed…and talk to his wife during the delivery. “It just tore my heart out to watch her go through so much pain, but then I immediately forgot about it as soon I saw Lucy. So let’s go have 10 more honey!” Picard Told TV5 on Thursday.Captain Picard, Rebecca, and their daughter Lucille Elizabeth are all doing just fine.It was all made possible by the Freedom Calls Foundation, a charity that helps deployed troops stay in touch with their families during milestone events.

Read more on Bangor Native Watches Childbirth From Around the Globe…

Bangor’s Paul Bunyan Has Been Restored

Updated 5 years ago

The Paul Bunyan statue in Bangor is 50 years old, and there’s been an effort by folks in the area to restore the legendary landmark to its original glory.After months of work the make-over is finally complete.The committee did several things to restore the statue, including repainting Paul, rebuilding the base, and fixing the landscaping around the statue.Tracy Willette, Director of Parks and Recreation in Bangor, says the restoration effort wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of volunteers.”It’s a huge effort and the city is so appreciative of the many organizations, businesses, and individuals that were willing to step forward with time, effort, funding, and volunteerism.” says Willette.A fund was set up to raise money to help restore the statue. That fund is still open, and the city is still taking donations for future repairs.If you’d like to donate you can send a check to Bangor Parks and Recreation. It can be made out to the City of Bangor, and in the memo area specify the money is for the Statue.

Read more on Bangor’s Paul Bunyan Has Been Restored…

Holden Car Accident

Updated 5 years ago

An accident on Route 1A in Holden shut down a portion of the road for a bit earlier this evening.Three cars were involved, a minivan, a truck, and an SUV.The accident happened at the intersection of 1A and Upper Dedham Road.Police say the minivan was pulling onto one-a when it was struck by the truck, which was headed in the opposite directions. Officials say the SUV then collided with the van as well.Holden Police Officer Chris Greeley says increased traffic in that area may have contributed to the accident.”This time of year traffic is very busy on 1A in Holden. We see maybe 30-thousand cars a day in the summer time.” Greeley adds.Officials say one person was transported to the hospital with substantial leg and forehead injuries, two others involved had minor injuries.

Read more on Holden Car Accident…

Iraq Soldier Witnesses Birth Of Daughter Via Video Conference

Updated 5 years ago

From 8000 miles away a Marine Captain from Maine was able to watch the birth of his daughter. Marine Captain Nathaniel Picard, a graduate of John Bapst High School in Bangor, is stationed in Iraq, while his wife Rebecca was giving birth to their daughter at Maine General in Augusta.Captain Picard was able to watch on a live video feed and talk to his wife during the delivery. “It just tore my heart out to watch her go through so much pain,” said Captain Picard, “but then I immediately forgot about it as soon I saw Lucy so let’s go have 10 more honey!”Captain Picard, Rebecca, and their daughter Lucille Elizabeth are all doing just fine. It was all made possible by the freedom calls foundation, a charity that helps deployed troops stay in touch with their families during milestone events.

Read more on Iraq Soldier Witnesses Birth Of Daughter Via Video Conference…

H1N1 Summit In Augusta

Updated 5 years ago

Nearly 1500 people gathered at the Augusta Civic Center thursday morning to disuss the H1N1 virus. The Maine Center For Disease Control is anticipating an escalation in the number of cases once students return to high school’s in the coming weeks. Dr. Dora Ann Mills was one of the speakers at today’s summit. “We are absolutely stunned we have over 1400 people here today from all over the state,” says Dr, Mills, “and they are here today to help us prepare and help the community prepare for an escalation of H1N1.”The Maine CDC expects that escalation to happen when schools around the state are back in session this fall. “So that’s why our strategies this fall are focused on schools,” says Dr. Mills, “and vaccinating children and pregnant women because they are the ones who are being effected by H1N1.”These vaccinations will be optional for Maine students according to Susan Gendron of the Maine Department of Education. “This is not mandatory,” says Gendron, “parents will have the option to say yes or no, but it is a matter of how do we make sure we get that vaccination to our children.”The goal of this summit is to stay one step ahead of H1N1. “The formula is known,” says Dr. Mills, “we know that through prevention and early detection, isolation of people with symptoms, and treating people appropriately who have symptoms we can address this.” However Dr. Mills did say their concern is the unknown. “What we don’t know is, we don’t know how H1N1 will progress, we don’t know whether this will turn into another 1918 pandemic, which it doesn’t look like it will, but we don’t know, or whether it will be a more milder pandemic.”The folks here say there’s no need to panic, they just want to be prepared. “It’s just like if you go away on a winter weekend,” says Dr. Mills, “you know it’s going to be sunny and beautiful, and you’re going to go skiing, but you also need to make sure you’re prepared for a snowstorm, and so that’s what we’re doing preparing for a snowstorm basically of a pandemic.”Now, says Dr. Mills, it’s just a matter of getting the schools on board. “We’ve been very impressed that the number of school districts that have shown an interest in providing seasonal flu and h1n1 vaccines represents over half of maine’s school children.”

Read more on H1N1 Summit In Augusta…

Blueberry Crops Beat Rainy Season and Fungus

Updated 5 years ago

Blueberry crops appear to have beat the rainy season and fungus that threatened the fruit.The Vice President of Operations at Wyman’s in Milbridge says they expect to be above average this season.Nat Lindquist says the rain did slow them down a bit but they are basically right on track for this time of year.He says the fungus was also a concern but they took all the necessary precautions and none of their crops were affected.So what is the best condition for a large blueberry crop?” Ideally we’d like to have an inch of rain over a weeks time.”Lindquist says the harvesting season usually lasts from 3 to 5 weeks and they expect to be done in four.

Read more on Blueberry Crops Beat Rainy Season and Fungus…

Benefit Supper For a Harrington Teen

Updated 5 years ago

Some teens in Harrington are coming together to help raise money for a classmate and friend who hasn’t had an easy go of things in life.Meghan Hayward has the story.”We didn’t really at that point understand when we first found out. And it probably took 2 to 3 weeks to sink in. When they were telling us take him home and enjoy what time you have left with him.”Stephanie Norton is talking about her son Brandon Beal’s diagnosis of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, when he was just two months old.A message that left Stephanie thinking her days with her son were limited.But fast forward to 2009 and Brandon is a recent high school graduate and a pretty popular guy.”He’s just a great guy. Nobody has bad things to say about him because there aren’t any. He’s a great guy that helps anybody out no matter what. He’s never let his condition limit him on what he does.”A condition that Brandon says does limit him somewhat.”Probably not being able to run around with other kids. I’m definitely limited on that.”But Brandon or “Beal” as his friends call him does get plenty of video games in with his buddies.He says it’s his friends that have kept him going through the years.And now his friends have come through again. They’re hosting a benefit supper for him.”A lot of them have been at my house every day for the past few days and it’s been great.”On Monday Brandon will face one of his biggest challenges yet. He is headed to Boston where he will have a heart catheter put it. And he’ll be put on a list for a heart and lung transplant.He will also be put on a drug that will pump to his heart.While his parents understand he has reached the point where he needs this type of treatment they are still worried, but trying to remain optimistic.”When it comes to your kids you’ve got to do what you can do.”What does Brandon hope to get out of the procedure?”Hopefully just to live as normal a life as I can. That’s basically it.”The benefit supper will take place Saturday August 22 from 4:30 to 7:30 at Narraguagus High School in Harrington.Donations are appreciated.If you would like to help out with the supper or want more information call Gail Myshrall at 598-5695.

Read more on Benefit Supper For a Harrington Teen…

Police Investigate Early Morning Stabbing at Bangor Apartment

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Bangor police are looking for the person who stabbed a man this morning in an apartment on Hammond Street. Police got a call just before 5 a.m. that a man in that apartment had been attacked. When they arrived, they say they found a 20-year-old man from Hermon outside the building. He had been repeatedly stabbed. The man was taken to the hospital and we’re told his injuries appear to be non-life threatening. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call police at 947-7382.This is the second stabbing in less than a week in Bangor. Saturday 21-year-old Sean Chaput was arrested after police said he stabbed a man in the back, in connection with a dispute at an apartment on Center Street.

Read more on Police Investigate Early Morning Stabbing at Bangor Apartment…

Gorham Bodies: Update

Updated 5 years ago

State police are following several leads in hopes of identifying the two people whose bodies were found Wednesday morning in a burned out vehicle in Gorham.Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland told News 8 that investigators now know where the vehicle is registered.Autopsies are under way, although McCausland said he expects DNA will be needed to positively identify the victims.Fire crews responded to the Shaw Brothers’ Gravel Pit, off Route 237, shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday for a vehicle fire.Once the fire was out, they found the bodies inside.

Read more on Gorham Bodies: Update…

Drug Busts in Hope

Updated 5 years ago

Three people from Hope have been charged with marijuana trafficking after officials raided two homes this week.Agents from the Maine Drug Enforce agency, along with several branches of local law enforcement conducted a search of 57-year-old Bruce Melanson’s home on Route 17 in Hope on Monday.Officials seized about 20 pounds of marijuana, 14 thousand dollars, A motorcycle and an excavator from the home.Melanson was taken to Knox County Jail, and has since posted bail. Officials conducted a second search of 53-year-old Rebecca Murray’s and 55-year-old Vincent Murray’s home on Martzville Road in Hope.Three pounds of marijuana and seven guns were seized from that home.Agents say the marijuana found in the Murray home was purchased from Melanson.

Read more on Drug Busts in Hope…

Wind Project on Vinalhaven Receives Federal Support

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

The federal government is handing out nearly $10 million to help a wind project on Vinalhaven get off the ground.The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Fox Islands Wind $9,500,000 grant to build three turbines on the island.The $14 million project will produce nearly all of the power folks need on Vinalhaven and nearby North Haven. It’s expected to be finished in the fall and company leaders say it will be the largest coastal wind-power facility on the East Coast. Diversified Communications, the company that owns WABI, has invested almost 5$5 million in the project.

Read more on Wind Project on Vinalhaven Receives Federal Support…

Skowhegan State Fair in Full Swing

Updated 5 years ago

The summer season in Maine is all about going to the fair. Right now the Skowhegan State Fair is in full swing. Our own Adrienne Bennett and her photographer, David were given a challenge Wednesday…one they weren’t about to turn down.

Read more on Skowhegan State Fair in Full Swing…

Albion drug bust

Updated 5 years ago

An Albion man was arrested earlier this week after police say they found almost seven thousand dollars worth of heroin in his residence. Officials searched 46 year old richard rytky’s home sunday. Authorities say they found nine grams of raw heroin which is equivalent to about 270 doses of the drug.They also reportedly found used hypodermic needles… 15 thousand dollars in cash, marijuana, digital scales and drug packing materials. Rytky has several prior convictions including possession of scheduled drugs, assaults, and criminal threatening.

Read more on Albion drug bust…

Detroit house fire -update

Updated 5 years ago

Firefighters believe an electrical problem is to blame for yesterday’s house fire in Detriot. The call to the Troy road came in just after noon. When crews arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the back of the home. Because of the hot temperatures, they had to work quickly to get the fire under control. Fire officials say they were able to knock the blaze down in about 10 minutes. Detroit fire Chief Don Chute says wednesday’s heat made fighting this fire difficult.

Read more on Detroit house fire -update…

Police Continue to Investigate Lincoln Death

Updated 5 years ago

Police are investigating the death of a man in Lincoln, after an officer discovered a body in a parking lot downtown early Thursday morning.Lincoln Police Chief Bill Flagg says an officer came across a man on the ground near an out-of state tractor trailer in the parking lot on Main Street around 3 Thursday morning.The man has been identified as 55-year-old Brian Isdell from Tennessee. State police say his truck was found running, with the lights on. They say he came to Lincoln to make a delivery.Isdell was taken by ambulance to Penobscot Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”We have been gathering a lot of information that is currently being reviewed by a number of Maine State Police detectives. We’ll have a lot more on this later on but we are currently in the investigative stage,” Flagg says.The area was closed for several hours Thursday morning as Lincoln and state police investigators collected evidence.State police say they are not classifying the death as suspicious, or not, pending further investigation.An autopsy will be completed Friday.

Read more on Police Continue to Investigate Lincoln Death…

Friends Fight for Swimming Area Deemed Unsafe

Updated 5 years ago

A peaceful swim in their favorite swimming hole was interrupted for a group of friends in Dexter Tuesday. Now, because of a question about safety and liability, they might never be going back.”It’s quiet, it’s peaceful. It’s clean. You can see the bottom. You can go out thirty feet and still see the bottom.” Erin O’Brien and her friends say they’ll do whatever it takes to keep swimming at their favorite spot on Lake Wassookeag.”I’ve been swimming here for more than 20 years,” says Lance Marchant. “Nobody bugs you here. Until yesterday.”Tuesday, police asked their group to leave, saying broken glass in the area makes it unsafe to swim there.”Told us we needed to vacate the premises, that this was a ‘No Swimming’ zone. Well, there’s no signs posted,” O’Brien says.Police Chief James Emerson says they’ve always asked anyone who’s swimming here to leave. And, the DOT is putting up new signs soon.”They are making signs now to put up – no swimming, danger, broken glass – just to protect people. And protect the state and the town from any liability that could occur,” Emerson says.These friends say through the years they’ve been cleaning up the glass on their own.”They say it’s because of the glass, but no one else is picking it up. We’re here doing it for free and we enjoy it. We like to swim here and we want to keep it nice,” Marchant says.”We’re not causing trouble, we’re not hurting anybody,” O’Brien says.There is a public beach nearby, but they say that’s not an option. “It’s mucky, you can’t see in the water, kids pee in the water. I’m all set with that,” Marchant says.The town is taking ownership of the area in the coming weeks. O’Brien says they’ll keep pressing the issue.”They’re entitled to do what they want. If they want to go to the town, I can’t see it going very far. They don’t want swimming there and they will not want swimming there in the future,” Emerson says.”We’ve worked too hard for this for too many years, to have it taken away from us,” O’Brien says.

Read more on Friends Fight for Swimming Area Deemed Unsafe…

Teens in Orono Get a Hands-On Lesson in Physics

Updated 5 years ago

Some teens in Orono got a science lesson Today, but it wasn’t your average class.And, as Meghan Hayward found out, they enjoyed the chance to do a little experimenting, even in the middle of Summer. It was a hands on experience in physics.It’s called Physics on the Road.”It’s a reasonable kind of way to increase Physics awareness. And that’s a lot of it. A lot of people are afraid of Physics because they think it’s all math and I can’t do it. When really it’s all around us it’s everything we do.”David Sturm does the demonstrations and says it’s all about getting teens involved.Which is why he asks for several audience volunteers.”And really it’s experimentation that’s what science is. It’s an experimental process. So the more hands-on we can do the better.”These teens came here from Camp Susan Curtis.Marisa Bosse would like to see more science classes take this approach.”I would get a lot more. I love science but if I had a science class like this every day I would probably get a lot more out of it.”What was her favorite part?”Definitely the static ball it made my hair go up and shocked all three of us that was pretty cool.”Catie Tringali says when she heard what the demonstration was about she wasn’t excited but after sitting through it she has a different outlook.”It surprised me a lot that I had fun because I’m one of those people that isn’t always willing to go to science class.”Tringali thinks she would learn a lot if more of her science classes were structured like this.”If we had it like this at my school I would be acing all my tests.”Something that makes sturm happy to hear.”Because we’ve planted something a seed in their head that they can do this. It’s hands-on and approachable.”

Read more on Teens in Orono Get a Hands-On Lesson in Physics…

Eastern Area Agency on Aging is Cutting Back on Assisted Living Services

Updated 5 years ago

Eastern Area Agency on Aging is cutting back on assisted living services.They tell us lack of state funding is one of the big reasons why.It will affect about 90 people living at three facilities in Bangor, Millinocket and Camden.More than fifty people who work at those places will lose their jobs.The Agency’s Executive Director Noelle Merrill says they’re upset with the decision but don’t see a way around it.” We gave it our best shot. We have worked with the state through many transitions and we just reached the point where we can’t afford to provide this service any longer and I’m so sorry.”Merrill says they have offered to work with the Department of Health and Human Services staff to help transition affected residents to new providers.

Read more on Eastern Area Agency on Aging is Cutting Back on Assisted Living Services…