A budget workshop is taking place Thursday at 5 pm in Bangor.As Meghan Hayward tells us, Bangor’s mayor is pushing for a budget that won’t increase property taxes, but not all city councilors are in favor of where the cuts fall.Some members of the Bangor City Council want a 10 percent cut across the board in Public Works and the Fire Department.The proposed cuts would help offset declining revenue and keep the tax rate stable.The nearly eight-hundred-thousand dollar reduction for the two departments was suggested by Council Chair Richard Stone.City Councilor Hal Wheeler is opposed to the cuts.”Well if we cut fire by the amount proposed by the council chair, then we’re going to have to shut down Station 5 on the Hogan Road.
A training was offered Thursday in Bangor for folks who want to help the members of so-called grandfamilies.Maine Kids-Kin helps extended family members who are stepping in to care for relatives’ children.On Wednesday the program was training volunteers on how to support such families as they navigate the court system.The volunteers only offer emotional support and information.
As our forecast slowly starts to include more warm, sunny days this spring, a local vet is urging folks to remember — that means we need to leave pets at home when we head out in the car.”Always park in the shade, leave windows down, only go in for a minute.
CIANBRO’s Eastern manufacturing facility in Brewer is trimming it’s work force again in preparation for the completion of a big job.CIANBRO has been building refinery modules for a $7,000,000,000 expansion project for an oil refinery in Texas.Workers at the CIANBRO facility will be wrapping up the job in the next few months.At the height of the job, there were 500 employees at the Brewer facility, so far 100 of them have been either laid off or transferred to another job site.
A Brewer man arrested for his alleged role in a domestic dispute was indicted in Penobscot County Wednesday.Daniel Babcock is charged with domestic assault, criminal mischief, and other offenses.Police were called to a house on Fourth Street in Bangor last month for a report of a family fight.Officials spent the next day searching for Babcock before they arrested him.He has previously been convicted for similar offenses.
A Glenburn teen accused of hitting another teenager with a hammer has been indicted in Penobscot County Court.18-year-old Lawrence Dipietro of Glenburn was arrested last month.Police say he assaulted a 17-year-old while the two were in a car on Ohio Street.The teen escaped from the vehicle, and was taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.Dipietro was indicted on counts of aggravated assault, assault, having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, and unlawful possesion of scheduled drugs.
The question over whether or not to allow a casino in Oxford County will be on the ballot in November.And now we have a first draft of how voters will see it.It reads: “Do you want to allow casino gambling in Maine at a single site in Oxford County, subject to local approval, with part of the profits going to specific state, local and tribal programs?”The public now has 30 days now to comment on the proposed wording of the ballot question.
A husband from Springfield is behind bars…charged with terrorizing his wife.Police say they received a 911 call around 10:45 Wednesday night from a home on the Mills Hill Road.The woman stated her husband, Frank Ring, 52, was intoxicated, and being verbally abusive.Police say during that conversation, Ring grabbed the phone away from her and has been quoted as saying “If anyone shows up on the property, I’ll shoot them.”Authorities say the wife took off for a neighbor’s house.Ring went into some nearby woods, reportedly carrying a loaded assault rifle.In the early hours of Thursday morning, Ring emerged from the woods unarmed, and was arrested by officers, who say they found the loaded rifle in the trees.Ring is also facing misdemeanor charges.He’s due in court today.
It’s something that most teenagers can’t wait to get, their driver’s license.But when they’re behind the wheel, they face a lot of distractions, everything from cell phones to the radio.Some students from Old Town High School got a heart felt message today, to encourage them to keep their eyes on the road.A driver’s license for a teen spells freedom.”Just being able to drive somewhere by myself and not be dependent on my parents.”But today’s teens also are faced with a lot of decisions while behind the wheel, should they talk on the phone, or text.”Texting seems a little crazy having to type up a message while you’re concentrating on the road”Several of the sophomores here at Old Town High school say they’ve seen their friends get distracted while behind the wheel.
A man from Florida who caused a plane from Paris to Atlanta to land in Bangor yesterday remains in the Penobscot County jail tonight.27-year-old Derek Stansberry appeared in federal court just a couple of hours ago.Stansberry is charged with intimidating a flight crew and making false statements about possessing explosives.The passengers on board that plane finally took off this afternoon for Atlanta after spending the night in Bangor.According to court documents, former U.S.
Demolition of the New Stable Inn on Wilson Street in Brewer started Wednesday.The inn closed in late January after high winds tore off its roof.Original plans to burn the building were abandoned after possible hazzardous materials were found inside.Earlier this month, city councilors voted to forgive about 45-thousand dollars in unpaid taxes and utility bills owed by the building’s former owner, Farhat Cheema of Massachusetts.After Cheema failed to pay his mortgage, Paul Means of Means investments of Bangor wound up with the building.