Friday we told you about a fire in Corinth that killed a seven year old boy.We were told the boy was home sick from school and left all alone, but today we spoke with his mother who tells us that’s not the case.In a matter of minutes, Amanda Rand felt like her entire life had gone up in smoke.
When the report of a fire or accident comes in it’s important for crews to be able to respond as quick as possible.But officials say that isn’t always easy because not all drivers are courteous to them.The law requires vehicles to pull off to the side of the road and out of the way when ambulances, police or fire trucks come in their view with lights and sirens on.Fire officials say it’s frustrating for them when they get held up, especially when time is of the essence.”I’ve had several of my people come back from calls and complain that somebody wouldn’t get out of their way or somebody wouldn’t pull over or things like that and that’s a big stress that you’re putting on public safety personnel that are already heading to do a stressful job,” said Bradford Fire Chief, Scott DeMoranville.If a motorist is caught not pulling over for emergency vehicles, they face a minimum $250 fine.
Griffin Road has reopened from Kenduskeag to the back entrance of Husson University.The road was closed due to a power outage in the area that disconnected the stoplights where Griffin Road intersects with Ohio Street and Broadway.Police say a fallen powerline is to blame for the outage.
A power outage in Bangor has disconnected two stoplights and forced police to shutdown a local road.We’re told Griffin Road is closed from Kenduskeag all the way to the back entrance of Husson University.The stoplights where Griffin Road intersects with Ohio Street and Broadway are temporarily out of order.
A missing snowmobiler from Dixfield was found dead Sunday morning.The Maine Warden Service recovered the body of 46-year old Joey Mann from the Androscoggin River in Turner.Officials had been looking for Mann since Friday, when he left home on his snowmobile.Volunteers out searching for him Sunday spotted what appeared to be a helmet in the river just below the Center Bridge Road Bridge.
State Police are investigating a body found in Bingham early Sunday morning.Authorities say 61-year-old Ernest Sayers of Massachusetts has been living in the area with his girlfriend for a short time.Officials with the Somerset County Sheriff’s office received a call just before eight Sunday morning about a man found face down in a parking lot on Baker Street.Officials say they haven’t declared it a suspicious death yet and are waiting the results of the autopsy.” It appears he left a gathering sometime in the late evening.
Mitt Romney got a narrow win in Maine’s Republican caucuses, but Ron Paul’s campaign thinks the results could have been different if Washington County had not postponed their caucuses because of the snow.Jesse Benton, national chairman for Ron Paul campaign, says hewas disappointed the Washington County caucus was postponed to nextweek and thinks the Texas congressman could have picked up another200 votes if they had been held Saturday.Benton also says Paul is in the race until someone wins enoughdelegates to win the nomination: 1,144.Washington County GOP Chairman Chris Gardner says that when thedecision was made to postpone the caucuses, he didn’t understandthat the Washington County votes wouldn’t count.Maine GOP Chair Charlie Webster stresses the caucus votes werean “unofficial, nonbinding poll.”
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has completed their initial investigation of a sexual abuse complaint against a retired priest.The complaint against priest 68-year-old Antonin ” Tony” Caron was brought forward in November.It claims the incidents happened between 1982 and 1986 while he was a priest at Our Lady of Ransom Parish in Mechanic Falls and St.
The Somerset Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of gun shots being fired outside a private residence on the Dexter Road in Cambridge Thursday.Before crews arrived, it was reported the residence was on fire.Forty-three-year-old Stacy Gourley of Harmony was arrested and charged with aggravated reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.
Maine’s nonbinding presidential straw poll drew virtually none of the hype surrounding recent contests in Florida and Nevada, where candidates poured millions of dollars into television and radio advertising.Romney’s campaign placed only a small cable television ad buy airing Friday and Saturday, at a cost of several thousand dollars.But he sent surrogates to Maine in recent days and hosted a telephone town hall in addition to Friday’s campaign stop.Ron Paul made three appearances in the state Saturday, producing cheers and chanting at stops in Sanford and Lewiston.
A man wanted in Texas for walking away from a prison farm is being held on $250,000 bail in Maine.Maine drug agents arrested Mark Hancock of Boston on drug and firearms charges at a Lewiston apartment Tuesday night.Officials say they found a large amount of marijuana and prescription drugs on Hancock.The Sun Journal of Lewiston is reporting that Hancock gave a fictitious name, but a subsequent fingerprint confirmed his identity, criminal record and his fugitive status in Texas.
The Maine Warden Service is looking for a snowmobiler from Dixfield.Officials say 47-year-old Joey Mann left his residence to go snowmobiling Friday morning and never returned home.They say he planned on meeting his brother at Sabbatus Pond in Wales.He was last seen on Hideaway Lane in Green around 6:30 Friday night.
Folks could witness a re-enactment of ice cutting at the Curran Homestead Museum in Orrington.They say it’s important for the younger generation to see what it was like a hundred years ago and the advantages of modern technology.Ice used to be the state’s second largest export and a valuable source of income for rural people in the off seasons.Museum members say people would store their dairy products in ice houses to last through the winter.”So they would run the scoring plow perpendicular to each other and then they would use every other line and that would give them a cake that was 22 X 44.
The folks at Cumulus Broadcasting know a ton of pasta can go a long ways.They set up shop in four locations today: Ellsworth, Old Town, Brewer and Bangor: collecting pasta to fill area food cupboards.Besides this food collection, there won’t be another one until May and there are still plenty of people who need help feeding their families.”It’s really important to know how much impact it can have.
Local business owners had a chance to chat with lawmakers Saturday morning.The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly hot stove event.It gives them a chance to discuss current topics.The supplemental budget, along with the latest on Dorothea Dix were just some of the things discussed.”The value is that the lawmakers can get the feedback from us about what we consider our priorities.
An accident in Orono Friday afternoon sent one person to the hospital.Police say a car getting off I95 and a semi truck traveling on the Bennoch road collided around 5 o’clock.Lifeflight was called in to take the driver of the car to Eastern Maine Medical Center.No word on the condition of that driver.The cause of the accident is still under investigation.