A Millinocket man, who was tasered during an arrest is suing several police officers.In a federal lawsuit filed this week, 37-year-old Wayne Cote says officers violated his civil rights, were negligent, used excessive force and caused psychological harm when they used a taser to subdue him in October of 2008.The incident started with Cote tried to collect his belongings from an apartment as he was moving out.He says police pursued him when he drove away from the house and then became angry when he couldn’t roll down his broken car window all the way.(AP)
Folks flooded the Brewer Auditorium for the 36th annual Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show.The United Maine Craftsman put on the event.This year more than 50 crafters from across the state were on hand.Folks could find pottery, sewn items, hand-painted items and much more.Show Director, Aletha Boyle says she is happy with the turn out.” It’s important to buy things from Maine people and Maine small business owners.
Folks were getting into the holiday spirit and making some decorative wreaths in Orono Saturday.The Page Farm and Home Museum on the University of Maine campus hosted a wreath making workshop.Director Patricia Henner says the workshops are always a success.They start the folks out with a ring, wire and some brush and set them to work.She says for many the workshop has become a family tradition and they return year after year.” It has such a long tradition in the state of Maine.
Folks gathered in Rockland Friday evening for a candle light vigil for Katrina Windred.Windred’s body was found Tuesday along Thompson Meadow Road in Rockland.Authorities aren’t saying exactly how the 47-year-old woman died, but they continue to call her death suspicious.The vigil was held at the First Universalist Church.
A car ended up in the water due to bad road conditions in Morrill Friday afternoon.Authorities say a young man was driving down Pond Woods Road when he saw another car coming, so he pulled over.He lost control of his car and flipped over into a small body of water.The driver was able to get out of the car and make it to a house in the area.
Josie White lives with cerebral palsy and after her old service dog developed a medical condition and was no longer able to assist her, she needed a new pup.That’s where the community stepped in.The Bangor Church of the Nazarene organized a spaghetti dinner, which raised $1200 and helped her on her way to getting a new dog.While some say dog is a man’s best friend, Pax, Josie’s new dog, provides much more than that.Pax just graduated from NEADS, which is an organization that helps train dogs for deaf and disabled americans, on Sunday.
Donations are being accepted for a family who lost everything in a fire at their home in Levant earlier this month.A fire ripped through the family’s mobile home off Kenduskeag Road on November 12th.No one was injured in the blaze, but they lost nearly everything.Cash donations for Lori Thompson and her children can be sent to Harvest Chapel in Levant.The address is 3531 union street in Levant…..The family is also in need of all household items.To arrange to drop off supplies, you can call the church Monday through Friday from 10 until 2.Their number is 884 — 7857.
A local teen has done something pretty rare for her age.At 17 she had her first book published, and now at 18, her second book is being released.Jessica Mae Hodsdon held a book signing in Bangor, not something many kids her age can say.Jessica began writing as a hobby with her first book, Issym.
There’s a new shop in Orono and it may sound familiar to anyone who follows the blog Maine Maven.Kristen Andresen Lainsbury and her husband opened the Maine Maven shop on Black Friday.Kristen has a blog, Maine Maven, it celebrates the best of Maine, and that’s what she says her store does as well.Everything in the shop is local.
Shopping die hards stormed retailers on the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday.Customers camped out and packed stores to get their hands on this season’s hottest deals.Bargain shoppers braved the cold temperatures on Black Friday, kicking off the holiday season.Some camped out, waiting in line for more than 10 hours, while others woke up early and headed to the stores for the season’s must haves.Tyler Dama, a veteran Black Friday shopper, arrived at Target at 230 on thursday afternoon to ensure his first place spot in line.
Bangor firefighters are hoping shoppers can spare extra change and help the “Fill the Boot.”Firefighters with the IAFF Union Local 772 arrived at the intersection of Bangor Mall Boulevard and Hogan Road at eight Friday morning.They are collecting donations from drivers to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.This marks the third year in a row, firefighters have spent Black Friday raising funds for MDA.
Police departments are stepping up patrols this holiday season, while traffic numbers are looking up.Extra officers will focus on drivers without seatbelts and drunk drivers.During the 2008 Thanksgiving holiday travel season, more than one thousand people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide.Of those, more than 50% were unrestrained at the time of the crash.Highway authorities say this year’s holiday traffic numbers are higher than last year’s.An estimated 59,000 vehicles passed the York toll plaza on Wednesday, historically the busiest travel day of Thanksgiving weekend.Officials say that Sunday is projected the be the second busiest day, when 55,000 vehicles are expected to make the return trip.
A government report says 195,000 Mainers – nearly 15% of the state’s households – have struggled with providing enough food for their families at some time during the year.The number of people who need help getting food has reportedly continued to swell since the economic downturn began in 2008.
Timber harvesting last year was much lower than it has been in previous years in this state according to the Maine Forest Service.In a recently released report they say the number of acres cut was down 15% from last year.Clear cuts increased though by more than 4,800, but that is still less than 4% of the total harvested acres.Another report said the stumpage price paid to landowners is on a downward trend as well.
A family in South Paris escaped an intense fire that destroyed their home, with help from a hunter.The fire reportedly broke out around 6:30 Thanksgiving morning.Nick Merrill, his girlfriend, and seven-month-old daughter were all sleeping.A hunter who was driving by saw the flames.