A Winslow woman will spend the next eighteen months behind bars after pleading guilty to bank fraud and embezzlement charges.The US Attorney’s office says 65-year-old Karen Dumont forged and deposited insurance reimbursement checks into her own accounts while she worked as a medical billing specialist for a Waterville doctor.Dumont already had a previous conviction for healthcare fraud.
The Maine Military & Community Network is holding a conference this evening for military members, veterans, and their families.The event is aimed to build awareness and promote discussion about the struggles these individuals face, and provide resources to help them cope.The meeting is being held at 6:30pm in the auditorium of Ellsworth City Hall.That’s located at 1 City Hall Plaza.For more information you can call Chaplain Andy Gibson, the Director of Deployment Cycle Support for the Maine Army National Guard, at 409-3230.
Parents and friends turned out in Fairfield Thursday to see a group of second graders performance of the broadway classic Annie.Rob Poindexter has the story.This group of students from Clinton Elementary have been working towards this performance for quite some time.
The city of Bangor is one step closer to finding a new city manager.A Recruitment firm hired by the city has narrowed the list of candidates down to eight.City Council Chair Richard Stone says they are not releasing the names of the candidates.He says the list will be cut down to about five and then they will start the interview process.Stone says there are several qualities they are looking for in the new manager.” It’s obviously somebody that has demonstrated their ability to be fiscally conservative.
A 53-year-old Windsor man will spend the the next 13 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl according to the Kennebec County District Attorney.Robert Williams assaulted the child at his home from 2007-20-09.
High school students from across the state were at Husson University Thursday.Competing in the State Envirothon Finals.Meghan Hayward takes us to the competition.Sixteen teams from fourteen high schools are vying for the top spot in the envirothon.The Maine Association of Conservation Districts is behind it.”This is an opportunity for students to meet professionals in the field and mentor just get information and knowledge from them.”The students are tested in an outdoor setting on topics including forestry, soils, aquatics, wildlife and current events.Organizers say the current events section is always the most challenging.”That public speaking really gets them.
Plum Creek has been fined more than $38,000, for timber cutting violations.The Maine Department of Conversation says the company did three clearcuts that did not have adequate separation zones or harvest plans prepared by a licensed forester.The violations happened on the company’s property.The state department says Plum Creek has agreed to pay the fines as well as adjust its policies in handling regeneration harvests.
The American Folk Festival is now three months away.Organizers say they are now looking for volunteers to help run the three day event.This year’s festival on the Bangor waterfront is August 27th, 28th and 29th.Festival organizers say volunteers are key to the success of the festival and they need a lot of them 900 to be exact.There are more than 20 different jobs to choose from, and the average shift for a volunteer is three and a half hours.Anyone who volunteers for the festival receives a free t-shirt, an invitation to a private party held Saturday night for them as well as staff and performers.For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Debbi at 992-2630 or visit the festival’s website at www.americanfolkfestival.com
Maine blueberry growers are taking another step in their efforts to promote the health benefits of the fruit.The Wild Blueberry Association has announced a massive new campaign to encourage shoppers to purchase frozen blueberries.In doing so, they hope wild blueberry farms and the strength of the industry will increase in the next five years.The campaign includes print and website advertising, a new Facebook page, and increasing Twitter and blog access.Blueberries have long been known for their high levels of antioxidants.
The cause of a fire that destroyed nearly one million dollars worth of equipment at the Hatch Hill Landfill in Augusta remains unclear but authorities are saying what they believe most likely sparked it.A wood grinder and several tons of wood chips were destroyed monday night.A Fire Marshal investigator says it appears the grinder caught fire which ignited the chips.No one was around when the fire started.Fire crews spotted smoke on their way back from another fire and went to check it out.
A hearing for a Pakistani man living in South Portland who was was arrested in the fallout from the attempted bombing of Times Square has been pushed into next week.34-year-old Mohammad Shafiq Rahman is accused of staying in the US longer than his Work Visa allowed.His lawyer says Rahman asked for the postponement and plans to file for a change in immigration status because he married an American in March.He remains in custody in South Portland.