New developments in the trial of 35-year Colin Koehler, accused of killing a 19-year old woman on the Bangor waterfront last year.A man who took the stand today, Dustin Bayrd of Bangor, claims Koehler confessed to murdering Holly Boutilier.Bayrd was best friends with Justin Ptaszynski, the man police say was an eyewitness to the killing.
The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office says it has arrested a man for forgery in Belfast.21-year-old Benjamin Rankin was out on bail on a robbery charge out of Hancock County, and was wanted by Belfast police.The Sheriff’s Office says a concerned citizen called Belfast police after recognizing Rankin from a photo that had been released by local media.The caller said the man was seen staying at an apartment on Seaside Drive in Belfast.Rankin was later arrested at that apartment.
Main Road in Holden is shut down following an accident Monday evening.Authorities say the weather is making it difficult to determine a cause but, they say the accident involved a one-ton flatbed truck hauling three cars and a Toyota Corolla.The flatbed ended up in a ditch and the corolla has front end damage.The 18-year-old male driver of the car was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.The driver of truck was also transported with ankle injuries.Police say Main Road will remain closed for about another hour while they get the cars off the flatbed.The crash is still under investigation.
One thousand dollars a year: that’s how much the Maine Heritage Policy Center says the average Mainer would lose each year, for the next 10 years, under President Obama’s new tax plan.The Think Tank held a joint press conference in Bangor today with the Heritage Foundation, based out of Washington DC.Both groups say the president’s plan is deceiving, because it appears to only affect those making 200-thousand dollars or more.But, they say, the trickle down effect from those higher taxes will affect all Mainers, including an average of 32-hundred job losses annually, for the next decade.
The Maine moose hunt is underway in some parts of the state.3,140 hunters have permission to hunt for moose.The six northern most zones opened to hunters at daybreak today, as did two zones in Eastern Maine near the Canadian Border.Tagging stations are open around the state, including Lennies Superette in Medway.Hunters are supposed to stop at the tagging station nearest to where they shot their moose.In much of Maine, hunting season means more money being spent at local businesses.
Two people have been busted for a burglary at a business in Winterport.In August, Forrest Auto Body reported that nearly 35-thousand dollars worth of tools were stolen from the shop.19-year-old Brandon Caparotta of Winterport and 21-year-old Justin McGowan of Orrington have been charged with burglary and theft.The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Alcohol and Firearms Agents worked the case.Police say many of the stolen tools have been recovered.
With a deadline approaching, contract negotiations are at a stand still for nurses in Bangor, Ellsworth and Presque Isle.Today, nurses from Eastern Maine Medical Center, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and the Aroostook Medical Center stood outside EMMC in Bangor to protest.They want increased wages and better health care coverage.However, one of the major concerns for these folks is that they want more nurses on staff to help care for patients.EMMC’s management says nurse-patient ratios are at appropriate levels and no change is needed.Contracts with all three hospitals expire Thursday night.A federal mediator has been called in to help.Talks are expected to continue tomorrow.
Bangor continues it’s search for a new city manager.The city council is expected to interview several more candidates this week.Earlier this month, the council met with their top prospect, who ended up not taking the position.Bangor has been without a permanent city manager since Ed Barrett was let go in December.
The University Bookstore at UMaine has joined forces with the American Library Association in observance of “Banned Books Week.”They’re encouraging the public to participate by reading a controversial book.Thousands of libraries and bookstores across the country are taking part.Since it began in 1982, Banned Books Week has been a way to remind folks that each reader has the right to decide what to read, listen to or view.” If they want to make that choice for their own child that’s fine.
Bangor Police have a warning about fraudulent real estate issues that have been brought to their attention.The Quinn Agency has reported two listings recently.One is located in Bangor, and is listed as being for sale under Quinn Agency, but they began receiving phone calls about the property being for rent, as stated on Craig’s List.Quinn contacted Craig’s List and had it removed.The property also showed up on the website Ads In USA as the same scam.” We’re warning everybody that if again if you get a deal that sounds too good on a Craig’s List or a website and you start sending money to someone that’s not reliable you’re going to probably lose that money.”It’s recommended that you check with the agency the property is listed under before sending money.
Reading the newspaper is a morning ritual for many in Maine.That includes those with vision problems.Thanks to a volunteer service in Brewer, they are able to “tune in” to today’s headlines.Joy Hollowell introduces us to Maine AIRS.======(Gene Monahan turning on the receiver)This is how Gene Monahan reads his favorite newspapers.”I listen to it most every day,” says Monahan.Monahan is blind.
Voters had the chance to directly ask democratic gubernatorial candidate Libby Mitchell questions in Bangor Monday.Mitchell took part in the Bangor Fusion luncheon.The first hour she laid out her vision of governance, then took questions from audience.Mitchell discussed some of her proposals for moving toward greener and cleaner energy, something she says is critical.” As part of our economic growth.