Every year around this time, Bangor’s population increases by the thousands.The Maine High School Basketball tournament not only brings visitors to the city, it also brings in dollars.Many area businesses are cashing in on the weeklong event, including those in downtown Bangor.The stands at the Bangor Auditorium aren’t just full of fans, they’re also full of customers that will most likely need a place to sleep, eat and shop.”We come down and get a motel, kind of kick back, relax,” says Elizabeth Butler who is visiting from Fort Fairfield.
A Madison man is in jail after police say he led them on a 6-mile chase Monday morning.According to Corporal Joe Mitchell of the Madison Police Department, 46-year-old Steven Couture refused to pull over just before 7 o’clock Monday morning.Mitchell says Couture was speeding and operating with a suspended license.
Coast Guard officials say it will likely take until Tuesday morning to get a fishing boat reported disabled near Rockland back to its home port in Massachusetts.Coast Guard officials received a call Saturday night from the 80-foot fishing vessel, Meridian.Crews reported that the boat’s generator had broken down.The boat is based out of New Bedford, Massachusetts.A Coast Guard boat reached the Meridian at 7:30 Sunday night and is towing it to port in Massachusetts right now.
A soldier who had just joined the Maine Army National Guard has died during basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.Governor Paul LePage’s office says 20-year-old Private Jordan Chase passed away Sunday from complications connected to a medical emergency.Chase was born in Lewiston and was a graduate of Gray-New Gloucester High School.
For many high school basketball players in Maine it takes a lot of hard work just to be on a team that reaches the Tournament.Balancing school work with practices and games is part of the equation.One player at Jonesport Beals High School has another obstacle to face”If I’m low I can’t my defense is bad, I’m not moving if I’m high I’m like shooting airballs five feet over the rim,” said the sophomore.
State Police are investigating the shooting death of a teenager who was shot and killed inside a home in the Waldo County town of Knox Saturday night.Authorities say 19-year-old Tyler Seaney of Bangor was shot while visiting a friend on the Dolloff Road shortly before 7 pm.They say the gun apparently discharged while in the hands of a friend and Seaney died moments later.An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.No one has been charged at this time and the name of the friend is not being released at this time as detectives continue to investigate.
Today, a local church celebrated an important month.Community residents turned out for singing, dancing and a chance to honor a part of our country’s history.Caroline Connolly has the story.Within the Bangor community lies a smaller one with voices carrying a message.”Both young and old need to understand the importance of respecting one another, and valuing one another and what one another brings to the table,” said Pastor of the Destiny Worship Center, Brian Hurst.They’re using the month of February to pass it along.”February is Black History Month, and so my church wanted to do something in honor of black history,” said the center’s Music Director, Raechina Johnson.Johnson, along with her congregation, wanted to bring the multicultural celebration to the city.”It’s important that we know our culture as Americans.
(AP)Coast Guard crews are assisting a fishing boat that was reported disabled 40 miles east of Rockland.Coast Guard officials say they received a call Saturday night from the 80-foot fishing vessel, Meridian, that the boat’s generator had broken down.The boat is based out of New Bedford, Massachusetts.No injuries have been reported.According to the National Weather Service, northwest winds of 25 to 35 knots and seas of 7 to 14 feet are making for rough ocean conditions.
One person has died after fire swept through a house on the South Road in Parsonsfield Saturday afternoon.The fire was reported just after 4 pm.Firefighters discovered the body of 86-year-old Kenneth Crenner in the living room of his ranch style home.Fire investigators say the fire started in the attached garage of the dwelling.They say the house was gutted in the fire, which also flattened the garage.The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
(AP)Search teams have found a hiker who got lost in northern Maine’s Baxter State Park.Officials say 23-year-old Chris Dubois is recovering after spending a frigid night on Mount Katahdin.Dubois is a Univeristy of Maine student and was making a ten mile hike with three friends Saturday when he tumbled down a slope and his hiking mates were unable to find him or hear him yelling.The Maine Forest Service dispatched a helicopter early Sunday morning to help look for him, but officials say the visibility encountered, along with significant down drafts exceeding 45 miles per hour, made a helicopter rescue at that time impossible.A second flight was attempted later in the day but similar conditions existed.But around noon searchers found him and a Maine National Guard helicopter hoisted him aboard to safety.They say Dubois was hospitalized with leg cramps and possible frostbite.
The State Fire Marshal’s office says one person died Saturday afternoon after fire swept through a house on the South Road in Parsonfield.The fire was reported just after 4 pm.Firefighters discovered the body inside the ranch style home shortly after they arrived on scene.The house is owned by an elderly man, who has not been accounted for.