The President’s speech was met with mixed reaction by Maine’s congressional delegation.Senator Olympia Snowe says there should be less time spent on speeches and more on producing results.Senator Susan Collins says she’s hopeful the President and Congress can reach a responsible deal that includes real spending limits.Congressman Mike Michaud says time for seeking political advantage is over, it’s time to find common ground.Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says the President was right to point out the risk of playing with the economy and people’s lives for political reasons.
Fire investigators say there’s not enough evidence to figure out what sparked a fire Sunday at the Trade Winds Motor Inn.Two Rockland police officers on patrol early Sunday morning saw black smoke coming from the building.They pulled the motel’s fire alarm and helped guests clear out.Authorities say it appears the fire started outside the building, then got into the electrical room in the basement.
The state has rested its case in the trial of a man accused of a hit and run that killed a University of Maine student.Prosecutors say twenty-three year old Garrett Cheney of South Berwick was drunk when he ran into twenty year old Jordyn Bakley in January of last year.Tuesday, Cheney’s defense attorney called his first witnesses to the stand.Accident reconstruction expert, Joseph Stephenson, told jurors that he didn’t think there was enough evidence to prove Cheney’s truck was the one that hit Bakley.Cheney’s attorney admits that his client hit the snowbank on middle street in orono where Bakley’s body was found.But Stephenson said today that he believes Cheney’s tire tracks were there before Bakley was killed.The prosecution argued later that Stephenson reconstructed the scene solely based on police photos and reports, which they say isn’t as effective.But defense attorney, William Bly, says Stephenson showed they did a more thorough reconstruction than police.”I think he showed the police were either A, lazy or B, willfully ignorant to their own evidence that they collected at the scene when they only ruled out the tire track going through Jordyn’s body, through the blood pool, because Dr.
Give a little blood and go to the Bangor State Fair for free.With blood levels at a critical low, the American Red Cross is giving all donors a free ticket to the Bangor State Fair through the end of this month.The Donor Center on Hammond Street in Bangor will be closed and it will be moved to the Elks Lodge on Odlin Road for the rest of the week.To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-Red-Cross.
UMaine has opened a portion of a bike path it has been fixing up,but will close another section to work on it.The path from Stillwater Avenue to Witter Farm will be closed for about five weeks.A temporary route will be available from the campus to Old Town.The detour extends from Bunker Road to the Witter Farm Road.It will be closed at night.
No word yet on what caused a deadly car crash in Pittsfield over the weekend.35-year-old Amanda Patterson died Saturday night after an accident on Johnson Flat Road.Her family says she had just dropped off friends from watching the fireworks at the Central Maine Egg Festival in Pittsfield.Patterson was alone in the car when it wrecked.
A New Gloucester woman who was shot Monday night outside her home on Bennett Road has died at a Portland hospital.27 year old Renee Sandora of New Gloucester, and 28 year old Trevor Mills of New Bedford, Mass., were shot Monday evening outside a mobile home.
Applications for refunds of up to 16-hundred dollars will become available August 1st for property taxes or rent paid in 2010.Nearly 200,000 households in Maine may qualify for the so-called “circuit breaker” program.Applications are available online at www.maine.gov/revenue/forms/tnr/tnr.htm