A send off ceremony will be held this Saturday in Orono, for close to two hundred Maine soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan.The 1136th transportation company, part of the Maine Army National Guard, will head there later this month.A send-off ceremony will be held Saturday, March 13th at the University of Maine’s Collins Center for the Arts.The unit is stationed in Bangor, Calais, and Sanford.It will conduct force operations, providing security for bases in Afghanistan.
It was a great weekend for folks trying to save Central Hall in Dover-Foxcroft.Mary Annis with the local historical society says the response to their pledge drive was overwhelming.The town owns the building and promised to turn it over to the historical society if the group could raise $25,000 for renovations.Annis says pledges came in from more than 250 sponsors adding up to more than $26,000.She says the society is coming up with a business plan to present to selectmen in a couple of weeks.
Two bodies found in a ditch in California have been identified as a couple from Maine who were hired to grow pot in northern California.32-year-old Frank Maddox and his wife 40-year-old Yvette, disappeared in January after agreeing to give their employer a ride to the Sacramento airport.Police say 29-year-old Robby Beasley is now a person of interest in the case.Beasley is originally from Augusta.He’s been arrested on a fugitive warrant from Maine related to threats and assault.The bodies of Frank and Yvette Maddox were found last week.Authorities are still looking for the couple’s pickup truck.
Folks filled Cascade Park in Bangor this evening for a candlelight vigil held in memory of 1-year-old Damien Lynn who police say was murdered last month.At the start of the vigil many quietly listen and reflected as music played in the background.There was a prayer service, and then folks were given a chance to share their thoughts.Some told personal stories of domestic violence, while others who knew Damien shared memories.Damien’s aunt spoke briefly at the vigil on behalf of her family.
Warnings will not be going on cell phones sold in Maine anytime soon.Tuesday, lawmakers rejected a proposal to require health warnings on cellular phones in Maine Not one of the 13 members of the Health and Human Services Committee supported the bill.However, some lawmakers voiced support for more information about cell phone use on the state web site.
A Sorrento woman changed her plea to guilty Tuesday, in connection with a fire that destroyed her mother’s former home back in 2006.Cecelia Sanborn is facing federal charges, because the home had been seized by federal officials.In 2004, drug agents found hundreds of marijuana plants in the home.Sanborn’s mother later pleaded guilty to drug charges and agreed to turn over the property to federal authorities.The home was destroyed by fire in June of 2006.Sanborn originally pleaded not guilty to charges of damaging federal property, and was expected to go on trial last month.Tuesday, she changed her plea in U.S.
A Dover-Foxcroft man charged with murdering his sister is scheduled to go on trial Wednesday in Piscataquis County.Michael Toby, 53, pleaded not guilty in February 2009.Toby’s accused of killing his sister, 70-year-old Rosalie Shedd, in October of 2008, after the two had a fight at her apartment.Police say Toby told them he hit his sister repeatedly on the head, strangled her with a vacuum cleaner cord then put a plastic bag over her head.Toby has waived his right to a jury trial, A judge will hear the case.
The trial of a father and daughter charged in the shooting of a fellow fisherman on Matinicus Island continued Tuesday at the Knox County Courthouse.68-year-old Vance Bunker has pleaded not guilty to two counts of elevated aggravated assault, criminal threatening and reckless conduct in last July’s shooting of Christopher Young.
As part of a contest second and third graders at the Guilford Primary School worked very hard to create newspaper ads for the Valley Grange in Guilford.The Valley Grange works with the school on reading programs, like the Grange “Bookworms” and the Words for Thirds program.Today they found out who won that contest.”One of the things I liked as I went through them, were a lot of them are about reading and we love reading.
Some classes at the Brewer Middle School had a few extra students Tuesday.Japanese college students from the Hirosaki School are in Maine as part of a three week program, through the University of Maine’s Intensive Languages Institute.Tuesday, some of those students were shadowing kids from the Brewer Middle School.The Japanese students took part in math, english, science and other classes.The american students are happy to have them in their classroom.And the exchange students say there are some differences in our school system compared to theirs.”The students say many things here.
A local realtor says beware of a housing scam.Emily Ellis found a house she had listed for sale in Hermon on Craig’s List for rent at a bargain rate.Ellis says she contacted the owners and found out they knew nothing about the online posting.Ellis says whomever is responsible has even taken pictures of the house and posted them on Craig’s List.She says the ad asks folks send money through Western Union or a Money Gram.Ellis says on Tuesday she had a couple come in who are looking for a rental and found a condo at a price that seemed too good to be true.That listing had Ellis’ name, which is why the couple asked her about it.”You know people today money is too hard to come by and housing as well.