Raise the retirement age for new hires from sixty-to to sixty-five.That’s one proposal being considered by state lawmakers as they try to ease a looming debt in the state’s pension system, a gap estimated to be more than 4-billion dollars.Public workers oppose the measure.The Appropriations Committee also took up a bill today that seeks to remove the constitutional requirement that the state retirement shortfall be paid by the year 2028.The LePage administration has come out against that bill.
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a music teacher accused of molesting a child.41-year-old William Wiley of Searsport was arrested two years ago.He’s accused of sexually assaulting a girl between 12 and 13 years old.Wiley began working as a music teacher in Waldo County twenty years ago.He no longer works for the school district.
Newburgh’s former Deputy Town Treasurer has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $200,000 from the town.Dunton says throughout this ordeal, she has admitted to all of the allegations against her and wants to accept responsibility for theft and for the harm she has caused the people of Newburgh.Dunton faces a maximum of ten years in prison when she’s sentenced.District Attorney Chris Almy says he was not surprised by Dunton’s decision and says it’s best for her and the town.”It certainly would be in her best interest to take responsibility, she did take responsibility and I think that the court will look upon that favorably at some point in time,” he said.Meanwhile, Dunton’s attorney Dale Thistle says he hopes the court will take into account Dunton’s clean criminal record and says he expects a lower end of the sentencing range.”This could’ve been a much more expensive investigation for the town of Newburgh for the people in the state of Maine and it could’ve been an expensive prosecution but she didn’t put the state or the town to that and that’s helpful, I think in her own behalf,” Thistle said.Thistle says Dunton wants to repay the town one hundred percent and says she has made an overture to the town to sell one of her homes and turn over the proceeds.When asked why she did it, Thistle responded by saying she was in a financial crisis and had more expenses than she could afford.
Police say a roll-over in Winslow has sent five people to the hospital including a 14-year-old girl.The accident happened on the Garland road in Winslow just after 3:30 Monday afternoon.Winslow police say the driver, who was under 18-years-old, lost control of the SUV he was driving and went off the road.Four passengers and the driver were all taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Two Orono High School students have the chance to take their speech talents to the next level.As we found out, they need some help from the community to get there.With each line of a story, the plot unfolds.” We’ve been reading for 24 hours,” said Carson Foley.For two Orono High School students, it’s their job to bring the story to life.
Fire crews from seven communities battled a house fire in Bradford Monday morning.It happened just before 11 o’clock.Bradford’s fire chief tells TV5 someone in the home smelled smoke..When the father, who happens to be a Bradford firefighter, checked things out, he found heavy black smoke in the basement.Everyone was able to get out safely, thanks in part to the safety plan the family practices.
The Newport Fire Chief says investigators believe a chimney is to blame for a fire that destroyed a mobile home.Investigators say a woman at the home on Rutland Road called the fire department around midnight to report the chimney fire.But the flames spread to the rest of three bedroom home.It took fire fighters about an hour to put the fire out.The woman managed to get out of the house safely.
Children ages 8 years old and under say they know what they want to be when they grow up and are expressing those dreams through art.Their artwork is now on display at the Bangor Public Library as part of the week of the young child.The week of the young child is celebrated across the country to recognize the important of early childhood education.Anne Mundy with the Bangor Public Library says it’s important to educate children now for the future.”For our community to have good leaders for the future we need to be investing in our children now,” she said.Several community organizations have come together to host different events throughout the month.For a schedule, just log onto Penquis’ website here.
Maine State Police are a step closer to having a new chief.Robert Williams of Vassalboro was nominated for the top spot Monday by Governor LePage and Public Safety Commissioner John Morris.Williams has served as the Deputy Chief of the department for the past four years.
Another concert on the Bangor Waterfront has been confirmed.Toby Keith will be coming this way Saturday, July ninth.It’s his Locked and Loaded tour and Eric Church will be joining him.Tickets go on sale Friday, April 15th at Mark’s Music in Brewer.You can also get tickets by going to waterfrontconcerts.com or calling 783-2009.