Monday night city councilors got an update on plans to consolidate Bangor Police Dispatch services.The council gave the go-ahead last month to pursue combining the city’s dispatch with Penobscot County Regional Dispatch.The city pays for services from both of them right now.The goal is to save money while not sacrificing safety.Monday night, councilors heard from Interim City Manager Bob Farrar, about the last couple of meetings with county officials regarding the consolidation.Farrar said that he has met with officials from both Bangor and Penobscot County Dispatches and that they are working out the kinks of combining both centers.Officials are hoping the consolidation will be complete in late 2011, but no date is set in stone.A Bangor Police Dispatcher opposed to that idea can now work to try to overturn the council’s decision.The City Clerk tells us Jim Morrill was given the official paperwork to collect petition signatures from those opposed to combining dispatch services.Morrill has 30 business days, until January 4th, to get a little more than 2,200 signatures.If he’s successful, the issue will go to a city wide vote.
Now that they know how much it will cost, Bangor city leaders talked about how to pay for a new Bangor Arena.A city council workshop Monday featured presentations by two organizations helping to raise money for the project.Last week, the companies charged with designing a new arena and revamping the Civic Center priced out the projects at 80-million dollars.Most of the money would come from Hollywood Slots.Eastern Maine Development Corporation is also trying to line up financial support, along with a group of local business and civic leaders known as friends of the Maine center.The friends say they have been approached by many area business’s who are willing to invest in aspects of the arena, like sky boxes.There will be two public comment sessions regarding the new arena.The first one is Thursday, December 2nd at City Hall.
A stopped vehicle lead to three arrests in Ellsworth for heroin trafficking.State drug agents asked Ellsworth Police to stop a vehicle they believed had been involved in a drug transaction last week.Police say they found six bags of heroin in the vehicle.26-year-old Mark McFarland of Bar Harbor was arrested and charged with trafficking in heroin.Agents and Ellsworth officers then served a search warrant at 26-year-old Nina Wallace’s home.There, they allegedly seized an additional 70 bags of heroin.32-year-old Merton Dube of St.
Two local organizations are helping laid off Mainers have a good meal this thanksgiving.For the 8th year members of the Eastern Maine Labor Council and food and medicine are taking part in a solidarity harvest.More than 300 baskets are filled with a turkey, fresh veggies, rolls and pies, all locally produced.
The Maine Department of Transportation, Maine State Police, and Triple A of Northern New England are urging drivers to get ready for winter driving conditions.Thanksgiving weekend marks the unofficial beginning of the winter driving season here in Maine.It’s also one of the heaviest traffic weekends of the year.Speed is a major cause of winter related crashes, so officials are reminding people of this slogan — ice and snow, take it slow.Maine drivers can find the latest information on road conditions by calling 511 or going to 511 maine.gov.
Jonesport hopes to break a holiday record this season.Fishermen on Beals Island want to set the world record for the biggest Christmas tree made of lobster traps.Rockland currently holds the title at thirty-eight feet.Residents in Jonesport plan to stack traps until they hit fifty.
Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center are back to work Tuesday.Monday, they were on the picket line.The nurses say they want to keep this issue in the public, and they did so dressed for the weather outside the hospital to begin their one day strike.Unionized nurses gathered along state street before sunrise and stood with their signs amid the falling snowflakes, all to get their message out to those who went by.” We have no question that we’re doing the right thing we know when we’re short staffed,” said EMMC Nurses Union President ” We know when we need extra help, we know when charge nurses are taking too many patients, and to have the public respond to us in this manner we know that we’re doing the right thing.”Eastern maine medical center administration says they have a mission to provide safe and quality care, no matter the circumstances.” We have an obligation to the community that no matter what happens even if our own nurses decide to withhold their services as leverage for bargaining that we still have to fulfill our mission so we’re pleased with what’s going on and frankly we hope that there’s not another strike but you really can’t predict that,” said Greg Howatt Human Resources Director at EMMC.But come seven am Tuesday, the nurses will put away their signs, put on their scrubs and go back to work.” They are having us herd in to the backside of the cafeteria at seven o’clock in the morning and in their words, they will deploy us to our nursing areas.
Home in time for the holidays…that will be the case for members of the 172nd Mountain Infantry, based out of Brewer.The first of the 157 soldiers arrived home Sunday.16 of them landed at Bangor International Airport Monday.Joy Hollowell was there for the happy homecoming.======It’s been an anxious morning for family and friends of the 172nd Mountain Infantry…waiting for that moment when they can see their loved one again, knowing that he’s safe and that he’s here.”baby crying”The last time Jimmy Shutts saw his son Elliot, was at his birth.”and how old is he now?””Almost 3 months,” says his mom, Kelly Leighton.There’s word the plane has landed, and the emotions are starting to run high.
Brewer police are asking for the public’s help gathering more information about a man allegedly exposing himself to students.Two students from the Brewer school system reported a man exposed himself to them Friday near the Somerset and Cedar Streets intersections on State Street in Brewer.The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 20 to 30 years old, wearing jeans, a tan jacket and hat.