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Reynolds Sentenced

Updated 6 years ago

A Waterville man convicted of killing his estranged wife has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.42 year old Richard Reynolds was sentenced Friday in Somerset County Superior Court. Reynolds was found guilty of murder last November.A judge rulled Reynolds purposely shot 37 year old Rhonda Wakefield-Reynolds on January 12, 2007. The shooting took place the day after she filed for divorce. Reynolds testified at his trial that he intended to kill himself in his wife’s presence but that he flinched and the gun discharged when he heard their two children outside the bedroom.We’ll have more on this story coming up on TV5 News at 5 and 6.

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Fire Damages Winthrop Library

Updated 6 years ago

The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office says a 16-year-old boy has been detained following a fire at the Winthrop library. Lt. Joseph Thomas of the Fire Marshal’s Office says the fire at the C.M. Bailey Library was detected by a police officer soon after it broke out around 2 a.m. and damage was kept to a minimum. The fire originated in the library’s boiler room. An investigation shows that the fire was intentionally set. The teenager from Winthrop was referred to juvenile justice authorities.

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Water Main Break Closes Area Schools

Joy Hollowell

Updated 6 years ago

A water main break on the main road in Searsport has forced school officials at SAD 56 to cancel classes for Friday.SAD 56 encompasses Searsport, Stockton Springs and Frankfort.The break was reported in the early morning hours and is located in the area of Main and the Mortland Road, the same road as the Searsport schools.We’re told crews are now evaluating the break to find out how severe it is.

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Spaghetti Supper

Updated 6 years ago

A Searsport High School Student has organized a spaghetti supper to help his community.Zach Parker organized the supper to help Waldo CAP, a local agency that helps low income families.Local businesses and teachers at Searsport High have donated money to the cause.Parker says the funds raised will all go to Waldo CAP’s Fuel Assistance program.He says he saw a need in his community and has always wanted to help.”So I decided that I have the chance so why not help the community by giving money to their fuel program.” says Parker.The spaghetti supper will be held on March 7th from 4:30 to 7:30 at Belfast High School. Admission is six dollars for adults and three dollars for kids.

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Fishermen’s Forum

Updated 6 years ago

Fishermen from throughout Maine got together on shore today in Rockport. Seminars, exhibits and a trade show are all part of the 34th annual Fishermen’s Forum, being held at the Samoset.From lobster traps to the floundering economy – This year’s Fishermen’s Forum covers all the issues.”The demise of the ground fish fishery in the state is a very serious issue, there’s a lot of issues around the lobster market with the fall of the stock market last year.” Says Pat White, the President of the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation.Fishermen from across the spectrum came to the forum to attend various seminars, and discuss the current state of the industry.”It’s very important for people to stay educated on everything that’s going on especially with the whale ruling… what will they do to effect us.” says lobsterman Danny Staples.”There are people here trying to get together to talk about the different ways of marketing lobster and what they can do, hopefully to cut back their expenses and fish more profitable.” says White.But it’s not all about business here, the forum is as much about networking and socializing.”I’ve been attending for 20 odd years… It’s a social hour as well, see old friends, that you might have not seen for a year there’s probably very few vendors in here I don’t know.” says Staples.”It gives a good chance for the lobster fishermen to interact.” Says White.There are over a hundred vendors at the forum and they’re selling everything from engine parts to jewelry to lobster traps! … But even the vendors say seeing familiar faces is the best part of this event.”There’s a lot of relationships that’s been made over the years. Besides just selling the product it’s a good social time.” Jerry Wadsworth, a salesman for Friendship Trap Co. explains.But even if fishing is not your forte, the fishermen say the forum is fun for everyone – and open to the public.

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Wife Arrested in Connection with Husband’s Murder

Updated 6 years ago

There’s been an arrest in the murder of a man who was found strangled and suffocated at his home at Old Orchard Beach last summer.State Police arrested 43-year old Darlene George in connection with the murder of her husband, Winston George on June 20th. Winston George was found murdered in their home on the Smith Wheel Road following a reported home invasion. Darlene Georges’ brother, 45 year old Jeffrey Williams of New York, and her acquaintance 48-year old Rennie Cassimy, also of New York, were arrested and charged with murder last year for their participation in the homicide. The arrest follows an indictment for murder and conspiracy to commit murder handed down by the York County Grand Jury Thursday morning.

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14-Year Old Boy Caught with Gun at School

Updated 6 years ago

A 14-year old boy was arrested Thursday at Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland for bringing a loaded handgun to school.A child was reported to Principal Mark Hatch as having a gun during the late morning hours. No children or staff members were hurt.The Principal implemented the lock down and called the Oakland Police Department, which was protocol for the schools crisis plan. Police confirm the Principal and School Resource Officer, Dusty Woodside apprehended the student and secured the weapon within minutes of notification that the gun was on school premises. Oakland Police Chief, Michael Tracy says the young man was compliant when confronted about the weapon and there was no struggle.The young man is in police custody charged with carrying a concealed weapon and terrorizing, both are felonies. The investigation is ongoing.

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Domtar Closes the Door

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) – Domtar Corp. says it is idling its pulp mill in the eastern Maine town of Baileyville for an indefinite period because of the poor global economy.Montreal-based Domtar said Thursday the facility will shut down on May 5, affecting about 300 employees. Chief Executive John Williams said the industry is suffering from weak global demand for pulp, high inventory levels and depressed prices. With no immediate recovery on the horizon, he said the company must reduce its manufacturing capacity.Gov. John Baldacci said he has assigned state officials to work with Domtar to see if there is a way to keep the mill open.We’ll have more on this story coming up tonight on TV5 News at 5 and 6.

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Maine and Mental Illness: Services Found to be Lacking

Updated 6 years ago

A court-named analyst says the state of Maine is out of compliance again with a long-standing agreement to meet the needs of mentally ill people. Elizabeth Jones, who was hired to evaluate the effects of state budget cuts on services to some 12,000 mentally ill people, filed her 18-page report Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court. Jones concludes, “that the Department has failed to balance funding for all individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. Furthermore, significant shifts and reductions in funding for certain programs and/or services have negatively impacted the delivery of mental health services throughout the State. These actions are inconsistent with the requirements of the Consent Decree and bar attainment of substantial compliance.” For the complete report Click here. State officials agreed to comply with a consent decree by 1995, but have been found in contempt of court several times for missing court deadlines. Commissioner Brenda Harvey of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has been contacted by TV5. A spokesman tells us she is still analyzing the report.

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Bethel Death Ruled Homicide

Updated 6 years ago

State police say a man whose car was struck by a train in Bethel in February, was actually killed before that collision.23-year-old Agostino Samson, was arrested on Wednesday, for causing the death of Scott Libby.Police say the two had known each other for several years, and that Samson worked for Libby’s landscaping business last year.Investigators concluded that the injuries to Libby weren’t consistent with the impact between the slow-moving train and the car.They believe Libby’s car was placed on the train track after he was killed.

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Governor Unveils His New Bond Initiative

Updated 6 years ago

11,000 jobs, economic growth, and energy independence. That’s what Governor Baldacci is promising with a multi-million dollar bond package.Wednesday Afternoon in Augusta, the governor explained how the $306,000,000 in borrowed money would be spent.The plan includes nearly $130,000,000 for transportation projects.Nearly $70,000,000 for research and development. $52,000,000 for energy upgrades at state universities and community colleges.And $15,000,000 for the development of offshore wind power.The governor says while the national recovery act will help boost the economy, the state has a responsibility of stimulating job growth as well.Voters will have the final say, the bond package is expected to go on ballots in two rounds of voting in November and in June 2010.

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Monson Elementary School to Close

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Monson Elementary School is slated to close on July first of this year.MSAD #68’s board of directors voted 8-to-1 in favor of the closure at a meeting Tuesday night.Superintendent Ann Bridge had recommended closing the school as a way of saving the district money.She says with fewer state subsidies coming in, the district is having a hard time paying more than $250,000 a year to operate a school with fewer than 40 students.The closure would mean the Monson students would be bused to Sedomocha Elementary School in Dover-Foxcroft.The state department of education still needs to approve the closure. But even if they do, Monson residents could still vote to keep the school open.That would mean they’d have to pay the school’s operating costs.

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Elderly Man Escapes Flames in Newburgh

Updated 6 years ago

An elderly man escaped his burning home in Newburgh Wednesday night.Crews responded to a house on Croxford Road around 7-30 pm.It started as a chimney fire, then flames spread to a wall, and up to the roof.81-year-old Norris Nealy lived at the home.A viewer says that friends of Nealy’s saw the smoke and called the fire department.Crews from five towns came to help put out the fire.Newburgh fire chief Gary Sibley tells TV5 the old walls of the home made it tough for crews to actually reach the flames, and they were unable to save the home.They didn’t clear the scene until 4:15 Wednesday morning.

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Brewer celebrates National MS week

Updated 6 years ago

Folks in Brewer celebrated National Multiple Sclerosis week, with a splash of color today.Representatives of the local chapter of the M-S Society, placed orange flags in front of the Brewer auditorium.They’re hoping to bring awareness to their cause, and to educate the public on the disease.M-S is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system, most often diagnosed in folks 20 to 50 years old.Many Mainers live with M-S.”each flag represents 5 people in the state of maine living with ms. we estimate, at this point, there are approximately 3-thousand people in the state of maine living with ms.”>There are other M-S events across the nation this week.If you’d like to get involved with the local chapter of the MS Society, you can find them online at WWW.MSMAINE.ORG.

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Senior Center celebrates ten years….

Updated 6 years ago

It started ten years ago as a small fitness center and meeting place….with the hope to attract 500 members.Now the Hammond Street Senior Center has more than 17-hundred active members over the age of 60.And a three-story space, more akin to a social club, which sees more than 26-thousand visitors annually.They celebrated ten years of memories today…looking back at how their space has evolved.Today the center offers area seniors everything from a modern computer lab to an art studio and yoga room….And director, Kathy Bernier, says most importantly, a place to come and greet friends.”We started with one floor ten years ago, and we went to the second floor and expanded the fitness center into a fully equipped gym, and now we’re into the third floor. Every room in the building is entirely used.”Membership to the Senior Center is free to anyone at least 60 years old in the greater Bangor region, and to spouses at least 55.They’re able to offer their programs through fundraisers…including a big plant sale they have coming up this spring.

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Madison Fire

Updated 6 years ago

A fire in Madison yesterday has left a family of eight homeless. The owner says the fire started in her kitchen, and the flames destroyed everything the family had.Darcy Mercier used to live in this trailer with her husband, their 6 kids, and 8 pets. That is, before she received a devastating call around noon on Tuesday.”When we got the call we really didn’t think it was us and then when we started pulling up on the street and my brother had called me ten minutes before and said it was us and we just couldn’t believe it, we were just so in shock.”The Spruce Street home had gone up in flames. Fire officials say the gas stove in the kitchen was the cause. The flames destroyed the trailer.”Ya know, we’re devastated about losing 2 of our kittens, and it was very hard for my children a lot of their toys got ruined a lot of their bedding got ruined, a lot of our stuff got ruined, and we don’t have personal insurance… my husband bought a brand new 62 inch tv and we barely had it three months and it’s gone.”Luckily 3 dogs and 3 cats made it out okay, and no one was home at the time.”We’re so happy that none of our children were here and it wasn’t at night time.”The Red Cross has put the family up in a hotel until friday, but Mercier is worried about their next move.”It’s horrible, it’s the middle of winter, we have six kids, we have routines, we have animals, lots of animals, it’s just for us to go out and rent, it’s very hard right now.”Right now support from friends and family is helping them to make it through this difficult ordeal. If you’d like to help the family you can mail or drop off donations at the Madison Town Office. The address is:26 Weston AvenueMadison, ME 04950Phone number (207)696-3971

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Community members read to school kids in Milford….

Updated 6 years ago

Students in Milford spent the day using their imaginations, as folks from the community took time to read aloud.”To me, it’s such a wonderful thing to do. I mean, it brings the community in, we get all the people to come. And I try to always get somebody extra special, each year, so they can have somebody different then they’ve had before.”The *community reads day* has been going on at the Lewis S. Libby school, for many years.Mary Rustin has been organizing the event for the last eight.”Every single grade from Kindergarten right straight through till the eighth grade.””what we kind of do is try to put it similarly to what they’re kind of working on, maybe…with the little grades, just something that will be exciting for them, cause that’s where the fun is.”Cori Skall had the pleasure of reading to Mrs. Lovejoy’s first grade class.”The name of the book we’re gonna read today is called *Space Boy*!””The moon shined bright as Nicholas got ready for bed.””He packed 2 cheese and tomato sandwiches, one bottle of water, and a bunch of grapes and a cookie. He fit the food nicely in to his lunchbox, along with a napkin.””Then Nicholas walked outside, in to his back yard, and climbed inside his rocket.””3, 2, 1, lift-off! He shouted.””Below, he could see this noisy planet slowly fall away.”The students listened eagerly, then we took some time to talk about the book.”It was about outer space!””What was space boy supposed to be doing? Sleeping.””What did he do to get ready? Put on his space hat, space boots, and his space helmet.””What did space boy do when he got to the moon? He was eating and his tomatoes went floating away.””I think its mostly getting people to come in and kids to see that other people are interested…..of course we care about what kids do in school, they’re our future.””The end.”If you’d like to get involved with the next “community reads day”, you can contact the school at 827-2252.

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Drugs Stolen From Local Store

Updated 6 years ago

A lot of drugs have been stolen from a pharmacy in Stonington. State Police say someone broke into V & S Variety late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.A person wearing dark clothing and a ski mask was caught on the store surveillance camera. Police say they’re concerned about the large amount of drugs stolen and where they might wind up. Anyone with information is urged to call state police at 800-432-7381.

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LURC Approves Wind Project

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) – Maine’s wilderness zoning board has given its approval for a 17-turbine wind farm expansion in eastern Maine.The Land Use Regulation Commission voted 5-0 Wednesday at its meeting in Bangor allowing for the Stetson II project near Danforth in Washington County. The project would expand First Wind’s 38-turbine Stetson Mountain wind energy facility, which began commercial operation this year.First Wind of Massachusetts also built the Mars Hill wind project in Aroostook County.Stetson II would be rated to produce up to 25.5 megawatts of energy at maximum capacity, enough power for about 10,000 homes.

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Multiples in Maine Part 1

Catherine Pegram

Updated 6 years ago

Lots of families in Maine have more than one child, but more parents than ever are learning what it’s like to raise two, even three babies – at once. That’s because multiple births are on the rise in Maine.Catherine Pegram – a new multiples mom herself – takes a closer look.My husband and I met our twin daughters a week and a half ago. When we found out we were going to become parents – twice over – i started wondering how many other people are doubly blessed. I quickly learned i’m not alone.”All right, so our ‘A’ baby is still head first”Dr. Joseph Benoit has been bringing babies into this world for more than 20 years.He’s seen more than one-hundred sets of twins – and seven sets of triplets.So he wasn’t too surprised to find out I was pregnant with twins, or as they’re affectionately known now – Baby “A” and Baby “B”. Ob-Gyn Dr. Paul Smith says there’s a reason more women like me are having more than one child at a time – actually a couple of reasons.”There’s a theory that as women mature, as they get closer to menopause, the ovaries slow down a little bit. So the brain hormone driving the ovary, drives a little harder and it tends to drive a couple of eggs instead of just one.””There are also more parents who are undergoing assisted fertility procedures and those tend to cause the release of more than one egg and that tends to increase the number of twins also.”Nationally, twin births are up 70-percent since 1980.In Maine, one in every 46 babies born in 1989 was a twin or a triplet.By 2007, that number rose to one in every 30 infants.Smith says though multiple births are becoming more common, the challenges are much the same.”Increased risk of pre-eclampsia or toxemia, increased risk of gestational diabetes, increased risk of pre-term delivery. But we’ve learned how to maintain the surveillance and manage those a little more effectively.”That surveillance includes 4D ultrasounds, like the ones performed at maternal fetal medicine in Bangor, under the guidance of Dr. Luanna Beauchamp.Technology now allows Sonographer Gina Schuck to get an even closer peak at Baby “A” and Baby “B” – from their hearts to their brains to even their hair.Smith says no matter how you look at it, a multiple birth is an incredible experience for everyone involved.”Every baby is special, but when you know you’re going to have two, its even more special. One in 80 – only one in 80 women have twins.””A twin pregnancy is a little more consuming than a singleton and commensurately more exciting.” good job!” A majority of twins are fraternal. 30-percent are identical, which means one egg split and age or fertility medication has nothing to do with that. Doctors believe our twins are fraternal but we’ll have a dna test done to confirm that.Another challenge with multiples- they usually come earlier than a single baby. So how do you prepare? We’ll find out in part two of the series. In part two Catherine will introduce you to a mom who just gave birth to her second set of twins in a year-and-a-half, and a mom of triplets.More more in part two

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