A man from Prentiss convicted of killing a friend in November of 2007, lost his appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial CourtJoseph Dumas was found guilty in May of 2009 of murdering Mario “Sonny” Litterio.Dumas told detectives he was under the influence of cocaine when he shot and killed Litterio.
Last night, Bangor city councilors approved a budget for the next fiscal year, which begins Thursday.The 45.5 million dollar budget narrowly passed with a vote of 5-to-4.The municipal budget will increase property taxes by 15 cents, to $19.20 for every thousand dollars of property value.BAT bus fares were also increased from $1 dollar to $1.25, and fees for both of the cities public pools have also been increased.
Hackers have disrupted a website that helps users search for information about bills being considered by the Maine Legislature.The Legislature’s Information Technology Director Scott Clarksays the website was taken down last week because the manipulatedsystem could have exposed users’ computers to harm if they clickedon certain links.
Governor John Baldacci has ordered flags to fly at half-staff on Tuesday to honor the late Senator Robert Byrd.Byrd died Monday at a Virginia hospital after a senate career that stretched more than a half-century.Baldacci described Byrd as “An institution in Washington and in the United States Senate…” who bore witness to “…great change and progress…”Senator Olympia Snowe described him as “A distinguished, iconic legislator.” She said he served as “…conscience and champion of congress.”Senator Byrd was 92.
Investigators have determined that a fire that destroyed a house on Mount Desert Island, was an accident.Crews got the call Friday afternoon when a neighbor reported seeing smoke and flames at the home on Route 3 in the village of Otter Creek.About 30 firefighters from Mount Desert, Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, and Trenton responded.No one was injured, but the home was destroyed.An exact cause of the fire has not been determined.It was owned by Dennis Smith.
Bangor city councilors held a workshop this evening to discuss a proposed change to an ordinance involving adult entertainment.Current city law doesn’t allow for the sale of alcohol in clubs with nude dancers.The owner of Diiva’s Gentleman’s Club, Diane Cormier, wants the rules changed so she can provide both drinking and naked dancers.A very emotional Cormier went before city councils once again and pled her case.After hearing Cormier’s reasoning, along with some public comment, city councilors took a poll.
The Brewer Public Library will shut down next week for some renovation work.They were awarded a grant through the American Recovery and Investment Act to replace the heating and air conditioning system at the library.Next week, they’ll install an energy efficient and money saving heat pump system.
It’s a chance to save a life, and get free entry into the Bangor State Fair.The Maine Blood Center in Bangor is holding blood drives every Thursday in July in honor of Maggie Rudnicki.She’s a little girl from Levant who has a condition that requires a blood transfusion every few weeks.Anyone who successfully donates blood during Maggie’s Wristband Blood Drives will get a wristband for the Bangor State Fair.Heather Babcock, Donor Recruiter at the Blood Center says it’s an important time to give.
A Shirley man accused of molesting a young girl in his barber shop in Dover-Foxcroft has pled not guilty to the crime.68-year-old Donald Denbow was charged last October with gross sexual assault.The girl told police the assaults happened from 2004 to 2006, when she was between 10 and 12 year old.Denbow is facing 13 counts of gross sexual assault and one count of sexual abuse of a minor.He remains out on bail and has been ordered to have no contact with the victim or with anyone under the age of 18.
During the past few months, questions have swirled around the Bangor City Council about what the budget would look like for the coming fiscal year…There was speculation about where cuts would be made and how big they might be, and if the tax rate would change.At tonight’s City Council meeting, all of the questions should be answered.”This is me, one councilor speaking, saying I believe we’ll have a budget by the end of tonight,” said Councilor Rick Bronson.