A man charged will killing a little boy in Bangor back in February was arraigned Wednesday.Twenty seven year old Edgard Anziani of Massachusetts pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges.Prosecutors say he killed 15 month old Damien Lynn at the child’s home.Police say Anziani told them the boy was injured after falling down some steps, but the State Medical Examiner says the toddler had injuries that could not have happened in such a fall.Anziani was arrested in Maryland a few weeks later, and brought back to Maine.He’s being held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail.A trial date has not been set.
A married couple arrested in Jonesport in connection with a kidnapping of two children made their first court appearances Wednesday.Thirty-four year old Amanda Jo Haag is charged with criminal restraint by a parent.Thirty-four year old Colin Haag was charged with kidnapping.Police say the Haags have been traveling through numerous states mis-informing churches that Colin Haag was an ordained minister.Officials say Amanda Jo’s two children have been a part of that travel, too.
Maine has received a $30 million federal stimulus grant to fund energy efficiency upgrades in the state.Governor Baldacci said Wednesday that the money will establish a revolving loan fund to make buildings more energy efficient.Money will be accessible to residents in towns that meet certain clean energy guidelines set by the state.
The American Red Cross say the warm weather and school vacation means a drop in the number of donors.So from now until Friday, the donor center in Bangor will be giving away a $500 scholarship to the Northeast Technical Institute each day to one lucky donor.Everyone who donates during the week will also get a free day pass to Sam’s Club.Trudy Darling, with the American Red Cross, says there is a critical need right now for folks with O-negative blood type.The Red Cross Donor Center is located at 900B Hammond St.
A group of students from the River School in Belfast is making the most of an adventure overseas.Their school trip to Ireland got extended by a few days because of the volcanic activity in Iceland.Three high school students and the director of the River School were on a nine-day culture and history trip in Ireland as part of their course work.They were supposed to return today.Since flights were grounded because of a large volcanic ash cloud, now they might not make it back until Saturday.Nora McGrath with the River School says the students are safe and were able to find a place to stay, and while they’re trying to conserve cash, they are hoping to enjoy their extended stay.Today, the group was hoping to add the National History Museum, the National Gallery and a Guiness plant tour to their trip.
A man from Searsmont who was left paralyzed after a freak accident will soon be getting special rehab that could one day help him walk again.Nick Defrancesco has been accepted into the Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, Connecticut which focuses on specialty rehabilitation.He will be leaving Maine Wednesday morning…Defrancesco was accepted on scholarship, which means no cost for him.Defrancesco and his partner Trisha went to the Belfast Curling Club earlier this year to enjoy a day off together.But he slipped on some ice and crushed two vertebrae.He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center where doctor’s diagnosed him a quadriplegic and told him it was unlikely he would walk again.IT’s a notion he refuses to accept and hopes to work on while in Connecticut.
A former president and alumnus of Husson University in Bangor has died.Delmont Merrill passed away Monday with his family at his bedside.Merrill was president of Husson from 1978 until 1987.During his presidency, Husson started a nursing program, the first master’s degree program in business and the first international program.Prior to becoming president, Merrill worked as a professor, athletic director, administrator and coach.He served in the Marine Corps during World War Two.His service was commemorated in the Steven Spielberg epic “Price for Peace, Freedom Doesn’t Come for Free”, which was prepared for the national D-Day Museum.Funeral services will be announced soon.