America’s marine of the year is from Bangor.Captain David CotÃ© of Bangor was so-honored Thursday night.The title comes from the Gannett Government Media Corporation, which honors one person from each of the five military branches.All five were nominated by their peers for embodying the finest qualities of honor, community service, professional performance and dedication representative of the servicemen and women of America.It’s the eleventh year for the awards.
A camp on Webb Pond in Waltham burned to the ground last night.Residents on the east side of the water called 911 around 5 pm, reporting some sort of explosion and a camp engulfed in flames.Fire fighters from at least four towns headed to the camp, off Route 179.We’re told the camp had already collapsed by the time crews arrived.No one was home at the time.No word yet on a cause or if it’s connected to the explosion.
State police are investigating a burglary in Clifton.It took place sometime during the June 1st and June 26th, but was not reported until last week.A seasonal home on Middle Springy Pond Road was broken into.a television, blu ray player, video game console, and games were among the items taken.State police are asking area residents who may have seen people or vehicles in the area in June to give them a call.
The Penobscot Marine Museum is celebrating a big birthday this weekend, they’d like to see you there.The museum is kicking off Penobscot Bay Day with the grand opening of the museum’s newest exhibit “Seabag: The Visual Storage Center.”It will give the public an intimate look at the museum’s collection of rare artifacts.It also serves as a reflection of Maine’s connection to the sea.”We love to get out on the boats and explore and people are still making their livelihood out on the water, lobstering, fishing,” said curator Cipperly Good.For more information, visit the museum’s website here.
It was once home to Central Maine Power and then sat vacant for years collecting dust, but now this building on 449 Main Street is making a comeback along with downtown Rockland.”This whole rear area of Main Street which has been neglected, not thought of is the perfect opportunity for a people place,” said developer Rick Rockwell.A people place that’s attracting more visitors.Thanks to a Historic Preservation Tax Credit, this building is now a multi-use facility that will be home to a restaurant, retail business, office space and apartments.”The tax credit allows for the owners to pressure the original features of the building but also put in modern conveniences.”Rockwell says he knew it would mean big things when he saw it in the background of a jazz festival.”It seemed so incongruous to the vibrancy of the weekend festivities to the festival.”Three years later, the building that is more than one hundred years old is now open with a modern twist.In recognition of the city’s efforts, members of the Main Downtown Center gathered downtown to bestow upon the city the title of Main Street Community.”Rockland is looking amazing.
A state lawmaker who’s crafting legislation to better protect victims of domestic violence wants to hear from the community about how the laws should be changed.Representative Ken Fredette plans to submit a bill next year requiring judges and prosecutors to consider domestic violence incidents when ordering bail conditions.The idea was spawned by the deaths last month of Amy Lake of Dexter and her two children.They were killed by her estranged husband, Steven Lake, who was out on bail and waiting to go on trial for domestic abuse.Fredette is hosting a public meeting next Thursday in Dexter.
It’s day three in the trial of 23-year-old Garrett Cheney of South Berwick.Laura Roberts has been following the trial and joined TV5 News at Noon over the phone with the latest details.He’s accused of killing a University of Maine student with his pick up truck while driving drunk, then taking off.Twenty-year-old Jordyn Bakley of Camden was killed in Orono in January of last year.In court Thursday, the jury heard from two members of the state police evidence response team who found pieces of plastic at the scene of the crime.They believe those pieces belong to the vehicle that struck Bakley.The jury also heard from the staff of two auto shops who say those pieces could have come from the same kind of truck belonging to Cheney.