Funeral services will take place on Saturday, November 12th, for two teenagers killed in a car crash in Carmel.Police say 16-year old James McPhearson of Levant and 14-year-old Richard Picken of Carmel were traveling along Irish Road Monday night, when their car hit a utility pole near the Fuller road intersection and split in two.The Hermon High School students were soon to become step brothers.A joint funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.
The owner of an Augusta mobile-home park has been ordered to pay former tenants $4,500 for his failure to repair burst pipes, which forced residents to carry water to their homes and empty toilets by hand for months.The payment was ordered by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled Tuesday on an appeal filed by former tenants who sued landlord John Mulholland.The court determined that a couple in their 70s who lived in the park were entitle to the money for the nine months of inconveniences.The park’s pipes froze in December 2008 and the toilet failed in March 2009.The park no longer exists.Mulholland’s lawyer tells the Kennebec Journal his client will comply with the court order.(The Associated Press)
Heartless thieves have added to the misery of residents of a Lewiston apartment building made temporarily uninhabitable by a fire.Police say someone broke into the three-unit Pine Street home and stole 21 items from two of the empty apartments, including electronics, toys and power tools.
Gay marriage supporters in Maine have surpassed their goal for petitions to be used if they decide to press forward with another referendum next year.Betsy Smith of EqualityMaine says 396 volunteers collected more than 36,000 signatures on Election Day, bringing the total number to 100,000.
Maine Republican Chair Charles Webster is defending campaign ads that mention a gay rights group’s funding of Democratic candidates and the campaign for same-day voter registration.Webster said Tuesday the ads are factual, and meant to highlight the difference between his party’s constituency and that of the Democrats.The ads, which appeared in weekly newspapers and as inserts, said the EqualityMaine group, which supports gay rights and same-sex-marriage, donated $5,000 and helped in the petition drive in support of the voter registration referendum.State Democratic Chair Ben Grant and Betsy Smith of EqualityMaine both called the ads “homophobic,” and the political activist group Maine’s Majority called them “shameless and disgusting.” Andrew Ian Dodge, a tea partier and GOP Senate hopeful, called for Webster to resign.
The chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe has given the state two checks totaling $1.9 million for two highway projects.Chief Joseph Socobasin presented checks this week to Governor Paul LePage and Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt.Indian Township has two projects it is participating in with the transportation department.
Route 2A in the northern town of Haynesville was closed for four hours yesterday following a crash involving a tractor trailer hauling a full load of scrap metal.According to police, the truck was travelling southbound when the driver lost control on a sharp corner.
A couple known for helping others in the community was honored Wednesday night.Reverend Bob and Elaine Carlson were presented with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Katahdin Area Boy Scouts…The Carlson’s were given this award based on their dedication to others and for living their lives by the Scout Oath and Law.Past recipients of this award include the Maine Troop Greeters and Senator Susan Collins…
Husson University hosted a special steel raising ceremony to mark the construction of its new, 11 million dollar building.The Living and Learning Center is a five story multi-purpose building that will include suite-style dormitories for 245 students.It will also be the home of experiential learning classrooms that will give business, legal studies and counseling students hands-on learning experiences.Guests were able to sign the piece of steel before it was raised.”It certainly demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality learning environment for our students well into the future,” said University President Bob Clark.Construction on the Living and Learning Center is expected to be completed in august of next year.
In honor of Veterans Day this Friday, local students hosted an annual celebration.Caroline Connolly takes us to Brewer High School where for the last six years they’ve been saying thank you to service men and women.Skipping first period may have just been the most effective way to teach a high school course in history.”They can learn a lot,” said veteran, Herb Colson.For one hour, students could put the textbooks away, and get a lesson of the past by honoring those who lived it.”I think it’s good for them to know about the Vietnam era where they weren’t appreciated and where the military wasn’t appreciated so much,” said Colson.The school invited veterans for a ceremony their students host yearly, during which they remember what happened at the 11th hour of the 11th day in November of 1918 when World War 1 finally came to an end.”It means everything to me,” said veteran, William Dean.Some have been coming back to the school every November.”I’ve had all the dog tags they’ve given out,” said Dean.Every year, they hope to teach students a lesson that the textbooks sometimes can’t.
Waterville’s police chief is proposing new legislation intended to crack down on the theft of copper and other metals for sale as scrap.Chief Joseph Massey says his officers are often stymied in theirinvestigations because scrap metal processors don’t maintaindetailed records of their purchases and process materials quickly.The Kennebec Journal reports that Massey’s proposal, announced Tuesday, would impose new regulations on scrap-metal processors and higher penalties on those that break the law.Waterville Democratic state Rep.