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Local Man Takes On Littering

Updated 6 years ago

It seems there’s a litter vigilante on patrol in central Maine…Police are looking for a man who’s accused of posing as a state trooper.He apparently stopped a woman in Gardiner after seeing her toss a cigarette butt out of her car.The man told her was an off-duty trooper and had stopped her for littering.He never showed identification, or asked for hers.The woman told police the man was driving a red pickup truck with a blue light mounted on his dashboard.

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Wear Red For Your Heart

Updated 6 years ago

It’s the number one killer of women in the country, and on Thursday students at the University of Maine were getting an education about it…”It” is heart disease.Friday is national wear red day to raise awareness about the problem.On Thursday members of the school’s wellness program invited folks from the American Heart Association to offer a program on campus.Heart disease can strike at any age, but risk factors increase as women get older. “You’re never too young to take steps to prevent heart disease.” Said University Employee Wellness Manager Taylor Bloeden. “As well, some of them have parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who are affected and the more they know now, the more they can help their loved ones and themselves to be healthy as well.”During thursday’s program an inspirational film about heart disease survivors was shown.

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Further Charges Against Fortune

Updated 6 years ago

More charges for a man from Augusta accused of taking part in a machete attack and home invasion in Pittston…A grand jury in Kennebec County handed up five more indictments against 21-year-old Daniel Fortune on Thursday.Fortune is accused of breaking into the home of a former lawmaker last May.William Guerrette junior and his 10-year-old daughter were beaten and hacked with a machete, suffering critical injuries.Among the new counts against Fortune, elevated aggravated assault.Fortune has now been indicted on 14 charges, including attempted murder.He’s already pleaded “not guilty” to 9 of them.Fortune is also accused of stealing more than $111,000 from the Guerrette home in 2007.A trial date has not been set.

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Passadumkeag Fire

Updated 6 years ago

Flames tore through a home in Passadumkeag late Thursday night…Crews were called to a possible chimney fire around 10:30. When they arrived the fire had already ripped through the top floor, and there wasn’t much they could do to save the home.Crews from Greenbush also responded to the fire, which burned for several hours.Passadumkeag Fire Chief Brent Faloon says Marie Lodge and her son Mark lived in the house, but were not home at the time of the fire.Faloon says the extreme cold and nearby power lines made the fire even harder to fight.”We’ve had one engine freeze up completely and we had to cease operations until Hydro got the power disconnected. We had power lines burning up and down the street. Obviously it’s very cold out, and that gives us some complications.”The home was located across the street from the fire department in Passadumkeag.There has been no word yet on what started that blaze.

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Further Charges Against Fortune

Updated 6 years ago

A grand jury in Kennebec County handed up five more indictments against 21-year-old Daniel Fortune on Thursday.

Fortune is accused of breaking into the home of a former lawmaker last May.

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Wear Red For Your Heart

Updated 6 years ago

&quot:It&quot: is heart disease.

Friday is national wear red day to raise awareness about the problem.

On Thursday members of the school’s wellness program invited folks from the American Heart Association to offer a program on campus.

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Falling Electric Prices

Updated 6 years ago

The Public Utilities Commission on Friday approved a 40% decrease in the electricity portion of bills for Bangor Hydro business customers that use the default &quot:standard offer.&quot:

The price will fall from 13.3 cents pkh to an average of about 8.1 cents. The lowest price in three years.

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WABI TV5 Will Continue Analog Broadcasts

Updated 6 years ago

WABI TV5, the CBS and CW television affiliate in

Bangor, has announced its intent to continue analog broadcast operations through the new Digital TV transition date, June 12, 2009. The decision comes as a result of the DTV Delay Act recently passed by the U.S. Senate and House.

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Local Man Takes On Littering

Updated 6 years ago

Police are looking for a man who’s accused of posing as a state trooper.

He apparently stopped a woman in Gardiner after seeing her toss a cigarette butt out of her car.

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Progress in Homicide Case

Updated 6 years ago

Investigators have recently recovered what is described as &quot:some very critical evidence.&quot:

Darrell Smith was found dead in his workshop on the evening of Feb. 6, 2008. His wallet and a safe were both missing.

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Radio Host Saves Womans Life

Updated 6 years ago

On Thursday, a woman from Jonesport called &quot:The Howie Carr Show&quot: and said live on the air that her financial situation was so bad, she was considering suicide.

Host Howie Carr kept the woman on the line and tried to convince her against taking her own life. Even sharing the story ofhis own grandfathers suicide during the depression, andhow his family hasn’t been the same since.

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Grid Expansion Halted

Updated 6 years ago

Aroostook Wind Energy wanted the grid but has changed its stance after discovering unanticipated technical hurdles.

That company also says the economics have changed since the power grid expansion was first proposed.

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FairPoint Scam

Updated 6 years ago

FairPoint is investigating reports of people posing as FairPoint representatives contacting customers by e-mail asking for their passwords. The company said it does not make a practice of asking for that sort of information, and that customers should not respond to the e-mails.

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Passadumkeag Fire

Updated 6 years ago

Crews were called to a possible chimney fire around 10:30. When they arrived the fire had already ripped through the top floor, and there wasn’t much they could do to save the home.

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Millinocket Mill Layoffs

Updated 6 years ago

The company announced today they are shutting down one of their paper machines starting on Monday.

They say the shut down will last for about a month. They are encouraging employees to take vacation time if they have it.

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Traffic Alert

Updated 6 years ago

Police are on the scene of two accidents at this hour.One of the accidents is on I-95 North, in the Carmel-Winterport area, around mile 177. State police have shut that portion of the interstate down while they clean up a tractor trailer that has overturned. That truck was loaded with lumber.The other accident is a three vehicle crash on Route Two in Skowhegan. We’re told there are serious injuries involved with that accident.WABI has crews on the way to both accidents, we will update you with more information as it becomes available.

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Drug Arrest

Updated 6 years ago

Four people from knox county are facing drug charges after several maine drug enforcement agency busts.All four were on probation for prior convictions. 43-year-old Charles Harris of Rockland is charged with aggravated trafficking of cocaine and suboxone and possession of hydrocodone. Police say his charges were upgraded due to the act taking place in a drug free zone. Also arrested, 30-year-old Amy Ashley of Rockland. She’s facing cocaine trafficking charges as well. 24-year-old Jaclyn Erickson of Rockland is charged with aggravated cocaine trafficking and violation of bail. 27-year-old Jeremy Yeaton of thomaston faces charges of aggravated heroin trafficking.In addition, all four are charged with probation violations. DEA agents were assisted by Thomaston and Rockland police and the Knox county sheriff’s office.

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FairPoint Issues Deadline

Updated 6 years ago

FairPoint Communications says problems with their e-mail and internet service in northern New England should be fixed by the coming weekend.Spokeswoman Jill Wurm says about 10% of their customers had problems switching to a FairPoint e-mail account when the company took over phone and internet service from Verizon at the beginning of February.FairPoint has been bombarded with calls since then, more than 13,000 calls in a three day-period.Wurm says the company has increased the number of people handling those calls and working the online help desk.A 24-hour technical support website and hotline have been launched to help customers.The website is www.myfairpoint.net

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Proposed Wind Project Delayed

Updated 6 years ago

Residents in the town of Dixmont say they need more time. They voted Wednesday night in favor of a 180 day moratorium on industrial wind farms by an overwhelming count of 111 to 20.The company Competitive Energy Services is considering a ridge in Dixmont as a potential site for turbines.Many people at the meeting said they’re not against the idea of wind power but given all of the potential effects of such a project they say it is reasonable to wait, and let everyone have a chance to get their questions answered. “I’d like to know what’s in it for the town of dixmont.” Said Dixmont Resident Scott Fish. “I’d like to know a little bit more about the people putting up these windmills. Who are their investors? One of the questions I’d ask is would they be willing to show us whatever proposal they presented to their investors?”The nearby town of Jackson, along with other Maine towns, have approved similar moratoriums to slow down such projects.

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Ban on Energy Drinks?

Updated 6 years ago

They are so-called energy drinks: a concoction of caffeine, sugar, and other ingredients.It’s the younger generations “pick me up” of choice, but there’s a move to ban the drinks for kids.On Wednesday afternoon lawmakers in Augusta heard from folks who think minors should not be allowed to have access to the drinks.Some health experts say young people already consume unhealthy amounts of caffeine, and don’t need a product that raises that intake.A work session is planned in the health and human services committee to further discuss the bill before any decisions are made.

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