A man from Union will spend the next 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting two of his daughters.Officials with the Knox County District Attorney’s office say Richard Leppanen, 35, sexually assaulted his 5 and 10 year old daughters over the course of a year back in 2008.Leppanen was sentenced Wednesday on 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact, two counts of unlawful sexual touching, and two counts of gross sexual assault.Following his release from prison, Leppanen will be on supervised release for an additional 15 years, and will be required to register on the sex offender registry for life.
A man from Union will spend the next 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting two of his daughters.Officials with the Knox County District Attorney’s Office say 35-year old Richard Leppanen sexually assaulted his 5 and 10-year old daughters over the course of a year back in 2008.
One person was taken to the hospital following an accident in Hermon Friday afternoon.Authorities say a Dodge Dakota being driven by 41-year-old Wendy Weaver of Belmont was traveling westbound on Route 2 in Hermon when a Subaru Outback being driven by 19-year-old Amanda Vonborstel of Hermon blew through the intersection at New Boston Road, colliding with the truck.Weaver was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center by ambulance, for complaints of neck pain.Vonborstel was driving with a suspended license.She has been charged with operating after suspension.
Within this past week, the Bangor Humane Society has seen an increase in the number of kittens and cats being brought in.As Meghan Hayward tells us, they are reaching full capacity and need folks to adopt.Spring and Summer is known as kitten season at the Bangor Humane Society.”Because of all the cats that are reproducing and having their litters this time of year.
If you’ll be traveling through Ellsworth there’s something new to look out for.It has been 26 years since the last train rolled through Ellsworth, so folks going through have gotten used to ignoring the rail crossings.But that’s changed now, the Downeast Scenic Railroad has begun its passenger operations along a four-mile stretch through the city.Drivers will have to adjust to the fact that, by law, a train has the right of way.Maine Operation Lifesaver offers railroad safety tips.Stand at least 15 feet from a passing train as it overhangs the width of the rails.Don’t attempt to crawl under a train or cross over between cars even if it has stopped.Don’t try to hop on a train for a short ride.Don’t place coins, cans, bottles or other objects in front of a train.Never play “chicken” or similar deadly games in front of a train.A train can operate any day at any time.
State police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy in Rockland who crawled inside a car and was found there with all of the windows closed.Police spokesperson Steve McCausland say the death is likely heated related and a terrible accident.Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower says police got a call about 6-30 Thursday night for a missing child.Paul Giamsiracusa, who would have turned 3-years-old next month, was found in the car near his home.Authorities say he’d gotten inside without anyone knowing it and shut the door.Giamsiracusa was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.A hospital spokesperson say he was in critical condition when he arrived and then died at the hospital.
An unusual event will be taking center stage at Fort Knox this weekend.The annual Psychic/Paranormal Faire features presentations from ghost hunters, UFO enthusiasts, an exorcist, as well as speakers and a psychic.The Bangor Ghost Trackers will be on hand to talk about their investigations at Fort Knox and other sites around Maine.The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 until 4 at Fort Knox in Prospect.THE BANGOR GHOST TRACKERS WILL BE ON HAND TO TALK ABOUT THEIR INVESTIGATIONS AT FORT KNOX AND OTHER SITES AROUND MAINE.THE EVENT RUNS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FROM 10 UNTIL 4 AT FORT KNOX IN PROSPECT.
More than two months after a melee involving hundreds of students at Bates College, one of the students arrested in the incident made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.Samuel Guilford is charged with aggravated assault and refusing to submit to arrest after police said he fought with an officer.Guilford did not have to enter a plea at Thursday’s appearance.Guilford was one of 11 students charged in connection with the melee.Police said a group of students who had been drinking became unruly outside a freshman dorm on the Bates campus in May.The incident left two police officers hurt, one seriously.Police said Lewiston Sgt.
Police have released more details regarding the crash in Orland Wednesday night that killed a 14-year-old boy.Police say Mark McDonald of Orland was riding with three friends when he rode out onto route 1 near the Narramissic River Bridge.He was hit by a pick-up and died at the scene.Authorities tell us at this point, that they don’t believe charges will be filed.In light of this tragedy Orland Consolidated School will be open Friday, July 30th from 9am to noon for students, parents, and friends to gather.Councilors will be on hand for folks to talk with.For more information you can go to www.rsu25.org