A man from Waldoboro facing a number of charges, including a murder charge, has changed his plea.Earl Beiler, 25, pleaded guilty to murder, aggravated attempted murder and other charges in connection with the death of Rachel Grindal.Last June, he pleaded not guilty.Police said Beiler and Corina Durkee were burglarizing the home of Tracy Neild when Neild and Rachel Grindal came home.Investigators said Durkee stabbed Neild and Beiler stabbed and killed Grindal.
Authorities are searching for a former special education teacher and coach at Gardiner Area High School who’s facing misdemeanor sex charges involving a high school student.A prosecutor says an arrest warrant has been issued for 41-year-old Matthew Dineen of Gardiner.
Attorney General Janet Mills says a State Trooper’s shooting of a Searsport man last December was justified.Mills says Trooper Corey Smith acted within the law when he shot and wounded 24-year-old Matthew Sylvester in the arm.Police say the shooting happened after Sylvester allegedly shot another man.Mills says an investigation concluded smith reasonably believed unlawful deadly force was threatened by Sylvester and the shooting was necessary.
An arrest has been made in the hit and run that claimed the life of UMaine student Jordyn Bakley of Camden.22 year old Garrett Cheney was taken to Penobscot County jail early Friday morning.Cheney is from South Berwick and not a student at the University he was in Orono visiting when the accident happened on Middle Street in Orono.Bakley’s body was discovered by a newspaper carrier about an hour before sunrise January 30th.Orono Police along with the Maine State Police had been investigating the hit and run and were looking for a white Chevy Silverado, and through their combined work the evidence led them to Cheney said District Attorney Christopher Almy.
A car crash in Albion early Friday morning, left an Orrington woman injured.Police say 26-year-old Erin Witham was driving on China Road when her vehicle rolled over.It happened around 1:45am.Witham was wearing a seatbelt.Authorities say she was able to crawl out of the car.Witham was taken to Inland Hospital with bruising to her face, neck, and torso.Police say the injuries do not appear to be life threatening.The crash is under investigation.
A man from Skowhegan is suspected of stealing a Nobel Prize from a Harvard professor.Police say 42-year-old Stephen Beaulieu broke into the Arlington home last month, while the 84-year-old physics professor was away.Beaulieu reportedly left behind a trail of evidence, including a half eaten meal and a supermarket receipt for purchases made with his food stamp card.He was arrested last week, but there is no sign of the 2005 Nobel Prize as well as other missing items.Beaulieu has pleaded not guilty to breaking an entering and remains behind bars.
Just a day after Education Commissioner Susan Gendron announced she was stepping down, another member of Governor Baldacci’s cabinet is leaving.The Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services says he’s leaving his position in July.Ryan Low was a key player as Maine struggled to balance its budget, according to Governor Baldacci.He adds that Low earned the respect of democrats and republicans.Low has accepted the job of interim vice president for administration at the University of Maine in Farmington.
It was career day at Hermon Middle School Thursday.Folks from twenty different types of jobs were there to explain what it takes to do what they do to seventh and eighth graders.The kids had a choice of who they wanted to listen to for the 35 minute workshops, and they had the chance to attend three different sessions in the morning.Some of them even chose to come in and listen to Wayne Harvey talk about our jobs here at TV5.Other presenters included a dentist, a writer, a local sheriff, and a member of the National Guard.
Thursday saw another sign of the season: The ice is out on Moosehead Lake.That’s according to Roger Currier of Currier’s Flying Service.He frequently flies over Maine’s largest lake.Every spring he keeps a special watch on things to see when the ice has finally gone away.He officially declared this year’s “ice out” at 10:33 Thursday morning.Ice out is when a boat can make it from Greenville to Northeast Carry without running into any frozen water.
Those who haven’t sent their census forms in have until Friday to do so.At last report, the census bureau says about two-thirds of Americans who were sent forms in the mail have sent them in.If you’ve misplaced or did not receive a form, you can get one at your local census office.If you have questions about the census form, you can visit 2010census.gov
Senator Susan Collins will be in Bangor Friday afternoon, along with military personnel, to recognize the Maine troop greeters.A ceremony has been scheduled for 2:15pm at Bangor International Airport.Collins is being joined by a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Major General Raymond Carpenter, acting director of the Army National Guard.Senator Collins and Major Carpenter will also visit the Maine Military Authority in Limestone.
Volunteers who have come through for Saint Joseph Hospital in Bangor were treated to lunch and special praise on Thursday.More than one hundred hospital volunteers met Thursday at the Saint Mary’s church hall.In the past year, volunteers have contributed more than 19,000 hours of service.
A Rockport man who forced his 4 and 6-year-old sons to fight has been sentenced to two years in prison.26-year-old Pedro Delgado-Bristol pleaded guilty in the case.He was arrested in January after the boys’ mother noticed bruising on her 4-year-old son’s face following a weekend visit with his father.Police say Delgado-Bristol told them the boy fell down stairs.But the boys told police their father made them fight and when they stopped, he hit the younger boy several times in the face with a sandal.
Students at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor are helping to clean up their community.As part of earth week, the students hosted a school-wide neighborhood clean up.It was sponsored by SEAC, the student environmental group and the track team.Chris Packard, a science teacher at John Bapst, says this is a great effort by the students because they can really see what a difference they’re making.The student’s celebration of earth week also includes fundraisers to save the rain forest, a presentation about sustainable food and a school wide blackout day of energy conservation.