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Officials Ask for Community Support in Fishing Dispute Investigation

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Law enforcement officials say say tension and turf wars between lobstermen in Penobscot Bay have reached new heights this year. In a matter of weeks, in separate disputes, there was a shooting off Matinicus Island and boat sinkings in Owls Head harbor.Major John Fetterman with Maine Marine Patrol says the number of complaints related to fishing disputes was already running high this summer, before the recent violence and criminal acts.”They’ve escalated to a crescendo here of course. But in other parts of the state we’re taking in complaints daily of trap cutting, fishery disputes, from Kittery to Eastport. This isn’t solely a Knox County problem. This is a statewide problem,” Fetterman says.Officials say while they can’t pinpoint the trigger this year, ongoing territory issues, personal feuds and the poor economy could all be factors.”This summer has been very unique and we’ve all been coming together. And basically we’re working together every day on this matter,” says Knox County Chief Deputy Ernest McIntosh.Friday the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Maine Marine Patrol, State Police and the Coast Guard asked for help with their current investigations into the boat sabotage in Owls Head.”Even though we’ve had tremendous support from the community – they have assisted us greatly in our investigations – we’re putting out an appeal. We need even more community involvement and community information and ownership by the community,” Fetterman says.They say such information is vital since their investigations, already complicated, are made more difficult when people’s livelihoods are involved. And since speaking up in a tight-knit community can be hard. But officials say it’s a matter of public safety.”I want to ensure people that in their cooperation with law enforcement, we will take every effort to protect them and their confidentiality in sharing any information that might assist in our investigation,” Fetterman says.Still no arrests have been made in connection with the sabotage of three boats in Owl’s Head Harbor earlier this week.They urge anyone who can provide information to call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 975-1711.

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New Technology at EMMC Makes for Faster, More Accurate Cancer Treatment

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

New technology that just arrived at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s cancer center is designed to make treatments faster and better for some patients. One piece of radiation equipment was delivered today to the new CancerCare of Maine facility in brewer.It will better target a tumor, sparing healthy tissue, and we’re told it will significantly cut treatment time.Patients who might normally be scheduled for a half-hour of radiation can now be treated in five to ten minutes. Carol Guptill, the manager of the radiology and oncology department, says that’s especially important as maine’s population gets older.”We will probably be treating more patients and were already quite extended in our hours that we have so we’ll be able to treat more patients throughout the day, so that will be a good thing.”Another new piece of equipment delivered last week will let doctors, essentially, use radiation to do surgery on tumors. It will take up to two months to install the equipment and then it will need to be fine-tuned before it can be used on patients.

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Bangor Y’s Camp Molly Molasses Celebrates its Thirtieth Year

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Today was the last day of the Bangor Y’s Camp Molly Molasses for this summer.But it was also a day to mark a milestone. The camp’s thirtieth anniversary.Meghan Hayward has the story. “And then it became a camp where kids, boys or girls it doesn’t matter who need to have a place to go in the summer and have a good time.”Camp Molly Molasses on Chemo Pond in Bradley is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary.”I just think it’s amazing that we work so hard to put this all together. We work all year long to make camp work. And to walk into camp and see it happen it’s just absolutely amazing.”Director of Camp Molly Erin Hatch says the camp has become bigger and better through the years.And one Bangor family has seen all those changes.”Well I started out helping with the counselors and everything and I used to go pick the kids up with Blue Bell bring them to camp and bring them back, which was a big blue van that we used to have. Then I started cooking down here for the kids and everything.”And when her daughter Tonya Polk was old enough to attend camp, Frances Droche signed her up.TONYA SAYS SHE HAS MANY FOND MEMORIES ABOUT CAMP MOLLY.”Just experiencing being outdoors making new friends. Just the whole camp experience.”So it was no surprise that when Tonya’s children were old enough to attend they became campers too.7-year-old Megan Polk has been coming to Camp Molly for three years.And her favorite part about camp is.”Going swimming.”Hatch says it is families like that, that keep Camp Molly a favorite place for parents to send their kids every summer.So what’s in the future for Camp Molly?”It’s going to continue to get better and better. We grow and build from our experiences.”

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St Joseph Hospital in Bangor Hosts Golf Tournament

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Some folks were swinging clubs for a good cause today.St Joseph Hospital in Bangor hosted a golf tournament that will help raise money for their hyperbaric wound center.This year’s event marks the twentieth anniversary for the tourney.And Director of Development at St Joseph Hospital CarolAnne Dube says the tournament is their biggest fundraiser.The money raised at today’s event will help update their hyperbaric equipment.” There’s a pretty signigicant demand. We have people from Washington and Aroostook county that will come down because we’re only one of three hospitals in the state that has this equipment. So really in demand quite a lot.”And our own Jon Small was one of the golfers who took part in the fundraiser.

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Old Wreckage Found in the St. Lawrence River

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Canadian divers have stumbled upon what they believe is the wreckage of a Maine-based U.S. Army air force amphibious plane that went down in the St. Lawrence River in 1942. The government divers announced Thursday that they came across the wreck while doing routine work in eastern Quebec. It has not yet been confirmed whether it is the lost plane. According to the War Department, which later became the U.S. Department of Defense, the plane had completed the first leg of a routine flight and was taking off for the return trip to base when it capsized in rough weather in the eastern Gulf of Saint Lawrence on Nov. 2, 1942. Nine people were aboard the PBY-5A Catalina, which was based at Presque Isle, Maine. Four crew members survived. But five were lost.

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Acadia Park Rangers Cleared of Using Excessive Force

Catherine Pegram

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Two rangers from Acadia National Park have been cleared of using excessive force at a late-night party last year that left a man injured. The National Park Service says Kevin Donnell and Jim Lyon will not face disciplinary action and the U.S. Attorney’s office has declined to prosecute them. Tim Wild and Catherine Junkert were among a group of people that hiked up Day Mountain last August. Park rangers alleged there was underage drinking and marijuana use. The rangers tried to break up the party and Wild ended up with facial fractures and a concussion.Lyon reported Wild as belligerent and struggling to avoid handcuffs. Wild says he was deliberately thrown to the ground.A spokesperson for the National Park Service told TV5 news the investigation was taken very seriously, which is why it took almost a year to complete. Despite the decision, Wild’s lawyer is preparing to sue the federal government.Jon Holder say the government has until next Friday to respond to a damage claim by his client, otherwise Holder will file a civil lawsuit.

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Disabled Baseball Fan in Bangor Lives Out His Dream

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

A baseball fan from Bangor with muscular dystrophy is living out his dream in New York this weekend. Jeff McIntyre will watch his favorite team take to the field tomorrow night – the Yankees. And they’re going up against none other than the Boston Red Sox. McIntyre is confined to a wheelchair and needed special transportation to get to the game. The folks with Autotronics in Bangor heard about McIntyre’s plight and rented him a van with a wheelchair lift.Friends worked to pull off the rest – getting free tickets and raising money to pay for the trip. McIntyre left town today and is expected back Monday. By the way, if you haven’t heard, the Yankees clobbered the Sox in last night’s game – 13 to 6.

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Benefit Dinner and Auction for Boys from Bradford Injured in Car Crash

Catherine Pegram

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Folks in Bradford are hosting a benefit dinner Satyrday night to help the families of two local boys, injured in a serious car crash in May. 7-year-old Caden Buzzard is finally home and recovering after the accident in Levant that killed his 5-year-old sister, Alyssa. His neighbor, Ben Speed, who was riding with the Buzzards, is healing, too. A dinner and auction to raise money for the families begins at 4 o’clock tomorrow at the Bradford Community Center.The live auction starts at 6 o’clock. The silent auction runs throughout the evening until 7:30pm. Admission to the dinner is by donation.

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What Happens to “Cash for Clunkers” Cars?

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It’s official. The “cash for Clunkers” program is getting another two billion dollars so it can continue through Labor Day, if the money lasts that long.Consumers and car dealers aren’t the only ones happy to hear the news.As Amy Erickson found out, the folks who run junkyards say they can use the business, too.”I’m really excited. That means more cars, more money for us.”Jared Jacobs is the facility manager at One Steel Recycling in Glenburn.The company has three other facilities across the state and they couldn’t be more thrilled about the “Cash for Clunkers” program continuing through Labor Day.Workers here have already taken in about 200 “Clunkers.” They pick them up from the dealer once the engines have been seized.”We usually take 7 or 8 at a time and bring them here to our facility. At that point, we drain any remaining fluids on our car rack and then they’re ready to be crushed in one of our balers.”Jacobs gave us a demonstration.”It comes out as just a box.””Once they’re crushed, we ship them out of state and they recycle the metals.”The popular “cash for Clunkers” program gives car owners up to 45-hundred dollars for trading in older vehicles for newer, more efficient models.Jacobs says he’s seeing a variety of “clunkers” being traded in”We’re seeing all kinds. Most are late model trucks, four wheel drives that are less efficient.”And Jacobs hopes they keep on coming. Since “clunkers” mean cash for his business.”We’ve seen quite an increase in cars statewide as a result of this program, so it’s definitely helping us and the dealerships generate some new business.”

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Sinclair Sentenced for Vehicular Manslaughter and OUI

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A man from Cornville accused of killing a mother of three while driving drunk was sentenced to 6-years behind bars today.The verdict came down just after 11 o’clock.59-year-old Charles Sinclair pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and operating under the influence.Police say he was drunk when he smashed his car into Faith McKenzie’s vehicle last year on the Lakewood Road in Madison.The state argued for 15-years behind bars.We’ll have reaction from the family tonight on T-V 5 News at 5 and 6.

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Sex Offender Sues State, District Attorney

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A convicted sex offender from Steuben is suing the State and a District Attorney, claiming they violated his rights.Hancock and Washington County District Attorney Michael Povich and Maine State Police Chief Patrick Fleming are both named in the suit brought by Frank Sawyer.He was convicted of four counts of sexual abuse of a minor back in 1999.Sawyer claims that because he was required to register as a sex offender, his right to privacy was violated.Sawyer says he would not have pleaded guilty had he known he’d be required to register for ten years.

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Two Men Arrested in Connection With Rumford Shooting Deaths

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Two Mexico men have been arrested and charged with murder in the deaths of two men in the town of Rumford.A 19-year-old man from Mexico, Maine has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting deaths. Eric Hamel is being held at the Oxford County Jail. He was arrested Friday morning and charged with two counts of murder.Roger Moulton, 20, of Mexico, was arrested Friday afternoon and was also charged with two counts of murder. State police said Moulton made the initial 911 call about the shootings.Hamel was an honor roll student who graduated in June from Mountain Valley High School.22-year-old Victor Sheldon and 48-year-old Roger Day were shot to death in Day’s apartment on Pine Street Monday night. Their friend was also at the home at the time but was not hurt.Police spent Thursday in Rumford, interviewing witnesses and looking for evidence in the Androscoggin River.Hamel is expected to make his first court appearance Monday.

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Paint on Heating Unit Cause of Suspicious Odor

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The Howard Johnson’s Inn in Bangor is back open after an incident Thursday night.The motel on the Odlin Road was evacuated around 9 p.m., after a suspicious odor made several people sick.Six people, including four firefighters, were taken to the hospital.They’ve all since been released.The odor was apparently coming from the first and second floors.Haz-Mat and decontamination teams were sent in to investigate.They cleared the scene and let folks back into the building early Friday morning.The Department of Environmental Protection says it appears a maintenance worker applied paint to a heating unit Thursday, and that could be what caused the odor.

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Bangor Hotel Contamination Scare

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Haz Mat and Decontamination teams were taking no chances on the Odlin Road in Bangor Thursday night.The call came in around 8:45 Thursday night from the Howard Johnson’s of a suspicious odor on the first and second floors, and reports of several people vomiting profusely.Fire and rescue crews from surrounding towns descended on the hotel.Guests as well as everyone else inside was evacuated.Four firefighters as well as two other people were taken to the hospital to be treated for exposure, they have since been released.No word on what it was that they were exposed to. We’re told their injuries are not serious.Crews started clearing the scene about 4 Friday morning. Police officers will remain on the scene until it’s deemed safe.The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has reportedly been called, and will check the building sometime Friday. Until then, everyone has been told to stay out.

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Friends of Lincoln Lakes Appeal to DEP

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It’s another rejection for folks in the Lincoln area, trying to slow down a plan to put 40 wind turbines on Rollins Mountain and the Rocky Dundee Ridges.Concerned citizens headed to Augusta to push for more information about the potential harm of the first wind project.Members of the Board of the Department of Environmental Protection heard close to three hours of testimony Thursday, as the Friends of Lincoln Lake’s attorney tried to fight for a public hearing.DEP commissioner David Littel has denied the request for a public hearing in the past, and it was the board’s vote to uphold that decision again, but not before the appellants attorney Lynn Williams had this to say.”It’s troubling that the administrator decision maker in this matter would arbitrarily dismiss evidence that is inarguably conflicting and inarguably technical.”The group claims there are many citizens who believe that the DEP made a mistake in its rush to let First Wind proceed with the project.”We submitted hours of testimony in Lincoln back in February, and not a bit of it was incorporated in the consideration by the staff of the DEP.”Thursday’s appeal was to request a public hearing to let experts give a more thorough assessment of technical issues and noise impact.”There are noise concerns that the state doesn’t wish to consider, nor have they looked at. All of the reviews that have been done on wind and noise issues have been done by the companies that produce the project. There have been no independent reviews done on wind turbine noise studies, and a lot of the experts have been bought and paid for by the same people that are trying to put these up on our hills and refuse to let citizens be part of the process.”First Wind Vice President Matthew Kearns disagrees.”We have done robust studies on sound, wildlife, all of the issues the appellants are raising. It’s something we’ve done our homework on.”If the Friends of Lincoln Lakes choose, they may appeal the boards decision to supreme court.

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A New Chapter for Historic Glamour in Bar Harbor

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In the mid-1900’s the Bar Harbor Club had a legacy as one of the premier clubs on the East Coast. But it was hit by the fire of ’47, and when the club closed in the late eighties it stayed dormant for years. Through that time, though– many folks couldn’t forget their history there.”A lot of people have waited a lot of years for this,” says club director Eben Salvatore.This is the result of years of hard work and renovations. After a long hiatus, the Bar Harbor Club is again open for membership.”It was originally founded in 1929 by a lot of the money that was up here at the time, the wealthy families from Philadelphia, Boston, New York… and it was a social club. Very exclusive,” he says.Salvatore says things are more relaxed today, but it’s the memories of the past that make this spot so important to people.”Since we’ve been open, a lot of people have been coming in with old stories they have of them, or their parents being members, working here, playing here, sneaking into the pool at night,” he says, with a smile.”I think what they’ve done is really just extraordinary, and complementary to what was here before,” says Peter Whitman, who was visiting the club Thursday.Salvatore says great care was taken with new additions, like the poolhouse, to maintain the craftsmanship of the original club.”We’ve had a lot of uphill battles which, fortunately for the building and the property, we were able to overcome,” Salvatore says.The cost of membership is still exclusive, at more than 900 dollars for a couple for the season, but more people are signing up every day.”I’ve met so many people that share their stories from when their grandparents first came here, they had their first date here,” says spa director Chawnacee Bryan.The spa and the restaurant are open to the public. They say now that the club’s original glory has been restored, a whole new generation can make their own memories here.”This is the place where I learned to swim and to play tennis,” Salvatore says, “and to be back again, to be a part of it still, is pretty special to me.”

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Town Of Shirley Celebrates 175th Anniversary

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”The people in the town of Shirley are all very proud people.” Charlie Baker ought to know, he’s lived in Shirley for the better part of 70 years, and that pride will be on display saturday when Shirley celebrates it’s 175th anniversary. The town has kicked in $12,000 to help pay for the celebration.”To me Shirley is a town that hasn’t changed,” adds Colleen Taylor. Taylor is also a Shirley resident and has been instrumental in organizing the events on saturday. One thing that will change is the elementary school. It’s been standing since 1835 but is closing this year. “The sad thing is the big families aren’t around anymore and enrollment kept dropping down, and, down,” says Baker, “the last year I taught here there were 44 students and last year there was only 2.” There were only 2 students when Baker attended the school for seven years back in the 1940’s. The other student in Baker’s class? Colleen Taylor. The two agree that the school will be missed. “The greatest education any kid could ever get is in a one room schoolhouse,” says Baker, “it’s like one great big family.”In addition to honoring the elementary school, a book has been compiled which displays the proud history they have here, including how they got through the Great Depression. “People were always able to not give up, very honest, good, kind people that work together living in the town of Shirley,” says Baker.Senator Susan Collins will make an appearance here as well which has the people in the town buzzing with excitement. “For us to be lucky enough to have such a wonderful person coming to witness what a nice little community we have is great,” beams Baker. Some other things planned for the day include a BBQ dinner that is free for all Shirley residents, and $5 for non-residents, and of course, a fireworks show at 9:00.For Baker and the other people of Shirley they see this as an opportunity to show off their hometown. “We’re looking forward to seeing how many people come and really enjoy what we’ve spent many, many, many hours putting together to get ready for this event.”

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Federal Grant To Build Visitor Center In Greenville

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The federal government is spending $250,000 to help bolster tourism in Greenville. The money will be used to build a visitor center on Route 15.The Maine DOT will donate a 4.5 acre rest area to the project creating a 25-acre facility in the moosehead lake region. It will be used as the main office for the Natural Resource Eucation Cnter, which provides outdoor programs. The current center operates out of a rented storefront in downtown Greenville.The town is looking for other non-profit groups to share the facility with. “We hope to have an NREC office there as well as the Chamber of Commerce will be located there” says Tom Obrey, the Vice President of NREC, “several other NGO’s will be located there to help offset the maintenance cost we’re hoping to find some other like minded groups that would like to share some office space.”

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Bangor Police Step Up Patrols for Parking Violations

Catherine Pegram

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Park in the wrong spot in Bangor and you’re in line for a parking ticket. The Bangor Police Department is stepping up its efforts to enforce parking rules, especially in certain parts of the city.Some of the hot spots – Broadway, near John Bapst High School and surrounding streets: Garland Street, near Cohen Middle School: Otis Street, Center Street, Old Capehart and New Capehart.We’re told officers expect to hand out hundreds of tickets in the next few weeks. Most violations are $25, but parking in a handicapped spot will cost you $200.

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Public Hearing on Callahan Mine Cleanup

Catherine Pegram

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Folks in Brooksville will share their thoughts tonight on a $23,000,000 cleanup plan for the old Callahan mine.The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a public hearing on the plan at the Brooksville town office. The mine closed in 1972 and left behind a number of contaminants, such as arsenic, lead and zinc.It’s been deemed a Superfund cleanup site by the federal government.Tonight’s meeting starts at 7 p.m.The formal comment period on the plan ends September 10th.

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