While warmer temperatures might be a nice change for some, it’s coming a little too early for a local camp.Camp CaPella had to cancel its annual Paul Bunyan Pond Hockey tournament because of unsafe skating conditions.The event was scheduled for January 28th at Fitts Pond in East Eddington, but the ice wasn’t ready.The camp houses kids and adults with disabilities during the summer.
Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for a 56-year-old man convicted of two counts of murder in the deaths of 19-year-old Gage Green and his brother, 21-year-old Derek.Rory Holland’s sentencing is taking place in York County Superior Court in Biddeford.He faces 25 years to life in prison.Monday morning, the judge did allow Holland to address the court for about 45 minutes, using a chalkboard.
It’s a new bill going before Maine lawmakers.The criminal justice and public safety committee will take up the proposal Monday morning.In addition to legalizing all fireworks, the proposal would also establishes a licensing protocol for sellers.A similar bill in was voted down in 2009.
Maine lawmakers are taking up a bill that seeks new restrictions on protests at funerals.The bill goes before the Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee on Friday.It targets acts of disorderly conduct within one thousand feet of a funeral, burial or memorial service, or within one thousand feet of the route between locations where those ceremonies are being held.
Maine’s seafood industry would get a lift under proposed legislation that would provide funding to support seafood marketing, research and development.A public hearing is scheduled Thursday on the bill, which is titled “An Act to Support Large-scale Marketing and Research and Development for Bulk Sales of Maine Seafood Worldwide.”Rep.
Prospects of building a privately run prison in Milo appear to be gaining momentum with a new administration in control in the State House.A bill has been submitted to authorize a privately run prison and Governor Paul LePage says he’d be open to allowing a private-sector prison to come to Maine.(AP)
Authorities say a small plane has crashed on Sebago Lake and one person was rescued.State Police Spokesman, Steve McCausland says the plane, believed to be an ultralight, which usually has room for just the pilot, was reported down after 4 pm Saturday near Mason’s Beach.Authorities say one person was rescued and taken to a hospital.That person’s condition remains unknown.(AP)
A Plymouth family has lost everything in a fire.The call came in on the Ridge Road just after midnight Sunday morning.Mutual aid from Newport, Etna, Corrina and Carmel were called in to assist.The cause remains under investigation.The family is need of junior girl clothes 7 to 9 or boy clothes size 8.Donations can be dropped off at the Newport Fire Department at 23 Water Street.
The Maine Drug Enforcement agency says four people were arrested Saturday in Hancock County.Agents seized more than a pound a half of cocaine and more than $10,000.They say the cocaine is believed to have been transported to the area from Massachusetts.Arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine were 29-year-old Michael Vilasuso of Dedham, 49-year-old Maureen Leeman of Otter Creek, 29-year-old Thaddeus Jozefowicz of Bangor and 45-year-old Stephanie Martin of Clifton.Authorities say the majority of the drugs and money were found in Vilasuso’s house, where he was arrested.The three others were arrested in their vehicles after being stopped by drug agents and State Police.Vilasuso was taken to the Ellsworth Police Department and the three others were transported to Hancock County Jail, all were released after posting bail.
Folks danced the night away all for a good cause on Saturday.It was the Eastern Maine Aids Network’s Annual Red Ribbon Ball at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor.TV-5’S Morning News Team Wayne Harvey and Joy Hollowel hosted the event.It’s the biggest fundraiser for the organization and all the money will go toward case management services, HIV prevention, education and testing.Program Manager, Sean Weber says the funding keeps getting smaller but the cases aren’t decreasing.He says this event is important to raise awareness.”There is still somewhat a stigma attached with HIV at times because they sometimes think you went out and got this on your own and that’s not always true.
The Rockland Fire Department responded to a fire at the transfer station Saturday morning.They arrived on scene around 6:30.Authorities say they knew an area of it was burning underneath on Friday.They called in an excavator that pulled the piles apart and the fire department was able to put out the flames.
The Bangor Auditorium was packed with robots and the folks who built them Saturday.It was the third annual Maine Vex Robotic Championship which is put on by the University of Maine Black Bear Robotics Club.The competition is for middle school and high school students.This is the first year they have had it at the auditorium.Event Director, David Hart says the event has become so popular that they outgrew their former location.This year’s challenge was called “Round up.” The robots were designed to place rings on goal posts in arenas set up throughout the auditorium.”It’s great for all the kids involved because it gives them a hands-on application of what they learn in the classroom with their math and science.
The Maine Department of Conservation’s reservation system will be open for all state park campgrounds on Monday at 9 am.The Bureau of Parks and Lands say they are using a rebuilt reservation system to improve customer service.They say there will be no fee increase for sites at the state park campgrounds, however fees do vary amongst campgrounds.Campers can make reservations online at www.campwithme.com or by calling 1-800-332-1501.
It was super tax Saturday this weekend.The one day event at the Airport Mall is put on my United Way of Eastern Maine.It’s a free tax prep service for low to moderate income individuals.The service is offered through a financial stability partnership.Several organizations have volunteers that are trained and IRS certified to help folks file their taxes.Director of Communications for United Way of Eastern Maine, Emma Pope-Welch says they had about 100 people at Saturday’s event, which is up from last year.She says it’s important to offer this for the local community.”We have a lot of low to moderate income individuals in our area and it’s really important to have that extra money at this time of year when some of the expenses have to do with medical or fuel costs.
Wednesday was the official start of the new year but the Bangor Chinese School and Chinese Language and Culture Center hosted a party Saturday.Folks attending the party could enjoy all kinds of food and performances from singing to dancing.About 150 people were expected to attend the festivities for the year of the rabbit.”The Chinese New Year is the biggest and largest holiday of China and this is the year of the rabbit.
On a sunny winter day, people got out their snowmobiles for a ride, but this wasn’t a typical tour.In addition to snowsuits and helmets, riders had t-shirts stuffed with eggs for Q 106.5’s snowmobile egg ride.Local celebrities including TV 5’s own Wayne Harvey and Todd Simcox joined others on the journey carrying hundreds of eggs from Levant to Newport.Each egg represents a fifty dollar donation to the Pine Tree Camp in Rome, a summer camp for children and adults with special needs.”All of our programs are adapted regardless of their disability we find a way to get them in, we’ve got basketball courts that are adjusted,” said Harvey Chesley, Director of the Pine Tree Camp.Nine-year-old Nicholas Alesander says come summer, he likes to go out on the boat.”I got to go fishing in the boat and catch some fish,” he said.Since the snowmobile ride started back in 1978 it has raised more than three million dollars for the Pine Tree Camp.”The first time we did it, it was so funny that it just kept growing after that and now people look forward to it and save their pennies,” said retired radio personality Bob Duchesne who created the event.A side of egg and mother nature’s beaming sun were the perfect ingredients for Saturday’s ride.Todd, Wayne and the riders didn’t seem to mind being covered in egg yoke and agreed it was all worth it.”A little bit of egg here and there doesn’t matter,” said TV 5 Meteorologist Todd Simcox.