A China woman is accused of writing numerous fake prescriptions for narcotics and non-narcotics while she was employed at a Waterville doctor’s office.Keeley French, 37, allegedly wrote the prescriptions over a one year period.French is charged with 32 counts of felony acquiring of drugs by deception, 32 counts of unlawful possession of hydrocodone and 29 counts of misdemeanor acquiring drugs by deception.Officials say the doctor who French worked for is being cooperative with the investigation and is actually the one who brought the alleged crime to their attention.
The investigation into a deadly plane crash in Aroostook County continues.The plane went down with two people on board near the Maine-Quebec border Monday.Maine State Police have identified the pilot as 31-year-old Ryan Isaac and the passenger as 53-year-old Paul Oberman.
March and April are the most flood-prone months in Maine.The State Planning Office is urging homeowners to make sure they’re protected against floods, especially those living in floodplains near rivers.The agency says many people think their homeowners or business insurance will cover flood related losses but that’s not the case.
Police believe they’ve nabbed the man who robbed Bangor Savings Bank on Broadway in Bangor Saturday.39-year-old Donald Turner is being held at the Penobscot County Jail on a federal probation violation charge.Court records say he was convicted of robbing banks in Portland and South Portland five years ago.The FBI has taken over the investigation of Saturday’s robbery in Bangor.
The man who triggered Maine’s first Amber Alert has been found guilty of two of the four charges against him.39-year-old Gary Traynham was convicted of aggravated assault and criminal restraint.The jury was deadlocked on charges of gross sexual assault and burglary.Traynham was accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriends apartment in Sanford and sexually assaulting her, then taking off with their two-year-old daughter in November 2009.They were found the next day by a hunter in New Hampshire.
A hearing to determine the fate of more than 10 animals that were seized from a Clinton couple is expected next month.Brett and Alexis Ingraham are facing numerous animal cruelty charges.Last February, we told you that the state animal welfare program had started an investigation after multiple complaints of neglect and malnourishment had been received.15 horses were taken from their property, the Fairplay Horsefarm in Clinton.The couple will not answer to the animal cruelty charges until the ownership issue has been settled.The Clerk of Courts office in Augusta tells us the ownership hearing is expected to be set in April.
Some teenagers were at the Bangor Y Tuesday, hoping to collect clothes to help those in need.The girls are part of the Bangor Y’s Opportunity for Teens Program.The Jean Drive will be going on the whole month of March,but jeans aren’t the only clothing you can drop off.
The students of Hermon High School want a big name speaker at their high school graduation: Ellen Degeneres.Senior Class President Chelsea Lear-Ward and her class council came up with the idea during a meeting.They created a 4 and a half minute video which lists the top ten reasons for the talk show host to speak at commencement.Since the video was posted this past Sunday, it has received more than 9-hundred hits on YouTube.comLear-Ward says having Ellen speak at her graduation would be the perfect ending to her senior year.”We’d just love to have her Skype in and speak at our graduation, who can say I had Ellen Degeneres speak at my graduation?
Torrential rain is all but a distant memory as drivers hit the roads to go about their day.Now that rain has turned into ice creating a challenge for crews trying to clean up the mess mother nature left behind.”We’ve been pretty lucky this year we’ve seen a lot of light fluffy snow that wasn’t the case yesterday and Sunday so this was probably one of the more significant storms outage wise,” says Susan Faloon with Bangor Hydro.Faloon says the storm knocked out power to more than 65-hundred customers in the Penobscot and Piscataquis County areas.”When the damage is widespread like that a lot of trees are broken, a lot of poles are broken, that kind of thing that’s not centrally located takes much longer to fix.”The thick ice brought back memories of an ice storm that hit Bangor in 1998.”The icing on the tree limbs and the power lines causing those trees to bend and break and that sort of thing those are very much conditions like the ice storm of 98.”Bangor Hydro’s crews weren’t the only ones that were busy.
Piscataquis Community Elementary School students were given an assignment: Create an ad for the Valley Grange and it could run in the newspaper.”They told me that people would win if they had a good drawing,” said third grade winner Ashley Nanney.The Valley Grange has now announced the winning ads for The Newspapers in Education Contest.To these students, the Valley Grange is known for its “Bookworms” program, which encourages students to love reading.Art teacher Jane Daniels told students to showcase the company’s product in their ads.
The Attorney General’s Office is warning seniors of scam in which someone calls, posing as a grandchild needing emergency money.The Consumer Protection Division recently received a call from a Maine grandfather.The caller claimed to be his grandson, and said he was in jail in Canada and had been in a car accident and needed money.The grandfather agreed to wire $2800 by Western Union to an address in Spain.Luckily an employee at the Western Union Office questioned and warned the grandfather about the transfer and the man was able to get in contact with his grandson and confirm he was okay.The grandfather said he and his wife recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, and had mentioned their grandson in the announcement in the paper, which is how officials believe the scammer was able to get the grandson’s name.For more information you can contact the Attorney General’s Office at www.maine.gov/ag
It was a day of relief and joy for the families of 173 soldiers who returned home Tuesday after an almost year long tour of duty in Afghanistan.Hundreds of people gathered at the Augusta Armory to say thank you and welcome home to the 1136th transportation company.
Crews from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection were in Vassalboro Tuesday cleaning up an oil spill.It spilled from a tanker truck that rolled over on the Nelson road around 11:30 Monday morning.The DEP’s Peter Blanchard says about 850 gallons of oil spilled into a ditch.Crews were on the scene Tuesday with vacuum trucks, sucking up the oil and water mix.Blanchard says they’ve been trying to keep the oil from spreading into a culvert and moving across the road.