Health care providers say using new technology to manage their patients’ medical information results in safer and better care.On Thursday, folks from around the state gathered in Bangor to talk about what’s working for them in a rapidly changing field.They looked at national trends in health care information technology and shared ideas with representatives from the business world.Those using it say this technology helps provide more consistent care and takes out a lot of variables.
Health experts say about four hundred babies born in Maine last year were addicted to opiates.It’s a problem that’s not lost on the folks at MaineGeneral Health.Speakers from across the country have been brought to a 2-day conference in Waterville to share their experiences with addicted, and pregnant, patients.Clinician Judy MacKenzie says in recent years she’s seen more women with drug dependencies in Maine.Her goal is to provide treatment and ensure a healthy delivery.
Orrington residents learned more Thursday night about plans to clean up the former Holtrachem plant site.The Department of Environmental Protection hosted a meeting at the Center Drive school.The state is trying to shore up a plan to remove mercury and other toxics from the property.Last month, Selectmen voted to support a quicker clean-up, proposed by the company that owns the property.But the D.E.P.
A Florida man who admitted to being the mastermind behind a drug ring in Northern Maine is going to federal prison for twelve years.Prosecutors say 56-year-old Michael Mayer is one of twenty-one people who have confessed to trying to distribute more than ten pounds of cocaine and prescription pain killers.Mayer was arrested in Costa Rica and extradited to Maine in october 2008.
The trial of a former junior high school science teacher charged with possessing child pornography is at a standstill after prosecutors were unable to seat a jury.42-year-old Michael Douglas from Augusta is accused of viewing child porn on his computer at Mount View junior high, as well as on his home computer.A jury pool of 115 people was questioned, but Waldo County Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker tells TV5 they were unable to find anyone who was not already influenced by the case.This is the second time the district attorney’s office has not been able to seat a jury for Douglas.Douglas pleaded not guilty in January and resigned from his teaching job last April.Walker says at this point in the trial, they are heading toward a change of venue to move the trial out of Waldo county.
A lobsterman from Matinicus Island cleared of criminal charges after shooting another lobsterman is now the victim of vandalism.The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two incidents that targeted 68-year-old Vance Bunker.Sheriff Donna Dennison says Bunker had the tires on his pick-up truck slashed shortly after his aquittal last month.Dennison says earlier this month the windows of the same truck were spray painted, while it was parked at the island’s air strip.She says they have a suspect.Bunker and his daughter Janan Miller were found not guilty by a jury in connection with last summer’s shooting of Christopher Young.
Bangor police are looking for the man they believe choked a woman outside an apartment building earlier this week.A witness told police he saw the man attack the woman about 6:30 Tuesday evening on Autumn Street, near the intersection of Ohio Street.When the witness yelled out his apartment window he was going to call police, the suspect took off.
Folks gathered in Bangor Wednesday evening to honor families who have loved ones overseas.The American Legion is trying to get their Blue Star Banner Salute program up and running again.The purpose of the effort is to honor those with family members serving in the military: either on active duty, in the National Guard, or in the reserves.The program dates back to World War I.
A motel on Wilson Street in Brewer has come down.The New Stable Inn closed in late January after high winds tore off its roof.Earlier this week, city councilors voted to forgive about $45,000 in unpaid taxes and utility bills owed by the building’s former owner, Farhat Cheema of Massachusetts.After Cheema failed to pay his mortgage, Paul Means of Means Investments of Bangor wound up with the building.His son, Zach Means, watched on Wednesday as the inn was being torn down.Means says the fire department will eventually burn the building, then they’ll clear the lot and the land will go up for sale.
A borrowing package that includes bonds to preserve a railroad that’s seen as a lifeline to industry in Northern Maine has been denied final approval by the senate.As lawmakers worked toward the session’s end late Wednesday, senators debated the $85,000,000 bond package before voting 19-16 along party lines for it.But Democrats failed to muster the two-thirds majority needed to send the bonds to voters.The house earlier gave final approval by a 100-48 vote.The bonds would provide funds for highways, wind power, water purification, and other projects.
A benefit supper will be held Friday for a family that was involved in a car accident and can’t pay their medical bills alone.Kim and Rick Coulter were visiting colleges with their oldest son when they were involved in a car accident three weeks ago.Both parents are injured and out of work.The supper to benefit the family will be held April 9th at 5:00pm at the Hampden Kiwanis Club.Tickets are a suggested five dollars per person.For more information, call Bonnie Hand at 989-7427.