The State Fire Marshalâ€™s Office say a tent was set on fire Monday afternoon at the Capitol Park encampment of Occupy Augusta.Fire investigators say the fire that destroyed the homemade A-frame tent was intentional.Occupants of the encampment reported the fire as they were returning from protest at the near-by corner of Capitol and State St.No one was in the encampment at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.
The search continues Monday night in Maine for a prisoner on the run.33-year-old David Hobson of Alfred escaped last week from a New Hampshire prison where he was awaiting trial for burglary.Maine State Police believe he escaped to harm two people in York County.Police say they’ve been notified and are in a safe place.Police also believe Hobson stole a 1992 red and white Chevy S10 pickup truck in Sanford Monday.It has Maine license plate number 7518IM.Hobson is considered armed and dangerous.Police arrested his father, 55-year-old Glenn Hobson, Saturday night for leaving a stash of supplies for his son, just outside his house.The elder Hobson is charged with hindering apprehension and refusing to sumbit to arrest.Anyone who has seen David Hobson or knows where he might be should call Maine State Police in Gray at 657-3030.
A federal judge said Monday she’ll take up to 48 hours to decide whether Occupy Augusta protestors can remain in Capitol Park without a permit.Last week, protestors agreed not expand their campsite near the state house and police agreed not to evict them.Occupy Augusta is seeking an injunction to stop police from forcing them out.”The parties want to have this resolved, at least for the moment, as soon as possible so the Occupy Augusta people can figure out where they’re going to go next,” said Deputy Attorney General, Paul Stern.The judge wants to give Occupy Augusta’s attorney, Lynne Williams, time to review the state’s argument that forbidding overnight camping in parks is a long-standing practice.”I’m not so sure that it’s a valid argument to say that just because you’ve been doing something for a long time with no law that mandates it is a valid regulation,” said Williams.Williams has until ten o’clock Tuesday morning to review the cases the state cited in their argument.
Their tents and signs no longer grace the lawn of the Bangor Public Library, but the city’s Occupy movement still has a presence in town that’s shaping the opinions of a younger generation.”What I was most curious about was their whole plan for how they plan to go about their expenditures economically,” said Charlie Volkwein, a student at John Bapst Memorial High School.The school invited members of Occupy Bangor to attend a forum hosted by Volkwein and a panel of other students.”We think they had a high level of interest and we think that’s great,” said Occupy member Lawrence Reichard.Reichard spent Monday morning answering questions prepared by students.
The Girl Scout troop in Oakland is once again doing their part to help out those less fortunate in their community.For the third straight year 45 Girl Scouts gathered at the Williams Elementary School in Oakland to decorate and stuff Christmas stockings.When they’re finished the stockings are taken to children staying at the Waterville Homeless shelter during Christmas.
A 24-year-old Bangor man pleaded no contest in Machias Monday to four charges stemming from a fatal accident in Baileyville last year.Daniel Dwelley was sentenced to five years in jail for the crash that killed Andrew Dow.He also had his license suspended for ten years.A tearful Dwelley addressed the Court and the family of his best friend.
Folks in Hudson are reaching out to a family whose house caught fire Saturday, establishing a relief fund.The home is on the Hudson Road.Fire Investigators say the fire was started accidentally when a candle was knocked over in a downstairs bathroom and spread to the second floor.We’re told the house is salvageable but there’s extensive damage to the first-floor bathroom and smoke and water damage to bedrooms upstairs.Donations can be sent to:The Johnson Family Relief FundTD Bank1067 Union Street, Bangor 04401
Five years ago, the Open Door Recovery Center in Ellsworth opened Hills House.It allowed drug addicted mothers to stay with their children, while going through treatment.Six months ago, a lack of money forced the Hills House to close.As Joy Hollowell tells us, the waiting list grows as directors work to find funding.
The average retail gasoline price in Maine continues its downward slide, but still remains higher than it was a year ago.A survey by the price-watching website MaineGasPrices.com says prices Sunday were 2.6 cents per gallon less than they were a week earlier, averaging $3.37 per gallon.The statewide average was 12.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, but still 27.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago.Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says that as 2012 closes in, retail prices might climb slightly higher again.
Governor LePage is expected to unveil a plan this week to close a $120 million deficit in the budget for the state Department of Health and Human Services.While details of the plan have yet to be revealed, LePage said during his weekly radio address Saturday that the state can no longer afford a Medicaid program that provides health insurance to some 19,000 low-income adults who do not have children.LePage says the program which began in 2002 has cost the state nearly $40 million dollars over the past two years.Supporters of the program say it would be wrong to take health coverage away from residents at this time.Democratic leaders have urged LePage to consider balancing the department’s budget by looking for cuts in other agencies.
An arrest warrant turned into a foot chase for Bangor police Sunday.Officers were called to the K-Mart store around 5:30 p.m.They had gotten word that Sean Latham, 25, was inside.The westbrook man had a warrant for Felony Robbery out of Southern Maine.Officers say when they approached Latham, he took off.