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.
A number of students at the University of Maine in Orono were evacuated early Thursday morning, after fire broke out at an apartment building on center drive.Fire fighters from Orono as well as Old Town were called to Stillwater Village Apartments at around 12:30 Thursday morning.We’re told there are 12 units in the building, and tenants were evacuated from all of them.Authorities say it appears the fire started in between the second and third floors.Fire crews had it out in about a half hour.Arrangements were made for the tenants of the building to stay elsewhere.The blaze is now under investigation.
The city of Brewer is planning to get rid of an aging building in the center of town, in favor of something a little more welcoming to visitors.The Archer Block is a historic property at the corner of Wilson and North Main Streets.For several years city officials have been working with the owners of the building, and say now they’re close to making a purchase.The city’s economic development director tells us they plan to demolish the structure and put in a small park.
Jury selection is underway in the trial of a former junior high school science teacher charged with possessing child pornography.Opening statements could begin tomorrow in the case of 42-year-old Michael Douglas from Augusta.Authorities say he viewed child porn on his computer at Mount View Junior High as well as on his home computer.