Police have identified the men believed to have broken into a landscaping business in Orrington over the past few weeks.The folks at Seasonal Services say the thieves took mostly metal.The most recent attempt was caught on surveillance video.The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department says a number of tips have led them to the alleged crooks, and will be conducting interviews today.Chief Deputy Troy Morton says he believes charges will be filed later today.This video shows the suspects back a truck behind the building, getting ready to make a heist.Authorities say tips called in by the public greatly helped their investigation.
People filled the Gracie Theater at Husson University Thursday night to hear from the five candidates running for Governor.The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce along with lawfirm Rudman and Winchell put on the gubernatorial debate.Candidates answered questions on Dirigo Health, the state’s forestry business, as well as whether or not they feel money should be spent on a new Bangor Auditorium.Shawn Moody, (I) Gubernatorial Candidate: “We’ve got to band together and look at what that capital investment is and really study and research and say is this something that’s going to benefit Maine.”Libby Mitchell, (D) Gubernatorial Candidate: “It does cost money and if there is a dividend paid back through tourism, we talked about that earlier, job growth, our building, then certainly it should be considered, but it should not be driven by the state level.”Paul LePage, (R) Gubernatorial Candidate: “I can’t envision participating in the next biennial budget and providing funds for a new arena in Bangor.”Eliot Cutler, (I) Gubernatorial Candidate: “We’re not going to be able to identify state money to the next biennial.
Critics of the new “smart meter” technology say they could pose possible health risks.But Maine’s top doc says they are safe.Maine’s smart meters contain small antennas that transmit data wirelessly to Central Maine Power’s headquarters in Augusta.Some say they are opposed to the new technology because federal safety guidelines do not address the effects of long-term exposure to these types of radiowaves.Maine public health director Dr.
A Waterville soldier killed in Afghanistan will be honored posthumously Friday night.The family of Specialist Wade Slack will receive the Medal of Valor.That’s the highest award presented by the Elk’s Club.The 21-year-old Army Specialist died in combat on May 6th, 2010.He served with the Army’s 707th Ordnance Battalion at joint base Lewis-McChord.Authorities say Slack had just dismantled an explosive device when he was killed by enemy fire in a mortar attack.U.S.
On the third Tuesday of every month, the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety is sponsoring child seat safety checkups, where parents can come and learn more about using child seats to maximize their child’s safety while riding in the car.The checkups wil be held from 11am to 3pm at the Orono Fire Department, 63 main st, OronoFor more information click, or log on to www.buckleupmaine.org
The Republican Candidate for Governor was at a rally today designed to draw attention to the state’s unpaid bills to hospitals.Paul Lepage went before a crowd gathered at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston to talk about the 400-million dollars in unpaid reimbursements to hospitals for Mainecare.He says the burden’s getting worse to the tune of a couple million dollars a month.Democrats say a repayment plan is in place with the current state budget setting aside 132-million dollars in the next two years to pay to hospitals for unpaid Mainecare bills.Similar rallies were held at other hospitals in Maine today.
A Millinocket man is going to prison for having child pornography.39-year-old Shawn Clogston has been sentenced to 7 and a half years.In March police took Clogston’s computer from his home on Elm Street and found more than 6 hundred images of child porn.Court documents say some of the files depict sexual abuse of young children.
Fill the bus!That’s what folks at the University of Maine want to see.With homecoming weekend closing in, several on-campus groups are looking for healthy, nutritional and high-protein foods to be donated.A school bus will be parked in front of Memorial Gymnasium from 10 to 1 Friday and 9 to 3 Saturday.Donated food will help stock the shelves of the Black Bear Exchange Food Pantry, which helps students in need.So get on over to the Orono Campus if you can and help them fill that bus!
Voters in Madison have given the okay to put a new adult entertainment ordinance on the books.Town officials drafted it up after Ernest George applied to build a strip club about three miles from downtown.About one hundred fifty folks showed up at the town meeting last night.George says its not fair for the town to try to change the rules now, since he’s already turned in his permit.Town manager Norman Dean says the ordinance doesn’t eliminate adult entertainment, but does put restrictions on it.Dean says the ordinance took hold immediately.George says he plans to sue.
A former Presque Isle firefighter has pleaded guilty to setting fire to a warehouse.25-year-old Timothy MacFarline of Easton was charged with arson.He set fire to Northeast Packaging Company storage facility in Presque Isle.MacFarline used to work there and was a paid on-call firefighter for the city.He was arrested after the collection of evidence from the scene and witnesses statements following the blaze last November.
In Mechanic Falls a man who worked around kids on the town’s recreation committee for ten years has been charged with sexually abusing children.54-year-old John Callahan was arrested last week.He’s in the Androscoggin County jail on 25-thousand dollars bail.Charges against him include gross sexual assault, sexual exploitation and abuse of a minor and possession of child porn.
The campaign trail took Independent candidate for Governor, Eliot Cutler,to high school today.He stopped in at John Bapst High in Bangor.Even though most students are not eligible to vote, Cutler says now is the time to reach out to them about the current affairs happening in Maine.”Mostly it’s because these kids have a stake in the future of the state of Maine, we all do, and I want them to think about it, focus on it, care about it, and I want them to start doing that even if they’re not voting.”You can hear more from Cutler and the rest of the Gubernatorial candidates at a debate in Bangor tonight.It takes place at Husson University’s Gracie Theater from 6-30 to 8.It’s free to get in.
The lives of seven Old Town High School students cut short between 2000 and 2010 are being celebrated in a memorial garden at the high school.For loved ones, it’s something they’ve waited a long time for.”As each student passes on, we think that our children have been forgotten and it’s just such an honor that he’s remembering them this way,” said Jeanne Shaw, who lost her son Eliot in March of 2006.
Statewide rallies were held Thursday to show support for five hospitals in Maine.Eastern Maine Medical Center was one of the locations.Meghan Hayward reports.Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Paul LePage organized the rallies in support of the Maine hospitals.The rallies are being coordinated by local legislative candidates and citizens who are concerned about the financial burdens Maine hospitals are facing because of unpaid MaineCare reimbursements totaling nearly 4-hundred million dollars.”This money has been owed since 2007.