The accused leader of a cocaine ring in central Maine was in court Wednesday, via video.Michael Pedini, 39, did not enter a plea.His bail was set at $100,000.Jamie Barker, 32, Luke Adams, 25, were also in court.All three are charged with felonies, including drug dealing.Police say they were all selling cocaine in Waterville over the past four months.Barker’s bail is $135,000, bail for Adams was set at $1,000.
Some Bangor city council members are facing a potential recall petition.A Bangor resident has started the recall process after five councilors voted against reinstating Bangor City Manager Ed Barrett.Meghan Hayward has the story.The Bangor City Council voted 5-to-4 Monday night to stick to their earlier decision to end Ed Barrett’s twenty-two year tenure as City Manager.That has upset some residents, and one, James Elmore, has begun the process to recall the five council members who voted to oust Barrett — Pat Blanchette, Rick Bronson, Susan Hawes, David Nealley, and Gerry Palmer.The council reacted Wednesday at a hastily called press conference at City Hall.”We are fearful that if we don’t come out and talk to you people and through you to the citizens, the citizens will presume we’re hiding something and we’re not hiding anything.”Elmore has asked the city clerk to prepare affadavits to begin the recall procedure.Once 10 registered voters sign the initial affadavits, elmore will have 60 days to gather more than two-thousand signatures from bangor voters.Councilor Geoff Gratwick voted in favor of keeping Barrett on.”I will have to say Ed Barrett is a true visionary.
Two more arrests have been made in connection with what police are calling a cocaine ring in central Maine.Luke Adams, 25, of Waterville turned himself in to police Monday night.Adams has been charged with aggravated trafficking of cocaine.A second person, Rose Varney, 39, of Winslow also turned herself in on Tuesday.
The American Red Cross donor center in Bangor will be open Thanksgiving day.There’s a particular need for type O-negative blood.The center will host a blueberry pancake breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m., Thanksgiving morning.There will be drawings for Hannaford gift cards too.They’ll also take any old cell phones you no longer have use for to trade them in for phone cards used by soldiers.The Bangor Red Cross donor center will be open from 7:00 a.m.
Kiwanis groups in Piscataquis County would like to make it a better holiday season for lots of kids who might otherwise be left out.More than 400 children are on the list to receive gifts through the Kiwanis Piscataquis Santa Project this year.Now, it’s time to start collecting presents.Number one on the list…
You want your Thanksgiving turkey to taste good, you want it to be safe too.Meghan Hayward today sought some expert advice on how to handle that turkey right.The first step to make sure you serve your family a safe turkey dinner seems obvious, but it’s one Kate Yerxa of the UMaine Cooperative Extension says can easily be forgotten, washing your hands.Other easy safety tips start when you buy the turkey.Yerxa says some of the biggest problems come from thawing a frozen turkey.”If you’re going to defrost in the refrigerator, the rule of thumb is you should take 24 hours per 5 pounds of turkey.”But if you’re a little behind this holiday season and are just getting around to buying a large, frozen turkey, there is another method to make sure it’s defrosted in time.”Would be to defrost in cold water in the sink.
Folks in need of coats to keep warm can turn to the Eastern Area Agency on Aging.All five area agencies held a coat collection.For every coat collected LL Bean made a five dollar donation to the Keep Me Warm Fund, which helps folks heat their homes.And this year they raised more than 6,000 dollars for thatThe coats have all been cleaned and now need to be picked up by anyone who can use them.”A lot of people ignore their own needs.
MaineGeneral Medical Center is taking steps to restrict visitors to its two inpatient campuses due to the spread of the H1N1 virus throughout Maine.The measures being taken at the Thayer Campus in Waterville and the Augusta Campus include limiting how many visitors a patient can see at one time and setting age limits for visitors.