Now an update on a story we first told you about last week involving alleged animal abuse and neglect in Dedham.State District Humane Agent Chrissy Perry says state officials obtained a search warrant today for the trailer on Bald Mountain Drive in Dedham where authorities say the abuse took place.Last Wednesday, we reported that 6 horses and 2 cats had been rescued from that residence.
Maine’s highest court has rejected an appeal from an accused elementary school hostage-taker who claimed his constitutional rights were violated because a jail didn’t provide him the newspapers he wanted to read or let him watch TV news programs of his choice.57-year-old Randall Hofland, who is now at the Somerset County Jail, faces kidnapping and other charges for allegedly taking a Stockton Springs fifth-grade class hostage at gunpoint on Halloween in 2008.
Some of Maine’s candidates for governor are unveiling their plans for education reform.Independent Eliot Cutler says his “No Excuses” education proposals include support for charter school legislation and rewarding teachers for student performance.Democrat Libby Mitchell would expand pre-kindergarten services to every school district and guarantee grants for every qualified high school graduate to attend the state university or community college system.Republican Paul LePage is calling for a “Learn to Earn” program.
Mainers are probably paying a dime more per gallon of gas now than they did a week ago.mainegasprices.com says we started the week with gas averaging $2.84 per gallon.The national average is now $2.81, which is $.07 higher than last week.On average, gas costs $.32 less per gallon in Maine than it did a year ago.
Last week, TV5 shared the story of three little puppies found wandering around Searsport.They were rounded up and taken to Blake Veterinary Hospital in Northport.We’re pleased to say all three pups are now in new homes.After the story on the pups was aired, phones at the vet clinic were ringing off the hook.
National Coming Out Day was celebrated in downtown Bangor Monday night.A rally was held in West Market Square.National Coming Out Day is an international event that gives gay, lesbian and bisexual people the opportunity to “come out” to others about their sexuality.The common topic at Monday’s rally was the number of young people who are taking their lives because of being bullied because of their sexuality.” I think it’s caused a great deal of sadness.
Current polls show a tight race for Maine’s next governor.Conducted by the Maine Center for Public Opinion and paid for my the website Pine Tree Politics, the polls shows republican Paul LePage and democrat Libby Mitchell in a dead heat with LePage pulling in 30% and Mitchell receiving 29%.Independent Candidate Eliot Cutler pulled in 11% of the votes, and independents Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott both received 5% or less.Almost a quarter of voters, 24%, said that they are undecided.The poll questioned about 700 voters and has a margin of error of 4%.
A man from Warren was arrested over the weekend after a standoff with State Police and the Knox County Sheriff’s Dept.Police were called in when the received reports that Lionel Stover, 50, was drunk and threatening to harm himself.After authorities arrived at the Oyster River Rd.
A Maine school official says an educational technician died of injuries suffered in a fall while chaperoning a sixth grade field trip on the Appalachian Trail.Sixty-six-year-old Jeanne Lynch of Fairfield died Friday while being flown by helicopter ambulance to the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.Superintendent Michael Gallagher says Lynch fell down an embankment while returning from Little Wilson Falls near the town of Monson.Lynch had worked for 11 years for the school district that includes the towns of Pittsfield, Burnham and Detroit.Gallagher says only a few of the 75 sixth graders on the trip saw the fall.Gallagher says the parents of all sixth graders are being notified and counselors will be available on Tuesday.