The old Public Safety building in Brewer is gone.A wrecking crew has knocked it to the ground.The city had been trying to sell it since building the new Public Safety building three years ago.But with the decline in the real estate market, city officials decided to tear down the building and try to sell the land for economic development.City officials say the lot should be all cleaned up by the end of next week.
A new newspaper is coming to the Bangor area.Citizen Journal debuted in Central Maine Thursday.The paper is published by Hometown Newspapers, which is also behind The Piscataquis Times, The Sebasticook Valley Weekly, The Somerset Times and The Moosehead Messenger.The new paper will be free for the first three months and then will cost you a mere 30-cents at the newsstand.You can subscribe for $25 a year.Publisher Bob Pushard says the paper’s primary focus is to report on state and regional issues in an unbias fashion.”We have a different way of telling our stories.
Governor LePage’s proposed budget includes cutting more than 14 million dollars over two years to Maine’s Medicare Savings Program.As Meghan Hayward tells us, supporters of the program say the cuts would drop about 40,000 Mainers off the program.Maine’s Medicare Savings Program helps seniors and folks with disabilities pay for prescription medication.The money comes from the Fund for Healthy Maine.Noelle Merrill, Executive Director for Eastern Area Agency on Aging, says she doesn’t think Mainers are aware of how critical these cuts are.”We’re going to be seeing a lot of people, probably about 8,000, are affected in the four counties we cover and 40,000 statewide.
A LaGrange man will spend 15 months in jail for stealing government property.70-year-old Robert Venti was convicted of stealing about $32,000 worth of government retirement payments issued to his father.Court records state that after Venti’s father died in December 1990, Venti forged his father’s name on annuity payment verification forms, opened a bank account in his father’s name and had payments deposited into it.Venti must also pay a $1,000 fine.
After a nearly nine hour standoff with authorities in Houlton, a Canadian citizen is in custody.The tense stand-off began around nine o’clock last night aboard a Cyr bus with seven passengers on board.50-year-old Daniel Maccabee reportedly told the driver he didn’t want to stop in Houlton and wanted to proceed into Canada.He then reportedly showed the bus driver what appeared to be a detonator connected by three wires to a bulge under his jacket.The driver did stop in Houlton at the Irving Big Stop on Route One as originally scheduled.According to authorities, three female passengers were assaulted before they got off the bus.
An artist whose mural was removed from the Maine Labor Department says the artwork should be returned to the agency’s walls and suggests hanging her late father’s Bronze Star in its place until then.In a statement Wednesday, artist Judy Taylor, of Tremont, said it was “heartbreaking” to learn the controversy may have been sparked by an anonymous letter comparing the work to North Korean propaganda.Taylor says her late father served in the Korean War and received a Bronze Star.The 36-foot mural was installed in 2008.
A former chief executive officer and chairman of The Dingley Press in Lisbon has been named deputy commissioner of finance for Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services.Commissioner Mary Mayhew said Wednesday that Christopher Pierce’s background and financial knowledge make him well-suited for the job.Pierce, who graduated from Bowdoin College, joins state service as a rising enrollment in MaineCare causes most of a state budget shortfall of $65 million.Pierce purchased The Dingley Press in 1980 after it lost 95 percent of its revenue when L.L.
A tense situation in Houlton overnight.We have reports that state police are negotiating with a man on a bus who is claiming to have a bomb strapped to his chest.We’re told the situation developed around 8 Wednesday night at the Irving Big Stop on North Street, just off the interstate.The suspect reportedly let all of the other passengers off of the Cyr bus.TV 5 talked to the front desk clerk of a motel across the street.