A Bangor man was sentenced in District Court in Bangor Thursday.In September of 2007 28-year-old James Christopher Smith asked a friend to purchase two semi-automatic handguns for him, one of which he later sold to a man in New York.Smith was sentenced on Thursday to 24 months in jail and 3 years of supervised release for conspiracy to make a false statement during the purchase of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a drug addict, and unlawful sale of a firearm to a non-resident of Maine.
A man from Lubec was sentenced in District Court on Thursday to 9 years in jail for illegally importing oxycontin from Canada.40-year-old James Mills pled guilty in January of 2010 to attempting to smuggle 100 pills across the border back in September of 2009.Further investigation revealed that Mills had exchanged roughly $370,000 in drug proceeds into Canadian money during the 16 months leading up to his arrest.
There was a birthday bash at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor Thursday evening.Folks gathered to help ring in the museum’s 10th birthday.But the night was about more than celebrating and eating cake, it was about saying thank you to the those in the community who have helped make ten years in Downtown Bangor possible.The museum also announced a new exhibit that will be featured soon.It’s called Dino Dig and will actually allow kids to dig through sand to discover real fossils.The exhibit is set to open in April.
A State Police trooper accused of molesting a girl was scheduled for arraignment on Thursday.Gregory Vrooman was indicted last month on charges stemming from four incidents prosecutors say happened between May and December of last year, involving a girl under the age of 14.He’s been charged with tampering with a witness, unlawful sexual contact and assault.
Now that a date has been set for a vote on a new Bangor arena, a citizen’s group that supports the project discussed it’s next move to promote it.But those who collected enough signatures to force the referendum say Bangor residents should look closely at the money involved.Supporters of a new arena say voters should look at an independent study they had done on the impact of such a facility.”The numbers are staggering, 26.8 million dollars in annual economic activity for the region.
The past year has been difficult for kindergarten teacher Sara Devine and her aunt Kelli Okyere.These two women not only share blood, they share an experience that has brought them closer.Both of them are battling breast cancer.”Because of my age, and my lifestyle I always ate healthy, I never thought it could happen to me,” Sara said as we spoke with her at her home in Winterport.”I thought it meant that I was going to die, I panicked, I worried about my family,” Kelli said as she recounted her initial shock when she received the news that she had breast cancer.Sara noticed a lump when she was breast feeding her then newborn son, Brock.She was just 32 years old.”I just thought of my boys and my husband and my family and my future and my job and just my life and what was going to happen,” she said.Fear, uncertainty and disbelief all went through her mind, but Sara says seeing her aunt battle the illness first hand gave her strength.
A deal between the former Stinson Cannery in Gouldsboro and a Massachussets based lobster company has been finalized.The President and CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, Chris Lischewski issued a statement saying the sale of the former Stinson facility to Live Lobster company was formally closed Wednesday afternoon.One hundred thirty people lost their jobs when Bumble Bee closed the plant in April of last year.
A man from Knox who faces manslaughter charges in the shooting death of his friend is out of jail.19-year-old Luke Bryant is accused of shooting 19-year-old Tyler Seaney of Glenburn in Bryant’s Knox apartment on February 19th.The Medical Examiner’s Office says Seaney died of a gunshot wound to the neck.Court documents say Bryant told police he was trying to scare Seaney by pulling the trigger on what he thought was an unloaded gun.Bryant appeared in a West Bath court via video last Friday.He made his bail of 25-thousand dollars cash this week and was released from the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.