The devastating lose of someone to suicide can be felt by both family members and the community.Tuesday, The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention held a forum at the Blaine House in Augusta to focus on the issue.The Maine Suicide Prevention Program was highlighted, along with the impact of suicide prevention in the state.Several community members were also honored for their for their efforts to the cause, including Bangor Police Officer Rob Angelo.Officer Angelo jumped into the Penobscot River to pull a woman, who had jumped from a bridge, to safety.Hallowell Police Officer Lanee Barnes also spoke out.Her son, Gauge, took his own life in 2009.If you, or someone you know, is thinking about suicide, you can call the Maine Crisis hotline at 1-888-568-1112
The parents of more than two dozen young children in the greater Bangor area will have to find new childcare by next month.Penquis, which provides day care for 700 kids in three counties, is closing four of its 12 infant and toddler classrooms and cutting service for 26 children.
Employees at the T-Mobile Call Center in Oakland say the company is responsible for hundreds of jobs lost, despite years of tax breaks aimed at creating positions.In a press conference outside company offices Tuesday, they said their employer has not lived up to its promise to hire some seven hundred workers.From 2005 to 2009, T-Mobile received about three million dollars from state programs as incentive to create jobs.Employees claim the company has actually cut hundreds of positions in the last few months, but a T-Mobile spokesman told the Morning Sentinel that they have not laid anyone off.”It’s a play on words.
A Sangerville man is charged in connection to Monday’s robbery at the EW Moore Pharmacy in Bingham.Police searched the home of 55-year-old James Stile and say they found a van similar to the one used as a get-away car in the reported robbery.
A man from Bangor accused of pushing a man off a second story balcony pleaded not guilty to the charges.32-year-old Lucus Glidden is charged with aggravated assault and violating bail conditions.Glidden was arrested in June at an Essex Street apartment.Police say they found a 20-year-old man from Holden injured and covered in a blanket.They also say they found blood at the bottom of a second floor landing.He is scheduled to appear in court next month.
A convicted sex offender from Morrill pleaded guilty to not updating his information on the state’s sex offender registry.Harold Leathers was charged with failing to comply with registration.We’re told Leathers has since updated his information on the site and was given a $1,000 fine in court on Tuesday.
Police in Fairfield say they have intercepted a 200-packet shipment of the synthetic drug bath salts at a local business where officers had seized 165 packets of the drug just last week.Fairfield Police Chief John Emery says after last week’s raid at “Bargains `r Us” police listened in while store owner John Linscott called his contact for the drug order.
Veazie’s town manager was fired Monday night after nineteen years on the job.Bill Reed says he was caught off guard when the council voted to terminate him.Reed was up for a council evaluation last night, but was not expected there to be a motion to remove him.Councilors evaluated Reed’s performance based on a number scale.Reed says he received some poor evaluations, but those came without an explanation.He believes they were driven by tense relationships he had with some of the councilors.Reed will receive a $100,000 severance package.Tuesday, the council will meet at 6:30 p.m.