The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of New Year’s Eve revelers who packed the streets of downtown Bangor to say hello to 2012 in style.The city of Bangor began hosting Downtown Countdown six years ago, since then it’s become a New Year’s Eve tradition.This year, Events by Mackie brought in street performers to add even more entertainment.”It just shows the cultural diversity and the artistic nature of the people of Bangor, it brings more life to it instead of just the small venues with music, there’s all these other things that people can watch and experience,” said owner Mackie Faye.All leading up to the big moment, the ball drop.While the new year may have been the star of the show, the event puts Bangor in the spotlight.”It brings the community together, it brings them all downtown, it brings life to some of the businesses that may not be open on New Year’s otherwise and brings people outside of Bangor as well to see what Bangor has to offer which may bring them back again,” Faye said.
A Hampden man is facing drug charges after being pulled over for erratic driving.Holden Police say an off duty officer called the report in.Twenty-four-year-old Peter Alexander III was stopped in Holden Sunday afternoon.He was initially arrested for operating after suspension.But police say once arriving at the Penobscot County Jail, they found he was in possession of cocaine.They say he will also be facing charges of trafficking in prison contraband and the sale and use of drug paraphernalia.
An accident in Lovell has claimed another life.The Oxford County Sheriff’s department says that Eric Brades of Norway was killed when the mini van he was a passenger in rolled over and hit a utility pole.Katrina Alberry was driving the van heading west on Shave Hill road near Harbor Road when she lost control.Alberry, her husband and two children were all transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.Police say the cause of the crash is under investigation but that icy road conditions were a factor.
Police say driving too fast for road conditions is likely the cause of a fatal car accident on I-95 in Edinburg Saturday.Police say 63-year-old Aizhi Gao of Halifax, Nova Scotia was the passenger.She died upon arrival at the hospital in Lincoln.Her daughter, was driving when they say she lost control while trying to pass another vehicle, causing the car to skid across both northbound lanes and struck a tree off the breakdown lane.Officials say the impact with the tree was at the rear passenger door.No one else was injured.
The Maine State Police has recovered four stolen motor vehicles from a remote woods road in Township 10.Authorities say the vehicles were all previously reported stolen to the Maine State Police the end of November through this month.The vehicles were located by the Maine Warden Service and the investigation was turned over to the state police.The thefts are still under investigation.
The Maine State Police are urging those celebrating on New Year’s Eve to keep safety in mind.State troopers will be out on the roads patrolling for anyone under the influence.They encourage folks to plan ahead so they’ll have a safe way home.”I would tell people to bring in the New Year, have fun, party, but if you’re going to do that, do so safely.
A Cornville man is dead after an accident on his own street.According to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, 21-year-old Joseph Faucher-Kuhlman died on Friday night.We’re told Faucher-Kuhlman was driving his truck on West Ridge Road in Cornville around 11:00 PM.
Monday through Friday we bring you five and a half hours of live, local news every week.On the weekends we add another hour each day.We do our best to bring you the stories that matter, but sometimes we have moments that aren’t our best.Wayne harvey continues his look back at some of our Bloopers from 2011.
It’s been two weeks since 20 month old Ayla Reynolds went missing.Now a devastating turn in the case.Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey says the department now believes that foul play occurred in connection with Ayla’s disappearance.Now that the case has moved from the search for a missing child to a criminal investigation, the Maine State Police will take overThe Waterville Police Department will still help out as State Police try and find Ayla.Friday, members of the State Police Forensic Team were in and out of the house wearing gloves and boots and at one point they removed a paper bag from the house.As for the $30,000 reward that was offered up earlier this week, Chief Massey says the offer still stands for anyone with information that will lead to Ayla.If you have any information about this case, you’re asked to call Maine State Police at 624-7076.
Give blood and get a caffeine fix!For the fifth year, the American Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts are teaming up to collect blood.For every pint you donate in January, you get a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.The campaign kicks off on Tuesday at the Bangor Donor Center and the Elks Lodge in Waterville.
Police in southern Maine are looking for a man who held up a Shaw’s supermarket.They tell us the robber walked into the store on Payne Road in Scarborough around 6:30 Wednesday night and threatened to shoot a Shaw’s employee, took cash and ran off.The robber’s described as white, in his early thirties, between 5’6″ and 5’10” and he was wearing tan coveralls, a dark blue watch cap-style knit hat and a light blue scarf, which was covering his face during the hold up.
A Lincoln woman was taken to the hospital after losing control of the car she was driving.It happened just after noon Friday.The woman was driving along Route Two toward West Broadway just before crossing Penobcot Valley Road the car went into a drainage ditch hitting a new Bank of Maine sign.Jaws of Life were used to get the woman out of the vehicle, she was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Downtown Bangor is expected to be a bit crowded Saturday night.While some revelers will watch the Times Square ball drop in the comfort of their homes, others will head downtown to watch a different type of ball bring in the new year.A giant playground ball will be thrown from the roof of Paddy Murphy’s.It’s the culmination of a full day of events making up the Downtown Countdown celebration.This year, the city teamed up with Events by Mackie to bring in entertainment including jugglers, fire eaters and other street performers.They hit the streets of West Market Square beginning at 7:30pm Saturday night.There are also events for the younger crowd at the Maine Discovery Museum.”It’s a great community event, it has a wonderful feeling to it you know people are out celebrating the New Year and a chance to be together and come out and have some fun,” says Shirar Patterson with the city of Bangor.You can park at the Pickering Square garage for free, Bat Buses will be free too.For a complete list of activities visit the city’s website.Most of the events are free.