A hunter from Howland who was reported missing by his father Saturday night was located early Sunday morning.Twenty-three-year-old Josh Spaulding left his home Saturday to hunt for deer on the last day of muzzleloader season.When he didn’t return home, his father reported him missing.Wardens followed some tracks in the snow and were then able to make voice contact with him.Officials say Spaulding had crossed a stream that feeds into the now-flooded Penobscot River while chasing a deer.He became stranded but was able to make a fire to keep warm.Spaulding had to break the ice with his feet and hands and wade through waist-deep water to get to the hovercraft.He had no major injuries and no medical attention was needed.
A Hallowell man faces two felony forgery charges for allegedly passing off two counterfeit 50-dollar bills at supermarkets.Police say 31-year-old Edward Arbour was arrested Saturday for attempting to pass a bogus bill at a Hannaford Supermarket in Portland.During the investigation, two Hannaford stores in South Portland also reported that they too had received counterfeit 50-dollar bills.(AP)
Police in Bangor spent Saturday afternoon inspecting a suspicious package on a small private plane at the Bangor International Airport, in what turned out to be a false alarm.In a prepared statement, US Customs and Border Protection agents said the dog alerted agents to an area of the plane, but upon further inspection nothing of danger was found.(AP)
Coast Guard crews are searching for a Maine fisherman.They say 38-year-old David Mahonen fell overboard about 45-miles south of Rockland.The Coast Guard received the notification from the 77-foot lobster boat the Timothy Michael just before 12:30 Sunday.Sector Northern New England has requested the launch of every Coast Guard asset capable of withstanding high winds and seas.The search crews are battling 10 to 15 foot seas and winds in excess of 45 knots.They say the fog and rain are hindering their search efforts.
Hundreds of people paid their respects at a memorial service to celebrate the life of Katrina Windred, whose body was found alongside a road last month.Windred was remembered Saturday as a three-time cancer survivor, a competitive skier, horse trainer and devote mother.The service was held at the First Universalist Church in Rockland, where Windred had been a member at for three years.Thirty-five-year-old Arnold Diana has been charged with murder for allegedly strangling Windred.(AP)
Music is an important part of the holiday season.Today, John Bapst Memorial High School celebrated the sounds of the season with its annual holiday concert.Families and friends gathered at the John Bapst auditorium in Bangor for performances by the school’s choir, jazz band and concert band.The Head of School, Mel MacKay, says students started preparing for the show at the beginning of the school year.
The Maine Board of Environmental Protection has recommended that Calais LNG’s application to build a liquefied gas terminal in the community be returned to the company.The company has asked for an extension five times.IIn the fall an extension was granted after a major investor backed out.
Police say three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the stabbing of a taxi driver.Waterville Police say two 14-year-old girls and 18-year-old Michael Damron Junior have been arrested and are facing charges of robbery and elevated aggravated assault.Authorities say the taxi driver, who works for G’s taxi, picked the three people up in a parking lot and drove them to a dead-end street.The driver says a passenger grabbed him from behind, around the throat and he was then stabbed twice.He says he honked his horn, sending the three running from the cab.He was released from the hospital the next day.(AP)
Members of the Bangor Police Department’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team were at the Bangor International Airport Saturday afternoon, investigating a suspicious package on a small plane.Authorities say custom officials, with assistance from Bangor Police and an explosive detecting dog made a routine check of the 22-seat Gulfstream Aerospace Turbo-jet aircraft.They say the dog did hit on something and custom officials are now handling the release of information about the suspect package.The plane was not diverted to BIA and its unknown whether Bangor was the plane’s destination or just a stopping point.
The body of a Maine soldier killed in Afghanistan was laid to rest Saturday.The funeral service for 24-year-old Private First Class Buddy McLain was held at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, where he graduated.McLain was a Calvary Scout with the 101st Airborne Division.He was one of six soldiers killed by an Afghan police officer they were training.McLain received full military honors.He leaves behind a wife and one-year-old son.Governor Baldacci ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Saturday in his honor.
The Bar Harbor community rallied together Saturday to help Toys for Tots after thousands of dollars worth of toys were stolen from the group.Diana Bosch spoke to business owners and customers who said they were more than happy to help.”It was horrible, I just couldn’t believe it,” was how Dorrie Labianca described her reacted to hearing the devastating news.Labianca is the manager of the Village Emporium.
Traditional Native American arts were the focus of a special sale and demonstration at the University of Maine Saturday.The 2010 Maine Indian Basketmakers sale and demonstration took place at the Collins Center for the Arts at the UMaine campus.In addition to baskets, basketmakers also sold hand made products such as quill jewelry and wood carvings.Guests walked around the center enjoying traditional music and got to see demonstrations of ash pounding, basketmaking and birch bark work.”A lot of times people are practicing they are in their homes, this is a big celebration of culture a lot of people aren’t exposed to,” said event organizer Theresa Secord.The annual sale was put together by the Hudson Museum.
The friends of the River Coalition want to get you in the holiday spirit.The group hosted its sixth annual Holiday Hullabaloo at the Old Town Public Library.More than 25 local businesses, schools and individuals donated raffle baskets for the event.Santa even made a special appearance.”Everybody’s short of cash, we just want the community to grow and be happy and do wonderful things,” said Dottie Debruyne with the River Coalition.The coalition sponsors many programs at area schools, the YMCA and Old Town Public Library.
Law enforcement officials are giving a new meaning to serve and protect.Officers with the Bangor Police Department will be serving you at Texas Roadhouse Saturday for their tip a cop fundraiser.The officers are raising money for Special Olympics of Maine by assisting restaurant staff by waiting tables at the restaurant on Stillwater Ave.It’s happening Saturday from 4:00 p.m.
Two Waldo County businesses have come together to host a first-ever tree lighting event for the community.French’s Point and the Good Kettle are inviting the public to this free event.The festivities kick-off Saturday at 4:30, with the tree lighting set to happen at 5:30 at French’s Point.Folks attending will enjoy refreshments, caroling and all kinds of other activities.They are encouraging people to bring either a non-perishable food item or unwrapped children”s gift, which will be distributed to families in need living in the Stockton Springs community.
On Friday night, students at Brownville Elementary School were the stars.The students performed alongside a pair of professional actors in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”Diana Bosch was at the dress rehearsal where the students practiced for the big night.”I didn’t discover theatre till college and when I discovered what kind of a safe and exciting sort of adventurous place it was I realized I wanted to bring it to more people,” said Rob Gray.It’s that passion that brought him and his wife Lorrie to Brownville Elementary School.The two travel the country performing and working with children through their theatre company, Children’s Stage Adventures.”We learned seeing kids on stage was what we wanted to do and not see ourselves,” he said.For the past four days, the pair has been rehearsing for Friday’s debut performance of “Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Dream,” a musical adaptation of the Bard’s classic romantic comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.””Went home and studied them and we had 15 hours at school to practice,” said one of the actors in the play.While some might think exposing shakespeare to elementary school students is a little early, the Grays think the timing is perfect for their future.”Everybody’s going to read Midsummer Night’s Dream when they get to high school, these kids have already done Midsummer Night’s Dream,” said Rob Gray.This is the second year CSA teamed up with the school.The Grays say the best part of their job is seeing these children transform from a regular kid you’d see in the hallway to a star on the stage.”They might not be good at school or in sports, but for hour on stage, they’re the stars,” he said.The students took to the stage at 6:30.Attendance is by donation.
On Sunday, December 12th, you can buy baked goods to help build a much needed fence.A bake and craft sale at the Ellsworth Elks Lodge will help raise funds for The Next Step Domestic Violence Project of Hancock County to build a privacy fence.You can stop by from 12-6 p.m.There will also be face painting, free holiday craft making for the kids, and some raffle items.Boxes will also be at the event to drop off non-perishable food donations and for new toys for children affected by domestic violence.