The already crowded field in the race for the Blaine House officially added another name today.During the past four months Les Otten has been holding an exploratory campaign.Otten threw his hat in the ring formally today with announcements in Scarborough, Presque Isle and at Dysarts in Hermon.Otten previously was the owner of Sunday River Ski Resort and was Vice Chairman of the Boston Red Sox.He also was the Chair to the Governor’s Wood to Energy Task Force.For the past 37 years he has been in Business and is bringing that experience to the campaign.Otten knows that Maine is starting in a big financial hole.” In order to plug that gap we’ve got a choice, which is either grow the state, grow revenues and cut spending or increase taxes and we can’t increase taxes the burden is already too high so that we have to increase revenues and we have to cut costs and that’s what this administration will be about.
A Medway man is behind bars once again after Waldo County officials rescinded his bail.Officers arrested James Lee and took him to Penobscot county jail Monday after Waldo county issued a warrant for his arrest.Lee had already spent the weekend in Penobscot county jail after being arrested Friday for violating his bail conditions when he was reportedly seen driving a grader in Medway.Lee is facing a manslaughter charge in connection with a fatal accident in September of last year in Monroe.He initially agreed to a plea deal that would have put him behind bars for four years for his role in that accident, but the judge in the case said the prison term would have to be six years.Lee then changed his plea, and the case was set for trial.Lee entered no plea in court Monday.Lee can’t drive a motor vehicle, and is to have no contact with the witnesses in the case.He is also under a seven pm to seven am curfew.He is expected to appear in Waldo County Superior Court Tuesday, and has an arraignment scheduled for November 4th at 8:30 in the morning.
The State of Maine is leading the way on clean chemicals and a safe environment for kids.That is why a group showed up at the office of Senator Olympia Snowe in Bangor this morning.They wanted to make sure that Maine was the guideline used for the nation.More than fifteen hundred signed postcards were delivered to Senator Snowe’s office from the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine.Mainers from Presque Isle to Kennebunk had signed the postcards.They were urging for action at the National Level to fix the chemical safety system in this country.And to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act.” There are a lot of safer alternatives to use especially in cleaning products and household products that we use every day and that will reduce disabilities in our children, reduce heartaches for a lot of families, and reduce the amount of money that we are all paying to support these children with disabilities,” said Cindy Seekins of Frankfort.Of the more than 80,000 chemicals in use in this country the EPA has ordered tests on only 200 for health and safety threats according to the numbers from the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine.
The Bangor Police Department received three phone calls this weekend from residents who had scammers call their home numbers.The caller said they were from the IRS and the call was to inform them about a pending refund.Further along in the conversations the scammers would ask for personal information from a checking account, or social security numbers.None of the people who contacted Bangor PD gave any of that information out.If you did get a call like this and gave out any sensitive information Bangor PD says you should contact your bank or credit card company.Bangor Police Sergeant Paul Edwards said that it is very difficult to track down the scammers.” Generally when we get these calls we just can’t do much.
This weekend could have been one of the last weekends to enjoy Maine’s fall foliage at its finest.Members of the Anah Shrine Temple did just that, and raised some money for kids at the same time.The group has just formed a new motorcycle touring unit and Sunday was their first official fundraiser.16 bikers gathered at the Anah Temple in Bangor for a fall foliage ride.The group headed up to the River Driver’s restaurant in Millinocket for lunch.Then looped back around Lincoln on Route 2, back to Bangor.The cost was $30 for the ride.
Two of Maine’s largest newspapers are expressing support for the “No On One” campaign.The Maine Sunday Telegram and weekend edition of the Bangor Daily News both had editorials supporting same sex marriage in Maine.The Telegram says limiting marriage to a man and a woman “Would not make families led by same-sex couples go away,” but just keep them in a legally inferior position.The Bangor Daily News printed that extending the right of marriage to a small segment of the population that has been excluded, furthers Maine’s interest in promoting stable families and communities.Meanwhile, Maine speaker of the house Hannah Pingree and former Maine attorney general Jim Tierney will hold a press conference in Portland Monday.They say they plan to refute recent claims and statements from a new television ad from the question one campaign.
A Washington man is behind bars tonight, charged in connection with a pipe bomb incident at his home.The State Fire Marshal’s office says 36 year old Robert Medeika was arrested Saturday afternoon.It came after the State Police tactical team found Medeika in the home he shares with his mother.Authorities say he got into an argument with his mom on Friday night, and placed what appeared to be a pipe bomb on a table inside the home.Medeika’s mom ran out of the house and called for help.Authorities couldn’t locate Medeika until the next afternoon.
Local Maine florists got to show off some of their work at the first ever Maine Floral Design show at the Bangor Civic Center Sunday.More than 20 professional florists from all over the state shared their designs, and techniques with some local amateur floral enthusiasts.The pros even gave away a few secrets to the crowd that gathered.Many of the exhibits had holiday and autumn themes.The folks who put on the event were trying to encourage Mainers to use their local florists instead of the online options.”Well, with the economy the way that it is we are all a luxury business, most flower shops are flower and gift items and we just want the people that they can come and find all kinds of different products at every one of our shops, there are artists in the shops, there are designers in the shops award winning designers so buy local come in and visit your local flower shop,” says William Sheehan, President of Maine Florists and Growers Association.Organizers say they’re hoping to make this an annual event.
The rain held off long enough for folks to enjoy the annual Harvest Festival in downtown Waterville today.This is the 7th year for the event.It’s held in Castonguay Square.Those attending could get a good taste of fall, literally with homemade chili and candy apple making.Folks could test their scarecrow making skills.Kids enjoyed face painting, pony rides as well a hay rides.There was pumpkin carving.And of course, the ever popular pumpkin bowling.The event is sponsored Waterville Main Street, a non-profit group that’s working to revitalize the downtown.”We think its important to bring people of all ages to downtown Waterville to celebrate community and see what downtown Waterville is all about.
Question four is a hotly contested ballot item right now.It has to do with cutting property taxes in Maine.Off-duty Bangor professional fire fighters went door to door yesterday and today, making sure folks get out and vote on November third.They say they also wanted to make sure residents are properly informed about the impact Tabor Two could have on public safety in their neighborhood.Fire fighters say if the Taxpayer Bill of Rights passes, Mainers could see longer response times to emergencies because there could be less fire fighters, as well as police officers and EMT’s working.Ron Green is the president of the Bangor Professional Fire Fighters.”We all took a job here to protect the citizens of the city of Bangor as well as the state of Maine.
A man from Sidney is recovering tonight, after being hit by pellets while partridge hunting.The warden service says 42-year old Don Hipkins was hunting with another man earlier this afternoon in Sidney, when the other hunter fired at a bird in heavy cover.The shot deflected, hitting Hipkins instead.Six pellets went into his arm, finger, and stomach.Hipkins was treated and released from a Waterville hospital late this afternoon.The incident is now under investigation.Last weekend, a man from Mapleton was injured after getting hit with bird shot while pheasant hunting.
Fire crews from at least seven towns converged on K&K Auto Salvage in Palmyra today.At the invitation of the owner.It was a practice session for new fire fighters, as well as a chance for crews to touch base with each other.Today’s training involved removing victims from car crashes.Fire fighters used the Jaws of Life, air bags as well as other speciality tools for stabalization.In addition, the crews learned how to work as a team whey they called to a scene as part of mutual aid.Carmel Fire Chief Michael Azevedo says, “We all need to communicate and play on the same field.
If you’re allergic to shrimp, you’ll want to check your freezer for Hannaford spring rolls.The supermarket says there have been two customer reports in Maine and two in Florida that “Taste of Inspirations” vegetable spring rolls contain shrimp, which isn’t listed as an ingredient.Hannaford spokesman Michael Norton says no illnesses have been reported.People with an allergy or sensitivity to shellfish risk serious or life-threatening reaction if they eat products containing shrimp.Norton says the manufacturer, Original Rangoon out of Needham, Massachuttess, is in the process of reporting the matter to the Food and Drug administration.
One out of every eight women in the United States will come down with breast cancer.Changing that statistic was what enticed hundreds of walkers to hit the streets of Augusta today.The sixth annual Walk for Hope took place this morning.It’s sponsored by Maine General’s Breast Care program.The 5K walk started at Sam’s Club in the Marketplace, down to the UMaine nature trails and back.
We now know why a former Medway selectman facing trial on a manslaughter charge, was arrested recently.East Millinocket police tell TV 5 that they received a complaint that 44-year-old James Lee was operating a grader in Medway Friday afternoon, something that is in violation of his bail conditions.When officers arrived, they say Lee wasn’t actually on the machine, but nearby.Police contacted the district attorney, who said there was enough evidence to arrest Lee.He’s now being held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail.Lee is awaiting trial on charges of causing a crash that killed one man and severely injured another in September of 2008 in Monroe.Lee admitted he was speeding and was prepared to enter a guilty plea last month in court, but he withdrew it after learning he would have to serve six years in prison.At that time, the judge allowed Lee to be released on bail until trial.
The Calumet Bridge was officially dedicated in Augusta today.A ceremony took place on the Old Fort Western side of the bridge.Back in March, Governor Baldacci signed into law a bill to rename the bridge.For years, it was called the Father Curran Bridge, named for a Roman Catholic priest.But after Father Curran died, he was accused of sexual abuse.