Funeral services for a Waterville soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, will take place on Sunday.21-year old Wade Slack passed away Thursday.His remains will be back in Maine sometime Friday.A funeral will take place on Sunday at the Blessed Hope Church in Waterville.Slack will then be buried next Tuesday at the Lewis Cemetary in Oakland.Slack graduated from Waterville High School in 20-07, and joined the army soon after.
A ceremony in Augusta Thursday will pay tribute to the 82 law officers who have died in the line of duty in Maine.The annual observance takes place at the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.Houlton Police Chief Darrell Malone will read the names.Attorney General Janet Mills is the keynote speaker.For the third year in a row, no new names will be added to the memorial.
Maine State Troopers say a car that was being pursued by police collided nearly head-on with a sport utility vehicle driven by a pregnant woman, injuring both drivers and tying up Route 202 in Winthrop for a time Wednesday afternoon.Troopers say 39-year-old Glen Witham of Skowhegan fled from an Androscoggin County Deputy because he was wanted for outstanding felony warrants.Witham was taken by ambulance to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with critical injuries.
Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are getting pressure for some Mainers to support a new bill in congress.Wednesday, the director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine delivered 1,500 letters to the senators offices in Augusta, urging them to vote for the “American Power Act.”The legislation would create a cap on carbon emissions and reduce dependency on foreign oil.Lisa Pohlmann says the bill isn’t perfect, but it’s the best chance to tackle clean energy issues this year.Pohlmann says the letters are from a broad range of businesses, health professionals, sportsman and other leaders.
Governor Baldacci’s newly created Aroostook Rail Advisory task force met for the first time Wednesday in Caribou.The 15 member panel was joined by concerned community members.They’re trying to understand the complex process of having the state potentially buy the 240 miles of tracks the Maine, Montreal and Atlantic Railroad plans to abandon.The goal of the task force is to help the Maine Department of Transportation, should that deal go through.Commissioner David Cole says having all of the parities coming together to work on that plan will make it a success.
Next month, Maine voters will decide if they want to keep on the books, a new law that lowers the income tax rate and increases some sales taxes.That question will be the topic of discussion at a forum in Winterport Wednesday night.Meghan Hayward spoke with the two people who will be on that panel.The Maine Tax Code People’s Veto, Question 1, will appear on the June 8th ballot.It reads,Do you want to reject the new law that lowers Maine’s income tax and replaces that revenue by making changes to the sales tax?A “Yes” vote would overturn the law.
A psychologist testified today that the man accused of causing a trans atlantic flight to be diverted to Bangor last month was suffering from a psychotic break at the time.Prosecutors say 27-year-old Derek Stansberry passed a note to a flight attendant that said he had a fake passport.
A college student is facing charges after state police say he hit 150 miles per hour on his motorcycle during a chase.21-year-old Chad Dionne of Madawaska was arrested on Tuesday.State Police say Dionne was originally clocked doing 85 miles per hour on Interstate 95 in Bangor.But instead of pulling over, he reportedly sped away.The chase ended about two hours later.