A Rockland man accused of abusing and causing the deaths of several horses in Waldoboro was in a Wiscasset court Thursday.Donald Genthner, 51, is charged with seven counts of animal cruelty and four counts of aggravated animal cruelty.Police say Genthner recklessly caused the deaths of three horses and mistreated eight others.
”Pay Up”—that was the chant from folks outside a bank in Bangor Thursday.Members of the Eastern Maine Labor Council and other groups were asking for good jobs and accountability from big banks.Matt Schlobohm, Executive Director of the Maine AFL CIO says they helped bail the banks out and now it’s the banks’ turn to help working families out.Schlobohm says it’s not right that big banks are paying out huge bonuses when working families are losing their jobs and homes.”We think by putting pressure on banks and what we want them to do basically is stop paying out such record bonuses, to start paying their share to create jobs because there’s an enormous job crisis.
Two people are in the Kennebec County Jail in connection with a fight on the Gardiner waterfront that sent one man to the hospital.The Kennebec Journal reports 20-year-old Brian Cray of Gardiner and 23-year-old David Knox of China were arrested last night and charged with aggravated assault.
Folks in Orrington are getting ready to go to the polls to vote on a clean-up plan, endorsed by town selectmen, for the former HoltraChem plant.Dozens of people attended a public hearing last night to talk about the efforts to remove mercury and other pollutants from the property.
House Republicans are calling on Maine Attorney General Janet Mills to join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new federal health care overhaul.Representative Andre Cushing of Hampden filed the joint resolution.It urges Mills to sue over the requirement that Americans buy health insurance, saying congress has no authority “to order you to buy a product or service you don’t want.”So far, Attorneys General in 13 states have sued uncle sam.Mills says she has no intention of joining them.
A report outlining a series of potential changes designed to reduce UMaine’s academic program budget was released on Wednesday.The proposed cuts would reduce the budget by more than $12,000,000 in a span of three years.The changes would cut 80 faculty positions, reduce the number of majors from 86 to 70, and reduce the number of masters degrees from 64 to 58.Some of the changes call for the merger of multiple departments, while others call for the elimination of degree programs for music, theatre, three engineering degrees, multiple foreign languages, and multiple forestry associated degrees.To view the full report, you can find it on UMaine’s website at www.umaine.edu/achievingsustainability
Plans for a new post office in Bangor are moving forward.On Wednesday the postal service went before the city’s planning board.Last month the board denied plans to open a new post office in the former district court building in downtown Bangor, citing concerns about parking and pedestrian safety.Those concerns were addressed and the plans were reconfigured to satisfy the board on Wednesday.
The Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet and awards ceremony Wednesday evening.The event included a sit down dinner, and the presentation of multiple awards: including business of the year, which went to Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Winslow.One of TV5’s very own was also handed the customer service stardom award.