Environmental officials in Maine and a dozen other states say federal laws to protect the public from toxic chemicals are too weak.A joint statement from the states asks for changes in national environmental laws to protect vulnerable populations by identifying and regulating the most troubling chemicals in consumer items and elsewhere.The states say they’re the leading innovators in regulating toxic chemicals.Maine and Washington state have policies to promote safer chemicals in children’s products and prioritize hazardous chemicals.
A log truck driver from Island Falls involved in a deadly crash is going to jail for three months.58-year-old Kenneth Slauenwhite was sentenced after pleading guilty to manslaughter.Prosecutors say he was speeding and driving an overweight truck back in September of 2007, when it crossed the center line and hit a state dump truck.The crash happened on Route 6 in Kossuth township.35-year-old Jarrod Damon of Grand Lake Stream was driving the state truck: he was killed in the collision.A second state worker was injured.Slauenwhite is expected to begin serving his sentence next month.
A man from Wilton is accused of sexually assaulting a minor.28-year-old Justin Rowe turned himself in after Wilton Police were made aware of the crime through a school social worker.Rowe is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.We’ll have more information on this case as it becomes available.
At just six months old little Abby Grace LaForest of Orrington has already proven she’s a survivor.Abby has down syndrome and was born with a severe heart defect.In September, she underwent surgery but developed complications.In October, she endured another operation.Her mom says Abby is getting stronger each day.
Peace groups across the country coordinated protests today, in response to President Obama’s decision to escalate the war effort.There were protests held in several towns and cities in Maine, including Bangor, Farmington, Augusta, Rockland, and Portland.The Bangor gathering included folks from at least 12 different peace groups.Lisa Savage, a protester with Code Pink Maine, says she’s concerned with the number of troops overseas and the amount being spent on the war.”We need to come home, take care of infrastructure here.
It’s time to get tickets for the 18th annual Poinsettia Ball in Ellsworth.It’s set for Saturday, December 5th at the Ellsworth Holiday Inn Convention Center.The night will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music and dancing.The money raised will benefit Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.
The Annual Festival of Lights Parade is expected to take off in Downtown Bangor this Saturday.It kicks off at 4:30 PM on Railroad Street, then will head up Main Street.It’ll come to a stop on Exchange street near the Bank of America Building.Floats and marching units will be decorated in their holiday best, and Santa will make an appearance too.Members of the TV-5 News team will also be there.The Rotary Club puts on the parade, and asks folks to bring along a non-perishable food item.
This Sunday, Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company will be taking a trip to Arlington National Cemetery.He’ll be delivering wreaths that will be placed on the graves of those buried there.It’s an idea that he had 18 years, and has blossomed into an organization that touches thousands of people around the country.Trucks are being loaded at Worcester Wreath in Harrington.They’ll soon be off to more than 400 destinations, all because of an idea company owner Morrill Worcester had back in 1992.That year, he had too many wreaths.”So I got the idea of possibly donating those wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.”Worcester had been there as a boy, and the sight stuck with him.He drove to Arlington 18 years ago, and with the help of a few other people, he spent six hours laying wreaths on all the graves.
As the investigation continues into the deaths of Michael and Valerie Miller, a cousin of one of the victims is speaking out about the horrible crime.Rebecca Bickford of Corinth says she was stunned by the news that her cousin Valerie and her husband, Mike, were killed.
A Connecticut man pled guilty Tuesday to three bank robberies, including one in Bangor.Authorities say 31-year-old Lawrence Sullivan used threatening notes to rob the TD Bank on Union Street in Bangor last April and two banks in Connecticut before that.He got away with more than a thousand dollars in the Bangor robbery.