As we head down the home stretch in the race for Governor, both major party candidates are outlining their plans for repairing the state’s economy.Republican candidate Paul Lepage went first as he rolled out his entire policy agenda at a press conference at Dysarts in Hermon.
A 25 year old Bucksport man was arrested early Monday morning in Belfast following a car chase and search on foot.Matthew Williams was arrested on numerous charges including eluding an officer, failure to stop, criminal speeding, and aggravated operating after revocation.Williams was wanted on warrants out of Penobscot County and he was thought to be driving on Route Three, he was spotted near Belmont and pulled over by Waldo County Sheriffs near the town line with Belfast.Williams pulled to the side of the road and then sped away, with the Deputy in pursuit.
Last month we told you that the soup kitchen in Belfast was running low on funds and was nearing closure.After word got out about their plight, the funds and food donation started pouring in.And now they are in no danger of turning people away.A Board of Directors has been formed, a fiscal agent has been established until all of the paperwork is finalized until they can become a 501c3 non profit organization.The financial gap has been bridged, and the kitchen will remain open at least through the winter.” The only thing that we can say is this is a mandate from the people and the people in the greater Belfast Area are saying we will have a soup kitchen and it’s not going to close,” said Alex Allmayer-Beck the Board Chairman.While the soup kitchen has reached their funding goal, they are still accepting donations and you can contact them by calling 338-4845.
Some students get a couple of weeks off to help out with the harvests in our state, getting the crops out of the fields.At the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, the students are working on getting their harvest in.But they’re doing so not for work, but for class.”It’s actually a lot easier than I thought,” said 8th Grader Autumn Jackson.
Infant versus convertible, forward versus rear facing, seat belt versus harness.These are just some of the questions parents may have when it comes to car seats.Joy Hollowell talked with a safety expert about the right and wrong way to buckle your child in.===”A child needs to be in a safety restraint until they are at least 40 pounds, and they need to be in a booster seat until they are at least 8 years old or 80 pounds or 4 feet, 9 inches tall,” says Rachel Beckwith.That’s the law in Maine, according to Beckwith, a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
A man from Orient, arrested Friday in connection with a triple homicide in Amity, pleaded not guilty in court today.Robert Strout of Orient appeared Monday in District Court inPresque Isle via video link from the Aroostook County Jail, wherehe was being held.State Police say 63-year old Robert Strout was indicted by an Aroostook County Grand Jury on hindering apprehension and arson charges.His arrest comes two months after 20-year old Thayne Ormsby was charged with the stabbing deaths of 55-year old Jeffrey Ryan, Ryan’s 10-year old son, Jesse and Ryan’s friend, 30-year old Jason Dehahn.Ormsby had been staying with Strout and his family.Police say Strout told them Ormsby had threatened to kill his family if he didn’t help cover up evidence of the stabbings.Police also say Strout told them Ormsby had stolen Jeffrey Ryan’s truck and he followed Ormsby to the town of Weston, where Ormsby set the truck on fire.
A new report shows most parents in Maine under-estimate how much alcohol their high school aged children drink.The Maine office of substance abuse says a recent survey of teenagers and a separate statewide phone survey of parents reveals a large gap between what parents think their children drink and what the teens report.In the survey 65% of Maine high school teens said they’ve had a least one drink and more than 20% said they had engaged in binge drinking.But in the phone survey, only 26% of parents said they believed their high-school aged children had ever had more than a few sips of alcohol, and less than 2% believed their children had engaged in binge drinking.
Bangor Police continue to look for information regarding hundreds of dollars worth of vandalism to the downtown area Friday.Just after midnight Friday, police began getting complaints of vandalism at various locations, including a cruise ship behind the Sea Dog, Aubuchon Hardware on Exchange Street, and the courthouse parking lot.Police are reviewing surveillance videos and are asking folks who know anything about the vandalism to call 947-7382.
(AP) – The head of Maine’s Roman CatholicDiocese is paying tribute to police, firefighters and paramedicsduring the church’s annual “Blue Mass.” Bishop Richard Malone is giving thanks and bestow his blessingsupon Maine’s emergency responders Sunday at the Basilica of SaintsPeter and Paul in Lewiston.
The town of Hermon and the Veterans Memorial Committee hosted a dedication celebration Sunday afternoon.Phase 1 of the Veterans Park is now complete.The park is a way for the town to show respect for all veterans.In the fall of 2007, the town council appointed a committee to come up with the design and funding for the project.Located on the Billings Road, the project isn’t finished just yet.
A medical marijuana ordinance is on the agenda when the Bangor City Council meets this week.Monday the council is scheduled to vote on an amendment to the Maine city’s land-development code that would restrict where a medical marijuana dispensary could be located.The proposed ordinance would allow a dispensary in a variety of urban and service districts but restrict it in residential areas.
More than 100 folks jumped on their bikes to raise money for the Bangor Land Trust on Sunday.The 4th annual Pedal the Penobscot kicked off at the Bangor waterfront.Some participants biked 76 miles for the event.Pedal the Penobscot is the largest fundraiser for the Bangor Land Trust, the money raised will go towards conserving land and keeping trails safe and usable.This year the event saw its highest registration ever.Organizers say they’re thrilled with the turn out and say it’s a fun event for all involved.” When people get to go out and do something like this together in a group to support the environment it’s a feel good response all around.