The parent company behind the family restaurant chain known as Friendly’s has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.Sixty-three locations have already had to close, including ones in Ellsworth, Freeport and Lewiston.The company says a tough economy and higher costs forced them to file.More than four hundred of its remaining restaurants will stay open while they reorganize under the protection.
State police say a woman tried to sneak $30,000 worth of heroin into the Maine State Prison.The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says the woman was supposed to bring the drug to a prison showroom in Thomaston.They believe inmates were going pick up the drug and use it behind bars, but Investigator John Scheid of the state prison was able to help police locate the heroin before it could be transported.
Officials say $30,000 worth of heroin headed for the Maine State Prison in Thomaston was seized at a store where goods made at the prison are sold to the public.The heroin was found Monday in the bathroom of the Maine State Prison Showroom.Knox County sheriff’s deputies say a woman dropped off the drugs at the store in downtown Thomaston, which sells goods such as wooden toys and furniture made by inmates, who staff the store.Chief Deputy Tim Carroll says one of the store’s inmate employees planned to take the heroin back to the prison.The Bangor Daily News says charges are pending against the woman who left the heroin in the store.Prison officials say inmates are searched for contraband when they return to the prison.(The Associated Press)
A Franklin County sheriff’s deputy is going to become the new police chief in the Maine town of Wilton.At a meeting Tuesday, the Wilton selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Heidi Wilcox as the new chief.The 45-year-old Wilcox was chosen from a pool of 25 applications.The chief’s job became vacant this summer when the previous chief resigned saying he was worried the town would disband the police department.Wilcox has reportedly worked in law enforcement for 23 years.
The Northern Border Regional Commission says it has approved funding for two economic development projects in northern Maine.The commission says it is awarding $200,000 to the town of Van Buren toward the construction of a vegetable-processing plant to help expand markets for local farmers.
An anti-casino group says it is forming a political action committee to oppose two statewide referendums seeking voter approval for three new gambling facilities in Maine.Mainers Against A Rotten Deal said Tuesday the proposed gambling expansion is far too aggressive and would make Maine the casino capital of New England.
Authorities have confirmed that one person is dead following a fire in Biddeford.Biddeford Fire Chief Joe Warren says the call the came in around 5:30 Tuesday evening for firefighters to respond to an explosion and fire at 29 Main Street.When firefighters arrived, they noticed heavy smoke coming out of the back of the apartment building.Once they got inside, they found one person dead on the first floor.The Fire Marshal’s Office is trying to ID the victim and figure out how the blaze started.Eight other people lived in the building, which was destroyed.
The old Bangor YMCA facility on Hammond Street has been sold.The property had been on the market since June and was bought by a local business man for redevelopment.This past Saturday, the Y auctioned off extra furniture and equipment from the building.Some of the proceeds from the sale will go towards the Bangor Y Endowment Fund.
Governor LePage is hosting job creation workshops for businesses.Three different sessions will be held.The first is set for the October 19th at Southern Maine Community College in Portland.The second one will be Wednesday, October 26th at Husson University in Bangor.The third one is set for November 17th at Central Maine Community College in Auburn.
Just two weeks after 50 Colby College students were charged with alcohol-related offenses, police say another off-campus party in Waterville has netted nineteen underage drinkers.Police say none of the nineteen was involved in the incident last September.
A Danforth man was seriously injured in a hunting accident IN Weston Tuesday morning.The Maine Warden Service says 35 year old John Shaw was shot in the leg by his hunting partner 59 year old Douglass Conklin of Wingdale, New York.Wardens say Conklin spotted a bird, and as he went to load his shotgun, the shell fired in the chamber and hit Shaw.Shaw was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center and is in serious but stable condition.