A former music teacher accused of molesting a seventh grader was found guilty on ten counts.Forty-one year old William Wiley was convicted of having unlawful sexual contact with a twelve year old girl in 2004.Wiley could face up to sixty-five years in prison for the convictions.Wiley was also charged with gross sexual assault, but found not guilty of that offense.Three of the ten guilty counts included the allegations that he penetrated the girl.Wiley became emotional as the verdict was read, and his attorney said they plan to appeal.A video from Wiley’s initial police interview in 2009 showed he admitted to kissing and touching the girl inappropriately.As Wiley left court, he told us that he doesn’t believe the video is accurate.William Wiley: I’m not guilty.
Hundreds of high school seniors spent the day in Augusta.They competed against each other in a career development conference.The conference was hosted by the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates Program also known as JMG.The program breaks down barriers students face in education.
Some major shake ups involving Governor LePage’s staff were announced Wednesday including the departure of a department head accused of making racist remarks.Economic and Community Development Commissioner Phil Congdon has resigned after being accused of making racially inflammatory remarks in Aroostook County.
Some students at Camden Hills Regional High School are taking a stand on behalf of the Kid-Safe Products Act.Students at Camden Hills Regional High School are collecting signatures, which they will be sending to the governor in hopes of persuading him to leave the Kid-Safe Products Act alone.”We felt if we didn’t do this that none of the high school students would know basically what is planning on happening to our environment.”The Kid-Safe Products Act was passed three years ago by Maine lawmakers after scientific studies by the EPA showed a link between BPA and many life-altering health issues.”I thought it was definitely something the school would be interested in.
Relationship building 101 is how the Eastern Maine Development Corporation is describing a new approach they announced Wednesday.The model merges economic development with workforce development.Senator Susan Collins was on hand to learn more about it.The agency says it’s tested the model on about fifty companies.The main goal is creating jobs.”What we’ve designed here is a system which now really marries up employer needs with employees who are seeking new job opportunities.””In the end it’s all about jobs.
The Penobscot County Grand Jury has indicted a man from Greenbush, accused of posting child pornography on-line on more than two dozen personal Facebook accounts.23-year-old John Wilson is charged with two counts of possessing sexually explicit material.
Governor LePage’s choice to head the Department of Environmental Protection is leaving that position.Brown will leave that post and has agreed to take a job at the state planning office.A letter issued by Attorney General William Schneider said Brown is unqualified to serve as the DEP Commissioner.Brown is the founder of Main-Land Development Consultants.By earning more than 10 percent of his income from water pollution permit holders, by law, he cannot serve as head of the DEP.Jim Brooks, who now serves as Director of the Bureau of Air Quality, will take over as the acting commissioner of the DEP.The governor’s office also announced that retired Lieutenant General Robert Winglass has been nominated to take over as head of the Labor Department.
With the vote over the proposed Bangor arena set for next week, the Arena Yes campaign isn’t wasting any time persuading voters to vote yes.The arena was the topic of the bangor region chamber of commerce’s early bird breakfast at the sea dog restaurant in Bangor Wednesday morning.The chamber discussed revised plans for the arena and how the city will finance it.The Arena Yes campaign says the arena will create four hundred permanent jobs and will pump in about 26 million dollars annually for the city of Nangor.Chamber President John Porter says this is the kind of economic impact the city needs.”It’s going to help replace something it already has that’s aging and needs to be torn down but it’s also going to give Bangor something it doesn’t have particularly as a convention center.
The FBI has joined the investigation into the disappearance of a 20-year-old Portland, Maine, woman whose car and 14-month-old daughter were found at a New Hampshire ski area parking lot.Conway Police Lieutenant Chris Perley says three FBI agents from the agency’s New Hampshire office joined the investigation Tuesday afternoon.