Fire officials say using an open flame to thaw frozen pipes is to blame for a house fire in Old Town last week.Firefighters arrived at the home on Stillwater Avenue around 11 Wednesday morning.The renter told us she smelled smoke in the basement and immediately called 911.
Two more of Governor Paul LePage’s cabinet nominees are facing legislative hearings this week.On Tuesday, the Health and Human Services committee takes up the nomination of Mary Mayhew of South China.Governor LePage’s pick for Agriculture Commissioner, Waldo dairy farmer Walter Whitcomb, is scheduled for a hearing before the agriculture committee on Thursday.After committee reviews, the candidates will face senate confirmation votes.
A public hearing has been set for February 11th on a report by state spending watchdogs that questions Maine Turnpike Authority expenditures for such things as limousine services, in-room movies, and alcoholic beverages between 2005 and 2009.A report released on Friday by the office of program evaluation and government accountability also cites more than 157 thousand dollars in gift certificate purchases from various hotel chains and restaurants in 2005 and 2006.
Courtroom number 202 at the Penobscot Judicial Center had very few empty seats this morning for the first day of the trial of Zachary Carr.But after waiting a year, the trial is now going to be put off for another month.19 year old Zach Carr is facing murder charges in the shooting death of John “Bobby” Surles.Surles died at Eastern Maine Medical Center after being shot in January of last year on Cumberland Street in Bangor.” Essentially there were some late breaking discovery and both of the sides needed some additional time to prepare for trial,” said Assistant Deputy Attorney General Andrew Benson.” The State has raised the issue that some of the witnesses may have some of their own Fifth Amendment issues and they are going to have their own attorney to counsel them as to whether or not they may themselves incur any criminal liability if they take the stand and testify in this case,” said David Walker the lead counsel for Carr.The proceedings were scheduled to start at 10am, but due to the discussions about the delay Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy didn’t appear in the courtroom until 11.Then she announced the trial would be delayed until Monday February 28th.Both sides said this won’t change anything in their preparation and doesn’t change the facts of the case.” Not from our standpoint we hope that as much evidence as possible gets in front of this jury because we’re confident that the more the jury finds out about what really happened the more likely it is that Zach Carr will be acquitted of all charges,” said Walker.” Essentially the case will be in the same pattern nothing of any substance will happen until then we’ll have the opening statements on the morning of the 28th,” added Benson.Carr is being held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail.
After a career path took him through Asia and Geneva, Brewster Grace retired to Maine only to find a new international community.”Here was this Camden Conference which brought fascinating people to the mid coast region to talk about international affairs and international events.”Grace is the former Director of the Quaker’s UN Office in Geneva.
The Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor will be hosting a book launch party next weekend.Kristen Britain has written three fantasy books and she is coming out with her fourth in the series.She chose the library in Bar Harbor to have her book launch.She will read some chapters from her book and take some questions.Ruth Eveland, the library’s director says they love hosting events like this.”Well certainly it has a lot to do with having people come in and see what we have to offer.
A New Limerick man has died after hitting a moose while snowmobiling.Authorities say 51-year-old Leon Botting Senior died Friday afternoon when he hit a moose with a snowmobile at an apparent high rate of speed on a trail west of Houlton.Botting was the last of three snowmobilers traveling on Shaw Camp Trail in Hammond Township.They say the moose walked onto the trail and Botting was unable to stop.Both he and the moose were thrown off the trail upon impact.Botting was wearing a helmet.
Quite a scare at the University of Maine Saturday.A bomb threat fortunately turned out to be a false alarm.University Spokesperson, Joe Carr, says graffiti was found on the stairwell of Cumberland Hall.He says the graffiti said there is was a bomb in the bathroom of that residence hall.Carr says students were evacuated as a precaution.A bomb-sniffing dog was brought in to access the situation and found nothing.Carr says they tried to make things as smooth for the students as possible.”Well residence halls on a Sunday afternoon and evening are, of course, just about full with students and they’re studying and preparing for the upcoming week.
It was the making stuff kick-off event at the Maine Discovery Museum Saturday.The museum is the only Maine site chosen by the PBS Nova program to receive the grant for this event.They have teamed up with the Challenger Learning Center and the University of Maine to bring kids a better knowledge of the materials around them and how they are used.Saturday kids could do a variety of science related activities and learn about robots.” Everything that you see, everything you do on a regular basis is made out of different kinds of materials and those are changing all the time.
Some folks were working it at the Bangor Mall Saturday.The mall teamed up with Union Street Athletics to help raise money for the Lance Armstrong Live Strong Foundation.They hosted three thirty-five minute cycling classes, our own Todd Simcox even took part in the fun.Bangor Mall General Manager, James Gerety says it’s important to raise awareness about how cancer affects so many different people in different ways.Gerety says everyone has been supportive of the event.” I put this on our Facebook page and got many comments.