An ATV accident in Farmington sent a father and son to the hospital.Officials say 36-year-old Brian Dunton and his nine-year-old son from Winslow, were riding on the Whistle Stop Trail when their machine left the trail and hit a tree.Officials say speed is what caused the crash.
November is Alzheimer’s awareness month, and in an effort to spotlight the disease, one woman is sharing her story.Donna Beveridge was diagnosed with alzheimer’s about 4 years ago, but she hasn’t let the disease slow her down.Beveridge took up painting as a way to express her feelings and keep her mind active.Friday, Beveridge spoke at a Memory Joggers meeting and told others her inspirational story.To learn more about the Memory Joggers program, you can log onto myfriendsplaceprogram.com
This year’s Turkey Telethon was a huge success, but it wouldn’t have been possible without our viewers.The grand total of turkeys collected at this year’s telethon was 2,251.All those birds will be donated to Manna Ministries and handed out to those in need on Thanksgiving.One of the biggest donations of the night was made by Peter Vigue of Cianbro, who donated 500 turkeys to the cause.Executive Director of Manna, Bill Rae, says the poor economy has fueled the need this year.Now that they have the turkey’s, Manna says they still need all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal, including cranberries, stuffing, and canned veggies.You can drop off any donations up until Thanksgiving morning.Manna Ministries is located at 629 Main Street in Bangor.
A Bangor man is facing charges after police and drug agents say they seized $71,000 worth of the synthetic drug bath salts.Bangor police and agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency went to the house of 28-year-old Alan Ketchen for a random search due to bail conditions.
A Danforth man accused of shooting at an acquaintance Thursday night has been arrested.Washington County Deputy Ryan Allen says 72-year-old Harvey Hanington has been involved in an ongoing civil dispute with the man he shot at.Deputy Allen says Hanington fired three shots from a 3.57 magnum, but missed.Hanington was located and arrested around 4am Friday morning on Depot Street in Danforth.He’s accused of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.Police believe another man was involved and say he’ll be charged when found.
Friends and family of Reverend Robert Carlson gathered in Orrington Friday to say goodbye.About eight hundred people crowded into the East Orrington Congregational Church for his funeral.Carlson was Senior Pastor there for 25 years.We’re told his coworkers at Penobscot Community Health Care were in attendance, along with hundreds more who knew him.Pastor Carl Schreiber, who was a close friend of Carlson’s, officiated the ceremony.He says it was meant to be a time for everyone to heal.”The words that were spoken were words that were spoken as we got up there, not planned.
Two bridges on Route 27 in Carrabassett Valley that were destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene are now back open.The North Branch Bridge and Brackett Brook Bridge both collapsed withing minutes of each other when water overflowed the roadway.Bruce Van-Note with the Maine DOT says the destruction cut off the link to Canada and affected regional business.Crews worked around the clock with an aggressive schedule to repair the bridges.It took them 83 days.”When you set a goal that everybody buys into everybody starts rolling in the right direction, we can do just about anything and 83 days is proof of that,” he said.According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Irene dumped more than 8-and-a-half inches of rain in Carrabassett Valley in August.
Five months after the stabbing death of a woman in Farmington, State Police believe they have the killer.81-year-old Grace Burton was attacked in her apartment in June.Police say the killer forced his way into her home.27-year-old Juan Conteras of Massachusetts was arrested last night by state police in Waltham, Massachusetts.State Police Lieutenant Brian McDonough says contreras was living in farmington, near where burton lived at the time of the crime.Gravely wounded, Burton managed to call 911 and describe her assailant to police.State police say Conteras’ DNA matched DNA from the crime scene.He’s expected to return to Franklin County Friday night to face a murder charge.Farmington Deputy Chief Shane Cote says team work was the key to the arrest.”I think just the collaborative effort between all the agencies and the community is what led to the arrest and that’s what we learned mostly from this,” he said.An acquaintance of Burton, Kevin Madore, says he’s relieved for her family.”To know that it wasn’t somebody from town I mean somebody that was here they left you know it was just a big relief I’ve heard everybody talk about it all day today they come through the door and that’s the first thing they say “they caught him, they caught him,” said Kevin Madore.Contreras is scheduled for court Monday.
Occupy Bangor protestors will still have to clean up their location by Sunday evening.They had requested a time extension to remove their canopies and structures from Pierce Park.City officials rejected the request to move the deadline to 5pm Monday.We’re told organizers plan to hold a press conference on the matter Sunday.
An illegal immigrant from Mexico has been arrested.Twenty-four-year-old Walter Cruz Sanchez-Amira has been charged with unlawful presence in the United States, after being previously removed from the country.Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were at Twin Super Buffet on State Street in Brewer where, they say, Sanchez-Amira was located.We’ve also heard from a person who works near the Super China Buffet in Waterville that federal agents searched that restaurant too.The Lewiston Sun-Journal reported agents were also seen at the new China Super Buffet Restaurant in Lewiston.Officials say male employees are accused of being in the U.S.
Two guys names Mike are doing their part to stock a local food pantry.Mike and Mike of Kiss 94.5 are kicking off their annual food drive next week.Mike Dow and Mike Elliot will be camping out in the parking lot of the Bangor Mall, starting early Monday morning.
A local store is working to put books in the hands of kids this holiday season.Bangor Bull Moose is holding a book drive until the end of the month.Shoppers can stop in and buy one of more than a dozen children’s books.The store will then donate your purchase to the drive’s sponsor, Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.Store manager, Freeman Saunders, believes the gift of reading is one of the best to give.”Literacy being just so important, I mean, the way the economy is now the gift of a book to a child, at Christmas especially, is just so important,” said Saunders.