A fire in Hermon could have been disastrous, but thanks to quick action everyone made it out okay.Crews were called to the home on Swan Road just after 2 o’clock Thursday morning.Jennifer Stalter, the home owner, had put a load of laundry in the dryer just before heading to bed.
If you’ve driven by the Bangor waterfront this week, you’ve probably noticed all the tents.They’re being set up for this weekend’s American Folk Festival.Meghan Hayward has more on what it takes to pull off the Folk Fest.It’s that time of year again when folks flood the Bangor waterfront for the American Folk Festival.The festival crew has been hard at work making sure it goes off without any glitches.”The operation crew came last Thursday started unloading trucks that we had brought and then the tent crew came in on Monday and actually started assembling the tents.”The planning for this year’s festival started shortly after last year’s ended.Operations Manager Betty Derbyshire says it get a little easier every year.”Because the locals are on top of what they need to be on top of.”Derbyshire says they’re right on schedule and will be ready to go, hoping for good weather.”There are some plans for emergency back up.
A man from Wilton who admitted to killing his girlfriend’s 17-month-old son was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison.On August 21, David Cook pleaded guilty to manslaughter.Matteo Hansen died last November from injuries the medical examiner said were consistent with being kicked or punched.
It’s a sure sign that fall is around the corner…Bangor’s city pools have closed for the season.Last Sunday was the last day of operation for the Pancoe and Dakin pools.Parks and Recreation Director Tracy Willette says his crews will now spend time giving the pools a good cleaning, and doing any necessary repairs.Later this fall, they’ll winterize the facilities before the cold weather arrives.Willette says he’d like to be able to keep the pools open later into the summer…but staffing is a problem this time of year, since most of the lifeguards are college students heading back to campus.
Tens of thousands of people are expected on the Bangor waterfront this weekend, for the American Folk Festival.Safety is, of course, a big concern.Railroad police are trying to get the word out that trains will be operating along the waterfront during the festivities.And as Amy Erickson tells us, that means festival-goers need to stay alert.
A convicted sex offender from Sherman is going to prison for twelve years.Forty-two-year-old Kirk Gould was sentenced in Houlton Superior Court Wednesday.He was convicted of sexually assaulting a relative from the time she was 11 until after she turned 16.The state described Gould as an unapologetic sexual predator who robbed a young girl of her childhood.” She was stuck, she was alone and she didn’t fell she had anyone to turn to.
Bangor Savings Bank is reminding customers not to give out their account or pin numbers to anyone over the phone.Senior Vice President Yellow Light Breen says they got over 200 calls Wednesday from folks who had received an automated voicemail threatening to block their debit cards if they did not call back and leave their account information and pin numbers.Breen says by the end of the day, they had talked with about twenty customers who had given their information and needed to change their account numbers.But Breen says the latest scam is limited.It appears they’re only calling cell phone numbers that start with 299.Breen says it’s important for customers to stay on guard.” The number one and best and only line of defense is our customers out there to just be on alert and to know as I think most have learned by now your real bank will never ever ask you to give up confidential information like accounts and passwords in an email or voice mail.
Police are investigating a robbery in Palmyra that happened Wednesday night.There are few details, but authorities have confirmed that there was a robbery at the Dunkin Donuts.Officials say they got the call just before 9.We’ll bring you more details on this story as they become available.
More details have been released regarding the death of an 80-year-old woman from Monmouth.43-year-old Kenneth McDonald went before a judge via video in Waterville Wednesday.He’s charged with murdering his 80-year-old mother at the home they shared in Monmouth.Court papers say Janice McDonald had severe facial injuries and died as a result of multiple sharp force and blunt trauma to the face and neck.Police reported finding a bloody knife in a bathroom sink and the clothes Kenneth McDonald said he was wearing the night before the death were found in a hamper covered in blood.Nowhere in the affidavit does it say that Kenneth McDonald admitted killing his mother.McDonald has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.
A mother and her baby escaped from their burning home Thursday morning…all thanks to a working smoke detector.Authorities tell us the call for help came in around 2 o’clock.Fire crews from Hermon as well as Levant and Carmel arrived on the Swan Road a short time later.Fire fighters were able to save the home.The fire reportedly started in the dryer.
While at Acadia National Park Wednesday, Governor John Baldacci visited with some of Maine’s future scientists.The governor made a stop at the Schoodic Education and Research Center.That’s where University of Maine freshman biology majors are spending the week, as part of a special orientation retreat.The director of the school of biology and ecology says the retreat is a chance for students to get to know their academic advisors and fellow students.She says it’s important to start them out on the right foot.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is releasing more information about the fatal crash in Steuben Tuesday night that killed two teenagers.Authorities say 17-year-old Zachery Dean of Columbia Falls ran a stop sign and crashed into a car driven by 31-year-old Brooke Burgess of Steuben.It happened near the intersection of Route one and Eastside Road.Dean was killed in the crash, as was his passenger 15-year-old Morgan Parritt of Steuben.A 12-year-old girl was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.