A Bucksport woman accused of stealing 28-thousand dollars from an elderly man has been charged with theft.Bucksport Police say 26-year-old Brandy Freeman worked for the victim’s family and had access to his debit card.Police say she used the card at various ATMs during a span of 5 months.She’s expected to appear in an Ellsworth court room in June.
The folks at Bangor Federal Credit Union are doing what they can to end hunger in Maine.Thursday the credit union gave $10,000 to food pantries.Employees of its branches raise the money in various ways throughout the year.The Good Shepherd Food Bank receives a big portion of the money raised.They say its always tough to pick just who gets the money because they realize all food pantries have a big need.”It is statewide and each year we’re involved I can only see how generous everybody is and they amounts have increased each year.””It is great.
Is Fort Knox in Prospect really haunted?Folks will get the chance to find out next month.In February, a production crew from the SyFy channel series, Ghost Hunters, visited the area to film an episode.They spent six days shooting possible paranormal activities at Fort Knox.The results of that investigation will air on Wednesday, April 6th at 9 p.m.A live public screening will take place at the Bucksport Golf Club.Folks will be able to meet the people interviewed for the show and watch it on a big screen TV.Tickets are seven dollars per person in advance, ten dollars the night of the show.For more information, you can call 469-6553 or stop by the Friends of Fort Knox office at Fort Knox.
Ever dream of being an astronaut?Some Maine students will now get the chance, thanks to the Challenger Learning Center and a $20,000 grant.The “Missions for Maine” project is funded by the Davis Family Foundation.While at the Challenger Learning Center, students in grades 4 through 10, use their classroom skills to fly a simulated space mission.
Maine’s universities are opening their doors to Japanese students whose learning has been disrupted by the massive earthquake and tsunami that rocked their country.University of Maine System Chancellor Richard Pattenaude said the university system is inviting English-speaking Japanese citizens now enrolled at a Japanese university that has postponed or terminated classes to enroll at a Maine university as a visiting student for up to one year.
A section of Route 9 is back open as of Thursday morning.It was shut down for close to 10 hours, after a tractor trailer went off the road.We’re told the accident happened around 6 Wednesday night on the line between Township 30 and 31.No one was hurt, but the hitch reportedly came off the truck.We’re told the road opened back up a little before 4 Thursday morning.
If you think you know where the worst road in Maine is, here’s something you might want to enter.A transportation advocacy group is holding a “Worst Road in Maine” contest.Submit photos and descriptions of your worst road and you can win up to 250 dollars in auto repairs.The group does this to draw attention to sinkholes, potholes, frost heavesand crumbling roads found around Maine.Entries will be received through May fifteenth.
There are efforts in Augusta to tweak Maine’s excise tax.One proposed bill would have new car buyers pay tax based on a vehicle’s purchase price.Currently, the excise tax is based on the manufacturers suggested retail price, which is almost always higher than what you’ll actually pay for a car.Supporters of the bill say people need a break.Opponents say cutting the excise tax would take money from municipalities, which would then likely mean higher property taxes.
A woman lost part of a hand after an accident in Frankfort Wednesday.It happened around nine this morning on Route 1A.According to the Waldo County Sheriff’s department, 34-year-old William Hinkle of Frankfort was driving an SUV and tried to pass another vehicle.A car driven by 59-year-old Louise Boudreau-Bouchard of Searsport was coming in the opposite direction.Police say Boudreau-Bouchard drove toward a ditch to try to avoid the crash, but the two cars collided nearly head-on.Boudreau-Bouchard was trapped for about twenty minutes.
Maine is one step closer to having an official state treat and an official dessert.Amos Orcutt, President of the Maine Whoopie Pie Association, tells TV 5 a bill that would make the whoopie pie maine’s official state treat passed the house Wednesday.An amendment to the bill would make the wild blueberry pie the official state dessert.
Today, a nationwide effort was kicked into gear right in Newport.Students at Nokomis Regional High School took part in ‘Kick Butts Day,’ a youth effort to rally against tobacco.With the help of some visual aids, the school’s Youth Advocacy Group showed students what a cigarette is actually made of.They compared its ingredients to the same chemicals you’d find in ammonia and arsenic.Group members, Cody Hopkins, says this early education could help students make better decisions for their future.