Family and friends enjoyed chicken on the grill and live entertainment to wish Tall Pines a very happy 25th birthday.The family owned facility has been serving the community since 1986.It’s grown by adding retirement and assisted living with a nearby facility.”There are only two rehab facilities in the city in nearby areas and it accomodates the community,” says Belfast native Pat Schortmann.Schortmann assisted patients as a nurse before she became a patient herself.”I found that here that the people will go out of their way to make you feel like home,” she said.By providing patients with a home away from home, she’s seen her share of miracles.Which is why she believes just a little bit of love and optimism are essential steps in the healing process.”They thought they were coming here to die and I’ve seen them walk out of here.
The former head of the Chelsea Select Board accused of taking kickbacks from a road contractor has been indicted by a Kennebec County grand jury.53-year-old Carole Swan is charged with aggravated forgery, attempted theft and improper compensation for services.
Police say failure to stop at a stop sign caused an accident in Old Town Friday afternoon.A car with four people inside was traveling on Fourth Street and didn’t stop at the intersection of Center Street.It smacked into the rear tire of a dump truck on Center Street.Two people in the car were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Police are asking folks to keep their cars locked when they are unattended.In the past week, more than twenty cars have been broken into in the greater Bangor area.Sergeant Mike Burgess says four of those occurred in Hermon, between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.Burgess says only one of those cars had belongings stolen, some cash was taken from a purse.He says none of the break-ins have been forced entry.
Drug agents say they’ve busted up a New York to Old Town, Maine area drug connection.They say they were tipped in June of drug dealing at the home of 28-year-old Sarah Lemery of Bradley.Informants claimed she was working with gang members in New York City to sell cocaine in and around Old Town.Agents say they bought cocaine from Lemery, her brother, 39-year-old Samuel Call and 28-year-old Jamel Slaughter.Lemery and Slaughter are both charged with having cocaine and dealing it.
An East Millinocket man is accused of sexual misconduct with a family member and assaulting a teenage girl.According to the district attorney, 55-year-old Ralph Sprague Junior is charged with nine counts of gross sexual misconduct dating back to the eighties.These charges involve a male family member.Sprague is also facing three counts of assault, two counts of unlawful sexual touching and one count of unlawful sexual contact — all involving a thirteen year old girl.
A judge has allowed a DNA sample from a young murder victim’s fingernails to be tested in a database of other samples in Maine.A superior court judge ruled Friday morning in the case involved Dennis Dechane’s continuing effort to get a new trial in the 1988 death of 12-year-old Sarah Cherry of Bowdoin.
A man from Rockand is on the run, after police say he got away in a kayak.39-year old Robert Whidden is charged with assault, obstructing a report of a crime, violation of conditions of release and refusing to submit to arrest.On Saturday, authorities were called to an assault in West Gardiner.
People traveling through Maine are noticing purple objects strung in trees alongside the road, vaguely resembling the kite-eating tree in “Peanuts” cartoons.Maine Forest Service officials say they are traps set up to ensnare a major threat to the state’s ash trees: emerald-colored beetles called ash borers.
A pair of bald eagles on Swan Island has produced the first documented case of four eaglets in the same nest in Maine’s history.Inland fisheries and wildlife biologist Kendall Marden says the eagles were unsuccessful for two years before producing four eaglets this year at the Swan Island Wildlife Management area along the Kennebec River near Richmond.We’re told there have been only three other documented cases of four eaglets in a single nest anywhere in the US.The bald eagle was removed from Maine’s list of threatened and endangered species in 2007.There are now more than 500 nesting pairs in our state.
Town councilors in Millinocket voted down the idea of a national park in the area, proposed by environmentalist Roxanne Quimby.In a unanimous vote, councilors decided to support the resolve on the agenda, which was the “Opposition to the Creation of a National Park.”Roxanne Quimby wants to give more than 70-thousand wild acres she owns next to Baxter State Park to the federal government.It would be used for a Maine Woods National Park.
Multiple towns responded to a fire in Searsport Thursday afternoon.The call came around 4:30.Crews arrived to find smoke pouring out of the home.It was a scary couple of minutes after firefighters were told that the homeowners grandson was upstairs, they quickly learned that he was at a neighbors house.The house sustained lots of smoke damage.The homeowner will be staying with relatives, while a tenant who was living above the garage will be assisted by Red Cross.The Fire Marshal has been called into investigate.