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Storm Cleanup

Updated 6 years ago

Bangor Hydro Safety Officer John Greaves is urging everyone to give power crews the room they need to work safely.

Don’t approach crews while they’re working.

If you need help, call the Bangor Hydro Customer Service Center.

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Man Sentenced for Safe Theft

Updated 6 years ago

Steven Robbins was sentenced Thursday in Hancock County Superior Court for stealing a safe containing thousands of dollars in cash from his grandmother.

Robbins was convicted last summer of going to his grandmother’s home in Lamoine, where he and another suspect put a pillowcase over his grandmother’s head while she slept, handcuffed her, bound her legs with a telephone cord and demanded the combination to her safe.

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Alfond Scholarships

Updated 6 years ago

Gov. John Baldacci was also at the University of Maine at Augusta on Thursday as a foundation started by the late Harold Alfond announced what’s believed to be the nation’s first statewide scholarship program of its kind. It started off a year ago on a limited basis.

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Fort Kent Grant

Updated 6 years ago

Gov. John Baldacci announced Thursday that the grant will come from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

During the floods in late April and early May, the combination of heavy rains and melting snow caused the St. John and Fish rivers to overflow their banks and flood Fort Kent in the region’s worst flooding in more than 100 years.

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Fraser Lawsuit

Updated 6 years ago

Madawaska-based Fraser claims in a federal suit that Valassis Communications Inc. of Livonia, Mich., hasn’t paid for 1.8 million pounds of paper shipped to Valassis’ firm’s Durham, N.C., facility.

Fraser alleges that Valassis ignored its demands for payment in August and September.

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Sunday Gambling

Updated 6 years ago

Current state law says that gambling cannot begin until noon on Sundays, but a plan is in the works to extent those hours and start the gaming day at 8am.

During a brief meeting Wednesday afternoon, the board was told that a November 24th hearing date and last Friday’s legal deadline for public comment passed with no comments being offered.

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Tremont Stand-off

Updated 6 years ago

State Police say they were called to a trailer on Route 102 just after 2 am by a man who claimed he had been threatened by another man with a gun.The caller said thatshots had been fired in his direction.

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Belfast Shooting Latest

Updated 6 years ago

Police are calling Tuesday morning’s shooting death of a Belfast man domestic homicide.

According to State Police spokesperson Steve McCausland police were called to a home on High Street in Belfast just before noon on Tuesday.

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Belfast Shooting Update

Updated 6 years ago

Detectives say 29 year old James Cummings was shot to death by his wife, 31 year old Amber Cummings.

Also in the home at the time of the shooting was the couple’s nine year old daughter.

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Fire Destroys Body Shop

Updated 6 years ago

Authorities say that the blaze broke out at Bulger’s Body Shop and Used Cars on Crummett Street.

Crews from several towns were called out around 5:30 Tuesday evening, but there wasn’t much they could do to save the business, or the owner’s home.

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Irving Expands in Bangor

Updated 6 years ago

Mike Shea, Webber’s president and CEO, says the six stores amount to about half of Webber’s retail locations in Maine. He says Webber wants to focus on its core heating oil and propane business and wholesale gasoline distribution operation.

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Local Sweet Shop Gears up For Holidays

Updated 6 years ago

Santa’s elves have some competition when it comes to making holiday treats for good boys and girls.

The folks at Specialty Sweets in Bangor are open seven days a week during the month of December, just to keep up with the demand for Christmas sweets.

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Thefts on the Rise

Updated 6 years ago

Thefts and burglaries are on the rise.

State Police say that the number of burglaries has jumped 15% and the number of thefts is up by 13% over last year.

Authorities say the numbers have taken an even steeper climb in the last few months.

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Dogs Shot, Owner Seeks Justice

Updated 6 years ago

The grisly discovery was made on Thursday, December 4th.

4-month-old Spades was shot once, and 2-year-old Owen was shot five times.

The dogs were found near the intersection of Nickles and Mt. Ephraim Road in Searsport.

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Suspicous Letter to Governor

Updated 6 years ago

Colonel Patrick Fleming, Chief of the Maine State Police, said the Governor’s Executive Protection Unit had alerted the staff to watch for the letter, similar to letters received by Governor’s offices in eight other states.

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Okie Trial

Updated 6 years ago

Letters that were written by Okie to a love interest while Okie was in jail were read aloud.

22-year-old John Okie wrote, &quot:I wish I could change so many thing and go back in time, but I can’t.&quot:

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Drug Suspect Leaps Into Custody

Updated 6 years ago

The Kennebec County Sheriffs Department had a search warrant in hand when they arrived at Russel Truman’s home on Northern Avenue Sunday.

Officials say Truman came home when they were there and once he realized what was happening he tried to make a run for it.

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Stolen Property Trial

Updated 6 years ago

60-year-old Evelyn Dempsey of Hampden and 61-year-old Judy Gariepy, who currently lives in Arizona, are charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

Police say they searched Dempsey’s home and a storage unit in April of 2007, and found $13,000 worth of pilfered merchandise. Everything from dish washers, lawn mowers, snow blowers, and gas grills.

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Domestic Violence

Updated 6 years ago

Gov. Baldacci is now urging health-care professionals to look even more closely for signs of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Baldacci says domestic violence-related homicides in Maine rose from eight in 2007, to 17 so far this year. The governor was joined at a news conference by the state’s attorney general and top health official as well as several medical organizations and violence-prevention groups.

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Slow For Whales

Updated 6 years ago

Beginning on Tuesday, ships that are 65 feet long or longer will have to slow down along the east coast to reduce collisions with endangered North Atlantic Right Whales.

Under the new federal regulation, the ships must travel no faster than 10 Knots in southeastern and mid-Atlantic waters, where the whales usually gather.

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