A Bangor man has been arrested and charged with arson.Police say they received a phone call last night from a clerk at the Big Apple Gas Station reporting suspicious activity.They say the clerk says a regular customer came in and purchased a gas can, cigarettes, matches and gasoline.The clerk claimed the customer was 33-year-old Matthew Fernald.Shortly after they received the phone call they had a report of a building fire at 143 Broadway.According to Assistant Fire Chief, Darrell Cyr, the fire was controlled within fifteen minutes.He says they did have to rescue a male tenant from the third floor of the building.Within two hours of the fire, police had arrested Fernald.He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail where he remains at this time.
Aspiring local business owners can get free advice from experts this month.The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host a three part series for starting your own business.The first workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7th at the Penobscot County Cooppertive Extension office on Maine Ave.
A veterinary clinic in Northport is spreading some holiday cheer to the local animal shelter in Camden.The Little River Veterinary Hospital has set up an angel tree, with all proceeds going to the Campden-Rockport Animal Rescue League.To help out, drop in and grab an ornament off the tree in the vet hospital’s lobby.Pick up the item listed on the ornament and return that item to Little River by December 22nd.Little River elves will bring all the items collected to the shelter.For more information on how you can help out the animal shelter, you can call Little River at 338-2909.
The annual convoy of trucks carrying wreaths from downeast Maine to the graves of thousands of soldiers near our nation’s capital is about to begin.The trucks will leave from the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington and roll along all the way to Arlington Memorial Cemetery.Worcester Wreath donates thousands of wreaths each year to honor those buried at Arlington.This is the 19th year for Wreaths Across America.
For one local family, the lighting of the Christmas Tree in downtown Bangor will hold a special sentiment.As Meghan Hayward tells us, they watched the tree grow and are now letting everyone else enjoy its beauty.” Right over here is where we planted the tree with our girls when they were really little.”Linda Murphy and her husband Joe watched the tree grow over the past 25 years.It came from Linda’s father-in-law’s farm.” It seems like it grew slowly and then all of a sudden it was huge.
The Bangor Police Department is offering some holiday season food for thought.Police say if you can, walk to and from your vehicle with another person that you know.If shopping alone, try to walk near other shoppers.Never use a video arcade or toy store as a babysitter because predators are on the prowl.It’s suggested that men carry their wallets in front pants pockets and women should hold their purses close to their bodies.Consolidate your shopping bags when possible.And try to carry less cash, instead use cards or checks which can easily be cancelled and replaced.
A Swanville man has been arrested and charged with gross sexual assault, just four months after being sentenced for unlawful sexual conduct with a 4-year-old girl.Authorities say the charge against 23-year-old Scott Ritter is connected to an incident that allegedly occurred in September and involved a girl younger than 14.If convicted, Ritter could face up to 30 years in prison and pay a 50-thousand dollar fine.Ritter was booked at the Waldo County Jail in Belfast but has since been transferred to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.
As folks enjoy parties during the holiday season, Maine State Police say they want to make sure the parties don’t cross onto the roadways.It’s part of the “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign.Troopers will be out in force through December and January cracking down on anyone caught drunk behind the wheel.
The faculty and staff at John Bapst Memorial High School say they are committed to opening doors of opportunities to their students.Pretty soon, properties next to the school in Bangor will open their doors to international students.Headmaster Mel Mackay describes the buildings as historic 19th century homes that have been converted.
Kids all over eastern and mid-coast Maine will have the chance to board a train headed for Santa’s workshop starting tonight.The Kiwanis Club of Rockland and the Maine Eastern Railroad are offering the 7th annual “Jingle Bells Express” December 3rd & 4th.Three different trains will leave from Rockland’s train depot.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says it’s made another arrest in a meth lab bust in Houlton bringing the total to five.MDEA agents say they arrested 22-year-old Brian Fewelling of Houlton and Dexter.Commander Darrell Crandall says the charge is based on evidence that he assisted another man in manufacturing the drug days leading up to the bust in mid-November.Fewelling was taken into custody in Houlton and remains at the Aroostook County Jail.
If you’re heading to Bangor’s Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday, you’re invited to bring along a canned food item.For the second year in a row, Lane Construction is trying to fill a one-ton dump truck with items to donate to local food cupboards.The company has been collecting non-perishable items for the last month at its offices, and is trying to get one last burst of donations at the parade.
Folks got some tips on how to improve their sleep that went beyond counting sheep at a seminar in Bangor Thursday.Sleep specialist Frank Breznyak hosted a sleep seminar as part of caring connections at the Isaac Farrar Mansion on 2nd Street.Breznyak discussed common sleep problems associated with older individuals and women.Robin Long, the assistant director for the Caring Connections program believes learning about sleep is important for a person’s overall health.