The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department is stepping up efforts to tackle youth substance abuse.20 officers from four different departments make up the Southern Kennebec Substance Abuse Task Force.Sheriff Randall Liberty says its formation lets local law enforcement work together to fight this prevalent problem.
A Clinton man accused of assaulting his sister during a shooting incident in February has been indicted by a Kennebec County grand jury.23-year-old Adam Trott was indicted on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated criminal mischief, and reckless conduct.Police say Trott shot the windows out of a car parked in his driveway, then hit his sister in the head.The girl was treated and released.
The Land Use Regulation Commission’s approval of a massive development project for the Moosehead Lake Region has been struck down by the Superior Court.Plum Creek’s plan calls for 2 resorts and hundreds of vacation homes scattered around Moosehead Lake.Environmental groups have been opposing the development for years.In a ruling Thursday, the Superior Court concluded that LURC followed an illegal process leading up to its approval of the plan in 2009, saying the public was denied its legal rights to speak out on the final version of the plan.
These kids are splashing around and learning how to swim for free.”The program is called ‘Rule the Pool’ born out of the idea that the city of Old Town itself is an island and we wanted to teach the kids to learn how to swim and water safety,” said Jeff Wheelden, Executive Director of the Old Town/Orono YMCA.But it’s programs like this that have an unclear future.
Bucksport High School is showcasing its students’ artistic talents at the school’s annual art exhibit.More than a thousand pieces of art are being displayed throughout the halls of the school and in the library.All of the pieces are originals giving anyone who looks at them a peek inside their creative minds.Teacher Holly Bertrand says the pieces are projects the students created in class.”It always amazes me the amount of talent that we have I have students that have had art before, students that have never had art and I put up everybody’s work because everybody is successful,” she said.The exhibit wraps up at 7.
Spring will be in full bloom this weekend at the Bangor Auditorium.We were there as event organizers put the final touches on the Bangor Garden Show.More than 50 vendors will have displays throughout the auditorium.The three day event celebrates its 20th year in Bangor featuring gardenscape displays and live demonstrations.Event coordinator Judi Perkins says the show is the perfect break from the winter blues.”This is a chance to come to the garden show we’ve got 12 landscapers that have that are here and waiting for you to talk about your plans for spring and summer and into fall,” she said.The expo kicks off Friday at 10 am and goes through the weekend.Admission is 5 dollars for adults.
The Goodwill store in Rockland is helping women find the wedding and prom dress of their dreams.This Saturday, the store on Camden Street will have formal dresses on sale at discounted prices.All of the dresses on sale have been donated from goodwill stores throughout New England.Prices range from $9.99 to $299.”Mother of the bride, the little flower girl, we have an array of sizes from small to 28 we’ve got quite a few of them as well,” says shift supervisor Chelsea Griffin.Gift baskets will be raffled off and guests will have the chance to meet with wedding professionals.The expo kicks off Saturday morning at nine.
Jury selection is set for Monday in the trial of a music teacher accused of sex crimes involving a child.William Wiley of Searsport was arrested two years ago.He was charged with gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact with a girl between 12 and 13 years of age.Wiley began working as a music teacher in Waldo County twenty years ago.He no longer works for the school district.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is asking folks to grow a little extra produce this year.The Maine Harvest for Hunger Program helps connect volunteers with local food pantries.In 2010, the program provided more than 200,000 pounds of produce to Maine pantries.This year, the goal is 225,000 pounds.For more information contact Barbara Murphy at 743-6329.
Phone calls from worried drivers have Bangor police looking for anyone who witnessed a road rage incident.Police say they responded to a road rage call Monday morning around 7:30 a.m.They were only able to speak with one witness who saw what happened at the Hogan Road off ramp on I-95.
A former Acadia National Park restaurant employee has won his lawsuit seeking park documents about a 2008 confrontation between park rangers and a group of young people atop the park’s Day Mountain that left him with serious facial injuries.Federal Judge John Woodcock has reportedly ordered the documents released to Timothy Wild through his Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Maine officials are warning consumers to be wary of an advance-fee loan scam operated by two Florida companies.The Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection says the two companies – Fairfield Brokerage and Oracle Lending Group – claim to be located in downtown Portland’s Time and Temperature Building.Neither company is housed there.Several out-of-state consumers have asked Maine officials about web sites posted by the two companies that purport to offer short-term consumer loans.
The Maine city of Auburn is going to be giving iPad2 computers to each kindergartner this fall.The Auburn School Committee voted for the plan on Wednesday.Former Maine Governor Angus King, who attended the school meeting, says Auburn may be the first district in Maine to give computers to all students in a single grade.School Superintendent Tom Morrill says he’s expecting 285 kindergarten students this fall, which will translate to an expected cost of about $200,000.Morrill is reported as saying the iPad2s are “truly redefining how we’re going to teach and learn.” (Associated Press)