Residents of Bangor had a chance to speak out on the 2011 city budget this evening.A public comment session was held at the Fifth Street School to get public input on areas of the budget the council considers ‘whiteboard’ issues.The turn out was much smaller than councilors expected, there were only about 50 people in attendance.There were a few common issues folks spoke out about.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office wants to make sure folks in their county know when sex offenders move in.This month, they are writing letters to boards of selectmen in the communities where newly registered sex offenders will be living.They will be given the offender’s name and address.For more information, you can log onto the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website, wcsheriffsoffice.com, and click on Maine sex offender registry.
A Windsor woman has been charged in connection with a deadly hit-and-run that happened nearly two years ago.Roxann Berry, 23, is accused of leaving the scene of an accident.Police say Loren Saint Cyr, 20, of Newcastle was struck and killed by Berry’s car while walking along a road in Jefferson in September of 2008.
A fire on Indian Island Tuesday night is being called arson.Investigators have released a composite sketch of a man they’d like to speak with about the fire.Just before midnight, two molotov cocktails were thrown into a house on Oak Hill St.A man inside the house escaped injury and was able to put most of the fire out before fire crews arrived.The man authorities are looking for was seen near the home shortly before the fire.He’s described as being in his late 20’s or early 30’s, over six feet tall, and about 200lbs.He was wearing a dark waist length coat and a camouflage ball cap with ear flaps.Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 1-800-432-7381 or 911 on any cell phone.
Local business and community leaders gathered in Orono Wednesday to show their support for all four bond proposals on next week’s ballot.They say the bonds would provide immediate and long-term economic benefits throughout Maine.Supporters say the bonds will lead to more than 3-thousand jobs and have a 300-million dollar impact.If passed, Question 2 would fund energy efficiency projects at Maine’s public universities, community colleges and Maine Maritime Academy.Question 3 is for funds for improvements to roads, railways, ports and harbors.Question 4 would support competitive based research and development grants and small-business assistance.And Question 5 is 10.25 million for clean water projects.Bangor Region Chamber President John Porter says Maine can’t afford to turn down these bonds.”You want bonds to put money into capital improvements for the state of Maine.
Last weekend, a missing hiker caused the largest search on Mount Katahdin in forty years.That hiker is now safe and recovering at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.He shared his story with TV5’s Meghan Hayward.Michael Hays of Ohio had heard great things about Mount Katahdin.So he set a goal to climb it.What he never imagined, were the events that would transpire on his hike back down.”On the way back I got stupid thoughts in my head.
A car crash on Route 2 in Milford Wednesday morning left more than 1,500 Bangor Hydro customers without power.State Police received the call of a car that hit a utility pole around 4:15am.We’re told the driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.Power crews replaced the pole and power was restored to all of the affected customers by 11 a.m.
On Wednesday, June 2nd, supporters of the four bond issues that are on next Tuesday’s ballot will have their say as they hold news conferences in Portland, Orono, and Houlton.Advocates said the $108,000,000 sought for public works projects ranging from highways to wind-power development and historic structures would provide immediate and long-term economic benefits.
The girlfriend of a Maine filmmaker says he is among those detained by the Israeli military after the ship he was on was stopped by commandos as it challenged Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.29-year-old Scott Hamann of South Portland was documenting the mission to Gaza aboard a ship that was part of a flotilla that commandos attacked Monday, leaving nine pro-Palestinian activists dead.Hamann’s girlfriend, Charlotte Stuart says she got a call from the State Department saying Hamann was being held at a detention center and will be deported.
An oil spill modeling expert from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection is headed for Louisiana to help in the efforts there to clean up the oil that spilled from the sunken BP Deepwater rig.Ginger McMullin will be working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, helping to track and contain the oil in the Gulf of Mexico.U.S.