Every pump you pass has one thing in common: they’re all getting more expensive.”I would say since about the last week or second in January they have steadily increased.”Bob Dawes is the Equipment Manager for the city of Bangor, who has recently had to turn his focus to the city’s fuel budget, a number that takes a hit anytime gas prices soar.”Well, it makes it terribly difficult.
Union nurses and administative staff at Eastern Maine Medical Center went back to the bargaining table Monday with a federal mediator, but that meeting didn’t last long.The talks lasted less than an hour, before the mediator dismissed both sides saying neither had changed their views on the key issues.The nurses have been working without a contract since September.The union says their biggest issue is better patient to staff ratios, and one of their spokeswomen said EMMC has not given any indication as to why they haven’t moved.The hospital said while it looks like progress is not being made in the talks, there have been several compromises between the two sides in the negotiations.The next round of talks is scheduled for April 13th.
A state lawmaker wants legislators to weigh in on what rest rooms transgendered students should use.A bill by Representative Ken Freddette of Newport would let the operator of a restroom or shower facility to decide who gets to use it.In 2008 the Maine Human Rights Commission ruled the Orono school department discriminated against a male student, who dressed as a female, and wanted to use the girls’ bathroom.
A young man and woman are in jail charged with armed robbery, burglary and aggravated reckless conduct.According to Baileyville Police, Michael Bailey and Amanda Fowler, both 27, were arrested Monday morning.Police say Bailey went into a trailer in Baring on Saturday night with a gun and threatened to shoot the residents if they did “anything stupid”.Police say eight people were held at gunpoint and robbed in the resident for a half an hour.Police say during the robbery a firearm was discharged and threats of death were made before Bailey fled with an undisclosed amount of money.The two were arrested early Monday morning when it was reported that shots had been fired at a residence in Baileyville.Police caught up with Bailey in a car, he was suffering a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his face.Maine State Police and Baileyville Police continue to investigate the incident.
After a month delay, the murder trial of 19-year-old Zachary Carr began in Bangor Monday morning.The date was pushed back to allow both sides to review new evidence.Carr is on trial for the shooting death of John “Bobby” Surles in Bangor in January of last year.The judge shortened the day to allow jurors to safely drive home in the messy weather.They did hear opening statements as well as testimony from witnesses to the crime scene.========”There was a good old fashioned street brawl here on Cumberland Street,” says Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson.The brawl would end with 19-year-old John “Bobby” Surles, getting shot.
A family of six from Pittsfield lost their house and everything inside it Sunday.Firefighters from several towns responded to a fire at the home of Harvey and Pauline Elderkin and family on Route Two.The Elderkin’s have four children, 14 and 6 year old daughters, and sons ages 19 months and 9 months.The family went to town together and was out of the house for a little more than an hour…..When they came back, the house was a smoldering shell.” No, we got a phone call and when we got here it was all in smokes,” said Pauline Elderkin ” We stayed at my brother in laws last night but we don’t know after that.”The Fire Marshal’s office is investigating.Harvey Elderkin told WABI-TV 5 news they believe an electrical problem sparked it.Their insurance agent was there to assess the damage Monday.
Monday’s winter storm and poor driving conditions claimed a life in a crash on I-95 in Etna.The accident happened just after Exit 167 on the southbound lane when a silver Honda Civic with Massachusetts plates hit a parked service truck just after cresting a hill.The truck is owned by Discount Towing of Carmel and was in the breakdown lane to help the driver of a tractor trailer that had broken down.The rear end of the Civic hit the back of the box truck, and swerved across the Interstate and came to a rest near the yellow center line.The snow made it difficult for authorities to investigate the crash.” You just do the best you can,” said Trooper Trevor Snow.
Monday was the first day of public hearings on the Governor’s two-year budget proposal.As lawmakers begin the process of breaking down the $6.1 billion spending plan, people for and against it weighed in.State Finance Commissioner Sawin Millet was the first person to address lawmakers on the governor’s budget.
A Sabbattus man is in jail after police say he stabbed his girlfriend and a good samaritan who came to her aid.30-year-old Leein Hinkley is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.Authorities say Hinkley and his girlfriend argued in a car in Lisbon Sunday afternoon.She told police Hinkley stabbed her when she pulled into the driveway of a house.Police say she told them Hinkley then stabbed the homeowner who came to her aid.Police say Hinkley drove off with a 13-month-old baby in the car and was arrested at his parents’ home Sunday night.We’re told the woman is hospitalized with multiple stab wounds.
An inmate at the Piscataquis County Jail pleaded guilty to terrorizing for threatening Governor LePage in a note he wrote in his jail cell.District Attorney Chris Almy says 29-year old Leroy Dunn entered the plea in Dover-Foxcroft District Court.A police report says Dunn described in detail how much he hated the governor and his plans to kill him.Dunn slipped the noted under his cell door.Dunn will be sentenced at a later date in Bangor, when he answers to drug charges against him.
A public hearing to determine a date to hold an election for or against the construction of a new arena at Bass Park has been postponed due to weather.The hearing will be held in council chambers Wednesday evening at 7:30.At the end of the meeting, the City Council will set a date.May 4th has been mentioned as a possibility.Staff say waiting much longer may result in delayed construction.
State Police are investigating a shooting in Baileyville.State Police spokesman, Steve McCausland tells us the shooting took place sometime over night and a young man has been taken to the hospital for a gunshot wound.McCausland says the injury appears to be non-life threatening.No further details are available at this time.
State Police say the young woman killed in Monday’s accident on I-95 in Etna struck a parked truck on the side of the highway.22-year old Lydia Parker of Westport, Massachusetts was driving home after taking her boyfriend to a job in Nova Scotia.Police say weather conditions played a role in that crash.
A family of six is homeless after fire ripped through their Pittsfield home while they were away.Pittsfield Fire Chief Bernard Williams says the couple and their four children will be staying with a relative.No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at about 2:50 p.m.
A Brewer man is facing criminal charges that he threatened a tow-truck driver who was repossessing his pickup truck.Police in Brewer say that after a short, but intense verbal dispute Friday, 48-year-old Christopher Grindle told the tow-truck driver he was going to go inside to get a shotgun.The driver reportedly called police.