An early Saturday morning fire in Waterville claimed the life of a female.Firefighters arrived at the apartment building on Silver Place Road at around 2 Saturday morning.We’re told crews had to kick the door open to get inside.When firefighters entered the apartment they found the body of 55-year-old Janet York in her bed.Five other occupants of the building escaped without injury.Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office say the fire started in a trash can in York’s living room and they suspect the disposal of smoking materials in the trash is the likely cause of the fire.Authorities say the apartment is heavily damaged by fire and smoke and there was water and smoke damage elsewhere in the building.York lived in the apartment with a roommate, who was at work when the fire broke out.
Trash on the floor is all that is left from Saturday night’s Downtown Countdown, Bangor’s New Year’s Eve celebration.More than three thousand people crowded the streets in front of Paddy Murphy’s restaurant to watch the ball drop, setting a record.”Between 11:30/midnight it looked like a mini-Woodstock was taking place in the streets,” said Mike Dow.Dow, one half of Kiss 94.5’s “Mike and Mike”, was given the honor of throwing the ball from the roof of Paddy Murphy’s to ring in the new year.”It was a safe, fun family event and I know a lot of people enjoyed it and look forward to it every year.”Just after the clock struck midnight, the celebration almost took a turn for the worst when partygoers began throwing snowballs from the roof of Paddy Murphy’s.”We got hit with some residual snow, I saw some people get hit, it’s a shame that whenever you have a fun event there’s always some people that try to spoil it for everybody but they didn’t succeed,” Dow said.Dow took to Facebook to set the record straight, letting attendees know that event organizers were not responsible for the snowball fights.”My fear of course was that people would see snow coming down and be hit by snow and think that we had something to do with it but we were on the street when it began.”Despite what could have been a slushy mess, area restaurants got a boost in business.”Events like this really draw out of our normal customer base, which if nothing else give us more exposure,” said Brett Settle.Settle, the owner of Giacomo’s says he would like to see more events added in the future.”For the next four months there’s really nothing going on so it’d be neat to see a winter carnival or something like that go on.”
The owner of a local transport company got a quite a scare when the wood chipper he was hauling burst into flames Friday afternoon.George Moon, the owner of Moonshine Transport, says he had just left a job site on the Partridge Cove Road in Lamoine and traveled a little more than 500 feet when he saw the flames and stopped the truck.Fire crews say they don’t know what caused the fire and thankfully no one was injured.The Lamoine Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call along with the State Police.
A big check was presented to a little boy Friday afternoon in Bangor.We brought you the story last week of some young girl’s in Brewer who set up a hot cocoa stand in hopes of raising a few dollars to help a friend with cystic fibrosis.Friday, the girls presented 3 year old Brock Blanchard with a check for $2500.A generous gesture his mother, Rebecca Blanchard, is amazed with.It took the girls 12 evenings and a couple hundred cups of hot cocoa to be able to give the $2500 dollar donation.
Maine State Police want folks to know, troopers will be out in force Friday night.They’ll be looking for drunk drivers on this New Year’s Eve.Troopers are asking everyone who plans to drink to find another way home, whether it’s a taxi or from a sober friend or family member.” We’ve planned a lot of details around the state.
As 2010 comes to an end we decided to take a look back at some of the stories of this year that made big headlines here at TV-5 News.Meghan Hayward reports.The TV-5 News team is always working hard to bring you, the viewers, the latest breaking news.We followed the story of the machete attack on a Pittson family, both men involved in that were sentenced in 2010.The Guerrette family spoke of the attack.”I could see a shadow of a man scurrying.
For the second time in two weeks, an apartment house has caught fire in downtown Bangor.Friday morning’s call for help came in just before 4am.The two-story apartment building is located on Highland Avenue.Residents were inside at the time, everyone managed to get out safely.Fire crews from all three of Bangor’s fire stations reported to the scene.
Newly released video shows federal agents in a shootout that led to the death of a motorcycle gang member in Maine.The video, released by the Maine Attorney General’s Office, shows smoke rising from a home in Old Orchard Beach where federal agents went in June to arrest 58-year-old Thomas Mayne.Agents can be seen moving around and crouching behind cars.Mayne was killed in the shootout.
In October inspectors found three problems with a ski lift at Sugarloaf that derailed and fell to the ground this week.That’s the word from a State inspection report which says the problems were routine.An inspector found that the 35-year-old lift needed a guard placed over a drive shaft running from an electric motor to a brake.The inspector recommended that trees and brush be cut from under the lift’s top section, too…
A Searsport High School student has drawn national attention for what started out as a school project.We reported yesterday on Zachary Parker’s school assignment requiring him to pick a political or social issue and act on it.He chose to take on the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas.The church group has caused a stir nationwide by protesting outside soldiers funerals.Parker has proposed legislation to ban such protests.That’s caught the attention of the Westboro Church, which says members will be there to protest parker’s public forum on the issue in Searsport.And it’s also sparked interest from the folks at Fox and Friends.Parker is slated to be a guest on the national show tomorrow morning at 8:20.Fox and Friends sent a limo to pick Parker up in Searsport today and take him to Boston.Parker is inviting everyone who’s interested to come to his public seminar.
A parking ban will take hold in downtown Bangor Sunday night.It starts at 11 Sunday night and continues through 6 Monday morning.Leave your vehicle on city streets during those hours and it will be towed away.For more information on parking bans you can visit www.bangormaine.gov or call 992-4500.
A candle placed too close to flammable material is what sparked a house fire in Northport Friday.That ruling from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.The blaze broke out around noon on Cheri Lane Road.71-year-old Nina Tyutyunnyk suffered serious burns and was flown to Mass General Hospital in Boston.Authorities say she kept going into the burning home to retrieve belongings until she was stopped by a neighbor.They say three of her grandchildren were home.