A former bookkeeper at an Augusta dental office has pleaded guilty to embezzling about $120,000 in cash from the practice.Prosecutors say 47-year-old Celine Davis of Lewiston was sentenced Tuesday to five years in jail with all but six months suspended, if she pays back part of the money she stole.If she does not repay the money, she faces the entire five years behind bars.Attorneys told a judge in Kennebec County Superior Court that Davis is arranging to repay $70,000 from her retirement funds.Prosecutors say Davis was a trusted 16-year employee of Augusta Orthodontics responsible for taking payments from customers and entering them payments into the computer.The scheme was reportedly uncovered when a customer complained about an erroneous bill.(The Associated Press)
Authorities say an 8-year-old Bethel boy has died of injuries he suffered in a car crash in August.A friend of the family reportedly says that Matthew Thurston died Monday at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland after spending the past two months at the facility.Police say the third-grader was involved in a car crash with his mother, Jessica Thurston, on Aug.
Challenges associated with Maine’s aging population were the topic at a daylong conference sponsored by the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging.More than 175 people attending the conference Tuesday at the Augusta Civic Center were told Maine’s population is aging faster than any other state’s.In 2000, Maine’s population was the third oldest in the nation, behind Florida and West Virginia.
The Bangor YMCA runs a program that helps those who suffer from heart or lung disease get back on a healthy track.The program just received a $10,000 booster shot from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.People in the rehab program are referred by doctors.
Long term care facilities and home health agencies are now better prepared if disaster strikes.For 7 months, emergency planners have been taking part in a federally funded preparedness and emergency response program.Tuesday was a celebration of the program’s success.Many of the healthcare facilities deal with people who can’t help themselves, so having an efficient evacuation plan is top priority.Maine Commissioner of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Major General Bill Libby was the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s event.
Portland Police are asking for help finding who threw a chemical bomb in a park where Occupy Maine protesters are camping out.Police were called to the park around four Sunday morning for a report of an explosion.They say they found evidence of a chemical bomb.Witnesses say they saw a small silver sedan driving by the park as they heard what sounded like a bottle or can landing.A short time later the device exploded in a tent where supplies were stored.No one was hurt.Anyone with information is asked to call 874-8533.
Giffordâ€™s Ice Cream is buying a Maryland company with a similar name, and similar game.Giffordâ€™s Ice Cream and Candy of Maryland was founded in 1938 and sells its sweets throughout the Mid-Atlantic States and Washington, D.C.Giffordâ€™s of Skowhegan has been making ice cream since 1983, but has been in the dairy business for a century.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The cost of heating your home is on the rise, with prices shooting up by an average of six cents a gallon last week.And now a local organization wants to make sure Mainers can afford to stay warm this winter.United Way of Eastern Maine is raising money for emergency fuel funding.They’ll be selling little blue houses at participating Dysarts and Foster’s On the Run locations around the state.They’re hoping to offset federal cuts to funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.Lower income guidelines, this year, have disqualified families who have come to rely on it.”We have had a number of calls from people that have got their denials and are very concerned.