A man who hopped on his bicycle near Seattle nearly three months ago arrived, on his bike, in Bangor today.And it was to help out Disabled American Veterans along the way.Meghan Hayward has the story.Paul Halverson arrived via bicycle at the Central Maine Harley Davidson in Hermon on Tuesday.Paul started bicycling across the country on May fifteenth to raise awareness about the Disabled American Veterans organization.”To more or less do an outreach to the newer generation of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to help make them more aware of what the DAV can do and does do.”Paul started just north of Seattle and Bangor Maine is his last stop.Local DAV’s rely solely on donations.So this journey also acted as a fundrasier for local chapters.The Harley Davidson Corporation contributed nearly 1 million dollars.Paul says the feedback has been great.”To help boost the membership, to help build a better, bigger and stronger DAV.
A hospital in Pittsfield is on its way to saving even more lives, thanks to new equipment that can help better detect breast cancer.The Women’s Health Center at Sebasticook Valley Hospital is actually the first hospital in the nation to use the digital technology, too.Sandi Delano, the director of the center, says the Digital Now H-D machine turns old mammogram films into new computer images.”So all of the images go from film to an image on a computer and then the radiologist can read them much easier, with a lot more clarity.”Bob Pierce, who sells the equipment, says that can help medical staff track trends in patients, too.
Habitat for Humanity is continuing their efforts to raise money for the a Winn family who lost everything to a fire in June.Megan and Richard Plaisted of Winn lost their home and nearly all of their belongings after a stove left unnatended caused their house to catch fire.
A fire in a Corinth manufacturing plant caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage Monday.The call came in around seven Monday night.Officials say fire alarms at Corinth Wood Pellets alerted them to the blaze.Crews from eight different towns helped fight the fire.When fire fighters entered the smoke filled building, they found a cooling tower filled with flames.They were able to extinguish the fire quickly, and crews were officially cleared from the scene just before 11 Monday night.However, we’re told some fire fighters were still there Tuesday morning.
No one was home and no one was hurt when fire tore through a home in Madison Sunday.The flames were reported by some folks passing by – who also stayed to help.”When we got here, there were flames coming out of the back corner and a there was a lot of fire.
A 26 year old murder case has finally been put to rest.A former South Portland man convicted in the case was sentenced to life in prison.In June, 52-year old Thomas Mitchell was found guilty of killing Judith Flagg back in 1983 at her Fayette home.Flagg was killed in front of her one year old son who was found at her side.It was a cold case for a number of years, until modern DNA technology was used.DNA evidence obtained from Flagg’s fingernail clippings linked Mitchell to the scene.Family members spoke out in court today describing the horror and fear they’ve lived with since the murder.They asked for justice to be served, and were relieved by today’s decision.”A little bit of relief peace of mind possibly I guess would be the best way to describe it I mean he’s going to be behind bars, no one’s going to worry for women’s sake anymore.” says Ted Flagg, Judith Flagg’s widower.Mitchell was already serving time for kidnapping, rape, and attempted murder, when he was indicted for this crime in 2006.Mitchell did not address the courtroom today.