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Ellsworth Standoff

Updated 7 years ago

Police were able to talk him out with any shots being fired.

The standoff began just after 12. Police were called about a man with a gun threatening to kill himself on the Red Bridge Road.

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Salvia Restrictions

Updated 7 years ago

The first puts restrictions on sales of the mind-altering drug salvia. Youths under 18 will now be prohibited from buying or possessing salvia. Violators will face penalties similar to those for youth tobacco possession.

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Tour de Cure

Updated 7 years ago

Participants choose from a 15, 25 or 60 mile race. Folks of all ages take part, as well as cheering fans along the way.

Some people take it a step further and add themes and costumes to the mix, such as local personality John Easton. This year marks his 10th Tour de Cure.

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Body Found

Updated 7 years ago

Authorities are checking to see if a body found near the Aroostook River is the remains of 42 year old Tela Hart.

Hart has been missing since the fall of 2005.

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Baby Assaulted

Updated 7 years ago

A teenager accused of assaulting a baby is in jail tonight.

Police arrested 19-year-old Steven Waterman in Westbrook after they received a report that a 5 month old boy had been hurt.

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Charges Dropped Against Tellier

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) – Prosecutors chose not to pursue the criminal charge against Joseph Tellier after a judge’s ruling set the stage for another trial. Tellier’s first trial in March in York County Superior Court had ended with a deadlocked jury.

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Wheeler Passes

Updated 7 years ago

WABI – Wheeler served as sheriff for 12 years before entering the legislature in 1994. He served four consecutive terms.

Wheeler was also a selectman in the town of Bridgewater. Last year, he was re-elected to that post.

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Disaster Aid

Updated 7 years ago

President Bush has added the county to the list of declared major disaster areas.

That means folks in the area are now eligible for Federal Financial Assistance. Twelve other Maine counties have already been declared disaster areas.

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Gun Theft Arrests

Updated 7 years ago

A Hampden teenager was in court Wednesday in connection with a break-in at the Maine Military Supply Store in Brewer last month.

18-year old Sayer Tamiso’s bail was set at one hundred thousand dollars worth of property.

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Bomb Threat Arrests

Updated 7 years ago

Federal authorities have nabbed the person they think made a series of bomb threats in the Bangor area.

A Hampden woman stands accused.

Authorities say 46-year old Jodi Holmes mailed threatening letters that forced three schools to close in March.

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New School Gets the Okay

Updated 7 years ago

WABI – The majority of residents in both towns voted Tuesday to build the new facility, which will be used by students from pre-school through eighth grade.

Students from both communities have been bused to the elementary school in Winter Harbor, ever since the Gouldsboro school was shut down three years ago because of mold.

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Pin Rx Verdict

Updated 7 years ago

WABI – Two of The company’s pharmacists are also facing punishment.

Pin Rx has been ordered to pay $500,000 in fines, plus half the costs for the Maine board of pharmacy hearing.

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Expansion of the Maine Veterans Home

Updated 7 years ago

Plans are moving forward to expand the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor.

Governor Baldacci signed an executive order Wednesday creating an 11-member Veterans Campus Planning Committee.

That panel’s job will be to come up designs near the current veterans home for a new outpatient clinic, Veterans’ hospice and housing.

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Racino Construction Resumes

Updated 7 years ago

WABI – Penn National sent construction workers back to the site after the appropriations committee decided not to tack a tax hike onto that gambling facility.

Despite the rainy weather, it was back to business constructing the future home of Hollywood Slots on Main Street in Bangor.

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Woman Charged in Fiance’s Death

Updated 7 years ago

WABI – In addition to the manslaughter charge, 41 year old Lauren Burke was also charged with drunk driving by an Aroostook County grand jury.

Burke and her boyfriend, 48 year old George Tozier, were at a bar in Ashland in February when Tozier left on foot.

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Corinna Man Hospitalized after Accident in Jay

Updated 7 years ago

WABI – The Accident happened on Rt. 133 in the Western Maine town of Jay Monday morning.

Police say 29-year-old Adam Bennett pulled into the path of a tractor trailer.

Bennett hit the truck’s cab: the force of which threw Bennett from his vehicle.

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Bar Harbor Looks to Mirror Bangor

Updated 7 years ago

WABI – More smoking restrictions could be on the way for Bar Harbor.

The restrictions, modeled after the ban already adopted by the city of Bangor, calls for snuffing out cigarettes in cars carrying children.

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Man Drowns in Unity

Updated 7 years ago

WABI – The body of a man who was pulled from Sandy Stream Monday evening has been identified.

50 year old Darrel Butler, also known as ‘Monk’, was searching for fiddleheads with a friend, Matthew Williams, when their canoe capsized.

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Body Identified

Updated 7 years ago

WABI – The state medical examiner’s office identified the body as that of Coreen Wiese of Buxton. Dental records and DNA testing confirmed the identity.

Wiese was a student at Bonny Eagle High School. She was last seen near the Rt. 25 bridge that crosses the Saco River between Standish and Limington, about six miles upriver from where teenagers found her body around midnight Friday.

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Repairs Begin in Medway

Updated 7 years ago

WABI – Repairs have begun at the site of that fiery crash that happened over the weekend.

Police say a Canadian couple was travelling in the southbound lane on Sunday morning when their vehicle swerved into the passing lane, forcing a truck off the road, and left it dangling off a bridge.

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