An Augusta teen is recovering in the hospital after a crash in Randolph.According to Corporal Michael Pion of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department the crash happened just before 5 o’clock Wednesday morning.He says four teens were traveling in a car on Water Street when the driver lost control, hit a tree and rolled over.
A jury has been seated for the trial of a Maine man accused of killing two in a confrontation outside his home.56-year-old Rory Holland is charged in the shooting deaths of 19-year-old Gage Greene and 21-year-old Derek Greene in the early morning hours of June 30th, 2009.
The latest poll by Critical Insights shows Republican Paul LePage strengthening his lead and independent Eliot Cutler gaining ground in the governor’s race.The poll shows 32 percent for LePage, 20 percent for Democrat Libby Mitchell and 19 percent for Cutler.Five percent of respondents said they would vote for independent Shawn Moody in the governor’s race and 1 percent said they would vote for independent Kevin Scott.Twenty-one percent remain undecided.That question has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.Meanwhile, the latest numbers from the same poll for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, show Democratic representative Michael Michaud maintaining a lead over Republican Jason Levesque, 49 percent to 30 percent.The margin of error is 5.7 percentage points.And the Critical Insights poll showed a tightening of the 1st District Congressional race.Chellie Pingree supporters totaled 45 percent while Dean Scontras supporters totaled 40 percent, with 13 percent of the respondents were undecided.The margin of error on that question is 5.7 percentage points, which makes the race statistically even, according to the poll.
The United Steelworkers Union met with the candidates they’ve endorsed for this year’s mid term election.The USW is supporting Libby Mitchell, Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree.Patrick Carlton, the President of the group, says the candidates were chosen because they’ve displayed a longtime record of supporting working families.The USM represents more than 3,000 workers primarily in the paper sector across the state.”These candidates have shown that they support the values of working families, we’re in a real crisis in the state of Maine.
The number of crimes committed in Bangor this year is down from last year.That’s according to Deputy Police Chief Peter Arno.He says the 2010 year-to-date figures show a 17-percent drop in crime in Bangor.Earlier this week the state released figures showing Bangor had the highest crime rate in Maine in 2009…nearly triple the statewide average for communities with populations over 10-thousand.
For a frightenly good time you might want to head to Fort Knox.The friends of Fort Knox are holding fright night at the fort the next couple of weekends.It’s from 5:30 until 9 on the next two Friday and Saturday nights, October 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th.Visitors will be guided through the dark passageways at the fort and you never know just what will pop out at you or when.Proceeds help maintain and restore Fort Knox.It’s only five bucks a person.If you plan to go it’s suggested you arrive no later than 8:30.
Right now, thousands of folks across the country are celebrating the importance of after school programs.One of many 2010 lights on after school parties was held in Waterville on Thursday.Various organizers including people from the Maine afterschool network have helped put on the event.
Maine’s unemployment rate dropped by a third of a percentage point in September.The jobless rate is now 7.7 percent in Maine, which is nearly 2 percent under the national average.There are about 53-thousand people officially listed as unemployed in Maine through September.Last year at this time there were 57 thousand people out of work in Maine.
Some labor groups grouped together Thursday in Brewer in a show of support for Libby Mitchell for Governor.The groups include the Firefighters Union, the United Steelworkers Association and the Eastern Maine Labor Council.They say they’re backing Mitchell because she has a proven record of protecting Maine’s workers.The groups then blasted candidates Paul Lepage and Eliot Cutler referring to Lepage’s approach to labor at Marden’s and accusing Cutler of shipping jobs to China.”What has really prompted us to call this press conference is what we’re seeing particularly from two of the gubernatorial candidates is frankly an attack on workers,” said Jack McKay with the Eastern Maine Labor Council.We spoke with both the lepage and cutler campaigns today to hear their side.Dan Demeritt with the Paul Lepage campaign says quote “Every job at Marden’s is an opportunity for a Maine family to work and if Lepage was not concerned about his employees they would be lining up at a soup kitchen.”A representative for Cutler says quote “Cutler has helped American and New England companies get into the China market, to open new products and create new markets.”
They say knowledge is power.A group in Guilford is sharing that power by giving away free dictionaries.Diana Bosch has more.For the past seven years, Valley Grange has been sharing the gift of reading with students in Maine giving away free dictionaries.”The first time I did it I thought you know, they got Wii’s or whatever they’re called and cell phones and all this other stuff and this has got to be boring, but they just get so excited about it,” said Walter Boomsma, the program’s director at Valley Grange.Sixty third grade students at Piscataquis Community Elementary School in Guilford received the big, red books.It’s part of the “Words for Thirds” program, a nationwide effort to get students to become better writers and readers.
If you’re around fort knox in the next week, you might notice some construction going on.That’s because the Friends of Fort Knox and the Bureau of Parks and Lands have teamed up for some repairsThey’ll repair retaining walls and access roads that have been closed to the public as a safety precaution.The Friends of Knox say the plan is to have walls deconstructed, then to install erosion control measures, and then rebuild.They also plan to fix up access roads that have been closed because of erosion.They hope to do all this while maintaining the historic integrity of the area.The Friends hope the work will be done by october twenty- eighth and say it will not affect fright at the fort, which actually helps fund projects like this one.
Police have released the names of a couple from Sidney who were killed in a car crash in Fairfield.It happened on the Norridgewock Road just after 5 p.m Wednesday.Police say 90-year-old Henry Bacon was turning left into the parking lot of a Big Apple convenience store and failed to yield to another driver, who slammed into his car.Bacon and his wife, 90-year-old Priscilla Bacon, were both killed.The driver of the other car, a 27-year-old man from Madison, was not seriously injured.Sargeant Matthew Bard with the Fairfield Police Department says, “We do have frequent accidents here with the store.