Shortly after Governor LePage left the stage, democratic leaders met with reporters to give their thoughts on his inaugural address.Representative Emily Cain of Orono says the speech was full of rhetoric and reminded her of a campaign speech.Cain says she and the democrats, are waiting to hear specifics from LePage on what exactly he plans to cut.Cain says the democratic leadership in Augusta is ready to work with the new governor but they don’t want Maine to move backward.
Senator Susan Collins began her 15th year in Senate Wednesday as the longest, currently serving member, to have never missed a roll call vote.On December 22nd, she cast her 4,563rd consecutive roll call vote.When asked about the long streak, Collins said she takes the responsibility granted to her by the people of Maine very seriously.
The French Legion of Honor Medal was created by Napoleon in 1802, it’s purpose is to acknowledge great services rendered to France.”He wanted to have a medal for all of the soldiers who were struggling for him,” said Gregory Hamon, French Vice-Counsul General.Two Mainers are now the proud recipients of the honor.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what started a fire that destroyed a house in Holden Tuesday.One of the owners was home when the fire broke out.As Meghan Hayward tells us, he has some good samaritans to thank for his safety.”I’d gone to Lowe’s to pick up some stuff.
A man from Bangor remains in jail tonight after, police say, he attacked his sister, niece and nephew.46-year-old Dennis Wood is charged with illegal possession of a firearm, assault and violating a protection order.He made his first court appearance today and a judge set bail at $10,000 cash.
The Eastern Area Agency on Aging has partnered up with Goodwill to help keep seniors warm this winter.The agency gave away vouchers worth of store credit to Goodwill stores to 150 seniors in all four counties.The seniors can bring the vouchers in and get a coat for free.Kelly Cabral with the Goodwill store in Bangor says they are stocked with coats, but the kids sizes are going fast.”Pretty much it’s treated as a store credit people come in pick out a coat, something that fits them, their taste,” she said.The vouchers can not exceed thirty dollars and expire on April 1st.
The Hammond Street Senior Center received a big boost from the Bangor Savings Bank.The bank presented the Senior Center with a check for $3,500 on Wednesday.The grant money will be used to support new programs.Wednesday’s celebration also announced the addition of Jonathan Plummer to the center’s board.Development and Communications Director Deanna Partridge says the money will also help the center reach out to the community.”We’re trying to change people, their mindsets, their attitudes about what it means to be a senior and encouraging people to come down here and see all the fabulous activities people can do,” she said.The Senior Center currently has 2,250 active members.They are located at 2 Hammond Street in Bangor.
The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding a public meeting Thursday night.The goal of the meeting is to get feedback on a Natural Resource Assessment project currently going on.The meeting is Thursday from 6:30 p.m.
Jury selection will begin Thursday for a man accused of holding an elementary school classroom hostage on Halloween in 2008.Police say 57-year-old Randall Hofland pulled a gun on an officer during a routine traffic stop in October of that year.That incident triggered a week long manhunt before Hofland went into Stockton Springs Elementary School on Halloween.Authorities say he held a number of students hostage before he surrendered.He’s pleaded not guilty to 41 felony counts.
A Farmingdale man was sentenced to three years in prison and two years probation for cutting his pregnant girlfriend with a knife last June.Twenty-five-year-old Dennis Shannon pleaded guilty Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court to aggravated assault and domestic violence assault in connection with the June 20th incident in Farmingdale.Court documents indicate the woman had cuts on her neck and said shannon had also beat her.
A Washington woman died after her car crashed on Route 220 in Waldoboro Tuesday.It happened around 11 a.m., near the intersection of Old Augusta Road.Waldoboro police say the victim, 45-year old Kristen Gardner was the only one in the car.She was driving north, when somehow she lost control of the car.
A Bangor man is behind bars, after police say he assaulted his sister, niece, and nephew Tuesday night.46-year-old Dennis Wood is charged with several counts of assault in the incident.Police were called to an apartment on Langley Street around 6:30pm.
A legislative study panel is recommending that a Maine-based exchange be set up to help small businesses and individuals find more affordable health insurance.The committee of Democratic and Republican lawmakers released a report Monday calling for an online insurance exchange.The new federal health care law requires the states to establish their own exchanges.
Central Maine Power’s Smart Meter installation policy is coming under the microscope.The Public Utilities Commission voted Tuesday to open an investigation to determine if their no opt-out option is reasonable, or unjustly discriminatory.The commission will examine the possibility of local opt-outs to the program and what alternatives are available.Smart Meters were approved by the PUC last year.