A federal judge has denied a former state prosecutor’s request for a new trial, challenging his conviction on child pornography charges.Forty-eight-year-old James Cameron was convicted last August of 13 counts of sending, receiving and possessing child pornography.Camerson, who has not been sentenced has been held without bail since his conviction.(AP)
A 52-year-old man has died while cross country skiing in Acadia National Park.Park officials say Duncan Rosborough of Mount Desert was found shortly before 7 am Sunday morning on the park’s Carriage Road System.They say he was an experienced skier and apparently died of natural causes.Park Superintendent, Sheridan Steele said Rosborough left home about 10 pm Saturday night to ski the Eagle Lake Loop.When he hadn’t returned home by midnight, his family became concerned and searched the park for several hours.Steele says the family notified police around 3:30 Sunday morning, setting off a search on snowmobiles, skis and snowshoes by park rangers and volunteers.(AP)
A teen from Washington County that had been reported missing has been located.Authorities say 19-year-old Fawn Clark was expected to ride home from Washington County Community College, the school she attends, with her parents on Friday.Police say when they arrived she was not there.They say she had last been seen on campus around 11 am Thursday.Authorities say she called her grandmother a little after 9 Friday night and said she was okay, with a friend and would be home Saturday.Police say they have followed up and she did return home Saturday.
The Coast Guard is advising mariners to exercise caution over the next few days as the National Weather Service is calling for freezing sea spray throughout New England.They are reminding mariners to use caution while transiting and mooring vessels within areas that are common to ice formation.
Folks could head to the University of Maine Saturday and learn about alternative energy.A student organization held their first ever Energy Conference.Folks with questions about our energy future and direction had the chance to find out all about it.”We are giving a lot of talks on the questions people have.
While the recent snow has left many seeing white, businesses are seeing green.”Snow in Maine, it’s part of the program, it’s part of what we do up here,” said Bangor resident Jonathan Smith.Treacherous winds and frigid temperatures may have kept people inside, but some people like Smith welcomed the snow and headed outside.”It’s terrific, this is the best part of winter, 14 inches of fresh snow, head up to Hermon Mountain and ski for the afternoon,” he said.Skiers and non skiers packed Hermon Mountain to take advantage of the snow.Owner Bill Whitcomb says the snowstorm is just what the mountain needed.”It’s the first snow that didn’t have 35 mile an hour winds with it, so the snow actually stayed on the trail instead of in the woods,” he said.The big storm means big money for businesses like Hermon Mountain.
It’s an important topic that a lot of people don’t discuss, abduction.Saturday, a group offered a free training seminar to help parents become more aware about the serious issue.Greg Mitchell, of the Citizen Protection Group hosted the seminar in Ellsworth.According to the group, a violent crime happens in the state of Maine once every 5 hours and 41 minutes.The course taught parents specific tactics and counter measures against abduction.”We’re trying to remove a little of the fear and people are not powerless, people can prepare for this sort of thing and we have an obligation and a duty to protect our children,” Mitchell said.For more information on the Citizen Protection Group, visit their website www.citizenprotectiongroup.comTo contact them you can give them a call at 610-0828 or email them at [email protected]
A Maine company that refurbishes military vehicles might have to lay off nearly half its workers unless it receives substantial work orders soon.Tim Corbett of the Maine Military Authority in Limestone says he told workers that 152 of the company’s 350 workers could lose their jobs on March 1st.The authority has refurbished about 10,000 humvees for the National Guard.Corbett says the company’s funding comes from defense department earmarks, but he says the earmarks didn’t pass congress this year.
Faculty and students at the University of Maine have teamed up with NASA on quite a project.The results could determine if we make it to Mars and beyond.Meghan Hayward has the story.The world’s first inflatable lunar habitat was assembled at the University of Maine campus last Fall.It will be a test site for NASA as it prepares for voyages to the moon, Mars and Venus.”They can basically store this in a small volume, very low rate and low cost.
Folks now have the chance to see local artists’ work featured in Bangor.Three local jewelry designers have opened a unique gallery in downtown Bangor.Maine Jewelry and Art is filled with handcrafted works, from scarves and hats to jewelry and paintings.The owners say the arts are an important part of any community and they are excited to bring it to this area.” I just want people to appreciate the eclectic variety of things you can find right here in Maine.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office needs your help.The department has received several reports of suspicious vehicles stopping outside of homes at night.Monday, a homeowner on Route 17 in Union said he noticed a dark colored pick up pull into his driveway.
There’s no business like snow business.Friday’s wintry weather may have stalled traffic on the roads, but it boosted traffic for some area businesses.”The phone’s ringing off the hook all day for parts, getting stuff ready for the snow.”Scott Sutherland, owner of B and D Marine, a snowmobile shop in Brewer, says the snow is exactly what they want.Sutherland says his regular clientele of snowmobilers double as they pour into his store when it snows, but the powdery fluff also brings other customers looking to take advantage of it.”They want something to do in the snow, instead of lay on the couch”As the temperatures continue to drop, it’s also time for drivers to check their batteries.”Most batteries last roughly right around 42 months, no matter who makes them.”Al Belanger with TBA Tires, Batteries, and Accessories calls this time of year, battery season, and he expects to sell about one thousand of them a day.The sales will also create a ripple effect as customers pick up other parts for their cars to get them through the winter.”You’ll see a lot of windshield wash, things like that, the roads are slushy and people can’t see, so people are buying wiper blades are another thing people go through a lot,” he said.More snow will certainly fall this winter and that’s exactly what these owners are hoping for.”Three feet at least.
Weather like Friday’s makes things messy for drivers.We rode along with a local driving instructor to find out the proper way to handle the roads in winter weather.Like many people, Jarred Sproul had his parents help him learn how to drive.”My mother was in the car with me.
A Bangor man charged with robbing a credit union in downtown Bangor was in court Friday.Twenty-year-old Donovan Steen, Junior, did not enter a plea.He’s accused of holding up the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union Tuesday afternoon.Police say Steen ran off with an undisclosed amount of money.He’s due back in court in March.Steen remains at the Penobscot County Jail where he’s being held without bail.
The Department of Agriculture is investing a good deal of money in two Maine biofuel companies.Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced more than $280,000 will be split between Wood Pellets Company in Athens and Corinth Wood Pellets in Corinth.