There’s something to be said about a love for an animal, it’s a special bond that’s hard to understand unless you’ve experienced it yourself.A dog has had a special impact on a Maine soldier in Afghanistan but, when he comes home, their bond is in danger of being taken away.27-year-old Daniel MacAlister of Charleston is serving his third deployment.Macalister found the stray dog 10 months ago.The dog is more than just a pet to MacAlister, he’s family and has become the mascot for MacAlister’s unit.To bring Phoenix to Maine will cost MacAlister 35-hundred dollars.He’s set up a Facebook profile and a blog to raise the money.”As of this morning he raised 940.51 cents and that was only 24 hours of having the blog setup,” said his mother Becky Moulton.If you’d like to help bring Phoenix home, you can email MacAlister’s mother Becky Mouton here.You can also visit the blog at phoenixeod.blogspot.com, there you can track the fundraiser’s progress and become her friend on Facebook.
The average price for home heating oil in Maine is up by a penny from a week ago.The results of a weekly survey released Monday show an average price of $3.71 per gallon, an increase of 1 cent from last week and 14 cents from the beginning of the year.The Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security survey shows western Maine had the lowest price of $3.47 per gallon and central Maine had the highest at $4.01 per gallon.
Maine’s fisheries commissioner says the state’s lobstermen last year harvested more than 100 million pounds lobster, the first time the lobster catch has topped the 100 million-pound mark.Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the preliminary 2011 numbers show how healthy the lobster resource is along the state’s jagged coast.The previous record of 94.7 million pounds, worth more than $313 million, was set in 2010.Although the lobster catch came in strong last year, Keliher said lobstermen were hurt by low prices for their product.Lobster accounts for 70 percent of the value of seafood caught by Maine fishermen.
A South Berwick man in jail for seven years for manslaughter has been denied post-conviction bail.Garrett Cheney,23, was sentenced in December.He was in court last week asking to be released on bail while his appeal is pending in the Supreme Court.He was convicted in July for driving drunk in a hit and run accident in Orono that killed UMaine student Jordyn Bakley of Camden.In a written decision, a Bangor judge denied his request for bail.
Investigators say combustibles placed too close to a stovepipe caused a fire that damaged a house in Orrington last night.It happened on Dow Road a little after 7 o’clock.Crews were there for about three hours.The homeowners tell us the fire started in the family room and spread to other rooms inside.They weren’t home when it started, but they say they got to the house quickly and tried to put the fire out with an extinguisher.Two of their cats died in the fire.
A man from New York was in court Tuesday in connection with a drug raid last fall in Bangor.Abraham Lluberas, 21, surrendered to police Monday.In court Tuesday he pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.He’s on pre-trial release.His trial date could be set in April.
Millinocket police have tied a local teen to five burglaries in the town.Seth Johansen, 19, was arrested Friday in connection with a home burglary from early January.After interviewing Johansen, though, police tied him to four others.Officials say Johansen stole more than $4,000 worth of cash, jewelry and electronics.
Bangor police are warning elderly residents of the city not to fall for the so-called “grandparent scam.”Police say a city man in his 70s was bilked out of $7,000 last week by a con artist pretending to be his grandson who called him and said he was in jail in Spain and needed money.Sgt.