The infrastructure committee of the Bangor city council met Tuesday night and discussed the issue of nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries.It was just the opening discussion regarding the issue.Councilors brought up some of their initial concerns: such as the location of the dispensaries, the number of them that will be allowed in bangor, and the security of the facilities.However those involved say it’s still very early in the process. “We will be looking at city zoning regulations and whatever else the council is interest in regarding this issue.” Said Bangor’s Assistant City Solicitor Paul Nicholas. “I think once we’ve heard back from the state we’ll be in a position to put in any regulations on a municipality level.”The council will take a more in depth look at the issue at their first meeting in January.
A West Gardiner man who robbed five banks in central Maine will spend the next eleven years in prison.44-year-old Paul Rivera robbed three banks in Augusta, one in Hallowell, and one in Gardiner beginning in November of last year.Police found a toy gun during a search of his car.District Attorney Evert Fowle says even though a real gun wasn’t used, the victims were traumatized just the same so the sentence is appropriate.
A woman Bangor Police were looking for in connection with an assault turned herself in late Tuesday afternoon.On November 29th, police got a 911 call from a home on 1st Street.They found a 43-year-old man in the home with severe burns on his back.Police say Laura Smith, a former resident of 1st Street, is responsible for the incident.Smith is expected to be charged with elevated aggravated assault and gross sexual assault.
A victory for truckers on Maine’s highways.A government subcommittee has given the final approval for a one-year pilot project, easing weight limits for big rigs on major roadways.They voted on the topic Tuesday night.Senator Susan Collins is behind the program. She believes “A uniform truck weight limit would keep trucks on the interstates where they belong, rather than on the rural roads that pass through our small towns and villages.” Collins says the one year project will give officials an assessment of the impact of the safety, commerce and road wear and tear.The report must still receive final approval from both the House and Senate. It would then go to the president for his signature.
State Police believe a man whose body was found inside his cabin in Vienna died after being struck in the head by a tree he was cutting.The state medical examiners office says an autopsy revealed 49-year-old Peter Miller died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.State Police found Miller’s chainsaw near a tree a short distance from his cabin, where he lived alone.Police conclude that Miller made his way to the cabin after his injury and died.His body was found on Sunday. Police believe the accident happened the previous week.
Tis the season to give gifts.The folks at the American Red Cross hope you consider giving the Gift of Life.And now they have more opportunities for you to do so.”I am very excited to cut the ribbon to officially open the Bangor apheresis donor center”It’s new technology at the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross.For years, they’ve asked people to donate whole blood which includes, red cells, platelets and plasma.The apheresis machine, can collect just one component, most of the time platelets.”The machine separates the whole blood into components and collects a measurement of the desired component. The other components of the donors blood are then returned to the donor.”That means more platelets can be collected each time, that’s helpful for patients who often will only be able accept platelets from one particular donor.Platelets are life savers to people with blood diseases, cancer and bone marrow transplants.”I started when I was 17.”Christopher D’Amico has been donating blood for 30 years, and was the first here to donate platelets.He says there’s a down side, it takes longer, up to 2 hours. On the other hand…”The up side is the needle is a lot smaller. I don’t mind that a bit.”And that sounds good to about 130 people who have already signed up for apheresis donation. The folks at the Red Cross say that speaks volumes of the generosity of the people of the region.”I’ve never been to a grand opening of a platelet pheresis center that already has that many donors lined up, ready, willing and able to give. It’s outstanding.”If you’d like to become a platelet donor, call the donor center at 941-2900 to make an appointment.
They say it’s a way to make the view at Acadia National Park even better.State officials gathered there Tuesday. State Senator Seth Goodall is introducing a new bill aimed at improving air quality and clearing up regional haze.His bill calls for reducing the sulfur content of fuel oil that’s used in homes and in industry, which he says reduces visibility.At times, he says haze makes the view in spots like Acadia just one-fifth of what it would be otherwise.”There’s a big movement in the market now to produce more low-sulfur fuels. So it’s a good thing, not only for our economy, but also for our health,” says Sen. Goodall.He’s proposing a gradual reduction, that would start in 2014 and extend into 2018, which he says would give producers and distributors ample notice.The bill will be on the docket in the upcoming legislative session, which starts next month.
The Maine Children’s Alliance is looking for photographs of children that best show what it’s like to be a kid in Maine. The photos selected will appear in the annual Maine Kids Count Data Book, which offers a statistical snapshot of how children in Maine are faring. Photographers will be credited for their photos in the book. You can submit photos and find release forms www.mekids.org. Deadline for submissions is January 8th.
This Saturday is being called a day of making miracles in Camden.Local business communities will be celebrating the miracles of the holiday season.It kicks-off with the Maine Pro Musica Holiday Pops Concert at 4 pm.All ticket proceeds go toward the United Midcoast Charities.Following the concert, doors will stay open for holiday shopping and dining.And participating businesses will donate up to 10 percent of their sales to UMCC.President Russell Brace says the generous fundraiser could not come at a better time.” The need is always great. We can never raise enough money. We feel we perform a great service to the people of Waldo and Knox County through these social services.”Once again, the Pro Musica Holiday Pops Concert will be Saturday December 12th at 4 pm in the Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School.Tickets can be purchased at the door.The cost is $15 for anyone 18 years or younger.Or range from $30 to $50 for adults.For more information contact United Midcoast Charities at 236-2299.
A federal judge raised a few eyebrows in a Bangor courtroom yesterday while sentencing a Millinocket man on child pornography charges. The judge asked Phillp Scott Fournier to tell police everything he knows about the killing of an East Millinocket girl 30 years ago.Pam Mclain says she wasn’t surprised to hear that the 48-year-old Fournier was a person of interest in the 1980 killing of her daughter Joyce Mclain. “I’ve always known Scott. His name has always been brought up in Joyce’s murder.”Mclain says she was surprised that Judge John Woodcock was the one who brought this up. She says police have a list of several persons of interest, and she has had face-to-face talks with four of those people. “I ask them to come over and they know what they’re here for and we have a long conversation,” says McLain, “sometimes it lasts 3 or 4 hours and I really badger them.”One of the people she had a conversation with was Phillip Scott Fournier, who she knows as Scott. “Scott Fournier I talked to last summer.”McLain says she came away from that meeting unsure whether Fournier had something to do with the death of her daughter. Fournier allegedly stole an oil truck the night of the killing and Mclain says that was suspicious. “When he had the oil truck, it was after midnight so it was on the night and it was very early in the morning on Saturday,” she says, “do I think he might have seen something or know something? He was running from something.”Mclain says her faith has gotten her this far and she feels an arrest will come soon. She does have a message for those who may know something about that horrible night 30 years ago. “If they would go public with their story, where they was, what they were doing, and look people in the eye and say they didn’t kill Joyce, it might help get the one that did. If they didn’t do it, come forward and say so.”TV 5 spoke with Phillip Scott Fournier’s attorney, Virginia Villa, she says it’s common knowledge that Fournier is a person of interest in the case, and she has never seen a judge do this in open court before.
School budget cuts are prompting changes for the elementary school in Newburgh. Next year, the transition could mean a move for their town office as well.The school now serves Newburgh students, grades K through 3. But starting next year, those students will transfer to the McGraw and Weatherbee schools in Hampden. It’s move that’s been talked about for a couple of years.”They’ve taken a class out every year for the last few years. It’s always been in the back of people’s minds, I believe, that it would happen. But the reality of it has shaken a lot of people,” says Nancy Hatch, Newburgh’s town manager.The driving force behind the change — the reality of state budget cuts, according to SAD 22 Superintendent Rick Lyons.”We currently are absorbing a loss of 282-thousand dollars this year,” he says. “Through this move, we’re not eliminating any program, we’re not looking to increase student-teacher ratios, so from that perspective, I can clearly substantiate the move.”The school will keep its program for four-year olds, and take in Head Start students from Waldo County.”I’d make the case that if we can save about 47-thousand dollars a year with this transfer, and not downsize personnel, not alter programs and also benefit the town, that’s a win-win all the way around,” Lyons says.Meanwhile, an idea is on the table to move Newburgh’s town office and services into the school.Hatch says it would come at a cost, but would give them needed space.”That will allow us to have a place where we can meet. We don’t have that anywhere else in town,” Hatch says. She says the move would also help keep their school the center of town.”It’s a big part of town,” she says, “I just feel really strongly that people need to keep that option open.”Plans are being made for a town meeting and vote on the idea in the coming weeks.
More than a ton of food is on its way to families in need, thanks to help from the community and a huge dump truck. Lane Construction put out a challenge to those at the Festival of Lights parade in downtown Bangor Saturday to fill a dump truck full of food for area pantries.Parade goers came through and donated 25-hundred pounds of non-perishable goods. This is the first year workers at Lane Construction set up the food drive. They tell us it seemed to fit the theme of the parade, “Joys of the Season”, since giving back is one of those joys.
Local mothers and babies in need will get a lot of help this holiday season.Thanks to the students at All Saints Catholic School in Bangor.Meghan Hayward has the story.Students at the All Saints Catholic School in Bangor are in the giving spirit this holiday season.”Students traditionally have done a collection of baby items that are then distributed to moms and babies in need in the area.”All donated items will be taken to the St. Andre Home in Bangor, a group home for young mothers and their babies.Principal Marcia Diamond says the collection is always a hit with the students.”Baby gifts are something they can relate to. They’re all children and they know babies and love babies. And so this is one of their favorites to know they’re helping babies that need their help.”Eighth-grader Ellen Coddington donated baby lotion and shampoo.”This school we do a lot of things to help the community. And it leaves a big imprint on us to help when we’re adults to do whatever we can to help this community.”The event coincides with the Roman Catholic Church’s celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.”We’re honoring Mary but this is Christmastime so we think about the birth of Jesus. So we connect that by doing what we call a baby shower for Mary. Which then of course gets gifts that are for babies in the area.”Diamond expects to have close to 1,000 items to donate.”We’re hoping that’s going to show an overflow of our service but also our love for all those in our area.”
A federal judge is urging a Millinocket man being sent to prison on child pornography charges to tell police what he knows about the unsolved 1980 killing of a 16 year-old girl.In court Monday, U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock told 48 year-old Philip Scott Fournier he was a “person of interest” in the death of Joyce McLain.Woodcock says the case has “hung like a dark cloud” over the community. Fournier didn’t react after Woodcock’s comments. Fournier was in court where he was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. Fournier pleaded guilty in May to the child pornography charges. Joyce’s body was found August 10, 1980, two days after she disappeared while jogging.Police spokesmen Steve McCausland told TV 5 he would not comment on whether Fournier had any involvement or information in the death of Joyce McLain.TV 5 also spoke with Pam McLain this morning and she said, “I’ll be happy when it’s no longer news, when the next headline is that it’s solved and over.”
Worcester’s tradition is now being honored at the Maine State Museum.On Monday a special exhibit was unveiled at the Augusta museum in honor of Morrill Worcester and his company.All the items were donated by Worcester.The L.L. Bean jacket he wore every year to deliver the Arlington wreaths is on display as well as a painting by Bangor artist Normand Martin that took more than fourteen hundred hours to finish. “This would represent living history as compared to the history that Maine state museum normally collects,” Said the museum’s archives curator Deanna Bonner-Ganter. “But we realized the merit of this project. Everything we have here are either gifts from Morrill Worcester from his person or awards.”The Maine State Museum is open Tuesday through Friday nine to five.
Two juveniles from Palermo have been charged with arson, burglary, and aggravated criminal mischief.The two are charged in connection with the burglary and attempted arson of a cottage in Palermo.The cottage was one of a pair of camps on Dow Pond that were only accessible by foot or A.T.V.Authorities report that the damage done to the cottage is estimated to be about $4,000.The damage could have been worse. A couch in the cottage had burn marks on it where someone had attempted to set it on fire.
Folks in Orono said farewell to the 172nd mountain infantry Monday night.A ceremony was held at the Collins Center for the Arts for the troops and their families.Several people spoke at the ceremony.Governor Baldacci and Major General John William Libby were there to help send the troops off. “The state wanted to send a strong message reinforced that,” Said the governor. “Just very impressed with the Captain Bosse and his leadership and the Bravo Company overall. We’ve got some of the finest generation of warriors that the state has ever produced. So we just want them to be safe and Godspeed, and return soon.”The 150 soldiers will be deploying to Afghanistan.There, the troops be working with afghan forces: teaching them the skills to fight terrorism in their own country.
A Lee man will spend a little more than four years in prison on a federal firearms charge.40-year-old Hazen Shaw was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.He was found guilty last June of possessing an unregistered sawed-off shot gun.Court records state the gun was found when Shaw was stopped after a high speed chase in Springfield in the fall of last year.He still faces state charges in connection with the chase.
A trailer has been stolen from Manna Ministries in Bangor.Manna uses it to pick up food and supplies.Folks at the ministry say it’s very important they get the trailer back in time to pick up items for Christmas.It’s being described as ten by five feet in dimension: black in color. It was in Manna’s parking lot at the time of the theft.If you have any information, you can contact the Bangor police at 947-7384.
Eastern Maine Medical Center, in collaboration with St. Joseph Hospital, City of Bangor Health and Community Service and Penobscot Community Health Center will hold an H1N1 vaccine clinic for high-risk individuals on Monday, December 14th. This clinic was originally scheduled for Wednesday, the 9th, but is postponed due to the weather. The clinic will be held at the Bangor Civic Center, from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm.Both the nasal spray and injection forms of the vaccine will be available at this clinic.Those people who are eligible for the vaccine are: Pregnant womenChildren and young adults (2 years* – 25 years)Healthcare workersPeople under 65 years of age with chronic health conditionsHousehold contacts and caregivers of infants (6 months or younger)Second dose for school children (9 years old and younger)High-risk patients are encouraged to get the vaccine even if the initial rate of H1N1 virus infections appears to have declined.*Children with asthma or other chronic respiratory conditions may not receive LAIV (nasal spray).