Wednesday saw day seven of testimony in the trial of Randall Hofland.Hofland is accused of holding students hostage at Stockton Springs Elementary School more than two years ago.Police say Hofland pulled a gun on an officer during a routine traffic stop, then left the scene, causing an eight day manhunt.On Tuesday, the jury heard from two witnesses who were at the school the day Hofland allegedly held students hostage.Gym teacher, Daniel Campbell, testified that he thought Hofland was going to pull the trigger when he pointed a gun at him.Campbell says he saw Hofland grab a fifth grader, and when he tried to intervene, Hofland pulled out the gun.Campbell was able to grab the student and leave the room.That’s when Hofland left the cafeteria and headed towards the fifth grade classroom.Fifth grade teacher, Carolyn Russell, testified that Hofland pointed a gun at her face while repeating that he didn’t want to hurt anybody.
Kids without any form of dental insurance will have the opportunity for free dental care next month.The Caring Hands of Maine Dental Center is holding its annual “Give Kids a Smile Day” on Saturday, February 12th.Kids up to age 18 can have free dental screenings, exams, x-rays, cleanings, and treatment.The event will be held from 8 a.m.
Wednesday marks day seven of testimony in the trial of Randall Hofland.Hofland is accused of holding students hostage at Stockton Springs Elementary School more than two years ago.Caroline Connolly was in Belfast covering the trial and joined us over the phone with the latest Wednesday morning.
The trial of an Aroostook county man who allegedly raped his ex-girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter continued Wednesday.26-year-old David Churchill is being charged with sexually assaulting the teenager, who was twelve years old at the time, in the summer of 2009.The mother of the girl took the stand Wednesday morning.She testified Churchill was at her home before she left for work the morning of July 21, 2009.She described her emotional state as “not very good” when she heard Churchill reportedly raped her daughter, saying she just called 911.The officer who responded to that call and a friend of Churchill’s also testified.
The state director of the NAACP says Governor Paul LePage is misstating details about a prisoners’ forum that he declined to attend during last year’s campaign.Rachel Talbot Ross says the forum was with all prisoners, not just black ones, as LePage has said.When asked for a comment Wednesday morning, Governor LePage told TV5 it’s “last weeks news” and he would not comment.
Governor Paul LePage has announced his choices to head the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.LePage named Mary Mayhew, former vice president of the Maine Hospital Association, as his nominee for the commissioner of the DHHS.Dairy farmer Walter Whitcomb, a former Republican leader in the Maine House of Representatives, is LePage’s choice to head the Department of Agriculture.
A Kingman man and his dog escaped their burning home Tuesday night.Fire crews from Kingman as well as Springfield and Lee, were called to Park Street around 8 p.m.The man renting the two-story house told them there had been a fire in the chimney a few hours earlier.He thought it was out, but the flames ended up going into the attic.Fire fighters spent several hours battling those flames.Chief John Moody of the Kingman Fire Department says they used 10 to 12,000 gallons of water on the home.He adds that the house is still standing, but it’s pretty well destroyed.
Bangor Police have confirmed that a bank robbery took place around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon at a Downtown Bangor bank.Police showed up to the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union just moments after they were called, but a lone suspect was able to get away on foot.Officers brought in a dog to try and track down the suspect, but the animal lost the scent trail.Officials have released two surveillance photos of the suspect.He is described as a white male in his mid to late 20’s.He is said to have a little bit of blonde stubble growing on his face.At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a white sweat shirt with billabong written on it, black sunglasses, black gloves, and blue jeans.
The ninth annual give kids a smile program will help low income kids in the area see a dentist.Kids from five to fifteen will be able to see a pair of dentists and dental health students at the dental health clinic at the University of Maine Augusta’s Bangor campus.Friday February 4th from one until four in the afternoon kids will get to have their teeth checked out.If they have any problems they will have the necessary treatments done by doctors Mark Eggleton and Rebekah Blanchette at their office on Hammond Street in Bangor between 8 am and 1 pm on the fifth of February.If you are interested you should call ahead to set up a screening time, that number is 262-7870.