A man who was arrested in Bangor last month on home invasion charges was arrested again: this time for a robbery in Palmyra that took place more than two years ago.Police say they interviewed 46-year old Dennis Wood of Bangor in the Penobscot County Jail, where he’s being held on the charges out of Bangor.They say Wood confessed to a home invasion and robbery in Palmyra in July of 2008.That robbery took place at the home of a 65-year old woman, who was wrapped in duct tape and left lying on a bed.Wood is charged with robbery, burglary, and theft.The charges against Wood in the Bangor incident are robbery, attempted kidnapping and aggravated assault.Authorities say Wood tried to force his way into the house, before the resident fought the men off.
Fire crews from several towns braved chilly temperatures Thursday morning to battle a house fire in Dover-Froxcroft.The call from Weston Road came in around 6:30 a.m.Fire officials say they had the blaze under control about an hour later.There was no one home when it started.The Fire Marshal’s office has someone on scene looking into what could have been the cause.
Last week Carole Swan, chairman of the board of selectmen in Chelsea, was arrested on charges of aggravated forgery, two counts of improper compensation for services, and attempted theft.Wednesday night a forum was held at Chelsea Elementary School with the town’s now lone selectmen, Mike Pushard, presiding over the meeting.The agenda included discussion and scheduling an election, possibly in late March, to fill another selectmen’s vacant seat and how the town would appropriate money for an audit and legal expenses.Folks were given a chance to speak, and many spoke out about Carole Swan who, despite her arrest, is still the board’s chairman.The 52-year-old Swan is accused of arranging a kickback involving the purchase of road sand for the town, is free on bail.
Internet access will be improved at more than 100 Maine public libraries, and rural populations will get training in computer literacy to help them find jobs and get access to legal information and forms.The project will also establish 11 video conferencing regional hubs that will be used to train librarians and patrons.It will also increase broadband access at 107 libraries.
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An accident on Route 1A in Winterport made traffic slow going Wednesday.Winterport fire and ambulance services responded to the two car accident around 3:30p.m.Officials say it appears that a Volvo traveling southbound around the corner struck a pickup truck and ended up in a snow bank.The driver of the Volvo managed to get out of the car before paramedics arrived.She was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.The driver of the pickup did not need medical attention.Officials are still trying to figure out what caused the crash.Waldo County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident.
Some residents in Clifton will lose power Thursday morning.Bangor Hydro will shut it off from ten until noon to make improvements.It should impact only about 20 homes.Areas to be shut off include Spencer Lane, Brooks Lane and part of the Getchell Road.For more information call Bangor Hydro 1-800-499-6600.
Chandler Woodcock has cleared a big hurdle in his bid to become Maine’s next Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Chief.The legislature’s Fisheries and Wildlife committee unanimously approved him on Wednesday.The Farmington resident is a former teacher and ran for governor as a Republican in 2006.During his hearing, Woodcock said his priorities include restoring the thinning deer herd in Northern and Eastern Maine and getting youths interested in hunting and fishing.He now needs approval from the full state senate.
Plans for a new Bangor arena continue to move forward.A city council workshop was scheduled for Wednesday night to discuss amendments to zoning codes.The changes would increase the height limit of buildings and alter parking requirements.Bangor Director of Economic Development Rodney Mckay says the new codes would be in anticipation of arena development.Wednesday’s workshop starts at 5:30p.m.
The Chelsea board of selectmen is scheduled to meet Wednesday night for the first time since the arrest of its leader.52-year-old Carole Swan is accused of trying to get a 10-thousand dollar kickback from a road contractor.Town officials say Wednesday night’s meeting is a chance for residents to ask questions and voice concerns.Swan has been on the selectboard for nineteen years.She’s free on bail.
A Gardiner woman accused of stealing 166 thousand dollars from the Maine Trial Lawyers Association has pleaded not guilty to forgery and theft.Bettysue Higgins appeared in Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta Wednesday morning.Prosecutors said she stole the money while working as an administrative assistant for the organization.Higgins is free on personal recognizance.
Imagine being a parent, losing your job, not having enough money to pay the bills, and being out of a home.Now imagine trying to find a homeless shelter to take you and your family in, but you can’t, because very few exist.
If you step behind these doors in Chris Beckwith’s home in Winterport you’d think you stepped aboard the Millenium Falcon.His Star Wars collection has become popular among neighbors and students in the technology classroom where he teaches.”There’s always a steady stream of neighbors, kids from down the street who want to see if there’s anything new,” he said.When Chris was seven, he was exposed to Star Wars in first grade when he saw one of his classmates playing with an action figure.”I went over and said can I play with those and he said no you can’t touch them,” Beckwith said.Then on his birthday his mother surprised him with his own.”My mom figured we could buy these twelve what could be the harm in that,” he says.Now with thousands of Star Wars toys it seems Chris has had the last laugh.His collection includes a custom light saber and one of the top five rarest star wars figures ever made, both versions of the Blue Snaggletooth.
Students in Maine could be getting out of school a little later.On Wednesday, lawmakers considered a proposal that would extend the school year by five days.Right now, schools are required to be in session for a minimum of one-hundred eighty days.The bill would mandate two more days of classroom instruction with students, and three more professional development days for teachers.The extension would cost an estimated thirty million dollars.A representative of the Department of Education, Lora Downing, said they are neither for or against the proposal, but want to know how it will be paid for.
The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center and the DeepC Wind consortium released the Maine Offshore Wind Report Wednesday.UMaine Professor Habib Dagher is leading statewide efforts to develop the technology and infrastructure that would allow Maine to capitalize on deepwater offshore wind as an energy resource.He says Maine’s coast has the best wind resource offshore on the east coast of the US.Dagher says the report is for investors interested in getting involved with their project.They have mapped out a long-term plan over a span of 20 years.