The State Fire Marshal’s Office says an explosion in Farmington early Monday morning was likely caused by a homemade pyrotechnic device.Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman, Steve McCausland, says the some of the debris will be sent for further testing at the national ATF lab.McCausland also says that the device was made up of paper products, which are consistent with homemade fireworks.
Union leaders and workers gathered at the State House to outline what they think lawmakers priorities should be for the upcoming legislative session.Union officials say they plan to strongly oppose several bills including the so called right to work bill and a bill that would make union membership voluntary.The group organized by the AFL-CIO is hoping to urge lawmakers to focus on working people in Maine.
United Way of Eastern Maine is hoping to collect 12-thousand pounds of food in the fight against hunger.They kicked off their annual food pantry collection at Hollywood Slots in Bangor.According to the group, one out of six families in the state are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from.Hollywood Slots is encouraging its guests to take part in the effort with a giant snow-can, a snowman made out of canned soup.The display is made out of nine hundred pounds of food that will be donated to the project.The donations will be given to food pantries in five counties including the Good Shepherd Food Bank.”It’s really been an eye opening situation to see the statistics but also very heart warming to know that this is a problem that is solveable, it doesn’t have to exist but it’s going to take all of us in whatever way we can to help,” says Melissa Huston with Good Shepherd.If you’d like to donate, you can contact United Way of Eastern Maine at 941-2800.
State police are investigating Camden’s economic development director for reportedly impersonating a state official whose job he once held.According to court documents, Brian Hodges send emails to state officials, supposedly from Deb Neuman, the state’s deputy commissioner of economic development.The emails, sent in September and October, referred to a “George,” which might be Neuman’s boss, George Gervais, or George Hale, who Neuman works with on the radio.Court documents show the emails came from IP addresses linked to Hodges.If convicted, Hodges faces six months in jail and a one-thousand dollar fine.
The Maine Department of Labor is ramping up for a rush of post-holiday, seasonal layoffs.Officials are reminding laid-off workers that the best and quickest way to apply for unemployment is to file online at the Labor Department website at www.file4ui.com.The year 2011 ended with significantly fewer unemployment claims than a year ago.
The city of Hallowell wants input from residents about the fire department.A fire consultant has put together a list of options, including building a joint department or merging completely with another town, along with keeping the current department and a few others.The meeting is Wednesday night at six.
The Androscoggin County sheriff says he has sent two inmates to jails elsewhere in the state after uncovering a plot to escape the county lockup.Sheriff Guy Desjardins said Tuesday that officials received a tip just before Christmas that two inmates intended to escape through a broken window.Desjardins reportedly said the plot remains under investigation.The men planning to escape allegedly include a Lewiston man facing an attempted murder charge for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend and a Portland man accused of aggravated assault for allegedly knocking down a police officer with a car.Desjardins doubts the escape plan would have worked.
Camden’s economic development director is being investigated for allegedly impersonating a state official whose job he once held.According to court documents, Brian Hodges is being investigated by state police after they found emails to state officials that were supposedly from Deb Neuman, the state’s deputy commissioner of economic development.The emails sent in September and October referred to a “George,” which may refer to either Neuman’s boss, George Gervais, commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, or to George Hale, co-host on Neuman’s radio show.According to court documents, the emails came from IP addresses linked to Hodges.Impersonating a public servant carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.(The Associated Press)