A home invasion and assault in Millinocket last week has resulted in the arrest of two men.Police say they were called Friday morning by a person saying someone was breaking into his home on Elm Street.Police say they arrived to find a person badly beaten and drenched in blood.The man identified his attackers.Police arrested Billy Brannen.
Republicans in Northern Maine are raising money to buy the labor mural at the center of controversy in Augusta.Governor Lepage had it removed last month from the lobby of the Labor Department, saying it sent the wrong message to businesses.The US Department of Labor says because federal funds paid for the mural, and it’s not being displayed, the federal government wants that money back.The Aroostook County Republican Committee has created a website, www.buythemural.com , to raise 60-thousand dollars to buy the art work for the state.The group says that should help the governor focus on other issues.
School board leaders for Orland held a special meeting Thursday night, as they take the next step in the plan to close the Orland Consolidated School.The date for the referendum vote was decided and will be on May 9th.That will give the public a chance to weigh in on the idea.Last month, the board voted unanimously in favor of shutting down the school.Their superintendent says closing the doors would save 329-thousand dollars a year.
A unique short film premiered at the Bangor Mall Cinemas Thursday night.It’s called A Marine’s Guide to Fishing and it’s raising awareness for disabled veterans.A NYU student from Maine wrote and directed the short film.The lead actor, Matthew Pennington was born in Texas, but grew up in Winterport.
Registered nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center will vote next Tuesday on whether to authorize their bargaining team to call another strike.Contract negotiations are set to resume next week.Both sides have met several times and have not made any progress.Members of the Maine State Nurses Association say they are concerned that serious under-staffing at the facility compromises the care their patients depend on.Hospital officials say their patient to staff ratio is just fine.Both sides say they hope to reach an agreement and avoid another nursing strike.
The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department is stepping up efforts to tackle youth substance abuse.20 officers from four different departments make up the Southern Kennebec Substance Abuse Task Force.Sheriff Randall Liberty says its formation lets local law enforcement work together to fight this prevalent problem.
A Clinton man accused of assaulting his sister during a shooting incident in February has been indicted by a Kennebec County grand jury.23-year-old Adam Trott was indicted on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated criminal mischief, and reckless conduct.Police say Trott shot the windows out of a car parked in his driveway, then hit his sister in the head.The girl was treated and released.
The Land Use Regulation Commission’s approval of a massive development project for the Moosehead Lake Region has been struck down by the Superior Court.Plum Creek’s plan calls for 2 resorts and hundreds of vacation homes scattered around Moosehead Lake.Environmental groups have been opposing the development for years.In a ruling Thursday, the Superior Court concluded that LURC followed an illegal process leading up to its approval of the plan in 2009, saying the public was denied its legal rights to speak out on the final version of the plan.
These kids are splashing around and learning how to swim for free.”The program is called ‘Rule the Pool’ born out of the idea that the city of Old Town itself is an island and we wanted to teach the kids to learn how to swim and water safety,” said Jeff Wheelden, Executive Director of the Old Town/Orono YMCA.But it’s programs like this that have an unclear future.
Bucksport High School is showcasing its students’ artistic talents at the school’s annual art exhibit.More than a thousand pieces of art are being displayed throughout the halls of the school and in the library.All of the pieces are originals giving anyone who looks at them a peek inside their creative minds.Teacher Holly Bertrand says the pieces are projects the students created in class.”It always amazes me the amount of talent that we have I have students that have had art before, students that have never had art and I put up everybody’s work because everybody is successful,” she said.The exhibit wraps up at 7.
Spring will be in full bloom this weekend at the Bangor Auditorium.We were there as event organizers put the final touches on the Bangor Garden Show.More than 50 vendors will have displays throughout the auditorium.The three day event celebrates its 20th year in Bangor featuring gardenscape displays and live demonstrations.Event coordinator Judi Perkins says the show is the perfect break from the winter blues.”This is a chance to come to the garden show we’ve got 12 landscapers that have that are here and waiting for you to talk about your plans for spring and summer and into fall,” she said.The expo kicks off Friday at 10 am and goes through the weekend.Admission is 5 dollars for adults.
The Goodwill store in Rockland is helping women find the wedding and prom dress of their dreams.This Saturday, the store on Camden Street will have formal dresses on sale at discounted prices.All of the dresses on sale have been donated from goodwill stores throughout New England.Prices range from $9.99 to $299.”Mother of the bride, the little flower girl, we have an array of sizes from small to 28 we’ve got quite a few of them as well,” says shift supervisor Chelsea Griffin.Gift baskets will be raffled off and guests will have the chance to meet with wedding professionals.The expo kicks off Saturday morning at nine.
Jury selection is set for Monday in the trial of a music teacher accused of sex crimes involving a child.William Wiley of Searsport was arrested two years ago.He was charged with gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact with a girl between 12 and 13 years of age.Wiley began working as a music teacher in Waldo County twenty years ago.He no longer works for the school district.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is asking folks to grow a little extra produce this year.The Maine Harvest for Hunger Program helps connect volunteers with local food pantries.In 2010, the program provided more than 200,000 pounds of produce to Maine pantries.This year, the goal is 225,000 pounds.For more information contact Barbara Murphy at 743-6329.