Benjamin Harrison was President of the United States when Beal College was founded.Fast-forward 120 years and the school celebrated Friday with an open house.The career training college showcased the programs it has to offer.Beal prides itself on small classrooms and hands-on training.Beal College President Allen Stehle says career focused degrees are in high demand in today’s job market, which has boosted enrollment.In May, the school had its largest graduating class ever.”Unfortunately or fortunately the way you want to look at it, it puts a lot of people in transition so that brings people to reevaluate how they are doing, what they could be doing and most of the time it comes up with an educational need.
Folks in Augusta took time to honor Maine’s women veterans at a ceremony Friday.55 women from all branches of the service were recognized for their efforts.The women honored today served their country from World War II right up to the present conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Six cases of pertussis, the medical name for whooping cough, are confirmed at Ridgeview Community School in Dexter.Principal Mike Tracy says the cases are all students, and that parents throughout the school have been notified and given tips on symptoms.Tracy says despite inoculations against pertussis, students have still developed the cough.For more information on pertussis, you can visit maine.gov and do a search on whooping cough.
A man from Rome, who police had been searching for in connection with an assault, appeared in court Friday.District Attorney Evert Fowle says 28-year-old Ronald Willey is charged with felony domestic assault, aggravated assault and domestic violence terrorizing.Willey did not enter a plea at Friday’s hearing.Willey is accused of choking his girlfriend with a shoelace and threatening her 13-year-old daughter with a knife Sunday.Police say Willey was on the run until Thursday afternoon when he was taken into custody.He’s currently being held at the Kennebec County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Maine drug agents say they found more than a pound of crack cocaine, a 9mm pistol and three loaded magazines at an apartment on Garland Street in Bangor late Thursday night.Maine Drug Enforcement Commander Darrell Crandall says the crack was found in a safe and is worth more the $50,000.No one was in the apartment at the time of the raid.The presence of a firearm could enhance the penalties of those involved.Crandall says the bust is connected to Wednesdayâ€™s drug raid on Ohio Street.Police continue to look for three suspects in connection with the drug busts.
Four people connected to that drug raid on Ohio Street made their first appearance in court Friday.46-year-old Edward Cogswell, 43-year-old Christopher Mullins, and 30-year-old Christine Thetonia are charged with Aggravated Trafficking of Cocaine.21-year-old Abraham Lluberes is charged with receiving stolen property.Drug agents and Bangor Police say they found drugs and a stolen handgun after a raid of four apartments on Ohio Street wednesday.Officials tell us fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the investigation.
A man accused of brutally assaulting and stealing money from his elderly father was in court today.31-year-old Frederick Ward is facing several charges including kidnapping, aggravated assault, and burglary.He’s accused of assaulting his 72-year-old father and using his ATM card to steal money from him.