A Burlington man has reportedly admitted to killing a husband and wife in Webster Plantation last month.31-year-old Nathaneal Nightingale was in court Monday.Court papers state Nightingale shot Michael and Valerie Miller in the head during an attempted robbery.According to the documents Nightingale admitted to police he shot the couple, and provided details of the crime.He was arrested shortly after midnight Saturday at his family’s home in Burlington.The bodies of Michael and Valerie Miller were found in the kitchen of their home on the Tucker Ridge Road.Jeffrey Silverstein is Nightingale’s attorney, he says his client did know the victims. “He understands what the charges are,” Said Silverstein on Monday. “He’s very despondent over the situation. It appears as if he’s made some statements acknowledging some responsibility. To my knowledge this appears to be a horrible accident gone wrong and we intend that, over time, we will produce additional circumstances and hope to put this in to proper context.”Nightingale is being held at the Penobscot County Jail without bail.He’s due back in court January 22nd.
Maine has received nearly $4,000,000 for technology to help folks share knowledge.The federal money will be used in partnership with the U.S.D.A. Rural Development’s “Distance Learning and Telemedicine” program.More than one hundred fifty schools, including the University of Maine, will benefit from the funding.The money will buy video conferencing equipment and computer systems that will be used to link schools, letting them share course work. “We compete with every other state in the union for a pot of money and for the past 3 out of 4 years we’ve come out at the top, so I do think need is one issue, but also the fact that we’re a very rural state and we’re a large state geographically so to be able to connect people and allow them not to travel long distances to learn is a real priority,” Said Virgina Manuel a director with U.S.D.A. Rural Development.Nearly $400,000 will go to Eastern Maine Medical Center to help pay for technology that will connect specialists to rural hospitals across the state via video.
The Bangor city council has signed off on plans for one of Bangor’s largest construction projects: a new arena.Members of the city council voted unanimously Monday to accept the report prepared by the committee.It’s a series of recommendations that include building a 5,400 seat arena that could expand to 7,400 seats.That would be phase one of the project.Phase two would be renovating the existing auditorium and civic center into conference space, for a total cost of about $73,000,0000.Officials say ground breaking for phase one of the project will begin no later than the summer of 2011, and phase two will begin as soon as funding is in place.The city council will continue discussing the issue at workshops in the near future.
Fire fighters worked around some tight spaces in Waterville Monday night.Crews were called to Pleasant Street at 7:30 for reports of smoke in the third floor apartment.When they arrived, smoke was pouring from the top of the building.The seven occupants of the building were evacuated, one had to be taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.Those displaced by the fire do have places to go.”They were brought across the street to a church to keep warm,” Said the Fire Chief for Waterville and Winslow, David LaFountain. “And I was told by the Red Cross that they’ve already gotten alternative arraignments for tonight, and that they’d be working with them tomorrow to see what they could do for ‘em.”No fire fighters were injured in the blaze, though the tight conditions in downtown Waterville made it difficult to bring the water to the fire.The fire marshal’s office was on scene Monday, and says that the fire is not being considered suspicious.There has been no word yet on a cause.
Amongst all the holiday shoppers out Monday night were members of the Bangor Fire Department.They were picking out toys for tots. A cause they raise money for each year.This year, they had $2,000 in donations to spend on area kids.Photojournalist Tom Round went along for their shopping trip at the Brewer Walmart…”Every year we take some donated money from our Union, Firefighters Union. And we donate it to the Toys for Tots.””Oh! Every kid wants to be a fireman.””It’s a lot of fun, we spend about two thousand dollars a year, and raise that money. And then turn around and donate the money, and come and buy the toys, and actually give the to the Toys for Tots program.””I think I’m close.””That should do.””If you look around you’ll see that many of the firefighters have brought their families, and the kids really enjoy picking out the toys for other kids. And we explain to them what we’re doing. And it’s just a nice Christmas atmosphere.””Picking out the toys I just thought were best for kids. Lotta Star Wars stuff, bikes, stuff like that.””That’s 5.””That’s 5. So that’s, like, 44 dollars we’re at.””We receive a lot of donations from LTS and from our different fundraiser. We try and spread it out as evenly as we can, and there’s a lot of kids in this neighborhood that really don’t have what they need at the Christmas season. So it’s an easy way to give back a little bit.””I want to be a fireman when I grow up.””You do! Okay.””I think their gonna feel great. A lot of times their parents can’t pay for that kind of stuff, so I think their gonna be pretty happy.”
On Monday, there were three motor vehicle accidents in the town of Sidney. All occurred within fifteen minutes of each other according to police. One man was sent to the hospital after his pick up truck flipped over on the West River Road around noon. Another accident happened on the Goodhue Road where the driver was unharmed. A third crash occurred on the Middle Road. It’s unclear if anyone was injured in that accident. Police say slippery road conditions contributed to all three accidents and in at least one of the accidents speed was also a factor.
The folks at the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor say they’re thrilled to have surpassed their goal in last week’s basket auction.They had close to 200 baskets, filled with everything from soup to pearls.People from the community were invited to bid on the baskets all week long.In all they raised more than $6700. The goal was $6000.The money will be used for Senior Center operations.
The judges have spoken, and the winner is Rebecca’s. The store was selected as the winner of the 2nd Annual Downtown Storefront Decoration Contest.They won last year too.For the first place finish, Rick and Rebecca Vigue, owners of Rebecca’s, get a $1000 advertising prize from Bangor Center Corporation.Epic Sports came in a close second, followed by Giacomo’s.Hundreds of people also cast their votes online, giving Epic Sports the People’s Choice Award.
If you have some old jewelry, and want to make some extra cash before Christmas, you might want to stop by the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor Wednesday night.Mark Dube, President of the Diamond & Gold Mine Outlet in Bangor will be setting up shop there to buy gold, silver and platinum. If your jewelry also contains gemstones, you’ll get credit for that too.Dube says you’ll see a lot of commercials about businesses buying gold, but he promises to pay you more than they do. “This is a much safer way for seniors to go ahead and bring their stuff in and we weigh it right in front of them and we will pay them more than anybody else.”Dube will give a portion of the proceeds he makes Wednesday to the Hammond Street Senior Center.He’ll be there from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
A Bangor business owner is showing her appreciation to Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. She’s using the skills they taught her to help pay them back.When Christine Chou first approached by Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, she was interested in volunteering according to Executive Director Mary Marin-Lyon. “She came to us and she wanted to help Chinese immigrants learn English,” she says, “she spoke Mandarin and English and she wanted to help beginners.”It wasn’t long after that chou asked for a little help. “Throughout the process, she realized she had gaps in her english as well,” says Marin-Lyon.Andrea Martin teaches English at Brewer High School and volunteers at Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. She began tutoring Chou about a year ago and she says her new student was curious right from the start. “Well she loved to read the newspaper and a lot of times we would read the newspaper together,” says Martin, “and she would ask a lot of questions about terminology.”Chou says she’s mainly curious about the cultural differences between the United States and her native China. “Well we actually read a book together called “Out of the Dust” and it was a memoir style book and I said, ‘Hey Christine you could do this too. You can write your life like this woman did,” says Martin.Chou took on the challenge. “So I just cannot stop writing and I kept going and published a book,” Chou says.The book, “A Chinese Woman’s Thoughts on American Culture,” is on sale at both of the chinese restaurants she owns: Chopsticks in Bangor, and China Garden in Orono. The book costs $7.00 with all proceeds going to Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. “Because I think I receive the favor from them and i should return the favor.”
Three years ago, the SPCA of Hancock County set out on an ambitious plan.They needed two million dollars to build a new facility, all donated.In October, they reached that goal.Joy Hollowell shows us what the money is being spent on.=========”Meow””dogs barking”These are the sounds you’d typically find at the SPCA of Hancock County. “nail going into wood”But lately, those barks and purrs have been drowned out by the sound of progress. These nails are pounding in the results of two-million dollars in community donations.”We went about going through a phase project. Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3. And the building we’re in right now is Phase 1,” says Doug Radziewicz, executive director of the SPCA of Hancock County.It opened back in 2007, and within weeks, was filled to capacity.”Really, we can only take in five dogs at a time. And our capacity for adult cats is about 20 to 25.”Radziewicz says they wanted to start with this facility, to prove to the public that the SPCA was serious about helping animals.”And when we did this, and we were able to help right away, I think that was a big step for the community to see overall, that the SPCA really wants to make a difference,” says Radziewicz.This new building is a larger version of the first one. “We’re going to be able to triple or maybe even five times the number of animals that come into our facility,” says Radziewicz.It will also house a room for small animals like rodents and ferrets. And there will be a community resource room for the public. They plan to open in the spring.By that time, Radziewicz hopes the shelter will be well on its way to raising enough funds for the final phase.”Our third phase is to build a large animal barn and a paddock so that when the state goes in, and they do need to remove a couple of animals quickly, they have a safe haven for them right away,” says Radziewicz.Joy Hollowell, WABI TV 5 News, Trenton.=========The SPCA of Hancock County is a non-profit organization.They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m.If you’d more information on the SPCA of Hancock County, including how to donate to their endowment fund, you can log onto www.spcahancockcounty.org or call them at 667-8088.
Folks can now get the 2009 University Bookstore Commemorative Ornament.Proceeds from the ornament sales go to the University of Maine organization that best achieves the altruistic goal of helping others.The ornament program began in 2003. Over the years the money has gone to several different organizations, including Alternative Spring Break, and College Against Cancer.Proceeds from the sale of 2009 ornaments will go to Engineers Without Boarders, a group that makes water treatment stands for people in Honduras.The ornaments cost $16.99, and can be purchased at the U-Maine bookstore.
An H1N1 vaccine clinic got underway Monday at the Bangor Civic Center.But unlike previous clinics, where lines stretched out the doors with hundreds of people, they’ve been seeing smaller crowds, and shorter wait times.”It was very simple, very quick,” says Farrah Mugnai, of Brewer.During the clinic’s morning hours, they tell us the wait was never more than a half-hour– though some parents say they would have stayed as long as it took to get the H1N1 vaccine.”We have three kids and we have one baby at home and we just really don’t want to have to deal with one more illness this winter,” says Amy Hart, of Houlton.”I mean he gets his regular shot for seasonal flu. H1N1 scares me a little more. I just wanted to make sure that he was all set,” Mugnai says.They had eight-thousand doses of the vaccine. First priority went to at-risk populations. That includes pregnant women, anyone around infants younger than six months, kids and young people, and adults with medical conditions.Midway through the day, they opened the clinic up to include all EMS and healthcare workers, and by the end of the day, it was open to everyone.”This is still a very new virus. Not everyone has been exposed to it, therefore they may not have immunity to it,” says Kathy Knight, director, Northeastern Maine Regional Resource Center.Infectious disease specialists say we could see a third wave of the virus in February and March, which is why they’re still asking people to get vaccinated.”The vaccine is flowing into the state more rapidly at this point in time. So we anticipate very soon we’ll have adequate supply to vaccinate every Mainer that wishes to be vaccinated. And we’re very much urging everyone to get this vaccine,” Knight says.”It’s definitely worth it,” Hart says. “We’ve been waiting to get these shots for a long time.”The clinic is open until 8 p.m. Monday.If you have questions about the vaccine, you can visit maineflu.gov or call: 1-888-257-0990.
With optimistic thoughts, the director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority believes that federal stimulus money will be granted to expand Amtrak’s Downeaster north to Brunswick. Two proposals for $36 and $ 39 million would tap into the stimulus money for high speed passenger rail service, according to Patricia Douglas. There are two different timetables, but the faster path calls for 30 miles of track to be completed within two years. Not only is a decision anticipated this winter, but the state also applied for a $52 million grant to upgrade tracks between Portland and Plaistow, N.H.Ridership on the Downeaster, which runs from Portland to Boston,is down about 7 percent this year. Douglas says that’s because of the economy and that the service remains healthy.
A federal bill allowing trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds is one step closer to driving north of Augusta on I-95.According to Sen. Susan Collins, the Senate approved the 2010 transportation appropriation bill on Sunday, with a provision that creates a one-year pilot project to exempt Maine’s federal highways from the 80,000-pound federal truck weight limit. Currently, trucks that are traveling north on I-95 and weigh over 80,000 pounds have to exit at Augusta and take secondary roads, raising concerns for safety, with additional concerns for wear and tear on roads. The bill also includes a provision that would allow heavier trucks on federal highways in Vermont for a one-year period. The bill will now be sent to the president for his signature.
A Burlington man accused of double murder made his initial court appearance Monday morning at Superior Court in Bangor. 31-year-old Nathaneal Nightingale is charged with the murders of a husband and wife in Webster Plantation last month. According to court documents, Nightingale shot Michael and Valerie Miller, both 47, in the head during a robbery attempt. Nightingale admitted to police he shot the couple and provided details of the crime. Nightingale was arrested shortly after midnight Saturday at his family’s residence on Fogg Lane in Burlington.The bodies of Michael Miller and his wife Valerie were discovered in late November in their home on the Tucker Ridge Road.Jeffrey Silverstein says he expects to be retained as counsel for Nightingale. “He understands what the charges are,” says Silverstein, “he’s very despondent over the situation. It appears as if he’s made some statements acknowledging some responsibility. To my knowledge this appears to be a horrible accident gone wrong and we intend that, over time, we will produce additional circumstances and hope to put this in to proper context.”Nightingale is due back in court January 22.
The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has been helping Maine people to better understand Native American culture since 1929. Sunday they had a chance to show off just a bit with their annual open house. Some folks here in Bar Harbor mark this event on their calendar. For others it’s a chance to get their first look and find out exactly what they do here. Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko is the CEO of the museum and is proud to show off their work. “The Abbe Museum is a wonderful place to learn about Maine’s Native American heritage and our mission is to inspire new learnings about the Wabanaki nation with every visit so we concentrate on what Maine has to offer in Native American heritage,” she says.Maine’s Native American history is a mix of the past and present. “With Maine you have a heritage and a history which is uninterrupted, “says Catlin-Legutko, “in other parts of the nation you have a removal story or you have a break in a cultural path but with the Wabanaki, the Penobscot, the Passamaquoddy, that we have here in Maine. They never left and it’s an incredible legacy and heritage they cherish.”At Sunday’s open house local children had the chance to learn about that heritage with a hands on approach. “Of course they love it, there’s stuff to think about, there’s artifacts to get their hands on and get messy and to take home and put on their tree and use year round,” says Catlin-Legutko.Staff here want the kids to explore all the museum has to offer. Sandy Wilcox is the President of the Board of Trustees and she runs a craft table for kids during the open house. “I hope they get to see more of the museum than just the craft tables,” says Wilcox, “if they go through some of the exhibits that they’ll get a chance to see examples of artifacts that have been recovered in archaeological digs and they also get a chance to see the art of contemporary artists.”The adults on hand also enjoyed the day. “My favorite is the exhibit of the blankets just piled high and colorful and beautiful,” says Lynne Berzinis of Southwest Harbor.But in the end, says Wilcox, the day belonged to the kids. “Well I hope they take away some learning.”
Ice on the roadways caused a crash involving several vehicles Monday morning in Bangor. Officials say a car slid on some glare ice and ran into the guardrail on I-95 southbound around 9 a.m. It bounced back into the roadway, and at least four other cars ended up hitting each other.No injuries were reported.Crews put down salt and sand to make the road passable again. That stretch of interstate between Broadway and Hammond is now back open.
Fire destroyed a camp in Searsport Sunday. Crews were called to Robinson Road at around 4:15 am. The owner told authorities he had asked someone else go up to the camp earlier in the day and start the wood stove so it would be warm by time he arrived. Something went wrong, and the stove burned through the floor, falling into the crawl space below, and igniting the entire camp on fire.By the time fire fighters arrived, there was nothing they could do to save the structure. The remainder of the building was knocked down by an excavator.We’re told the owner does have insurance.
Fire crews in Lee were called to a mobile home on the Richardson Farm Road twice overnight.The first call came out around 10:30 Sunday night, that there was a chimney fire at the residence.Crews responded, and knocked the flames out.But a second call was issued at 2:45 Monday morning that the trailer had re-ignited, and was fully engulfed in flames.When crews arrived back on the scene, they say the trailer was already a total loss.We’re told no one was home at the time.