A 63-year-old man has been acquitted of charges that he set his own house on fire to collect insurance money.Alan Crocker was found not guilty of two arson charges by a Kennebec County Superior Court jury.The charges stemmed from a fire at his home in January 2010.Prosecutors say Crocker was the only person at home at the time of the fire and he had financial problems after filing for bankruptcy protection in 2009.
Prosectuors say a Maine man will be sentenced Monday for strangling his girlfriend to death in 2010.Forty-one-year-old Dennis Edgecomb, formerly of Belfast will be sentenced for murder in Waldo County Superior Court, in the death of 42-year-old Pamela Green of Morrill.Bangor daily news is reporting he will change his plea to guilty.
So far, so good when it comes to signs of Ash Borers.A recent workshop geared towards checking for the tree-killing bugs, found no evidence of them.Ash-tree owners in Central Maine have created tree traps to look for the invasive insects.The Emerald ash borer has already killed millions of ash trees across the nation.
Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are criticizing the president’s request to close more military bases.The two senators say it doesn’t make sense, either from a defense perspective or an economic one.They say the costs associated with base closings ordered in 2005 were greater than what was originally projected.
A website devoted to a Waterville toddler who’s been missing for six weeks says the girl’s uncle and maternal grandmother have taken polygraph tests.Ayla Reynolds was reported missing from her father’s home on December 17th.The website, aylareynolds.com, says Ayla’s uncle took and passed a polygraph Thursday and her grandmother took a test Friday, but couldn’t complete it because her prescription medication interfered.A state police spokesman says investigators won’t comment on details of the investigation including polygraph tests.
A man from Fairfield is facing criminal threatening and domestic violence terrorizing charges after police say he dragged his girlfriend by the hair and held a knife to another woman’s throat.Police say David Gordon, 29, was arrested Wednesday night at his Summit St.
An Augusta man is going to jail for 45 years for killing another man more than year ago.31-year-old Peter Bathgate pleaded guilty on Friday in Kennebec County Superior Court to murdering 47-year-old Paul Allen, whose body was found in December 2010 along a road in Hallowell.A state police affadavit says Allen had been stabbed and a broken cane was found near his body.
A new bill targets gang activity in Maine.The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a public hearing on LD 1707, “An Act To Define, Prevent and Suppress Gang Activity in the State” at the State House on Friday.Representative Amy Volk of Scarborough worked with the Maine Gang Task Force and the criminal law advisory council to put it together.It would require police agencies to come up with their own definitions of criminal street gangs and street gang activities and to inform one another when those activities take place.”I was presented with a lot of evidence by the president of the Maine Gang Task Force, and some of which came from the FBI, that gangs are moving into Maine.
The L Factor Salon in Brewer is seeing the end result of their hard work.They put together a calendar, with all the proceeds benefiting Cancer Care of Maine.Friday they picked up those calendars.Four local photographers took the photos of the men, who have all been affected by cancer in some way.” Beyond words really.
The Bangor Symphony Orchestra is rocketing into space.Its latest concert, Planets, will celebrate the sun, moon and the stars.The BSO will play four pieces including the world premiere of an original work by Musical Director Lucas Richman.Richman will also debut a unique piece in memory of Arthur Nagle, a Maine cellist who’s family won a silect auction to have a piece of music composed in his honor.The concert is scheduled for January 29-th.”We run the gamut of styles in the classical period with an overture but heightened to the full romantic, problematic of sound painted of Gustav Holtz so it’s a real chance for the audience to get to know the Bangor symphony and all its wonderful capabilities,” Richman said.You can get tickets by logging on to the Bangor Symphony Orcehstra’s website.
Here’s some sweet news, January 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day.So it was a plenty good enough excuse to visit Frank’s Bake Shop in Bangor.It may be chocolate cake day, but there are other options of course: chocolate cupcakes, cheesecake and whoopie pies for instance.Frank’s owner Bernadette Gaspar says it’s okay to have your cake and eat it too.”If you’re a real chocolate lover if you want chocolate cake with chocolate frosting go for it,” she said.While chocolate was front and center Friday, the folks at Frank’s say they’re looking ahead to spring flavors.The top selling flavor is lemon.
An Augusta man was sentenced to 45 years in prison today, after pleading guilty to murder in a Kennebec County courtroom this afternoon.31-year old Peter Bathgate was charged with murder in connection with the death of 47-year old Paul Allen, whose body was found along a road in Hallowell back in December of 2010.We’ll have a full report on this story tonight on WABI TV5 News.