A new commission was announced Friday in Augusta that will take a closer look at the abuse suffered by Maine’s Wabanaki children while in the care of the Maine Child Welfare System.Five Wabanaki Chiefs joined Governor LePage in announcing the formation of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a group that will take a look at some of the abuses suffered by Wabanaki kids who were removed from their homes by the state and put into foster care.
A $30,000 reward for information leading to missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds ends tomorrow.The money was put up by local attorney John Nale and other Waterville community members.Nale announced last month the reward would be withdrawn on June 30 and pleaded with anyone who has information to come forward.Today he tells TV-5 News he’s disappointed no one has come forward.20-month-old Ayla Reynolds was reported missing from her Waterville home in December State Police say they’ve received 1200 leads, leading to several searches.Earlier this month police said they believe Ayla is dead.
A man accused of causing a more than 8-hour standoff in Lagrange was in court Friday afternoon.Police say it started Thursday morning when the man assaulted a woman in Orono.Raymond Baker, 47, pleaded not guilty to charges that include of domestic violence assault, criminal restraint and violation of bail conditions.An Orono Police official tells us Baker wound up in Lagrange, barricaded in a house on Brimstone Road.We’re told his father and a child were also in the home but he released them unharmed.At some point Baker left the house and eventually turned himself in.He’s being held on 10-thousand dollars bail and has been ordered to stay away from the woman who claims to have been assaulted.
The curtain will come up on an outdoor film series Friday night when River City Cinema kicks off “Give My Regards to Bangor”.Every Friday night for the next five weeks, they will show a classic movie musical in downtown Bangor’s Pickering Square.The first film is 42nd Street.The film begins after dark, admission is free.Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankers, snacks will be on sale.
The Navy says it’ll be more than a month before it has new details about a fire that severely damaged a submarine in dry dock at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.The Naval Sea Systems Command said Thursday that additional details on repair costs and investigations into the USS Miami fire won’t be available until mid to late August.Early estimates put the damage at $400 million after a fire that started in a vacuum cleaner got out of control May 23 while the Miami was undergoing a 20-month overhaul.The fire damaged the torpedo room, crew quarters, and command and control areas of the nuclear-powered sub.
Two people are recovering in the hospital after a multi-vehicle accident in Rockland.These are pictures of the scene that were sent to us by the Rockland Fire Department.A spokesperson tells us the accident happened at around 5:20 Thursday afternoon at Broadway and Park Street.Limited details have been released but we do know the accident involved three cars.Jaws of Life were used to removed one of the occupants of a vehicle.Two people were transported to the hospital.The accident is under investigation.
Environment Maine says it has received record numbers of support for the EPA’s proposal to urge new power plants to limit industrial carbon pollution.The group says of the more than 2 million comments collected over the past 11 weeks, more than 15,000 came from Mainers.Environment Maine says the proposal will curb the effects of global warming.Ben Seel with Environment Maine says it’s extremely critical for it to get passed.The tally is the largest number of comments ever submitted to EPA during a public comment period.
Aides to Senator Olympia Snowe met with local business owners in Brownville Thursday to survey the damage left by the weekend’s severe flooding.The town manager says close to $300,000 has been spent to get the roads back open.The only road that is still shut down is Corey Ave.In order to receive federal assistance, the damage most total at least $1.8-million.Small business owners say, while it may take awhile to rebuild, they’re overwhelmed by the community’s support.While all but one of the roads in Brownville is open, asphalt has not been replaced.The town manager says that won’t be completed until August 1st.