An Augusta man who held his girlfriend against her will in their city apartment for several days, beating her and burning her with cigarettes, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.Robert Allan Horr was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to kidnapping and aggravated assault.
Maine’s public advocate is joining the New England Power Pool as part of ongoing efforts to lower the cost of electricity for homes and businesses.Membership gives the public advocate greater involvement in the decisions made by ISO-New England, the operator of the New England power grid.Richard Davies, Maine’s public advocate, says he’ll seek to build alliances to work on behalf of Maine consumers.The New England Power Pool is a voluntary association of 450 entities, including utilities, energy producers, power marketers and consumer advocates, which serves as an advisory body to ISO-New England.
A wildfire in Lincoln got dangerously close to a house Wednesday afternoon.Maine Forest Rangers say the homeowner decided to start a small campfire outside to roast some marshmellows, when the wind shifted and the fire spread.Luckily firefighters got control of the fire before it did any major damage.The flames just melted the siding of the home.Forest Rangers are warning people to be careful as the fire danger remains high across the state.
Bangor’s Business and Economic Development Committee got an update on the City’s planned Revitalization Project.The city is looking into updating the neighborhoods from Main Street to Third and Union to Buck.Councilors say they are still in the information gathering stage of the project, and it’ll be awhile before any plans are finalized.Residents will have the chance to learn more about the Revitalization Project next Thursday, April 26th.The meeting will be held at 6PM at the Doughty School in Bangor.
The Waterville City Council has signed off on a loan to help finish renovating the Waterville Opera House.Councilors voted unanimously to approve borrowing $1.25-million.Opera House renovations had gone about $600-thousand over budget and we’re told money that had been pledged wasn’t coming in fast enough to pay contractors.The opera house is responsible for repaying the loan, but since it’s in a city-owned building, city council had to approve it.Opening night is scheduled for Friday, April 27th.
A former Lewiston firefighter who pleaded guilty to assaulting his daughter when she was a child won’t go to prison.Donald LaGrange was sentenced to twenty years with all of it suspended, which means he’ll spend that time on probation.He was also barred from having contact with his daughter who is now 26 and can’t have contact with girls under the age of eighteen.
More than 700 leased lakefront camps in the Millinocket area will be sold in the next three years.Katahdin Timberland’s president says people who currently lease the camps will be given first dibs at buying them.The decision to sell the properties was made by Katahdin Timberland’s parent company.
Phase 2 of the murder trial of Thayne Ormsby continued Wednesday at Superior Court in Houlton.Last week, jurors found Ormsby guilty of killing Jeffrey Ryan 55, Jesse Ryan, 10, and Jason Dehahn, 30, in Amity in June 2010.
Saint Joseph Hospital in Bangor is one of the hundred best hospitals in America.The hospital is on Thomson Reuters’ list of top hospitals.Saint Joe’s was chosen from nearly 3-thousand US hospitals for demonstrating high quality patient care and overall excellence.The study uses research and independent public input to come up with the rankings.Hospital President Mary Prybylo credits former CEO Sister Mary Norberta and the hospital’s staff for the recognition.”It’s nice to be recognized by a national organization for all the hard work that’s been going on in this organization,” Prybylo said.Saint Joseph is the only hospital in Maine that made the top hundred list this year.
High school students across the state are delving into the world of alternative energy by competing in the Maine Wind Blade Challenge.The students design the wind blades, which are then manufactured with the help of a company or school.The winning team receives an internship at the University of Maine if they choose to attend.It brings science, technology, engineering and math into the hands of high school students.”A lot of boat builders are looking for students that are ready to start working either out of high school or out of college,” said Sylvie Boisvert with the Maine Wind Blade Challenge.The Maine Wind Blade Challenge is on Friday, April 27th at the University of Maine.