Bangor City Councilors welcomed the newest addition to the Bangor Police Force.David Farrar was sworn in in front of the City Council Wednesday.Farrar graduated from the police academy on December 16th and joined the Bangor Police Department on December 20th.Farrar is originally from Dover-Foxcroft and says he’s excited to be out of the classroom and in the streets.
There was another meeting in Aroostook County Wednesday on the governor’s proposed supplemental budget.Tuesday a standing room only crown packed together to talk about it in Fort Kent with Governor LePage in attendance.Wednesday folks gathered at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.Again, much of the focus was on the governor’s proposed medicaid cuts.The governor did not attend Wednesday’s meeting but his senior health policy advisor, Katrin Teel, was there and got an earful.”The governor was not able to be here today because of a scheduling conflict but my role here is to represent the governor’s office and most importantly to hear what the people had to say to hear what were their concerns, what were their needs what were their questions, to gather this information and speak with legislators who we’ve been communicating with and see what do people feel, what do they need, what do they hope for and what can we do,” said Teel.The governor says he’s always willing to listen to Mainers’ views.He says difficult decisions have to be made to balance the budget and help the state move forward.
Thousands of dollars could be on the way to the Bangor Trails Program.Wednesday, Bangor City Councilors voted to apply for a grant which would help build a bike and pedestrian trail from the end of Sylvan Road to the I-95/Stillwater underpass.People in favor of project say that the trail is needed not only for leisure, but for those without cars to commute safely.the grant money would come from federal funds through the Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program.
More testimony Wednesday in the case of an accused arsonist from Augusta.Raymond Bellevance Jr., 50, is charged with burning down the Grandview Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro.Defense attorney Andrews Campbell began calling witnesses Tuesday, including one that established an alibi for bellevance on the night of the fire.Investigators from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department were also questioned by Campbell.
The Bangor City Council is one step closer to forming a committee to advocate to keep Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center open.Wednesday, the council voted to establish a structure for the committee.The committee will consist of people from all over the state, including law enforcement and county government officials.Councilor Joseph Baldacci says while this is a regional effort to put pressure on lawmakers, Bangor has a special interest in keeping the psychiatric center open.The council hopes to have about 13 people on the committee and will appoint those members next week.
The Penobscot County grand jury indicted a woman from Waterville who lead police on a high speed chase that ended in a crash in Bangor.35-year-old Courtney Quinn is charged with reckless conduct, eluding an officer and criminal mischief, among other charges.In October, state police say they had another car pulled over on I-95 near Etna when Quinn sped past them.
For college sophomore, Lindsay Beauregard, the realities of life after graduation were made clear the moment she entered high school.”I have to pay for my own education and tuition.”She knew back then that a four year degree would require a lot of work.”I babysat all through high school and then I worked as a waitress.”Until recently, it’s paid off.”Luckily, I get grants from Bentley, but it’s still coming up to quite a bit.”Her remaining semesters are now outweighing the balance in her checking account.”It’s been very expensive.”But rather than take out a loan from a bank, she’s borrowing from a real life experience and banking on her story to help fund the rest of her education.”My sister was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was a baby.
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has named two new people to its administration.Michael Brown is the director of the Fisheries Division and James Connolly is the director of the Wildlife Division.Brown worked for 23 years at the Department of Marine Resources, focusing on the sustainability of fish species in Maine and New England.He started work Tuesday.
An accident on Route 1 in Stockton Springs slowed traffic down for awhile Wednesday afternoon.And sent a local man to the hospital.Authorities say when they arrived on scene, 66-year old Clair Fraser was outside his van.They are not sure if he was ejected or crawled out.LifeFlight was called in but because of the weather could not land.The man was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, officials say there was a doctor onboard.”Witnesses said he swerved and over-corrected and went off the road.
Bangor police are investigating thousands of dollars worth of damage done to local stores.Sometime after midnight Friday, police say someone went from store to store throwing rocks through the front windows of area businesses.Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft, Bull Moose, Books-a-Million and Edge Video were all left with shattered storefronts.Police believe the vandalism is connected to a string of similar cases that have been popping up since the summer.”We have other cases of just smaller acts of criminal mischief with the same exact MO.