The Penobscot Sheriff’s Office is mourning one of their own.Detective Timothy Jameson died of cancer on Wednesday at the age of 56.The Sheriff’s Office says Jameson was one of the state’s top child abuse investigators.He joined the Penobscot Sheriff’s Office in 1994.Sheriff Glenn Ross called Jameson’s passing a great loss for the Sheriff’s department.There will be a police service on Monday at St.
An Illinois man will spend time in prison, for threatening to shoot Senator Susan Collins because she supported the federal government’s economic stimulus package.47-year-old John O’Neill pleaded guilty in federal court to making threatening interstate communications.O’Neill reportedly called Collins’ Augusta office 17 times in February.When O’Neill learned that Collins supported the bill, he told a Collins’ staff member that he was going to quote “put a bullet” in Collins’ head.O’Neill was sentenced to five months behind bars.
Organizers and volunteers were busy all day setting up at the Bangor Waterfront for the 2010 American Folk Festival.Folks gathered there this evening to celebrate and honor those who’ve supported this magnificent musical endeavor.Before bands take the stage, and festival goers arrive, volunteers are at the Bangor waterfront setting the scene for the American Folk Festival.”Anywhere from this morning people were setting aside or sorting out the t-shirts and all of the material that we’re going to be selling.
The 123rd Annual Piscataquis Valley Fair kicked off around 2 Thursday afternoon in Dover Foxcroft.From veterans like Crystal Waterman, who said she’s been coming since she was nine years old to first timers like Scott and Tracy Reed, the Piscataquis Valley Fair has something for everyone.The annual event is important to the area, bringing the community together and pumping in money to Dover Foxcroft’s economy.”it’s a big economy booster for this area, it’s very good for this area,” said fair president Rusty Weimuth.This year, the fair added new activites including a family horse show, a bunny petting zoo and redneck pulls.”You don’t have to belong to a club or anything, bring your truck, grandpa’s truck, dad’s truck, just don’t get caught and put on a hook,” said Weimuth.And no fair would be complete without food and the rides.The Valley Fair features fan favorites like the Thunder Bolt and the state of Maine’s largest ferris wheel.If the weather complies, fair president Rusty Weimuth expects 10,000 people on a given day, and with this weekend’s forecast, it’s sure to be a big hit.”We have to compete with the folk festival of course but they don’t seem to bother us, it’s a different crowd,” he said.Admission is 6 dollars for adults, 2 dollars for children 5 through 10, children under five years old get in for free.
A fund passed through the Healthy Maine Partnerships is helping keep Bangor families safe from lead poisoning.The state funding has let Bangor Regional Public Health and Wellness team up with Penquis to perform lead dust wipe tests.So far, Penquis has tested 44 units for lead and helped organize training for more than 90 landlords.The wipes are done on horizontal spaces, often windowsills.There is a particular reason why Bangor and some other larger communities were chosen for this project.”Because about 40 percent of all lead poisonings in the state are occurring in these larger communities and 80 percent of those lead poisonings are in rental housing primarily pre 1950s housing.””So when I come in I do the dust wipes.
Police in Dexter have arrested a man they’ve been looking for since Monday night.50-year old Scott Ferrie was nabbed near Upper Grand Court in Dexter around 10 this morning.Several agencies, including the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office assisted Dexter Police in making the arrest.Police went to Ferrie’s home Monday night to arrest him.Police say it turns out he wasn’t home.Ferrie faces a felony charge of aggravated forgery.
According to court documents, the owner of a Rockland methadone clinic, Angel Fuller-McMahan, filed for bankruptcy on July 21st.Fuller-McMahan was arrested just a week prior, on July 13th after police said they caught her selling cocaine in a parking lot.In the documents, the Owl’s Head woman is listed as the owner of the turning tide methadone clinic.The clinic, which opened in 2008, provided methadone to about 280 drug-addicted clients.
An Eddington man is behind bars following a three hour manhunt.Police were called to a Main Road home early Thursday morning after receiving a call that 47-year-old Richard Hart was arguing with his wife.Police were told he had a rifle.But when they arrived, Hart could not be found.He was eventually located near his home at around five Thursday morning.Police say he didn’t have any weapon on him.He was taken into custody at the Penobscot County Jail.
Two of the five Mainers running for governor took part in a leaders roundtable in Bangor Thursday morning.Republican Paul LePage and Independent Eliot Cutler answered questions at a breakfast as part of the Atlantica Champions of Excellence Awards.Candidates took questions focusing mainly on energy and transportation.Democratic candidate, Libby Mitchell, was invited to the event, but backed out due to the fact that Independent candidates Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott were not invited to participate.
The Maine Senate has approved dozens of nominations by Governor Baldacci to cabinet and judicial posts as well as numerous boards and commissions.Winning unanimous confirmation votes on Wednesday were Ellen Schneiter of Readfield to head the department that oversees state finances, and Angela Faherty as Education Commissioner.After a brief debate, Kurt Adams’ appointment to the University of Maine system board of trustees was also confirmed.Senators voted to elevate three district court judges, Ann Murray of Bangor, Marygay Kennedy of Brunswick and Robert Murray Jr.
Northeast Patients Group will have to find another spot to put their medical marijuana dispensary if they want it in the capitol city.Tuesday night, the Augusta planning board voted for a zoning change that would expand the medical district in town.However, the proposal did not include the Middle Rd.