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Three Accused of Holding Man Against His Will

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Three people are facing charges in a case that Drug agents describe as a drug deal gone sour.On Saturday, authorities arrested 32 year old Terrence Garner, 32 year old Adam Widgins, and 20 year old Sidney Wilcox, all of Bangor.Agents say they learned that a man, whose name is not being released, was being held against his will at a Brewer motel.They say the victim was allowed to make phone calls to collect money he owed for cocaine supplied by the suspects. He contacted state drug agents through text messages.The man escaped while being left alone in the room, and was picked up by police.Authorities then arrested the three suspects. Each one is facing different charges, ranging from criminal restraint to possession of methadone.

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Two Mainers Arrested in Vermont

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Two people from Augusta will be in court Wednesday in Vermont after being arrested in that state.Vermont State Troopers say they were chasing a car driven by 28 year old Sarah Vitale Monday when it went off the road.She was arrested along with a passenger in the car, 36 year old Luke Greenlaw.Police say they found property that belonged to a local school in the car, along with some jewelry and electronics.Troopers tell us Vitale and Greenlaw are also wanted for crimes in Maine.

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Deputy Fired in Washington County

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Washington County Commissioners are standing by a recommendation by the Sheriff to fire a Deputy.Scott Francis was put on administrative leave when he was served a temporary order of protection from abuse on behalf of his estranged wife.Sheriff Donnie Smith pulled Francis off the force, saying he should be terminated for conduct unbecoming a Washington County Deputy Sheriff.Last week, the commissioners voted to uphold that recommendation.

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University of Maine Student in Chile

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Americans have been watching from afar, as people in Chile deal with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake last Saturday.There is one University of Maine student who has had a front row seat. Amy Marchessault is planning to spend a semester at the University of Chile, and was there when the earthquake hit.”So I woke up to the lantern above my head falling on my head, I didn’t really know, I was really disoriented. I didn’t know what was happening. My bed was moving all about the room.”20 year old Amy Marchessault describes the moment the 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit. She was in her apartment on the sixth floor, and very confused. After all, she grew up in Maine, and really didn’t know what an earthquake felt like, not to mention she had just arrived in Chile four days before.”I texted my parents and said hey, we had an earthquake just letting you know, i’m ok. I didn’t think it was gonna be a big deal and my dad looked on the news and responded back to me and said, Amy, Chile is in a state of emergency this is a big deal, so then I kind of started panicking. O.K. I’ve been involved in something big.”Amy is in Santiago, the nation’s capital. She says there is damage around the city.She says some basic necessities are running low, but for the most part buildings around the city are still standing and conditions are good, Amy says amazingly people in Santiago are in good spirits.”which has kind of set the mood for me cause I don’t know how to act. I don’t want to be that crazy American girl who’s freaked out.”Amy also knows conditions in Southern Chile are much worse. Hundreds are confirmed dead, and the infrastructure has been devastated.Amy thought about returning home but has decided to stay put. She was supposed to start classes this week at the University of Chile, but doesn’t know if that’ll happen. So she’s just concentrating on living life in new surroundings on foreign soil, and grateful she survived this major catastrophe.”In a new culture, a new language, and a new situation all at the same time. I think it’ll make me a stronger better person, and like I said, right now I’m just living day to day.”

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Children Collect Donations for Animal Orphanage

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For nearly 20 years, the Animal Orphanage in Old Town has been taking in and caring for stray animals. Donations keep them going, and as they found out Tuesday, that help comes from donors of all ages.The Old Town-Orono Animal Orphanage is caring for about two dozen cats right now. Cats that are well taken care of until they find permanent homes, thanks to donors like these.First and third graders at Lewis Libby School in Milford have been collecting donations for the past two weeks.”We got over 225 dollars. People at the school that helped are very nice. Because I can tell they’re very good animal lovers, and they care about animals a lot,” says third grader, Haylee Hannan.Roberta Fowler with the Animal Orphanage says every dollar helps, since it costs a dollar just to take care of one cat for one day.”Our annual budget, we spend about 56, 57 thousand. We get four thousand from Old Town and four thousand from Orono. The rest we have to raise so it’s a big help, every cent we get,” Fowler says.She says with spring around the corner, the shelter will soon see many more kittens, and these donations are their essentials.”Dry food, moist food, paper towels, bleach, things that we use daily at the orphanage to take care of the animals. We gave them a ‘wish list’ to start with and I see boxes of toys for the animals and all kinds of different things,” Fowler says.”We just spread the word,” says third grader, Gabby McCullagh. “They like to play with toys. It keeps them busy for when they’re bored.”Fowler also took the opportunity to teach children about caring for animals, and to thank them for lending a hand.”They’ve done a great job,” she says. “And as I said to them, when you start when you’re young like that, it carries over into adulthood.”

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Murder Suspect Will Soon Return to Bangor

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Edgard Anziani will be returning to Maine in the next few weeks to face a murder charge.He made an appearance in a Maryland courtroom Tuesday after being arrested by FBI agents in that state Monday.He’s accused of killing a 1-year-old boy in Bangor last week.Police had responded to a home on Bald Mountain Drive and found Damien Lynn not breathing.27-year-old Anziani told police the infant fell down stairs. The medical examiners office says the boy died from trauma that was not accidental.”He did waive extradition and will be returning to the state of Maine within the next two weeks to be arraigned on a murder charge up here,” says Lt. Tim Reid, with Bangor Police.Anziani remains in FBI custody in Maryland.

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Sugarloaf to Welcome Seth Wescott Home Saturday

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Repeat Olympic gold medal winner Seth Wescott is heading back home to Maine this weekend.Folks will be welcoming the champion snowboarder Saturday at Sugarloaf, where he trains.Wescott won his second gold medal in snowboard cross two weeks ago, defending his title from four years ago.Things get going at Sugarloaf on Saturday at ten in the morning. A big party starts at one, and from two to four, Wescott will be signing autographs.

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Cellphone Warning Label Debated

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(AP) Supporters of a bill to require cell phones in Maine to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer say the United States is lagging behind other countries that have endorsed warnings. The Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday opened a hearing on Rep. Andrea Boland’s bill, which would make Maine the first state to require manufacturers to put labels on phones and packaging warning of the potential for brain cancer. The Sanford Democrat says numerous studies point to the risk due to electromagnetic radiation. The cell phone industry opposes the bill. TechAmerica says scientific evidence does not back up claims of a risk and says warning labels would be misleading. Gov. John Baldacci’s administration also opposes the bill.

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Ellsworth Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing $600,000

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A man from Ellsworth addmitted today to stealing nearly $600,000 from investors. Eric Murphy Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by deception. He took money from people to fund mortgage loans, but instead used the money for personal purposes and for his business, Murphy Home Loans.Today’s plea agreement calls for Murphy to serve 18 months behind bars. He also must pay back all the money he stole. Some of his victims were in the courtroom today.”I feel the 18 months is a slap on the wrist for what he’s done to people,” says Cyndee Carroll, “I feel there’s at least 14 people that he’s ruined their lives and he has no remorse that’s the sad thing. He has no remorse for what he’s done.”Murphy’s sentencing hearing will be scheduled sometime next week. Victims will have a chance to address murphy in court before the judge decides whether to accept the plea deal.

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Ellsworth Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss Birthday

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Dr. Seuss would have been 106 years old today. The kids at Knowlton Elementary School celebrated the with a day of festivities. “Dr. Seuss day is a fun day all day for the kids,” says physical education teacher Dave Norwood, “so from the beginning to end the whole day is Dr. Seuss.”This is a day they mark on the calendars. “It’s as exciting for them as almost any other special day,” says Norwood, “like a concert day for music or an art show or a field day. It’s an exciting day they look forward to it.”Each classroom decorated their door to honor a different Dr. Seuss book and of course, students had green eggs and ham for lunch. The students say there’s no debate about what the best part of the day is: The Dr. Seuss themed obstacle course.A few students from Ellsworth High School volunteered to take part in the festivities. Some of them, like Danielle Cyr, went to school here just a few years ago. “It brings back memories of when I was a little kid,” Cyr says, “and we used to do this so I think it’s just really great be here and contribute to this.””I think it’s wonderful,” says Taylor Jones, another Ellsorth High School volunteer, “it’s the spirit of dr. seuss all throughout the school today.” Her counterpart Shaye Domagala agrees this day is for the kids. “I like to see a smile on their face and as you can see they’re all very happy,” she says.

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Driver from Lee Cleared in Accident That Injured Two Boys

Catherine Pegram

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A man from Lee who ran into two teenagers while driving on Route 6 last fall will not face charges. 29-year-old Brian Delaite was heading east one evening last November when he hit the boys. One was knocked into a driveway, the other fell down on a lawn.Chief Deputy Troy Morton with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office says blood alcohol tests show Delaite had not been drinking. Morton says there’s also no evidence Delaite was driving out of control. The boys were badly injured but have since recovered.

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Lost at Sea Part 1

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That was the closest to death I’ve ever been. That was veryscary, very scary.William Feltner Jr. was the captain of the Miss Priss – the thirdfishing vessel to recently sink in Cobscook Bay. We were out dragging for scallops off Denbow Point, and it wasthe last day of the week and it was around noon time, and I looked atthe boys and said, What do you think, call it good?The crew decided to call it a day – and return home. “As I was coming up through the reversing falls I struck anunderwater object, and the boat immediately started taking on water,started flooding the deck. 13.) We get our safety gear out and I hadtime to put a distress call over the radio.”Luckily the crew’s call was heard by Kirby Schenks – who was on anearby boat … he jumped into his skiff and raced to the Miss Priss. “He just by the grace of God got to us and we stepped off the bowof the boat and into the skiff and backed away from the boat as itwent down.”I didn’t think we were gonna make it out of there, and if itwasn’t for Kirby we wouldn’t have. You don’t get more than fiveminutes in this water, and it starts kicking in, there isn’t much youcan do.The three men aboard the Miss Priss that day were the lucky ones … Twoother fishing vessels – with five crew members total – have met asimilar fate in that area … sadly none of the men survived…and oneof the men, Joseph Jones, remains missing. That area has been dragged for many years. That was a very tragicthing that happened to those two draggers. No one will ever know whathappened, there was no one around when they went down. 3.) It’s justspeculation that they were dragging, got caught down, and flipped theboat over.There are a lot of theories. We probably will never know. I’veheard that one of them might have been over-rigged… But again, it’sall speculation at this point.Denny’s Bay and Whiting Bay – two areas the men used to fish in -have been closed for two years for conservation purposes… Feltnerattributes his wreck – and possibly the others – to the treacherousroute the boats now must take to get to waters they can drag in… These people have to make these passages where they aren’t sosafe. Lot of tide, I mean there’s no way to go around it. FallsIsland, you take the foxtails, there’s just too much tide there asthere is going through reversing falls. There’s just no win or lose. That area you’re draining two different bays, Whiting Bay andDenny’s Bay, in six hours, and when it goes the other way you’refilling it up in six hours. There’s a lot of water moving through avery narrow spot. So in that particular area there’s a lot of current.But with no where else to fish – the men have little choice but tomake the dangerous trek. I know how hard it is on the water to make a living. It’s tough.People take a lot more chances when they’re trying to support theirfamilies. …Fishermen are fishermen, they’re gonna go back at it. I’ll go back through there again. It’s just, ya know, it’s justmy job. I got two kids, a wife, and a house, I got to keep them going.

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Ripley Man Trapped Between Tractor and Tree

Catherine Pegram

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A man from Ripley was flown to the hospital after being pinned between his tractor and a tree.Firefighters from Dexter were called to the man’s property off North Road around 11:15 this morning. Emergency responders say the man was doing some yard work at the time of the accident and family members called for help. The man was taken by Lifeflight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. No word on his condition.

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Old Town Animal Orphanage: Meet Moxie

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Tuesday morning Bobbie Fowler introduced us to Moxie, a black and white 3-year-old cat who loves to play.If you’d like to get a hold of the folks up at the Old Town Animal Orphanage, give them a call at: 827-8777

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You Choose, Bangor Savings Bank Donates

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Have you ever wanted to donate someone else’s money?Bangor Savings Bank is giving you that opportunity.Tuesday is the final day of voting online at www.communitymattersmore.comYou can go to that site and vote in eight different regions of the state with six nominated organizations.The top vote getter in each region will receive a $5,000 grant from Bangor Savings Bank.All of the 48 nominated organizations will get at least one thousand dollars.You do have to sign up with your name and e-mail address to vote in the contest.

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State Parks See Rise in Visitors

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Maine’s state parks and historic sites drew nearly 2 and a half million visitors last year.State officials would like to see even more this year.On Monday, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands held “State Parks Day” at the capitol in Augusta.The bureau says Maine’s 48 state parks and historic sites contribute about a hundred million dollars to the economy annually.It’s estimated for every dollar invested in the park system there’s a 25 dollar return.For more information on maine’s recreational opportunities click, or log on to www.parksandlands.com

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Record Lobster Catch, Low Value

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Officials say Maine lobstermen had a record harvest in 2009, but the value of the catch continued to plunge amid the sour global economy.The Department of Marine Resources says lobstermen caught 75.6 million pounds last year. That’s up 8% from 2008.But the value of that catch fell by 23 million dollars.

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State Police on the Lookout For Missing Jonesboro Man

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73-year-old Charles Fagonde was last seen in Columbia Falls last Friday afternoon.He told someone he was thinking about going to the Eagles Club in Brewer, but he hasn’t been seen since.His family says this is out of character for him, and he is in good health.Fagonde was driving a 2005 white Mercury Grand Marquis, license plate 503AAC.

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Greenville Hospital Faces Further Cuts

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C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital and nursing home in Greenville could lose nearly $350,000 in state funding.Folks there are opposing another year of cuts at the state level, which C.E.O. Geno Murray says could significantly impact how they do things.He says the 14 bed hospital is essential for the region, since it serves an older population, and the many people who take part in recreational activities in the Moosehead area.The hospital is also a major employer, with 172 people working there.Murray tells us they’re trying to be proactive and find new ways to be more efficient, but the hospital is already running pretty lean. “We’ve got to figure out how to make this work,” Said Murray. “We have an obligation to this community and this area, to provide them with access to health care. And our employees. Our employees are very dedicated.”Murray says the cuts proposed by the state this year would also affect their nursing home, which would lose $170,000.He tells TV5 that while they do work closely with other hospitals, the nearest one is 35 miles away.

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Underage Liquor Seminar

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Underage drinking continues to be a problem, and that includes how minors get the alcohol.On Monday businesses in the Bangor area that sell alcohol underwent training to enhance their ability to spot underage customers.The session was sponsored by Bangor Region Public Health and Wellness, teaming up with the Bangor Police Department.Folks from more than two dozen stores took part.They learned tips on spotting a fake ID’s, and deciding when a person is too drunk to be sold alcohol. “We know that in Penobscot County, over 60% of high school aged students, grades 9 through 12, say that it’s easy or very easy to obtain alcohol. So this is one way to reduce access to alcohol,” Said Willow McVeigh of Bangor Region Public Health and Wellness.Another training session will take place in two weeks.That one is tailored for bar and restaurant workers.For more information, you can log on to www.whatyoudomatters.org

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