A little more than one point three million dollars in Federal Grant money will be coming into the state to help fund local police departments.Senator Susan Collins made the announcement Friday six towns will be getting money to hire, or rehire officers along with other crime prevention efforts.Scarborough in southern Maine is getting the lions share of the funds with a nearly 411 thousand dollars.Greenville will receive nearly 206 thousand dollars.193 thousand will be distributed to the Town of Lincoln, and Limestone will receive a little more than 181 thousand dollars.Senator Collins said this money will help put more cops on the beat and help towns struggling with tight budgets to protect their residents.
An electrical malfunction is believed to be the cause of a fire in Waterville Friday morning.Two people live in the home on Kelsey Street, only one was home at the time.Authorities say a smoke detector woke her up and she called 911 just after 8:30.They say an outlet was smoking and crews were able to put it out quickly.Officials say there’s not a lot of damage to the house, just to a wall inside.The home was not insured.
A 69-year-old hiker who apparently suffered a stroke while hiking one of the most remote portions of Maine’s Appalachian Trail has reportedly died at Millinocket Regional hospital.At about 2 o-clock Thursday afternoon the Maine Warden Service received a report from other hikers who had met the New Jersey man in a section of the so-called 100-mile wilderness who was suffering from “debilitating medical symptoms.”A team of wardens and rescue crews from Greenville and Millinocket headed to the area near Nahmakanta Lake.
Some Maine car dealers say a proposal by the Augusta City Council to ban outdoor speakers could cost them customers and jeopardize their sales staff’s ability to earn a living.Next week the council is scheduled to consider a final vote on the proposal.
Dozens of documentary films from around the world are the feature attraction as the Camden International Film Festival kicks off for a seventh year.The festival got under way Thursday night and continues through Sunday with screenings, discussions, special events and forums at locations in Camden, Rockland and Lincolnville.Nearly 60 documentary films in all are being shown, most of which are accompanied by question-and-answer sessions with the filmmakers.(The Associated Press)
A human trafficking survivor will be the featured speaker at a conference on the topic in Auburn.Minh Dang will tell her personal story at Friday’s conference, which is titled “Not Here.” The conference will include areas of interest for Maine law enforcement, health care professionals, social service agencies, faith-based organizations and community members.Maine is among the majority of states that outlaw human trafficking, the forced transfer of people for prostitution, factory work and other forms of forced labor.
The third person implicated in a double murder in Rumford in 2009, has been sentenced.Eric Hamel will spend 45 years in prison.Prosectors say Hamel was the triggerman in the killings of Victor Reed Sheldon and Roger Leroy Day Jr.Hamel pleaded guilty to two counts of murder under a deal with prosectors.Hamel’s friend, Richard Moulton was sentenced to 40 years in prison in August.Moulton told investigators that his girlfriend, who was Sheldon’s estranged wife, planned the killings as payback for an alleged assault and because she was afraid Victor would get custody of their kids.gayla sheldon pleaded guilty to conspiracy and criminal solicitation and was sentenced to 15 years in prison…
Police in Harpswell say a teen driver who tried to avoid hitting a deer died when his car left the road and hit trees.It happened Wednesday night on the Harpswell Neck Road.18-year-old Cameron Vanvlack of Harpswell died at the scene.Police say he was alone in the car.