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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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 â€¦ 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 â€¦ Twoother fishing vessels – with five crew members total – have met asimilar fate in that area â€¦ 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-riggedâ€¦ 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 purposesâ€¦ Feltnerattributes his wreck – and possibly the others – to the treacherousroute the boats now must take to get to waters they can drag inâ€¦ 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. â€¦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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Four snowboarders are safe after spending Sunday night in the woods at the Sugarloaf ski area.Officials say a group of three snowboarders, plus another boarder who was on his own, went out of bounds on the back side of the mountain late Sunday afternoon.18-year-old Luke Poisson of Lewiston was found around 9:30 Monday morning.The other three, 18-year-old Cory Koop of Alaska, 19-year-old Machali Belluscio of New Hampshire (both U-Maine Farmington students), and 15-year-old Aaron Nadeau of New Portland, were located a short time later. The search by the Maine Warden Service and the Sugarloaf Ski Patrol was hampered by high winds and more than five feet of new snow that’s fallen since last Wednesday.
A log home maker in Greenville says the economy had slowed down orders the past few years, but things are finally starting to pick up. And even after a fire destroyed part of their mill last week, the folks at Moosehead Cedar Log Homes say they’re still looking forward to a bright spring.Randall Comber and his wife Lucy own Moosehead Cedar Log Homes. He says they started seeing an upswing in orders late last fall.”A lot more activity, a lot more leads and a lot more firm orders. Our order book is way ahead of where it was last year this time,” Comber says.They manufacture custom-designed log homes, produced at their mill in Greenville. They’re sent all over the East Coast, and even overseas.”Our biggest year was about 80 homes, which was 2005. This year we’re budgeting for about 20 homes, because of the way the market is,” he says.They were encouraged by the recent increase in orders. But last week, fire broke out at their main manufacturing facility, where they cut their logs. The Fire Marshal’s office says there was so much damage, they’ll never know what caused it. But, Managing Director Matt St. Laurent says even this won’t slow them down now.”We have a home going to New York that was supposed to leave Thursday. And that’s being loaded and it will leave Thursday. We have homes going out at the end of March,” St. Laurent says.”We’ve had an outpouring of support from suppliers, vendors, competitors. I mean, if you have to have a tragedy, that kind of warms your heart a little bit,” Comber says.They say thanks to dedicated employees, help in town and even other log home companies, their customers won’t know the difference. Once they get the insurance sorted out, they’ll start rebuilding their mill. And they say through it all they’ll keep on building homes, for the customers they enjoy so much.”Everybody so far we’ve sold to has invited us back into their homes. So it’s kind of nice,” Comber says. “It’s gratifying to see the finished product.”Moosehead Cedar Log Homes is online, at mclh.net.
On Monday, Maine human rights commissioners decided to not move forward with implementing a set of guidelines designed to clarify the rights of transgender students’. During a commissioner’s meeting, which was not for public comment there was plenty of input from those opposing the proposed guidance. Several outbursts from opponents displayed their disgust before exiting the meeting. Transgender adults at the meeting told TV5 they think that opponents don’t understand what it really is to be transgender and they feel the guidelines would provide safety to students. Commissioner’s voted 4-1 to hold a public hearing before any decision is made. The hearing is expected to be held in May.
After surviving for 15 days in the woods of Eddington, a 7-month-old pug has been reunited with his family. He not only survived his ordeal without a scratch, but he also helped bring a community together.Until a few weeks ago Heidi Shawley’s pugs had been inseparable. All that changed a few weeks ago. “Bandit and his brother knocked down the fence on the 13th and Bob came back when I called and Bandit kept going. He was looking for a little adventure.”For the next 15 days, adventure is just what Bandit got. He spent that time in the woods while neighbors and friends frantically searched for him. Rhonda Edgecomb joined in on the search. “Eventually we developed what I call the Cruella Deville crawl, which was a technique when we would drive down the street kind of like hunched over looking back and forth for the drive.”While people searched, bandit continued to live up to his name. “We would always be like five minutes behind him,” says Shawley, “we ran through the woods like far down in Eddington where someone had sighted him and we went behind the home and we would be running through the woods and we couldn’t catch him.” When it came to food, Bandit improvised. “He was stealing a lot of cat food from the neighborhood from what I understand and people would leave cat food out for him.”His family admits they got discouraged, but they never gave up hope. “You kind of want to be hopeful, but everything is against you at that point,” says Shawley, “15 days is a long time for a little dog that weighs 16 pounds.”On Sunday, they got word Bandit had been rescued by neighbors. For the entire family, including the other pugs, the news was just what they hoped for. “Oh they were very excited. They wanted to play but he could only play for a couple minutes then he’d have to stop and rest because he was weak.”Bandit goes to the vet for a check up on Tuesday. Shawley says a plan is already in place to keep him from running away again.
Almost a week after the death of a fifteen month old boy in Bangor, an arrest has been made.27-year-old Edgard Anziani was taken into custody this afternoon just outside Baltimore, Maryland on an arrest warrant for the murder of Damien Lynn, said Bangor PD SGT Paul Edwards “They had some indications, some info as to his whereabouts and were tracking him basically through New England and from what I understand, it started in Bangor, may have even gone through New York and ended up in Baltimore.”The arrest was made by FBI agents without incident just outside of Baltimore around one o’clock Monday afternoon.For friends of the family, who have spent the last few days by the side of Damien’s mother, it’s a relief.”Excitement, overjoyed,” said Sasha Stecher. “You know the guy’s finally going to get justice and Damien can rest in peace.”Saturday, the FBI announced a ten thousand dollar reward for information on Anziani, and about 48 hours later, made the arrest in Maryland on the murder charge.According to Bangor police, it could still be a couple of days before Anziani is back in the state and booked on charges here, according to SGT. Edwards.”Next, he’ll be hopefully transported back here to Bangor. There may be an extradition of some sort. We may send a couple of guys down to pick him up and bring him back here. The FBI I’m not really quite sure how they do things. They may bring him, transport him for us, but I’m sure it’s going to be more of an extradition. We’ll go get him, bring him back to Bangor PD, probably question him and book him on the murder charge.”The boy’s mother found out just about 20 minutes after the arrest was made.”She is honestly, as good as she can be,” said Kassandra Pulley. “She’s happy that he’s caught, that finally her son can rest,” said Stecher.
In 1880, residents of what was then Dover and Foxcroft, pledged money to build a grand hall to hold events.The grand total came to five-thousand dollars.Now, folks in Dover-Foxcroft are again being asked to pledge their support.This time to safe the historic structure.Joy Hollowell brings us the story of Central Hall.========”Foxcroft Academy graduations, minstral shows, silent movies, basketball, roller skating, dances, town meetings, all kinds of things went on here,” says Mary Annis, President of the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society.Just about everyone in Dover-Foxcroft has some sort of memory of Central hall. Whether it’s attending an event inside the building, or attending to business when it housed the town offices.Now, a group known as Friends of Central Hall wants to bring the local landmark back to its heyday.”We would love to make it an event center,” says Annis. “There’s no place in Dover-Foxcroft or nearby to have a wedding reception of any size.”The town currently owns it, as well as the price tag of approximately $25,000 a year to keep it running. So, they made an offer to the Historical Society. You come up with the 25 G’s by March 22nd, as well as the means to secure more money for renovations, and the title is yours.”And so our goal is to secure pledges from people in town,” says Brian Woodworth, whose part of the Friends of Central Hall group.They started fund raising in February, and in just a few weeks, have already received more than $19,000 in pledges.”It just shows that people do care about their roots, and they do care about the community and want to bring back some of those wonderful memories,” says Woodworth.++++There is currently one tenant in the building, a food cupboard.The Historical Society says they will be welcome to stay once the building is handed over.On Saturday, March 6th, the Historical Society is holding an open house at Central Hall.It starts at 10am.There will be a slideshow, displays of historic memorabilia, speakers, as well as raffle ticket drawings.The Foxcroft Academy band will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment.For more information, including how to make a pledge, you can contact Mary Annis at 564-0820 or log onto www.dover-foxcroft.orgYou can also find Friends of Central Hall on Facebook.