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Fire Fighter Charged with Arson in Western Maine

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Another volunteer fire fighter in Maine has been charged with arson.28-year-old Jeffrey A. Tyler of Bethel faces two counts of arson for fires that destroyed two vacant houses in western Maine.Investigators say Tyler volunteered for the Greenwood department.He’s accused of setting fire to the back of a building in Locke Mills early Tuesday morning. The fire then spread to an adjacent house.

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Shootings Mystify Old Orchard Residents

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Folks in Old Orchard Beach are trying to make sense of the death of a couple well known in the community.State Police say 55-year-old Bruce Savoy left three suicide notes in the house, and that it is likely he shot his wife 50-year-old Stacey Savoy and then himself. Detectives say the suicide notes indicated that Bruce Savoy was upset about the pending break-up of his marriage.Neighbors are shocked, saying the Savoys were well known for being active with the state’s Search and Rescue dog team.Bruce savoy was the assistant code enforcement officer for the town of Wells. He was also a part-time police officer there.Before that he served as an animal control officer in Old Orchard Beach.Stacey Savoy was a vice president at Unum, she grew up in Old Orchard Beach.

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Penn National Goes After Vegas Resort

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Penn National Gaming inc. has offered $50,000,000 for the unfinished Fontainebleau Las Vegas casino-resort on the Las Vegas strip.Penn said that it agreed to buy the project from debtors, and that its offer will serve as the opening bid at a bankruptcy auction.The resort was initially forecast to cost $3,000,000,000 to build and was about 70 percent complete when developers filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June.

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Ground Beef Recall Reminder

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Maine officials are reminding consumers to check their freezers for recalled ground beef after four people were hospitalized for E. Coli poisoning.In October, Fairbank Farms recalled almost 546,000 lbs. of fresh ground beef that had been distributed in September to stores from North Carolina to Maine. The ground beef was sold at Shaw’s and BJ’s stores in Maine.Federal officials have said 28 people may have become ill, and two may have died, from the possible E. coli outbreak.Four people in Maine were found to have a matching strain of E. coli. They were all hospitalized.Officials confirmed that two of those people had purchased the recalled ground beef.

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Hylton Expected to Change Plea

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One of two men charged in a home invasion and machete attack in Pittston was in court Tuesday.19-year-old Leo Hylton was expected to change his plea to not guilty, but the judge postponed considering the request.Hylton is charged in the attack on former lawmaker William Guerrette and his daughter last year.In May, Hylton pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder and one count each of robbery and burglary.Two months ago, Hylton requested a new lawyer, which the court approved.Today, his new attorney argued that when Hylton entered the guilty plea, he did not “truly understand the charges or his rights.”Guerrette says the delay is frustrating.The defense presented evidence involving conversations between Hylton and his former attorney but, concerned with confidentiality issues, justice Nancy Mills postponed the proceedings.

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New Trial Set for Collyer

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A man found guilty of child molestation has had his conviction overturned, and will stand trial again.Tuesday, 36-year-old Denny Collyer was in Kennebec County Superior Court before Justice Nancy Mills for a bail hearing. A jury convicted Collyer in 2006 of two counts of unlawful sexual contact of a minor.He served 31 months in jail, and was released in January.Collyer hired a new lawyer, who filed for a review of his conviction, claiming his trial lawyer failed to appropriately represent him.Justice Mills agreed with the defense.The alleged victim’s family was in court to hear the verdict. They say it’s a slap in the face to have to go through the process again. The charges against Collyer have been reinstated, and a new trial date is expected sometime in January.

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Free the Z

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If you drive past the Hannaford Bros. parking lot in Brewer, you may wonder why there’s an RV parked there.It’s home to radio personalities from Z107.3 for the next few days.The Kidd kicked off this year’s annual “Free the Z” turkey drive bright and early Tuesday morning.This is the 9th year the radio station has collected birds for Manna Ministries.This year, they hope to collect 2009 turkeys for folks in need.If you want to donate, you can drop off a turkey, cash or a check donation.Students from UTC showed up Tuesday morning, to cook a gourmet breakfast for Kid and Sabrina, as well as TV5’s own Todd Simcox.They also donated $1,000 to the turkey drive that they raised from bake sales at the school.Just a reminder, the TV5 turkey telethon takes place Friday, Nov. 20th, during our 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.

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Local Agency Collecting Coats

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The Eastern Area Agency on Aging is collecting coats to keep folks warm outside, and inside their homes this winter.For every coat that is collected L.L. Bean will make a $5.00 donation to the Keep Me Warm fund.That fund helps out people who can’t afford to heat their homes.All five area agencies on aging are participating in the effort, along with other local and state organizations.When the coats are all collected, they will be brought down to the L.L. Bean store in Freeport and counted in order to determine the donation the store will be making.They will then be cleaned and given back to the area agencies on aging, where they will be given out to folks who can use them.The coat drive runs through Friday. You can drop gently worn adult coats off at the Eastern Area Agency on Aging at 450 Essex street in Bangor.

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Drugs Stolen from Stonington Pharmacy

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Fifteen thousand dollars worth of prescription drugs were stolen from a pharmacy in Stonington over the week-end.Now authorities are trying to find who’s responsible.Detective Alan Brown of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department says an alarm went off at V&S Variety around 3:00 AM Sunday.Still the thieves got away with thousands of dollars worth of drugs.Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department at 667-7576.

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Kids Create Abstract Art in Bangor

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Students at the Fairmount School in Bangor got to put their creativity to the test Tuesday.They got a visit from artist Blake Hendrickson, who has a unique way of creating wood sculptures.”So try to keep it low, keep working it around.”Hendrickson says he’s been creating artwork since he was in middle school, but just started showing his pieces to the public 5 years ago.He glues pieces of wood together to create amazing abstract art.Now he spends time, inspiring young artists,like those here at the Fairmount School in Bangor, challenging 4th and 5th grade students to create their own masterpieces.”I really like it, it’s really cool.”After all the kids can really exercise their creativity, they start out with…”well a whole bunch of random stuff”, and just see what they can come up with.”Sometimes when it’s in its final stage it starts to look a bit like something, like this may be a wilderness park or something.””It’s just really cool because you can think of it, so many different ways.””It doesn’t really matter what you do. There’s no real topic, you can just do anything you want.”Hendrickson says that’s the beauty of abstract art, it all starts in their imagination, and can end up helping the kids become critical thinkers.”It’s important for kids to exercise their imagination because in their lives they’re gonna need their imagination to to solve a lot of problems.”

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Has Government Gone Too Far? A Closer Look at Real ID

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In 2007, Maine was the first state in the nation to reject the federal real id act. The legislature voted in favor of a resolution to refuse the law, which was passed in 2005 by congress. Today, Maine is complying with the federal law, but at what expense to mainers? Tonight, we continue our report on: Maine, the way life should be – but has government gone too far?TV5’s Central Maine bureau chief Adrienne Bennett joins us now with more on that.Real i-d is a matter of national security – that’s the federal government’s view.But, can government successfully protect everyone? “It is impossible for the government to ensure that everyone is who they say they are.” As executive director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, Shenna Bellows believes equal protection and privacy, are fundamentals which ensure freedom for everyone.Bellows says the feds stepped over a line to set an example, unfairly targeting Mainers when state officials said they would not comply with real id.Shenna Bellows: “Unfortunately, I think that the real id debate has been characterized by a lot of politics. Maine was the first state to opt out because of the privacy and cost concerns and then the federal government under the Bush administration punished Maine by saying if you don’t implement these real id requirements, you won’t be able to get on planes. Why Hawaii wasn’t subject to the same requirements than the state of Maine is really beyond me. It’s something that I don’t understand.” Responding to the single most devastating act of terrorism on U.S. soil, the September 11 attacks prompted Congress to pass measures that many argue aren’t working. Real id was created with the intention to protect Americans.However, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap encouraged state legislators to pass the law which allowed Maine to refuse to take part.Adrienne Bennett: “Can government, in your opinion successfully protect everyone? Matt Dunlap: “No, absolutely not. I think we’re fools to say that we can.” Matt Dunlap: “You can’t take non-secure documents like birth certificates, which are public record. If you know the person’s name, you can go down to vital records and get a certified copy of their birth certificates. Social security numbers aren’t terribly secure. When you take all these non-secure elements and you put them together, you’re not necessarily building a secure document. “Adrienne Bennett: “So identity doesn’t equal security?” Matt Dunlap: “No, not at all. In fact, one of the arguments has been to the contrary. When you put all this information in one place, you make it easier for identity thieves and terrorists.”Today, Maine along with every other state, is dealing with shifting deadlines and undefined requirements to be in full compliance with real id, a law that’s been in play for four years. There’s new legislation on the table in Washington to convert real id to pass id before the years end. Matt Dunlap: “It’s not real clear how much different this is going to be from real id. With all these changes swirling around, it’s very difficult for anybody to keep on top of what the latest developments are.”Pass id is short for – providing for additional security in states’ identification”.Over the summer department of homeland security secretary janet Napolitano met with U.S. governors calling on congress to act quickly to pass the legislation, citing the bill’s privacy protection provisions, reduced costs and greater flexibility for states, all of which they say would enable standards to be implemented a year ahead of current real id deadline of 2017.

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Benefit Supper for Families of Downeast Lost Fishermen

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A benefit supper is being held Thursday night in Ellsworth for the families of three fishermen lost in Cobscook Bay.The three men were aboard a 32-foot dragger.The body of Darryl Cline of Machiasport was recovered.But Norman Johnson of Cutler and Joseph Jones of Trescott remain missing.The benefit supper will be at the Ellsworth Veterans of Foreign War Hall on outer Main Street from 5 to 7 Thursday night.There will also be a silent auction and raffle.

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Downtown Bangor Art Walk

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If you’re looking for something to do Friday night, how about an art walk?That’s what you’ll find in downtown Bangor.Meghan Hayward has the story.Downtown Bangor is bringing the arts alive with an artwalk. Featuring photographers, painters, potters, sculptors and much more.”To meet with the artists and connect with them on a local level. To increase interest in Downtown Bangor and also the artistic community of Downtown Bangor.”There will be more than fifteen locations to visit, featuring different artists.The event is free and open to the public.”I think it gives people a great opportunity to connect and see that stuff is happening in downtown. That downtown might be in a bit of a hiatus period right now, but it is growing. Any event that we can have is a great expansion. It shows that culture is happening here in Bangor, here in Maine.”One artist is hoping to bring new interest to the area.”Installation work tends to be three dimensional. So you get involved in the art and can touch some of the stuff. There’s performances in it, music and film.”Some local eateries have also joined the event.There will be an after party at The Fiddlehead Restaurant, where folks can mingle with the artistic community.”There are so many fabulously talented people all around us that we might as well take advantage of it.”And Giacomos will have a live band from midnight until 2 am.Owner Brett Settle is happy to take part in the artwalk.”I think it’s huge. It opens it up to people who might not come down on their own for any other reason. The time of year is perfect.”Organizers say they’ve had over 500 people attend previous events and they hope to top that this time around.”So it’s a big night for downtown Bangor or that’s our intention anyway.”Downloadable versions of the event map as well as more information can be found at www.downtownartscollaborative.org.

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Fox Islands Wind Project Running, Could Be Only The Beginning

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Wind Power Charges Parts of Maine

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The towns of North Haven and Vinalhaven are recieving elecrtic power from three windmills in what is now billed at the largest community-owned wind farm on the East Coast.Gov. John Baldacci dedicated this project on Tuesday along with other officials while a large crowd of island residents witnessed.The Fox Islands Wind Project is expected to stabilize power supplies and lower energy costs for residents of the two islands, which are about 12 miles off the coast and have a combined year-round population of around 1,600.The project was approved in July 2008 almost unanimously. Several other island and coastal communities are now looking at community wind power as a viable alternative to traditional energy sources.

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Register a Family for the Piscataquis Santa Project

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The deadline to register a family for the Piscataquis Santa project is coming up.The project helps Santa get toys and necessities to kids in the greater Piscataquis county area, including coats, boots and mittens.To register a family, you can go online to www.piscataquisresources.org. Click on the Santa icon.Or, you can call 564-7116.The deadline to register is Friday.If you’d like to donate gifts to the program you can also visit that web site for more information, or look for drop-off locations around town.

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Local Farming, Part II

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There are about eight thousand farms in Maine. That number’s not only holding strong, it’s growing. And it’s also changing in other ways. Last night, we met the family at Thomas Farms of Garland. They’re holding their own in a tough economy– and there’s many like them across the state.But they’re also being joined by a new generation of farmers.”Each person has their thing they do. Mary and Kevin and Peter do the cattle thing. Terry tends the crops, and I just float around,” says Jim Thomas.Thomas Farms of Garland works like one of its well-oiled machines.Most of the people here say, given the choice, there’s not anything else they’d rather do.”I can do something different every day, if I want to. There’s always something different to do. My brother, we always joke, is the plumber, the electrician and the mortician,” says Mary Wilson. She’s Jim’s daughter and the president of Thomas Farms of Garland, Inc.The number of dairy farms in Maine has been holding fairly steady at more than three hundred. That’s despite continued obstacles, including the price of milk.”Those family farms that are struggling with the low price of dairy products and the milk price– I think we’re going through an aggressive change. And the landscape will look different certainly in the future. We’re going to lose some folk, but we’re also gaining some people,” says Seth Bradstreet, Maine’s agriculture commissioner.He calls family farms an industry in transition. “I think we’re converging from an older generation to a newer generation. We’ve got a lot of young folk coming in, young farmers, family farmers.”Bradstreet says, outside the dairy industry, the average age of farmers in Maine is getting younger, and the total number of farms in the state continues to grow. He believes a movement toward healthy, locally produced foods is helping bring new people into the mix, including lots of folks with 10 to 20 acre parcels, where not everyone in the family works on the farm.”Once they understand the needs of the local community and their surrounding area, we’ve see a lot of growth in the production in those types of farms,” he says.Maine farmers are also marketing and selling their products in new ways.”We’ve got a lot of online buying clubs that are in their infancy here. We’re very aggressive in the future of how that should handle. And CSAs are alive and well,” Bradstreet says.While new farmers are entering the field, it’s not for everyone. And on established farms, hard decisions are being made.”Does a next generation want to pick up the work ethic of seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 52 weeks a year? That’s a real tough lifestyle. And if you haven’t lived it, it’s tough to imagine. It’s got to be in your blood, and in your mind for you to be successful,” he says.On the Thomas Farm, Mary says the challenges are worth it for her family.”I think about retirement once in a while, when you might have a little more time off. But I can’t imagine not farming,” she says.”We are a fragile agriculture economy here in Maine. All the entities in the industry need to continue to support everybody else,” Bradstreet says. “It’s like a family. You talk about the family farm, and that’s essentially agriculture in the state of Maine.”

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Medway Fire Ruled Arson

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A fire in Medway is being ruled as arson, according to officials with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.Crews from several towns responded to the Medway Road around 8 p.m. Sunday.Flames gutted the back of an abandoned house. Nearby, a separate fire burned another abandoned house.No one was injured.

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Winterport Fire

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The fire marshal’s office will try to determine what started a house fire in Winterport this morning.The call came to the Souder Station Lane shortly after 8 am this morning.Several fire departments responded and Winterport Fire Chief Thomas Doe says when his crew arrived the fire was fully involved.Doe says the house had an addition on the backside, which is where the fire started.No one was at home.Doe says there were difficulties battling the fire.” It’s a well insulated house and with cellulose. All that cellulose we have to dig through it’s difficult to get it completely put out.”A dog and cat were inside and could not be rescued.But a potbelly pig and another dog were outside at the time of the fire and are fine.The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross tells TV-5 they will be helping the family with food, shelter and clothing.If you would like to help with the disaster relief fund you can call their office at 941-2903.

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Presque Isle Firefighter Arrested for Arson

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Investigators are calling a commercial warehouse fire in Presque Isle arson.23-year-old Timothy MacFarline of Easton is now charged with setting the blaze.It broke out Friday night at the Northeast Packaging Company storage facility on Rice Street.Fire crews from Aroostook County had to contend with huge flames as well as hazardous chemicals being stored inside the metal facility. About 50 firefighters worked the fire into Saturday morning, before it was finally put out.MacFarline served as a paid call firefighter with the Presque Isle Fire Department since September 2007 and at the time of the fire he was employed by the Northeast Packaging company.This is the second Northeast Packaging warehouse to burn down in the span of a few months. Another facility in Caribou caught fire in August. Investigators are calling that fire suspicious, but an exact cause has not been determined.MacFarline was taken to the Presque Isle Police Department for booking and was later transported to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton. He is currently out on bail and is set to appear in caribou superior court January 21st.

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