The Maine Children’s Alliance presented the 2011 School Readiness Report in Augusta Thursday.The findings showed both significant gains and losses.Several organizations specializing in early childhood issues set up booths along the Hall of Flags for Infant Toddler Awareness Day.State Representative Seth Berry says the first five years of life are the most critical for any child’s future development.”Early childhood is where it’s at, if we don’t get to them prenatally, early in society then we’re missing the boat,” he said.Judy Reidt-Parker with the Maine Children’s Alliance is the lead staff person for the project.The report shows 87 percent of women who are pregnant in Maine have access to prenatal care in the first trimester, that’s better than the national average, which is 76 percent.But the study also showed Maine had a high rate of children growing up in poverty.
Jury selection will pick up again tomorrow in Belfast for a man accused of holding an elementary school classroom hostage on Halloween, two years ago.The process to seat a jury in the trial of 57-year-old Randall Hofland began today.Police say Hofland pulled a gun on an officer during a routine traffic stop in October of 2008That incident triggered a week long manhunt before Hofland went into Stockton Springs Elementary School on Halloween.Authorities say he held a number of students hostage before he surrendered.He’s pleaded not guilty to 41 felony counts.
A business in Ellsworth had to close for a short time Thursday after a fuel spill.The owner of Complete Tire Service, Peter Bedard, says about 200 gallons of fuel was dumped after a fuel tank ruptured.They had to close their business for a few hours and were able to get in touch with all their customers to reschedule.Bedard says they called the fire department as soon as they noticed the spill.”They arrived shortly after and was able to contain it so it didn’t go into the drain or outside.”Bedard says they were able to save about 180 gallons of fuel that can still be used.
Old Town Police arrested a Connecticut man Wednesday night wanted in that state on felony warrants, including kidnapping and robbery.Authorities received word that 28-year-old Rudy John might be at a residence on Main Street in Old Town.Just before 9:30 Wednesday night, officers surrounded the residence and attempted to make contact with the people inside by phone, but all the numbers they had were disconnected.John eventually came out and was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.Authorities in Connecticut are making arrangements to bring him back to face the charges against him there.
It’s being called Bangor’s Biggest Baby Shower.Radio stations WHCF and Solution FM are behind it.As Meghan Hayward tells us, they’re collecting anything a baby would need.Any parent will tell you how expensive it can be to care for a baby.WHCF and Solution FM are trying to ease that stress.That’s why they’re holding Bangor’s Biggest Baby Shower.”We’re just asking that you bring out anything that you would take to a baby shower.
Walking out the door to head to school is something most third graders do every day, but this time, what happens next is something most kids never get to do.Taylor William hopped into the front seat of an Old Town fire truck.” Something she’ll remember for a long time I think,” said Adam Martell, a firefighter with the Old Town Fire Department.The third grader entered a coloring contest and won for her age group and the fancy ride to school was her big reward.”She drew an excellent home fire escape plan and labeled it just as appropriate as could,” said Martell.Lt.
An Augusta man has been sentenced to three and-a-half years in prison on robbery and other charges.Twenty-two-year-old Lance Szady pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court to robbery, unlawful trafficking in oxycodone, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, forgery, 13 counts of burglary, 11 counts of theft and 24 counts of criminal mischief.All of of the charges are related to incidents that took place in May and June last year.Prosecutors say Szady went into a CVS Pharmacy in Augusta and gave the pharmacist a note saying he had a gun and told her to put all the oxycontin in a bag.They say the break-ins involved self-storage units.Szady was also fined $800 and asked to pay restitution of up to $7,500.
State and local police are investigating the death of a man, whose body was found in Waldoboro yesterday.An autopsy is scheduled for today in Augusta.The body was found on the Goshen Road.State police spokesman Steve McCausland tells TV 5 that Waldoboro police asked state police to assist in the investigation.
We told you last week about the Searsport High School senior who took a school assignment to the next level.Zach Parker was given the assignment to find a political or social issue and act on it, so he drafted up a bill that would prevent protests at military funerals, something the Topeka, Kansas based Westboro Church is notorious for.While the Westboro Church group did no show up for the presentation, about 200 former military members from both the VFW and American Legion were in attendance to show their support.Many believe parker is full of potential and that leaves people wondering what he has planned for the future.Zach says he hasn’t made an decisions as to his long term future plans, but he is headed to Boston to make his second guest appearance on Fox and Friends Thursday morning at 8:50.
The results are in on a transportation study of the Bangor I-95 corridor, and they’ll be revealed at a meeting Thursday night in Bangor.The Maine Transportation Department, Federal Highway Administration and the Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System teamed up on the study.It lists deficiencies that were found and recommends how to fix them.The findings will be presented Thursday at 7:00 p.m.