Governor John Baldacci says the foundation of a healthy democracy is citizen participation.The governor says many examples of citizen participation can be found in the people who volunteer to sit on state oversight and regulatory boards on commissions.Last week, the state senate confirmed dozens of appointments to those agencies.Baldacci also credits members of the legislature for their service while they get paid for part-time work, Baldacci says their work is more than full-time.
A Damariscotta man walked away with a broken arm and other minor injuries after crashing his plane in South Thomaston Sunday afternoon.Police say 75-year-old William Hamilton took off from the Owls Head Airport just after 2 o’clock, but lost power in his 1947 Cessna almost immediately.He was only about 50 feet off the ground, and still over the runway, but couldn’t climb any more.He tried to turn back and to get out of the way of any other aircraft that might have been trying to land or take off, but his wing clipped a tree and he crashed nose first into the ground not far from the runway.He was able to get out of the plane, and just moments later, it burst into flames.
A car crashed into the fence at Stephen King’s house Sunday morning.It happened just after 9 o’clock on West Broadway.According to Sergeant Potter with the Bangor Police Department a female driver says she was heading towards Union Street when a car traveling in the opposite direction swerved into her lane, forcing her to swerve to the left.Her car went over the sidewalk and crashed into the fence of King’s home.The car hit the electronic box that controls the mechanics of the fence.A care-taker of the home has estimated the damage at up to $100,000.No one was injured.
Police have arrested a 25-year-old Bangor man involved in a shots-fired incident in Holden Saturday afternoon.Daniel Day is charged with armed robbery, aggravated reckless conduct with a firearm and criminal mischief.According to Sergeant Eugene Fizell with the Holden Police Department, a call came in just before 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon from a family member of Day stating the 25-year-old had numerous guns and was distraught.The Maine State Police Tactical Team, Maine Warden Service, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and Holden police responded to the call.Several gun shots were fired by Day in the back yard of his grandmother’s home on Mann Hill Road in Holden.When officers approached Day, Fizell says shots were fired in the direction of the officers.Day did surrender a little more than an hour after authorities arrived.He is being held at the Penobscot County Jail on $10,000 bail.Day is expected to be arraigned Monday afternoon at the Penobscot County Judicial Center.No one was injured in the incident.
Maine utility regulators will hold two days of hearings this week on Emera Incorporated’s acquisition of Maine and Maritimes Corporation.Emera is the parent company of Bangor Hydro and Maine and Maritimes is the parent company of Maine Public Service Company.The Public Utilities Commission has scheduled expert witness hearings from Tuesday and Wednesday on the acquisition.Witnesses for the parties will be cross-examined on their previously filed testimony and will respond to questions from the PUC and other parties.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has released a report saying maggots were found on the body of a patient at a Portland nursing home.The state says staff at saint Joseph’s Manor waiting four days to treat the patient.The maggots were around the patient’s groin and numbered in the hundreds, according to one estimate.David Hamlin, administrator of Saint Joseph’s Manor, released a statement saying the incident was an isolated one and that the nursing staff immediately provided care to remedy the situation.The patient was in Hospice care and also had bed sores and maggots on his catheter tube.He has died of unrelated causes.
A man accused of ramming two police cars with his dump truck two years ago has been found guilty of aggravated attempted murder.Authorities say 49-year-old Bartolo Ford of Libson stole concrete cylinders from a business and was confronted by police in September 2008.During the chase, two cruisers that officers were driving were rammed, one of them head-on.Ford was shot in the leg and found hours later walking alongside a road.Auburn police say Ford was found guilty on seven counts.Ford’s lawyer has said that Ford’s experience in the Gulf War and mental illness contributed to his actions.Sentencing is set for the end of September.
Two people are dead after the car they were riding in crashed into trees after being stopped by police.It happened just after 1 o’clock Sunday morning on Route 11 in Casco.The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy sheriff tried to stop the vehicle for going too fast.The car pulled over after about a mile, but then took off at a high rate of speed, traveling out of the officer’s site.The car was found crashed into trees about 2 miles up the road.Two male passengers, a juvenile and an adult, were dead at the scene.The driver was taken to Maine Medical Center by Life Flight.
Maine is known for lobsters, but a recent catch off the coast of Cape Elizabeth is catching the eye of even the most seasoned fishermen.Larry and Crystal Dunne of Saco caught a calico lobster.Scientists say only albino lobsters are more rare than calicos, though they don’t know just how rare they are.For comparison, a yellow lobster is just one in 30-million.Portland Lobster Company along the waterfront is babysitting the lobster for now.We asked if the lobster might end up on somebody’s plate?”I don’t think so??..too rare of a find??…yes too rare of a find, but then again everything does have a price on it…we can work out a deal,” said Benjamin Roscillo, of Portland Lobster Company.Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street is keeping the calico in a tank until further notice.They have posted notes to the kitchen staff all around the tank, making sure the calico doesn’t get cooked.
The freshman class at the University of Maine in Orono moved into their dorms Friday.On Saturday, the students took part in a community day of service.This is the first year UMaine has held a program like this.The freshmen visited various community events, including a recreation day at Job Corps in Bangor.”It’s for the freshmen to not only go out and bond with the people on their floor and with the people who they’re going to be living with all year, it’s also to kind of get a sense of what the community is here,” said Sean Campbell, Project Leader.
Eastern Maine Community College welcomed its newest students on Saturday.200 first-year students moved into their dorms in Bangor.Moving can be a big and tiring task, so the school had lots of folks on hand to help the students and their families get the job done.
Students also moved in to the New England School of Communications this weekend.185 new students were welcomed to the school on Saturday.That brings the total number of enrollment to 530.The school has been continuing to grow for the last three years.This year, the school has new equipment and programs.” Our hopes are that we have a successful year with our students, that they come fully engaged, ready to learn, enthusiastic,” said Thomas Johnston, president of NESCOM.President Johnston says the fact that NESCOM is on the Husson Uniersity campus provides a great community for both students and faculty.
Hair salons across the state of Maine are coming together for a good cause.As part of the “Great Hair Day” fundraiser, salons such as Virtues Hair and Skin on Union Street in Bangor donated one dollar from every haircut to lifeflight of Maine.Lifeflight is a non profit medical helicopter service that transports critically ill and injured patients to hospitals.Virtues stylist Susan Perkins says her salon is committed to helping the community.”It’s what Aveda believes in, it’s giving back to the community, it’s what we do,” she said.Attitudes hair salon in Bangor also took part in the fundraiser.
The Texas Roadhouse restaurant is donate 10 percent of its sales to Hope House of bangor.Hope House is an emergency homeless shelter that serves about 80 people a night.It is the second largest shelter in Maine.Michael Andrick, the director of Hope House says the pairing is an example of the Nangor community.”There’s a real sense of community in Bangor, Maine and John Hafford and Texas Roadhouse are part of that and we’re excited to be here,” he said.
Police are investigating an incident in Holden in which shots were fired.According to Sergeant Eugene Fizell with the Holden Police Department, a 25-year-old male, whose name has not yet been released, was taken into custody late Saturday afternoon on Mann Hill Road.A call came in just before 3 o’clock from a family member of the man, stating the male had numerous guns and was distraught.The Maine State Police Tactical Team, Maine Warden Servce, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department as well as Holden Police responded.We’re told several gun shots were fired by the 25-year-old in the back yard of the home.