REO Owners Bring Classic Cars to Bangor

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More than a dozen vintage cars were on display in Bangor Wednesday.Their owners came from as far away as California to take part in a unique event.Amy Erickson has more.<"this is a 1929 REO Flying Cloud."Jim Robbins of Searsmont says they just don't build them like this anymore.He's the proud owner of this REO..."they stopped building these in the mid 1930s and it's just a real fun car to drive. Spoke wheels, a regular 3-speed transmission.""my wife and I cruise around in it a lot, take the grandkids out for ice cream. That's a really fun thing to do."Robbins and other members of the REO Club of America met at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor on Wednesday.They're spending the week in Rockland for their annual convention.Museum Founder Galen Cole was happy to welcome the group, since he's an REO fan himself."they're one of a kind all the way. We have a few in our museum. Some of these have come from as far away as California to be here for this event.""some of the vehicles date back to 1904. That little 2-cylinder one tooling around here? That makes it 105 years old."The car's name has an interesting history.It was built by the man who started Oldsmobile...Ransom Eli Olds..."he got in a fight with the other owners and he left the company. He wanted to use the name and they wouldn't let him so he said 'you don't have a patent on my initials' and that's how he came up with REO."Stephen Bono's spent years restoring his REO to its original glory..."this was all in pieces when I got it. We put it all together. It was all in pieces."And how's this for storage space?The trunk is...well, an actual trunk!"that would be an early trunk."Bono says it's just one of the features that make these cars so appealing."they were just a good, well-built car."Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Bangor.>

New Walmart Store Opens its Doors

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The new Walmart superstore in Bangor is now officially open.A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at seven o’clock Wednesday morning.The new Stillwater Avenue store features a full assortment of grocery items along with much wider aisles.On Tuesday the company hosted an open house at the new location, where they handed out more than thirty-thousand dollars in donations to various non-profits and other organizations in the community.One of the recipients was the Good Shepherd food bank, which will host a food drive at the new store on Saturday, July 18th at 10am.

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Plane Crash in Western Maine

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Officials from the federal aviation administration will be in Chesterville Wednesday, investigating a plane crash that took place Tuesday afternoon.One person was hurt when a float plane overshot it’s landing on Egypt Pond and crashed into the woods.62-year-old Parker H. Tyler from Skowhegan was flying the float plane when it overshot its landing on Egypt Pond and crashed into the woods.Tyler was the only person on board the single-engine plane: he received only minor injuries.The county emergency management director, a couple fire departments, and an ambulance service responded to the crash along with members of the sheriff’s office.

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Body of Guilford Man Discovered By Kids

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Investigators are trying to determine how a man, whose body was found floating in a stream in Dexter, died.Three children riding bikes along the North Dexter road Monday made the grisly discovery.Authorities say it’s not clear how 23-year-old Timothy Sherwood of Guilford died or whether foul play is involved.Dexter Police Chief James Emerson says the area where the body was found is well traveled, which leads him to believe it hadn’t been there long.”It just didn’t look like the body should have been there. No good reason for it to be where it was.”Emerson says a backpack, shirt and hat were discovered near the body, which they believe belonged to Sherwood.An autopsy has been performed, but the cause of death may not be known for up to six months.

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Topless Coffee Shop Will Rebuild

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Donald Crabtree will be allowed to rebuild the Grandview topless coffee shop in Vassalboro.Crabtree went before the planning board Tuesday night.The last time he went before the board was June 2nd. That night, his business burned to the ground.Investigators determined it was arson…no arrests have been made.Last night, Vassalboro planning board members agreed to a larger building that will hold 80 people. And they’ll allow the hours to change from 6 pm to 1 am for a closing time.But, the board also placed two stipulations for Donald Crabtree.The exterior of the building must be complete before he occupies the building.And once he does move in, Crabtree has one year to remove the debris from the fire of the original coffee shop.Some on the planning board wanted the burnt debris removed before the coffee shop opened, but Crabtree said it would cost $16,000 to remove the 650 yards of material, and that would set his business up to fail.Crabtree did ask about music and waitresses dancing in the establishment.The planning board told him those would be substantial changes, and would therefore fall under the town’s new adult business ordinance.

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Unexpected Delivery at Blue Hill Farm

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A husband and wife who own an organic beef farm in Blue Hill got an unexpected and rare delivery this summer – twin calves. But the surprises didn’t stop there.John and Betty Tyler are the proud owners of Blue Hill Blondes, raising a rare type of beef cattle.”Blonde D’Aquitane. It’s a French breed that has been in this country since 1972. Most of the animals are up in Canada,” says John Tyler.”It’s just fun to watch them,” Betty says.This summer their rare breed started really beating the odds. “The twins were a surprise,” John says. It started when one of their pregnant females didn’t give birth when she should have. “She was late delivering and she was huge. We thought she was having an awful big critter and it turned out she was having two little critters.”Her sister was also pregnant…and when she gave birth, they couldn’t believe what they saw.”She was having a second one,” Betty says. Two sets of twin girls, all thanks to their 1900-pound bull, Stan.”He fathered two sets of twins this year,” she says, and laughs.The odds of even one set of twins are slim – they’re told between one and seven percent.”They dynamics are different when it’s twins, as opposed to one,” Betty says. “Twins pair up and play with each other – if it’s just one they stay with mom all the time.”It’s nothing new to the Tylers. Twins run in the family.”Our youngest children are twins – twin girls I might add,” John says.But, they say surprises are one of the best parts of having a farm.”Watching the evolution of what happens on a farm – it’s sort of interesting to see the variety of things that await you when you get up in the morning,” he says.

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Some Kids in Bar Harbor Got A Whale Of A Lesson

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Some kids in Bar Harbor did a little reconstruction work today, piecing together the skeleton of a whale. They were surprised at how easy it was. “It was pretty easy. Once you got the whole thing up you knew that you could do it.”Eight-year-old Zachary Corson is talking about the the Bones, Baleen and Whale Ecology demonstration at the Dorr Museum in Bar Harbor.Children ages eight and up can assemble the skeleton of a 24-foot Minke whale. “I think this really enforces things they learn during the school year through repetition and re-emerging in a school-like atmosphere. And also being out here and being in a place that is not too structured.”Museum Educator Addams Samuel says it also encourages the children to think on their own. “I think it encourages students to do more things hands-on not just within the museum but also out in the wild.”Zachary says he enjoyed putting the whale skelton together.But what was his favorite part? “Well, I think it was the skull they did a good job with it.”Nine-year-old Catherine Ding says she’s never done anything like this before. “The bones, I’ve never seen that before.”Even though it was her first time Catherine says it was pretty easy. “Because we had a picture that we could look at.”And what does Samuel hope the children get out of the demonstration? “A better understanding of how to ask questions about what you do know and do not know and how to fill in those holes.”One thing’s for sure, the students were satisfied with their work. “I think it looks like a masterpiece.”

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First Steps in Clam Ordinance

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About thirty clam harvesters gathered at the Hancock Town Office today.All with a common goal in mind, to create an ordinance among surrounding towns that would make it more difficult for people from other areas to dig their clams.The local clammers feel they’re being put out of business by out-of-towners.They say the increased number of clammers is also destroying the clam flats.At today’s meeting, clammers from Hancock, Sullivan, Sorrento, Franklin, Lamoine and Trenton dug in, to put a plan in motion.< "When the red tide's gone basically all our clams will be gone. So we want to manage what we have and better protect it.""We're still about a year away but their next step is to go to each of their town selectman and talk with them to help build these ordinances.""It's very important for this community and that goes from the local stores to everyone. If we're not making money they are not making money either."At today's meeting they selected a few people from each town to go before their Selectmen to take the plan to the next step.

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Lincoln Woman Dies From Injuries

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A woman from Lincoln has died as a result of her injuries from an accident in Milford on Saturday.Sgt. Will Sheehan with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department says Penny Darr was riding on the back of a motorcycle, operated by her husband, Tom Darr, also of Lincoln. The Darrs were on Route 2 near the Greenbush town line.Sheehan says the motorcycle rear-ended an S-U-V, driven by Linda Cary of Milford. Sheehan says Cary was making a lefthand turn.As part of the investigation, Sheehan says Cary failed a breathalyzer test and was charged with OUI.

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No Arrests in Raid on Veazie House

Catherine Pegram

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Police have not arrested anyone yet after raiding a home in Veazie where drug dealing may have been going on.Police say they found pot and prescription drugs last night in a house on State Street. They tell us four people live there. A report of an attempted armed robbery at the house last Friday prompted police to look into possible drug crimes being committed there, too. Veazie police worked with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Special Response Team and the Old Town and Orono police on the case. Sargeant Paul Haslam says he’s still investigating both the attempted robbery and possible drug dealing.

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Robberies On the Rise In Bangor

Rob Poindexter

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Bangor police are still searching for a man who robbed the Big Apple Store on State Street monday night. Police responded to the call around midnight late Monday night. Several officers arrived along with a K-9 unit. The area was searched but the suspect was not found. No weapons were used and the robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.Police are reviewing surveillance video from the store. Last nights robbery at the Big Apple is the 6th robbery reported in the past 2 weeks.That makes 17 reported already in 2009. There were 19 robberies reported in all of 2008.The Bangor Police department says there are a number of factors that have contributed to the spike in robberies. The rough economy is on the top of that list according to Sgt. Paul Evans. “Obviously since the economy kind of tanked last year we’ve seen an increase in these robbery calls, crimes against people, places, burglaries to homes, burglaries to motor vehicles have been way up this year,” says Evans, “so yeah we can blame the economic factors and probably other things also.”The suapect in last nights robbery at the Big Apple is described as, male, 5’9″ to 5’10”, medium build, wearing baggy clothing, a white hooded sweatshirt, and a white bandana on his face. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Divisions at 947-7382.The Bangor Police would also like to pass on the following safety tips to help people avoid being the victims of a robbery.Avoid Walking Alone On The Street At Night· Use well-lit roads. · Walk near the curb – away from shrubbery where someone could be hiding. · Walk against traffic, so that cars cannot surprise you from behind. · Keep an arms length away from strangers. · If you think someone suspicious is approaching you or following you, cross to the other side of the street and head for the nearest public place. Don’t Make It Obvious That You’re In Unfamiliar Territory· Giving the appearance of not paying attention and not being alert is what suspects look for in a victim. · Stay sober enough to be able to take care of yourself. Criminals see drunken persons as easy prey. · Walk briskly and with confidence. At Night, Avoid Public Parks, Vacant Lots, Alleys and Areas With Excessive Trees and Bushes· Know which stores and other public places are open along your route. · Don’t hesitate to run back to where you came from to get help. · Look for anyone “hanging” around your car or your path to your car. · Have your keys in your hand and be ready to open the car door. What Should I Do If I am a Robbery Victim? · DO NOT PANIC — get a grip on yourself and stay calm. Take some deep breaths.· DO NOT RESIST — the robber wants your valuables, not you. “Things” can always be replaced … you can not.· OBEY THE ROBBER’S INSTRUCTIONS — listen closely to what the robber says and do not argue. Try to remember the exact words spoken by the robber as it may help with the police investigation.· BE ALERT — notice what is happening.· LOOK FOR DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS — look for things that can not be changed such as scars, marks, tattoos, limps, accents, etc.· WEAPONS — take careful note of any weapons. You will have to describe it later to the police. If the robber indicates that there is a weapon in his pocket, assume it is a gun. If the robber has a gun, assume it is loaded.· DESCRIPTION OF ROBBER — compare the robber to your own height and weight to estimate the size of your attacker.· COOPERATE WITH THE POLICE — if you are robbed, or see someone else being robbed, report it to the police immediately.

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Vandals Destroy Dairy Farmer’s Crops in China

Catherine Pegram

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A dairy farmer in China says vandals destroyed about 10-thousand dollars in crops after holding a party on his fields.Spencer Aitel owns Two Loon Farms and grows hay and alfalfa to feed his cows. He says Saturday a group of people parked on one of his remote fields, started a bonfire and started drinking.They left behind a lot of trash, but Aitel says tire ruts from all of the cars that pulled in did the most damage. At least two acres of fields are flattened. The vandals also abandoned a truck that state police have now impounded.Aitel says “We’re not really out to nail anybody to the wall. We just want to make sure the access that we do allow our neighbors is wisely used. All we’re looking for is a little cooperation and this sure wasn’t a good example of that.”In a normal summer, Aitel would have already harvested most of the crop that was destroyed. But that work’s been delayed because of the rain. He says he’ll try to recover what he can of the crop.If you have any information in the case, you can contact Maine State Police at 1-800-452-4664.

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Driver Falls Asleep and Crashes in Milford

Catherine Pegram

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State Police say a man involved in a car crash in Milford fell asleep at the wheel. 60-year-old Stan Neptune was on Route 2, near Grove Street, around noon today. He was heading toward Passadumkeag, where he lives. Police say Neptune’s pick up ran off the road and into a tree. He was the only one inside.Police say Neptune was taken to a hospital in Bangor where he’s recovering from minor injuries. He told police he was tired and fell asleep, just before the wreck.

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Fatal Accident in Augusta

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Police in Augusta are investigating a deadly crash this noon. The accident happened around 7:30 Tuesday morning on Route 3 near Weeks Mills Road.A man was killed when the car he was driving crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head-on.The driver of the second car was seriously injured, and was taken by LifeFlight to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.Police have not released the names of the accident victims.Part of Route 3 was shut down for awhile this morning as police investigated.

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Home Raid Leads to Drug Bust

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Officials raided a home in Veazie Tuesday night, after suspicions that drug dealing was going on inside.Police say they found marijuana and prescription drugs in the house on State Street.No word yet how much.Police say four people live in the residence.Mark Leonard is chief of police in Veazie. He tells TV5 that an incident at the home last week is what brought the potential drug problem to the attention of police. “We had initially taken a report Friday evening of an attempted armed robbery that had occurred here,” Said Chief Leonard. “Through our investigation we learned that there was potentially drug trafficking occuring from this residence which lead us to execute a search warrant today.”The search was handled by the Veazie police department along with the Penobscot County sheriff’s special response team with assistance from the Old Town and Orono police.The incident is still under investigation.

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Coffee Shop Meeting

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The owner of what used to be a topless coffee shop in Vassalboro before it burned down, plans to go before a planning board Tuesday night with plans for a new building.Donald Crabtree owns the Grand View topless coffee shop.It was destroyed in an arson fire last month.Crabtree plans to go before the Vassalboro planning board to apply to build a new structure.Last time Crabtree appeared before the board was June 2nd, when he asked about extending the shop’s hours and offering music for waitresses to dance to.Later that night, the shop burned down.

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Restaurant Owner Dies Following Crash

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A western Maine restaurant owner has died.Peter Benoit owned Peter’s Seafood & Steak” in Jay.He was pronounced dead at his home Sunday night following a car crash on Route 133.His wife, Barbara was reportedly driving at the time.She told police she managed to drive the vehicle back to the couple’s home.There has been no word yet on what caused the accident.

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Milo Arsonist Pleads Guilty

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The man accused of setting a fire in downtown Milo last September that destroyed several businesses, took responsibilty for the crime in a Dover-Foxcroft courtroom Monday.32 year old Christopher Miliano plead guilty to arson, burglary and theft.He broke into the Hobnobber’s Pub on Main street, then set a fire to cover up the burglary.The fire spread to other buildings, destroying six businesses in all.District Attorney Chris Almy says the judge sentenced him to spend eight years behind bars, followed by four years of probation. “After he’s placed on probation, he’s gonna have to pay restitution and involve himself in alcohol counseling and abstain from using alcohol or drugs.”Miliano also plead guilty to an aggravated assault last November.

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Former Milo Police Chief Pleads Guilty

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The former police chief of Milo, plead guilty to charges in court Monday.Michael Poulin was arrested last March, accused of assaulting his wife at a restaurant. Two members of the Milo Police department witnessed the incident.Monday in Piscataquis County Superior Court in Dover-Foxcroft, Poulin pleaded guilty to charges of stalking and improper influence.District Attorney Chris Almy says these convictions include more than just one occasion. “He plead guilty today to improper influence and stalking in connection with some incidents that involved his wife and these incidents took place over a period of time between October and March of 2009.”Poulin was sentenced to 10 days in jail, and ordered to pay a $1000 fine.He resigned as Police Chief in April.

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Clammers Want to Keep Non Locals Off Their Flats

Wayne Harvey

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In most communities along the Maine coast, those working in the ocean or along the shore stick to their own area to fish or to dig.But that’s not the case in one section of the Maine coast right now.People from all over the state are showing up to work those clam flats.The local clammers are planning to do something about it.Bucksport’s Steve Kane makes his way to the scales with 5 gallon buckets full of clams after digging on the flats in the Trenton area. Right now, it’s one of the few areas along the Maine coast that doesn’t have laws limiting the harvest to locals only. “They’re putting us right out of work, their putting ordinances everywhere,” said Kane. “Down on Mount Desert Island, a place where it used to support 200 diggers, the whole place is shutdown. There’s no digging down there: just ’cause they don’t want people on their beach.”If Charles Brown of Trenton and others that work the clam flats in this area get their wish, the majority of the digging would be done by those that live in Hancock, Sullivan, Sorrento, Franklin, Lamoine and Trenton. “We got guys coming all the way from Freeport, Brunswick. We got guys coming from Calais on the other end. They’re gonna kill our clamming here so nobody’s going to be able to make a living here.”There is a meeting planned for Tuesday afternoon ( July 14th, 2009) at 2pm in Hancock to discuss a town ordinance. If it were to pass, diggers like Kane would have to apply to get an out of town license, or find other flats. “Then we have to go to the few towns that are open and there are few. They’re closing every day.” “They’re destroying our flats right now,” said Brown. “Every time 15 or 20 of them come, they take 30 or 40 bushels more of our clams or more that we could have had. They’re ruining it. We don’t have many flats as it is. They got way more area down there and they wanted their town law so stay in your own town.”Terry Watson, a clam buyer, goes where the clams are being dug. He says this has been going on forever. “I’ve been doing this since ’75, as the red tide pushed up the coast, the diggers move up the coast. The guys in town they’re always here, these guys are taking their clams and you know when you come in from away, you’re just trying to feed your family too. I see both sides yeah.”

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