Lobster Task Force

Updated 6 years ago

Theannouncement comes as Maine’s lobstermen and dealers suffer from a sharp plunge in prices brought on by a drop in demand amid the world’s economic turmoil.

The governor said a thorough review is in order to ensure the industry’s sustainability.

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Mayer Back in Jail

Updated 6 years ago

Michael Mayer of Jupiter, Florida, and Costa Rica, appeared in U.S. District Court in Bangor Thursday.

The 55-year-old Mayer was indicted nearly a year ago, but the indictment was sealed until March, when co-defendants in the Lincoln and Lee area were arrested.

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Red Shield Sold

Updated 6 years ago

The Red Shield Environmental mill has been sold.

On Thursday, a U.S. bankruptcy judge in Portland approved the sale to a private investment firm.

The buyer is Patriarch Partners, which is based in New York City.

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Dover Foxcroft Homicide

Updated 6 years ago

53 year old Michael Toby made his initial court appearance in Dover-Foxcroft Friday.

Detectives arrested Toby Thursday night around 11 o’clock at the Dover-Foxcroft police station, and charged with him with murder.

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Searsport Manhunt UPDATE

Updated 6 years ago

It all began around 10:50 Thursday night while Searsport police conducted a seat-belt safety check on Rt. 1.

They say the driver of one of the cars, Randall Hofland, that was stopped pointed a gun at a police officer before fleeing the scene.

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LOW Oil Price Woes

Updated 6 years ago

Oil prices averaged more than $4.50 a gallon around the region in June and July, the traditional time for locking in supplies and prices for the following winter.

Since then, prices have dropped by more than 25%, making many of those contracts signed in June and July look like a bad deal.

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Chelsea Fatal Ax Update

Updated 6 years ago

County officials say 41-year-old Roger Linton is charged with operating under the influence involving a death and aggravated leaving the scene of an accident.

Police say 27-year-old James Carey from Belgrade was killed after Linton’s truck crossed into Carey’s lane on Rt. 17, slamming into his vehicle.

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New Financial Center Will Bring Jobs to Rockland

Updated 6 years ago

The financial institution is expected to bring well paying jobs to the area.

There were several state and local representatives on-site for Wednesday’s ribbon cutting ceremony, including Governor Baldacci.

Senator Olympia Snowe was also at the event to show her support.

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Canada’s Credit Drives Lobster Prices Lower

Updated 6 years ago

Demand has been down as diners worldwide are feeling the effects of the global economic downturn, but a new problem recently surfaced.

The banking crisis left Canadian processors short on credit, trapping Maine lobstermen and dealers with too much supply.

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Question 1 Forum

Updated 6 years ago

Representatives for both sides answered questions from viewers. Catherine Pegram moderated the night.

Cheap Gas

Updated 6 years ago

It’s probably hard to remember but for folks looking for that kind of bargain. They can find it Thursday in Augusta.

From 11 until 2, LUKoil on Riverside Drive is offering gasoline at $1.99. Employees at the store say as a special promotion to give folks a break on high gas prices, they’re offering the less than two dollar deal.

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Further Heating Assistance

Updated 6 years ago

State officials have approved new funding formulas that will allow more Mainers to take advantage of federal heating assistance funds.

People who make $20,800 a year will now qualify for aid. The previous threshold was a little more than $17,000 dollars.

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Eco Resort Draws Fire

Updated 6 years ago

Winter Harbor Properties Incorporated wants to build an ecological resort on more than 3,000 acres of land.

The proposal calls for 4 education buildings, a golf course, a hotel and housing.

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Hart Back in Jail

Updated 6 years ago

35-year-old Jeremy Hart was arrested on Monday, accused of violating his bail. He’d reportedly been using drugs.

Last week Hart pled guilty to manslaughter for shooting his wife, Kristen Hart nearly a year ago.

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Maine Unemployment

Updated 6 years ago

The state’s September rate was still lower than that national rate of 6.1%.

National economic trends are being felt by workers and businesses in Maine.There were increased job losses as the economy continued to slow last month.

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Heating Oil Prices Fall

Updated 6 years ago

The cash price has gone down $.20 in the past week to a statewide average of $3.08 per gallon.

The state energy office reports a wide range of prices, from a low of $2.40 at a dealer in southwestern Maine, to a high of $3.40 in central, eastern and western regions.

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Woman Injured in Franklin Crash

Updated 6 years ago

The call came in around 9:00 p.m. A single car had crashed on Rt. 200, also known as the Eastbrook Rd.

Initial reports indicated several people were injured, but it later turned out to be just the female driver that was hurt.

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Church Thefts

Updated 6 years ago

Two churches in Ellsworth are the latest to be hit in a string of burglaries that began in August.

Police say someone broke into the Maine Coast Baptist Church in North Ellsworth and left things scattered on the floor.

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Maine Man Sentenced for Indiana Murder

Updated 6 years ago

44-year-old David Bowen of Portland pleaded guilty in September to the murder of Kenneth &quot:Butch&quot: Conrick in exchange for a maximum 50-year prison term.

Conrick was reported missing on Oct. 15, 1979. His body was found 13 days later, in a wooded area near his family’s Gary home.

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Bob DeLong Bench Dedication

Updated 6 years ago

Family and friends dedicated a bench in Centennial Park in Brewer Friday to Bob DeLong.

They also planted a flowering crab tree nearby.

DeLong was a photographer for the Bangor Daily News for 22 years before he retired.

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