Residents of Lee will tell you it’s the definition of small town Maine.”Here basically everybody waves, you go to the local store and say hi to everybody, everybody knows where you work, what you do for work,” described Paul House of Lee.In a community this small, when tragedy strikes, it affects the whole town.
The trial of a man accused of burning down a topless coffee shop in Vassalboro in 2009 continued in Augusta Thursday.Prosecutors say 50-year-old Raymond Bellavance Junior set fire to the Grandview Topless Coffee Shop because he was mad his former girlfriend was working there.Thursday, a forensic DNA analyst took the stand.She testified she received six samples from the gas can found at the scene and was unable to find a DNA match.
We’re spending more than we have, so we have to make cuts.That’s what Governor LePage had to say at a press conference Thursday afternoon.He says he doesn’t take pride in the cuts to MaineCare that he’s proposed but says it’s what needs to be done.The governor says a decision needs to be made by the end of January so the supplemental budget can take hold by April.He says if a decision isn’t made by then, the budget hole gets deeper by a half-million dollars every day.”What I’m asking the legislature is simply this.
The Belgrade Planning Board will meet tonight at seven to discuss a plan to remove part of a building on Mill Stream and Main Street.The building once was a marina but hasn’t been used in that fashion in years.The current plan is to tear down the portion that was a garage but has recently been a gift shop.The other half of the building is the Post Office and that would remain.The cost of the removal project is expected to be between 20 and 30 thousand dollars.Some residents have circulated a petition to have the Marina be spared.Tonight’s meeting will be held at the Belgrade Center for All Seasons.
A Houlton man is accused of sending pornographic images of children over the Internet.57-year old David Russell is charged with child pornography possession and distribution offenses.Houlton police say he was taken into custody Wednesday, as the result of an investigation by authorities in Illinois.Investigators there say Russell was sharing pictures and video through a peer-to-peer file-sharing internet network.Rolice searched Russell’s home in Houlton.
A national transportation research organization has identified 50 transportation-related projects it says would support economic growth in Maine and improve quality of life.The projects include replacing the Martins Point Bridge in Portland and rehabilitating the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Kittery, developing a new cargo port at Sears Island and building an east-west highway from Calais to Coburn Gore.Most of the projects listed by the nonprofit TRIP would cost millions of dollars.Some of the projects already have been funded.The organization is reportedly scheduled to present the organization’s findings during a news conference Thursday in Portland.TRIP was founded in 1971 and is sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers and labor unions.
The owner of a Manchester barber shop says his business has been broken into for the fifth time in the past three months.Dana Geneseo says he’s installed a video camera, alarm system and even a windowless door at Dana’s Barber Shop since the first break-in on Sept.
The Maine State Board of Education has nearly completed its appointments to the State Charter School Commission, allowing a second pathway to approval of charter schools.The board on Wednesday announced the appointments Richard Barnes of Kennebunkport, Donald Mordecai of Scarborough, William Shuttleworth of Camden and Shelley Reed of Wayne.
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A big budget gap had lots of people talking at Wednesday night at RSU 26 Board of Directors meeting.Parents, teachers, and students spoke out about the 2 million dollar budget shortfall that the school district faces.Many people in the audience were there to offer ideas about potential solutions to ease the RSU’s money problems.Cuts to the school district could lead to more than a dozen staff members being let go.Orono High School students also made a plea to the board.The students presented a petition with over a hundred signatures asking the board to reconsider making any cuts to staff.If you’d like to make a recommendation on how to bridge the budget gap, you’re asked to call the RSU 26 Superintendents office at 942-44405.
A federal lawsuit brought against the county by a guard at the Hancock County jail who was injured during a scuffle with an inmate has been settled out of court.John Wall, an attorney for the county government and the sheriff’s department, said Tuesday that the sides had reached an agreement but that exact terms still needed to be finalized.Wall tells the Bangor Daily News that the deal will be kept confidential.Brad Ewing said he suffered a back injury during an incident with an inmate in early March 2009.