A bomb threat closed a building at the University of Maine for a few hours Thursday morning.UMaine spokesman Ron Lisnet tells us UMaine Police received a call around 8:15 am from a person who received an email saying there was a bomb at Aubert Hall.The building was evacuated and nearby roads were closed so police could search the area but nothing was found.The building reopened just before 11 am.Lisnet says the university used social media to alert the campus.”The goal is to try to get as much information out to the campus community and people around the University of Maine campus as soon as possible so we use all technology we have available.
University of Maine seniors are graduating in May but Thursday they had the chance to get ahead of the game.The university hosted its annual Grad Fair.It’s a chance for seniors to pick up their caps, gowns and other commencement items.The fair is sponsored by the university bookstore.Floor Supervisor Colleen Gagnon had some special advice for the class of 2012.
A man who was arrested following a standoff on Indian Island last month appeared in court Thursday.31-year-old Charles Attean was arrested by state police as he attempted to run out of his back door.The standoff reportedly began at his house following a domestic incident.He’s charged with domestic assault and criminal threatening with a firearm.Attean was later released on three thousand dollars bail.In court, he was appointed a lawyer.He’ll appear in court again in may.
Residents of Veazie and Glenburn will vote on whether they want to move forward in a bid to leave their current school district.Both towns are in RSU 26 and both will hold special elections on Tuesday, March 27th at their respective municipal buildings.The polls will be open all day.
Some folks in Lagrange, Orneville and Alton will lose power for awhile Friday.Bangor Hydro crews are doing upgrades.The power will be out for three hours beginning at 8:30 Friday morning.The area involved is from the railroad tracks in Milo on the John Dean Road east on that road to Routes 16 and 6.Customers with questions can call 1-800-499-6600.
Parents have a chance to enhance the safety of their children in Waterville this weekend.The Thomas College Criminal Club has teamed up with the Freemasons to offer a child identification project.It will take place at the Larry Mahaney Memorial Gym on the Waterville campus from 10 to 3 Saturday.There will be activities for the children to do while waiting.
The wait is almost over, Gifford’s ice cream is set to open Friday for the season.To celebrate, the family-owned business is offering a sweet treat to customers.Customers will be able to enjoy free one scoop ice cream cones from 6pm to 8pm Friday.All five stands in Bangor, Farmington, Auburn, Skowhegan, and Waterville will be participating.The event will give Mainers the opportunity to try the newest Gifford’s flavor, Muddy Bean Boots, a special-edition ice cream to celebrate L.L.
The Bangor bus system is adding a new route to its service.Starting April 2ndf, folks can catch the BAT on Odlin Road in Bangor.City officials say the new stop encompasses a large service area that includes a park and ride lot, nine hotels and motels as well as many other businesses.The Community Connector runs Monday through Friday.For more information, you can log onto http://www.bangormaine.gov/odlinroute
A Norridgewock man in jail for allegedly taking another man hostage at a Western Maine paper mill, is due in court on Friday.Police tell us Frank Smith, 49, showed up at Verso’s Androscoggin mill Wednesday morning with a gun and took mill manager Mark Conner, 43, hostage.Weâ€™ve been told Smith is a former employee who was recently fired.A State Police Tactical Team was on the scene most of the day.
A Maine State Senator is now officially in the running for the US Senate seat, left open by Olympia Snowe.Senator Deb Plowman handed in the required signatures to be listed on the November ballot Wednesday afternoon.Senator Plowman becomes the fourth Republican to do that so far.Secretary of State Charles Summers, Rick Bennett, and Scott D’Amboise have also turned in signatures.And there is now officially a Democratic party member in the race.Former Secretary of State, Matt Dunlap, turned in the required signatures Wednesday morning.Dunlap is the first, and currently the only Democrat to do so.Candidates have until Thursday to turn in the required signatures to run in November.
At last month’s meeting of Sewer District Trustees in Veazie, Chairwoman Ester Bushway proposed a contract for the superintendent.Gary Brooks has held that post for twenty-three years.Trustee Rob Tomilson says he was caught off-guard by the proposal.”It was not even an agenda item it was brought up at the tail end of the meeting as consideration of other business,” he said.It would pay the superintendent his current salary of $74,500 a year for three years.It states “After each year, the base salary shall be adjusted at the end of each year of employment at the discretion of the trustees.” Tomilson calls the contract outrageous.