State Police are investigating a fatal accident in Washington County.It happened Saturday night, just after six thirty, on the Charlotte Road in Baring.Troopers say a vehicle went off the road, hit a tree and caught fire.Three 16-year-old girls who were passengers in the car managed to escape.The driver, 16-year-old Nicholas White, could not be removed from the car and died at the scene.Police say speed was a factor in the crash.An investigation is underway.
A man and woman from Waldoboro have been indicted for murder in the stabbing death of a 27-year-old woman.24-year-old Earl Bieler and 42-year-old Corina Durkee are accused of killing 27-year-old Rachel Grindal and trying to kill 32-year-old Tracy Neild, who was left hospitalized with a stab wound to the neck.According to police, it happened when Grindal and Nield interrupted a burglary inside Neild’s home last month.Bieler was indicted on counts of murder, aggravated attempted murder, aggravated assault, burglary and theft…as well as possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.Durkee was indicted for murder, aggravated attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and burglary.Both are being held at a jail in Wiscasset.
An advisory panel is calling for scallop fishing closures in nine coastal areas for the coming winter season.They’re blaming declining scallop stocks.The scallop advisory council is expected to make a final decision by September.Areas under consideration include eastern Deer Isle, southwestern Mount Desert Island, all of Gouldsboro Bay, eitherMachias Bay or the bays on either side of Roque Island, part of Casco Bay, the Damariscotta River, Mussel Ridge Channel, the westernpart of Cobscook Bay and the St. Croix River.Last winter, the Maine Department of Marine Resources imposed emergency spot closures due to declining scallop stocks.
President Obama has received a list of five candidates for Maine’s U-S Marshal.They include University of Maine Police Chief Noel March and Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty.Also up for consideration are Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant, Deputy U.S. Marshal Kathryn Spellacy and U-S Marshal for MaineDavid Viles.The recommendations were made by Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree.They say all five are outstanding candidates who have served their communities and the state.
John Bapst High School students combined business learning with community service Saturday…and they had some fun doing it.Students in the Bapst economics class hosted a special benefit concert on the Bangor Waterfront.The show featured five local bands.Tickets were five dollars apiece, and all the money raised will go to the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross, to assist families displaced by housefires and other disasters…Students who helped organize the event say they’re happy to do what they can for the cause.< "i feel the project is important because it's getting the Red Cross's name out there, getting some bands out there, and it's all local. I think it's really important to keep everything we raise local." >No word yet on exactly how much money the students raised for the chapter.
A full slate of events is planned to honor veterans this Memorial Day.The annual Memorial Day parade steps off from Exchange Street in Bangor at 10:30 a.m.Close to a thousand veterans are expected to take part in the parade…most will carry their commemorative walking sticks, provided by the Cole Land Transportation Museum.Museum Founder Galen Cole says the recognition the veterans get from folks along the parade route means the world to them.< "the excitement...clapping on the parade route...you realize why the veterans are so excited and get so much out of this as well...it's just a thrilling thing for all of us." >After the parade, the Museum will host a special Memorial Day celebration, beginning at noon.Governor John Baldacci and Senator Susan Collins will be on hand to present bronze stars and other honors to several veterans in attendance.
If you plan to be on the Interstate this holiday weekend, State Troopers ask that you slow down and use caution.Extra patrols are out all weekend…looking for drivers who might be a danger on the roads.Troopers are advising drivers to leave extra time to get to their holiday destinations, since traffic is expected to be heavy…And there could be additional delays on 95 because of all the road work currently underway from one end of the state to the other.< "we ask you politely to get into the lane we need you in...we appreciate people's patience...because the work is making the roads safer. That's the goal of the DOT is to make the bridges more safe and improve the pavement that's been beaten down this winter...to try to get where the signs direct you...increasing traffic during the holiday season.">Sgt. Brooks is also asking drivers to observe the reduced speed limits in those work areas this weekend.
Police are out in force along Maine roads this holiday weekend, on the lookout for speeders and drunk drivers.They say the heavy traffic is also causing some accidents out there.This crash happened on the Hudson Road in Corinth Saturday morning…at the intersection of the Hudson and Ridge Roads.Sheriff’s Deputies say visibility can be a problem at the hilltop intersection.One driver was attempting to turn left when another driver tried to pass and the cars ended up colliding.One person had minor injuries…and one of the cars was totalled.Officers say it’s a good reminder that the roads are busy out there this weekend, and that drivers need to be extra cautious.< "well, it's a holiday weekend, there are a lot of people out yard saling and hitting the shops and things like that, so just be careful. There's a lot of traffic so just be careful...take your time.">That crash slowed down traffic on the Hudson Road for a short time.
Imagine losing your ability to talk, to walk and eventually all muscle functions All while knowing exactly what is happening to you.That’s what its like to live with Lou Gehrig’s disease. May is ALS awareness month.Joy Hollowell talked to a Bangor couple that’s learning each day holds new challenges, and new possibilities.”I caught it”Three-year-old Jack loves to play catch. The toddler also understands that while his dad would love to throw the ball to Jack, he can’t. Jim Kingsbury is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease.”Around the time that Jack was about to be born, I had noticed that my right hand was stiff, and I thought at first it was carpal tunnel.”At the time, Jim was working as a chef. He began physical therapy, but the pain wouldn’t go away.”Unfortunately, there’s not a test for ALS.”Which meant Jim had to undergo a series of tests, some of them extremely painful, to eliminate anything else. Finally, a year and a half later, the 47-year-old was officially diagnosed with the disease.”He started out in 2006, it was just his right arm. Just, I say that now. I didn’t say that then. Now, he can’t use his right arm at all. His left arm is very difficult for him, his speech is getting increasingly worse, his legs, he’s starting to walk spastically.”Last March, Jim had to stop working. He’s now training to use a voice box, knowing there will come a time when that will be his only means of communication.As for the obvious question, “why us?””I don’t think we ever asked that because I think the question is really, why not us? It can happen to anybody.”The Kingsburys say they’re now looking at life in moments, savoring each one for all its worth.”The Jack trap””I can’t worry about tomorrow. We gotta get through today. And i’m going to wake up the next day and say, ‘alright, here we go again.”
The Mount Chase Fire Department was called to a camp fire shortly after midnight Friday.Fire Chief Craig Hill tells us high winds helped the fire spread quickly to about three acres of surrounding land.The owners of the camp were there at the time, no one was hurt.Hill says it took about four hours to contain the flames.The Maine Forest Service is investigating.Mount Chase is just north of patten.
The Medical Examiner’s office says a Jonesport man died from drowning with hypothermia playing a role.The death of 60-year-old Roy Lenfesty has been ruled an accident.He went to check on his boat on Beal’s Island Wednesday morning.When he didn’t return home by afternoon his wife called authorities.That night his body was found in the surg near indian point, about 2-hundred yards from his overturned boat.
Police and citizens in Bangor are teaming up to nab folks who illegally park in handicap parking spaces.Alpha One is a statewide organization for independent living.It is working with Bangor P-D to crack down on violators.Alpha One volunteers trained by the police department monitor and document the violations, of course sharing that information with police.
Old Town’s Deputy Fire Chief is hanging up his hat for good next week.After 25 years, Jim Lavoie is moving on…and as Amy Erickson reports, the Department won’t be the same without him.< "the fire calls are exciting. You get the adrenaline...still do. Even after 25-30 years, I still have the adrenaline when the call comes in."For Jim Lavoie, firefighting is more than a job...it's a way of life.He was hooked from the time he became a junior firefighter."it's been a passion. It was my life, no doubt. When I was 14 years old and put on my first indian tank and helped out the bradley fire department, I almost knew instantly that this is something I want to do."Now, after 25 years, Old Town's Deputy Chief is calling it quits.He's retiring to take a job with the Department of Environmental Protection."i'll miss the job. There's no doubt. I'll miss the fire service.""it's going to be tough for a while.""he started at 15 years old, he's done his 30 years, so it's time and we're happy for him...although we'll miss him."Lavoie's coworkers say they'll miss his leadership..."jim has an amazing local knowledge, being a local kids that grew up in the area. He knows the town and the history and he's followed the history of the fire department and he passes it on to the newer members, which makes it great."Lavoie says retirement is bittersweet, but he'll leave with the knowledge that he's made a difference.He'll never forget the housefire years ago when a little girl he once taught helped get her family of ten out of their burning home."she's the one that said 'Fireman Jim has to have everybody out of the house.' that's what we educate the kids to do.""we don't necessarily pull people out of burning buildings everyday, but those are the kinds of impacts that you make."Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Old Town.>
Johnson Mill Road in Orrington is now reopen. A stretch of road between Dow and Fowler Roads was closed for part of the morning after a car struck a utility pole. Bangor Hydro is working to restore power to about 100 nearby homes.A person injured in that accident has been taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital. There’s no word yet on their condition.
Continental Airlines is pulling the plug on its twice-daily flights between Bangor and Newark, New Jersey.The airline announced yesterday that the service will end on June 21-st.Continental is blaming congestion at Newark for the cuts.Bangor International Airport Director Rebecca Hupp says it’s uncharacteristic for any airline to make cuts like this approaching peak travel season.Continental has offered direct flights between Bangor and Newark since 2005.
Imagine losing your ability to talk.To walk.And eventually all other muscular functions, all the while knowing exactly what is happening to you.That’s what its like to live with Lou Gehrig’s disease.Joy Hollowell introduces us to a Bangor couple that’s learning each day holds new challenges, as well as new possibilities.3-year old Jack loves to play catch. The toddler also understands that while his dad would love to throw the ball to Jack, he can’t. Jim Kingsbury is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease.”Around the time that Jack was about to be born, I had noticed that my right hand was stiff. And I thought at first it was carpal tunnel,” says Jim Kingsbury.At the time, Jim was working as a chef. He began physical therapy, but the pain wouldn’t go away.”Unfortunately, there’s not a test for ALS,” says Lisa Kingsbury.Which meant Jim had to undergo a series of tests, some of them extremely painful, to eliminate anything else. Finally, a year and a half later, the 47-year old was officially diagnosed with the disease.”He started out in 2006, it was just his right arm. Just, I say that now, I didn’t say that then. Now, he can’t use his right arm at all, his left arm is very difficult for him, his speech is getting increasingly worse, his legs, he’s starting to walk spastically,” says Lisa Kingsbury.Last march, Jim had to stop working. He’s now training to use a voice box, knowing there will come a time when that will be his only means of communication.As for the obvious question of”why us?””I don’t think we ever asked that because I think the question is really, why not us? It can happen to anybody,” says Lisa Kingsbury.The Kingsburys say they’re now looking at life in moments, savoring each one for all its worth.”I can’t worry about tomorrow,” says Jim Kingsbury.”We gotta get through today,” says Lisa Kingsbury.”And I’m going to wake up the next day and say, ‘alright, here we go again,’” says Jim Kingsbury.============Last year, Lisa Kingsbury started a support group in her area.And, on August 29th, she’ll host the second annual “Walk to defeat ALS” in Bangor.May is ALS Awareness month.The Northern New England chapter of the ALS Association is honoring the Kingsbury for their work in raising money as well as awareness about the disease.The chapter says the Kingsburys best exemplify the spirit of ALS Across America.For more information, you can contact the Northern New England chapter of the ALS association at www.alsanne.org
The State Fire Marshal says a cigarette butt is to blame for a fire in Machais that caused quite a commotion Thursday.A building on Main Street that houses apartments and businesses was damaged.And traffic was re-routed for much of the day.Crews from Machias, Marshfield, Machiasport, Jonesboro, and East Machias responded.Fire Chief Joey Dennison says they were able to contain the fire to the first and second floors, he believes that overall the building can be salvaged.Dennison says a cigarette caught a tree on fire, which then spread to the building.
During this time of budget crises, officials in SAD 53 are facing an unusual situation.They just found out they actually have more money in the budget than they thought.”We thought we had large cuts to make and had been planning for those large cuts.” Board members in SAD 53 haven’t had an easy few months.First came the news that the district had to cut more than half million dollars from the budget.That had board members seriously considering closing the Burnham Village School, and possibly the SAD 53 office.But this week, they were shocked to learn that they won’t have to do either.Turns out, a spreadsheet error overestimated the cuts that needed to be made.”It was simply missing out checking one cell in a formula, a spreadsheet formula, and that one click made the difference.”Michael Gallagher is the district’s superintendent.He realized his miscalculation this week, and notified board members immediately.”We were really eyeing over a half a million dollars originally. About 556 thousand dollars.””In the end, the reduction is substantially less. Probably $250,000 less than what we thought we needed to cut.”That means the Burnham Village School will stay open. Welcome news for many parents.But Gallagher says he still feels terrible about the mistake.”The disappointing part about all of this is all the hours and time spent that people put into developing all these other plans for lack of that one good bit of data that would have caused them not to have to do all that work.””Although Gallagher regrets the error, he says he’s trying to focus on the positive. Like the fact that if they do have to make more severe cuts next year, they’ll already have a plan in place.””Personal embarrassment, but district wide, it’s a great thing for us to only have to cut that amount as to over a half a million dollars.”
Continental announced today it will no longer be flying from Bangor to Newark.The airline will be stopping service from B-I-A to Newark on June 21.They currently operate two flights a day between the airports.Once Continental’s service stops, there will only be 13 flights a day out of B-I-A. Travel experts say that number is expected to drop to 9 by fall.Continental representatives say congestion at Newark is the reason for the cuts.The airline will also be stopping or reducing service between Newark and several other cities.
Islanders are talking about a proposed rate hike for the Maine State Ferry Service. Several new fare structures are being considered to make up for lost revenue.”I’m just disgusted with the whole thing,” says Ann Waterman of North Haven.On Friday, the ferry service advisory board will discuss seven different fare increase proposals. Ferry Service Manager Jim MacLeod says they need to make up a 400 thousand dollar shortfall.”State statute says fares have to pay for 50 percent of our operating budget, so that really is where that rate increase is coming from,” MacLeod says.Fares have traditionally been based on where the traveler originates. Rides that start on islands are cheaper than those that start on the mainland. He says that’s one reason they’re short on money.”Over time people have kind of learned a way around the system. So 80 percent approximately of people buy their tickets on the island, which has caused an erosion of our revenue,” he says.He says an aging fleet and increasing costs are also to blame.For islanders already dealing with rising prices, they say any increase could make necessary trips too expensive to make.”If the prices go too high we’re not going to be able to come to Rockland that often,” says Waterman.”It’ll make it hard,” says Harold Duvall of Vinalhaven. “It’s hard enough as it is, fishing is not good, and the prices aren’t good.”The advisory board will narrow down the proposals Friday to the the best option, which they’ll then vote on. The new fare structure will be discussed at public hearings before any increases are made, but changes could be seen as soon as July first.”You’re going to destroy the town on these ferry increases,” says Charles Loring of North Haven. “And if we don’t have a town, we don’t have anything.”The advisory board meeting is open to the public and will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Rockland Ferry Terminal.