A man from Smithfield died Tuesday morning, about four hours after he was in a car accident on Main Street in Norridgewock.54 Year old John Mosher reportedly lost control of his car and hit a light post around 2:45 a.m.The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department responded along with an ambulance crew.
A Norway man has pleaded guilty to burning down the boarding house where he lived after threatening another resident during a fight over stolen food.Todd Fickett pleaded guilty Tuesday in Oxford County Superior to arson charges.The Sun Journal reports that he was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation before sentencing which will be held either in April or May.Authorities say the 19-year-old man was a resident of the 2Â½-story building on Main Street.Fickett told police he’d set a fire in a trash can to create smoke and disrupt the other tenants, but never intended to burn down the building.Another resident says Fickett threatened him just before the fire.Twelve other residents lived in the building but no one was hurt.
A Somerville man who tried to extort $2,000 from an Augusta couple whose home he broke into has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.Jake Pilsbury was sentenced Tuesday after pleaded guilty last week to three burglaries, theft by extortion, theft by deception and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.Pilsbury also was ordered to pay nearly $9,000 restitution.The Kennebec Journal reports Pilsbury apologized in court and his attorney said the offenses were driven by drugs and a loss of a job.Prosecutors say Pilsbury broke into the home on Oct.
Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers to be on the lookout for endangered species of wildlife.Volunteers are being asked to survey roads in southern Maine this spring and summer to record sightings of dead and alive endangered species and other wildlife.
What started out as a voter identification bill will be weakened to a study if a measure that’s advancing through the Maine Legislature is enacted.The Senate on Tuesday voted to go along with the House and approve the amended bill.In its original form, the bill would have required voters to provide picture IDs in order to cast ballots.
Another multi-act concert has been added to the Bangor Waterfront Concert series.”Last Summer on Earth” will feature Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, and Cracker.To learn more about this show, log on to lastsummeronearth.comThe show will be on the waterfront Sunday, August 19th.Tickets On Sale Friday March 23rd at noon, and can be purchased at Mark’s Music in Brewer, through the website waterfrontconcerts.com, through Ticketmaster, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000
It was a special evening for folks in Veazie.Margaret Van Aiken, was presented with a Boston Post Cane for holding the title of oldest resisdent in Veazie.Her friends and family were also there to celebrate her 97th birthday.She has three children with her late husband that she was happily married to for 61 years.Margaret worked as a sticher in a shoe factory before she retired.
Table games are coming to Hollywood Casino this weekend, but Tuesday, some people got a sneak peek of what’s to come.The casino opened up the tables for a test run Tuesday night.People got to try out games like black jack and roulette.While table games will no doubt bring more money in for the casino, some say the games will also bring an economic boost to the region.Table games will be open to everyone this Friday, March 16th.
The gay marriage question will be on the ballot in November.Lawmakers in the house of representatives voted to send the matter out to a vote.According to the Maine constitution, once an initiative is filed with the secretary of state and certified, the legislature may adopt the proposal without change or send it directly to the voters.
Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center has found a way to close its budget gap, but it means changes for employees and the center itself.To make up for $2.5 million in state budget cuts, the center has had to reduce staff and the number of beds, as well as adjust its services.