There’s a new effort to keep track of ticks in northern and western Maine.The Maine Medical Center Research Institute has teamed up with the Maine Center for Disease Control to track the spread of ticks, they’d like your help.Deer ticks can cause Lyme Disease in humans.Health officials say lyme cases are on the rise and occur in every county in the state.To submit ticks for identification capture it in a small, water-tight and crush proof bottle with rubbing alcohol and send to.Vector-borne Disease LaboratoryMaine Medical Center Research Institute75 John Roberts Road Suite 9BSouth Portland, ME 04106For more information go to their website www.mmcri.org/lyme
Republican candidate for Governor Paul LePage has been endorsed by a leading advocate for small businesses.The National Federation of Independent Business is backing him.The group’s State Director, David Clough, says each person running has unique abilities but the combination of proven skills and knowledge that LePage brings to the race makes him the right person for maine at this critical time.Clough says the federation’s members voted overwhelmingly to back LePage.
Hundreds of Bangor Hydro customers in Trenton will lose power on Thursday for about three hours.It’s so Hydro and state highway crews can do some work.Power will be shut off from nine until noon.Affected areas include Oak Point Road from Route 3, Goose Cove Road and a portion of Bay Side Road.If you have any questions, you can call Bangor Hydro at 947-2414.
A man from Milford accused of stabbing a student at Husson University in Bangor is out of jail, after making his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.Police say 18-year-old Mickey Heath got into a scuffle involving a knife and brass knuckles with another 18-year-old.We’re told Heath is not a student at the school.At Wednesday’s hearing, a judge said the incident happened after Heath found out his girlfriend sent a cellphone picture of herself and the victim to the victim.The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for a gash on his arm.Heath’s bail was set at three thousand dollars, which he posted.Despite the incident, Julie Green, Director of Public Affairs at the university maintains the campus is a safe environment.”We’re very proud of how our staff responded, we’re proud of how some of the students responded who were witness to it and called in right away and we were able to bring it to a reasonably safe conclusion,” she said.Heath is due back in court for a hearing in mid-December.
A former Outlaws motorcycle gang member was a key witness Tuesday in federal court in Virginia.Michael Pedini says he and Thomas Mayne ambushed a fellow gang member last year in Canaan, on orders from the national president of the Outlaws.That president, as well as three other gang members, are charged with racketeering and other crimes.Pedini claims the shooting was revenge for an assault on two other outlaws.The victim is partially paralyzed because of the attack.Pedini pleaded guilty to conspiracy last month.
A former sardine plant in Lubec will be used on a permanent basis for commercial fishing uses.The owner has received a grant from the state’s Working Waterfront Access pilot program in exchange for limiting the property to its current uses.The grant of more than $340,000 will be used to upgrade the wharf and processing space.State officials say a number of lobster and scallop boats use the wharf there and so do fisherman who unload clams, urchins and periwinkles.
A state ethics committee will investigate whether a Republican political action committee was late in filing a report on spending in five state Senate districts.The Maine Democratic party has accused the Republican State Leadership Committee “Maine P.A.C.” of missing the deadline for filing an independent expenditure report on roughly $400,000 spent on the campaign.Groups must file the reports within 24 hours of the spending so that publicly financed candidates can get matching funds quickly.
This is national lead poisoning prevention week, and public health officials in Maine want to get the word out.Recently, Bangor’s public water system tested high for lead for the first time in almost two decades.Officials say the health threat is not great.A new statewide campaign is aimed at preventing childhood lead poisoning when it comes to home improvement projects.You’ll see posters in stores that sell paint or paint removal supplies.