Benton Elementary School students were moved to a school in Fairfield Tuesday because of a motorvehicle accident.The car hit a power pole in front of their school around 8:30am Tuesday morning, knocking out power.All 650 students were transported to Lawrence High School.Power was restored a little after 10am and students went back to Benton.The driver of the vehicle reported chest and neck pains.
First year Criminal Justice students from Husson University strap on police duty belts and arm themselves with fake guns.At Citizen’s Police Academy they’re the cops, while the officers are the bad guys.It’s a chance for the students to see what really goes on when officers are called out.”They get to see us as human beings, not just a person in a uniform.
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell was back in his home state on Tuesday.He was speaking at University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast.Mitchell spent the past two years as US Special Envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
A showdown is looming in Maine over several communities’ adoption of local food ordinances aimed at making small-scale farmers exempt from state and federal regulations if they sell foods they process directly to consumers.Last week, the owner of Gravelwood Farm in Blue Hill received a civil notice for selling food and milk without state licenses.
Beginning the first of the year, folks in Brewer will be able to light their own fireworks.City councilors decided Monday night to fall in line with a new state law that allows people to buy, sell and use fireworks.A number of other communities, such as Bangor, have banned fireworks or are considering it.Police Chief Perry Antone says councilors would like the state law to take affect first, then see if any changes are needed.
Two former Franklin County jail inmates who claimed guards tainted their food have settled their lawsuit.Robert Ayer of New Sharon and Stephen Wing of Industry claimed that in 2008 corrections officers contaminated veal patties and spaghetti with pepper spray or mace, then laughed when they became sick and asked for medical attention.A lawyer for the ex-inmates says a confidentiality agreement forbids him from disclosing terms of the deal.An attorney for the county says the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing.
Hampden officials will review the more than 2,000 ballots cast last week after two voters claimed they received ballots for the wrong district.Town Manager Susan Lessard received emails from two residents who live in district two who claimed they received district one ballots.The town clerk will sort the incoming voter list to find out how many people in each district voted last Tuesday.Lessard told us they will have to wait until 5 pm Wednesday to unseal the ballots.By state law, ballots must be sealed for five days from the day they were cast.
A Massachusetts man will spend the next ten years in a Maine State Prison for bringing close to 5-hundred oxycodone pills into the state.20-year-old Angel Acevedo was sentenced after pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs and one count of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugsAuthorities say he and Manny Sylvia, also from Massachusetts, stayed in a Rockland hotel in April.Investigators with the Maine DEA say they brought the pills, cocaine and heroin with the intent to sell them with the help of a man who lives in the area.Sylvia is scheduled to appear in court friday.
Police are investigating a string of burglaries in Chester and Alton.The Penobscot County Sheriff’s office says the Alton Town Office, a snowmobile club and a business in Chester were broken into Sunday night.More than a $1,000 worth of computers and electronic equipment was taken.Police say they believe the same people were behind all three.They will not say if they have any suspects at this time, but are continuing to investigate.
Residents in Rockland will have the chance to weigh in on plans for a methadone clinic where they live.The Rockland Planning Board approved the site plan application.Metro Treatment of Maine wants to build the clinic at a property on new county road that once housed the turning tide drug treatment clinic.A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday night at 6:30 at City Hall.