The Maine Bicycle Coalition has put the wheels in motion for this year’s bike swap.The annual event is this Sunday at UMaine’s Recreation and Fitness Center.This year’s bike swap is on Earth Day which organizers say goes hand in hand with their message.Folks can buy, sell or swap a bike from local bike shops and community groups.A small commission on bike sales will support the coalition’s work to improve cycling in Maine.”Certainly going to a store is a good option but for the people who like to work on their own bikes or if they’re looking for a deal on an older bike or they’re looking for a vintage bike, something that maybe they had when they were a kid.
A man from Island Falls accused of a sex crime against a child will remain in prison until he’s sentenced for failing to register as a sex offender.37-year-old Robert Goguen was required to tell the state when he came to Maine more than two years ago that he was a convicted sex offender because of a crime he committed in Connecticut in 1996.Goguen pleaded guilty last summer.
Organizers of a charity snow softball tournament say plans are still in place even though mother nature has thrown them a curveball.Due to the lack of snow, they’ve had to postpone the event twice.”The original date was February 11th, it got postponed because we just didn’t get the snow, set it up for March 3rd didn’t get the snow again, had to postpone it,” said organizer David Huffstutler.The proceeds from the tournament will go to the Autism Society of Maine.Huffstutler says he was inspired to put on the event by his nephew who has Autism.In addition to the game, there will be activities for children, raffles and food prepared by Penobscot Job Corps.”It’s more and more prevalent in 2009, the prevalence for Autism was 1 in 110 and just recently it’s been raised to one out of 88,” said Heather Wheaton, a member of Huffstutler’s softball team, Snowball Bruisers.The snow softball tournament is scheduled for May 19 at the Union Street Athletics Sports Complex in Bangor.There are spots for two more teams available.
The Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in downtown Bangor was evacuated Tuesday morning because a fire alarm went off.It happened just before nine.Firefighters searched the building and tell us smoke from the ongoing construction set off the alarm.
Saint Joseph’s College has canceled afternoon classes and athletic contests so students can attend a memorial service in Bangor for a varsity basketball player who died in a weekend car crash.The Bangor Daily News reports that a public service for Clark Noonan is scheduled for 6 p.m.
A Jewish organization has sued a Maine-based organic dairy for alleged unauthorized use of the group’s symbol that certifies that its milk is kosher.The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America is asking a judge to order Maine’s Own Organic Milk Co.
Law enforcement officials say the cost of the four-month search for missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds could be as much as half a million dollars.Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey says his department has spent money on overtime, increased office supplies and even fiber-optic cable to support FBI transmissions and other data.State police and the state Warden Service have also been intensely involved in the investigation.Ayla was 20 months old when she was reported missing Dec.
One person is dead after being hit by an Amtrak train in Biddeford Monday afternoon.According to an Amtrak Spokesperson, the person was trespassing on the tracks when the crash happened around 3:30PM.None of the 55 passengers or crew on board were injured.The train was headed from Portland to Boston and was delayed for about 2 hours.The cause of the accident is still being investigated.The victims name has not yet been released.
Friends of Fort Knox is looking for a little help from its friends.Saturday the 21st is the 13th annual Park Day.It’s a nationwide effort to clean and restore civil ware era sites.Fort Knox is one of the locations this year.From 10-noon, volunteers will be doing maintenance on the grounds.You are asked to bring work gloves with you.
The Orient man found guilty last week of stabbing three people to death in Amity in 2010 will be back in court Tuesday for phase two of his trial.21-year old Thayne Ormsby was convicted of murdering 55-year old Jeffrey Ryan, 30-year old Jason Dehahn and 10-year old Jesse Ryan.Ormsby was also found guilty of arson.Because he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, the jury will now have to decide if he should be held criminally responsible for his actions.Friday, a jury in Houlton heard closing arguments before returning a verdict about three hours later.A key part of the state’s evidence was a police video of Ormsby confessing to the murders, which was played for jurors Thursday.During the interview, Ormsby said after he stabbed Jeffrey Ryan, he felt like he had to kill the other two victims to eliminate witnesses.”At this point, I’m in a mode I’m scared and I have to finish what I started.