Riders who use a state-run van service are asking the Maine Department of Transportation for a yearlong extension of the service.Transportation officials plan to end the GoMaine program on May 1 because there’s no money to replace its aging passenger vans.About 225 people use the service, which provides rides between various towns and cities around the state.More than 100 GoMaine riders have signed a letter asking the state to reconsider its decision.
A 50-year-old Maine man has been found guilty of stealing more than $90,000 in federal welfare benefits over 15 years by claiming he lived alone when he actually lived with his wife.Judge John Woodcock on Wednesday found Anthony Dinsmore, of Columbia Falls, guilty of stealing Supplemental Security Income benefits, which help low-income elderly, blind, and disabled people.
The city of Bangor is giving residents a chance to voice their concerns about a neighborhood revitalization plan at a meeting Thursday night.The city is creating a strategy area from Union Street to Buck Street and Main Street to Third Street.The first of two sessions is being offered Thursday night in the Doughty School Auditorium on 143 Fifth Street.It starts at 6.If you have any questions, call 992-4200.
The man accused of murdering a Florida man whose body was found last week in Newburgh will try to get out of jail.There’s a bail hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Belfast for 24-year-old Daniel Porter.Police say 31-year-old Jerry Perdomo of Florida came to Maine to collect drug money from Porter.Perdomo disappeared on February 16th.His body was found last week on property police say is owned by Porter’s relatives.Porter’s lawyer says his client was acting in self-defense.
A spokeswoman for Governor Paul LePage says the state will withhold about $216,000 in aid from Millinocket because town officials broke an agreement to share landfill operating costs.The spokeswoman says East Millinocket and Millinocket will each get about $504,000 in Sudden and Severe Impact funds for the loss of taxable value the towns suffered with the sale of the two Katahdin region paper mills last year.Millinocket would have received about $720,000 but the town opted out of an agreement to allocate $50,000 to the landfill.
Two Augusta men have pleaded guilty to their roles in an armed home invasion in Manchester in which a woman was awakened by a man holding a knife to her throat.Michael Jo Ruth II and Benjamin David Pilsbury entered their pleas on Wednesday in connection with the home invasion on Sept.
A former state lawmaker charged with pulling a loaded gun on a news photographer has reached a plea deal with the state.A local newspaper is reporting that deal is contingent on approval from the alleged victim.59-year-old Frederick Wintle has agreed to plead guilty to Class C Crimnal Threatening Charges.Police said Wintle pulled a gun on a man in a waterville parking lot last May, 2011.Wintle stepped down from the house of representatives in September.Wintle’s attorney told TV5 Wintle suffered a mental breakdown that led to the incident.He has remained free bail.
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Some concerned citizens spoke out about a propane gas tank coming to town.The group “Thanks But No Tank” says if the project is approved, it could have detrimental effects on the area.People at a Wednesday night meeting say they’re concerned about a number of things, including safety.According to one report, if the tank were to explode, the initial impact would be felt up to three and a half miles away.DCP Midstream wants to build the 22 million gallon propane tank at mack point…
Even though there’s still snow on the ground, families in Orono started making summer vacation plans for their kids Wednesday night.The University of Maine hosted a Summer Camp Fair to introduce parents to a variety of camps that are offered all around the state.”You can come here and look at athletics, you can look at innovation, or you can see Chinese Dragon Camp, whatever you want to do.
At the Downeast School in Bangor, there’s one lesson Principal Richard Fournier calls a top priority: reading.”Being read to, reading to their parents, grand parents, uncles, sisters, reading is just so vital in learning,” he said.It’s why the school invited some familiar faces to spend some time getting lost in a book as part of Community Reading Day.”They get to see that reading is a life-long activity and it never ends,” Fournier added.Fournier says reading during a child’s early school years is essential for their future.From firefighters to TV 5’s own Tim Throckmorton, they flipped the pages of different adventures to spread a message of literacy to our youngest students.”Reading is very important.
Habitat For Humanity is on the hunt for a family that needs a home.The program is teaming up with USDA Rural Development for this year’s build in Hampden.Potential candidates must attend an informational session to learn more about the project.Organizers hope the meeting will make it easier for those interested to apply.One of the informational sessions will be held Wednesday for those interested in learning more.The meeting will be at 5:30PM at the Habitat Restore in the Penobscot Plaza in Bangor.Potential candidates are asked to have a general idea of what their household income is.If you can’t make it to Wednesday’s meeting, there will be another one Saturday March 10th at 10AM as well as a meeting Wednesday March 14th at 5:30PM and Saturday March 17th at 10AM.