Over the next three years, hundreds of local kids will have the opportunity to have a big brother or sister.Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine announced it’s bringing the mentoring service back to Penobscot County.Big Brothers Big Sisters is partnering with the Bangor Y and the University of Maine in Orono to provide the services.Last July, DownEast Health ended Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Maine’s program in Penobscot County.Officials with the Midcoast Maine chapter immediately began working to see how they could fill the void.
Bangor Fire Officials say 12 people have been taken to the hospital, after Empire Beauty School was evacuated this morning due to a carbon monoxide incident.Captain Anthony Riitano says 12 students were taken to Bangor hospitals to be treated for carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms.This is the second time in the past few months that the building had to be evacuated due to carbon monoxide issues.Back in November, a number of students were transported after a similar incident.Fire officials are looking at a heating/AC unit as a possible cause.
A Bangor woman will spend 3 years in prison on federal drug charges.39-year-old Sarah Klinedinst has been sentenced to jail time and 5 years supervised release for conspiracy to distribute 5 grams or more of crack cocaine.Klinedinst pleaded guilty to the charges in May.Court documents say from January to November 2007, she would meet buyers at her apartment and sell them crack cocaine.
Fire crews from four departments are on the scene of a fire in Fairfield.We’re told a garage at B and L Discount Auto on Norridgewock Road has been destroyed by the blaze.The shop owner, Roland Landry tells us he was working on a car in the garage when he noticed the wall was on fire.Fire crews from Oakland, Fairfield, Skowhegan and Norridgewock responded.Landry says he lost more than $100,000 worth of equipment in the blaze.He tells us if insurance will cover the damages, he will rebuild: if not, he says he’s out of business.
Negotiations are set to begin soon on labor contracts for thousands of Maine state workers after the current agreements end June 30.The talks will start as lawmakers try to close a budget gap and repay debts to the state pension system – and also as a sour taste remains in union members’ mouths over sacrifices they made with shutdown days and benefit cuts needed to balance the state’s recession-plagued budget in 2009.The bulk of the workers affected are the 10,000 in the Executive Branch covered by the Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union.
State Police in Orono have informed us that the roads are very icy and there are numerous accidents across the greater Bangor area.Route 1A near the Green Lake Road was closed for a couple of hours Tuesday morning, to the intersection of Route 46 in Holden.
There will be a public hearing in Bangor at the end of this month because of what happened last night.City council held a special meeting to talk about a new arena for the city and the combining of Bangor Emergency Dispatch with County Dispatch.Council supports the new arena and the merging of dispatch.But two citizens groups got enough signatures to put both issues to a public vote.Last night councilors decided to hold a public hearing on Monday, February 28th to talk about when to hold the public voting.
An arson investigation continues in Auburn.The site of a proposed slaughterhouse was set on fire hours after city council approved a zoning change to clear the way for it.In the weeks leading up to the vote, there was a petition drive opposing that change.
A woman from Florida accused of murdering a man from Dedham is expected to tell a jury she did it in self-defense.45-year-old Tamra Leasure is charged with second degree murder in the death of 57-year-old Arthur Tilley, Junior.She’s on trial in Tampa, Florida.Police say Leasure shot Tilley three times last March during an argument in her home.They say after the shooting, Leasure told them she put the gun in Tilley’s hand to make it look like a suicide.The St.
The third of four candidates to replace University of Maine President Robert Kennedy is on campus today.Daniel Julius is the vice president of academic affairs at the University of Alaska System of Higher Education.He’s in Orono today and tomorrow to meet with students, faculty and staff.