Some folks who spend countless hours welcoming and sending off military service members were recognized for their efforts today.It was Troop Greeters Appreciation night at the Bangor International Airport.And a big surprise was unveiled at the event.Come Spring 2010 there will be a pavilion and garden area dedicated to the military service members who travel through BIA.Chairman of the Troop Greeters Tom Kohl says their efforts don’t need to be recognized.” But it’s not about us, it’s about the troops. And the troops do appreciate us and tell us that constantly. Families send notes back to us constantly. But it really is about the troops.”The documentary “The Way We Get By” which is about the troop greeters is coming to the Bangor Mall Cinemas Ten.It will run September 11 through the 17 and have show times at 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 and 9:30 pm.
A man from Danforth found guilty of a car crash that left his pregnant girlfriend in a wheelchair is going to prison for six years. A judge sentenced 31-year-old Jayson Caron today on charges of aggravated assault, O-U-I and aggravated O-U-I. He was convicted in June.The two were leaving the Springfield Fair in 2007 when Caron’s truck ran off the road and rolled over.Caron’s former girlfriend, 19-year-old Bobbi Jo Norris, was pregnant at the time and was paralyzed – the baby survived.Caron’s lawyer tried to argue that Norris was actually behind the wheel when the truck crashed.Caron was also ordered to pay more than 4-thousand dollars in fines.
Some people say a baby who was born this morning in Ellsworth is very lucky. And, everyone will always remember his birth date.”To see her holding her baby, you can just see the love. It’s amazing.”Jace Michael was born to Natasha Bouchard of Addison early Wednesday morning. He only kept her waiting a little more than nine months.”Actually I was due a week ago, so yeah. He’s my miracle baby,” Bouchard says.A miracle born on the ninth day, of the ninth month of two-thousand nine…a joy to the nurses at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital as well.”I didn’t think about it until we started to do some of the paperwork. Because we had talked about it last week, how cool it would be to have a baby on 9-9-09. And then we thought, oh my, we really did!” says RN Deborah Malone.The number nine is considered by some cultures to be lucky. Some faiths say it symbolizes completeness.”I still just can’t believe it. It’s just such a shock that he’s here.”Bouchard says the labor was long and complicated, but lucky little Jace came in at six pounds, and healthy.”I got a little worried when I heard what was happening but I knew she was going to be OK and Jace was going to be fine,” says Bouchard’s friend, Rebecca Carver.Carver says Jace already has a promising future, because he already has a special mom.”To see her pregnant was great because I know she’ll be an amazing mother. I think that he’s going to have a very special life and I think he’s going to have a lot of good luck.”
Bail was set today, for the second time, for a man from Glenburn who tried to swim away from police in July.20-year-old Allan Burke-Sapiel is back behind bars, on $1,000 bail. He was re-arrested earlier this month for violating bail conditions in connection with a crime in July.Police say that’s when Burke-Sapiel stole a car in Bangor, but when officers caught up to him, he reportedly abandoned the car and ran away.He made it across the Brewer bridge, where Brewer police were waiting on the other side.Police say he then jumped into the Penobscot river and swam as far as the Penobscot Plaza before surrendering.Burke-Sapiel is charged with receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
A federally funded project is helping potential property owners in Hancock County identify any environmental risks before they invest. The Brownfield Project identifies potential sites for cleanup and reuse. The Steering Committee met Wednesday to identify there latest sites. Tom Martin is the Executive Director of the Hancock County Planning Commission and he says he’s pleased with the progress thus far. “Well I think we’ve developed a list of very promising sites,” says Martin, “and I’m very pleased with what we’ve done. I think one of the most important things is that sites have a viable reuse and I think we’ve identified several sites that did.” Some of the sites under consideration are in Gouldsboro, Franklin, and Winter Harbor.The latest site in Hancock County that has passed the test is Gordon’s Wharf in Sullivan, thanks to the Brownfield Project. Glen Daukas is from Cambell Environmental Group and is working very closely with the Brownfield Project. He says things went very smoothly at Gordon’s Wharf. “We determined that there really were not any recognized environmental conditions,” says Daukas, “we really didn’t need to continue any further investigation.”There are a number of factors the committee looks for when they investigate a potential Brownfield site. “We look at the history of the site,” says Daukas, “we look to see if there are any recognized environmental conditions, was there an underground storage tank, if so let’s make sure it wasn’t leaking.”The long term goal is to get these properties in Hancock County back in use, which will help to bolster the local economy. That has people around here interested. “I think awareness is increasing,” says Martin, “I think the Gordon’s Wharf property has really spurned interest and I think you could see by the discussion here today that there is an increased interest. It’s taken awhile for the project to move because it’s a new phenomenon, but it’s gradually taking off.”
Waterville and Winslow Police have been receiving reports that cars have been burglarized following the Labor Day weekend. Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey says at least six vehicles in Waterville were targetted, with another half dozen in Winslow being reported as well. Police reports show a variety of stolen items including loose change, cigarette lighters, and several hundred dollars worth of tools. Chief Massey says it’s unclear if the burglaries are related.
In southern New Brunswick, an American man died after being caught in the rising tide. Police indicate that a man and a woman crossed from Campobello Island to a lighthouse during low tide on Tuesday. The two people were unaware that the tide was on the rise. During the tidal rise, the man lost his footing and was swept away by the waters. A boater nearby was able to pick up the couple and brought them to shore. The man, who has not been identified, was taken to a Machias, hospital where he died.
MaineGeneral’s Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care will host the 11th annual “Cancer Survivor’s Day” Saturday, September 12. This year the event will called “Inspiration for Life 2009″. Numerous speakers will share stories and a variety of activities are scheduled. Parking for the event has changed. Organizers have arranged a shuttle to pick people up at Central Maine Commerce Drive as there may not be enough parking available onsite. For more information on “Inspiration for Life 2009″ please visit MaineGeneral’s website.
Police have arrested a man from Brewer in connection with a stabbing at an apartment in Bangor. 33-year-old Jamal Gibbons is charged with elevated aggravated assault. Bangor police say they got a call last month that a man had been beaten up in an apartment on Hammond Street. When they arrived, they found the 20-year-old victim from Hermon outside the building. He’d been stabbed a number of times, though we’re told his wounds were not life-threatening. Gibbons is being held at the Penobscot County Jail on $10,000 bail.
It was a murder-suicide.That’s what State Police have ruled in the deaths of a Windham woman and her 12-year-old son.Their burned bodies were found August 19th in an SUV parked at a gravel pit.Police say 41-year-old Karen Devine doused the vehicle with a flammable liquid then set it on fire with her and her son, Michael, inside. Detectives say the evidence includes letters Karen Devine sent to family and friends the day before the fire.Police say the letters contained money, household budget information and burial instructions for Michael.
A man from Lincoln is going to prison for 7-and-a-half years on federal drug charges. 28-year-old Robert Donath pleaded guilty in February to possessing cocaine with the intent to sell it. A judge also ordered Donath to pay $284,000, the amount of money generated by his drug sales. Prosecutors say Donath took part in a drug ring in the Lee and Lincoln areas from January 2002 to May 2006.
Old Town and Orono fire departments teamed up on a fire in Old Town today.They found heavy smoke in the basement and first floor of a house on the Old Mill Road.An elderly couple live there, only one of them was home at the time.Crews were able to get him out of the house and extinguish the fire.Lieutenant Mark Graffam says no one was hurt and the home wasn’t seriously damaged.Graffam expects the couple will be able to return to their home later this evening.
A business in Searsport has been given the opportunity of a lifetime.The owners are headed to New York City for their time to shine.Meghan Hayward explains.It’s lights, camera and action for a couple from Searsport.But it won’t be them on the screen, instead, it’s their designs.WIlliam and Pamela Hammond own Sunscapes Sculpted Canopies.They were asked to design canopies for the Metropolitan Showtime House and Dexter terrace in New York City.This is the second season for the show, where top designers transform indoor and outdoor spaces into stunning masterpieces of design.”At first I was quite excited. I didn’t know if it was true. It’s one of those things where you get an opportunity like this and you’re not sure what to do.”Once the initial shock wore off, they decided they couldn’t pass up a chance like this.So they headed to New York City and met with designer Marie Aiello.”We than put it into our computers and actually created 3-D models and renderings and we presented them to her and she loved them and then we went into production.”But they didn’t have a lot of time to put the canopies together, only a week.”Production was about three days so we were moving quite quickly and we pre set-up to help us when we did the set-up down there.”The Sunscape company is not being paid for the designs.But William says the exposure will be their payback.”This is a huge leap forward because it’s publicized.”Now it’s off to the big premiere party Thursday in New York.”I hope we have a lot of people ask a lot of questions about the canopies.”If you are interested in purchasing a Sunscape or would like more information you can go to their website www.sunscapesllc.com.
Ryan Post, a Knox County lobsterman feels that people outside of the state of Maine have a true facination with his profession. Therefore, he decided to tell his story via video. Post created a DVD that tells the story on the most ionic of Maine industries. The video titled, “Maine Buggin – A Year in the Life of a Lobsterman,” covers everything from lobster boat races, to traps, and even bait. As Post says this is a “real reality show.” The Maine lobster industry has been a tough one, with high bait costs and lot lobster prices. Additionally, there have been a series of crimes branching from turf dispites. Post wants the viewers to see Maine lobstermen and conservationalists, environmentalists and tewards of the sea, not pirates.
A man accused of murdering a woman on the Bangor waterfront last month pled not guilty to the charges today. 34-year-old Colin Koehler of Bangor remained mostly quiet during the brief proceedings this morning. He is accused of killing 19-year-old Holly Boutilier of Old Town on August eighth.His attorney, Richard Hartley, says they will waive a bail hearing at this time. He says their next step will be to review the state’s files related to the case, which he hopes to receive by next week.”We have reviewed the affidavit you have reviewed and done some of our own investigation, but in terms of understanding the state’s case we’re waiting for the opportunity to do that. We expect that now we’ll be able to do that,” Hartley says.Members of both families and friends of Koehler also attended the proceedings today.Police have also arrested a second man in connection with the case, 27-year-old Justin Ptaszynski. He’s charged with murder and hindering apprehension or prosecution.Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson says there is a possibility the two cases could be joined together when it eventually goes to trial.”I suspect that we’ll present Mr. Ptaszynski’s case to the grand jury the next time the grand jury convenes. And the case may or may not be joined for trial. That’s just a determination we have to make at this point,” Benson says.Koehler will continue to be held without bail at Penobscot County Jail.
A woman from Bangor is behind bars, charged in a stabbing.28-year-old Rubydale McGuire was arrested Monday for felony aggravated assault.According to Bangor Police, officers were called to an apartment on First Street for a report of a stabbing last Thursday.When they arrived, officers found blood in the hallway and a 49-year-old male victim in one of the apartments.The victim told police that McGuire was visiting with him when he noticed he was missing some cash. The man said when he confronted McGuire, she stabbed him.The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.McGuire is being held at the Penobscot County Jail.
People at the Bangor International Airport are always looking for new ways to say “thank you” to the Maine Troop Greeters.Folks there say it’s important to recognize the work the greeters do, day and night: welcoming troops who pass through the airport on their way to and from overseas.Wednesday night, airport officials are throwing an appreciation event for the greeters.They’re also planning to reveal plans for a new way to honor the troop greeters. “We will be unveiling a permanent commemorative that we will be placing on the airport grounds in honor of the troop greeters that will be completed sometime in the spring,” Airport director Rebecca Hupp told TV5 on Tuesday.While they’re not giving away details just yet, Hupp says BIA is putting together something the troops will be able to enjoy, since that’s the goal of the greeters.The troop greeter appreciation event will run from 4:30 to 6 pm Wednesday night, on the second floor of the Bangor airport. Everyone is invited.
A federal jury has ruled a fishing vessel that sank 60 miles off the coast of Maine and killed a fishermen was seaworthy.The jury determined the fishing vessel “Sirius” was in ship shape when it went down in July of 2005.A fisherman from Port Clyde, Gary Thorbjornson,was lost at sea. His widow as well as the two surviving crew members, including his son, filed a complaint against the family corporation that owned the boat.A judge threw out the negligence complaint.A lawyer representing the boat’s owner says the fishing vessel probably sank after striking something.
The number of women being arrested for domestic assault is on the rise in Maine.The Department of Public Safety says more than 1,000 women were charged with assaulting men in 2008, a 38% increase from five years ago.Law enforcement officials say battered men were less willing to come forward a decade ago because of the stigma involved.Others say women are now more inclined to fight back against men.Public safety commissioner Ann Jordan said there’s also been an increase in the use of drugs and alcohol, driving up the number assaults.There were about 3,000 men charged with domestic assault in 2008, about three times the number of women charged.
Two men are now under arrest in connection with what authorities are calling a deliberately set fire at a former paper mill in Gardiner.On Tuesday investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s office and Gardiner Police held a news conference, announcing they’ve found the two people they believe are responsible for the fire.Officials say 19-year-old Jack Downs of Chelsea and 20-year-old Joshua Lund of Gardiner were arrested Monday night.They’re charged with arson in connection with last week’s fire that partially destroyed the former paper mill on Water Street.Currently four tenants lease that building.The state fire marshal says teamwork with local fire officials and police helped nab the suspects. “It’s invaluable to have their help. We do not have the volume of investigators in our office that can do the same amount of work in the same amount of time as we’ve done here,” Said State Fire Marshal John Dean. “I’m just glad they’re off the streets and won’t be able to do it anyone else,” The building’s owner, Paul Rheaume told TV 5. “This is something that people don’t normally go through it’s quite a daunting task to get through it.” Both men are also charged with burglary.They were taken to the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta. Bail has been set at fifty thousand dollars each.