Levant Store Burglary

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The co-owner of the Levant Corner Store is asking for help in locating the man who robbed them two nights ago.Jamie Clark says someone broke in through the back window of the Union Street business around 5 Sunday morning.He stole between 10 and 15 cartons of cigarettes as well as a bag of tobacco.The man in it is described as wearing calf length shorts, and a dark leather type of jacket at the time of the robbery.He had short, shaved dark hair.Clark says the suspect left in a dark colored, older GMC pick-up with a plow attached.The vehicle is believed to have been stolen from Sprague’s Nursery in Bangor.A hammer and other evidence was left behind at the store.Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call their local police department or the Levant Corner Store at 884-7151.

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Police Still Searching for Newport Shooting Suspect

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Law officers have been searching non-stop, for a Newport man, wanted for questioning in the death of his father and an assault on his mother.76 year old Perley Goodrich, Senior was found shot to death at his home on the Rutland Road in Newport late Monday night.64 year old Sandra Goodrich was badly beaten and is still recovering at Sebasticook Valley hospital.She told police their son, 47-year old Perley Goodrich, Junior, who lived with them, was also at the home at the time.He left in his parent’s van around 11:30 Monday night.It was found abandoned two miles away on a dirt road. Police believe Goodrich may have taken some guns with him, so he’s considered armed and dangerous.They are warning resident in the area to lock their doors. TV-5 told that the hospital where Sandra Goodrich is staying was on lockdown Tuesday night, and extra patrols have been set up in the area.If you spot Goodrich or have any information, you’re asked to call police at 1-800-432-7381 or call 911.Stay tuned to WABI-TV for the latest information on the search for Perley, Goodrich, Junior.

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Ma’s, Pa’s and Paws in Bass Harbor

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Students at the Tremont Consolidated School in Bass Harbor saw their hard work pay off.The 8th graders were presented with a $2,000 check from Shaws Supermarkets.The money is for the Ma’s, Pa’s and Paws program the kids developed last year.The funds are given to senior citizens who may have trouble affording their pets this winter.The program started last year as a service project when the students did fundraisers and collected pet food to support their cause.the 8th graders say they’ve learned a lot through this experience.Tremont residents who need help feeding their pets, or would like more information, can call the school at 244-7777.

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Penobscot County Grand Jury Indictments

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Fifty-three people were indicted by the Penobscot County Grand Jury Monday, including two men facing robbery charges.Prosecutors say 21 year old Alex Gerald of Fairfield held up Sun Tan City in Old Town and Dunkin Donuts in Brewer on two consecutive nights in September. They say he used plastic guns that he spray painted black, and got away with less than $1000. Police say he was looking for money to support his drug habit.Also indicted, 21 year old Nicholas Wheaton of Standish. He’s accused of robbing the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Millinocket last month. He was arrested at a camp on an island in North Twin Lake. Wheaton is charged with Robbery and Stealing Drugs.

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Lane Closure in Downtown Orono

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It will take you longer to get through downtown Orono Tuesday, October 27.One lane of the Ferry Hill Bridge will be shut down in the morning so crews can repair a water main leak.The leak has caused a decrease in water pressure to residents on Marsh Island and the University of Maine. It’s also causing problems at the University’s Steam Plant.The lane will be shut down at 7 AM and the work is expected to last through the evening. Northbound and Southbound traffic will be able to cross the bridge, but it will be slow going.Officials are asking you to find alternate routes.

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More Visitors By Sea

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Portland’s final cruise ship of the season is due this week.The Deutschland is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday from BarHarbor. At the end of the day, it sails south for Cape Cod.A total of 48 cruise ships visited Portland this year, carrying about 70,000 passengers. For 2010 69 ships are scheduled to visit Portland.In just two years, the number of cruise ships visiting Portlandhas more than doubled.

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Danforth Plaza In Hermon To Welcome Two New Stores

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The Danforth Plaza in Hermon will soon be expanding and welcoming 2 new stores. For Tom Tillson and Rich Phirman, the owners of Tillson True Value Hardware Store, this is a match made in heaven. “We’re just so excited we can’t wait,” says Tillson, “we just wish we could really fast forward, when we pulled into this development back in April we just instantly fell in love with it because it’s top-notch, it’s first class, this is a place we’d be proud to do business.”Ellis Commercial Management was on hand at the groundbreaking to announce the expansion of the Hermon Shopping Center on Route 2, an expansion that will include a Family Dollar Store as well as Tillman’s True Value. “We’ve been looking at this project now, behind the scenes, for about six months,” says Rich Phirman, “and it’s finally come to fruition.” For the folks in Dexter, the name Tillson True Value should sound familiar. “The store has existed in Dexter for more than 4 generations, close to 100 years, and this is our first expansion, we’ve done well in the town, we’ve had a lot of support from members in the community in dexter and we’re looking forward to the expansion.”This expansion is sure to add some much needed new jobs to the area. “It’s hard to tell at this point we will be hiring people obviously,” says Phirman, “we hope to be open hours that are somewhat similar to the grocery store, longer than our hours are in Dexter, we’ll be open 7 days a week, probably closed five holidays per year, we’re gonna be here to serve the public so whenever they want us to be open we’ll be open.” They hope to have the grand opening May 1st.

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Minor League Ballpark Comes Back

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After a decade, a former Minor League baseball park is coming back from rest in Old Orchard Beach.The Ballpark was built in the early 1980s for the Maine GuidesTriple-A baseball team. The team left after three seasons and the ballpark was later used for concerts.A local economic development group is hosting an event at The Ballpark on Sunday called Woofstock. The events runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a costume contest, dog parade, a rabies clinic, pet supply vendors and other dog-oriented attractions.Volunteers in recent months have been installing a new grass field, repairing the fire-damaged grandstand and cleaning up the rest of the place. Supporters are planning for more events in the spring of 2010.

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Lowering The Volume At Acadia

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Ofiicials at Acadia National Park, are in the process of trying to keep the park even more natural. They are trying to work on prohibiting aircrafts from flying within the park’s boundries.John Kelly, Acadia Park Planner, says that the park is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to establish buffer zones that would extend a half mile from the park’s boundaries and 5,000 feet in the air.Any rules would not affect aircraft using the Hancock County-BarHarbor Airport in Trenton.Kelly says noise from aircraft is an issue in national parksacross the country. In 2000 Congress passed a law requiring the FAAto work with the National Park Service to manage air tours.

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UMaine Student Tests Positive for Swine Flu

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The University of Maine says one of its students has tested positive for the swine flu.The infected person lives alone on the Orono campus.The school says the student has chosen to remain on campus, and is recuperating in isolation.Residence hall staff members and others are helping, under plans developed at the University over the past six months.Students at highest risk at UMaine are being highly encouraged to get the H1N1 vaccine.A two-day clinic for students 24 years and younger, is scheduled for Monday, November 9th and Tuesday, November 10th.It will be held at the school’s field house.The vaccines are free.University spokesman Joe Carr says they requested six thousand vaccines, but were recently informed the number being shipped will be less.To try and ensure a spot, students can register for the free shot on-line at November 16th and 17th, the H1N1 vaccine will be offered to faculty and staff members as well as their spouses who are in groups identified as at risk.

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Ending Hunger Walking Tour Preview

Joy Hollowell

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A woman from Old Town is doing her part to end hunger in Maine, by going for a walk.Brenda Davis will again team up with credit unions around the state, to raise money for local food pantries.The Ending Hunger Walking Tour kicks off this Friday at the Maine State Credit Union in Augusta.Joy Hollowell tells us more.==========

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Clara Swan Honored in Bangor

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A former educator at Husson University in Bangor celebrated her time in the classroom and commitment to the community Sunday. Members of the service organization Altrusa International of Greater Bangor hosted a tea honoring Clara Swan.Swan started her teaching career in 1933 – spending most of it at Husson.There she was a teacher, a coach, a dean, a department head and vice president. She also served as the Casco Bay College President from 1975 to 1981. Besides her time in the classroom, Swan has also volunteered for a number of agencies throughout the area.She says she’s always had a warm heart for people. “I weighted a pound and half when i was born. I was in a shoebox in an oven. So maybe that’s why i had a real warm start.”Sunday was also a celebration of Swan’s 97-and-a-half birthday.Donations were collected at the tea, too. The money goes to the Altrusa Clara Swan scholarship fund. That’s awarded each year to a Husson University student enrolled in the Elementary Education Program.

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Fairpoint Files For Bankruptcy

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Governor John Baldacci says the state will be involved in the bankruptcy process for FairPoint Communications.The state has retained a special bankruptcy lawyer to monitor the case and protect the interests of Maine customers, according to the governor.The telecommunications company filed for bankruptcy on Monday, as part of a debt restructing deal they have reached with their banks.More than half of Fairpoint’s debt will be eliminated from their books, taking them from $2.7 billion in debt, down to $1 billion.Company CEO David Hauser says the move shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, and it’s good news for the long-term financial health of the company.Hauser adds the restructing will not affects operations or customer services, and customer billing and payment schedules will not change.”There is no doubt that fairpoint went through a difficult time. Much of that is behind us now, we get a lot of positive comments on customer service. So customer service haas improved dramatically. That being said, we need to improve further,” says Hauser.Hauser adds that Fairpoint could be looking at layoffs at some time in the future.He says the company continues to have a dialogue with their unions.

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TABOR Asks for Investigation in Pre-Election Activities

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The campaign for a taxpayer’s bill of rights referendum is asking Maine’s attorney general to investigate pre-election activities by two State House offices.The TABOR campaign questions activities by the legislative offices of Senate President and gubernatorial candidate Elizabeth Mitchell and House Speaker Hannah Pingree, both Democrats.The TABOR campaign claims documents obtained through a Freedom of Access Act request show that taxpayer-funded legislative resources and legislative staff time were used to fight Questions 2 and 4. Those questions on next Tuesday’s ballot seek excise tax curbs and new spending and tax restrictions.Mitchell’s and Pingree’s offices dismiss TABOR’s claims as “baseless and withiut fact.”Attorney General Janet Mills has not yet said whether there will be a criminal investigation, as the TABOR campaign requests. -AP

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Rules Discussed for Herring, Shrimp Fishermen

Catherine Pegram

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will discuss federal rules this week for herring and shrimp fishermen in New England. The commission is expected to talk Monday morning to see if adjustments in the number of fishing days are needed to allow for a full harvest through the end of the year.Poor weather has caused lower-than-expected catch rates.Then on Thursday, a meeting in Portland will set the dates of the upcoming northern shrimp season.

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Lewiston Murder Victim’s Estate Sues Employer

Catherine Pegram

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The estate of a 38-year-old pregnant woman who was murdered by a co-worker is suing the call center in Lewiston where they worked. The complaint claims the company should have known the woman’s killer posed a threat. Richard Dwyer is serving a life sentence after a jury last year found him guilty of robbing, raping and murdering Donna Paradis in 2007.Lawyers for her estate say Affiliated Computer Services should have been concerned about Dwyer because of his lengthy criminal record and complaints filed against him by another woman at the call center.A spokesman says the company’s legal staff has not seen the complaint and could not comment.

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Fashion Show in Brewer Helps People in Need

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A local church in Brewer turned to fashion Sunday to help people in need.The First United Methodist Church has been running the Shoe String Thrift Shop for the past few years.Volunteers staff it and all the proceeds go to helping out the community.They put on a fashion show Sunday to spread the word about the thrift shop.The money raised there goes to help local high school graduates afford college. They also donate clothes to people who lose their homes to fire.Marion Jerome says, “With the Thriftshop it’s a wonderful way to help out the community. We have really great clothes and they’re really cheap, we’ve got a lot of name brand stuff. Everything is really nice and really clean. We have a great group of volunteers that work at the shop and they can help you with anything that you need.”The thrift shop is located right behind the church, just off of South Main Street in Brewer.It’s open Wednesday thru Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Ending Hunger Walking Tour Starts this Week

Catherine Pegram

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An annual walk across the state to raise money to end hunger in Maine is set to begin later this week.The Maine Credit Union’s Ending Hunger Walking Tour is getting ready for it’s eighth year. As part of the tour, Brenda Davis, who runs Crossroads Ministries Food Pantry in Old Town, will cover the state on foot. This year, she’s set to walk up to 750 miles and visit 62-communities, from Kittery to Madawaska.At each credit union where she stops, she’ll collect donations for the food campaign.Maine credit unions are expected to contribute 30-thousand dollars to the walking tour. The tour gets started Thursday, with a pre-walk celebration set for Monday morning in Old Town.

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Centennial Celebration for Boy Scout Troop #1 in Brewer

Catherine Pegram

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It’s a centennial celebration for a Boy Scout Troop from Brewer.Boy Scouts both current and past got together at Camp Roosevelt in Eddington to mark a major milestone for Troop #1.Not only is the troop 100 years old Sunday, but also it’s believed to be the first Boy Scout troop formed in the United States, meeting at the Brewer Congregational Church.Among those at the party today, Don Fendler. He survived a harrowing time in the woods as a child and wrote the book “Lost on a Mountain in Maine”.The centennial celebration has been two years in the making and the scouts say they’re proud to be a part of history.Troop Master Rodney Hanson says, “Some of the boys more so than others because they’re history buffs, as I am. I’m a big history buff. So I’m quite excited about it myself. They understand that a group than can last 100 years – it’s gotta be a pretty good group.”Today’s Troop #1 has about a dozen members.They joined previous members for a spaghetti supper, and entertainment from the newly formed Troop #1 band. Members of the Brewer Congregational Church were also on hand for the celebration.

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New Businesses to Add Jobs to Hermon

Catherine Pegram

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Construction is set to begin tomorrow in Hermon on a project that’s expected to bring about four dozen new jobs to the area. Crews will break ground on an expansion of the Hermon Shopping Center on Route 2. A Family Dollar Store and a Hermon True Value will be added to the Center, next to the Danforth’s Supermarket and Seaboard Credit Union.We’re told once the work is done and the businesses are open, about 50 people will work there.

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