You have to be 18 to join the military, but there are plenty of Mainers younger than that, currently “serving” our country.they are the sons and daughters of soldiers overseas and the battleground these young people face is one of the toughest to fight.Joy Hollowell has a special report on “My Mommy or Daddy is Deployed.”===========Scenes like soldiers coming home from war are heart warming to watch, especially when the soldier returning is a mom or dad.”A lot of us are very honest when we say that it’s a lot easier to be deployed than to stay at home.”Chaplain Andy Gibson is the Director of Deployment Cycle Services for the Maine Army National Guard.
The students of Tremont Elementary support the troops.In March, the fourth and fifth graders adopted soldiers from the 1136th Transportation Company out of Bangor.Since then, the Wildcats have delivered countless care packages and items to say thanks.”We try to add things that have to deal with the holidays and things that are happening, we send them newspapers and pictures of things that are going on,” said student Paige Murphy.She and her brother Parker say sending the packages is more than just a project.”It makes us feel good, we’re really proud when we put them together,” he said.The Murphy’s uncle, Dale Bergeron, is a part of the unit and a part of the school.A card board cut out of the former Wildcat is on display at the building, but on Wednesday that cut out came to life when Bergeron made a surprise visit.”When I saw him, I just started smiling a lot, almost started crying because it was such a surprise,” Paige said.It even caught Bergeron off guard.”I was really set back with the welcome I received, it was pretty emotional to get that kind of welcome,” Bergeron said.Bergeron will be home for just one more day, but he says he’s more than happy to spend a little bit of time to the students whose support means so much to the 1136th.”We think of them just as much as they think of us, and it’s really touching to know what they think of us,” he said.
Maine’s highest court heard an appeal by an Eddington man who claims he received too harsh a sentence.Ryan Witmer went on trial last year, accused of forcing his way into his estranged wife’s home while she was watching a movie with another man.Witmer was sentenced to four years after being convicted of assault and violation of a protection order.The jury found Witmer not guilty of attempted murder, aggravated assault and burglary.His lawyer argues the four year sentence was based on the charges he was acquitted of.The state says all the facts of the case were relevant to the sentencing.”We don’t want to have judges restricted on what they can consider when it comes time to sentence a defendant.
Veterans and military personnel can view the documentary about the Maine Troop Greeters for free Thursday night.”The Way We Get By” will be shown at the Collins Center for the Arts on the University of Maine campus in Orono at 7 o’clock.The movie highlights the lives of three Bangor troop greeters.Admission is free for veterans and military personnel and $6 for anyone else who attends.
Lawrence Avenue in Fairfield was blocked off Wednesday while crews deal with a partial train derailment.Fairfield police say they got the call around 12:20 Wednesday afternoon that 5 cars had come off the tracks.We’re told the Pan Am train was coming from Sappi Paper Mill in Skowhegan.Fairfield police say the train cars were not caring any hazardous material and that no on was hurt in the derailment.
An Orono woman is charged with aggravated assault after her 9-month-old son suffered a fractured leg.According to Captain Josh Ewing with the Orono Police Department, 23-year-old Lynn Crossman was arrested Saturday after being questioned about her sons injury.A doctor from Eastern Maine Medical Center alerted police when the boys injury was not consistent with the story Crossman was telling them.The Department of Health and Human Services has been called in .We’re told the boy is ok.Crossman is due in court in December.
A Jonesport man who has been missing since last Saturday has been found.State Police say 26-year-old Robert Leighton called his family to tell him he is safe and in California.The family says Leighton told them in a collect call that he he took a Greyhound bus to Santa Anna.Leighton was last seen at his home on Indian River Road around 5 in the morning November 6th.