The Maine Department of Labor just released February’s unemployment numbers.The unemployment rate for February was 7.1%, up just a bit from the 7% unemployment rate in January.Last February, the unemployment rate was 7.9%.The US unemployment rate came in at 8.3%.
It’s not to late to apply for a Habitat for Humanity house.The organization is still looking for families who are interested in applying.Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor will start building house number 15 in Hampden in May.The deadline to apply is April 20th.For more information, you can visit habitatbangor.org
A Millinocket man, who originally pleaded not guilty in a child pornography case, changed his plea Friday in US District Court in Bangor.Joshua Crawford has admitted to having child pornography.Police say they found hundreds of child porn files on his computer.No sentencing date has been set.
A Pleasant Point man is going to jail for a year and a half for starting wildfires in Washington County.Timothy Tiess, 37, entered into a plea agreement earlier this week.He was originally charged with five counts of arson, but as part of the plea deal he pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal mischief.
A man from the Piscataquis County town of Bowerbank lost his apartment to fire yesterday afternoon.A Dover-Foxcroft firefighter says the call to Bear Point Road came in around 3:30 as a chimney fire.He says the fire spread into the walls of the apartment, which is above a garage, detached from the man’s mother’s home.While the garage and apartment are destroyed, crews stopped the fire from spreading to the house.
A Bangor man has been sentenced to two months in jail for having a sex with a 15-year-old girl, a sentence that angered the girl’s mother.Prosecutors say 26-year-old Jaime Percival was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a minor.
Waterville Police were lead on a high speed chase Thursday afternoon.We’re told 30 year old Joshua Elliott peeled out in front of an officer in Downtown Waterville.When the officer tried to pull him over, Elliott sped off.Police called off the pursuit when the chase got too close to hospitals and schools.But Waterville police caught up with Elliott a short time later on a rural county road.Police threw down a spike mat, but Elliott swerved, missing the spikes.Officers backed off once again when the chase reached speeds of 80 miles per hour.But Elliott still didn’t get away.State Police caught up with him in Fairfield.After he wrecked his car there, he tried to run away, but was caught.Elliott has been charged with driving with a suspended license and elluding an officer.He was released on $2500 dollars bail.
Pay raises have been cancelled for two top administrators at the University of Southern Maine.The school’s president rescinded the pay hikes given to her chief of staff, and the school’s public affairs director.Both got raises of about 20% to bump their annual pay to $106,000.They were among dozens of employees who got pay hikes while most workers’ wages were frozen and with the school facing $5 million in budget cuts.
Franklin has postponed its municipal elections and town meeting.They were scheduled for the next two days.We’re told a procedural error that caused the problem has been fixed.Elections will be held Friday, April 13th and the town meeting will take place Saturday, April 14th.
A man from Bath is in jail after a high-speed chase in Manchester Wednesday night that ended when his car ran off the road, hit some trees and rolled over.Authorities say the man could also be responsible for robbing the Weathervane Restaurant in Readfield.29-year-old Lucas Creamer is charged with OUI, eluding an officer and violation conditions of release for a previous crime.
Members of the Bangor Police Department gathered together to say farewell to a colleague and friend.Sergeant Al Hayden has been with Bangor PD since 1987, following three years as a Skowhegan police officer.He helped establish Bangor’s Special Response Team, became a K-9 handler and the department’s training officer through the years.Thursday morning a reception was held in his honor to say thanks.”In that period of time, 25 years, you make a lot of acquaintances, friends, you see them daily and you rely on them it’s good to see them here,” he said.Sergeant Hayden says he’ll miss the good times with his fellow officers but is looking forward to having time off.