Crews from multiple departments battled a house fire in Hampden Thursday night.The initial call to the home on Fowlers Landing Road came in around 9 o’clock.By the time crews arrived there was quite a bit of damage.The front of the house sustained the most damage, and there is smoke and water damage throughout most of the building.The owner wasn’t at home when the fire broke out, but was the one to report the blaze.”The homeowner wasn’t here,” Said Lt.
Legislators are holding a hearing on a bill that would increase Maine’s vehicle inspection fees.Friday’s hearing is before the Legislature’s transportation committee.As written, the bill would increase the fees by $3.That means inspections on vehicles built from 1996 on would be $21.50, up from $18.50.
A Maine legislative committee is considering a proposal that would direct Education Commissioner Steve Bowen to create a policy to reduce the risk of concussions in student athletes.The proposal by Representative Edward Mazurek, a Rockland Democrat, would require a student suspected of sustaining a concussion to be removed from play immediately.
Maine insurance regulators are scheduling a fourth session to hear comments from the public on Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s proposed rate increases.Anthem has requested rate increases of about 10 percent on average for several of its individual health insurance products covering about 11,000 customers.
Fire fighters from Medway and East Millinocket spent several hours battling a tractor trailer fire on the Interstate Thursday night.It happened in the Northbound lane of I-95 near mile marker 254, that’s North of Medway.We’re told the driver was able to make it out of the big rig safely.Fire crews were called there around 8:30 p.m.The D.E.P.
Failure to focus on the road likely caused a crash that shook up a woman in Brewer Thursday.Her car hit a tree off Brewer Lake Road around 11:30 Thursday morning.Orrington Fire Chief Michael Spencer says the woman refused treatment for minor injuries, including a bruise over an eye and a cut lip.Spencer says she hit the tree after taking her eyes off the road.
Animal rights advocates hit the state house with a message for lawmakers.Members of the Humane Society and Maine Friends of Animals wanted to share their support and concern over certain proposed bills.They want lawmakers to back potential laws designed to better protect animals.One bill would restrict animal lab testing, another would prevent horses from being taken to Canada for slaughter.They also lobbied against bills that would allow coyote snaring and hunting on Sundays.Katie Lisnik, the state’s Humane Society director, feels lawmakers are usually responsive to their efforts.
Each year thousands upon thousands of Mainers suffer brain injuries.To help promote awareness of that, two men who beat the odds considering what happened to them are sharing their personal experiences of living with brain injury.Scott Edward Kimball and Patrick Skidgel are two very different men who are bonded by brain injuries.The two men use their stories to inspire others battling similar symptoms.The Brain Injury Information Network says 10-thousand Mainers experience brain injury each year.Kimball says he lived a dark life that included drugs and alcohol.
An iconic restaurant in Hampden announced it is headed in a new direction.Dana’s Grill has been serving up meals in the Bangor area for more than 70 years, it’s one of the oldest restaurants around.On Thursday, we spoke with the owner who tells us the restaurant is moving away from its location at Hamlin’s Marina.Warren Caruso says they are looking for new opportunities to best serve their customers.Caruso says Dana’s Grill is moving out next week.If you would like to suggest a new location, you can contact him through Husson University.
A Bangor man accused of robbing the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union in downtown Bangor in January says he did it.20-year-old Donovan Steen changed his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” in court Thursday.He also pleaded guilty to stealing more than 4-thousand dollars worth of jewelry and other items from his mother.Sentencing is set for April 21st.