Folks in northern Penobscot and Piscataquis counties may be experiencing power outages.Close to 6,000 meters have been affected as the result of equipment failure at a substation.Bangor Hyrdo crews are working to restore power to its customers.Those affected are located mostly in Howland, Enfield area.Power is expected to be restore Saturday evening.Customers can report outages by calling 1-800-440-1111.
(Associated Press)A Rumford woman has pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and solicitation in connection with the shooting death of her husband.In turn, two counts of murder have been dropped against 25-year-old Gayla Sheldon.Her husband, Victor Reed Sheldon and his friend Roger Leroy Day Jr.
(Associated Press)The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department says a man died after the vehicle he was driving went off a road in Standish and hit a tree, trapping him inside.Officials say 69-year-old John Townsend was behind the wheel when his car went off the road and down an embankment, around 9:30 Thursday night.Deputies say he may have suffered some sort of medical problem right before the crash that contributed to it.The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a home invasion and sexual assault in China Friday night.Deputies were able to locate a neighbor that fit the description given to them.Thirty-three-year-old James Bickford was arrested and charged with robbery and gross sexual assault.Officers received the call from Dirigo Drive.
Navy frigate USS John Hall arrived in Bucksport Bay Friday morning to kick off the Bucksport Bay festival.This is the 14th year for the festival.The John Hall is a Maine boat that arrived at the bay for the second year in a row.State Senator Richard Rosen joined other representatives in welcoming the navy men.Rosen says the Bucksport Bay Festival is the perfect opportunity to showcase the area’s waterfront.”We’re celebrating the beautiful waterfront here at Bucksport and all the work that’s been done we’re working with out partners at Fort Knox and all the restorative work that they hae done at the Fort.”For more information about the Bucksport Bay Festival, click here.
Family and friends enjoyed chicken on the grill and live entertainment to wish Tall Pines a very happy 25th birthday.The family owned facility has been serving the community since 1986.It’s grown by adding retirement and assisted living with a nearby facility.”There are only two rehab facilities in the city in nearby areas and it accomodates the community,” says Belfast native Pat Schortmann.Schortmann assisted patients as a nurse before she became a patient herself.”I found that here that the people will go out of their way to make you feel like home,” she said.By providing patients with a home away from home, she’s seen her share of miracles.Which is why she believes just a little bit of love and optimism are essential steps in the healing process.”They thought they were coming here to die and I’ve seen them walk out of here.
The former head of the Chelsea Select Board accused of taking kickbacks from a road contractor has been indicted by a Kennebec County grand jury.53-year-old Carole Swan is charged with aggravated forgery, attempted theft and improper compensation for services.
Police say failure to stop at a stop sign caused an accident in Old Town Friday afternoon.A car with four people inside was traveling on Fourth Street and didn’t stop at the intersection of Center Street.It smacked into the rear tire of a dump truck on Center Street.Two people in the car were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Police are asking folks to keep their cars locked when they are unattended.In the past week, more than twenty cars have been broken into in the greater Bangor area.Sergeant Mike Burgess says four of those occurred in Hermon, between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.Burgess says only one of those cars had belongings stolen, some cash was taken from a purse.He says none of the break-ins have been forced entry.
Drug agents say they’ve busted up a New York to Old Town, Maine area drug connection.They say they were tipped in June of drug dealing at the home of 28-year-old Sarah Lemery of Bradley.Informants claimed she was working with gang members in New York City to sell cocaine in and around Old Town.Agents say they bought cocaine from Lemery, her brother, 39-year-old Samuel Call and 28-year-old Jamel Slaughter.Lemery and Slaughter are both charged with having cocaine and dealing it.
A recent graduate of Maranacook High School in Readfield, talented singer-songwriter Rob Burnell joined Jim Morris in the TV5 studio to promote an upcoming appearance and give us a taste of his music.Burnell sang his original pieces, “When You Come Around,” and “Love Me Anyway.”In the fall Rob is headed west for several gigs at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, but Saturday you can catch him at Higher Grounds Coffee House in Hallowell.