A man from Monmouth on trial for killing his mother pleaded guilty to murder this morning in Kennebec County Superior Court.In a surprise move, 44-year old Kenneth McDonald agreed to plead guilty to the murder charge, and in exchange, the state agrees not to pursue a sentence that exceeds 40 years.
RSU 13, which covers the Rockland and Thomaston area, is closing school early Wednesday.Superintendent Judy Lucarelli says they’re closing because of the heat.High School will be dismissed at 11:30 and the elementary school at 12:30.And Old Town High School has cancelled all after-school sports.RSU 13 also announced that school is cancelled for Thursday, due to the heat.
A move to ban text messaging while driving is likely to go before state lawmakers during their next session.Last year, lawmakers passed a law that attempted to deal with all forms of distracted driving, but some say it doesn’t go far enough.State Senator Bill Diamond says he’ll introduce a bill to ban texting while driving.The U.S.
State and city officials gathered Tuesday night at the Brewer Medical Center.It was the ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the facility.The center is a service of Penobscot Community Health Care.And provides a variety of services.They offer family medicine seven days a week and provider on-call telephone coverage over night.They also have psychiatric care and mental health counseling, along with x-rays.President of Penobscot Community Health Care, Reverend Bob Carlson, says there was a big need for the facility in Brewer.” We have grown exponentially.
Two people were sent to the hospital after an accident in Brewer Tuesday afternoon.A witness told authorities a minivan driven by 58-year-old Neil Moulton was traveling east on Route 15 when it failed to stop at a red light and ran into a pick-up driven by 52-year-old Terrence Skillins.Police say Skillins was pulling out of the parking lot of Ron’s CafÃ©…Both drivers were taken to the hospital.” We have had complaint of pain.
The Bangor Area Community Coalition is hosting a conference to help people combat addiction.On September 9th, the coalition also known as BARCC will host its Third Annual Conference on addiction recovery.There will be several workshops at the conference including working with professionals, peer support and addiction in the court system.The coalition invites not just people who are seeking recovery but everyone who is affected by addiction.
With Maine students heading back to school this week, law enforcement officials want to remind everyone to stay safe.Rebecca Wilson has been driving students to school for the past five years.She’s always surprised when people drive by her when she stops her bus.”Very frustrating because it’s all about the safety of the kids,” she said.Even though lights are flashing and there’s a giant stop sign hanging from the bus.
Bangor police say a man is recovering in the hospital after an altercation early Sunday morning.The 47-year-old man was found unconscious under the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge on Union Street.He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center.Police believe there were several witnesses to the incident.If you have any information, you’re asked to call Bangor police at 947-7382, ext.
Organizers of the American Folk Festival will not be releasing a projected attendance figure for last weekend’s event.Festival Director Heather McCarthy says it was an enthusiastic and healthy crowd on the Bangor waterfront this year, and certainly more than last year, which was hampered by rain.McCarthy says the Bucket Brigade brought in a record $170,000 in donations.That still leaves the festival about $50,000 short of their fundraising goal for this year.
It might be just a matter of months before the former Moosehead Manufacturing Plant in Monson is turning out furniture again.Louise Jonitis of Portland won the bid to buy the plant.She’s agreed to pay just over a million dollars for it.The Governor’s Office says Jonitis plans to have the company up and running within 3 to 6 months.
A power outage in Brewer has left about 1500 customers without electricity.Bangor Hydro Spokesperson Susan Faloon says the problem with the outage happened in the area of Washington and State Streets.The outage is covering a great deal of the Brewer area, including Wilson, State, North and South Main, and surrounding streets.Bangor Hydro doesn’t know the cause of the outage, but a crew is out working on it.