Main Street in Downtown Waterville is closed at this hour.It follows a robbery at a Bank of America branch, which was held up a few hours ago.Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey tells us the robbery happened shortly after 3-oclock Monday.Rumsey says Waterville police do have a suspect detained, but there’s a suspicious package still inside the bank.Waterville Police have been joined by a State Police bomb team on the scene.Rumsey says he expects lower Main Street to remain closed for the next few hours until they secure the scene.
Maine is aging faster than any other state, with 16 percent of our population 65 years and older.We also hold the title for the highest number of residents seeking treatment for opiate addiction.When you picture someone addicted to prescription pills, typically a senior citizen doesn’t come to mind.But there are an alarming number of older people in Maine who are battling this very addiction.Experts say it’s not so much about abuse, but more about the misuse of the drugs.Joy Hollowell has a special report on why a combination of the two is cause for concern.====”On average over the course of a year, someone 65 years of age or older takes 20 or more different prescription drugs,” says Len Kaye, Director of the UMaine Center on Aging.Mixing them with alcohol or homeopathic remedies, the wrong combination of pills, or even taking them at the wrong time, can lead a senior to become addicted to drugs.”Unfortunately, older adults probably are at greatest risk of not using drugs as directed because they don’t ask all the questions that they need to ask when they see their doctor,” says Kaye.Certain prescriptions, according to Kaye, like sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medications, wave a red flag.”This class of Benzodiazepines is really a group of drugs that we should be very, very worried about because older adults are prescribed them left and right and you really shouldn’t be on them for long periods of time, longer than 8 weeks,” he says.
Two women accused of having more than 18-thousand dollars worth of bath salts were in court Monday via video.Veazie Police say they pulled April Kane,26, over Thursday for speeding.They say they found bath salts, Methadone, hundreds of prescription drugs, pot and more than $1,500 in cash in her car.Kane did not enter a plea Monday.
An Orrington man accused of threatening a man with a crossbow made a video conference court appearance Monday.55-year-old Michael Henderson is charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.Police responded to Joy Lane Saturday night after a man said he was being threatened by a tenant living upstairs.Henderson did not enter a plea.Bail was set at one thousand dollars.
Monday was a special day for seven children in Maine.They now have something they had been living without, families.An adoption ceremony was held at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor Monday morning.Children ranging from 15 months to 14-years-old were adopted.Bette Hoxie with the Maine Department of Human Services says having the ceremony at the Discovery Museum allows families to legalize their adoptions in an informal setting.Typically, adoptions are held in court, this special ceremony happens once a year during Adoption Month.”It’s kind of bittersweet because the gain to their family is at the loss of another family so it’s bittersweet but it’s definitely wonderful for the children to finally know that they have permanency,” she said.If you’d like to learn more, you can call 287-3707.
Imagine an election year where every candidate is really just as good as they appear, where the campaign promises are all true, and the outcome tastes just as sweet for the winners and losers.Well, when your candidates are teddy grahams and your voters preschoolers, it’s possible.”My favorite kind of cookies are chocolate chip,” said four year old Savannah O’Leary, a student at the Highland Preschool in Hampden.The school gave its students their first look at the voting system.”Because it’s good to vote,” said a classmate.One by one they tried and then voted for their favorite of three flavors: honey, chocolate and chocolate chip.
The head of the Maine Snowmobile Association says an offer from conservationist Roxanne Quimby offering snowmobile clubs five years of access to trails on her land in exchange for their support for her national park plan doesn’t have much support.Bob Meyers told the Bangor Daily News that Quimby is now offering snowmobile clubs one year of access to trails on her land if they submit letters seeking permission.Meyers said Quimby had received some support from the clubs for her five-year offer, but not enough to make it viable.Quimby wants the support for her proposal to give the National Park Service 70,000 acres she owns or plans to own adjacent to Baxter State Park.
Bangor residents will head to the polls tomorrow to have a say in who they want to take their emergency calls in the future…They’ll be asked whether they want to keep dispatch services at Bangor PD or have the city pursue consolidation with Penobscot Regional Communications.”The no vote means we continue to support the council’s position of negotiating with Penobscot Regional Communications and the County,” said Bangor City Manager, Catherine Conlow.
Thanksgiving is still weeks away, but a local food pantry is working hard to collect more than 6,000 turkeys for the holidays.Manna Ministries in Bangor kicked off its annual turkey drive, Monday.This year, they say there are thousands of families all throughout the state who can’t afford a Thanksgiving dinner, and it’s up to the community to help make their holiday a special one.”With the economy the way it is, to provide a Thanksgiving meal for a family that they can sit down and have it really makes a difference,” said Bill Ray, Executive Director at Manna Ministries.If you’d like to donate, you can drop a turkey off at Manna’s offices at 629 Main Street in Bangor, or make a donation with a check or gift card.
A man accused of attacking a Rockland police officer while under the influence of bath salts was transferred from the hospital to jail Saturday.Police say they tried to arrest 36-year old David Carver of Rockland last Monday on outstanding warrants.They tell us Carver fought with an officer who then turned a taser on him.Police say Carver ran off and was nabbed near a construction site by a second police officer with help from two construction workers.Carver was treated for drug-related issues and minor injuries.A police officer was treated for minor injuries.