Governor John Baldacci says he’ll try and strike an optimistic note during his State of the State address Tuesday night…The Governor tells the Maine Sunday Telegram that he’ll focus on his plan to reposition the state for the eventual economic rebound.Although he didn’t go into specifics, the Governor said he intends to unveil a major energy initiative. He also plans to talk about improving health care, education and economic development.Baldacci will be speaking before a joint session of theLegislature.
An eight-grade student accused of bringing a loaded handgun to Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland is awaiting a juvenile hearing Monday in Waterville District Court.Officials say the school went into lockdown Thursday morning after the principal was informed that the student had a weapon.Police were called and the 14-year-old was apprehended. The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and terrorizing.No shots were fired during the incident and nobody was hurt.The boy is being held at the Mountain View Juvenile Detention Center in Charleston.
It took more than 50 firefighters several hours to put out a house fire in Etna Sunday morning.The call came in just after 1 a.m. that a house on the corner of Latkins and Stage roads was on fire.By the time the first crews arrived, the home was engulfed in flames.Mutual aid was called in from several surrounding towns.The home was abandoned, so no one was inside.Crews were on scene for more than eight hours, but finally managed to put out the flames.One firefighter hurt his knee and was treated and released at a local hospital.No word yet on what caused the fire.The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate.
If you’d like to know how the federal stimulus money is being spent in Maine, there’s a new website for you to check out.Governor John Baldacci just announced a new and improved stimulus website.It now provides up to date information about where and how the federal money is being distributed in Maine.The website also has information about state programs that will receive the money…and graphics showing the allocation of funding in several different categories.State officials say the website will be updated frequently…You can check it out for yourself at www.mainerecovery.gov.
The Bangor woman who was the first female in North America to become a licensed ship captain, has died at the age of 93.Molly K. Carney, was best known by her maiden name, Molly Kool.The Canadian won her captain’s papers in 1939 and sailed the North Atlantic between Alma, New Brunswick, and Boston for five years.Kool fell in love with a man from Maine and moved to the pine tree state.At the time of her death of February 25th, Kool was living in a retirement community in Bangor.She had a lighthouse and captain’s wheel outside her room, and other residents referred to her as “Captain Molly.”
Last year it was bears scaring off outdoor enthusiasts at Bangor’s city forest…now it’s…owls?Cross-country skiers who hit the trails at night are reporting being targeted by an angry great horned owl…Over the past three weeks, at least eight skiers and a few dogs have apparently have fallen victim to the owl, who’s swooped down with its talons outstretched and smacks them on the head…Jim Allen of Bangor was skiing on the East Trail recently when he was whacked in the back of the head…Because he was wearing a hat, he didn’t get scratched..But according to a local doctor, at least three other skiiers suffered small lacerations…Fortunately, none needed stitches.
Most of the 140 workers laid off a month ago are being called back to the Katahdin Paper mill in East Millinocket.Officials with Fraser papers, who run the mill for the parent company, say they have enough orders now to restart the number five paper machine, which makes newsprint or directory paper.As long as there are orders, they say, the machine will stay up and running…491 workers are employed at the mill…The plant in nearby Millinocket has been closed since September, as the parent company makes the transition from steam generation power to biomass.
Eighteen Maine Army National Guard troops are being honored in Augusta following their return home after a year of duty in Afghanistan.The Freedom Salute Ceremony was held Saturday at the Togus Veterans Administration Center.The soldiers in the Embedded Training Team served as mentors to Afghan army and law enforcement units, which participated in combat operations against Taliban and al-Qaida forces.
Over two thousand Bangor Hydro customers were without power for a short while Saturday afternoon.Hydro spokesperson, Susan Faloon, says the outage happened just after noon, when a phase came off an insulator layer on a cross arm.Folks in Hampden, Winterport and Newburgh were effected.Faloon says power was restored to that area, within an hour.
It’s been three years since a homeless man’s body was found burned under the Harlow Street bridge in Bangor.And police say they are still actively looking for the individuals responsible for Trevor Sprague’s death.Cori Skall has the update.”It’s still active, and we are actively pursuing tips. We still get tips on a regular basis, and we follow those up.”It’s been 3 years since authorities discovered the burning body of a 34-year old homeless man underneath a bridge in Bangor.And police are still not releasing many details surrounding the incident.”We don’t obviously release all of the particulars of a case because there are certain things that only the person that is responsible for this crime would know.”And while police have classified Trevor Sprague’s death a homicide, they have yet to make an arrest in the case.”You want to get something within 25 hours. After that time, things start to….you get worried. Things start to get a little stale, and you know, sometimes a little over 24, 48 or 72 hours, that’s one thing. But, like you said, when you start getting now in to years, we don’t like that.”But Sgt. Paul Edwards says, because there is no statute of limitations on murder, the case remains open, and a priority for authorities.”We’ll never forget the case. It will always be open. So, for the family, they have nothing to worry about, as far as that’s concerned. It will always be actively pursued…until it’s concluded.””Our ducks are in a row, so to speak. Now it’s just time to continue to work those leads, and continue investigating and solve the case.”Edwards says even though three years have passed, there may still be someone out there with information about the Sprague case.He urges folks who know anything, even if it’s just a rumor, to contact the Bangor Police Department.They even can do so anonymously.”We want to prove to the state and to this family, that we can conclude this crime successfully.”Cori Skall, Wabi TV 5 news.Again, police are asking anyone with information regarding the Trevor Sprague case, to contact them at 947-7384.
Nothing has been left untouched by the tough economy, but it may have actually done some good for home buyers. Realtors say the housing market has never been more affordable, and first time home buyers are now offered tax incentives. Prices are low, interest rates are down, and inventory is at a high.”Right now we’re experiencing more inventory, we have more opportunities for buyers.” Says Karen Kellerman of Prudential in Bangor.The real estate market is ripe – and right now, it’s full of first time buyers.”The last three to four years, we’ve had a lot of first time home buyers.” Says realtor Andree Knowles.”I’ve had a lot of first time home buyers, that for what they’re paying for rent, they can be in their frist house.” explains Kellerman.Because of the federal economic stimulus package, from now until December first of 2009, the deal for them is even sweeter.”There’s now the eight-thousand dollar tax credit for first time home buyers. Somebody can afford 20 percent more in a house than they might have if they’d purchased a couple years ago.” Kellerman says.Even though the dollar goes further in this market, Knowles says the huge homes of the housing boom are losing popularity and buyers are opting for something more affordable. “People are looking to downsize, particularly with utilities going up and everything else. We try to keep homes affordable and that’s been a big selling point for us.”Knowles says in this economy, the hardest part for some buyers may be finding the financing.”The mortgage in some cases is a little harder to obtain, mortgage companies are a little stricter than they were.”She says because of this, spec homes in subdivisions are less common. Builders are waiting for buyers to secure loans and sign contracts before construction starts. But if you have the cash, realtors advise potential buyers not to procrastinate.”Now’s the time to buy.”
Hancock County’s largest employer is cutting jobs.The Jackson Laboratory has announced 55 job cuts. More than 300 other employees will have their hours reduced.Rumors have been circulating for weeks and the announcement really isn’t a big surprise but it’s one that will affect the entire lab community.”It’s a very difficult thing.”The Jackson Lab is known around the world for its scientific research and its mice. Officials say not even their reputation could completely protect them from the effects of declining economic conditions.”Downturn in pharmaceutical industry, the bio tech industry and in academic research has affected our sales of mice and research services and so we just have no alternative but to reduce our workforce and size it for the demand we are experiencing.”55 employees will lose their jobs.”We’ve put together the most generous severance package we could scrape together under the circumstances. They’ll get a couple of weeks severance pay plus another week for each year of service and we will help them with the cobra payments for continued health care.”The number could have been higher. More than 300 people will have their hours cut in a move to save more jobs. the suggestion was made by the employees.”I think people are willing to make sacrifice when they know they are helping their fellow co-workers and I know it’s not easy to see some of our co-workers maybe not be here as these decisions are made but overall we are going to be keeping a large number of us still here and that’s a really good thing.””We are taking these actions with deep regret and humility and we hope that we’ll be able to bring all those part time people back to work as soon as possible.”Lab officials say their scientific research is funded through grants and private donations so that will not be affected.They believe the reduction in hours is temporary.They tell me they hope to everyone back up to 40 hours in 8 or 9 months.
A Waterville man convicted of killing his estranged wife has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.42 year old Richard Reynolds was sentenced Friday in Somerset County Superior Court. Reynolds was found guilty of murder last November.A judge rulled Reynolds purposely shot 37 year old Rhonda Wakefield-Reynolds on January 12, 2007. The shooting took place the day after she filed for divorce. Reynolds testified at his trial that he intended to kill himself in his wife’s presence but that he flinched and the gun discharged when he heard their two children outside the bedroom.We’ll have more on this story coming up on TV5 News at 5 and 6.
The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office says a 16-year-old boy has been detained following a fire at the Winthrop library. Lt. Joseph Thomas of the Fire Marshal’s Office says the fire at the C.M. Bailey Library was detected by a police officer soon after it broke out around 2 a.m. and damage was kept to a minimum. The fire originated in the library’s boiler room. An investigation shows that the fire was intentionally set. The teenager from Winthrop was referred to juvenile justice authorities.
A water main break on the main road in Searsport has forced school officials at SAD 56 to cancel classes for Friday.SAD 56 encompasses Searsport, Stockton Springs and Frankfort.The break was reported in the early morning hours and is located in the area of Main and the Mortland Road, the same road as the Searsport schools.We’re told crews are now evaluating the break to find out how severe it is.
A Searsport High School Student has organized a spaghetti supper to help his community.Zach Parker organized the supper to help Waldo CAP, a local agency that helps low income families.Local businesses and teachers at Searsport High have donated money to the cause.Parker says the funds raised will all go to Waldo CAP’s Fuel Assistance program.He says he saw a need in his community and has always wanted to help.”So I decided that I have the chance so why not help the community by giving money to their fuel program.” says Parker.The spaghetti supper will be held on March 7th from 4:30 to 7:30 at Belfast High School. Admission is six dollars for adults and three dollars for kids.
Fishermen from throughout Maine got together on shore today in Rockport. Seminars, exhibits and a trade show are all part of the 34th annual Fishermen’s Forum, being held at the Samoset.From lobster traps to the floundering economy – This year’s Fishermen’s Forum covers all the issues.”The demise of the ground fish fishery in the state is a very serious issue, there’s a lot of issues around the lobster market with the fall of the stock market last year.” Says Pat White, the President of the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation.Fishermen from across the spectrum came to the forum to attend various seminars, and discuss the current state of the industry.”It’s very important for people to stay educated on everything that’s going on especially with the whale ruling… what will they do to effect us.” says lobsterman Danny Staples.”There are people here trying to get together to talk about the different ways of marketing lobster and what they can do, hopefully to cut back their expenses and fish more profitable.” says White.But it’s not all about business here, the forum is as much about networking and socializing.”I’ve been attending for 20 odd years… It’s a social hour as well, see old friends, that you might have not seen for a year there’s probably very few vendors in here I don’t know.” says Staples.”It gives a good chance for the lobster fishermen to interact.” Says White.There are over a hundred vendors at the forum and they’re selling everything from engine parts to jewelry to lobster traps! … But even the vendors say seeing familiar faces is the best part of this event.”There’s a lot of relationships that’s been made over the years. Besides just selling the product it’s a good social time.” Jerry Wadsworth, a salesman for Friendship Trap Co. explains.But even if fishing is not your forte, the fishermen say the forum is fun for everyone – and open to the public.
There’s been an arrest in the murder of a man who was found strangled and suffocated at his home at Old Orchard Beach last summer.State Police arrested 43-year old Darlene George in connection with the murder of her husband, Winston George on June 20th. Winston George was found murdered in their home on the Smith Wheel Road following a reported home invasion. Darlene Georges’ brother, 45 year old Jeffrey Williams of New York, and her acquaintance 48-year old Rennie Cassimy, also of New York, were arrested and charged with murder last year for their participation in the homicide. The arrest follows an indictment for murder and conspiracy to commit murder handed down by the York County Grand Jury Thursday morning.
A 14-year old boy was arrested Thursday at Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland for bringing a loaded handgun to school.A child was reported to Principal Mark Hatch as having a gun during the late morning hours. No children or staff members were hurt.The Principal implemented the lock down and called the Oakland Police Department, which was protocol for the schools crisis plan. Police confirm the Principal and School Resource Officer, Dusty Woodside apprehended the student and secured the weapon within minutes of notification that the gun was on school premises. Oakland Police Chief, Michael Tracy says the young man was compliant when confronted about the weapon and there was no struggle.The young man is in police custody charged with carrying a concealed weapon and terrorizing, both are felonies. The investigation is ongoing.
(AP) – Domtar Corp. says it is idling its pulp mill in the eastern Maine town of Baileyville for an indefinite period because of the poor global economy.Montreal-based Domtar said Thursday the facility will shut down on May 5, affecting about 300 employees. Chief Executive John Williams said the industry is suffering from weak global demand for pulp, high inventory levels and depressed prices. With no immediate recovery on the horizon, he said the company must reduce its manufacturing capacity.Gov. John Baldacci said he has assigned state officials to work with Domtar to see if there is a way to keep the mill open.We’ll have more on this story coming up tonight on TV5 News at 5 and 6.