MaineGeneral’s Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care will host the 11th annual “Cancer Survivor’s Day” Saturday, September 12. This year the event will called “Inspiration for Life 2009″. Numerous speakers will share stories and a variety of activities are scheduled. Parking for the event has changed. Organizers have arranged a shuttle to pick people up at Central Maine Commerce Drive as there may not be enough parking available onsite. For more information on “Inspiration for Life 2009″ please visit MaineGeneral’s website.
Police have arrested a man from Brewer in connection with a stabbing at an apartment in Bangor. 33-year-old Jamal Gibbons is charged with elevated aggravated assault. Bangor police say they got a call last month that a man had been beaten up in an apartment on Hammond Street. When they arrived, they found the 20-year-old victim from Hermon outside the building. He’d been stabbed a number of times, though we’re told his wounds were not life-threatening. Gibbons is being held at the Penobscot County Jail on $10,000 bail.
It was a murder-suicide.That’s what State Police have ruled in the deaths of a Windham woman and her 12-year-old son.Their burned bodies were found August 19th in an SUV parked at a gravel pit.Police say 41-year-old Karen Devine doused the vehicle with a flammable liquid then set it on fire with her and her son, Michael, inside. Detectives say the evidence includes letters Karen Devine sent to family and friends the day before the fire.Police say the letters contained money, household budget information and burial instructions for Michael.
A man from Lincoln is going to prison for 7-and-a-half years on federal drug charges. 28-year-old Robert Donath pleaded guilty in February to possessing cocaine with the intent to sell it. A judge also ordered Donath to pay $284,000, the amount of money generated by his drug sales. Prosecutors say Donath took part in a drug ring in the Lee and Lincoln areas from January 2002 to May 2006.
Old Town and Orono fire departments teamed up on a fire in Old Town today.They found heavy smoke in the basement and first floor of a house on the Old Mill Road.An elderly couple live there, only one of them was home at the time.Crews were able to get him out of the house and extinguish the fire.Lieutenant Mark Graffam says no one was hurt and the home wasn’t seriously damaged.Graffam expects the couple will be able to return to their home later this evening.
A business in Searsport has been given the opportunity of a lifetime.The owners are headed to New York City for their time to shine.Meghan Hayward explains.It’s lights, camera and action for a couple from Searsport.But it won’t be them on the screen, instead, it’s their designs.WIlliam and Pamela Hammond own Sunscapes Sculpted Canopies.They were asked to design canopies for the Metropolitan Showtime House and Dexter terrace in New York City.This is the second season for the show, where top designers transform indoor and outdoor spaces into stunning masterpieces of design.”At first I was quite excited. I didn’t know if it was true. It’s one of those things where you get an opportunity like this and you’re not sure what to do.”Once the initial shock wore off, they decided they couldn’t pass up a chance like this.So they headed to New York City and met with designer Marie Aiello.”We than put it into our computers and actually created 3-D models and renderings and we presented them to her and she loved them and then we went into production.”But they didn’t have a lot of time to put the canopies together, only a week.”Production was about three days so we were moving quite quickly and we pre set-up to help us when we did the set-up down there.”The Sunscape company is not being paid for the designs.But William says the exposure will be their payback.”This is a huge leap forward because it’s publicized.”Now it’s off to the big premiere party Thursday in New York.”I hope we have a lot of people ask a lot of questions about the canopies.”If you are interested in purchasing a Sunscape or would like more information you can go to their website www.sunscapesllc.com.
Ryan Post, a Knox County lobsterman feels that people outside of the state of Maine have a true facination with his profession. Therefore, he decided to tell his story via video. Post created a DVD that tells the story on the most ionic of Maine industries. The video titled, “Maine Buggin – A Year in the Life of a Lobsterman,” covers everything from lobster boat races, to traps, and even bait. As Post says this is a “real reality show.” The Maine lobster industry has been a tough one, with high bait costs and lot lobster prices. Additionally, there have been a series of crimes branching from turf dispites. Post wants the viewers to see Maine lobstermen and conservationalists, environmentalists and tewards of the sea, not pirates.
A man accused of murdering a woman on the Bangor waterfront last month pled not guilty to the charges today. 34-year-old Colin Koehler of Bangor remained mostly quiet during the brief proceedings this morning. He is accused of killing 19-year-old Holly Boutilier of Old Town on August eighth.His attorney, Richard Hartley, says they will waive a bail hearing at this time. He says their next step will be to review the state’s files related to the case, which he hopes to receive by next week.”We have reviewed the affidavit you have reviewed and done some of our own investigation, but in terms of understanding the state’s case we’re waiting for the opportunity to do that. We expect that now we’ll be able to do that,” Hartley says.Members of both families and friends of Koehler also attended the proceedings today.Police have also arrested a second man in connection with the case, 27-year-old Justin Ptaszynski. He’s charged with murder and hindering apprehension or prosecution.Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson says there is a possibility the two cases could be joined together when it eventually goes to trial.”I suspect that we’ll present Mr. Ptaszynski’s case to the grand jury the next time the grand jury convenes. And the case may or may not be joined for trial. That’s just a determination we have to make at this point,” Benson says.Koehler will continue to be held without bail at Penobscot County Jail.
A woman from Bangor is behind bars, charged in a stabbing.28-year-old Rubydale McGuire was arrested Monday for felony aggravated assault.According to Bangor Police, officers were called to an apartment on First Street for a report of a stabbing last Thursday.When they arrived, officers found blood in the hallway and a 49-year-old male victim in one of the apartments.The victim told police that McGuire was visiting with him when he noticed he was missing some cash. The man said when he confronted McGuire, she stabbed him.The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.McGuire is being held at the Penobscot County Jail.
People at the Bangor International Airport are always looking for new ways to say “thank you” to the Maine Troop Greeters.Folks there say it’s important to recognize the work the greeters do, day and night: welcoming troops who pass through the airport on their way to and from overseas.Wednesday night, airport officials are throwing an appreciation event for the greeters.They’re also planning to reveal plans for a new way to honor the troop greeters. “We will be unveiling a permanent commemorative that we will be placing on the airport grounds in honor of the troop greeters that will be completed sometime in the spring,” Airport director Rebecca Hupp told TV5 on Tuesday.While they’re not giving away details just yet, Hupp says BIA is putting together something the troops will be able to enjoy, since that’s the goal of the greeters.The troop greeter appreciation event will run from 4:30 to 6 pm Wednesday night, on the second floor of the Bangor airport. Everyone is invited.
A federal jury has ruled a fishing vessel that sank 60 miles off the coast of Maine and killed a fishermen was seaworthy.The jury determined the fishing vessel “Sirius” was in ship shape when it went down in July of 2005.A fisherman from Port Clyde, Gary Thorbjornson,was lost at sea. His widow as well as the two surviving crew members, including his son, filed a complaint against the family corporation that owned the boat.A judge threw out the negligence complaint.A lawyer representing the boat’s owner says the fishing vessel probably sank after striking something.
The number of women being arrested for domestic assault is on the rise in Maine.The Department of Public Safety says more than 1,000 women were charged with assaulting men in 2008, a 38% increase from five years ago.Law enforcement officials say battered men were less willing to come forward a decade ago because of the stigma involved.Others say women are now more inclined to fight back against men.Public safety commissioner Ann Jordan said there’s also been an increase in the use of drugs and alcohol, driving up the number assaults.There were about 3,000 men charged with domestic assault in 2008, about three times the number of women charged.
Two men are now under arrest in connection with what authorities are calling a deliberately set fire at a former paper mill in Gardiner.On Tuesday investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s office and Gardiner Police held a news conference, announcing they’ve found the two people they believe are responsible for the fire.Officials say 19-year-old Jack Downs of Chelsea and 20-year-old Joshua Lund of Gardiner were arrested Monday night.They’re charged with arson in connection with last week’s fire that partially destroyed the former paper mill on Water Street.Currently four tenants lease that building.The state fire marshal says teamwork with local fire officials and police helped nab the suspects. “It’s invaluable to have their help. We do not have the volume of investigators in our office that can do the same amount of work in the same amount of time as we’ve done here,” Said State Fire Marshal John Dean. “I’m just glad they’re off the streets and won’t be able to do it anyone else,” The building’s owner, Paul Rheaume told TV 5. “This is something that people don’t normally go through it’s quite a daunting task to get through it.” Both men are also charged with burglary.They were taken to the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta. Bail has been set at fifty thousand dollars each.
Accept responsibility, work hard, and stay in school… that was the message President Obama delivered to school children on Tuesday.The White House released the text of the controversial speech in advance, in hopes of dispelling fears the president would push his own political agenda. However, some schools across the nation and here in Maine opted not to show the speech to students. Adrienne Bennett has reaction from kids as to what they thought about the address. “You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. “”I though his speech was very lighthearted and very focused on the students.” “I think he should be talking to kids. It’s what a good President should do.”It was a matter of opinion and choice for students at Waterville Senior High.”Students that don’t want to participate have the option of not doing so.” “What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.” “I think it’s a message we need to hear more often.”Most school administrations left it up to teachers to decide whether the speech would be aired in their classrooms, however a handful of principals and superintendents TV5 called said they would not show it, in some cases schools did not have the technological capabilities. The president’s speech from a suburban Virginia high school has drawn fire from some groups, who say it’s an improper use of school time ” I think he was saying was to work hard and anybody no matter what side of the political fence they’re on can’t disagree with that.”A video of the president’s speech will remain on the White House web site for people to download and watch at their convenience.
It’s a big day for beatles fans. The much anticipated remastered editions of the Beatles studio albums are being released, along with the Beatles rock band video game.The original release time for all of the merchandise was midnight, but the albums came out a little early.Bull Moose in Bangor was able to sell the albums and box sets today. The video game will still come out at midnight.Folks are excited about the release.Ian Averill, a Bull Moose employee says, “Very positive reaction from critics. People are pretty much saying this is the closet you’re going to get to being in the studio when they recorded them.”Folks at Bull Moose say they’ve gotten many pre-orders for the box sets and expect the albums and video game to fly off shelves.
Dr. Craig Young has been caring for patients throughout the state for more than 30 years, through his practice, Vision Care of Maine.Six weeks ago he brought a new eye surgeon on board, whom he calls the best young surgeon he’s ever worked with.”His hands. Excellent hands.”Dr. Craig Young also says their working relationship is great– since Dr. Curt Young is his son.”I had hoped it’d happen. But boys will be boys and kids will be kids, and you never know exactly where they’re going to end up. But I’m so pleased he’s come back home,” says the senior Dr. Young.Curt has returned to Maine after surgical and fellowship training at Tulane University. He says the fast pace of surgery and new technology in his father’s private practice drew him in.”I would see my dad with patients that couldn’t read the big “E” on the wall. And the next day, their cataract was out and they could read 20/20. That immediate gratification is extremely rewarding as a surgeon,” Curt says.While both doctors do all kinds of eye surgery procedures, the senior Dr. Young specializes in the front of the eye. His son’s specialty is the back of the eye.”It increases what we can do for patient care. You know, a lot of our retina patient care had to go down to Portland or Boston. Now, we can do it all here,” Curt says.Both spend the week traveling to their vision care facilities throughout Central and Northern Maine. And both say they want to keep growing the practice. “My hope for the future is to continue on what my dad started building,” Curt says. “Expand, and bring more convenient patient care to more patients across the state.”
Orono, Old Town, and University of Maine police were kept on their toes this Labor Day weekend as nearly 50 people were cited for alcohol realted violations. “42 summons, there was one arrest for OUI, for operating under the influence this past weekend,” says Noel March, Chief of Police at the Universtiy of Maine.Chief March says many of those cited were not even students at UMaine. “We find that it’s not the University of Maine students that concerns us with their behavior as a priority,” says Chief March, “it’s those that may visit here on an occasion or trespass here looking for parties, looking for an opportunity.”Students here say this type of behavior is far from the norm. Rylee Rawcliffe is in her second year here in Orono. “I don’t think that’s a typical thing that happens here,” she says, “I think probably the combination of having a long weekend, the first weekend back at school, people are just really excited to get back together, went a little overboard and made some bad decisions.”A number of those getting in trouble were underage. They were cited for possesion by consumption, which allows officers to cite minors for being drunk even if they’re not in possesion of alcohol. Captain Joshua Ewing of the Orono Police Department says the law comes in handy. “For several years, we’ve been enforcing that law,” says Captain Ewing, “it’s a great tool for us for when we don’t have someone in possession, but you can see and smell and hear that they’re intoxicated.” Officials at UMaine want to remind students to use good judgement, and some plain common sense.”What we also want to recognize is that about 1700 students die every year, so when we recognize that alcohol, the excessive and irresponsible consumption of alcohol, is the fuel in the tank of many incidents.”
A woman from Frankfort is in fair condition after two cars collided on Route 1A.The accident happened at around 10:30 Tuesday morning. Waldo County Sherriff’s say 68-year-old Cecilia Wickenden of Camden crossed the center line in and slammed into a truck driven by 38-year-old Rebecca Anderson of Frankfort. Both vehicles rolled over. The 2 drivers were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center. Anderson is in fair condition. No information’s available on Wickenden.
Folks at Bangor Hydro and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department are asking the public for help in an ongoing investigation.Around 6 pm on Sunday August Thirteenth, a substation in the greater Bangor area was broken into.Two men were seen on surveillance cameras. A photo from one of the cameras has been released in hopes of identifying the suspects.Gerry Chasse of Bangor Hydro says substation break-ins usually happen in an attempt to steal copper wire.Chasse says substations operate at very high voltages and tampering with the equipment puts the thieves, company employees and the public at risk.And he says customers could end up footing the bill for a theft like this.”The cost of these sorts of instances of theft are ultimately passed on to customers through electric rates, so yes they ultimately pay for them.” “The charges we’re looking at right now are criminal trespass, criminal mischief and possibly theft.”If the suspects are caught and charged with the criminal offenses, they could face jail time.Anyone with any information or who thinks they can identify the suspects are asked to contact the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department at 947-4585.
Folks may notice some new television ads in favor of healthcare reform.The Maine People’s Alliance, Change that Works Campaign, and members of the Maine Health Care for America Now Coalition have launched the ads. They urge Senator Olympia Snowe to support real reform and a public option.The ads feature a woman who is a cancer survivor and afraid of losing her insurance coverage if she changes jobs and a man who owns a business and can’t afford to provide healthcare insurance to his employees.” We want to make sure medical decisions are made between doctors and patients. And that people have the comfort and security to know that there’s always going to be healthcare coverage there. If they go through a job change, lose their job or if they have to make a different career move they can do so confidently knowing there will always be an insurance option.”Goode says their stories are stories heard all throughout Maine.