An electrical malfunction send firefighters out to battle a blaze at a home in Skowhegan early this morning.State Fire Investigators say a light above a kitchen stove was to blame.A neighbor on Bennett Avenue called in the fire just before 1 a.m.Fire officials tell us the first floor was destroyed, with some damage to the second floor.We’re told a woman was in the process of moving into the home, but was not living there yet.Crews from Skowhegan, Norridgewock, and Madison worked to contain the flames.
A man from Bucksport is going to prison for two years for setting fire to a restaurant and trashing a municipal recreation center, among other things.Twenty-one-year-old Christopher Allen appeared in Hancock County Superior Court, where he entered eight guilty pleas to charges stemming from his drunken acts of destruction in Bucksport last Fall and Winter.Last September, Allen was arrested after police saw him walking away from Crosby’s Drive-in Restaurant on Route 46 and then noticed smoke coming from the building.In february, Allen vandalized Bucksport’s recreation building, then stole a nearby car, leaving his photo i-d behind in a pile of broken glass.
The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter is celebrating 25 years and thanking all those who have helped them along the way.Executive Director, Dennis Marble says they wouldn’t be what they are without the generous support of the community and so many local businesses.Folks attending the celebration were treated to some music and a tasty dinner.Marble wasn’t with the shelter from the start but says it’s definitely come a long way.” We started like many shelters do as an overnight shelter, 12 beds.
The public was invited to a town hall style meeting in bangor Tuesday night, hosted by Second Congressional Candidate Jason Levesque.Levesque says they’re trying to cover the entire district and make sure folks from all over have the opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns.Levesque says it was important to have an informal meeting because everyone is equal.And the one message he hopes everyone leaves the meeting with.” That I’m going to listen to them.
Ladies, how’s this for a weekend getaway?Good food, great accommodations and a chance to learn how to skeet shoot.The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is behind the “becoming an outdoors woman weekend program.”It’s open to any woman in Maine.The three day event also offers lessons on such things as fly casting, trapping, and kayaking…all taught by experienced instructors and registered guides.The 225-dollar fee includes everything.It goes from this Friday through Sunday at Camp Caribou in Winslow.For more information, including how to register, you can log onto maine bow.com, or call Emily Jones at 287-8069.
A 1.4 million dollar federal grant will help to expand broadband services in rural Washington County.Axiom Technologies in Machias is getting money as part of the stimulus plan..Axiom provides broadband internet and telecommunications services to rural communities in Washington County.
The US Coast Guard and Canadian rescue crews teamed up to rescue three people from a fishing boat in distress near Grand Manan Island.A coast guard boat was dispatched from Downeast Maine, and rescue aircraft was sent from Canada to respond to a may day signal from the Canadian vessel the Wind Dancer Two.The fishing boat’s crew said it was taking on water.All three fishermen were safely removed from that boat.
A Colby College student has been cleared of charges stemming from a scuffle with campus security guards.That incident last year sparked a campus protest and accusations of police brutality.The charges against 23-year-old Ozzy Ramirez were dropped in exchange for community service.Ramirez, who’s from New Jersey, volunteered for sixty hours of community work with a Staten Island Youth Arts Group.He was accused of interfering with security guards who were medically assessing a student who became ill after a campus dance.
Testimony will continue tomorrow in the trial of a New Hampshire man charged with murdering his former fiance three years ago.29-year-old Jason Twardus is accused of strangling 30-year-old Kelly Gorham at her apartment in Alfred, then burying her body on his father’s property in New Hampshire.
A man from Bucksport is going to prison for two years for setting fire to a restaurant and trashing a municipal recreation center, among other things.21-year-old Christopher Allen appeared in Hancock County Superior Court, where he entered eight guilty pleas to charges stemming from his drunken acts of destruction in Bucksport last fall and winter.Last September, Allen was arrested after police saw him walking away from Crosby’s drive-in restaurant on Route 46 and then noticed smoke coming from the building.In February, Allen vandalized Bucksport’s recreation building, then stole a nearby car, leaving his photo ID behind in a pile of broken glass.
Three people were killed and a fourth person was injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle accident on route 1A in Dedham.A pick-up truck and a car collided head on about a mile away from the Lucerne Inn at around 4:00Authorities say the car failed to negotiate a slight curve in the roadway, crossing over the center line and into the path of the truck.Authorities say all three occupants of the car, 34-year-old Carlos Tapia, 23-year-old Rachelle Tapia and a 4-year-old girl died at the scene.
A Brewer man pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges after police say he was found driving a stolen vehicle.Police say 18-year-old Devin Tracy was driving with a vehicle that did not have a license plate with the lights off in a neighborhood on Third Street back in July.When they stopped him, police say Tracy didn’t have a driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.He was sentenced to 25 days in jail, and 2 years probation.
A registered sex offender in Bangor accused of trying to peek into stalls in a public restroom will spend the next thirty days in jail.William Gordius pleaded guilty to violation of privacy and two counts of disorderly conduct in a Bangor court room on Monday.In July, police were called to the Pickering Square parking garage when someone reported a man in the women’s restroom on his hands and knees trying to look up at women inside the stalls.Police say a woman trapped him in the restroom, locking it from the outside before they arrived.
School’s just started but officials in the Brewer area are already looking ahead to next year and how to handle a nearly $1.1 million shortfall.Brewer and Dedham Superintendent Daniel Lee says the bulk of the money is federal stimulus funds that’ll dry up in 2011.
Chris Vincenty and Lisa Burton have been running “Reel Pizza” in Bar Harbor for 15 years and it’s not your typical movie-going experience.”Reel Pizza is a movie theater where you can come and sit on the couch, have a fresh dough pizza, have a beer, watch a film in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere,” said Chris Vincenty, a co-owner of the theater.Last year, “Reel Pizza” was chosen by the Maine Film Center to be an alternate venue for a wide selection of films shown during Waterville’s film festival in July.They call it, the Best of the Fest.”What’s great is that it enables us to show films that you probably will never see anywhere else,” said Vincenty.Colin Capers works at “Reel Pizza” and agrees that the festival is a great event for the area, “It can bring people together in new ways.