Jury selection will begin Thursday for a man accused of holding an elementary school classroom hostage on Halloween in 2008.Police say 57-year-old Randall Hofland pulled a gun on an officer during a routine traffic stop in October of that year.That incident triggered a week long manhunt before Hofland went into Stockton Springs Elementary School on Halloween.Authorities say he held a number of students hostage before he surrendered.He’s pleaded not guilty to 41 felony counts.
A Farmingdale man was sentenced to three years in prison and two years probation for cutting his pregnant girlfriend with a knife last June.Twenty-five-year-old Dennis Shannon pleaded guilty Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court to aggravated assault and domestic violence assault in connection with the June 20th incident in Farmingdale.Court documents indicate the woman had cuts on her neck and said shannon had also beat her.
A Washington woman died after her car crashed on Route 220 in Waldoboro Tuesday.It happened around 11 a.m., near the intersection of Old Augusta Road.Waldoboro police say the victim, 45-year old Kristen Gardner was the only one in the car.She was driving north, when somehow she lost control of the car.
A Bangor man is behind bars, after police say he assaulted his sister, niece, and nephew Tuesday night.46-year-old Dennis Wood is charged with several counts of assault in the incident.Police were called to an apartment on Langley Street around 6:30pm.
A legislative study panel is recommending that a Maine-based exchange be set up to help small businesses and individuals find more affordable health insurance.The committee of Democratic and Republican lawmakers released a report Monday calling for an online insurance exchange.The new federal health care law requires the states to establish their own exchanges.
Central Maine Power’s Smart Meter installation policy is coming under the microscope.The Public Utilities Commission voted Tuesday to open an investigation to determine if their no opt-out option is reasonable, or unjustly discriminatory.The commission will examine the possibility of local opt-outs to the program and what alternatives are available.Smart Meters were approved by the PUC last year.
Maine-based Jackson Laboratory has pulled back on plans to expand in Florida.The lab’s chief operating officer says they remain enthusiastic about the Florida project and plan to work with that state’s new governor on it.But for now Jackson Lab, which is based in Bar Harbor, has withdrawn its application for the expansion in Florida’s Collier County and has given no reason for that.Jackson Lab specializes in genetic research.It proposed building a huge facility in Florida where scientists would apply genetic research to human health problems.Florida lawmakers last year authorized 50-million dollars for the project.
The governor elect and his family have already moved into the governor’s mansion.An adviser says Lepage and his family took up residence Sunday.Governor Baldacci already had moved out, and it’s not uncommon for candidates to move in before the inauguration.The Lepages sold the family home in Waterville and made the move to Augusta.Joining Paul and Ann lepage in the seven bedroom mansion will be their daughter and Ann Lepage’s mother, as well as their dog, Baxter.
Workers at a Pizza Shop in Waterville are coming to the aid of one of their co-workers who lost everything in a fire this past weekend.Firefighters responded to Silver Place Road in Waterville on Saturday and found 55-year-old Janet York dead inside.York’s boyfriend, Bob Pomerleau, was working at the Waterville House of Pizza on Main Street that night.The owner of the shop says he’ll donate 10-percent of tomorrow’s sales to Pomerleau and match that amount out of his own pocket.Workers there have also started donating their tips to Pomerleau.Pomerleau has delivered pizzas for the Waterville House of Pizza for the past two years.If you’d like to add to the tip jar, the shop is on Main Street and opens at ten in the morning.
Some folks plan to make a splash in the ocean off Maine next month.The 11th Annual Polar Dip for the Ronald McDonald House is set for Friday, February 4th.On Tuesday, students from the Washington County Community Center announced that this year’s theme is “Support our Troops.”All money raised goes to the Ronald McDonald House.Organizer Janice Rice is looking for swimmers, you don’t have to stay in the water long.”I’m hoping for about 200 people jumping in the Atlantic Ocean in at least zero degree weather it takes about 10 seconds, you’re in, you’re out, you’re changed, it’s just a fun time,” she said.The Ronald McDonald House of Bangor serves as a home away from home for 450 families of ailing children receiving medical treatment each year.
Brewer residents now have to pay for the amount of waste they throw away.It’s called “Pay As You Throw” and Bangor could soon follow Brewer’s lead.Here’s how it works residents buy a city approved bag and fill it with their trash.140 communities in Maine currently utilize “Pay As You Throw.”City Engineer Jim Ring says Bangor has been looking at programs to help reduce its tax rate.The discussions to bring the program to Bangor are in the early stages, but councilors could adopt it as part of next year’s budget.
A couple of women created quite the scene in downtown Bangor Tuesday.Wearing lettuce bikinis, PETA’s lettuce ladies were in town promoting veganism.The women held signs that read “Turning a New Leaf: Go Vegan” and passed out soy hot cocoa to passersby.They are a part of the national organization, PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.They also passed out vegetarian starter kits to help people offset holiday weight gain and strive for better health in 2011.”This is a great way to get people’s attention in a fun way but then talk to these people about these very serious issues and talk about how people can improve their health, prevent cruelty to animals and help their environment by going Vegan,” said Ashley Byrne with PETA.For more information on PETA, you can visit their website at www.peta.org.
A Trenton boatbuilding company has been sold.The Hinckley Company has formed a partnership with Scout Partners LLC.According to Hinckley Chief Executive Officer, James McManus, 2010 was a great year for the boatbuilding company and they are “excited to have new ownership partners that are committed to building the Hinckley businessand that share the Hinckley brand”.David Howe with Scout Partners says, ” We’re very excited about the future potential of the company, including the boatbuilding and service businesses.”Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
Today, a former Bangor mayor presented a proposal to restructure the state government.Larry Willey addressed Bangor’s Rotary Club with a research report that looks at two decades of government history.Among the report’s recommendations, it says officials should focus on creating new opportunities for state residents.