We have new details surrounding the investigation of Reverend Robert Carlson.Carlson jumped to his death from a the Penobscot Narrows Bridge in Prospect in November, just days after State Police opened an investigation based on an anonymous letter accusing Carlson of sexual abuse.TV-5 has learned that Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross tipped Carlson off about the investigation on the day he died.According to a police report released by the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department, Ross told detectives that he contacted Carlson about the allegations because they were good friends.The report says that Ross had received a copy of the letter, and then told Carlson about it two days later.Ross told a detective that he didn’t want Carlson to be blindsided by the investigation, or upset that Ross had kept it from him.Shortly after the report was released, Washington County Sheriff, Donnie Smith, sent a statement to the Maine Sheriffs Association calling for Ross to resign from his position as president.As a member of the group, Smith tells us that Ross’ behavior is unacceptable and reflects poorly on the organization.”I don’t think this is something that we should condone, or even allow to continue.
A Lincoln girl is hospitalized after she was hit by a school bus Wednesday afternoon.It happened around 2:45 at the corner or Clark and Ariel Street.Police say 6-year old Sophia Nelson was getting off the bus with other riders at the time of the accident.We’re told Nelson somehow got caught underneath the bus, and was run over.The little girl was taken by medical helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Maine’s latest report card on tobacco use shows a continuing slide in the state’s grades.The American Lung Association of Maine, whose report card is being released Thursday, gives Maine an A for protecting people from secondhand smoke and a B for helping smokers quit.But Maine gets a C for not raising its cigarette tax beyond the current $2 per pack.
A legislative committee is holding hearings on a pair of bills requiring notification to authorities when a child is missing.Both bills before the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Thursday afternoon are modeled after “Caylee’s Law,” which is being considered in Florida.That legislation was inspired by the case of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, whose mother didn’t report her missing in Florida for about a month.
Trista Reynolds, the mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, says she was unable to complete a polygraph test scheduled for Wednesday.In a statement released on the website aylareynolds.com, Trista says she was told she couldn’t complete the test because of a medical condition.Trista goes on to say that she has spoken to police about this and that authorities are okay with the outcome of the incomplete test.
RSU 26 school board members heard from the Finance Committee Wednesday night concerning potential cuts.The district needs nearly 2 million dollars to balance the budget.The Finance Committee’s recommendations are just the beginning of the budget process.Some suggestions include cutting teacher positions as well as extracurricular activities like the Orono High School JV field hockey team.The proposed budget also recommends eliminating technology equipment at Glenburn Elementary as well as Asa C.
Starting Wednesday, Time Warner cable customers in Central Maine will have to make the switch to all-digital.The company is changing its remaining analog channels to an all-digital format.Customers need to install a digital adapter if they want to continue watching their favorite cable and network shows.Time Warner says residential customers can get as many adapters as they need for free until December of next year.To find out how you can get one, you can call 1-855-892-3444.
A Fryeburg Academy graduate has passed on the gift of education.Bion Cram graduated from the school in 1933.When he died in 2008, he left behind money to establish scholarships for students from Maine.One full scholarship to the academy and several partial scholarships are available.Students wishing to be considered must submit an essay along with the school’s regular application materials.To apply, call Fryeburg Academy’s admissions office 935-2013.
Two men are facing charges after homemade explosives went off outside a Waldo County detective’s home.On January 4th, Detective Merl Reed was at his house in Swanville when he heard loud explosions outside.When officials arrived, they found a large amount of nails in reed’s driveway and nine or ten explosive devices in front of the house.
A new landmark in downtown Orono is being given the go ahead.The University Credit Union plans to build on the corner of Bennoch Road and Main Street.According to President Matt Walsh, the credit union board voted unanimously in favor of moving forward with the project on Wednesday.
The staff at the Eastern Area Agency on Aging got a lesson in cooking Wednesday.But the meeting wasn’t just to learn how to cook good meals.The staff will be applying what they learned to teach seniors.According to the group, Maine ranks second for the highest rate of food insecurity among seniors in the country.Food insecurity means Seniors don’t know where their next meal is coming from.The class was administered by Cooking Matters for Maine, an organization that teaches low income families how to cook and eat healthy.”The recognition to eat healthy is not a major transformation there are a lot of small things you can do every day to improve your diet,” said Kristen Miale with Cooking Matters for Maine.If you’d like to help the Eastern Area Agency on Aging, you can give them a call at 941-2865.
Four people were in Federal Court in Bangor Wednesday because of a drug raid in November.Police say they are four of eighteen people involved in a cocaine ring busted up when police raided five apartments in bangor, four on Ohio Street and one on Garland Street.Court documents say 27-year-old Manual Trinidad-Acosta and 21-year-old Jacob Garcia, both of New York, were the ring leaders.Wednesday both pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.Fifty-two-year-old Pauline Rossignol of Brewer also entered a not guilty plea to the same charge, as did 46-year-old Edward Cogswell.Rossignol is free, the rest remain behind bars.All four could be on trial in March.