A real-life Hamburglar has struck at a Maine McDonald’s.Police say a young man, seemingly inspired by the pattie purloining character once featured in McDonald’s advertising campaigns, ran between a car and the takeout window at the Augusta restaurant Sunday night as an employee handed a bag of food to a driver.A witness flagged down an officer leaving a nearby convenience store.Lt.
Authorities have charged five people in connection with what police called a methamphetamine lab that was discovered after a mobile home fire in Kingfield last month.Police say Seth Hinkley of Strong: Joshua Bartlett of New Portland: David Coffren of Kingfield: Charity Haines Christopher of Farmington: and Isaac Moody of West Farmington are facing a range of charges from drug trafficking to arson.Investigators found remains of the methamphetamine laboratory after the fire on Feb.
Federal agricultural officials say Maine’s 2011 wild blueberry harvest was 83.1 million pounds, up just slightly from the previous year.The good news for farmers in 2011, however, was that prices for those blueberries jumped significantly from 61 cents per pound in 2010 to 85 cents per pound last year.That made the 2011 wild blueberry harvest worth $70.1 million, 42 percent more than the 2010 crop.David Yarborough, the Maine Extension Service wild blueberry specialist, tells the Bangor Daily News that midcoast growers had lower yields per acre than did their Down East counterparts due to wet weather during spring pollination and a lack of rainfall in late August.Maine has 60,000 acres of blueberry barrens.
Bangor Hydro Crews worked late to restore power after strong winds brought down a line serving two substations in Brewer.Almost 5,000 Bangor Hydro customers were without power in Washington, Penobscot, and Hancock counties.The company was able to make repairs quickly, and had power restored shortly before midnight.
Back in 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled that corporations have the same rights to political free speech as people.But in a 5 to 3 vote Monday night, Bangor City Councilors decided to support an Amendment which would overturn that ruling.Under the current law, corporations do not have to reveal political spending habits.Councilor Geoffrey Gratwick says he hopes that this Amendment would remove secret money from the democratic election process.
Waterville Police are looking for a drug thief.They say he walked into the CVS store on Kennedy Memorial Drive and produced a note saying he wanted oxycodone and would shoot anyone who tried to follow him.Police tell us the pharmacist put the oxycodone in a bag and gave it to the thief.Police say they’re not sure if the robber took off on foot or in a vehicle.They’re examining the note he left behind.
Fire ripped through downtown Fort Kent early Sunday morning, destroying five buildings.Ten people were forced out of their apartments.We’re told the fire broke out around midnight in a building that houses Nadeau’s House of Furniture.There were several apartments involved, no one was injured.Investigators are trying to figure out what caused the fire.
Crews battled a small fire in Bangor Monday afternoon.It started outside of an apartment on 4th Street.Firefighters knocked down the flames quickly.No one was hurt, but the fire did cause heavy smoke damage to two apartments.The Red Cross is putting those tenants up for the night.Firefighters believe the careless disposal of smoking materials started the fire.
Police are investigating a burglary at Bangor High School.They say someone snuck into the school’s theatre while the actors were on stage performing.We’re told two actresses stepped off stage and caught him rummaging through the casts belongings.The man then took off, running towards WZON radio station.The man is described as tall, in his late 50’s, with a gray and white beard.If you have any information, you’re asked to call Officer Tim shaw at 947-7382 extension 95766.
Crews from five departments responded to a house fire in Oakland Monday afternoon.The fire appeared to start near a pellet stove on the second floor of the house according to Cathy Hayes, who owns the house along with her husband Thomas Hayes.Cathy Hayes said she was doing the crossword puzzle when she noticed the smoke.
An Ellsworth man accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of her infant pleaded not guilty Monday via video conference in a Bangor courtroom.Charges against Reynold Valcourt, 29, include domestic assault and domestic violence terrorizing.Bangor police say they saw Valcourt attacking his girlfriend inside an SUV at the corner of Main and Union streets Sunday night.When they approached the car, they say it was violently shaking and say they had to pull Valcourt from it.He’s being held on $1,000 bail at the Penobscot County Jail.
At Brewer High School, somewhere in between math and science class, students get a little lesson about life.”I tell all my friends to take this class,” said senior, Jasmine Coulter.It’s Coulter’s favorite course, and was the subject of celebration at the school Monday.”I think it’s important because it’s taught me a lot of things I wouldn’t have otherwise known.
Some of the Middle School Students at the Veazie Community School spent the weekend at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell matching wits with other students in “BotBall”, a competition featuring engineering and programming of robots to complete tasks and earn points.They learned more than just how to write programming to move robots around obstacles on a game board.”It’s really something I wanted to challenge them with,” said Middle School Science Teacher Lauree Gott.