A federal trial is set to begin for an accused bomb maker from Alfred.Robert Infante called 9-1-1 last June from his home to say he’d been injured by a propane tank explosion.Police say he blew part of his finger off.The firefighters that went to his home reported finding about a dozen pipe bombs and a marijuana-growing operation.Authorities say they found more pipe bombs in the trunk of his car at a hospital in Biddeford.Infante go on trial early next month for possession of a destructive device and various drug and firearms charges.In 1988,he was convicted of similar crimes in Vermont.
Court records of the investigation into the killing of a young mother from Maine in New Hampshire are going to be keep secret for at least three months.A judge has ruled to keep under wraps for now information about the death of Krista Dittmeyer, 20, contained in search warrant affidavits, the autopsy report and other investigative paperwork.Nearly three weeks ago, Dittmeyer’s car was found idling in the parking lot of a North Conway ski area with her infant daughter inside.
Old Town City Council Chairman David Mahan is speaking out about the resignation of City Manager, Peggy Daigle.She resigned Thursday night at a council meeting, after being put on paid administrative leave Wednesday.Assistant City Manager Bill Mayo will fill the role for now.Mahan says the council is moving in a new direction with its leadership and is confident in Mayo’s ability as they continue to work on the budget.After they finish the budget process, they will begin to look for a new City Manager.”We will get through this budget process, it will be business as usual and we’ll just move on from there.
Students in Frankfort are taking steps against diabetes.The students walked around the school and through a nearby nature trail to raise awareness of diabetes, a disease they’re all too familiar with.Two students and a teacher are living with it.It was all part of a school wide event.
Veterans from across the state are in Bangor for the Disabled American Veterans State Convention.It’s being held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Bangor.Senator Susan Collins talked with the veterans Friday about the death of Osama bin Laden and had high praise for our nation’s Navy SEALs.She also addressed healthcare issues affecting veterans in Maine and across the nation.”They are the ones who have made such a sacrifice for our country and it’s a great honor to be able to just tell them that their sacrifice and their service are appreciated,” she said.One of the last surviving Tuskegee airmen from World War Two will also speak at the convention this weekend, which runs through Sunday.
Bangor will be a logger’s dream this weekend.The largest expo of heavy equipment, trucks, supplies and services for loggers is taking place at Bass Park.They say the trade show is a one-stop shop for folks in the business.They have a big following and have been coming to Bangor since 1983.One thing they say folks will be seeing new this year.” Biomass which is wood energy is a growing part of this business.
A Dover-Foxcroft man accused of shooting his younger brother has been charged with murder.Court documents in the investigation have been released.State police arrested 22-year-old Steven Mayo Thursday at his home on the French Road.Police say he killed his 20-year-old brother, Ryan, a week-and-a half ago outside Ryan’s home.
State lawmakers say a convicted murderer will not get their help with a shot at a new trial.A legislative committee has rejected a bill that would have allowed the consideration of DNA evidence collected after Dennis Dechaine’s murder conviction.Dechaine is serving a life sentence for killing 12-year-old Sara Cherry in 1988.He’s maintained his innocence for years.
There was a windstorm of activity going on at the University of Maine in Orono Friday.Students from across the state were taking part in a competition asking them to design and build their own composite wind blades.” It’s such a great time to learn new things about engineering,” said Justin Howe, a competitor.
Officials say the Obama administration’s special Mideast envoy, former senator George Mitchell, is resigning after more than 2 years of trying to press Israel and the Palestinians into negotiations.Officials say the White House is expected to announce Friday afternoon that Mitchell is stepping down for personal reasons.The 77-year-old has quite a resume.
The State House has given final approval to a Republican-backed health care overhaul bill.Thursday’s 78-68 House vote leaves only a final Senate enactment vote pending.The bill makes market reforms to promote competition among insurers and lower rates for consumers.The House rejected several amendments during a nearly four-hour debate before giving final approval.The bill says people can’t be denied health insurance or kicked off plans because they get sick or have pre-existing conditions.
A scientist whose areas of focus include climate change and sustainability has been hired to become the next president of Maine’s Unity College.The college announced on Thursday that Stephen Mulkey will take over in July for Mitchell Thomashow, who is stepping down after five years on the job.Mulkey is the director of the environmental science program at the University of Idaho.