The Maine Board of Education has signed off on improvements to six schools in critical need of renovation or replacement.Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen said Wednesday that the board approved the list of six schools that would be the first since 2005 to be slated for state construction funds.The schools are: Morison Memorial School in Corinth, Sanford High School & Regional Technical Center, Newport Elementary School, Emerson School in Sanford, Charles A.
Maine residents can now check the state prisons department website to find out whether any convicted felons are living in their communities while on probation.The Department of Corrections website allows people to search through the database of state’s more than 9-thousand adult prisoners and probationers.
A Bangor man is in jail Wednesday after police say he threatened two men with a combat knife.Twenty-three year old Christopher Cole was arrested Monday morning.According to the men, they were walking down Oak Street in Bangor when Cole rode up to them on a bike.They told police he started arguing with them and then pulled out the knife.When police arrived, Cole claimed the men threatened him first, but a search revealed he was carrying a knife in a sheath.Cole was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and is facing multiple charges, including felony criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
The search for Ayla Reynolds continues, as divers with the Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service began diving in the Kennebec River this morning in Waterville.The diving began around 9 a.m.Central Maine Bureau Chief Rob Poindexter is there, he’ll be live on TV 5 News at Noon with more details.Police are expected to update the media on their search this afternoon.
A fireplace used to take off last night’s chill was likely the cause of a house fire in Carmel early this morning.Crews from six towns were called to Cook Road just after midnight.When fire fighters arrived just minutes later, they said there were flames in the attic area of the home.everyone living there made it out safely, and a bird and cat were saved as well.One person did have to be treated for smoke inhalation, but they were not taken to the hospital.Chief Azevedo said the damage is mostly contained to the area up and around the fireplace.Crews cleared the scene around 3 am Wednesday morning.
A lawyer for Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission says the agency had broad discretion in approving a massive development in the Moosehead Lake region, but lawyers for environmental groups say the panel shouldn’t have tweaked the plan without reopening the proceedings.Maine’s highest court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that prompted criticism from Gov.
Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland says the Maine Warden Service and Maine State Police will take part in a couple of dive operations Wednesday morning in the search for missing toddler Ayla Reynolds.McCausland says the bodies of water are centered in the Waterville area, but the exact locations of the searches will be released Wednesday morning.TV-5 will keep you up to date as the story progresses.
Howland district residents say “Yes” to a loan for SAU 31.The school district faces a budget gap of over a million dollars.Over 300 people took to the polls Tuesday, with an overwhelming majority approving the loan.Since the vote passed in Howland, each of the six towns in the district will hold a vote on Tuesday, January 24th.
Some hardworking hands are bringing love to a local preschool one stitch at a time.The Backroom Stitcher’s quilting group donated over a dozen handmade quilts and two dozen pillows to a local preschool.Watch Me Shine is a developmental preschool for children with autism.For more information on the Backroom Stitcher’s quilting group, you can visit www.astraightstitch.com
The Washington Hancock Community Agency in Ellsworth received a much needed donation to help Mainers stay warm all winter long.The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the Lerner Foundation and Zone Radio came together to raise funds for heating fuel assistance.Representatives with the groups presented the agency with a check for $69,358 Tuesday.The money will go into the organization’s THAW fund.”I love people and I think people love each other and we’re in such a point politically where everyone acts like somebody’s enemy and there’s all this strident arguing and bickering in Congress but when you get down to the ground level where people are, they threat each other with love and respect and that’s wonderful,” she said.This year, maine is receiving nearly 18 million dollars less in federal assistance to the LIHEAP program.If you’d like to help out, you can donate through the Keep ME Warm Fund by visiting their website here.
A farm owner in Orland is resting easy after her stolen calf was returned home safely Monday night.While she and her staff are happy to have him back, they say the people behind his disappearance should face some consequences.For fifteen year old Ashley Lancaster, the maternal instinct seems to have set in early.”He’s like a baby to me because I baby him non stop,” said Ashley.At least when it comes to one year old, Sweet Pea, the calf she started working with as part of the Hoof and Paws 4-H Club.When the calf was stolen sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, she was determined to find him.”Since I met him I just knew that he and I would have a good bond.”Now that he’s back, she wants to make sure he stays safe.”They shouldn’t be unpunished for what they did.”Ashley has asked the farm’s owner, Tina Chadbourne, to press charges against the two teenage boys who took him.Chadbourne says the boys thought Sweet Pea was going to be slaughtered, and decided to take him to a farm just three miles down the road.”They’re kids and they thought they were going the right thing, but in reality they did steal something that wasn’t theirs,” said Chadbourne.According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the boys are facing a misdemeanor theft charge.It’s a punishment Ashley feels fits the crime.
A man accused of robbing the Bank of America on Main Street in Watervillelast November pleaded not guilty in court today.48-year old William Adamchak of Waterville is charged with robbery, theft, and terrorizing.Police say Adamchak left a backpack at the bank, claiming it contained explosives.Authorities later determined that wsn’t the case.Adamchak is being held without bail the the Kennebec County Jail.