Thousands of dollars worth of toys were stolen from the Greater Bangor Area Toys for Tots office, allegedly by a volunteer there.Skip Young, Toys for Tots organizer, has identified the suspect for us, but we are not releasing his name because he has not been charged at this time.Detective Tim Cotton with the Bangor Police Department tells us they have sent evidence to the District Attorney’s office of the Grand Jury to look at.Most of the stolen toys were recovered from a home on Patten Street in Bangor on Wednesday.Young says he feels betrayed but assures us Christmas will not be canceled, and the kids will get their toys.
A Skowhegan woman pleaded guilty to unlawful posession of schedule drugs.Jill Chesley entered the plea Wednesday.In October, police found prescriptioin medication and 35 bags of pot in Chesley’s home.She must pay a $400 fine and is on probation for one year.
A woman from Ellsworth was seriously injured last night in an accident on the Bucksport Road in Ellsworth.Police say 50-year old Ann Blood crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by 51-year old Charles Clark of Bucksport.Blood was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, then transported by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Many of our viewers remember Tony Cote.The 15-year old Winterport teen has Cystic Fibrosis.In 2006, Make-a-Wish made it possible for Cote and his family to visit Walt Disney World.Since then, Cote has raised more than $30,000 to give back to the foundation.That money has enabled five other children to have their wishes granted.Cote now needs a liver transplant.A benefit spaghetti supper is being held this Saturday, at Wagner Middle School in Winterport.It goes from 4 p.m.
Gov.-elect Paul LePage’s transition effort is turning down public money for its work and continues to collect private donations.John McGough, LePage’s chief of staff, says the transition team’s not accepting the $5,000 authorized in state funds because of the difficult economic times.
After Tuesday night’s donation of $2,600 worth of toys from the Bangor Fire Department, the Toys for Tots program was quite pleased.Until police showed up Wednesday morning with some heartbreaking news.It sounds like a scene straight out of Dr.Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.””Betrayed, that’s a strong word, but that’s probably what it is, yup we were betrayed.
A Bangor man will spend the next 15 months in prison for shooting a gun on a Bat Bus earlier this year.Jason Robinson was sentenced in US District Court in Bangor yesterday.In March, Robinson was showing the gun to someone on the Bat Bus when it accidentally fired.
Today, Governor Elect Paul Lepage made his first announcement about who will serve in his administration.Lepage’s campaign Chief of Staff, John Morris, is his nominee to take over as public safety commissioner, replacing Anne Jordan.Lepage has also asked Major General John Libby to stay on as commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management.He currently holds the position under Governor Baldacci.Both cabinet nominees say the state’s budget is where their focus is right now.Lepage’s two nominees must be approved by the state senate, which is all but certain since it’s controlled by Republicans.There is no word yet on when Lepage will announce the rest of his cabinet.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is teaming up with the Maine Forest Service to count deer.The groups will use an aerial helicopter at 200 feet off the ground to count deer in Central and Southern Wildlife Management Districts.The first survey will begin Wednesday in the Southern Somerset County and parts of Western Penobscot County.They will go on until January.
Morris Yachts in Trenton has a long history of building high quality and award winning vessels.Now, the company is building vessels for the United States Coast Guard Academy.”We were one of 12 builders in the United States who were asked to bid on the project and are proud that in a period of over three years it took us, we actually did that,” says Will Ratcliff.Under the contract, Morris Yachts will build six boats.The Leadership 44’s will teach cadets how to sail at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.”Every year they get a new set of cadets on board who some of them have never been sailing at all and they need to be able to withstand the rigors of that,” Ratcliff said.Boat builders say they overcame several challenges in the molding process.”It’s a completely different scenario, different screws that we’re using so it’s been a great learning process it’s helped us develop things and improve our techniques,” said builder Sky Winn.Morris Yachts’ history of award winning vessels is evident by the banners that hang in the main yard.Ratcliff says the contract with the Coast Guard is an even bigger prize that’s needed during these tough times.”It’s been great, it’s no secret the economy hasn’t been kind to boat builders and it’s given us some boats to build,” Ratcliff said.They hope to build even more.
Students in Bangor got a lesson on the dangers of underage drinking and drug abuse from someone who’s on the front lines.Registered nurse and motivational speaker Linda Dutil spoke to kids at the cohen middle school.The interactive assembly showed students what goes on in an emergency room during an overdose or alcohol poisoning situation.Dutil displayed in detail the stomach pumping process…and talked to the students about intervention skills too….”It was kind of like a good thing to show because I think right now is the age where kids start thinking about drugs and thinking about doing them so it’s nice to show the dangers of them.”She gave another presentation at the Doughty Middle School Wednesday.For more information on her teaching sessions you can go to her website, www.dose-of-reality.com.
A historic landmark in the town of Hermon is on the move.The civil war monument that’s been sitting at the intersection of Billings Road and Route 2 for more than 100-years will soon call the new Veterans Park in Hermon home.Contractors started the moving process Wednesday morning.The town has been in discussion about moving the monument for more than 10 years and recently approved it.Residents turned out today to watch a little history, knowing the intersection will have a new look.”It will be different,” says resident Fred Emerson.