The average price of home heating oil in Maine has jumped a nickel in the past week to an average of $3.77 per gallon.The director of the state Office of Energy Independence and Security said Monday the price is being driven up by world events, including a potential ban on Iranian crude oil and austerity measures passed by the Greek government.Crude oil has soared to about $100 per barrel.The office found home heating oil selling for as high as $4.07 per gallon and as low as $3.48.Average prices tended to be lower in the southwest and western areas of the state and highest in the north.
Maine baby and toddler foods have been tested for the chemical bisphenol-A and the results will be released in Augusta.The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine and a Waterville-based group called Mainely Moms and Dads will announce the test results and a BPA-Free Food campaign that will follow.Bisphenol A is a man-made chemical that’s been linked to cancer, learning disabilities and obesity.The Maine Legislature last year made the use of the chemical illegal in baby bottles, sippy cups and other reusable food and beverage containers effective Jan.
Police in Augusta are looking for two people who held up a local drug store.According to authorities the suspects walked into the CVS pharmacy on Stone Street around 6:45 Monday night.The suspects allegedly left with merchandise.There were customers in the store at the time but no one was hurt.We will have more information on this incident throughout the day.
What sounded like an explosion in downtown Bangor came from the police department at 6:40 Tuesday morning.Following the incident Bangor Police spokesperson Paul Edwards said the noise was caused by a malfunction that occurred when the generator was turned on.A large plume of smoke accompanied the explosion, and could be seen exiting the building through a vent in the roof.The building was evacuated, and the Fire Department arrived to access the situation.Sgt.
The town of Mlbridge is a step closer to getting a new town office and library.Select board members voted in favor of the building, 110 to 96 at a meeting Monday night.Last month, we told you they submitted the application for the federal grant worth 300-thousand dollars.The grant would pay for half the cost.Board members will now apply for a block grant before the project can move forward.
Photographs of Vietnam heroes from Maine are being sought for inclusion in a display at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C.The photos will be put in place at the Education Center at The Wall.A ground-breaking is planned for November.More than 200 photos are still needed to honor Maine heroes.The aim of the display is to help visitors better understand the impact the war had on friends and families.To learn more visit buildthecenter.org.
A man accused of robbing a pair of convenience stores in Augusta has been indicted by the Kennebec County Grand Jury.Ricky Lane, 25, was arrested in September.Police say he robbed a Big Apple Store in August and a Mobil On the Run store in September.Lane’s also accused of breaking into the home of an elderly couple in Manchester and robbing them.He’s being held on a half-million dollars bail.
A registered sex offender from Litchfield has been charged with another sex crime.Raymond LeClair, 45, is accused of having pornography involving someone younger than twelve.The State Police Computer Crimes Unit investigated after Lisbon Police heard LeClair was given child porn by another sex offender.LeClair was previously convicted for several child porn crimes.He’s free on bail and can’t have contact with anyone under 18 and he’s also banned from using the internet.
Mobilize Eastern Maine hopes to draw new businesses to the region with an event it’s hosting Tuesday.The group is hosting a “We Love Entrepreneurs” celebration.The event will let interested entrepreneurs talk with successful local business owners.Start time for Tuesday’s program is 8:30 AM at the Black Bear Inn.For more information, log on to EMDC.org and click on events/workshops.
The current job market can be tough to navigate, but the Maine Career Center hopes to help out.The Center is holding a workshop to help the unemployed and under-employed.The “Gateway to Employment” program will hit on topics like networking, resumes, and interview techniques.The workshop is Tuesday from 1-4PM at the Newport Cultural Center.For more information, you can call the Center at 368- 5074.
A Bath man already facing several counts of sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly molesting an underage girl he met on a social media website is now facing additional charges.Authorities say 21-year-old Andrew Mank was arrested last week by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and charged with four additional counts of sexual abuse of minors.The new charges stem from the investigation launched by Sagadahoc County detectives.