The shutdown of one of four paper machines at Verso mill in Bucksport will leave 110 people out of work by the end of the weekend, 15 fewer than first expected.The company announced earlier this month it was getting rid of the mill’s oldest machine to save money, eliminating 125 jobs.Company spokesperson Bill Cohen says 15 positions were already vacant, meaning fewer people lost their jobs.Cohen adds that two-thirds of the workers also took a voluntary buyout option.The first wave of people will leave on Friday.
Firefighters say there’s too much damage to know for sure what started a fire in Milford Monday night but they believe an electric space heater is to blame.Fire crews had to battle downed electrical lines when they arrived on the Call Road just after 10 p.m.A family of four lived in the home.
State Police and Penobscot County Sheriff’s deputies responded this morning to what is being reported as a domestic incident involving firearms at a home in Enfield.Early reports indicate a woman called police from the home on Holiday Lane, near Morgan’s Beach around 8:30.Several police units were called to the scene after the woman reportedly said a man was holding her against her will and had firearms.We’re told the woman made it out of the home, climbing out a balcony to safety.Police are still on scene.We’ll have more on this story as it becomes available.
Fire fighters from at least six towns were called to a house fire in Athens Wednesday night.The report came in around 8:30 p.m.Everyone inside the Dore Hill Road residence made it out safely.Fire crews cleared the scene Wednesday morning.There were no injuries report, and no word yet on a cause.
The state Gambling Control Board has ruled that releasing the names of the investors behind a casino under construction in Oxford would not be a violation of trade secrets or of the owners’ privacy.Black Bear Development is the group of investors behind the casino on Route 26.The control board ruled Tuesday that the names as well as their percentage of ownership could be made public, despite the objections of lawyers for Black Bear, who claimed disclosing the information would violate privacy.The board’s decision is effective Nov.
A former bookkeeper at an Augusta dental office has pleaded guilty to embezzling about $120,000 in cash from the practice.Prosecutors say 47-year-old Celine Davis of Lewiston was sentenced Tuesday to five years in jail with all but six months suspended, if she pays back part of the money she stole.If she does not repay the money, she faces the entire five years behind bars.Attorneys told a judge in Kennebec County Superior Court that Davis is arranging to repay $70,000 from her retirement funds.Prosecutors say Davis was a trusted 16-year employee of Augusta Orthodontics responsible for taking payments from customers and entering them payments into the computer.The scheme was reportedly uncovered when a customer complained about an erroneous bill.(The Associated Press)
Authorities say an 8-year-old Bethel boy has died of injuries he suffered in a car crash in August.A friend of the family reportedly says that Matthew Thurston died Monday at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland after spending the past two months at the facility.Police say the third-grader was involved in a car crash with his mother, Jessica Thurston, on Aug.
Challenges associated with Maine’s aging population were the topic at a daylong conference sponsored by the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging.More than 175 people attending the conference Tuesday at the Augusta Civic Center were told Maine’s population is aging faster than any other state’s.In 2000, Maine’s population was the third oldest in the nation, behind Florida and West Virginia.
The Bangor YMCA runs a program that helps those who suffer from heart or lung disease get back on a healthy track.The program just received a $10,000 booster shot from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.People in the rehab program are referred by doctors.
Long term care facilities and home health agencies are now better prepared if disaster strikes.For 7 months, emergency planners have been taking part in a federally funded preparedness and emergency response program.Tuesday was a celebration of the program’s success.Many of the healthcare facilities deal with people who can’t help themselves, so having an efficient evacuation plan is top priority.Maine Commissioner of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Major General Bill Libby was the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s event.