A new business is coming to town, and it’s kids who might be jumping at the chance to see it.Maine Jump is scheduled to open this June in Bangor.The facility is still under construction.But it’s a bounce house with obstacle courses and fun ways for kids to get active.The spot will offer a coffee shop for parents to relax while their kids get moving.And its staff says it’s the first of its kind in the area.”Bangor needs this.
They’re practically a staple of downtown Bangor, but the vigilant four person staff that’s monitored parking for years, may lose their jobs.”There’s no question, over time, it’s going to save tax payer dollars and it will be a more efficient system in managing the parking downtown,” said city councilor, David Nealley.A proposed parking enforcement plan would eliminate the part-time positions.The city wants to condense the responsibilities into one job, hired through the private company, Republic Parking.”Basically, it’s a surveillance vehicle that goes around and they’ll be way more accurate in terms of driving up ticket revenue,” said Nealley.But at a city council meeting this week, Nealley wasn’t entirely sold on the idea.”They had all these projections on assumed costs and as far as I’m concerned they hadn’t sharpened their pencil to give us some concrete data.”City officials say transitioning to a new system would cost about $85,000 in equipment fees in the first year.They say it would be another three years before the city would see a return on its investment.The plan shows that hiring only one parking monitor would save about $17,000 a year.Parking officials didn’t want to go on camera, but they did express concern as to how the city expects one person to take over all of their jobs.””City staff has to go back, take a look at the numbers again, see what the real bottom line is going be, see if we can come up with a much more realistic figure, if you will,” Bangor Police Chief, Ron Gastia.Chief Gastia’s police department is home to the parking enforcement team, and before anything is set in stone, he’d like to make sure the four employees will be taken care of.
State officials and lawmakers were among those who turned out at a ceremony to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.The annual event is normally held outside at the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Augusta but Thursday’s event was forced inside to the Augusta Armory due to the rain.There is now 83 names engraved on the memorial.
The Texas woman accused of killing her 6-year-old son and dumping his body on a Maine roadside has pleaded not guilty to a fugitive from justice charge in Massachusetts and has agreed to return to face charges in New Hampshire.Julianne McCrery of Irving, Texas, was arraigned Thursday inConcord District Court.She was detained Wednesday at a Massachusetts highway rest stopafter police got a tip on her truck.
Spring cleaning will be in full swing this week at the University of Maine.The college is hosting its annual ‘Clean Sweep’ sale.They’re selling items left behind by students who moved out of there dorms this month.Couches, televisions, clothes and other household items will be up for grabs.You can stop by Stewart Commons on Hilltop Road to check it out.The event will run Friday, May 20, from 12-7 p.m., and Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.For more information, you can contact the Bodwell Center at 581-3091.
Police say a woman responsible for a hit and run accident in Orrington last night had been drinking.Forty-three year old year old Kimberly Chadbourne allegedly backed into a car at an Orrington Mobile on the Run.A witness said she took off, but managed to write down her license plate.A few hours later bangor police noticed the car parked on Harlow Street.Police say the officer determined she was under the influence of alcohol.Chadbourne is charged with leaving the scene of an accident by Orrington Police, and operating under the influence by Bangor Police.
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The state House has given its final approval to a bill to improve Maine’s regulatory climate.Representatives voted 147-3 on Wednesday for the bill, which awaits final Senate approval pending a fiscal review.Originally proposed by Governor Paul LePage, the bill underwent significant changes after seven public hearings across the state.The version that passed Wednesday establishes an environmental self-audit program, strengthens the business assistance office in the Department of Economic and Community Development, streamlines permitting, and trims the size of the Board of Environmental Protection from 10 to seven.It also creates a position within the Secretary of State’s office to advocate on behalf of certain businesses.The bill was passed with strong bipartisan support.(The Associated Press)
A state legislative committee will take a closer look at bills to abolish or drastically change the mission of the agency that oversees development in the state’s 10-million-acre Unorganized Territory.The Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee will hold work sessions on the bills Thursday afternoon.One would abolish the Land Use Regulation Commission, and another would alter its mission to serve residents and property owners within the jurisdiction of LURC.Supporters say overseeing development in the Unorganized Territory is better left to county governments.Opponents say the legislation would roll back 40 years of protections in Maine’s North Woods.(The Associated Press)
A Texas woman is scheduled to make her first court appearance in Massachusetts on Thursday.42-year-old Julianne McCrery of Irving, Texas has been charged in New Hampshire with second degree murder in the death of 6-year-old Camden Hughes.He’s the little boy found dead along side a road in South Berwick last weekend.A Texas man said he called Maine State Police on Wednesday after he recognized the computer generated drawing of the boy.Police in Massachusetts also received a tip from the public about the blue pick up being at a Chelmsford, Massachusetts rest stop.McCrery was arrested in Concord, Massachusetts, and taken into custody.Police were also investigating a hotel in Hampton, New Hampshire, where McCrery is thought to have stayed.WBZ tv, the CBS affiliate in Boston, is reporting that McCrery has confessed to giving her son an overdose of cough syrup.Prosecutors say preliminary autopsy results show the cause of Camden’s death is asphyxiation.Massachusetts State Police say a white female around 40-years-old was taken into custody Wednesday morning, then moved to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.Police confiscated a dark blue Tacoma pick-up at a rest stop on I-495.
Fire destroyed a home in Stockton Springs Thursday morning.Crews were called to Green Valley Road around 1:45am.Stockton Springs Fire Chief Harry Patterson tells TV 5 that the couple living there awoke to find flames coming out of their bathroom.One of the owners says they had been using a propane heater in there.Chief Patterson says the couple was lucky they were able to get out of the house safely.The entire home was engulfed in flames by the time fire fighters arrived.They were unable to save the home.