Senator Susan Collins and Governor John Baldacci were in Bangor Friday.They met with members of the 101st Air Refueling Wing to discuss the lack of personnel orders from the Air Force beyond the end of the month.That uncertainty has some folks on the base nervous.
Bangor Hydro Electric Company will start installing an underground duct bank along the Trenton Causeway to improve services on Mount Desert Island.The work will begin on Monday, October 11th along the shoulder of the causeway.The company says it’s preparation for the installation of new underground electrical conductors next spring.The project is designed to increase electrical capacity and will continue through November 15th.
A convicted sex offender accused of raping a woman in Camden is now also charged with tampering with a victim.Police say in August Bradley Lemay sent a letter from jail to his brother, asking if he would contact a woman and convince her to either give false information or to not testify against him.Authorities say he asked his brother to either pay off the woman or threaten her.But his brother took the letter to police, according to police.Lemay was released from prison in February after serving 21 years for kidnapping and rape.Shortly after his release, he was arrested and accused of raping a woman in Camden.He was arrested after a high-speed chase and jailed on a half-million dollars bail.But then, authorities say, he tried to escape.His bail was revoked and he was sent to the Maine State Prison.He’s due in court next month.
On Saturday, visitors to Bar Harbor will get a rare glimpse of the beautiful fall colors.The fire tower atop Beech Mountain will be open to the public.Which couldn’t come at a better time – especially since a national travel website has put Bar Harbor on its top ten list of fall foliage sites.
State Fire Investigators say they are unable to determine what started a fire that destroyed a home in Mount Desert on Wednesday because there’s too much damage.Mount Desert Fire Chief Mike Bender says the fire broke out Wednesday at the house on a single lane road off Bartlett Landing Road.When firefighters arrived, the home was already up in flames.
A Dexter man is facing charges after he allegedly exposed himself outside a middle school in Bangor.A neighbor on Warren Street called police about 2:40 Wednesday afternoon to report a person near the James Doughty school at the intersection of Warren and Fifth Streets.He was in his car at the time of the incident.Just minutes later, Bangor Police found 57-year-old Daniel Briggs driving a vehicle that fit the description provided by the witness.Briggs has been charged with indecent conduct and disorderly conduct.
It looks as if Mainers that use the state-subsidized DirigoChoice health insurance program will not be seeing a rate hike in the near future.Despite double-digit increases from competitors, Dirigo Health Agency announced that they will not increase rates on their non-group line, even though the Bureau of Insurance approved a 14% increase in the non-group market.They also said that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, individuals will no longer pay out of pocket for preventative services or for durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs.
”Did your family look at you differently after you played this character?””Did you have any idea this film would change horror movies forever?”Those were just some of the questions folks asked Gunnar Hansen in Ellsworth Thursday night.Hansen portrayed Leatherface, the masked killer, in the 1974 film, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”.As a child, Hansen grew up in Maine, his family then moved to Texas but Hansen returned home to Maine later in his life.Hansen held a question and answer session at the Grand Theater in Ellsworth Thursday night.The theater was packed with horror-film enthusiasts, and Hansen had a great time discussing the movie.
Folks in Brewer put on their dancing shoes and strutted their stuff for a good cause at the Hammond Street Senior Center’s Big Band Dance and live auction.This was the second year the center hosted the event, it took place at Jeff’s Catering on Littlefield Way.Couples and friends danced the night away to the sounds of 19-40’s big band music thanks to the Queen City Big Band.The event was a family affair, the band played under the direction of Brian Nadeau, his mother is a member of the center.”She had the idea for our annual dance to try out a big band dance and it was so popular last year that we just had to do it again this year, we added an extra hour, we sold out last year and we’re even bigger than we were then,” said Deanna Partridge with the Hammond Street Senior Center.All of the proceeds of the event went to the center’s programming fund.
State Animal Welfare Officials say they’re still investigating the alleged abuse and neglect of several horses and cats seized in Dedham that we first told you about yesterday.District Humane Agent Chrissy Perry says they’re running blood work and other tests on the horses to determine their conditions.Neighbors say the owner of the animals in Dedham would be gone for weeks at a time, leaving the horses without food or water.Yesterday, a group of animal control officers from the state and town showed up at the property on Bald Mountain Road to seize six horses and two cats.Neighbors say the owner of the animals and the property, Jean Marie Ahearn, has not returned to the residence and has not been seen since last Thursday.The animals will *not* be put up for adoption until the case is closed.
The President of Maine College Democrats is also calling out the GOP nominee.Today, at Democratic Headquarters in Waterville Ben Goodman criticized Paul LePage for his comments during a 2005 debate at Colby College.The college newspaper reports LePage said college students should have to become full members of the community before registering to vote.The article says LePage said that meant students should fulfill Maine’s residency requirements such as paying taxes and registering a vehicle before casting a local ballot.
A former doctor from Topsham will spend four months in jail after pleading guilty to 10 counts of possessing child pornography.Sagadahoc County Prosecutor Patricia Mador said David York will also serve two years probation.York, who practiced in augusta and lewiston, voluntarily surrendered his medical license last summer.He was arrested in March after police said they found hundreds of images and videos of child porn on his home computers.
There’s a new nature trail on the Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve.It’s an interpretive trail, which means as you go along, you’ll find signs telling you a little bit more about the area you’re standing in.”Each station has something about the ecology, the plants, the animals, the inner relationships and so forth,” said Bucky Owen, a member of the Orono Land Trust.