The Fairlfield Primary School was forced to close Monday and Tuesday and will remain closed Wednesday due to an oil leakSuperintendent Dean Baker says a oil delivery company pumped oil past the overflow on the top of the school’s tank.A milk delivery worker discovered the spill monday morning.There’s oil on the floors of the gym and a storage room and a strong smell of oil throughout the building.The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is supervising the clean up.School officials don’t yet know when the school will re-open.
A Corinna man pleaded not guilty today, in connection with a reported hit and run on the interstate near the Carmel exit back in December.38-year old Christopher Doherty is accused of reckless conduct, driving to endanger, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report an accident.Around midnight Christmas Eve, a white pick-up truck reportedly hit another vehicle at a high rate of speed on the interstate, then took off.State Police say the victim’s vehicle was knocked off the road and into some trees.
A current Bangor police officer will be the next chief of police in Lincoln.Town councilors voted unanimously in favor of hiring William Lawrence.Former police Chief Scott Minckler, resigned at the end of January to move back to Massachusetts.Lawrence was selected out of a number of applicants.His first day is Monday, April 11th.
A Dedham woman found guilty of a civil violation for cruelty to animals cannot have her animals back.Bill Entwisle, assistant district attorney for Hancock County, tells us Jean Marie Ahearn will not get her seized horses back and cannot own or possess any horses or other four-legged, hoofed animals for two years.She also must pay a $1,000 fine.Ahearn’s six horses were seized from her home last October.The state found their living conditions to be inadequate.
The Bangor City Council will talk about a proposed new arena Tuesday night.Councilors expect to be updated on its design.A discussion of timelines for the project is also expected.Bangor residents will vote Wednesday, May 4th on whether they want a new arena.
The Thomaston Planning Board will review site plans for a proposed 150,000 square-foot Wal-Mart on Route 1.Thomaston’s code enforcement officer says the meeting is for board members only to see if the site plans are complete.There will be a public hearing on the proposed Wal-Mart next month.
The National Weather Service in Caribou has issued a flood advisory for ice jams and snow melt in Central Penobscot County including the city of Howland and in Southern Piscataquis County including the cities of Guilford, Greenville, Dover-Foxcroft and Brownville Junction until noon Wednesday.Ice jams continue on the Piscataquis River near the town of Maxfield and on the Middle Branch Stream near the Katahdin Iron Works.The ice jam on the Piscataquis River in the town of Maxfield has moved a bit further downstream toward Howland and water has receded off the Hardy Brook Road and the road is open to traffic.
A $13 million dollar investment may be on its way to the town of Camden.Tuesday night, the Select Board unanimously agreed to the signing of a Purchase and Sale agreemnt with B’D’ Turman’D Entertainment, LLC, to develop a professional sound stage at the Apollo Tannery site.The agreement is part of the ‘Free Land’ purchase and sale agreement the town offered up for potential businesses coming to town.Camden Development Director Brian Hodges says about 20 people showed up at Tuesday night’s meeting, to ask questions about the film production company.The deal isn’t done yet, though.
Town leaders in East Millinocket and Millinocket plan to make a counteroffer to Meriturn Partners, the company interested in buying the Katahdin Paper Mills.Mark Scally, chair of the East Millinocket selectmen could not give us specifics but says the counteroffer is a way of ” making it work”.Scally also tells us, Lee Hansen, of Meriturn Partners has requested a meeting with Scally and others late Tuesday afternoon.Initially, Meriturn Partners was looking for $48-million in tax breaks from both communities.
Governor Paul LePage says his second Capitol for a Day will be this Friday in York County.LePage will visit four businesses during the day and attend a town hall-style meeting in the evening at Thornton Academy in Saco, where he’ll answer questions from the public.LePage will start the day by unveiling a sign that says Maine’s Open for Business on Interstate 95 on the northbound side of Interstate 95 in Kittery.
A proposed rate increase to a couple of insurance plans with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has some customers very upset.The Bureau of Insurance held it’s first of three public comment sessions on the U.Maine campus Monday evening.Folks were there to express their concerns over the proposed nearly 10% rate hike, a move that would affect nearly 11,000 Anthem customers, most of whom are small business owners or hold individual plans.The decision of whether to accept, deny, or revise the amount of the rate increase is ultimately up to the Bureau of Insurance.The next public comment session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22nd.It will be held at the University of Southern Maine at Lee Community Hall in Portland from 5-7 P.M.