Maine's News, Sports, And Weather Leader - WABI TV5 http://wabi.tv Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:35:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 TV-5 Personalities Share Laughs with Trick-or-Treaters http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/tv-5-personalities-share-laughs-trick-treaters/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/tv-5-personalities-share-laughs-trick-treaters/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:35:53 +0000 Terry Stackhouse http://wabi.tv/?p=156610

TV-5 Anchor / Reporter Terry Stackhouse and TV-5 Meteorologist Jessica Conley shared a fun evening with trick-or-treaters in Bangor.

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George Hale’s Gridiron Predictions October 31, 2014 http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/george-hales-gridiron-predictions-october-31-2014/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/george-hales-gridiron-predictions-october-31-2014/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:19:08 +0000 Logan Briggs http://wabi.tv/?p=156598

George Hale has this week’s Gridiron predictions.

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George Hale has this week’s Gridiron predictions.

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Reminders for Absentee Voters http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/reminders-absentee-voters/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/reminders-absentee-voters/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:17:39 +0000 Caitlin Burchill http://wabi.tv/?p=156572 The Secretary of State with a reminder for people who have voted absentee.

He says ballots can’t be withdrawn once they’ve been returned to town and city clerks.

He also says a voter’s decision to change his or her mind is not good cause to declare a vote invalid.

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The Secretary of State with a reminder for people who have voted absentee.

He says ballots can’t be withdrawn once they’ve been returned to town and city clerks.

He also says a voter’s decision to change his or her mind is not good cause to declare a vote invalid.

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“Super Heroes” Donate Services For Service Dog http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/super-heroes-donate-services-service-dog/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/super-heroes-donate-services-service-dog/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:09:25 +0000 Tania Morales http://wabi.tv/?p=156566

A lawn care crew from Somesville figured goofing around on Halloween might not sit well with all customers, so they decided to turn it into a charity event.

“Donate what we could. The guys are donating their time and 100% of the proceeds go to the Molly Fund,” says Jensen Rich, of Clean Cut Lawns, dressed as Captain America.

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A lawn care crew from Somesville figured goofing around on Halloween might not sit well with all customers, so they decided to turn it into a charity event.

“Donate what we could. The guys are donating their time and 100% of the proceeds go to the Molly Fund,” says Jensen Rich, of Clean Cut Lawns, dressed as Captain America.

Molly Dillon’s service dog costs $18,000 but with the help of the community, and a Go-Fund-Me account, her goal is in sight.

“Diabetes alert dogs are trained to smell the changes in blood sugar in diabetics and they do that through the saliva,” says Molly’s mom, Heather Dillon.

The suits made the work a bit of a challenge.

“Had the blower on. It was going and all of a sudden the blower just kind of shut off and I went to take it off and my cape was sucked up in the intake so now I tuck it in,” says Danny Smith, of Clean Cut Lawns, dressed as Superman.

Several houses received a “superhero” clean up and it took just a matter of minutes.

The community has been very supportive.

“Everyone’s just patted us on the back the whole day and kind of just cheer us on. It’s been nice,” says Jensen Rich.

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Spook-tacular Display at St. Joseph Hospital Pumpkin Contest http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/spook-tacular-display-st-joseph-hospital-pumpkin-contest/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/spook-tacular-display-st-joseph-hospital-pumpkin-contest/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:36:19 +0000 Catherine Pegram http://wabi.tv/?p=156561 Some creative carving was on display at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor Friday.

Every year, employees team up with others in their departments to take part in a pumpkin and costume contest.

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Some creative carving was on display at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor Friday.

Every year, employees team up with others in their departments to take part in a pumpkin and costume contest.

This year, third place went to the Respiratory Care Department for “COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pumpkin Disease”.

The Reimbursement Department took home second place with their display of “Happily Ever After Endings”.

And top honors went to Care Continuum and The Care Management Team for “Haunted Broadway Park”.

The winners all enjoyed some prizes, as well as bragging rights.

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North Anson Man Charged in Double Fatal Crash in Embden http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/north-anson-man-charged-double-fatal-crash-embden/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/north-anson-man-charged-double-fatal-crash-embden/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:11:57 +0000 Catherine Pegram http://wabi.tv/?p=156558 A North Anson man has been formally charged with manslaughter in a Embden crash that killed his passenger and another woman.

According to court documents, deputies say in February 25-year-old Mark Schobel passed a vehicle in front of him on Route 16 and collided head-on with another vehicle.

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A North Anson man has been formally charged with manslaughter in a Embden crash that killed his passenger and another woman.

According to court documents, deputies say in February 25-year-old Mark Schobel passed a vehicle in front of him on Route 16 and collided head-on with another vehicle.

67-year-old Ruth Souweine died at a hospital in Bangor.

Schobel’s passenger, 22-year-old Jennifer Nile of Embden, died at the scene.

Deputies say Schobel admitted to drinking before he got into the car.

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Investigators Search 40-Year-Old Crime Scene in Unsolved Murder http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/investigators-search-40-year-old-crime-scene-unsolved-murder/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/investigators-search-40-year-old-crime-scene-unsolved-murder/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:05:13 +0000 Adrienne DiPiazza http://wabi.tv/?p=156533

Ellen Choate of Philadelphia was 23-years-old when she went missing in 1975 while moving to the Newport area.

In July of 1977, police found her body in a shallow grave off what is now called County Woods Road.

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Ellen Choate of Philadelphia was 23-years-old when she went missing in 1975 while moving to the Newport area.

In July of 1977, police found her body in a shallow grave off what is now called County Woods Road.

“Based on the information gathered from her skeletal remains and the work done at the scene here and the medical examiners exam, her death was determined a homicide,” says LT. Troy Gardner with the Maine State Police.

Investigators used metal detectors and shovels to search, marking areas with colored ribbon Friday afternoon, hoping to find something new.

“It’s not uncommon for items to be dropped during the commission of a crime and it’s not uncommon for items to be discarded after the commission of a crime,” Gardner says.

Police are hoping they’ll find something close to the now drained lake near where they found Choate’s skeleton that will lead them to a specific suspect.

“Part of the process of what we’re doing here today is seeing if there’s anything else here that we can learn investigatively to help us ascertain exactly what happened,” he says.

The cause of Choate’s death has never been released in order to protect the investigation.

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Halloween Treat for New Parents of Twins http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/halloween-treat-new-parents-twins/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/halloween-treat-new-parents-twins/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:01:40 +0000 Catherine Pegram http://wabi.tv/?p=156546

It’s all treats – no tricks –  for a couple from Levant this Halloween.

They’re celebrating the birth of their twins.

Madison and Mason were born at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Friday.

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It’s all treats – no tricks –  for a couple from Levant this Halloween.

They’re celebrating the birth of their twins.

Madison and Mason were born at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Friday.

In the picture, Madison is on the left, Mason is on the right.

A big congrats to their parents Kate and Ryan.

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Court Rules: Kaci Hickox Can Travel Without Restrictions http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/court-rules-kaci-hickox-can-travel-without-restrictions/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/court-rules-kaci-hickox-can-travel-without-restrictions/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:36:45 +0000 News Desk http://wabi.tv/?p=156544

A judge has rejected the state’s attempt to limit her movements as a medical worker who has treated Ebola patients

Judge Charles LaVerdiere says Hickox must continue daily monitoring and coordinate travel with state officials so monitoring can continue.

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A judge has rejected the state’s attempt to limit her movements as a medical worker who has treated Ebola patients

Judge Charles LaVerdiere says Hickox must continue daily monitoring and coordinate travel with state officials so monitoring can continue.

But he says there’s no need for further restrictions because she’s not infectious.

The state sought to impose restrictions until Hickox’s 21-day incubation period for Ebola, which ends on November 10th.

Governor LePage called the decision “unfortunate” but said the state will follow the law.

Kaci Hickox spoke with the press: ” I have been compliant with the direct active monitoring the CDC recommends. I will continue to be compliant… And yeah, it’s been a good day.”

Governor LePage responded to the decision saying: “One of the disappointments is that she’s violated every promise she’s made so far. So, I can’t trust her. I don’t trust her and we don’t know enough about this disease to be so callous. ”

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says their office is pleased with the court’s order and noted that it accommodates the important constitutional rights of both the individual and public interest.

In his ruling, the judge thanked Hickox for her service in Africa and wrote that “people are acting out of fear and that this fear is not entirely rational.”

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Rain Showers Develop Saturday, Wintry Mix & Wind Sunday http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/rain-showers-develop-saturday-wintry-mix-wind-sunday/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/rain-showers-develop-saturday-wintry-mix-wind-sunday/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:29:58 +0000 Chris Ewing http://wabi.tv/?p=156541 CLICK for Weather Graphics:

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We’re watching a couple of storms for this weekend. The first one will bring light rain and increasing winds to the area Saturday as it lifts up just to our east later in the day and evening. At this time it appears the steadiest and heaviest rain will fall over eastern parts of Maine. High temps in our area will run in the 40s, but an increasing north to northeast wind Saturday will make it feel rather raw during the afternoon and night.

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We’re watching a couple of storms for this weekend. The first one will bring light rain and increasing winds to the area Saturday as it lifts up just to our east later in the day and evening. At this time it appears the steadiest and heaviest rain will fall over eastern parts of Maine. High temps in our area will run in the 40s, but an increasing north to northeast wind Saturday will make it feel rather raw during the afternoon and night.

As the first storm lifts off to our northeast Saturday night a second storm will have developed off the Mid-Atlantic Coastline. This second storm will rapidly intensify as it heads off to the north. An increasing northerly breeze Saturday night will usher a colder airmass into Maine so that when precipitation from storm number two arrives in Maine Sunday morning it will likely fall as a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow. As the storm continues to intensify Sunday the precipitation will grow steadier and heavier and that will likely pull even colder air into our region causing much of the mixed precipitation to become mostly wet snow.

The storm center will likely remain far enough offshore to keep the heaviest rain and snow falling over eastern parts of Maine. At this time we are confident that a powerful storm will form off the Mid-Atlantic Coastline, but the exact track of the storm Sunday as it moves north during the day is still up in the air. A track further east than currently projected would cut back on the rain and snow across Maine Sunday, but a slight jog west in the storm track will lead to heavier precipitation statewide, stay tuned.  If the storm tracks as currently projected much of interior Eastern Maine will see accumulating snow, with possibly enough snow to get the plows out. Again I want to reiterate any deviation to the east in the storms track will lead to less snow.

 

The combination of the intensifying storm to our east and high pressure to our northwest will bring a very strong and gusty wind to New England Sunday into Monday. If we see the wet snow Saturday night and Sunday the combination of the wind and snow could lead to power outages, especially across the eastern half of Maine. High pressure approaching from the northwest will bring fair and chilly conditions to Maine Monday and Tuesday.

 

 

Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a slowly increasing northeast breeze and low temps in the 30s.

 

Saturday: Rain showers developing and becoming blustery, with gusts to near 30 mph later in the day and high temps in the low to mid 40s.

 

Saturday: Blustery, with periods of rain, possible mixing with snow late and low temps in the upper 20s to mid 30s.

 

Sunday: Blustery, with mixed rain and snow likely and high temps in the 30s to around 40.

 

Monday: More sun than clouds, blustery and chilly, with high temps in the mid 30s to low 40s.

 

Tuesday: Partly sunny and not as blustery, with high temps in the 40s.

 

Wednesday: Scattered showers likely, with high temps in the mid 40s to very low 50s.

 

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Candidates For Governor Prepare For Final Push Before Election Day http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/candidates-governor-prepare-final-push-election-day/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/candidates-governor-prepare-final-push-election-day/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:26:59 +0000 Rob Poindexter http://wabi.tv/?p=156537

Election day is now only 5 away and most polls show the two front-runners in the race in a dead heat.

Democratic candidate Mike Michaud began his day at a rally in Portland, trying to motivate women to get to the polls Tuesday. Michaud’s message since day one has been clear.

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Election day is now only 5 away and most polls show the two front-runners in the race in a dead heat.

Democratic candidate Mike Michaud began his day at a rally in Portland, trying to motivate women to get to the polls Tuesday. Michaud’s message since day one has been clear.

“We’ve been leading this race pretty much since day one, since we jumped into the race, although it’s been a very slim lead, but the uncertainty of whether or not we’ll have four more years of Governor LePage,” Michaud said. “I think a lot of individual voters here in Maine were just waiting to see what was going to happen.”

In almost all the recent polls, Michaud has been in a statistical tie with LePage for the past few weeks and the governor seemed remarkably calm considering the closeness of the race and the fact that election day is just a few days away.

“I’ll tell you this isn’t close. Either the people of maine are gonna like what we’ve done the last 4 years and bring me back or they’re gonna throw me out and go back to the liberal ways.”

Political science experts say voter turnout will be the key to victory for either candidate and the bear baiting referendum could be the catalyst Governor LePage needs to get Republicans to the polls. But LePage says all of that is out of his hands now.

“Everyone says the polls are close,” LePage said. “I think whoever wins and I might lose, and I don’t know if I’m gonna win or lose. I have no idea. but I know that I’ve done everything that I possibly can. I think we’ve been in a clean race and we’ve done the best we can and if I win, I win and if I lose, I lose. It’s not up to me anymore. There’s no sense of sweating about it now.”

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Bangor Fire Chief On Leave To Continue Getting Paid Until End of Contract http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/bangor-fire-chief-leave-continue-getting-paid-end-contract/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/bangor-fire-chief-leave-continue-getting-paid-end-contract/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:26:56 +0000 Caitlin Burchill http://wabi.tv/?p=156529

Bangor’s Fire Chief will continue to get paid and stay on non-disciplinary administrative leave until his contract is up in December, this according to the city manager.

Chief Scott Lucas has been on leave since September 13th.

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Bangor’s Fire Chief will continue to get paid and stay on non-disciplinary administrative leave until his contract is up in December, this according to the city manager.

Chief Scott Lucas has been on leave since September 13th.

The day before that, there was a personnel incident at the Main Street fire station.

According to a police report, it had to do with harassment, but the names of the parties involved were not named.

No city officials would comment on the matter.

In the statement released Friday, City Manager Cathy Conlow says quote, “Lucas and I have agreed that is is in the best interest of the department and the city that he remains on leave until the end of his contract.”

TV5 caught up with Conlow Friday afternoon.

“The comment is he is going to work out his contract. He’ll be done on December 3rd. He’s not coming back to the fire station. All his equipment and things will be turned in. We’re all done,” said Conlow.

TV5’s Caitlin Burchill asks, “Will any of the people in the city here ever find out what happened? Get to know what happened, why this all happened?”

“It’s a personnel matter. We don’t discuss personnel matters,” said Conlow.

Thursday,  TV5 saw Lucas driving a vehicle that belongs to the fire department. Conlow says he shouldn’t have been, but he was going to meet with her.

Conlow says the city has already begun the recruitment process to select the next chief, which they hope to do by the end of the year.

For now, four assistant fire chiefs are handling day to day operations.

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Waterville Police Looking For Smash & Grab Burglars http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/waterville-police-looking-smash-grab-burlgars/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/waterville-police-looking-smash-grab-burlgars/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:14:55 +0000 Rob Poindexter http://wabi.tv/?p=156531

Police in Waterville are looking for two people involved in a series of smash and grab vehicle burglaries last week.

The crimes happened in the parking lot at the Alfond Youth Center on North Street.

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Police in Waterville are looking for two people involved in a series of smash and grab vehicle burglaries last week.

The crimes happened in the parking lot at the Alfond Youth Center on North Street.

Police say two people jumped out of a white minivan, smashed the windows on eleven vehicles and made off with items from inside.

Laptops, Ipads and cash are among the items stolen.

“Quite an unusual crime for us in that the time of day was unusual,” said Waterville Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey. “The number of burglaries was unusual, the amount of damage done was unusual and the fact that it was an area that’s pretty heavily traveled. There’s a lot of traffic in and out of that parking lot and the whole thing makes it kind of unique for us.”

Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call Waterville Police 680-4700.

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Mental Health Experts Testify in Norris Trial http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/mental-health-experts-testify-norris-trial/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/mental-health-experts-testify-norris-trial/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:45:45 +0000 John Krinjak http://wabi.tv/?p=156525

Testimony has wrapped up for the week in the Leanna Norris murder trail.

She pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the killing of her young daughter.

On the stand her mother says Leanna Norris had given 2-year-old Loh Grenda Benadryl before, and was aware of its effect.

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Testimony has wrapped up for the week in the Leanna Norris murder trail.

She pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the killing of her young daughter.

On the stand her mother says Leanna Norris had given 2-year-old Loh Grenda Benadryl before, and was aware of its effect.

Also on the stand a psychiatrist who treated Norris in the weeks following the little girl’s death said Norris was “a person stressed at the limits of her coping capacity,” which led her to believe “the decision to kill herself necessitated her killing the child.”

A psychologist who testified said Norris was quasi-delusional.

He also said her actions were goal-directed, thought out and done in sequence.

The trial resumes November 13th.

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Public Invited to “Heroin Alert Program” Monday http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/public-invited-heroin-alert-program-monday/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/public-invited-heroin-alert-program-monday/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:43:42 +0000 Caitlin Burchill http://wabi.tv/?p=156510

The Brewer Police Department says to stop substance abuse problems there needs to be more than just enforcement.

There also needs to be more treatment programs in the area, and more education to help people make good choices.

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The Brewer Police Department says to stop substance abuse problems there needs to be more than just enforcement.

There also needs to be more treatment programs in the area, and more education to help people make good choices.

That’s why they’re hosting a “Heroin Alert Program.”

A woman from Delaware will speak about her daughter who died of an overdose.

She will talk about what she and her family experienced going through this.

It’s free and everyone is invited.

“I’m hoping if there are families that are currently out there struggling that they can come and sit through this event and get some ideas or at least know that they are not alone. It decimates a family, just tears it up, if we can bring those people in and show, you know what, there’s support out there for you and there are other people that have went through it and maybe hear some steps we can help you with to try to get your loved one into treatment programs and get them back,” said Brewer Public Safety Director Perry Antone.

It’s Monday from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Brewer Performing Arts Center (92 Pendleton St.).

Brewer PD funded the program through drug asset forfeiture money and they partnered with the Brewer School Department and the Bangor Area Recovery Network.

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Investigators Searching in Newport for Clues to Cold Case Homicide http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/investigators-searching-newport-clues-cold-case-homicide/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/investigators-searching-newport-clues-cold-case-homicide/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:01:22 +0000 News Desk http://wabi.tv/?p=156504 Maine State Police confirm investigators are searching in Newport, looking for additional clues to a cold case homicide.

According to the state police website, Ellen Choate went missing en route from Philadelphia to Bangor, in June of 1975.

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Maine State Police confirm investigators are searching in Newport, looking for additional clues to a cold case homicide.

According to the state police website, Ellen Choate went missing en route from Philadelphia to Bangor, in June of 1975.

Her decomposed body was discovered off the Old County Road in Newport on June 26, 1977.

 

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Judge Rejects Bid to Force Quarantine on Fort Kent Nurse http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/judge-rejects-bid-force-quarantine-fort-kent-nurse/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/judge-rejects-bid-force-quarantine-fort-kent-nurse/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:53:56 +0000 Catherine Pegram http://wabi.tv/?p=156499

A judge has rejected a bid by state health officials to restrict the movement of a nurse in Fort Kent.

Kaci Hickox defied a quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

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A judge has rejected a bid by state health officials to restrict the movement of a nurse in Fort Kent.

Kaci Hickox defied a quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

The order, which came Friday afternoon, forces Hickox to participate in direct active monitoring, coordinate her travel with public health officials and notify public health officials if she develops symptoms.

The judge said, “The state has not met its burden at this time to prove by clear and convincing that limiting (Hickox’s) movements to the degree requested is ‘necessary to protect other individuals from the dangers of infection.'”

The state of Maine filed a petition on Thursday asking the court for an order to enforce a quarantine of Hickox and place even more restrictions on her ability to move about in public.

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High pressure sliding through the area will give us a decent fall day. We’ll see partly to mostly sunny skies today with highs in the mid-40s to low 50s this afternoon. More clouds will start to move in during the night tonight as low pressure approaches from the south. Temperatures will drop to the 30s to near 40° for nighttime lows.

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From the TV 5 Forecast Center:

 

High pressure sliding through the area will give us a decent fall day. We’ll see partly to mostly sunny skies today with highs in the mid-40s to low 50s this afternoon. More clouds will start to move in during the night tonight as low pressure approaches from the south. Temperatures will drop to the 30s to near 40° for nighttime lows.

 

Colder air will continue to filter into the region this weekend. We have two storm systems to contend with this weekend. The first storm is currently centered off the coast of the Carolinas and is forecast to move northward towards Nova Scotia. We’ll start the day dry with showers expected to develop mainly from late morning through the afternoon. Temperatures will be warm enough with highs expected to top off in the 40s so any precipitation that falls will fall as plain rain. Rain showers will likely mix with snow and sleet Saturday night as temperatures cool off.

 

The second storm will be stronger and will bring us more precipitation during the day Sunday into Sunday night. Low pressure developing off the Carolina coastline will rapidly strengthen as it heads northward towards New England Saturday night. At this point, there is still a lot of uncertainty with the storm in regards to the exact storm track which will play a role in the amount of precipitation we see and the type of precipitation. It looks like the storm will track towards south/central Nova Scotia. We’ll see precipitation with this storm move in during the day Sunday. Precipitation will fall as snow over northern and western areas, mixed rain, sleet and snow over the interior and mainly rain along the coast and Downeast. As the day progresses the storm will draw colder air southward across the state so the atmosphere is expected to cool down during the day which will cause any mix and/or rain to changeover to mix and snow even towards the coast during the afternoon and evening hours. Winds will be an issue with the storm as well. With strong high pressure to our west and strong low pressure offshore, we’ll have a tight pressure gradient over the state resulting in a gusty north/northwest wind with gusts to 40-50 MPH possible. As a result, scattered power outages will be a possibility Sunday. Make sure you stay tuned to future forecasts for changes that may occur as new data arrives.

 

Drier and brighter weather will return on Monday as high pressure builds into the area. We’ll see mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 30s to mid-40s. It will remain breezy as the storm continues to pull away from the area. We could see a few shower over northern areas on Tuesday as a cold front approaches otherwise we’ll see varying amount of clouds and sun with more seasonable temperatures in the mid-40s to around 50°.

 

 

Rest of Today: partly to mostly sunny and a bit cooler with highs between 44°-53°. Light and variable wind.

 

Tonight: partly cloudy start then increasing clouds late. Lows between 30°-40°. North/northeast wind around 10 MPH.

 

Saturday: mostly cloudy with showers developing mainly during the afternoon. Rain showers will mix with snow at night. Highs in the 40s. North/northeast wind 10-20 MPH.

 

Sunday: mostly cloudy and windy. Snow possible for northern and western areas, mixed precipitation over the interior and rain along the coast and Downeast. Highs between 33°-40°. Gusty north/northwest wind could gust to 40-50 MPH at times.

 

Monday: mostly sunny, breezy and cool. Highs in the upper 30s to mid-40s.

 

Tuesday: variably cloudy with a few showers possible up north. Highs in the mid-40s to around 50°.

 

Todd Simcox

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Bangor Police, DEA Make Significant Drug Bust, Three Arrested http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/bangor-police-dea-make-significant-drug-bust-three-arrested/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/bangor-police-dea-make-significant-drug-bust-three-arrested/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:17:10 +0000 Angel Matson http://wabi.tv/?p=156489 A traffic stop in Bangor resulted in three arrests and the seizure of a large amount of cocaine and heroin.

Bangor police say they found 34-year-old Timothy Thorpe of Dedham carrying a small amount of crack cocaine when the stopped him near Hogan Road.

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A traffic stop in Bangor resulted in three arrests and the seizure of a large amount of cocaine and heroin.

Bangor police say they found 34-year-old Timothy Thorpe of Dedham carrying a small amount of crack cocaine when the stopped him near Hogan Road.

As a police dog searched the vehicle another man ran off.

We’re told a State Police K9 caught up with 34-year-old Terrance Douglas of South Carolina about fifty yards away.

Police say Douglas had $1700 in cash on him and some pot.

He was arrested and released on bail.

Further investigation led police to a Bangor motel.

Police say there they found a significant amount of  heroin and crack and evidence of drug dealing.

They say 29-year-old Tiffany Sutherland of Bangor was working with Douglas.

They were both arrested yesterday afternoon at a home in Winterport.

Police say the street value of the drugs is more than $25,000.

 

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$435K to Hancock, Washington Counties to Help Homeless Vets http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/400k-hancock-washington-counties-help-homeless-vets/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/400k-hancock-washington-counties-help-homeless-vets/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:52:34 +0000 Catherine Pegram http://wabi.tv/?p=156473 A grant for $435,000 is on the way to Hancock and Washington counties to help homeless veterans.

The Veterans Administration is giving the money to the Washington Hancock Community Agency

The agency will use it to prevent at-risk veterans and their families from losing their homes, as well as those who currently don’t have a place to live.

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A grant for $435,000 is on the way to Hancock and Washington counties to help homeless veterans.

The Veterans Administration is giving the money to the Washington Hancock Community Agency

The agency will use it to prevent at-risk veterans and their families from losing their homes, as well as those who currently don’t have a place to live.

Last year the agency used a similar grant to help 65 veterans and their families.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Profile: East-West Highway http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/gubernatorial-candidate-profile-east-west-highway/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/gubernatorial-candidate-profile-east-west-highway/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:32:11 +0000 Catherine Pegram http://wabi.tv/?p=156467

In our profile of the candidates for governor, we asked all of them: “Do you support the construction of an East – West highway in Maine? Why? Or why not?”

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In our profile of the candidates for governor, we asked all of them: “Do you support the construction of an East – West highway in Maine? Why? Or why not?”

Here are the responses from Republican Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and Independent Eliot Cutler:

Paul LePage: “Well, you know I’ve looked at it when it was discussed, it’s been dead for a year and I don’t know of anyone who is working on it. An East-West highway would do some good. If the people in the area don’t want it, I am not one who wants to force feed people. If they want it I will sit down and we will work on it, we will see if it is doable. It they don’t want it, I will go and find another project that people are really interested in. At the present time I am told that their is nobody working on it and nobody is interested on it. And so I am not going to reactivate it, unless people want it. Right now, the energy is being put into Portland, in the port and Eastport, there is a lot of activity there. I think that those are very viable economic engines that we can push forward for the prosperity of Maine.”

Mike Michaud: “I am opposed to the private sector East-West highway proposal. I do not know how they are going to build an East-West highway, with the environmental regulations that we have on the books. But I am opposed to using the state’s eminent domain authority for any East-West highway proposal for a private entity, and I don’t know how it is going to be built without that. What I am a very strong supporter of is actually East-West rail system, with the European trade deal that is currently being negotiated at the federal level right now, which will probably happen within a couple of years. And you look at where Eastport, Searsport and the port of Portland Maine is perfectly situated to deal with that trade deal and shipment. So what the state has to do, particularly for Eastport, which is the deepest water port on the East Coast that doesn’t have to be dredged, is the state should build up that rail line, using the Maine Army National Guard. They can do it as a training project, you have free equipment, free man hours. The only thing that they can’t do is use their funding for materials, but there are the federal dollars available. So that is a great opportunity to help the state with our ports, particularly over in Washington County.”

Eliot Cutler: “I certainly don’t support it. First of all, Jon, we got to fix the roads that we got. Our roads are a mess, our bridges are among the most unsafe of any state in America. We have gone three and a half years without borrowing money to fix our roads and bridges, even know Maine people have supported investments. The first thing we need to do is fix our roads and bridges before we start building new ones. Secondly, I think that we need to fix our rail system. Some of our most competitive advantages are in and around our ports. But, our ports are not well enough connected by rail to the rest of North America. We need to build 24 mile rail in Eastport. We need to make sure that the Searsport rail connection is working well. And we need to complete the job of connecting the Portland rail link. So, before we even think about doing anything else, we have a huge set of capital investments to make. If this East-West highway proposal ever comes back, it had better come back with a completed environmental impact statement where people know where the road is supposed to go. People know what the impacts are going to be, and where people know what the alternatives are. Right now, I think to say that it is on the back burner would be an over statement.”

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Gubernatorial Candidate Profile: Wind Power http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/gubernatorial-candidate-profile-wind-power/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/gubernatorial-candidate-profile-wind-power/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:22:52 +0000 Catherine Pegram http://wabi.tv/?p=156461

All this month, we’re profiling the three candidates running for governor – Independent Eliot Cutler, Republican Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud.

We asked them the same series of questions.

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All this month, we’re profiling the three candidates running for governor – Independent Eliot Cutler, Republican Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud.

We asked them the same series of questions.

Here’s one of them: “There has been a lot of debate about wind power in Maine. Should the state be encouraging an expansion of this form of energy?”

Eliot Cutler: “We ought to be encouraging the expansion and the use of every one of our renewable resources in Maine. Wind, Solar, Tidal power, Bio-mass, run of the river hydro, on and on and on. We have probably the best resource profile, renewable clean energy resource profile of any state in the east, if not in the country. And our future, our kids’ future, depend the use of clean energy sources that have a low life cycle cost instead of maximizing, like we are doing now the use of oil. Natural gas has got to be a bridge fuel but it needs to be a bridge fuel, where we do not get stuck on the bridge. It has to be a bridge to a renewable future. We need to have an energy plan for the state of Maine, we don’t have one. We don’t have a plan for just about anything in Maine, but we certainly don’t have a plan for our energy future. We need the tools, we need a Maine energy finance authority, which is what I have suggested, so that we can access the lowest cost debt, we need to really take a look at all of our energy resources and figure out how to use them wisely and get at it. ”

Paul LePage: “I would say that certainly we should continue with research and development to get it to become a competitive fuel source. Right at the present time it is more costly than others, I think that we take all the alternatives and put it into the bucket and we select them by priority of affordability. Right now the most affordable and most readily available for us for the near term, the near mid-term, the next 10 or 15 years would be hydro energy out of Canada and certainly natural gas. If we could connect the Marcellus Shale to Maine, we already have the infrastructure in the ground. So we could go and lower the cost of doing business in Maine and lower the cost of residential heating, significantly.”

Mike Michaud: “Yes, the state definitely should be encouraging that as well as other clean renewable energy. We have a great potential here in Maine with the offshore wind potential, solar power, tidal power. These are the areas that the Maine technology institute just came out with a report that said these are the growth areas with high paying jobs. And we have to get off of our dependency of home heating oil. And I made that my goal to reduce our dependency by 50% by 2030 and I am going to be able to do that with the clean renewable energy sector. And natural gas is key as well for transitional fuel. We have a problem in Massachusetts with a bottle neck there. But for the clean renewable energy sector, those are real jobs. When I was able to get federal dollars for the tidal power project in Washington County they were able to hire about 100 employees to put that together. Maine is the first state in the country to be hooked up to the grid with tidal power and offshore wind power as well.”

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Maine Asks Court to Isolate Quarantined Nurse http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/maine-asks-court-isolate-quarantined-nurse/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/maine-asks-court-isolate-quarantined-nurse/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:22:31 +0000 Allison Arbo http://wabi.tv/?p=156463 FORT KENT, Maine (AP) – Maine health officials have asked a court to limit the movements of nurse Kaci Hickox, who defied a voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

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FORT KENT, Maine (AP) – Maine health officials have asked a court to limit the movements of nurse Kaci Hickox, who defied a voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

Officials filed documents Thursday, following through with a threat to try to isolate her.

A judge has issued a temporary order until a ruling expected Friday. For now, police are monitoring Hickox and her public interactions but cannot detain her.

The quarantine attempt is shaping up as the nation’s biggest test case yet in the struggle to balance public health and fear of Ebola against personal freedom.

Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, says confinement violates her rights. She says that she has no symptoms and poses no risk to the public.

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In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation’s most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola.

The nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, purposefully rode their bikes away from town on a dirt path to avoid coming into contact with people.

“We’re not trying to push any limits here. We’re members of this community, too, and we want to make people comfortable,” he told reporters Thursday evening.

Hickox, who returned to the U.S. last week, has been under what Maine is calling a voluntary quarantine at her home in this town of 4,300 people.

She has rebelled against the restrictions, saying that her rights are being violated and that she is no threat to others because she has no symptoms. She tested negative last weekend for Ebola, though it can take days for the virus to reach detectable levels.

State officials said that they were seeking a court order to require a quarantine through Nov. 10, the end of the 21-day incubation period for the Ebola virus.

But it was unclear Friday whether the state had gone to court or whether there had been any progress in negotiations aimed at a compromise.

Friday morning, Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier went inside the home briefly and said afterward, “We just had a good conversation.” He said he was not there to arrest or detain Hickox.

Gov. Paul LePage said state attorneys and Hickox’s lawyers had discussed a scaled-down quarantine that would have allowed her to go for walks, runs and bicycle rides while preventing her from venturing into populated public places or coming within 3 feet of others.

“I was ready and willing – and remain ready and willing – to reasonably address the needs of health care workers meeting guidelines to assure the public health is protected,” he said.

Hickox stepped into the media glare when she returned from West Africa to become subject to a mandatory quarantine in New Jersey. After an uproar, she was released and traveled more than 600 miles to the small town on the Canadian border where she lives with her boyfriend.

Reporters have camped out at their home.

Wilbur said he and Hickox spent the day Thursday vacuuming, cleaning, doing laundry and watching a movie, “The Avengers.” He said he also spent four hours attending class via phone. He has agreed to stay away from the University of Maine at Fort Kent for the time being.

During their hour-long bike ride, they were followed by an unmarked state police cruiser. Later, they took delivery of a pizza.

States have broad authority under long-established law to quarantine people to prevent the spread of disease. In Maine, state law allows a judge to confine someone if health officials demonstrate “a clear and immediate public health threat.”

President Barack Obama and humanitarian groups have warned that such measures could cripple the fight against the disease at its source by discouraging volunteers like Hickox from going to West Africa, where the outbreak has sickened more than 13,000 people and killed nearly 5,000 of them.

“The volunteers are heroes to the people they help, and they are heroes to our own countries. They should be treated like heroes when they return,” Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said in Brussels.

In other developments:

– Ebola fears infected a medical conference on the subject. Louisiana state health officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a tropical-diseases meeting this weekend in New Orleans to stay away if they have been to certain African countries or have had contact with an Ebola patient in the last 21 days.

– Liberia is making some progress in containing the outbreak, while Sierra Leone is “in a crisis situation which is going to get worse,” the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.

– The World Bank announced it will give an additional $100 million to help bring in more foreign health workers. That raises the money it has given to the fight to $500 million.

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Associated Press writers David Sharp and Patrick Whittle in Portland contributed to this story.

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Man Who Escaped Police Cruiser Arrested in Portland http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/man-escaped-police-cruiser-arrested-portland/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/man-escaped-police-cruiser-arrested-portland/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:18:53 +0000 Adrienne DiPiazza http://wabi.tv/?p=156460 State Police say the man who escaped a police cruiser in Chelsea while still wearing handcuffs has been captured.

Jason Langdon was arrested late Thursday night by Portland Police. We’re told Langdon got a ride to Portland from a motorist who did not notice Langdon was still wearing handcuffs, although the chain had been cut.

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State Police say the man who escaped a police cruiser in Chelsea while still wearing handcuffs has been captured.

Jason Langdon was arrested late Thursday night by Portland Police. We’re told Langdon got a ride to Portland from a motorist who did not notice Langdon was still wearing handcuffs, although the chain had been cut.

State Police say the driver dropped Langdon off at a homeless shelter and then called police when he saw the handcuffs. Langdon is being held at the Kennebec County Jail.

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2nd Congressional District Candidate Profiles: Student Debt http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/2nd-congressional-district-candidate-profiles-student-debt/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/2nd-congressional-district-candidate-profiles-student-debt/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:35:33 +0000 Neal Timoney http://wabi.tv/?p=156454

We wrap up our candidate profile segments with the two major contenders for Maine’s second congressional district.

Our final question for Republican Bruce Poliquin and Democrat Emily Cain is this:

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We wrap up our candidate profile segments with the two major contenders for Maine’s second congressional district.

Our final question for Republican Bruce Poliquin and Democrat Emily Cain is this:

“Many students either can’t afford to go to college or graduate with mountains of debt. What, if anything, can be done to help make college more affordable for Maine students?”

Cain answers first:

Cain ” They way we fund higher education is so backwards right now. We are asking people to take on more and more debt in order to go out and then try to be in the middle class. And when you are drowning in debt, you can’t get into, let alone stay in the middle class. So for me, when I go to Congress, I’m going to be focusing in on making sure getting back to support those who need it most. By increasing access to Pell grants and making sure the tax credit programs we have like the Hope and Lifetime Learning tax credits that are meant to give relief and support to middle class families. That those are really working. Higher education is an essential part of growing our economy all across the 2nd district. And we need to make sure people can access it where they live and that they can afford it. Education and higher education is why I really got into politics in the first place. And as I think about the role I can play in Congress, it is going to be to tell that story. Because for the last 12 years actually, I’ve worked at the University of Maine. Helping students, talking to them and their families about the challenges they are facing financially. The University offered a college education that my family could afford, I want to make sure that every family across the state has an educational opportunity that they can afford for their children.”

Poliquin “We need to make sure that our kids in this state receive the best education that they can possibly receive. You know the key to a better job, a better life, more happiness and more freedom is good education. I remember when I was that age, I dug sewer lines, I painted metal roofs, I worked the graveyard shift at a spinning mill to work my way through college. And also worked very hard for the scholarships that I earned. And I had student loans that I had to pay off and I did pay them off. But today the cost of going to college, if folks decide to go that route, is so expensive and kids get out of these colleges and universities with so much debt. That often times they are forced to live at home longer than they want to, they can’t start their own family, they can’t buy a home. They are stuck at jobs that don’t allow them to pay this back. Now one of the ways that we can help address this issue is that every entity, including higher education has to take a very close look at their own cost. We need to make sure that higher education is able to reduce their cost and provide the services to their kids that they need to, without dramatically increasing their cost. Because remember, the cost of higher education drives up tuition. So if we can control our cost at that level then tuition will be lower and kids won’t need to take on so much debt and be settling that debt when they graduate. I have business experience, I have dealt with these issues throughout my life in running businesses and making sure that we control our cost, so we can be successful. I would love to bring that experience to congress to help higher education do the same thing.”

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Students and Faculty Alike Protest USM Layoffs http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/students-faculty-alike-protest-usm-layoffs/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/students-faculty-alike-protest-usm-layoffs/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:31:05 +0000 Neal Timoney http://wabi.tv/?p=156452 Students and faculty at the University of Southern Maine joined together Wednesday to speak out against the faculty layoffs on the way.

They fear those layoffs will gravely impact current programs on campus.

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Students and faculty at the University of Southern Maine joined together Wednesday to speak out against the faculty layoffs on the way.

They fear those layoffs will gravely impact current programs on campus.

The layoffs are happening across multiple departments, and will begin at the end of the semester.

The board of trustees authorized the cuts earlier this month to help close a $16 million budget gap.

The speakers condemned USM for their choice to cut several staff positions and programs.

“We’re a small school, there’s no doubt about it,” said Rachael Bouvier, an associate professor of the university. “But we attract really amazing, amazing faculty members and amazing students and those students are not going to be served by having this faculty body decimated.”

“You’re going to find students who want to transfer out to universities that are not cutting programs so they can have security in what they’re doing,” Kimberly Clark, a junior at the university commented.

While the school says it will be sending each of the laid off faculty members a letter by the end of the week, several tell us they learned of their fate from a voice-mail message.

 

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Clash Continues Between Fort Kent Nurse and State Officials http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/clash-continues-fort-kent-nurse-state-officials/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/clash-continues-fort-kent-nurse-state-officials/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:20:31 +0000 Neal Timoney http://wabi.tv/?p=156445

A nurse in Fort Kent who vowed to defy Maine’s voluntary quarantine for health care workers who’ve treated Ebola patients has done just that.

State healthcare officials are seeking a court order to ensure Kaci Hickox obeys a 21 day in-home quarantine, but Thursday, she and her boyfriend went for a bike ride, followed by a state police cruiser.

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A nurse in Fort Kent who vowed to defy Maine’s voluntary quarantine for health care workers who’ve treated Ebola patients has done just that.

State healthcare officials are seeking a court order to ensure Kaci Hickox obeys a 21 day in-home quarantine, but Thursday, she and her boyfriend went for a bike ride, followed by a state police cruiser.

Wednesday night, the couple left the home to speak with reporters.

Governor LePage says the state was willing to agree to arrangements that would have let Hickox go for walks, runs and bike rides while preventing her from going into public places or coming within three feet of others, but the governor says those discussions failed and he’s ready to exercise his authority to protect the public.

Her lawyer, Norman Siegel, says Hickox will go to court to fight for her freedom. “There is absolutely no justification for the state of Maine to quarantine Kaci,” Siegel said. “She doesn’t have the symptoms and the medical community continues to tell us that as long as she doesn’t have the symptoms, she’s not at risk with regard to being contagious to other people in Maine  So, Mr. Governor, with due respect, you’re wrong.”

Governor LePage responded to the situation, saying, “I knew she was gonna do it. She told us she was going to do it. The day Obama came she was gonna have no more restrictions.And so, she’s playing with my patience… Right now, whether she likes it or not, we’ve put a state police on her to try and protect her because the tempers are starting to rise up there, and I don’t want her to get hurt either. If she gets hurt, I don’t want her to get hurt in Maine.”

A group of Maine health professionals is criticizing state protocols for workers who’ve treated Ebola patients.

In a letter, the group says health officials should base healthcare decisions on established science. They say the science backs up Hickox.

They’re also concerned the way she’s being treated could discourage other professionals from volunteering in west Africa.

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If Eliot Cutler were to drop out of the Governor’s race, who do you think would win the election? http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/eliot-cutler-drop-governors-race-think-win-election/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/eliot-cutler-drop-governors-race-think-win-election/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:10:44 +0000 Neal Timoney http://wabi.tv/?p=156442 Paul LePage (R)              63% (394 Votes)

Mike Michaud (D)          37% (231 Votes)

 

Total: 625 Votes

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Paul LePage (R)              63% (394 Votes)

Mike Michaud (D)          37% (231 Votes)

 

Total: 625 Votes

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Maine CDC Issues Hepatitis A Alert http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/maine-cdc-issues-hepatitis-alert/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/maine-cdc-issues-hepatitis-alert/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:08:34 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=156422 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says a worker at a Cumberland County restaurant infected with hepatitis A may have exposed customers.

The agency says the worker served food between Sept. 29 and Oct. 11 and after examining the food and beverage preparation practices at the restaurant, it’s possible others were exposed.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says a worker at a Cumberland County restaurant infected with hepatitis A may have exposed customers.

The agency says the worker served food between Sept. 29 and Oct. 11 and after examining the food and beverage preparation practices at the restaurant, it’s possible others were exposed.

The agency is asking health care workers to be on the lookout for possible cases of the highly contagious liver disease and report them to state public health authorities.

Neither the name of the restaurant nor the community is which it is located were disclosed.

Symptoms include jaundice, clay-colored stool, dark urine, abdominal discomfort and fever.

A person is considered infectious about two weeks before symptoms appear until one week after.

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Squirrel Causes Lewiston Power Outage http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/squirrel-causes-lewiston-power-outage/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/squirrel-causes-lewiston-power-outage/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:07:26 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=156420 LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A power outage that knocked out electricity to thousands of homes and businesses in Lewiston is being blamed on a squirrel.

A spokeswoman for Central Maine Power Co. says a squirrel got into a substation on Thursday afternoon and caused about 6,200 customers to loser power in Maine’s second-largest city.

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A power outage that knocked out electricity to thousands of homes and businesses in Lewiston is being blamed on a squirrel.

A spokeswoman for Central Maine Power Co. says a squirrel got into a substation on Thursday afternoon and caused about 6,200 customers to loser power in Maine’s second-largest city.

Power was back on within about an hour.

The utility’s spokeswoman said the squirrel “got into some energized equipment and he became part of the path to ground.”

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1 Dead, 1 Injured In Lebanon Crash http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/1-dead-1-injured-lebanon-crash/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/1-dead-1-injured-lebanon-crash/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:06:29 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=156421

LEBANON, Maine (AP) — Police say one person has died and another has been sent to the hospital after a crash involving a car and a pickup truck in Lebanon.

The vehicles crashed at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday on Route 202 near the intersection with Long Swamp Road.

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LEBANON, Maine (AP) — Police say one person has died and another has been sent to the hospital after a crash involving a car and a pickup truck in Lebanon.

The vehicles crashed at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday on Route 202 near the intersection with Long Swamp Road.

The victims were the drivers.

No names or ages were immediately released, but police say both were men.

The road was shut down for about two hours as police reconstructed the crash. The cause remains under investigation.

 

Courtesy: Jon Cole

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No Timetable For Hayride Death Investigation http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/timetable-hayride-death-investigation/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/timetable-hayride-death-investigation/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:04:20 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=156414 MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — Maine police say there is no timetable for wrapping up an investigation into a fatal Halloween-themed hayride accident.

A state police spokesman says fire marshals are still investigating the Oct. 11 accident at Harvest Hills Farm in Mechanic Falls and will turn their findings over to a district attorney’s office.

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MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — Maine police say there is no timetable for wrapping up an investigation into a fatal Halloween-themed hayride accident.

A state police spokesman says fire marshals are still investigating the Oct. 11 accident at Harvest Hills Farm in Mechanic Falls and will turn their findings over to a district attorney’s office.

The accident killed 17-year-old Cassidy Charette and injured more than 20 others. Charette died from head injuries as a result of the crash. Officials have said they believe mechanical failure played a role in the crash.

The 1979 Jeep CJ5 that was towing the wagon was examined by a team of state troopers, motor vehicle inspectors and fire marshal investigators. They have not disclosed their findings.

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Various Hunting Seasons End In Maine http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/hunting-seasons-turkey-deer-bears-end/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/hunting-seasons-turkey-deer-bears-end/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:02:37 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=156415 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Several Maine hunting seasons are set to end.

Friday is the final day of the year to hunt deer with a bow statewide. A more restricted archery season lasts until Dec. 13.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Several Maine hunting seasons are set to end.

Friday is the final day of the year to hunt deer with a bow statewide. A more restricted archery season lasts until Dec. 13.

Halloween also marks the end of the fall wild turkey season. Turkeys of either sex and any age can be hunted, but hunting is restricted to 18 of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts.

Friday is also the last day of the year to hunt bears with the use of dogs and traps. The general bear season ends Nov. 29.

The use of dogs, traps, and bait to hunt bears is the subject of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative and could be banned in the future.

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Independent Governor Candidate Cutler Cuts Ads http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/independent-governor-candidate-cutler-cuts-ads/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/independent-governor-candidate-cutler-cuts-ads/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:00:56 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=156297 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Independent Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is reducing his budget for television advertising in the week leading up to the election.

A spokeswoman for Cutler says the budget for the week that began Tuesday and ends the day before the election is being cut from $150,000 to $120,000. The statement from Cutler’s campaign comes a day after Cutler acknowledged that the odds of him winning the race are long.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Independent Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is reducing his budget for television advertising in the week leading up to the election.

A spokeswoman for Cutler says the budget for the week that began Tuesday and ends the day before the election is being cut from $150,000 to $120,000. The statement from Cutler’s campaign comes a day after Cutler acknowledged that the odds of him winning the race are long.

Cutler is running against Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud and Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Cutler reiterated on Wednesday if voters don’t believe he can win, they should vote for someone else. He also said he won’t drop out of the race despite increasing pressure from progressive voters who view him as a spoiler who will hand another term to LePage.

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Maine’s High Court Denies Fast Appeal In Bear Case http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/maines-high-court-denies-fast-appeal-bear-case/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/31/maines-high-court-denies-fast-appeal-bear-case/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:59:22 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=156229 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is denying an animal rights group’s request for an expedited appeal in its case against the state’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is denying an animal rights group’s request for an expedited appeal in its case against the state’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting is appealing a Portland judge’s ruling that the wildlife department can use its resources to campaign against a statewide referendum to ban certain bear-hunting tactics. Maine Supreme Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley signed a decision on Thursday denying a request for an expedited appeal. The group sought the quick appeal to try to block the wildlife department from doing any more campaigning before the Nov. 4 vote.

A spokeswoman for Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting says it will continue its appeal despite the denial. Anti-ban group Save Maine’s Bear Hunt praised Saufley’s decision.

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