Maine's News, Sports, And Weather Leader - WABI TV5 http://wabi.tv Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:26:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Blustery, With Periods Of Rain Through Friday http://wabi.tv/2014/10/23/blustery-periods-rain-friday/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/23/blustery-periods-rain-friday/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:00:15 +0000 Chris Ewing http://wabi.tv/?p=154576 CLICK for Weather Graphics:

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Rainfall rates in our region will increase today as low pressure begins to lift north, with the rain continuing right into Friday morning as the slow moving Nor’easter lifts north along the Mid-Atlantic Coastline today and then rides northeast through the Gulf of Maine tonight and early Friday.

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Rainfall rates in our region will increase today as low pressure begins to lift north, with the rain continuing right into Friday morning as the slow moving Nor’easter lifts north along the Mid-Atlantic Coastline today and then rides northeast through the Gulf of Maine tonight and early Friday.

As the storm crawls up the coastline the next several days the pressure gradient between a strong ridge of high to our north and the intensifying storm to our south will cause the wind across New England to increase, with the wind likely gusting over 40 mph, especially along the coastline today. The prolonged gusty northeast wind will cause the waves to build along the coastline to between 7 to 11 feet over the next couple of days and that could lead to some minor beach erosion. The combination of rain and a gusty northeast breeze will make it feel rather raw today.

Conditions will slowly begin to improve later Friday as the storm drifts up into the Canadian Maritimes. A very weak ridge of high pressure will pass by to our south Saturday which should allow at least a little partial sunshine to develop across southern and central Maine, with still a few showers possible, mostly up north. An upper low along with a new cold front riding southeast from central Canada will likely bring another round of showers to our region Sunday. High pressure approaching New England from the west will likely produce partly sunny skies in our region both Monday and Tuesday.

 

Today: Periods of rain, heavy at times and blustery, with high temps in the upper 40s to mid 50s. Northeast wind 15-25 MPH with higher gusts.

 

Friday: Mostly cloudy, with showers tapering off and high temps in the 50s. North wind 10-15 MPH.

 

Saturday: Variably cloudy, with a few scattered showers possible and high temps in the 50s.

 

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and high temps in the upper 40s to mid 50s.

 

Monday: Partly sunny, with high temps in the upper 40s to mid 50s.

 

Chris Ewing

WABI-TV5 & CW Meteorologist

 

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UMaine Basketball Teams Host “Fan Jam” http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/umaine-basketball-teams-host-fan-jam/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/umaine-basketball-teams-host-fan-jam/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:46:02 +0000 Eric Gullickson http://wabi.tv/?p=154677

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Collins and Bellows Square-off in Bangor Debate http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/collins-bellows-square-bangor-debate/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/collins-bellows-square-bangor-debate/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:41:30 +0000 Terry Stackhouse http://wabi.tv/?p=154616

Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows shared the stage at Husson University in Bangor Wednesday for the second of 5 televised debates.

The candidates clashed over issues such as healthcare, the minimum wage, the war on terror, campaign finance, and responsible spending.

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Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows shared the stage at Husson University in Bangor Wednesday for the second of 5 televised debates.

The candidates clashed over issues such as healthcare, the minimum wage, the war on terror, campaign finance, and responsible spending.

Collins said she wants to bring both parties together to get things done.

Bellows said re-electing Collins could lead to GOP control of the Senate and partisan gridlock.

The two also have different visions when it comes to keeping energy costs from climbing in Maine.

Sen. Collins said, “There is a real bottleneck with the pipelines that we need to get natural gas from Pennsylvania where it is plentiful into the state of Maine to help our manufacturers as well as residents.”

Bellows said, “We need bold, visionary investment in renewable energy to reduce long term energy cost, to tackle climate change. We should be investing in solar, in geothermal, in title, in properly second wind, in biomass.”

Collins and Bellows meet again Thursday night for a debate in Auburn.

Two more debates are scheduled for next week.

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New River City Soccer Club to Compete with Seacoast United http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/new-river-city-soccer-club-compete-seacoast-united/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/new-river-city-soccer-club-compete-seacoast-united/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:21:47 +0000 Eric Gullickson http://wabi.tv/?p=154668

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Father Accused Of Abuse Had Been Fired From Job http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/father-accused-abuse-fired-job/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/father-accused-abuse-fired-job/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:39 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154492 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man charged with throwing his infant son down a flight of stairs was fired from Riverview Psychiatric Center after authorizing the use of pepper spray on a woman who was restrained for hours with the irritating substance on her skin.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man charged with throwing his infant son down a flight of stairs was fired from Riverview Psychiatric Center after authorizing the use of pepper spray on a woman who was restrained for hours with the irritating substance on her skin.

The Kennebec Journal ( ) reported Wednesday that 39-year-old William Lord Jr. was the nurse who authorized use of pepper spray in December. The paper reports that he told investigators he didn’t believe it constituted abuse.

The infant’s mother told police that Lord was depressed and intoxicated before the 3-month-old, unsecured in an infant car seat, was tossed down a flight of stairs early Monday. The baby suffered a skull fracture.

Lord remained jailed Wednesday on charges including aggravated assault. It was unknown if he had a lawyer.

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Well Known Troop Greeter Passes Away http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/well-known-troop-greeter-passes-away/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/well-known-troop-greeter-passes-away/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:23:47 +0000 Terry Stackhouse http://wabi.tv/?p=154641

The Maine Troop Greeters are mourning the death of one of their own.

According to a Facebook post, Joan Gaudet passed away Wednesday.

Joan was featured in the 2009 film The Way We Get By.

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The Maine Troop Greeters are mourning the death of one of their own.

According to a Facebook post, Joan Gaudet passed away Wednesday.

Joan was featured in the 2009 film The Way We Get By.

The documentary followed her and two other greeters as they welcomed countless troops at Bangor International Airport.

We interviewed Joan several times, over the years.

She was a grandmother to 8.

Joan Gaudet was 81.

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Ill Hunter Gets “Big One” Thanks to Stacyville Guide http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/ill-hunter-gets-big-one-thanks-stacyville-guide/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/ill-hunter-gets-big-one-thanks-stacyville-guide/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:31:04 +0000 Tania Morales http://wabi.tv/?p=154618

While on a bird hunt, sisters Tina Alton and Joyce Grandmason, began planning a moose hunting trip for Joyce’s husband, who’s battling cancer.

The trip wasn’t possible until they met a hunting guide from Stacyville.

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While on a bird hunt, sisters Tina Alton and Joyce Grandmason, began planning a moose hunting trip for Joyce’s husband, who’s battling cancer.

The trip wasn’t possible until they met a hunting guide from Stacyville.

“Ever since he was a little child, he’s been into hunting. He goes deer hunting every year, he did bird hunting, moose hunting, he really likes hunting and fishing. The whole family does,” says Tina Alton.

Recently, the cancer has made hunting more difficult for Roland Grandmason, of St. Albans.

More of a reason for his sisters to make this year’s hunting trip happen, but they couldn’t without a cabin.

“Nobody had any for rent. They were closing down for the season. So I stopped and talked to a guide and he called back the next morning and gave Roland a cabin for nothing,” says Tina Alton.

Carl Hunt, a Stacyville Hunting Guide, says Roland’s story struck his heart immediately.

“I had a friend that had cancer, and he fought it for 13 years. I opened the cabin up and I called them the next day and said, yes fellas I’ve got a place for you to stay and I don’t want nothing,” says Carl Hunt.

Tina Alton didn’t get to hunt with her brother-in-law, but she and her boyfriend did manage to have an adventure of their own.

They took their camper named Betsy on an adventure to the Maine North Woods near Canada.

Alton says Carl didn’t just give Roland a warm place to stay.

“He brought them over suppers, he brought them over ice cream. He was extremely nice to him and he even wants to be in contact with him to see how is doing on his cancer treatment.”

Roland also got the exclusive on a prime moose hunting spot, coming away with an 886 pounder.

“I asked him if you wanted to sell them antlers. Gee, he thought and he looked down at the ground. I know what he was thinking. He thought he was obligated to me for something. I was just fooling, I said look, I’m fooling, I wouldn’t take them,” joked Carl.

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Firefighters Train for Chimney Fire Calls http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/firefighters-train-for-chimney-fire-calls/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/firefighters-train-for-chimney-fire-calls/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:48:01 +0000 Adrienne DiPiazza http://wabi.tv/?p=154572

It’s the season for chimney fires — and firefighters in Orrington, Holden and Eddington are prepping for an increased number of calls.

“Chimney fire occurs with the build up of creosote,” says Firefighter Chad Bean. Creosote is a thick and highly flammable residue left behind by smoke.

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It’s the season for chimney fires — and firefighters in Orrington, Holden and Eddington are prepping for an increased number of calls.

“Chimney fire occurs with the build up of creosote,” says Firefighter Chad Bean. Creosote is a thick and highly flammable residue left behind by smoke.

“With the price of heating oil, a lot of people are turning to burning wood,” Bean says.

Green wood tends to make more smoke, Bean says, if you can always use seasoned wood.  Firefighters say the best way to avoid a chimney fire is to have your chimney cleaned regularly, and preferably by a professional.

“They’re licensed, they’re insured, it’s their job.”

Firefighters also ask that you take chimney fires seriously.  “The creosote burns at nearly 2000 degrees, so it’s a lot hotter, more intense fire,” Bean says.

If you do have a chimney fire, get out and let the firefighters do their job.

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Rangers Caution Visitors of Dangerous Surf, Shore Conditions at Acadia http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/rangers-caution-visitors-dangerous-surf-shore-conditions-acadia/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/rangers-caution-visitors-dangerous-surf-shore-conditions-acadia/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:42:05 +0000 Erica Stapleton http://wabi.tv/?p=154590

Rain is coming down and waves are crashing along the shore at Acadia National Park.

“Our number one concern is visitor safety and with the high seas washing up on the rocks, we’re concerned about people slipping and falling and potentially even going into the ocean,” explains Park Ranger Justin Flynn.

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Rain is coming down and waves are crashing along the shore at Acadia National Park.

“Our number one concern is visitor safety and with the high seas washing up on the rocks, we’re concerned about people slipping and falling and potentially even going into the ocean,” explains Park Ranger Justin Flynn.

The park has had three injuries this week from just the rain. With the high surf and wind advisories, they are urging people to stay clear of the wet rocks. Rangers are informing visitors upon entry there are dangerous conditions – they’re taking precautions, like closing the lower section of Thunder Hole.

“If anybody slips and falls on a rock, they can just stay at that location, if it’s safe,” Flynn advises. “If not, move to higher ground. If there’s an area of the park you can call 911, please call 911. If not, have somebody go call 911. That way rangers and the local fire department can come and assist them.”

It’s predicted waves on the shore will be between 4 to 6 feet.  Off shore they’ll likely be higher, between 6 to 8 feet. Should visitors want to get a glimpse of the wild ocean waves, rangers say there are plenty of places to view, like the shore path.

“We’re just going to have rangers out and about monitoring the weather,” says Flynn. “Every morning we check the weather forecast to see what the seas going to be and then just have people out on patrol just warning visitors to kind of move away from the coastline, move to safer grounds and just really be cautious on the wet rocks.”

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Emera’s Storm Response Team Prepares for Possible Outages http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/emeras-storm-response-team-prepares-possible-outages/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/emeras-storm-response-team-prepares-possible-outages/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:14:20 +0000 Terry Stackhouse http://wabi.tv/?p=154594

Emera Maine’s storm response team is preparing for possible power outages.

A company spokesperson says wind gusts could reach 45 miles-per-hour in coastal communities.

The team is readying trucks to respond to downed power lines.

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Emera Maine’s storm response team is preparing for possible power outages.

A company spokesperson says wind gusts could reach 45 miles-per-hour in coastal communities.

The team is readying trucks to respond to downed power lines.

Susan Faloon, Emera’s spokesperson in Bangor, said, “With this particular storm, we have got a lot of trees that still have a lot of leaves on them. Add a lot of rain to that. It is going to weigh them down so then we’ve got the heavy branches and then they could snap, fall on the power lines.”

You can monitor an outage map here.

Company leaders remind customers to stay away from downed power lines, for their safety.

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Maine Students Cast Their Ballots In Mock Election http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/maine-students-cast-ballots-mock-election/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/maine-students-cast-ballots-mock-election/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:54:24 +0000 Rob Poindexter http://wabi.tv/?p=154588

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine students are casting their ballots for governor and representatives in Washington in a mock election.

Students from more than 125 schools are expected to participate in the “Rally and Tally” event at the Augusta Armory on Wednesday.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine students are casting their ballots for governor and representatives in Washington in a mock election.

Students from more than 125 schools are expected to participate in the “Rally and Tally” event at the Augusta Armory on Wednesday.

They’ll hear from First Lady Ann LePage, Democratic candidate for governor Mike Michaud and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.

Students will also vote in the races for governor, the U.S. House of Representatives and on seven referendum questions. They’ll collect the results by phone and on the Internet and send them to the national mock election.

The goal of the event is to get students excited about voting and help them learn about political issues and the electoral process.

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Switch To Biomass Paying Off At S.A.D. 54 http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/switch-biomass-paying-s-d-54/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/switch-biomass-paying-s-d-54/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:53:23 +0000 Rob Poindexter http://wabi.tv/?p=154583

In search of some financial relief and cost predictability, officials at S.A.D. 54 in Skowhegan made the decision to install a biomass heating system two years ago.

“We installed it because we knew that there had to be an alternative to oil and the consumption was very, very high and the costs were hard to control,” said Darrell Mitchell, the Business Administrator for the district.

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In search of some financial relief and cost predictability, officials at S.A.D. 54 in Skowhegan made the decision to install a biomass heating system two years ago.

“We installed it because we knew that there had to be an alternative to oil and the consumption was very, very high and the costs were hard to control,” said Darrell Mitchell, the Business Administrator for the district.

They’re able to heat all of Skowhegan High School, Skowhegan Middle School and Bloomfield Academy, using wood pellets at a price that’s locked in for five years at $175 a ton. The entire project cost just over $1.5 million, which they hoped to have paid off in 10 years by stopping the use of oil as a heat source. They’re about to enter their third winter using biomass fuel, and , Mitchell says the cost savings to taxpayers has been staggering. They’ve cut their heating cost by 75% over that time.

“At one point in time, this building alone was costing us some $60,000 annually just to heat it. We don’t do a third of that now for three buildings.”

Mitchell says by buying their pellets from an Athens based company, they’re not only saving money, but helping out a local business.

“We’re supporting local industry and we’re not buying a product from a country that doesn’t have our best interest at heart. So it’s very important to support the locals.”

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Storm Prep & Safety http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/storm-prep-safety/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/storm-prep-safety/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:35:23 +0000 Caitlin Burchill http://wabi.tv/?p=154569

TV5 checked in with Bangor Public Works on storm preps.

We’re told most of the construction around the city has been put on hold until the storm is over.

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TV5 checked in with Bangor Public Works on storm preps.

We’re told most of the construction around the city has been put on hold until the storm is over.

Crews checked basins that usually have flooding issues.

They say with so many leaves on the roads, things aren’t easy.

“A storm like this, we’re just resigned to the fact that we’ll have crews on duty as the storm progresses and cleaning out basins, take care of street flooding as necessary,” said the Director of Bangor Public Works Dana Wardwell.

Penobscot County Deputies say make sure to be prepared, have your own pumps, for example.

To report street flooding, contact your community’s public works department or town office.

If it’s an emergency, call 9-1-1.

You’re reminded to drive slowly and to avoid flooded areas.

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Support Ending Domestic Violence By Walking on Monday http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/support-ending-domestic-violence-walking-monday/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/support-ending-domestic-violence-walking-monday/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:25:50 +0000 News Desk http://wabi.tv/?p=154566

An awareness walk originally scheduled for tomorrow has been rescheduled due to the rainy forecast.

Bangor Walks to End Abuse will now take place next Monday, October 27th, right in the heart of downtown.

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An awareness walk originally scheduled for tomorrow has been rescheduled due to the rainy forecast.

Bangor Walks to End Abuse will now take place next Monday, October 27th, right in the heart of downtown.

It’s hosted by Spruce Run-Woman Care Alliance.

The event brings together people to show support for ending domestic abuse.

You can still register for the walk at SpruceRun.net.

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Husson Student Vets Promote Breast Cancer Awareness http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/husson-student-vets-promote-breast-cancer-awareness/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/husson-student-vets-promote-breast-cancer-awareness/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:04:01 +0000 Adrienne DiPiazza http://wabi.tv/?p=154557

The Student Veteran Association at Husson University is joining the fight against breast cancer.

Group President, Darren Ripley says he wanted student vets to support breast cancer awareness after a member of his family was diagnosed. Ripley says while breast cancer usually effects women ages 40 and up, it’s important to educate college students on ways to detect the disease.

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The Student Veteran Association at Husson University is joining the fight against breast cancer.

Group President, Darren Ripley says he wanted student vets to support breast cancer awareness after a member of his family was diagnosed. Ripley says while breast cancer usually effects women ages 40 and up, it’s important to educate college students on ways to detect the disease.

“Women from the ages of 20 to 39 do develop breast cancer, it’s rare but it does happen, and I think where we have the nursing program here it’s important for them to know about breast cancer,” Ripley said.

Any money the group raises will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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Husson Hosts Healthcare Workshop Focusing on Improving Patient Safety http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/husson-hosts-healthcare-workshop-focusing-improving-patient-safety/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/husson-hosts-healthcare-workshop-focusing-improving-patient-safety/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:01:14 +0000 Caitlin Burchill http://wabi.tv/?p=154556

Communication is critical to patient safety.

Husson University in Bangor hosted healthcare professionals, hospital employees, as well as professors for a daylong discussion with that theme in mind.

The school has a government grant to teach collaborative practices.

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Communication is critical to patient safety.

Husson University in Bangor hosted healthcare professionals, hospital employees, as well as professors for a daylong discussion with that theme in mind.

The school has a government grant to teach collaborative practices.

Co-authors of a book focused on this topic spoke at Wednesday’s event

They say people don’t communicate well enough across disciplines or professions and they don’t coordinate care.

A big example of this recently, the ebola crisis.

They hope healthcare providers implement communication techniques for the safety of patients and health workers.

“This university has decided to try to take it’s part and trying to remedy that problem by really making a big effort to try to teach people how to function on teams, build skills, teach them how to communicate and develop new habits because the old habit is fly solo, and the new habit has to be ‘co’ is cool, collaborate,” said co-author of Beyond the Checklist: What Else Healthcare Can Learn from Aviation Teamwork and Safety Suzanne Gordon.

Thursday night, the university is hosting a play called Bedside Manners.

It’s from 6:30-8:30pm at Kominsky Auditorium.

Everyone is invited.

If you want to learn more about Husson University’s events regarding this subject, contact Mary Jude at judem@husson.edu.

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Bangor Day Care Closes, Under Investigation http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/bangor-day-care-closes-investigation/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/bangor-day-care-closes-investigation/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:52:25 +0000 Caitlin Burchill http://wabi.tv/?p=154546

A Bangor day care has closed its doors and is under investigation.

The Department of Health and Human Services received a complaint about the “Almost Home Daycare” on Charles Street.

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A Bangor day care has closed its doors and is under investigation.

The Department of Health and Human Services received a complaint about the “Almost Home Daycare” on Charles Street.

That agency says the provider, Tracy Rowe, voluntarily surrendered her license and closed the daycare Friday.

The daycare has been licensed since 1999.

The Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services out-of-home unit  is investigating.

DHHS says further details are not available as they investigate.

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2014 Bangor Walks to End Abuse http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/2014-bangor-walks-end-abuse/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/2014-bangor-walks-end-abuse/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:08:23 +0000 Allison Arbo http://wabi.tv/?p=154542

Amanda Cost from Spruce Run Woman Care Alliance was on the Noon newscast to tell us about the upcoming walk to end domestic violence.

The walk will take place on Monday, October 27, 2014 from 11 am to 1pm. Walkers should gather at Pickering Square in Bangor.

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Amanda Cost from Spruce Run Woman Care Alliance was on the Noon newscast to tell us about the upcoming walk to end domestic violence.

The walk will take place on Monday, October 27, 2014 from 11 am to 1pm. Walkers should gather at Pickering Square in Bangor.

They do ask that if you plan on walking in the race that you pre-register.

If you would like more information or to register you can go to http://www.sprucerun.net/news/2014/10/21/important-update-rain-date-for-bangor-walks-to-end-abuse/

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Hampden Mayor: No Plans To Step Down After No-Confidence Vote http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/hampden-mayor-plans-step-confidence-vote/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/hampden-mayor-plans-step-confidence-vote/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:47 +0000 Allison Arbo http://wabi.tv/?p=154539

Hampden’s Mayor says, she has no plans to step down after a vote of a no-confidence by the town council.

The council took that unanimous vote against Mayor Carol Duprey at their meeting on Monday.

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Hampden’s Mayor says, she has no plans to step down after a vote of a no-confidence by the town council.

The council took that unanimous vote against Mayor Carol Duprey at their meeting on Monday.

It followed an executive session during which members discussed the ethics of campaign robocalls paid for by a political action committee founded by Duprey and her husband.

This morning Duprey sent us a statement:

“The antics of the Hampden Town Council this past year have been a disgrace to our fine community. Wasting our tax money on politically motivated no-confidence votes does nothing to move our town forward. The Hampden Town Council has had a very productive year and have done a lot of great work for our fine community, unfortunately the antics of some members have garnished local and national negative attention which has overshadowed the great work we have done. It is time to get back to the work we were elected to do.”

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Nearly $200K to Maine to Study Violent Deaths, How to Prevent http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/nearly-200k-maine-study-violent-deaths-prevent/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/nearly-200k-maine-study-violent-deaths-prevent/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:34:48 +0000 Catherine Pegram http://wabi.tv/?p=154533

Nearly $200,000 is coming to Maine to help the Attorney General’s Office take a closer look at violent deaths and how they can be prevented.

Among other things, the federal grant will help the state gather information about the relationship between domestic abuse and homicides and suicides.

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Nearly $200,000 is coming to Maine to help the Attorney General’s Office take a closer look at violent deaths and how they can be prevented.

Among other things, the federal grant will help the state gather information about the relationship between domestic abuse and homicides and suicides.

The money comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Attorney General says the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will partner with UMaine researchers to better understand when and how violent deaths occur.

That information can then be used to develop intervention or prevention efforts.

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Wet & Breezy Thru Friday, Showers Still Possible This Weekend http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/wet-breezy-thru-friday-showers-still-possible-weekend/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/wet-breezy-thru-friday-showers-still-possible-weekend/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:30:27 +0000 Todd Simcox http://wabi.tv/?p=154433 CLICK for Weather Graphics:

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We’ve had a little lull in the rainfall in many spots this morning with even a few breaks in the clouds but that won’t last much longer. More rain has move into our coastal counties and will continue to spread northward this afternoon so expect the rain to pick back up and it could fall heavily at times this afternoon and evening. Northeast winds will remain breezy this afternoon averaging 10-20 MPH with gusts up to 30 MPH possible. Temperatures won’t move much more with highs only reaching the mid-40s to low 50s from north to south across the state this afternoon. Rain and wind will continue through the night tonight. Temperatures will bottom out in the 40s for low in most locales.

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We’ve had a little lull in the rainfall in many spots this morning with even a few breaks in the clouds but that won’t last much longer. More rain has move into our coastal counties and will continue to spread northward this afternoon so expect the rain to pick back up and it could fall heavily at times this afternoon and evening. Northeast winds will remain breezy this afternoon averaging 10-20 MPH with gusts up to 30 MPH possible. Temperatures won’t move much more with highs only reaching the mid-40s to low 50s from north to south across the state this afternoon. Rain and wind will continue through the night tonight. Temperatures will bottom out in the 40s for low in most locales.

 

Wind and rain will continue Thursday as low pressure moves near Cape Cod. Rain could be heavy at times Thursday. The storm is expected to gradually drift northeastward through the Gulf of Maine towards Nova Scotia on Friday. As it passes by, the steadier rain will shift into northern Maine causing the rain to taper to scattered showers across the rest of the state. By Friday evening, the bulk of the rain will have fallen and rainfall totals by that point are expected to range from 2”-4” in most locales with locally higher amounts up to 5” possible. Temperatures for both Thursday and Friday will be in the upper 40s to mid-50s for highs. The chance of showers will linger into the start of the weekend Saturday mainly over northern areas with drier weather expected elsewhere. Low pressure is forecast to cross the state on Sunday keeping us under the clouds and giving us the chance for a few scattered showers.

 

 

Rest of Today: periods of rain, possibly heavy at times. Highs between 46°-54°. Northeast wind 10-20 MPH with gusts to 25-30 MPH possible.

 

Tonight: periods of rain. Breezy. Lows between 39°-49°. Northeast wind 15-25 MPH.

 

Thursday: periods of rain, possibly heavy at times. Highs between 49°-56°. Northeast wind 15-25 MPH with higher gusts possible.

 

Friday: periods of rain north, scattered showers elsewhere. Breezy. Highs between 48°-56°.

 

Saturday: mostly cloudy. A few showers possible mainly over northern areas. Highs in 50s.

 

Sunday: mostly cloudy with scattered showers possible. Highs in the upper 40s to mid-50s.

 

 

 

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Distress Call From Boat Near Rockland, Local Crew Assists http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/distress-call-boat-near-rockland-local-crew-assists/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/distress-call-boat-near-rockland-local-crew-assists/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:27:08 +0000 News Desk http://wabi.tv/?p=154507 The Coast Guard responded to a boat in distress around 10:30 this morning.

Officials tell us three people were aboard the “Southern Skies” when they reported losing electric power with water coming in the boat’s windows.

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The Coast Guard responded to a boat in distress around 10:30 this morning.

Officials tell us three people were aboard the “Southern Skies” when they reported losing electric power with water coming in the boat’s windows.

We’re told a good samaritan vessel, “The Independence”, came to the boat’s rescue.

Just after noon, the distressed boat arrived at Criehaven Island, near Matinicus, under its own power.

All crew members were safe, despite being wet and cold.

 

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Corinna Man Accused of 2012 Guilford Pharmacy Robbery in Custody http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/corinna-man-accused-robbing-guilford-pharmacy-2012-remains-custody/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/corinna-man-accused-robbing-guilford-pharmacy-2012-remains-custody/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:53:59 +0000 Catherine Pegram http://wabi.tv/?p=154497

A man from Corinna accused of robbing a pharmacy in Guilford more than two-and-half years ago will stay in federal custody for now.

26-year-old Michael Thompson appeared in federal court in Bangor Wednesday morning for the first time and waived his right to a detention hearing.

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A man from Corinna accused of robbing a pharmacy in Guilford more than two-and-half years ago will stay in federal custody for now.

26-year-old Michael Thompson appeared in federal court in Bangor Wednesday morning for the first time and waived his right to a detention hearing.

He was arrested Friday in connection with a robbery at the Rite Aid in Guilford in March of 2012.

Court documents say Thompson confessed to that crime in July of this year when he was arrested after a high speed chase in Ripley that ended when he rolled a stolen truck.

As for the robbery, Thompson allegedly used a knife to steal drugs and money from the pharmacy.

Police say a witness moved Thompson’s getaway truck in the parking lot, so Thompson allegedly drove off in a mail carrier’s car.

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SW Harbor PD: No Threat to Public, Suspicious Package Detonated http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/sw-harbor-pd-no-threat-to-public-suspicious-package-detonated/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/sw-harbor-pd-no-threat-to-public-suspicious-package-detonated/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:00:01 +0000 News Desk http://wabi.tv/?p=154486

Coast Guard officials have confirmed that the area near the Southwest Harbor town dock was evacuated this morning.

Officials tell us that around 7:30 this morning they took a report of a suspicious package.

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Coast Guard officials have confirmed that the area near the Southwest Harbor town dock was evacuated this morning.

Officials tell us that around 7:30 this morning they took a report of a suspicious package.

The package, described by officials as a propane tank covered with duct tape and wires, is located about two hundred feet from the Coast Guard station.

The area was secured and the Maine State Police Bomb Squad was called to the scene.

The bomb squad detonated the item, and police say there is no threat to the public.

They are allowing people to return to the area while they continue their investigation.

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Senior Spotlight: Voter Engagement Tour http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/senior-spotlight-voter-engagement-tour/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/senior-spotlight-voter-engagement-tour/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:54:17 +0000 Neal Timoney http://wabi.tv/?p=154475

State Director Lori Parham and Director of Outreach Japhet Els were in the studio Wednesday for this week’s Senior Spotlight segment. With the election coming up quickly, the two were on the interview set talking to Wayne about their nationwide voter engagement tour.

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State Director Lori Parham and Director of Outreach Japhet Els were in the studio Wednesday for this week’s Senior Spotlight segment. With the election coming up quickly, the two were on the interview set talking to Wayne about their nationwide voter engagement tour.

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Amber Lambke: Grist Mill Transformation http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/amber-lambke-grist-mill-transformation/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/amber-lambke-grist-mill-transformation/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:51:48 +0000 Neal Timoney http://wabi.tv/?p=154472

Amber Lambke, President of Somerset Grist Mill, was in the studio Wednesday talking to Joy about her transformation of turning a prison into a functioning and successful grist mill, as well as sharing some ideas of what to do with those grains afterwards. Amber Lambke is a succesful entrepreneur who uses her product in multiple Farmer’s Markets around the area

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Amber Lambke, President of Somerset Grist Mill, was in the studio Wednesday talking to Joy about her transformation of turning a prison into a functioning and successful grist mill, as well as sharing some ideas of what to do with those grains afterwards. Amber Lambke is a succesful entrepreneur who uses her product in multiple Farmer’s Markets around the area

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Gubernatorial Candidate Profiles: Welfare http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/gubernatorial-candidate-profiles-welfare/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/gubernatorial-candidate-profiles-welfare/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:46:33 +0000 Neal Timoney http://wabi.tv/?p=154470

We continue with our Gubernatorial candidate profiles with a question for all three men about an issue that’s been in the news a lot.

We asked:

“Welfare has been a big topic in this campaign. What changes, if any, would you make to the current welfare system?”

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We continue with our Gubernatorial candidate profiles with a question for all three men about an issue that’s been in the news a lot.

We asked:

“Welfare has been a big topic in this campaign. What changes, if any, would you make to the current welfare system?”

 

Paul LePage: ” Well we have introduced a program that is called welfare to work. Which is basically a collaboration
between the department of health and human services, the department of education and the department of labor. That is working very very well. That is a system and a program that does the assessment, of an individual, not only their needs, for services for services but their needs to become independent and a productive
employee or a productive member of society. And so we involve the dept. of education and we involve the dept. of labor . I think that is a good program. I will tell you, that having experience welfare, that mentors helping me to grow as a person, and to take on the responsibilities of work and responsibility saved my life.”

Mike Michaud: “There are several changes that I will make, to the welfare system. If you look at one of the problems that we are facing as a state, if you have a married couple they are unemployed, they have 4 children they are getting for stamps, general assistance getting unemployment. If there is a job out there, but that job doesn’t pay enough, but if they take that job they will lose their benefits. We have to have a tiered system that will encourage them to take the job, provide the training if they need the training to get the job. Yes they will lose some but not all of their benefits. The system has to be changed and it has not been changed in quite some time. And with the officer inspector general that will focus on ways fraud, abuse and mismanagement. They will be able to get another set of eyes on how we can streamline the process within that department. Which is the largest department in state government, they spend about $3.8 billion, between state and federal dollars

Eliot Cutler “Well, I would make a lot of changes. You know the first thing we need to do is we need to make sure that we are preventing fraud and abuse in the system, and that we are using the best tools we have available to do it. I think that we ought to have smart cards, not only cards that have photographs on them, pictures, so that it makes sense. But also cards that have an embedded chip that can help us make sure that people don’t use those cards for what they shouldn’t be buying. For tobacco, for liquor, for bail, for gambling and the like. Secondly, we have to build a bridge between welfare and work. Right now we have a cliff effect, where if a single women with a couple of kids, sees a job that she wants, but pays an entry level wage. She will look at what she will have left if she takes that job and puts her kids into day care and solves her transportation problems vs. what she has if she stays on welfare. And too often the smart economic decision for her is to stay on welfare, because she loses so much if she takes that job. That is the CLIFF effect. We need to build a bridge into the workforce. And 3rd, if people get a job and if they keep the job and start climbing the ladder out of poverty to a point where they are, say 3 times the federal poverty line. I want to see people pay a little back, not a lot, a little back into a fund that helps us provide universal early childhood education for Maine people. Those are the 3 things that we need to do, to make it really work.”

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Fed-Ex Truck Flips on I-95 http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/fed-ex-truck-flips-95/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/fed-ex-truck-flips-95/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:39:49 +0000 Neal Timoney http://wabi.tv/?p=154465

The rain is to blame for a Fed-Ex truck flipping over on the I-95 South Tuesday night in orono, according to state police.

Troopers say the driver was just past the Stillwater exit when the vehicle hydroplaned, and ended up in a ditch.

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The rain is to blame for a Fed-Ex truck flipping over on the I-95 South Tuesday night in orono, according to state police.

Troopers say the driver was just past the Stillwater exit when the vehicle hydroplaned, and ended up in a ditch.

We’re told the jaws of life had to be used to remove the driver from the truck. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Witnesses to the accident say the truck was not speeding.

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Will you watch tonight’s final gubernatorial debate? http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/will-watch-tonights-final-gubernatorial-debate/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/will-watch-tonights-final-gubernatorial-debate/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:36:52 +0000 Neal Timoney http://wabi.tv/?p=154463 No    69% (305 Votes)

Yes   31% (139 Votes)

 

Total: 444 Votes

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No    69% (305 Votes)

Yes   31% (139 Votes)

 

Total: 444 Votes

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3 Whooping Cough Cases At Anson School http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/3-whooping-cough-cases-anson-school/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/3-whooping-cough-cases-anson-school/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:34:25 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154451 ANSON, Maine (AP) — Three cases of whooping cough have been confirmed at an Anson elementary school and district officials have organized a public meeting to discuss prevention and response measures.

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ANSON, Maine (AP) — Three cases of whooping cough have been confirmed at an Anson elementary school and district officials have organized a public meeting to discuss prevention and response measures.

Parents and others are invited to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carrabec High School, where representatives from the Maine Center for Disease Control will discuss whooping cough prevention.

Superintendent Ken Coville tells the Morning Sentinel all three cases were reported at the Garret Schenck School.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a respiratory infection characterized by uncontrollable coughing that make a “whooping” sound and can induce vomiting or cause difficulty breathing. Other symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and fever.

The state CDC says there have been 339 cases of whooping cough confirmed in Maine this year.

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Gardiner Man Pleads Guilty To Robbing Pharmacy http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/gardiner-man-pleads-guilty-robbing-pharmacy/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/gardiner-man-pleads-guilty-robbing-pharmacy/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:32:33 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154438 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Gardiner man who robbed a Bridgton pharmacy of prescription painkillers on Thanksgiving Day last year has pleaded guilty.

Robert Richard pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to a felony charge of interference with commerce by robbery.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Gardiner man who robbed a Bridgton pharmacy of prescription painkillers on Thanksgiving Day last year has pleaded guilty.

Robert Richard pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to a felony charge of interference with commerce by robbery.

Authorities say the 26-year-old Richard entered the Rite Aid pharmacy on Nov. 28 wearing a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and a bandanna over his face and handed a note to the pharmacist demanding all the oxycodone.

He was given several bottles of the drug before fleeing in a car with a concealed license plate.

He has been in custody since his indictment last month.

Richard faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing.

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Sales Of Single-family Homes In Maine Up http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/sales-single-family-homes-maine/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/sales-single-family-homes-maine/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:31:07 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154431 SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Home sales in Maine are bucking national and regional trends, as the number of existing single-family homes jumped by more than 6 percent in September when compared to the year-ago month.

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Home sales in Maine are bucking national and regional trends, as the number of existing single-family homes jumped by more than 6 percent in September when compared to the year-ago month.

The Maine Association of Realtors reported Tuesday that 1,393 homes were sold last month, up from 1,307 in September 2013.

The median price rose a little more than 1 percent to $175,000 in September.

Both nationally, and in the Northeast, sales volume was down in September, although median prices rose.

Realtors’ president Angelia Levesque says the figures show that the people are feeling better about the economy and are confident they will keep their jobs.

The biggest jumps in the number of single-family homes sold were in Somerset, Waldo and York counties.

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Theft Charge For Ex-New Hampshire Chief From Maine http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/theft-charge-ex-new-hampshire-chief-maine/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/theft-charge-ex-new-hampshire-chief-maine/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:29:47 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154432 FARMINGTON, N.H. (AP) — The former fire chief in Farmington has been indicted on charges he stole at least $1,500 in town funds.

Fosters Daily Democrat reports that 48-year-old Richard Fowler of Skowhegan, Maine, was charged with taking the money between November 2009 and June of this year.

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FARMINGTON, N.H. (AP) — The former fire chief in Farmington has been indicted on charges he stole at least $1,500 in town funds.

Fosters Daily Democrat reports that 48-year-old Richard Fowler of Skowhegan, Maine, was charged with taking the money between November 2009 and June of this year.

Fowler was fired in August from his job leading the Skowhegan department.

Strafford County Attorney Thomas Velardi tells the paper the amount of money stolen was “substantially more” than $1,500.

Fowler faces 7 ½ to 15 years in prison if he’s convicted on the charge of theft by unauthorized taking. It could not immediately be learned if he has a lawyer.

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Feds Allege Sexual Harassment At Farm http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/feds-allege-sexual-harassment-farm/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/feds-allege-sexual-harassment-farm/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:28:15 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154426 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has sued a Maine farm alleging that it allowed male workers to sexually harass women hired as seasonal harvesters.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in its lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland that female employees at County Fair Farm in Jefferson were subjected to unwanted sexual propositioning, groping, and that farm management ignored their complaints.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has sued a Maine farm alleging that it allowed male workers to sexually harass women hired as seasonal harvesters.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in its lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland that female employees at County Fair Farm in Jefferson were subjected to unwanted sexual propositioning, groping, and that farm management ignored their complaints.

An attorney for the commission’s regional office in Boston tells the Portland Press Herald that an attempt to settle the matter out of court failed.

The suit seeks back pay for the affected workers as well as compensation for emotional pain and suffering, and punitive damages.

A woman who answered the phone at the farm said the owner was unavailable to comment.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald,

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Mill, Land Owner Files For Bankruptcy http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/mill-land-owner-files-bankruptcy/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/mill-land-owner-files-bankruptcy/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:21:56 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154425

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — The corporation that owns Great Northern Paper’s East Millinocket mill and the land beneath it is filing for bankruptcy.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the filing by GNP East Inc. follows a similar move by sister corporation GNP Maine Holdings Inc., which filed for bankruptcy in September. That corporation owns the mill’s paper-making equipment.

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EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — The corporation that owns Great Northern Paper’s East Millinocket mill and the land beneath it is filing for bankruptcy.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the filing by GNP East Inc. follows a similar move by sister corporation GNP Maine Holdings Inc., which filed for bankruptcy in September. That corporation owns the mill’s paper-making equipment.

GNP East’s filing in federal bankruptcy court in Bangor shows assets between $10 million and $50 million and liabilities between $1 million and $10 million. The corporation must disclose how much it owes each creditor by Oct. 31.

It is unclear if the two cases will be combined. Great Northern Paper laid off more than 200 workers in February.

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