BANGOR – A Presque Isle TV station announced a free trigger lock giveaway on its broadcast Thursday night. While the foundation sponsoring the program was announcing it at press conferences around the state Friday morning, the phone at the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department was ringing off the hook. Read More
    The three legs of Maine’s higher-education tripod have asked Gov. Angus King for increases in their baseline state funding ranging from 3.5 percent to 9 percent for each of the next two academic years. According to higher-education officials, however, King has told them he will… Read More
    When it comes to ringing in the New Year, I’m a failure for one big reason: I’m a really crappy resolutioner … resolver … whatever. (See what I mean?) This year, though, things are gonna be different. I hereby resolve, resolutely, to do better. I… Read More
    BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech took advantage of its frontcourt height and experience in the second half Friday night, outrebounding the University of Maine 20-13 while holding on for a 79-68 victory in the championship game of the Lady Luck Classic. Nicole Jones scored 10… Read More
    AUGUSTA – As they renovated the governor’s suite in the State House, workers made an intriguing discovery: a steel safe door embedded in the wall of one of the offices. Behind it – surprise – no safe. Instead of removing the thick steel slab from… Read More
    As December draws to conclusion, so does the Santa’s Helper Fund. It has been yet another successful campaign filled with the spirit of sharing that ties us all together as friends and neighbors. On behalf of The Salvation Army, the Bangor Daily News thanks you for your charitable… Read More
    SKOWHEGAN – Corey J. Cook of Pittsfield and Andrew Johansmeier of Waterville, the two 16-year-old boys accused of killing two horses last month in Pittsfield, will appear in court Wednesday to enter their pleas to the charges filed against them. The hearing has been scheduled… Read More
    This month, a former Maine Medical Association president permanently gave up his drug prescribing privileges and another doctor received conditional reinstatement two years after a sexual misconduct charge was leveled at him. Both agreements, between the doctors and Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine, became… Read More
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    ROCKLAND – The owners of Strawberry Hill Motor Inn on U.S. Route 1 in Rockport are suing the previous owners for failing to disclose that there was an illegal holding tank for sewage on the property. The lawsuit, which seeks an unspecified amount of damages,… Read More
    ELLSWORTH – Economic growth doesn’t always affect just the community in which it originates. Development in one town or city also can have an unintended and unplanned impact on surrounding towns. That’s one of the reasons that the Hancock County Planning Commission, working with several… Read More
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    With new Christmas skates to try out, children and young adults are flocking to the Alfond Arena in Orono, to Sawyer Arena in Bangor, or to the H.O. Bouchard Complex in Brewer, all quality ice rinks. But there was skating in Maine long before those arenas dedicated to… Read More
    The Bangor Fire Department shut off the gas line to the Rite Aid pharmacy on Broadway Friday night after a pickup truck crashed into the line, damaging it. According to police, motorist Todd Wilson, 32, of Old Town and his 13-year-old daughter drove up to… Read More
    Brewer High School sophomore Ian Robinson won the 16-and-under title at the United States Tennis Association’s New England Christmas Championships in Bloomfield, Conn., Thursday. The unseeded 15-year-old upset No. 1 seed Juan Ocampos 7-5, 7-5 in the semifinals before topping No. 2 seed Scott Salway 6-2, 6-2 in… Read More
    ELLSWORTH – A rash of purse thefts in the city’s shops has prompted Ellsworth police to warn women shoppers to keep a close eye on their pocketbooks. Ellsworth officers have handled around seven such thefts in the past 10 days or so, according to Lt. Read More
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    CARIBOU – On New Year’s Day, most town and city officials across the country will take a well-deserved day off from their hectic daily duties to rest or recuperate from the previous evening’s celebration of the new millennium. Not so in the city of Caribou. Read More
    THOMASTON – Some 20 accidents occurred throughout Knox County Thursday and early Friday on snow-covered roads, causing only minor damage to vehicles and injury to one driver. In Thomaston Friday, just after midnight, Daniel J. Lewis, 22, of Warren suffered a minor injury, according to… Read More
    ROCKLAND – Pool hall owner Craig Simmons Jr., 33, of Rockland was arrested Thursday evening after drug agents, police officers and a drug-sniffing state police dog searched his business and home, allegedly seizing 31/2 ounces of cocaine, an unspecified amount of cash and drug paraphernalia. Read More
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    WARREN – Knox County sheriff’s deputies responded to calls Thursday involving the vandalism of about a dozen mailboxes. According to Lt. Reggie Walker, there were no suspects in the criminal mischief incidents, which centered around the Four Rod Road area. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define… Read More
    CAMDEN – Police arrested a male juvenile Wednesday evening in connection with the burglary and theft at Russell’s of Camden jewelry store early Tuesday morning. Lt. Cameron Campbell would not disclose the charges the youth faces, nor his age. The boy resides in Camden. Campbell… Read More
    Former University of Maine hockey coach Jack Semler has seen a lot of hockey this season. And he isn’t even coaching. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i = 0; i… Read More
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    DOVER-FOXCROFT – The adult drop-in grief support group, sponsored by Pine Tree Hospice, will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month, in the oncology waiting room, first floor of the Old Mayo Building, West Main Street. All grieving people are welcome. Read More
    Machias District Court Felicia L. Johnson, 40, Lubec, operating motor vehicle while under influence of intoxicating liquor, $600, jail seven days, license suspended 18 months, registration suspended. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false;… Read More
    BANGOR – If you live, work, visit or shop in Bangor, you may have already noticed something different about the city’s police cruisers. Well, two things different. Several of the city’s police vehicles are already sporting a new municipal logo as well as new colors,… Read More
    PORTLAND – The fourth suspect in the burglary of Gateway Auctions in Lebanon is expected to be back in Maine on Tuesday. Christopher Parady, 23, of Sanford was being held in a Connecticut jail on $100,000 bail. He was arrested over the weekend on a… Read More
    HOULTON – Ashley Marble threw in a game-high 19 points to lead Class D Woodland to a 47-44 schoolgirl basketball win over Class B Houlton on Friday night. Julia Knights added 12 for Woodland, who outscored Houlton 10-7 in the fourth, after it was tied… Read More
    SKOWHEGAN – Some Skowhegan residents are asking the Kennebec Valley Mental Health Agency to reconsider its plans to build an apartment building for mentally ill homeless people in their neighborhood. The agency announced earlier this month that it is looking at buying two apartment buildings. Read More
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded grants totaling $2.88 million for airports in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, Rep. John Baldacci announced this week. The funding will support necessary projects or equipment purchases at facilities in Bangor, Presque Isle, Houlton, Belfast, and Pittsfield. Read More
    HERMON – Ryan Garland led four Hawks in double figures with 15 points as Hermon posted a 65-60 schoolboy basketball win over Ellsworth on Friday. Wayne Shaw added 12 points while Joey Schacht notched 11 and Ron Lane had 10 for the Hawks. googletag.cmd.push(function ()… Read More
    MILO – Ben Knapp scored 18 points, including the tying hoop with 36 seconds to go in regulation and all four of his team’s overtime points as Penquis posted a 43-40 schoolboy basketball win over Dexter on Friday night. Jeremy Allen contributed 13 for Penquis. Read More
    PORTLAND – The homeless man who died in a Portland park two months ago may have been awake and moving about sometime after two officers had left him, according to a lawyer for the fired officers. David Town, 56, was found dead in Deering Oaks… Read More
    Today’s column is the last of 2000, and I’ve chosen to tell the story of three people I believe exemplify the generous, giving nature of the residents of eastern Maine. Meet 86-year-old Doris Landman who lives at Nason Park in Bangor. googletag.cmd.push(function () { //… Read More
    ALNA – A blaze that kept firefighters at the scene for 12 hours heavily damaged a rural Lincoln County home that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The fire started Wednesday in the furnace and quickly spread throughout the 10-room Asa Smith Homestead. Read More
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Air traffic at the Pease International Tradeport is picking up so fast the center may need to expand its 2-year-old terminal building. Airport Manager Mark Rowell said activity at the airport is rising and demands on the terminal could increase further with… Read More
    Francis Nault was back where he wanted to be Thursday night. The freshman defenseman was moved up to right wing for Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Clarkson in their Everblades College Classic semifinal and he responded with the game-winning goal and an assist. googletag.cmd.push(function () {… Read More
    PORTLAND – A Buxton man and his son are expected to be formally charged with stealing $65,000 in motorcycles. James Fisher, 52, was arrested earlier this week after police were tipped off that he had the bikes. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes… Read More
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kara Crockett popped in a career-high 18 points to lead the University of Southern Maine to a 61-47 women’s basketball win over Bridgewater (Mass.) State in the opening round of the Land of Magic Classic. Amanda Kimball threw in 13 points… Read More
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    BAR HARBOR – The key to treating fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva may be swimming around in the chilly Atlantic Ocean just outside Emma Albee’s back door. In 1993, scientists at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory discovered a natural antibiotic that may be the anxiously awaited… Read More
    BANGOR – Filing a request for a stay of the new, higher electric rates proposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. has asked the congressional delegation to help the state plead its case. Trying to encourage new power plant construction, FERC on… Read More
    TOGUS – Physicians and dentists at the Veterans Administration Medical Center are joining the local union. “I never thought in all my years at the VA that I’d ever see physicians joining a union,” said nurse Helen Hanlon, president of the American Federation of Government… Read More
    AUGUSTA – Maine consumers of home heating oil may be getting a little relief. The average statewide price for No. 2 oil dropped three cents per gallon this week, according to the State Planning Office. The average now stands at $1.49, 45 cents higher than… Read More
    I am rather puzzled by Maine Public Broadcasting vice president Rus Peotter’s assertion that, “… we [MPB] have been asking for years that the Met allow us to offer the opera at another time.” (BDN, Dec. 8). Surely, a person in Peotter’s corporate position would know that, in… Read More
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    The Bangor Daily News’ front page on Dec. 26 featured a good article by Lauren Neergaard of The Associated Press about the strategy for pain being updated. I have read a lot in recent years by doctors, nurses and clinicians about pain and the management thereof. May I… Read More
    Hurray to Jym St. Pierre of RESTORE. We need to act soon to create a national park to save a part of Maine from over-development. The park would be a wonderful gift to present and future generations; a way to guarantee free access to the land forever. Read More
    Your paper should not be printing reporters’ opinions on subjects. I have read countless articles and have ended up reading someone else’s opinion on the subject. A newspaper is supposed to print the news not editorialize. The news should be presented from a nonbiased viewpoint. Read More
    Newly imposed federal charges against Maine electric utilities could cost consumers approximately $22 million monthly and achieve exactly nothing, according to the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The commission, along with Central Maine Power, Maine’s public advocate and the trade organization, the Industrial Energy Consumers Group, has asked federal… Read More
    It’s not difficult to determine the work force pecking order in these final days of the year, this National Goof-Off Week between Christmas and New Year’s Day when absolutely nothing of any consequence gets accomplished in support of the gross domestic product. If you had… Read More
    Maine, and the nation as a whole, is in a serious health-care crisis. Before long, if circumstances continue as they are, health care will bankrupt our nation. Let me explain. When my oldest brother was born in Fort Kent in 1962, my mother distinctly… Read More
    Many people mistakenly think that Wal-Mart’s plan to build a superbox on Stillwater Avenue would bring economic opportunities to Bangor, and that conserving the Penjajawoc Marsh and its buffer zones would have a negative impact on the local economy. It’s a natural and understandable thought,… Read More
    As the Santa’s Helper Fund draws to conclusion, we would like to thank the many contributors who gave selflessly so that someone else might benefit from their gift. No matter how big or small your donation, you have made a difference to someone less fortunate. Your gift may… Read More
    WARREN – A Massachusetts tower company is suing the town for rejecting its plan to build a 165-foot communications tower on Route 97, claiming that the town’s action violates the Federal Telecommunications Act. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court, American Tower,… Read More
    BANGOR – Irving Oil Corp. was fined $183,200 Thursday for 458 violations of the state’s maximum driving time limit for commercial drivers during a sentencing hearing at Penobscot County Superior Court. Surcharges assessed in connection with the sentence pushed the fuel corporation’s total penalty to $209,764. Read More
    AUGUSTA – Leaders of Maine’s newly seated Legislature have completed committee appointments, and while making choices was difficult, most members appear to be pleased with their new roles. “It’s always difficult because people get elected and come down here to do as much good as… Read More
    BLACKSBURG, Va. – Freshman forward Heather Ernest scored 13 points during a 26-5 spurt to open the second half as the University of Maine women’s basketball team rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Marshall University 79-58 in their Lady Luck Classic semifinal at Virginia Tech University… Read More
    With the chance that Maine seventh- and eighth-graders will get portable computers they can use beyond the range of teacher or parent supervision, a rookie Republican state lawmaker has submitted legislation to force all school and library Internet connections to block access to pornographic sites and materials. Read More
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    SKOWHEGAN – With the details of the economic impact of a new labor contract decided just minutes before its Wednesday night public hearing, the Somerset County Budget Committee took no action on passing the 2001 proposed budget. The public hearing was held at 7 p.m. Read More
    HOULTON – For the third time in six months, the Town Council has scrapped an order calling for multiple cable television service providers in the town. At its meeting Tuesday night, the council voted 5-1 against an order introduced by Councilor Philip Bernaiche calling for… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – For many in northern Maine, winter break means travel south, sunny beaches and cool drinks poolside. But for Stephanie Speicher, one out of three is just perfect. On Saturday, the University of Maine at Presque Isle instructor of recreation and a group… Read More
    A Brewer man was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly snatching a woman’s billfold outside a Brewer supermarket Thursday. Ralph Waters, 52, was apprehended in front of Paradis IGA on North Main Street and identified by an employee as the individual that grabbed a 67-year-old Brewer… Read More
    GREENVILLE – The fourth annual Ricky Craven Snowmobile Ride for Charity is scheduled for Saturday, January 27. Proceeds from the annual event held on Moosehead Lake will benefit The Bone Marrow Foundation, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Travis Roy Foundation, and The Children’s Miracle Network. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
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    Waldo County Superior Court Randall N. Sullivan, 19, Troy, theft and criminal trespass, 120 days in jail suspended on each, one year probation and restitution of $1,182 to victim; burglary of a motor vehicle, dismissed in return for guilty plea to the other charges. googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
    ROCKLAND – Towns face a collective 27 percent hike in taxes and fees with the approval of the Knox County 2001 budget Wednesday night. The spending package totals $5.1 million, up from the 2000 budget total of $4.9 million. During its final consideration of the… Read More
    BANGOR – A volunteer firefighter in Medway and her husband Thursday pleaded innocent to arson charges in Penobscot County Superior Court. The couple is charged with setting a Nov. 16 fire that destroyed an abandoned convenience store in Medway. Heidi Carey, 23, of Millinocket and… Read More
    MONSON – The reward fund set up to find the person or people responsible for wounding a stray cat in Monson in November has jumped to $5,222. The Humane Society of the United States announced Thursday that it was increasing the reward fund by $2,000. Read More
    BUCKSPORT – Corey Guilford forced overtime by sinking one of two free throws with one second left and then popped in five points in the extra session to enable Bucksport to pull out a 76-69 victory over Houlton in boys basketball action Thursday night. Jason… Read More
    BANGOR – The Bangor Area Visiting Nurses will hold its last flu shot clinic for the season, from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Miller Drug, State Street. To be eligible for the flu shot, individuals must be 18 years of age or… Read More
    WASHBURN – Jeff Blackstone scored 15 of his team’s 29 points in the fourth quarter to lift Easton to a 75-68 schoolboy basketball victory over Washburn Thursday. Matt Osgood also stepped up in the fourth quarter, scoring nine of 11 points. Derek Carlow contributed 16 points… Read More
    FAIRFIELD – A hot line that helps people facing homelessness will be shut down Monday unless it can scrape together $1,000 by Jan. 1. “The fund has always been low, but right now, we’re unable to pay three or four months on the telephone bill,”… Read More
    BANGOR – A Milo man was sentenced Thursday in Penobscot County Superior Court for sexual abuse of a minor, furnishing marijuana to a minor and violation of conditions of release. Jeffrey Banker, 28, entered guilty pleas to the charges. A count of gross sexual assault… Read More
    NORTHEAST HARBOR — A break in a Millbrook Lane residential water line Wednesday night left 25 homes without water. The break occurred in a service line to a residence and sent water flowing over Millbrook Lane, according to Pat Perry, the manager of the Mount… Read More
    Aroostook County Superior Court Gerard Crosby, 37, Caribou, gross sexual assault, three years in jail, all suspended, two years of probation, $2,872 restitution ordered. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i… Read More
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    DEDHAM – A Portsmouth, R.I., man was charged Wednesday evening with operating under the influence of intoxicants after he allegedly lost control of his car and crashed into an abandoned cottage on U.S. Route 1A. According to police reports, Gerald S. Pacheco, 35, was traveling… Read More