Governor Lepage is taking action after learning that Federal National Guard Bureau has proposed cutting the Maine Funeral Honors Program by 58%. The funding cuts would significantly reduce the Maine National Guard’s ability to provide funeral honors. Governor Lepage is calling on congress to make sure all of the funds stay where they are.
The Maine Funeral Honors Program helped pay final respects to over 1,300 deceased veterans in 2013. If funding is not restored, soldiers stationed in Fort Drum, N.Y. would be sent to conduct the funeral ceremonies in Maine instead of having local soldiers there.
A Greenbush man is headed to prison tonight for a spate of armed robberies last year. 40 year old Donald Getchell was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but three years suspended and three years probation. Getchell pleaded guilty earlier this year to robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and theft. At his sentencing on Monday, his attorney Jeff Silverstein, told the judge the robbery spree was fueled by substance abuse.
Getchell and two other men robbed a Glenburn convenience store in September, 2013. The next day the trio robbed a 54 year old Orrington woman at knife point and had plans to rob the nearby Bob's Kozy Korner store but were intercepted and arrested by police.
Bangor - October is National Stop Bullying Month. Trying to fight this evolving problem Central Maine Derby and Great Skates held the 3rd Annual Skate Don't Hate Stomp Out Bullying event on Monday night. Aimed at raise awareness and equip children that attended with the proper skill set to deal with bullying and the confidence to step in and report it if they witness it.
Eliot Cutler says he knows how to help Bucksport if the Verso paper mill does close for good.
The gubernatorial candidate thinks the state should buy a portion of the mill if a new owner cant be found.
He released his plan today, saying if elected next month he'll promote the idea of Maine purchasing the mills power producing assets and then selling low-cost power to businesses that would set up close to the mill..
Democratic candidate, Mike Michaud has already unveiled his plan to help mills like the one in Bucksport and also for towns that deal with similar losses.
Governor Lepage also released a statement blasting his opponents for "turning the mills employees into political pawns".
He says his priority is finding a new buyer and helping the families impacted by closure.
Police Arrest a man for threatening his girlfriend's life on Facebook. Presque Isle Police received a call just before 2 this morning notifying them James Shaw had made the post on Facebook with detail as to how he intended on killing her. Shaw has been at large since being wanted for a Felony Domestic Violence against his girlfriend last week. At 3:30, authorities began to watch the residence where they located James Shaw until an arrest warrant was completed. Maine State Police Tactical Team was called in and they secured Shaw just after 10 this morning. no one was injured and James Shaw is charged with domestic related Aggravated Assault on top of smaller criminal charges. No bail has been set.
A plane carrying a man who's fighting the ebola virus passed through Bangor this morning. A specially equipped jet refueled at Bangor's airport early Monday morning. Ashoka Mukpo is a freelance cameraman who picked up the virus while working for NBC in Liberia. He is the fifth American to be diagnosed. Mukpo was transported to a medical center in Nebraska for treatment. He is also the third American infected with the virus to pass through Bangor while being brought to the U.S. for treatment. Two others came through BIA during the summer and officials say at no time did they pose a risk to people in the area.
State police launched an investigation Monday morning after a man was found dead in Plymouth. The body of 52 year old mark Michaud was found along the Rutland road by some raccoon hunters. He apparently lived in the area. Officials say there's no reason to consider it suspicious at this point, but the body is being brought to the medical examiners office to determine how he died.