Bangor fire chief is stepping down

Bangor officials announced Thursday afternoon the fire chief has submitted his resignation. Chief Scott Lucas plans to stay on the job until the end of his two year contract in December to give the city time to find a replacement. You may recall Lucas found himself at the center of controversy a few months ago when he forbid fire fighters from wearing uniforms and using fire equipment while raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. No reason was given why he's stepping down after two years on the job. The city plans to launch a search for a replacement in the near future.  

 

The following is a news release issued by the city:

Bangor, ME. - City Manager Catherine Conlow announced today that Fire Chief Scott Lucas has submitted his resignation effective December 3, 2014. Lucas has served as Fire Chief since December 3, 2012. Lucas was selected from a field of four-nine candidates in the fall of 2012. He had previously served in the Westland, Michigan Fire Department for twenty-one years, before retiring as Assistant Fire Chief / Emergency Medical Services (EMS Coordinator).

Chief Lucas indicated that he would plan to remain as Chief through the duration of his two year contract with the City, in order to allow the city time to design and implement a successful succession plan. He stated that “he had enjoyed the opportunity to work with and for the Fire Department and the City of Bangor, and indicated that he appreciated the personal and professional development opportunities provided to him during his tenure”.

City Manager Conlow commented that during his employment with the City, Lucas had the opportunity to bring a new perspective and begin some new initiatives in inspections, education, and outreach. “ While we are sorry that he is leaving, the Department has a strong and rich tradition of providing residents outstanding fire and emergency medical services, which will continue in the interim”, according to Conlow.

Conlow noted that the City will begin the process to fill the Chief’s position in the very near future.

Man Responsible for Car Chase in Durham Arrested

wayne king

State Police say a different man than they expected was driving an SUV they chased in Durham on Tuesday.

Former owner, Edwin Duquette, contacted authorities after seeing his picture in connection with the chase on social media.

He told State Police he sold his SUV to 35 year old Wayne King in recent weeks.

As a result, King was tracked down and arrested. He was hiding in the storage area of a Lewiston apartment complex. He is currently being held at the Adroscoggin County Jail.

The SUV was not in King's possession when he was placed in custody. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of a 1999 purple Chevy Tracker is asked to call State Police in Gray at 657-3030.

Maine Department of Labor to Help Garelick Farms Employees

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Help is coming for employees recently losing there job with Garelick Farms in Hermon and Caribou.

 

The Director of Communication at the Maine Department of Labor says a rapid response session is planned for those workers.

Director Julie Rabinowitz states the Department of Labor will be working to help them file for unemployment and prepare to look for work.

That includes applying for jobs with the organization that will be replacing Garelick's operations at the facility.

Injured man spends night in the woods

A man from Brewer is recovering after crashing a pickup truck and being thrown into some woods.

State Police say they believe the 38 year old man crashed sometime last night off the southbound lanes of the interstate in Carmel.

He was thrown from the truck and it wasn't until around 5:30 this morning that someone noticed the wreckage in the trees.

The man was rushed to the hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Brewer Man Injured in I-95 Crash

A Brewer man remains in the hospital today after a crash in Carmel.  Police say a 38-year old male was driving southbound on I-95 when he crashed his truck through a guard rail and into nearby woods.
The driver was ejected from the vehicle.  They believe it happened sometime before midnight Wendesday night but the man wasn't found until 5:30 this morning.  Police say one of the man's ears were ripped off in the crash and his injuries are serious, but not life threatening.  

Fire Leaves Residents with Nothing

BAR HARBOR - The smell of smoke still in the air Wednesday afternoon as onlookers and officials assessed the damage from Tuesday night's fire.

Homicide investigation

From the Department of Public Safety

State Police say they believe a body recovered from a shallow grave in Jefferson last week is a man last seen alive in 2002.  The State Medical Examiner's Office says the death is a homicide and that more work will take place to establish a positive identification.   Detectives believe the skeleton remains are those of Charles "Chuck" Woodburn, who was 51 in 2002.  The body was found in the front yard of his former home at 219 Neck Road in Jefferson.  Last Wednesday, a team of detectives searched the site and with the help of body dogs from State Police and the Maine Warden Service, pinpointed the gravesite, near a rock wall.  A backhoe was then used to excavate the site and the body was unearthed.

At the time of his disappearance, Woodburn was married and living at the house with his wife - Diane Darling.  Darling later married Robert Gaudette and she who died in 2010.  She never reported Woodburn missing, but family members did following her death.

The cause of death is not being released at this time and detectives are now interviewing family and friends of Woodburn, attempting to retrac e his whereabouts before he disappeared.


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