Governor's Helps Raise Money for Maine Firefighter's Convention

Ellsworth- One area restaurant, that's part of a state-wide chain, held a benefit tonight to help raise money for the 50th annual Maine Firefighter's Convention.
 
Governor's in Ellsworth teamed up with the city's fire department to raise money for the State Firefighter's Convention.

The restaurant agreed to donate 10% of all sales from 4 to 8 p.m., to go towards the event which will be held this coming September.
 
The fire department is also raffling off a quilt December 20th, which features all of the Hancock County fire crews.

Tickets can be purchased at the Ellsworth Fire station.

UMaine Receives Multi-Million Dollar Grant for Offshore Wind

Orono- Maine will welcome two off-shore floating wind turbines following the awarding of a multi-million dollar federal grant.
 
The University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center has been awarded the first phase of a $93.2 million deepwater offshore wind demonstration project.

The grant, which comes from the U.S. Department of Energy, will be used to develop and build two 6-megawatt floating turbines, which will be placed in Maine's coastal waters between 2014 and 2015.
 
With a 500-foot blade span, each turbine will be taller than the Washington Monument, and produce as much energy as four typical land-based turbines.
 

Bobcat Comes To, Surprises Woman in Car

Police are reminding people about proper animal control protocol after a woman driving through downtown Bangor faced an unwelcome visitor in her car late last night.
 
A woman, whose name remains undisclosed, was driving through Veazie towards Bangor around midnight when the vehicle she was driving struck an animal, which she believed to be a cat. She told police that she thought the animal was either seriously injured or dead, so she placed it in her car to find help. That's when things took an unexpected turn.
 
The animal, which turned out to be a bobcat, came to, surprising the woman. She pulled the car over and the bobcat chased her outside. An officer on patrol saw the car parked near the side of the road, and stopped to assist
 
The responding officers used a catch pole to secure the bobcat until a Maine Game Warden arrived. The bobcat did suffer serious injuries to its hip and back and had to be put down. Police say motorists should always call law enforcement if they hit an animal, rather than trying to handle the animal themselves.

Bangor Area Recovery Network Opens Doors to new Facility

The Bangor Area Recovery Network is celebrating a new place to call home today.
 
Otherwise known as BARN, the network has been helping addicts recover and stay healthy for 3 years now.  Today's grand opening from its new location at 142 central street in Brewer, was attended by a number of local leaders, from Sheriff Glenn Ross to Deputy Mayor of Brewer, Jerry Goss.  Bangor Mayor Nelson Durgin was also in attendance.
 
BARN officials say their new location will allow them to accommodate more people.
 
"This place offers a natural center hub for any type of recovery activity, so people can come here and find out all sorts of different things going on that support the recovery process." Says, Bruce Campbell. Campbell serves on the board of directors for BARN.
 
"Finding this facility and being able to get the community support for example 3 large donors this morning already being announced, that's very important." Says, Mayor Durgin of Bangor.

Corinth Man Gives Personal Touch to Holiday Gifts

There's something special about a holiday gift that's hand-made right, here in Maine. For the past two decades, a Corinth man has been busy, chiseling, carving, and crafting toys for local children.
 
Santa's workshop may be all the way up at the North Pole, but Maine has its own workshop here, just outside of Bangor.  For 21 years now, Randy Elliott has been making toys by hand and donating them to children. However, he doesn't do it all alone. Two neighborhood teenagers and a close friend, have joined Randy in his efforts to make sure everyone has a special gift this holiday season.
 
"I feel that children should have something for Christmas." Says Norma Leighton, who has helped Randy out for the past three years, and is in charge of all the dolls that are donated.  "He was working so hard, I thought I would give him a helping hand."
 
Carving away in their own workshop, they know these gifts mean more to the children who receive them than anyone can possibly imagine.
 
"We always had something under the tree," Randy says.  "I can't imagine any kid not having something under the tree."
 
If you would like to contact Randy and Norma to either donate gifts, your time, or money, you can contact them by giving them a call.  Numbers listed below.
 
Randy: 207-944-0233
Norma: 207-296-2085
 
 

Maine Company Out Of Cots Due To Sandy

ORONO - A Maine company that supplies emergency cots and folding furniture to stores nationwide is having to tell its customers to hold on while they make more. 

Greenhouse Producing Campus' Greens

There is snow on the ground, but inside this 96 by 26 foot hoop-house, nearly 400 feet of leafy greens are flourishing. Earlier this year, the greenhouse was constructed, and just last month, they produced their first harvest.

Zachary Carr Murder Conviction Affirmed

Portland - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has affirmed the murder conviction of Zachary Carr.
 
After a week long trial in March of 2011, a jury found the 21 year-old Bangor man guilty in the shooting death of 19 year-old John 'Bobby' Surles during a gang related fight in 2010. Carr is currently serving a 35 year sentence, but in May of 2011, his lawyers asked for a new trial and testimony from Assistant Attorney General, Andrew Benson, who they say withheld evidence.
 
In a court document, Justice Ellen Gorman states, "We are persuaded that Carr did receive a fair trial in this matter," up-holding the original decision.

Biddeford Man In Custody After Selling Drugs To Under Cover Agent

A Biddeford man is now in police custody for selling his own prescription medication.
 
46 year old Michael McKeown was charged Monday with aggravated trafficking.  The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) says McKeown sold his drugs to an under-cover agent. 
 
Authorities say his charges were increased because his home is across the street from an athletic field, which has been dubbed a safe zone by the City of Biddeford. 
 
McKeown is also on the Maine sex offender registry, and police say they are looking into reports of him having teenage boys smoke marijuana in his home. 
 
He was taken to the York County Jail in lieu of 75-thousand dollars bail.  He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
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