Corinna House Fire

At 11:30 Thursday night, Corinna firefighters were called to a structure fire on Corinna Center Road. After battling the blaze for about two and a half hours, they were able to put the fire out.  The fire chief thinks the fire stemmed from a chimney fire that the homeowner had earlier that night.  The homeowner thought he had put it out and didn't call for help. Corinna fire department had mutual aid from Dexter and Newport.  The house is said to be livable after minor repairs.

Bank robbery arrest

Waterville police have arrested a man following a bank robbery Friday morning. They say it was 28 year old David Alverez of Thomaston who entered the Bangor Savings bank near the Elm shopping plaza and handed a threatening note to a teller. After getting an undisclosed amount of cash he fled across the shopping plaza and is believed to have gotten into a waiting vehicle. There were no injuries, but we're told the employees were shaken up. Police say a Waterville officer recognized Alverez from the banks surveillance video because he had talked to Alverez earlier in the day after he was involved in a minor traffic accident. Alverez was arrested early Friday afternoon after he was spotted getting into another vehicle in the College Avenue area. Police say he had some of the stolen money at the time.

Task Force to Review Green Crabs in Maine

Governor Paul R. LePage signed an executive order establishing a task force to review and consider the impacts of the invasive European green crab. The Governor made the announcement this morning at the 39th Annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport.

 

In recent years, the European green crab population has rapidly expanded in Maine’s coastal waters, threatening the depletion of shellfish species such as the blue mussel and soft-shelled clam. The European green crab has already destroyed eelgrass and fringe marsh habitat throughout the coast.

 

Green crabs are threatening our state’s $25 million bivalve shellfish industry, which is Maine’s third most lucrative fishery. It’s critical that we protect the fishery and the good jobs the industry supports,” said Governor LePage. “Green crabs not only endanger a vital segment of Maine’s fishing economy, but this invasive species could destroy some of Maine’s most famous dishes, including steamed clams and the fried clam dinner.”

Sex offender facing new charges

A registered sex offender is accused of striking again in Norridgewock.

66 year old Joseph Handley was arrested this week following an investigation that began in December.

The Somerset County Sheriff's Department reports that Handley had sexually abused a 10 year old boy.

They say it happened at his Norridgewock home and that the abuse took place over several years.

Handley is now charged with unlawful sexual touching and unlawful sexual contact.

The District Attorney's Office will now consider whether to file additional charges.

Handley has already been convicted of sexually abusing a minor and is a lifetime registrant of the state's sex offender registry.

 

Mardi Gras Themed Fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer

BANGOR - Thursday night was full of beads, masks, and good food, as a fundraiser was held to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer. But above all else, hope was the message that organizers wanted to get across.

Maine's Elver Fishery: Past, Present, and Future

STATEWIDE - As the 39th Annual Fisherman's Forum gets under way on the mid-coast this weekend. Members of Maine's elver fishery are preparing for a season that's sure to be much different this year.
We spoke with fishermen and dealers who've been involved since the fishery opened in Maine back in the 1970's... and they say it's been one wild ride.

Month-Long Food Drive to Kick Off This Weekend

HANCOCK COUNTY - There are too many Mainers who have to choose between heating their homes and putting food on the table. Some help is on the way though, for folks living Downeast.

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