State police spokesperson Steve McCausland says the man suspected of killing his estranged wife and then shooting himself underwent a psychiatric evaluation just days before the shootings happened in Alton. 
McCausland said yesterday that 43-year-old Scott Reed underwent the mental evaluation on November 17th, just two days before he is alleged to have shot Danielle Reed and then killed
Scott Reed told police he was suicidal following a confrontation with his former wife that included damage to property including her car. 
Reed was taken EMMC and then The Acadia Hospital, where he was evaluated and released. 
Two days later he met again with his former wife on the pretense of needing medication and shot and killed her.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will meet today in Portland and
their decision could have a far reaching effect on fishermen on the New England
The panel will consider cancelling the 2013 Gulf of Maine shrimping season due to overfishing and poor environmental conditions. 
While an advisory panel has recommended suspending the season completely, the commission
may just shorten the shrimp season as it has done several times in the past few
Shrimp fishermen have protested any changes, saying they are already having financial problems because of previous decisions made by the commission.
The Camden International Film Festival is getting high praise, and a hefty check
from the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 
The festival is one of only 23 U.S. festivals honored with ten-thousand dollar
grants this year. 
Film festival founder and director Ben Fowlie says the grant will allow organizers to "delve even deeper" into appreciating the craftsmanship found within the documentary form.
Monday, 03 December 2012 08:27

Good News, Bad News On Maine Teen Employment

The percentage of Maine teenagers who are working is higher than the national average, but nationally
the percentage of young people with jobs is the lowest since World War Two. 
The latest "Kids County Youth and Work Report" by the Annie E. Casie Foundation
finds about 82-thousand Mainers aged 16 to 24 say they have jobs. 
Thirty-nine-percent of Mainers aged 16 to 19 were employed, compared to 26-percent in that age group with jobs nationally. 
MaineCenter for Workforce Research chief economist Glenn Mills says Maine's strong standing in working teens is because Maine has a higher percentage of summer jobs than any other state in the nation.
Madawaska school department officials and members of the Madawaska Education
Association will meet this morning to see where they might be able to cut more
than a half-million dollars from the school district's current budget. 
The school committee will then meet late this afternoon for a final decision on
cutting the overall budget by seven-percent. 
The district needs to cut 525-thousand dollars from the budget because of property tax abatements granted to Twin Rivers Paper Company, reducing its valuation from 170-million dollars to
85-million for years beginning in 2010. 
School superintendent Terry Wood says the district could be looking at firing teachers and staff, cutting academic and extracurricular programs, cutting teachers' pay, and having mandatory unpaid
days off for teachers and staff.
Monday, 03 December 2012 08:16

Stephen King Novel Headed For CBS TV Series

Maine resident Stephen King will see one of his books turned into a CBS television
"Under the Dome" is about a New England town that suddenly finds itself
trapped under a large transparent dome with no way out. 
The 13 episodes are slated to run next summer.
Sunday, 02 December 2012 18:44

Sudanese Genocide Survivor Speaks at UMaine

The topic was human rights at a University of Maine lecture earlier today, the first in a internationally-focused lecture series.

CISV USA's Maine chapter welcomed El-Fadel Arbab, a survivor of the Sudanese genocide.

Arbab escaped from Darfur when he was 12.

He now lives in Portland, working there as an advocate to end the Sudanese atrocities.

CISV Maine's next UMaine lectue is scheduled for the 2013 Spring semester.


Sunday, 02 December 2012 15:56

Arundel Man Arrested on Drug Charges

An Arundel man is behind bars, after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency found thousands of dollars worth of crack and heroine in his car and home, this weekend.
Drug agents and State Police arrested 30-year old Christopher Carbone for drug trafficking, after they stopped him in a Biddeford convenience store parking lot on Friday afternoon.

Upon searching his vehicle police found crack cocaine, and later both heroin and over $3,000 in cash in his home.

He is also being held for probation violation and a previous drug conviction.

Some of Bangor's historic homes were on display this weekend as part of the annual "Homes for the Holidays" Christmas tours.

Five homes located on West Broadway and Thomas Hill Road opened their doors to the public Saturday afternoon, with proceeds benefitting Saint John's Episcopal Church.

Decorative themes varied from house to house, reflecting homeowners' unique tastes.

Guests took in each home's architectural heritage, amid a seasonal atmosphere- enjoying  refreshments and festive music.

Saturday, 01 December 2012 19:42

MAINEiacs Get New Wing Commander

The Maine Air National Guard's 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor is now under new leadership.

Colonel Doug Farnham was installed as the wing's new Commander at a base ceremony this weekend. 

The wing also received a Meritorious Unit Award, Saturday, for its support of combat operations.

The first U.S. based Guard unit to receive the honor.

Farnham succeeds Colonel John D'errico who will become the Air Guard's next Chief of Staff, based in Augusta.

Farnham, who's been with the Guard for 21 years, is taking charge of nearly 900 people, and 16 units assigned to the 101st.

A few weeks ago, MaineGOP chairman Charlie Webster made controversial remarks, suggesting black voters committed voter fraud on November 6.
Now, the ACLU of Maine is calling for a federal investigation of Webster.
Friday, 30 November 2012 18:22

Newport Fire Department Gets New Tanker

Although the Newport Fire Department had their hands full with the morning's calls in Plymouth, they found time to celebrate, as a new addition to their fleet arrived today.
At almost ten feet tall, with the capacity to hold 2,500 gallons of water, tanker 694 comes as the result of a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Newport Fire Chief Jeff Chretien says this was the fourth time they applied for such a grant, and it was much-needed.
However, upon the tanker's arrival, firefighters realized the garage was too small to properly fit the vehcile. They are now busy brainstorming ways to accommodate this massive addition to the station.
A New Hampshire man had to be life-flighted to Eastern Maine Medical Center  following a late morning, two-vehicle crash in Plymouth that injured a second driver as well.
Rescue crews had to use the jaws-of-life to free 26-year-old Jayson Whitehouse, of Alton, New Hampshire, from his Honda Civic, before evacuating him by helicopter. Whitehouse was driving toward Newport on Rt. 7 in Plymouth when his sedan crossed the center line and struck an WUV, driven by 38-year-old Courtney Lacadie.
Paramedics also took Lacadie to EMMC with undisclosed injuries. Whitehouse's condition still unknown,  as investigators work to figure out exactly what happened.
Fire crews from multiple towns responded to the accident scene. Route 7 was closed off, in both directions, for more than 2 hours.