Tuesday, 04 December 2012 17:39

EMCC Seeking Nominations for Cooking Challenge

The kitchen at Eastern Maine Community College will be heating up, as the school prepares for its annual cooking competition.
 
This will be the second year for EMMC's Maine Chef Challenge, where the state's culinary masters compete to win top honors.
 
And EMCC is asking for the public's help in nominating participants.
 
To nominate your favorite Banogr area chef, just log on to www.EMCC.edu/Nominations
 
The competition takes place March 22nd.
BANGOR - Police say it was 30 year-old Kevin Gray, a transient, who robbed a Bangor Walgreens pharmacy this afternoon.
 

Officers say the call came in at around 2:30 this afternoon. The male suspect, wearing all-black and a ball cap, approached a pharmacy technician and demanded drugs.

The man then fled on foot, in the direction of the Laundry Basket on Husson Avenue.

Officer Jason Linkletter and his K9 would later pick up a scent...trailing the suspect through Bradford Commons, and into the Bangor Gardens.

Fast forward to 3:00: a man fitting the suspect's description was seen running down Falvey Street, where an officer was positioned. That's when law enforcement moved in and made the arrest.

The holiday season often serves as a time to remember family and friends, whom we've lost.  Saint Joseph Hospital is holding a ceremony this week to pay tribute to loved ones who have passed on.
 
The annual Lights of Remembrance observance is slated for tomorrow night in the hospital's lobby.  A white tree, decorated in lights and ornaments, bears the names of those lost in 2012, and in years past.
 
All are invited to attend Wednesday night's ceremony.
With winter quickly approaching, and already seeing a few snow days, its important to pay some extra attention when on the road.
 
Officials say you should take a look at your car and make sure it is in good condition before the winter months come.  That way you can make repairs before driving conditions worsen. 
 
They also say its important to remember to drive slower in rough conditions, as well as learn what to do if your car skids on black ice.
 
James Bair of Bair's Driving School says you should steer in the direction of the skid, and make sure both feet are not on either the break or the gas. 
 
 

LISBON - Developing news tonight out of Lisbon, as state police say skeletal remains, found there this afternoon, may be those of a Lewiston woman who disappeared last year.

State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland says the remains may be those of 22 year-old Christiana Fesmire, who went missing in July of 2011.

McCausland says the remains were discovered at around 1:00 p.m. along a trail, not far from the intersection of Wagg and Ferry roads.

Just last month, a jury convicted Buddy Robinson of murdering Fesmire. The two had worked together at a Lewiston call center.

Meanwhile, the remains found today will be transported to the medical examiner's office in Augusta for identification.

BANGOR - Earlier today, Bangor Police utilized their K9 unit to apprehend a man who officials say robbed an area pharmacy, and subsequently fled the scene, late this afternoon.

The call came in at approximately 2:30 p.m. The suspect, described as a male wearing a black sweatshirt, black pants, and black ball cap, approached the pharmacy inside Walgreens, demanding drugs.

The man fled the scene on foot, in the direction of the Laundry Basket on Husson Avenue. Bangor police officer Jason Linkletter and a department K9 picked up a trail through Bradford Commons, and into the Bangor Gardens.

Then, just before 3 p.m., a male suspect fitting the description of the robber was seen running down Falvey Street, where another officer was sitting watch. The man was taken into custody, and police were seen gathering evidence at the scene.

"We don't have an account or an amount, or even what it is exactly," says Sgt. Paul Kenison. "But initially the call stated that he did leave the store with some pills and pill bottles, and there were some of those recovered that were on his person."

Initial reports indicate there may have been a note passed to the pharmacist, that implied the threat of a weapon, although none was brandished.

 

A domestic dispute in Bangor yesterday resulted in the arrest of one man, and assaults on two officials.

24-year-old Anthony King of Bangor was arrested after the department's Bangor Housing Liaison received a report of domestic abuse.

When an officer and mental health liaison attempted to put him in handcuffs, he resisted and became violent.

King punched and kicked the officer and liaison several times, before finally succumbing to arrest after he was threatened with a tazer.

He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and charged with a number of crimes including Felony Assault on a Police Officer.

An additional officer reported injuries during the arrest and transport of King.

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 11:48

Governor Lepage Cancels Meeting Due to Tracker

AUGUSTA - A scheduled meeting in the capitol, today, focusing on putting politics aside, was called off because of an alleged tracker.

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 11:17

WHCA Christmas for Kids Drive

While many people are spending their time before the holidays finalizing their shopping, there are some kids who need some help receiving gifts this year.

The Washington Hancock Community Agency is holding its 11th annual Christmas for Kids drive to help make the holidays a bit brighter for children in families that are unable afford gifts this season.

According to organizers, some families must choose between heating oil and holiday treats.

When registering for assistance from WHCA, some kids are asking for just the bare necessities: coats, hats, and warm socks.

To help, checks can be made payable to the Washington Hancock Community Agency with Christmas for Kids in the memo line.

They can be sent to the agency at P. O. Box 299 Ellsworth, Maine 04679.

Those who need help with gifts can contact WHCA at 664-2424 in Hancock County or 546-7544 in Washington County.

The Maine Technology Institute is awarding nearly one-and-a-half-million dollars to more than two-dozen Maine companies.  
School officials in Madawaska have voted to cut teacher salaries by almost nine-and-a-half-percent. 
 
The school committee's unanimous vote is aimed at meeting a voter-ordered 525-thousand dollar budget cut. 
 
The district needs to cut the current year budget because recent property tax abatements granted to Twin Rivers Paper Company reduced the firm's taxable valuation from 170-million dollars to 85-million.
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 05:32

Alleged Zumba "Johns" Due In Court

The first wave of alleged "Johns" in the Kennebunk prostitution scandal will have their day in court Wednesday.
 
The 21 men were named in October, and each faces one charge of engaging a prostitute. 
 
Prosecutors say Zumba instructor Alexis Wright and her business partner Mark Strong kept detailed records of more than 150 sex clients. 
 
So far 106 have been charged.

ORONO - Just two days after authorities say former University of Maine Black Bear and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend, before killing himself, the University released campus police reports, detailing some incidents involving belcher, while he was still a student...and the incidents potentially point to Belcher's past difficulties with women.

According to UMaine police records, released earlier tonight, Belcher seriously cut his hand and wrist back in April of 2006, after he punched out a window in Androscoggin Residence Hall.

Officers reported Belcher did so out of anger over a particular girl. His case was forwarded to judicial affairs, and he was ordered to pay restitution.

Then, in February of 2007, officers responded to a loud verbal argument between belcher and his then girlfriend. The dispute occured after the girlfriend failed to call him at a pre-arranged time. She then asked to stay over, and belcher refused, saying he didn't want to see her until morning.

Officers said the disagreement never turned physical.