Saturday, 22 December 2012 19:40

Local Boy Collects More than 2,000 Toys

Brewer - Thousands of kids will be getting new toys this Christmas, many of whom will never know, that another child made it all possible.
 
Well Brayden Mott may have only turned eight last week...but his actions, reach far beyond his years.
 
Last year, Brayden collected 322 toys to donate to Toys for Tots in just two weeks...dressing up in a Santa Claus suit he bought with his own birthday money.

But this year, he had his sights set much higher- a collection goal of 2,012 toys.
 
Support and donations from family, friends, and the community didn't cease...the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce stepped up to help this miniature Saint Nick reach his goal.
 
As a kid himself...he knows just how it feels to see a new toy waiting under the Christmas tree.
 
Brayden's actions didn't go unnoticed.  A witness to his efforts wanted to pay it forward as well- suprising Brayden with his biggest dream- going for a trip around town in a limosine.
 
Minot - State Police and the Maine Attorney General's Office are investigating an armed standoff which happened Friday night in Minot.
 
44-year-old Michael Callahan, the homeowner, was arrested after dozens of shots were fired at his residence.  Authorities were called to 185 Verrill Road around 10:30 Friday night after another family member fled the house when Callahan began shooting inside.  Callahan was charged with reckless conduct with a firearm and domestic violence criminal threatening. 
 
Troopers said Callahan fired dozens of shots over a six-hour period, but no one was injured.  It is not immediately clear what Callahan's intended target was or how many guns were used in the shots.  One member of the State Police Tactical team did return fire at around 5 a.m. and Callahan surrendered a short time later.
 
The Attorney General's Office is investigating the incident due to officer involvement.  Among the guns seized from the residence was an assault weapon.  Callahan was initially taken to a Lewiston hospital for an evaluation before he was transported to Androscoggin County Jail.
 
Freedom - State Police say a well-known Belfast businesswoman was killed Saturday morning when her pickup truck slid off Route 137 in Freedom and struck a tree.
 
64-year-old Ruth Holmes was pronounced dead at the scene of the single vehicle crash just after 7 a.m.  Her granddaughter, 11-year-old Cassie Jackson, of Searsport, was treated at the Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast for minor injuries.
 
Authorities say Holmes lost control of the truck on the ice covered road.  The truck flipped on its side and slid into a tree, crushing the roof.  Both Holmes and Jackson were wearing their seat belts.
 
Holmes and her family have operated Holmes Greenhouse and Florist Shop in Belfast for years.  Her husband, Allen, just retired last month after 40 years as the Belfast High School field hockey coach. 
Machias - The sheriff of Washington County says he wants to lead the way in calling for a Maine ban on assault weapons.  This, in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.
 
Sheriff Donnie Smith says he supports the constitutional right to bear arms, but he doesn't believe that means all arms.  Smith says common sense has come into play and it's time to end the sale of semi-automatic weapons.
 
The sheriff adds that Sandy Hook shooter Adama Lanza's history of mental problems, and those who have committed similar crimes, is reason for Maine and other states to do more to address mental illness.
Friday, 21 December 2012 16:42

Glenburn Students Celebrate the Holidays

Glenburn - Students at the Glenburn School got into the holiday spirit before their holiday break kicked off... but this wasn't just a Christmas concert.  Kids had the chance to tell stories, exhbit some of their talents, and keep an age-old tradition alive.
 
The morning was geared toward the younger crowd, with students in Pre-K through fifth grade, performing in, and enjoying the show.  For those rounding out their final year in this Christmas spectacular, it's all about passing on the tradition.
 
Students schoolwide also spent the past week getting in to the holiday spirit by helping others, collecting non-perishable items for area residents in need.
 
Those who contributed to the drive earned prizes for their efforts, but the real gift, was extending a local tradition of helping others.
Thomaston - From the Department of Marine Resources: Ricky Curtis, 48, of Union and his son, Todd Curtis, 29, of South Thomaston have been charged with illegal possession of v-notched and mutilated lobsters after an investigation by the Maine Marine Patrol.

Over 400 of the illegal lobsters were discovered during an inspection of Mr. Curtis’ vessel “North Star” by Marine Patrol Specialist Matthew Talbot and Marine Patrol Officer Wesley Dean. The potential fine for illegal possession of this many v-notch and mutilated lobsters in Maine is over $190,000. 

All lobstermen in the State of Maine participate in a mandatory v-notch program, requiring them to notch all egg-bearing lobsters prior to liberation. The practice of notching the tail of a known “breeder” extends her protection beyond the hatching of her eggs and plays a critical role in the conservation and propagation of Maine’s lobster resource.

“We consider this a very serious crime for a number of reasons,” said Colonel Joseph Fessenden, Chief of the Maine Marine Patrol. “The illegal taking of any lobsters negatively affects the resource and is a direct theft from those lobstermen who abide by the laws every day that they fish.”

It is illegal to keep v-notched lobsters or those that have been mutilated in a manner which could hide or obliterate the v-notch.  If a female lobster is carrying eggs, a v-notch tool or a sharp knife is used to remove a very small portion from the center of the tail’s flipper immediately to the right of the center flipper. This v-notch will remain through the next few molts allowing her to reproduce several more times. 

 An arraignment for the two men has been scheduled for January 14 in Knox County District Court.

Friday, 21 December 2012 08:43

Officials Warn Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Since November seven Mainers have been sent to the hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning. That's why officials are urging people to heat their homes safely this year and be extra-careful while working on engines in garages.  Malfunctioning home heating sources, exhaust build-up and the use of space heaters are prime sources of the odorless gas.  In Maine, about 75 percent of all carbon monoxide poisoning occurs between November and March.

"She announced it and I was like, really?!" That was Kevin Duplessie's reaction when his art teacher told him that his drawing was selected by First Lady Ann LePage as a winner of the Maine is ME art challenge.
 
Kevin is one of 32, out of 867 who submitted their artwork. The First Lady plans to use those pieces in her upcoming Love.Read.Learn! Baby Journal. She says the selection process showed her how just how talented Maine school children are.
 
"We had the walls of the Blaine House lined with artwork," said Mrs. LePage. "It was a very intense judging, but we came up with 32 winners."
 
The journal is being produced in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation. The goal: bringer greater literacy and better health to families of newborns, and the journal will be provided to them free of cost.
Bangor - This Thursday was a hectic one for Bangor fire crews.  Within a matter of hours, they worked to put out blazes at two residential structures on the very same street.
 

The first happening very early this morning... the other this afternoon.  Firefighters calling what happened today one big coincidence.

Thursday, 20 December 2012 18:20

Doomsday Part II: Separating Fact from Fiction

Bangor - Fact from fiction is separated in Part II of the series on Doomsday.
 
Experts tell us what the Mayans really thought, as we explain the reasoning for the misunderstanding of the myth.
Bangor - People across the country are showing their support for the families of the victims in the Sandy Hook school shooting, now one Bangor business is doing the same.
 
Bella Hair Studio on Main Street in Downtown Bangor is holding a fundraiser for those affected by the Connecticut tragedy.  Their is now a Christmas tree in their store window, which will display an ornament for each of the 26 victims.  Clients and guests can also contribute by making a donation to personalize an ornament which will be hung on the tree.
 
All money raised from the tree will be sent to a funeral home in Connecticut to aid those in mourning.
Bangor - Hollywood Casino is now giving poker enthusiasts the chance to win a seat in a Vegas poker tournament this coming summer.
 
The Casino, Hotel and Raceway is giving local players the opportunity to compete nationally with a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000.  The top 50 poker players who log the most hours at the casino will qualify for a tournament in May.  The 8 finalists from the tournament will then go on to play in Vegas.
 
Finalists will play at the M Resort in Las Vegas on June 28th to participate in the Hollywood Poker Open.
Bangor - Those wishing to pay their respects to the Sandy Hook  fallen can do so tomorrow on Facebook.
 
One local woman has created an online public event, as a tribute to the students, teachers, and staff killed late last week.  It's called the "Newtown, Connecticut Moment of Silence."

All who join are asked to make their Facebook statuses the word: "(silence)," in parantheses, at 10 a.m. on Friday.
 
So far, nearly 15,000 people have joined the event.   To take part, or to learn more, search for "Newtown, CT Moment of Silence" on Facebook.