Saturday, 15 December 2012 19:15

MDEA and Augusta Police Disrupt Drug Ring

A long-time investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Augusta Police Department has resulted in 5 individuals behind bars, and 23,000 dollars in illegal drugs off the streets.
Saturday, 15 December 2012 19:00

Bangor Hydro Says Thousands Without Power

Bangor Hydro is reporting a number of power outages today due to what they are describing as an equipment failure.  Over 2,000 meters were effected.  
 
Crews have been patrolling power lines in and around Bangor to try and find the cause. 
 
Bangor Hydro would like to remind customers to stay clear of any fallen lines they may see, and to call them if you do happen to come across any.
Augusta- Peace and social justice leaders from around the state gathered in Maine's capital city Saturday afternoon...the topic of discussion- the Fiscal Cliff, and the changes they feel need to be made to federal tax dollars.
 
Activists broke into groups, each with a possible way of tackling the problem, but all with the notion of taking back the government, reducing the power of national corporations.
 
Instead of funding what they feel is an overreaching military...they want to keep those dollars at home for other avenues like healthcare and education.
WATERVILLE - It has been nearly 365 days since 20-month old Ayla Reynolds was reported missing from her Waterville home. But Maine State Police say in the broader scope of their investigation, December 17th, 2011, is just a date on a calendar.
Friday, 14 December 2012 18:27

Skowhegan Bank Robber At Large

SKOWHEGAN - Police in Skowhegan have now released surveillance images of the man who robbed a bank, last night.
Bar Harbor- While Bar Harbor is primarily known as a summer hot spot, officials want tourists to know that the town is still thriving in the colder months.
 
Now that the coastal community has entered the off season, which is considered to be November through April, tourism has slowed down a bit.  but that doesn't mean it's come to a stop.  Officials at the Chamber of Commerce say many shops, eateries, and outdoor activies at Acadia are still availble.
 
To learn more about other upcoming events in Bar Harbor, visit their Chamber of Commerce website at www.barharborinfo.com.
Bar Harbor- Christmas day came early for one group, with food, friends, and even presents from ol' Saint Nick.
 
Over 100 participants from Downeast Horizons, took part,  spanning all ages.
With many facing either mental or physical disabilities, it gave them a chance to share in the magic of the season.
 
Many agreed on what they thought was the best part about this day...Santa.  But what he would bring them... well that was one thing not all of them were certain about.
And there was certainly no naughty and nice list among this crowd...as everyone received a present from their favorite christmas elf.
Bangor- An 11-year-old boy was hit by a truck in Bangor at the same place a woman was killed in a similiar accident this past summer.
 
Police say he was walking along Union Street to school early yesterday morning when the truck struck him on the on-ramp to Interstate 95.  Police say the boy suffered leg injuries. Neither the boy nor the truck driver had seen each other.
 
No charges are pending and the city Public Works Department is getting a copy of the report.
Augusta- Maine's Department of Environmental Protection is catching heat from a leading environmental group over its choice of a consultant to help re-write mining regulations.
 
The Natural Resources Council of Maine says North Jackson Company of Michigan is too involved in the mining industry to help find a fair balance between commercial interests and environmental ones.  The criticism comes from the company's past resume of helping others obtain permits for new mining operations.
 
The DEP says they will lead the process and develop the new rules carefully, with input from the public and legislators.
Portland- The city of Portland is planning to fight Maine's ban on prescription drugs.  The State Attorney General stopped allowing such purchases last fall because suppliers did not have Maine licenses.  However Portland officials say the drugs helped the city save over $3 million during an eight year period.
 
City spokespersons say 200 public employees face a $200,000 increase in co-payments after the ruling, and the city has the burden of $200,000 more in costs.
 
City officials are asking state lawmakers to support a bill exempting Portland from the new rules.
Thursday, 13 December 2012 20:34

UMaine Students Develop Original Video Games

Students in a computer programming class at the University of Maine have spent the last several weeks creating their very own video game. And today, they had the opportunity to showcase their final product to peers, industry professionals, and the public.
 
When students signed up for Computer Science 125, an introductory programming course at UMaine, many didn't know what they were getting themselves into. Last month, the more than 50 students in the class were divided into teams. The assignment: develop a video game...and the results were impressive.
Bangor- Several area children and families are still in need of christmas presents this year, and there are a few days left that you can help.
 
Penquis alongside Blueberry Broadcasting and Sutherland Weston, are trying to make the holidays a little bit brighter this year for hundreds of maine children.  The deadline for their program, "Christmas is for Kids" is almost up but 350 children still need to be sponsored.
 
To sponsor a child or an entire family, go to www.christmasisforkids.org.  Donation sites are located on the website.  All gifts are asked to be delivered by the deadline, this Monday, December 17th.
Orrington- While the town of Orrington continues to remember the father and three children, who died in a November blaze,  the local fire department is doing something to help keep people safe.
 
The Pine Tree Burn Foundation presented the department with a $500 donation today,
enough to purchase 35 smoke alarms.

The foundation aids several departments around the state, and aims to educate and protect.
 
Orrington's Fire Chief, Mike Spencer, says the department will make the community aware of the free alarms, and distribute them to those most in need.