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.

AUGUSTA - Maine's shrimping season is in jeopardy. But as of a meeting this morning it is no longer on the chopping block entirely...something many fisherman had feared could happen.

 

At first regulators proposed closing down the season all together: no shrimping at all. They pointed to their 2012 report, which they say shows there simply aren't enough shrimp, and they aren't reproducing fast enough to replenish their populations to healthy levels.

Today, decision makers agreed no moratorium, but instead a very limited season...which at this point may start in mid-January. Fisherman called the total loss of a season the absolute worst case scenario. And even though a short season with a limited catch is still a hardship...they say something is better than nothing.

Monday, 03 December 2012 20:38

In Ellsworth, Everybody Eats

At one church in ellsworth, thanksgiving never ends. Once a week, St. Dunstan's on State Street provides free meals to the community.
 
Every Monday for almost four years now, Everybody Eats has served between 80 to 120 meals in the basement of St. Dunstan's. Over time, the program has grown, representing more than a meal for the hungry, rather, a community gathering place.
 
Organizers say none of this could go on without volunteers, many of whom are from Downeast Horizons, a program for adults and children with developmental disabilities.
 
The meal runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and is available to anyone interested.
AUGUSTA - Administrative and Financial Services Commissioner Sawin Millett is recommending state agencies cut spending by more than $ 35 million due to a drop in anticipated revenue for the current fiscal year.

In a letter to Governor LePage and legislative leaders, Millet says spending cuts should be implemented as soon as possible in order to keep the budget balanced.

A spokeswoman for Governor LePage says cuts are likely, but he is reviewing the recommendation, which came this afternoon.

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - James Cameron, Maine's former top drug prosecutor, who had been on the run from authorities since mid-November, made his first court appearance today, since U.S. marshals captured him in New Mexico Sunday.

Maine's U.S. Attorney says Cameron stood before a federal magistrate in Albuquerque...a day after U.S. marshals arrested him outside a retail electronics store. He surrendered without incident.

Cameron initially fled on November 14th, after removing a court-ordered monitoring device, while on release pending appeal of a child porn conviction.

Meanwhile, marshals are preparing to transport Cameron back to Maine, where he is scheduled to appear before a federal judge in Bangor. That's when his bail will likely be revoked.

Monday, 03 December 2012 19:54

Nelson Takes Stand in Anson Murder Trial

SKOWHEGAN - The Norridgewalk man on trial for murder in Skowhegan, took the stand in his own defense today, as testimony drew to a close.
 

41 year-old Robert Nelson is accused of shooting 60 year-old Everett Cameron of North Anson to death on Halloween three years ago.

On the stand in Somerset County Superior Court, Nelson said he often bought prescription pills from Cameron, saw Cameron the day of his death, but denied killing him. Prosecutors have pointed to gunpowder residue on Nelson's hands, and Nelson's vehicle spotted near Cameron's that October 31st, as the evidence needed to convict.

Closing arguments are scheduled for tomorrow morning, then Justice John Nivison will begin deciding Nelson's fate. Nelson opted for a bench trial, which means there has been no jury.