Monday, 31 December 2012 15:20

Maine Special Olympics Co-Founder Dies

SOUTH PORTLAND - The pine tree state has lost one of its most influential non-profit leaders.
Founder and former CEO of the Special Olympics of Maine, Mickey Boutilier has died.  In a statement from the organization, Mickey is described as a legend in the world of Special Olympics, devoting his entire life to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.  
He passed away, with family members by his side, after a brief battle with an unknown illness.  A celebration of his life will take a place at Camp Tall Pines in Poland.  That date will later be announced by the organization.
Cape Cod - The family of a missing Massachusetts man is now convinced that he is dead, and published his obituary in a Cape Cod newspaper over the weekend.
Augusta - Teachers from around the state are asking the Legislature to better define what they can and can't do to restrain violent and disruptive students. 
Monday, 31 December 2012 08:54

BPD Identifies Hit and Run Driver

Bangor - After investigating, police now know who the driver was in Sunday morning's hit and run accident in Bangor.
19-year-old Carson Stimus was summoned for Misdemeanor Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Operating Without a License.  Stimus was the driver in the hit and run crash that happened at the corner of Webster Avenue and Crestmont Road at around 11 a.m. Sunday.
The complainant reported being struck by a silver or gray Subaru hatchback, which fled the scene immediately.  With the help of several phone calls from concerned citizens, as well as a piece of the vehicle left at the scene, police were able to solve the case.
Sunday, 30 December 2012 20:07

Area Power Outage Affecting 1,000 Customers

BANGOR -  Bangor Hydro is reporting a number of power outages this evening.
They tell us due to high winds and heavy snow over the past couple of days, 1,000 customers are without electricity.
The affected ares are Charleston, Bradford, Corinth, and Hudson; along with a few coastal areas. Crews are working to restore power as quickly as possible.
The electric company does say continued high winds and poor travel conditions from the earlier storms may cause some additional outages.
Bangor Hydro wants to remind customers if they ever see any fallen lines to never approach them, and contact the electric company or authorities as quickly as possible.
Bangor - New years eve is upon us and many people will be ringing in 2013 a number of ways.
To make sure everyone has a happy and healthy New Year we want to give you a few tips for keeping the festivites safe.
Biddeford - A Biddeford man is behind bars in connection with the shooting deaths of two people Saturday night at the building he owned.
74-year-old James Pak has been charged with two counts of murder after police found two bodies inside the apartment unit he owns at 17 Sokokis Road in Biddeford following a nearly three hour standoff with police. 
Detectives say those killed are 19-year-old Derrick Thompson and his 18-year-old girlfriend Alivia Welch.  Another woman, 44-year-old Susan Johnson-- Thompson's mother, is being treated for gunshot wounds at Maine Medical Center in Portland.  Johnson's 6-year-old son, Brayden, was rescued from the home and was not injured.
Johson called 911 to report the shootings just after 7 p.m. and Biddeford police officers entered the apartment and removed her and her son, transporting them to safety.  Pak surrendered after talking to Biddeford and State Police negotiators at around 10 p.m.
Investigators say they are looking into whether a landlord-tenant issue had any connection with the violence.  Johnson and her family moved into the apartment in October. 

Pak remains at the York County Jail and will likely appear in court either Monday or Wednesday.  The two bodies were transported Sunday morning to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta for autopsies.
Saturday, 29 December 2012 20:02

Bangor Bomb Squad Responds to Local Apartment

BANGOR - Authorities are now saying that an explosives threat that had them up and arms was not what they initially thought it may have been.
Bangor Police responded to the Kenduskeag Terraces on Court Street at around noon on Saturday to investigate a mental health issue.  However, upon arrival officers became weary of what they suspected to be potential explosives.  
The department's bomb squad was called to the scene, removed the items from the home, and destroyed them.
Authorities say the items collected can sometimes be used to make a home made bomb but, that after further investigation, that was not the tenants intent.
At this time no charges have been filed.
Saturday, 29 December 2012 17:47

Bangor Stabbing Leaves One Person Dead

BANGOR -  Police are investigation a stabbing in Bangor that has left one person dead. 
Around 2:30 a.m. officers arrived at 80 Elm street in Bangor after it was reported that a man had been stabbed.  That man was then transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center where he later died. 
Authorities are investigating the case, and an autopsy is being done to determine the cause of death.  Police say this was not a random act, and that the people involved have all been identified and know each other. They also say no arrest have been made, and that the public is not in danger.  
BrewerIt was a historic morning for many Maine couples, as city halls and town offices across the state opened their doors to grant same-sex marriage licenses for the first time.
Erin Thomas was at Brewer City Hall where one couple was able to finally legalize their relationship.
Bangor - Police are still looking for a missing Ellsworth man, despite the fact that he was involved in a high speed chase in Bangor yesterday afternoon.
Police say 28-year-old Jonathan Spinney was the driver of the car in a dangerous chase that started at around 1 p.m. on Friday.  Several agencies tried to stop the blue Pontiac as it raced out Broadway, and police even deployed spike strips by the car kept going.
Authorities broke off the chase because they were worried it would cause an accident.  The car was later found on Downeast Circle in Bangor's Capehart neighborhood.  Spinney was last seen on the morning of Christmas Eve on Broadway in Bangor.
If you know him or have any information, contact Ellsworth Police at 667-2168.
Dedham - It may feel like winter with snow now blanketing the ground, but game wardens want Mainers to use caution when going near what look like frozen bodies of water.

Snowmobilers, skiiers, and others heading outdoors need to beware of open water that remains.  The Maine Warden Service says due to recent weather, not all lakes and ponds are frozen, making it very easy for anyone to get disoriented and end up on thin ice...or realize that there is no ice at all.

They recommend carrying a set of ice picks with you, which can be purchased at sporting goods stores...if you're venturing out on thin ice.

Brewer - Tomorrow will be a historic day for marriage equality in Maine, as several same-sex couples head out to town offices and city halls to be wed.  Erin Thomas reports from Brewer.