Friday, 30 November 2012 17:54

Miller Drug Owner Retires After 55 Years

After 55 years of business and service to the area, a well-known local figure is taking off his white coat for a chance to put his feet up.
 
78-year-old Bill Miller, co-owner of Miller Drug with his wife, Gloria, has been a part of the family business ever since 1939.

Miller says he's retiring, so that he can spend more time with his family and visit his children and grandchildren all over the country.
 
Miller drug has five locations in the Bangor-Brewer area and will continue to serve its ever-growing client base.
 
 
After months of adopting out cats and dogs to good homes for a shot at a grand prize, the results of the ASPCA contest have been announced.
 
The Bangor Humane Society, which was one of three finalists, was met with some disappointment this afternoon when they learned they had not won the $25,000 Community Engagement award.

But they will still be receiving $7,000 for acheiving their goal...finding homes for over 1,200 pets.
 
The Humane Society celebrated the 1,209 adoptions in 91 days with cookies, door prizes, and guided tours.
Friday, 30 November 2012 17:51

Nelson Trial Heads Into Second Week

The murder trial of a Norridgewock man accused of shooting another man to death will go on to a second week.
 
Prosecutors originally said they expected the trial to wrap up by the end of this week, but that simply wasn't the case in somerset county superior court today.
 
41-year-old Robert Nelson is accused of killing Everett Cameron of North Anson on halloween three years ago.
 
Justice john nivison ordered the trial to resume monday which will allow the state to gather more evidence.
 
Nelson had previously waived his right to a jury trial, therefore justice Nivison is hearing the evidence and is expected to render a verdict sometime next week.
Friday, 30 November 2012 16:56

Salvation Army Bell Ringers are Back!

You can hear them in front of shopping stores throughout the country, ringing their iconic bells with a red basket hanging by their side.
 
The salvation army's red kettles are back, and they are raising funds to help out the less fortunate. What you may not have known is that these donations go beyond the holiday season.  
 
Organizers hope they can come up with enough money during this iconic fundraiser, to last throughout the year.
 
You can also donate online, by visiting www.RedKettle.org/BangorME.  That link will ensure your donation stays in the bangor area.
Friday, 30 November 2012 16:48

Bangor Fire Department Hands Over Check

The Bangor Fire Department has done it again, keeping with tradition they lead the state in raising the most money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
 
Today, fire officials presented a check to MDA for over $20,000.  A large portion of the money raised was done so from their fill the boot campaign on Black Friday. 
 
The money goes towards a number of causes such as medical costs, sending children to summer camp, and research. Officials say the Bangor Fire Department has lead the state in raising the most funds for years now and they are proud to have them as a partner.
 
You can donate to MDA, by going to MDA.org.
Friday, 30 November 2012 16:44

Thriftway Store Theft

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Orono police are asking for your help to identify this person, who they believe stole a bottle of liquor from the Thriftway store on park street.
 
The image above is what the video surveillance captured on Tuesday, when police say a man walked into the store and grabbed a liquor bottle.  When the store clerk approached the suspect, he ran out of the store and got in a Honda with New Hampshire plates. 
 
Authorities say when it comes to catching criminals like this, they greatly rely on assistance from the public.
 
You can anonymously send in tips to the Orono Police by going to their website. Police.Orono.org
Friday, 30 November 2012 12:20

Inmates Help Out Camp Capella

Camp Capella in Dedham has been helping disabled campers for years now, but one of their cabins had a deck that needes replacing. When it came to who would do the job,
well the camp decided to take a less traditional route.
 
Drilling, sawing, and taking measurments...  this may seem like your average construction site, but its anything but that.  The guys working on this deck are inmates.
 
It is a community works project of the Penobscot County Sherrif's office.  It gives inmates the chance to start a new.
 
At Camp Capella, they are building a brand new deck that is very much needed.
 
But its more than getting out and lending a helping hand.  For one of the men involved, theres a much more personal note.  Jacob Roy's sister attended Camp Capella and he feels that even while serving time, he is able to make a difference.  For that, he says he is grateful.
 
State officials say just in Penobscot County alone, there has already been 15,000 hours of volunteer work done by inmates this year.
Friday, 30 November 2012 12:19

Plymouth House Destroyed by Fire

A Plymouth home destroyed by heavy interior fire... leaves one Maine family displaced, tonight.
 
At around 7 a.m., fire crews from Plymouth and multiple surrounding towns were called to battle a blaze at 786 Ridge Road in Plymouth.
Friday, 30 November 2012 10:12

DHHS Faces Massive Budget Shortfall

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Health and Human Services faces a massive budget shortfall. Commissioner Mary Mayhew shocked lawmakers yesterday saying her department faces a $100,000,000 gap for the current fiscal year. 
Thursday, 29 November 2012 11:23

EMMC Upgrades Security

BANGOR - Eastern Maine Medical Center, is amping up security with some new upgrades in the hospital's emergency department. The hospital launched a security screening process, which includes a walk-through metal detector for patients and visitors, and an x-ray machine for backpacks, purses, and packages.
Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:08

Embezzler Gets Two-Year Prison Term

A man who embezzled more than 440-thousand dollars from two of Maine's biggest companies is going to prison for two years.
 
Matthew LaForge admitted bilking L.L.Bean in Freeport and Wright Express in South Portland while he worked at the firms as a business analyst.
Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:03

State Protests ISO New England Charges

AUGUSTA -  Officials with the Governor's Energy Office have a problem with continuing yearly rate increases that are demanded by the region's electrical grid operator.  
Ken Fletcher says the ISO wants 165-million dollars to operate the grid in 2013, an increase that represents a cost of about a million extra dollars for Maine's electric rate payers.  
AUGUSTA -  Lawmakers have approved a "Maine Public Library Fund" check-off box on the 2012 state income tax forms.