Jodi Hersey

Jodi Hersey

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:10

September 19, 2012

Intruder from Indian Island charged with sexual assault 

BANGOR - An Indian Island man was arrested last week after allegedly forcing his way into a Hammond Street apartment and assaulting the female living there.

Police say just after midnight on Sept. 2, a 23-year-old woman contacted authorities after a man later identified as Shane Sapiel, 32, of Indian Island forced his way into her apartment, assaulting her with a knife and then sexually assaulting her before fleeing.

Sapiel was arrested and taken to the Penobscot County Jail where he was charged with gross sexual assault and aggravated assault.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 15:44

Upcoming bike trek to benefit Shaw House

BANGOR - Bicyclists are planning on lacing up their shoes and strapping on their helmets for the second annual Shaw House Challenge this weekend. Participants can choose to cycle the 48-mile trek or the 15-mile trek through downtown Bangor, Orono, Old Town and around Pushaw Lake on Saturday. Both bike rides begin and end at the Shaw House located at 136 Union Street in Bangor.

"Last year we had over 35 riders, and this year's goal is to have over 50 riders," said Sally Tardiff, executive director of the Shaw House. "People who do sign up to participate set their own personal fundraising goals and then family and friends can go online and support them."

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:16

September 12, 2012

Suspect demands pack of cigs during alleged robbery

ORONO - Police are looking for the public's help to try to solve an alleged robbery of the Circle K store in Orono on Sunday.

Authorities say a white female entered the store on Stillwater Avenue at 1:38 a.m. on Sept. 9 with her sweatshirt hood pulled over her head. She then slid the cashier a note indicating she had a weapon and demanded that the cashier hand over all the money in the drawer and a pack of cigarettes. The employee, who was not injured during the incident, gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money and a pack of Marlboro Red Shorts before the woman took off on foot toward the Bennoch Road in Old Town.

The alleged suspect is described as 5'-5'4" tall, weighing about 115-130 pounds. She was last seen wearing jeans, a black coat with white and gray stripes down the side of it and a yellow hood. Anyone who can identify the female is urged to contact Detective Derek Dinsmore at the Orono Police Department at 866-4000 or send an anonymous tip using the Crime Watch link on the department's website.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:18

The New Hampden Academy

New school year begins with a brand new high school

HAMPDEN - It's been an exciting start to the school year for high-schoolers living in SAD 22 who began the 2012-2013 school year in a brand new building off Western Avenue. The new school has been in the works for some time, and now its hallways and classrooms, filled with fresh paint and supplies, are finally bustling with students, staff and faculty.

"The whole building is just fabulous," said Principal Ruey Yehle. "I think the opportunities this building will bring to our students are definitely an improvement over the opportunities the old building brought them."

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 16:30

Paint Bangor Day

One day event attracts artists of all kinds

BANGOR - The city of Bangor will be on display this weekend as artists gather to capture the Queen city's character, curves and colors during Paint Bangor Day planned for Saturday, Sept. 8. It's an event that's been promoting the arts and the downtown area for years.

"It's open to anyone," said Ulrike Guthrie, president of the Bangor Art Society. "People are welcome to go anywhere in Bangor, but what's great is if they bring their easels and go downtown because it's visible."

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 16:26

Bike ride for wet noses

Brewer student raises over $1K for Bangor Humane Society

BREWER - Do you remember what you did the summer before entering 5th grade? Brewer Community School student Matthew Gross won't be able to forget it. This dog lover set a goal in August of riding his bike and raising $300 for the Bangor Humane Society. Three weeks later, he completed that bike ride and raised just over $1,000 for the dogs at the shelter.

"I was watching this dog competition show and the winner's dog was from a pound. When he gave his prize money to that pound, more people starting adopting dogs," explained Matthew Gross. "That's when I got a piece of paper and wrote down I wanted to raise $300 for the Bangor Humane Society."

BANGOR - Instead of waiting for potential pet owners to come to them, the Bangor Humane Society is now taking their adoptive cats on the road in hopes of increasing these feline's chances of finding a forever home. This mobile adoptive service is called Cats on Tour, and it's been successful in its first couple of weeks on the road.

"Our van is pretty big, it's air conditioned and we can fill it with three dozen cats," explained Stacey Coventry, volunteer and Bangor Humane Society public relations manager. "We started at the KahBang Festival with just five cats; four were adopted. We then went to Tractor Supply [in Dover-Foxcroft], where half of them got adopted. We're thinking maybe a dozen is a good number [to have on board]."

This Cats on Tour mobile is just another tool to help the Bangor shelter reach its goal of adopting out 1,200 animals in the next three months. The Bangor Humane Society is one of just 50 shelters currently competing in the ASPCA Rachel Ray 100K Challenge. Shelters that are able to successfully find homes for 300 or more animals from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31, 2012 than they did during the same three-month period last year will be entered to win $10, $20, $25 or even $100,000.

Second place finish earns Community Care much needed funds

BANGOR - Two weeks ago we told you about Community Care in Bangor competing in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good campaign. For one day only, the local nonprofit was vying against five other out-of-state nonprofits for a free set of wheels from the car dealer. Although Community Care didn't win the contest, it did place a respectable second.

"I'm surprised at how close it was," said Kate Davis, executive director of Community Care. "There was a 3 percent difference between first and second place. We don't know what that means in terms of votes, but when we found the winning agency was just outside of Orlando, I was really pleased with the Bangor market. I think it went well for us."

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:14

Famous Red Chair' visits Maine coast

ROCKLAND - A Massachusetts native has spent the summer traveling to the best inns and bed & breakfasts in New England, and last week this sturdy traveler decided to stay a few nights right here in Maine. We caught up with "Red" at the LimeRock Inn in Rockland.

"I was a little worried it might be a bit troublesome. We had to make sure it knew we were Rockland and not Ogunquit - we didn't want a lot of partying going on," joked Frank Isganitis, co-owner of the LimeRock Inn. "But Red Chair has been a great guest and very still like."

ORRINGTON - There was no church service at the East Orrington Congregational Church on Saturday but the parking lot was filled with vehicles just the same. That's because it was the church's second annual antique car show, a benefit that raises funds for heating oil for area families in need.

"The community gets every cent we raise," said George Smith, the car show organizer. "There's been a lot in the news about people losing their lives trying to heat their homes in unsafe ways, so we came up with a fundraiser for heating assistance."

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