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Plane makes emergency landing on interstate

HOULTON A pilot made an emergency landing on the interstate over the weekend when he lost power shortly after takeoff.

On July 11, around 12:30 p.m., Houlton RCC was made aware of a "Mayday" call from an aircraft near Houlton. A few minutes later, the pilot called the RCC to report that he had lost power in his plane and had a forced landing in the Northbound side of I-95 at mile marker 304. Trooper Carman Lilley responded.

N8465X, a 1961 Cessna 172, had engine problems after taking off from Houlton International Airport. Maynard attempted to return to the airport, but the engine lost power and stalled. Maynard was forced to make an emergency landing on I-95.

The plane was towed with Sate Police escort back to the Houlton Airport. No injuries or damage to the plane incurred.

Burton tattoo photos

GUILFORD Maine State Police, Game Wardens and Deputies continue their search for Robert Burton in the Guilford/Abbot/Monson area of Piscataquis County.

The most recent confirmed sighting occurred on July 6 around noontime at a camp on the Point Rd. in Guilford. A photo of Burton was captured by a nearby home monitoring system. Also being released are photos of two very noticeable tattoos on the backside of Burton's hands. A shamrock/clover is on his left hand and 'Outlaw' on his right hand.

Police remind the public to be aware as they head to their camps in the area and encourage them to call if they find anything out of place or unusual. Area camp owners are encouraged to account for all watercraft and to immediately report anything that is missing. Burton is considered to be armed and dangerous. Any sightings should immediately be reported to police, and any attempts to detain him are discouraged.

Bangor Police wins Second Annual Guns & Hoses Challenge

BANGOR Members of the Bangor Police Department have won the 2nd Annual Guns & Hoses Paul Bunyan Burger Challenge at Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway's Celebrity Bar & Grill. The members of the Bangor Police Department team finished more food from the Paul Bunyan Burger Challenge than members of the Bangor Fire Department, earning them the top spot in the annual challenge and $1,000 for Special Olympics Maine.

The Paul Bunyan Challenge burger consists of a two-pound fresh Angus beef patty grilled to the customer's liking, topped with a pound of thick cut bacon, four slices of cheese, a whole tomato, a head of lettuce and an onion on a house-baked roll. The burger is served with a full pound of French fries.

For the second year in a row, Bangor's finest took on Bangor's biggest burger challenge for charity. The Guns & Hoses Paul Bunyan Burger Challenge pitted five members of the Bangor Police Department against five members of the Bangor Fire Department to celebrate the restaurant's first anniversary. This year, no member from either team individually completed the challenge. The remaining food from each team member was weighed, and the Bangor Police Department was declared the winner by eating the largest amount of food. As the runner-up, the Bangor Fire Department will be receiving $500 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

'The excitement around this year's event topped last year,' said Hollywood Casino General Manager Jose Flores. 'The inaugural event was a lot of fun, but a friendly rivalry resulted from it, and both teams the Bangor Fire Department and Bangor Police Department showed up tonight ready to win and ready to have fun. Best of all, two great charities were the ultimate beneficiaries, thanks to the good spirits of Bangor's finest.'

The Bangor Police Department team consisted of officers Jim Morrill, Jim Burns, David Olmstead, Eban Haskell and Aaron Brooker. Firefighters Andrew Peterson, Ryan Taylor, Jeff Sennett, Dan Landers and Joe Donovan made up the Bangor Fire Department team.

Customers are welcome to take the Paul Bunyan Burger Challenge during regular business hours. Those who take the challenge and can finish the meal in an hour or less will receive it for free as well as a T-shirt, their picture on the wall of fame and local bragging rights.

Celebrity Bar & Grill is open Sunday Thursday 11:30 10 and Friday Saturday 11:30 midnight.

AG welcomes increased resources for drug enforcement and the investigation of unsolved homicides

AUGUSTA Attorney General Janet T. Mills applauds the initiatives in the new state budget to fight drug trafficking and to fund the Cold Case Homicide Unit.

Among the scores of items funded in the $6.7 billion two-year budget plan are initiatives to address Maine's drug epidemic. The budget funds up to six drug new enforcement agents and two new drug prosecutors to handle major drug crimes. The budget also funds two new judges and two new clerks for the Court System to handle the increased caseload.

'Opiate abuse, particularly heroin abuse, is the most pressing public safety issue in Maine right now,' said Attorney General Mills. 'Last year 208 people in Maine died as a result of drug overdose. The legislature was right to attack these traffickers that are invading our state with this deadly poison.'

The 208 drug overdose deaths in 2014 represented an 18 percent increase over the previous year and the most ever recorded in Maine. The Maine Drug Task Force attorneys in the Attorney General's Office are also seeing a jump in the number of heroin cases they handle, up 272 percent between 2012 and 2014.

The state budget also includes two State Police detectives and one crime lab technician to investigate unsolved homicides in Maine. These positions will be Department of Public Safety employees who will work with an already established Assistant Attorney General to investigate homicide cases where a perpetrator has not yet been brought to justice.

'Our goal is to work with law enforcement to solve a case as quickly as possible. Many years we are able to close 100 percent of the murder cases in Maine,' said Attorney General Mills. 'Those cases that are not immediately solved never go cold for the investigators and prosecutors assigned to them. Funding these three positions will give us greater capacity and dedicated resources to pursue older cases without interruption. We are encouraging the Department of Public Safety to begin the hiring process and to bring on board qualified, experienced personnel as soon as possible. Then we will prioritize the many cases that merit further investigation, to bring closure and long-awaited justice to the families of victims.'

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