Manna Ministries experiencing food shortage


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Dozens of churches and shelters provided free turkey dinners Thursday across the state. They were able to do that thanks to generous donations from the community.

After Thanksgiving, many of these places experience a food shortage. Manna Ministries is one of them.

Manna gave out 7,000 turkeys and a lot of sides as well. Friday some of their shelves are bare, because they said the need for canned goods was greater this year.

"Normally we have enough on the shelves that we can put right back in to what we gave out," Manna's executive director Bill Rae said. "This year we don't, and we're so afraid of not being remembered. Not just manner, but the whole state of the people that have a need, need food to eat."

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Manna Ministries offers free Thanksgiving meal


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Several churches and shelters across Maine offered free Turkey dinners for Thanksgiving. Manna Ministries in Bangor was one of them.

Dozens of volunteers served up a delicious Thanksgiving meal to about a hundred people.

Many of those people have fallen on hard times and were thankful to enjoy the meal surrounded by family and friends.

Among the volunteers was the entire University of Maine Women's Basketball team and coaching staff.

A lot of them couldn not be with their families this Thanksgiving because they had practice, so they decided to help out.

"We wouldn't be here playing for the University if it wasn't for all the surrounding community, and I think to give back is something that we really look forward to," senior point guard Courtney Anderson said.

Best Bib & Tucker in Bangor to close


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- This Saturday is Shop Small Business Saturday, a day when everyone is encouraged to support their locally owned businesses. But for one business, it's the last Shop Small Saturday it will ever have.

After 42 years in business in Maine, including 15 in Bangor, the clothing shop Best Bib & Tucker on Main Street will be closing its doors for good in December. Best Bib & Tucker is the only independently owned men's and women's clothing store north of Portland. The owners, couple Cynthia and Tom Cavanaugh, said they love their business, but it's time for them to retire, and they'll miss all their customers.

"The biggest thing I think we both will miss is just the interaction with people, always, always people. That's what makes a business grow, that's what makes it survive," said Tom.

Bangor HS teacher summonsed for unlawful sexual contact


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A former math teacher at Bangor High School is facing a charge of unlawful sexual contact.

According to the Deputy District attorney of Penobscot County, James McHenry, who is 48, has been issued a summons for the misdemeanor charge.

Superintendent of the Bangor School Department Betsy Webb said the district is aware of the charge. She said they are following protocols, which include confidentiality of personnel matters.

"I can confirm that the employee you have inquired about is not currently at Bangor High School," she wrote in a statement.

Webb did not say whether McHenry left before the allegation or after.

Police are still investigating and the charge could be elevated to a felony.

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Theft of donation box from Dunkin Donuts in Brewer



BREWER, Maine
(NEWS CENTER) -- Police are looking to identify two men in connection with a theft in Brewer.

Police said the theft occurred at the Dunkin Donuts on State and Wilson Streets. They said the two individuals appeared to be together and that one of them stole a donation box from the counter containing funds for a charity.

If anyone is able to identify either of the individuals pictured please call Detective Pinette at 989-7001.


Some owners unhappy with grocery inclusion in Blue Laws


SEARSPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For those who run out of butter or eggs or forget the rolls on Thanksgiving, the best option is most likely a convenience store. Blue Laws require that all stores more than 5,000 square feet close on major holidays, including groceries.

Maine is one of only three states in the country, along with Massachusetts and Rhode Island, that still have Blue Laws. On Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter big national retailers and local chains like Hannaford cannot legally be open. Owner of grocery store Tozier's Market in Searsport, Dale Tozier said he's not happy the law is still around.

Former Greek priest indicted on additional charges


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A former Greek Orthodox priest was indicted on additional charges Tuesday.

Fifty-two-year-old Adam Metropolous was indicted on four counts of sexual abuse of a minor, possession of sexually explicit material, and violation of privacy by a Penobscot County grand jury.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts said the sexual abuse charges are based on one young boy. The violation of privacy goes back to the original charge after a young woman staying in the Metropolous home told police the priest was videotaping her in the shower. Police said the young woman took the camera and left Metropolous's home with her father. Her father went to police to report the incident.

Shortly after his initial arrest in September during an interview with Bangor detectives Metropolous admitted to inappropriately touching two boys and filming two women staying in his home.