Senator Susan Collins heads to UMaine to discuss political gridlock

ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Maine Senator Susan Collins is heading to the University of Maine this week to discuss political gridlock in Washington D.C.

Collins is giving the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture at the Orono campus on Tuesday. It's being held in the Collins Center for the Arts at 3:30 p.m.

Her address is titled: "Incivility and Hyper-partisanship: Is Washington a Symptom or a Cause?"

The moderate Republican is serving her fourth term in the Senate, where she has built a reputation as a dealmaker between the two deeply divided parties.

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Bangor teacher investigated for child pornography found dead

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A teacher at John Bapst Memorial High School, who was under investigation for child pornography, was found dead in a motel Saturday, according to Mel MacKay, John Bapst Head of School. The school is identifying the teacher as Jeremiah Gorman, 35, a social sciences instructor at the high school.

According to an e-mail MacKay sent to John Bapst students and parents Saturday, the school learned of the investigation Friday afternoon. MacKay said authorities searched Gorman's home and asked to search his classroom Friday evening.

The e-mail states that law enforcement contacted school officials Saturday afternoon to say Gorman had been found dead in a local hotel.

"The early indication I have been given is that suicide is likely," said MacKay.

Two people killed in snowmobile crash Glenburn

GLENBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Warden Service says two people were killed in a snowmobile crash in Glenburn Sunday morning.

21-year-old Jason Teifert, and his passenger, 17-year old Aleasha Godin, were killed when their snowmobile hit a tree on the edge of a field on a snowmobile trail, Wardens said. Both were from Hermon.

Game Wardens and emergency personnel were called to the scene off of Kelly Road just before 2 a.m.

Officials say the pair had been at a nearby residence with friends and had gone for a quick ride across the field when the accident occurred.

Wardens say speed appeared to be a factor and that neither victim was wearing a helmet. A routine blood-alcohol analysis will be conducted by the state medical examiner's office.

The first day of spring arrives

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Spring is here and although there was a chill in the air and a blanket of snow still on the ground, Mainers found several ways to celebrate the warmer weather to come.

As it does every year, the first day of spring means ice cream. Gifford's Ice Cream Stand in Bangor opened its windows for the first time Friday morning, kicking off their 2015 season. The Bangor Boat Show also began it's three day showcase Friday afternoon, reminding boat enthusiasts the water won't be covered in a layer of ice for much longer.


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Harlem Globetrotter visits EMMC

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Bangor later this month, but one of their players came early for a good cause.

Anthony "Buckets" Blakes stopped by Eastern Maine Medical Center Friday morning, talking to some young patients about his travels around the world and career in basketball.

"One of my teammates said something years ago, for him, it wasn't about millions of dollars, it was about millions of smiles," Blakes said.

Blakes performed a few tricks, signed some autographs and showed patients and staff how to spin a basketball.

Bangor Lunch Mob hits Umami Noodle Bar

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Bangor Lunch Mob stopped at Umami Noodle Bar Friday afternoon, the sixth stop since it relaunched in February.

The 'Lunch Mob' is a social media-driven project to try to get more people to eat at downtown restaurants.

"We have to support all of our restaurants and all of our local businesses to keep them here," said Gibran Graham, the program's organizer.

Umami Noodle Bar is one of the newest local restaurants in the downtown area. It opened in mid-October, after Thai Siam joined Zen.

Bangor Man loads luggage on buses for 53 years and counting.

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Most people when they retire, leave their jobs for a number of reasons, like to pursue other interests or spend time with family.

Not Jerome Hogan. When he retired after 50 years working for the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Bangor, he just kept going to work.

"There was times when I just felt like staying home, nope, I've gotta get up I've gotta get out there I've gotta play with my toys. That's my life I've got a big toy out there, I've gotta be around it," Hogan aid.

Jerome was 67 years old when he retired in May of 2012. For the last three years, he's been showing up at the terminal as a volunteer baggage handler.

When Jerome retired back in May of 2012, Greyhound had a special ceremony and he was presented a mantle clock in appreciation of his years of service.