Maine citizens begin training to gather bee data


ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine is training citizens to help gather information about the range and abundance of the state's bees.

The Maine Bumblebee Atlas project's first training workshop was slated for Saturday at the University of Maine in Orono. The University of Maine at Orono and Farmington are coordinating the bee project.

Four bee species native to Maine have fallen from very common to rarely seen since the 1990s. State environmental officials say factors that may be contributing to declines include habitat loss, pesticides and parasites introduced through use of commercially raised bees.


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Sentencing delayed for man who put toddler in dryer


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A New Hampshire man who pleaded guilty to assault after putting a toddler inside a clothes dryer was back in court Friday, but not for long.

Twenty-eight-year-old Adam Morton was once again scheduled to be sentenced Friday morning, but later walked out of the Penobscot Judicial Center with his future still hanging in the balance.

Morton was originally scheduled to be sentenced in early February after submitting a plea deal that would mean he'd spend two years in jail, but his sentencing date has been pushed back several times.

Morton arrived in the courtroom two hours after his scheduled appearance. When the judge came in, Morton's attorney expressed wanting extra time to discuss the plea deal with his client because the judge wants Morton to serve more time.

Bangor man arrested in connection to assault on 6-month-old


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Bangor man made his first appearance in court Wednesday after being accused of assaulting his infant son.

According to court documents, on May 7, 24-year-old Morgan Gunnell called 911 from his camper home in Bangor and reported that his infant son was unresponsive. The child was then taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment. Later on, doctors discovered bruising on the baby's brain from several separate instances of trauma, leading authorities to suspect abuse. Deputy District Attorney of Penobscot County, Mike Roberts, said police suspected Gannell because he attempted to leave the area during the investigation.

Bangor Police arrested Gannell Tuesday and charged him with aggravated assault and domestic violence assault on a child under the age of six.

Fugitive arrested, agents seize $47,000


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Bronx, New York man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly failing to appear on aggravated trafficking charges.

Maine Drug Enforcement agents had been trafficking Alexander Mercado's location for the past several weeks. The charges he is facing involved distribution of oxycontin in areas of Penobscot and Hancock County, said the MDEA. On Tuesday evening, they arrested him and allegedly seized $47,000 and a false State of Maine I.D. He was charged with forgery.

Mercado made an initial court appearance Wednesday and for the failure to appear on drug trafficking charges, bail was set at $300,00 with one surety or $100,000 cash. For the forgery charge, bail was set at $25,000 cash.

Mercado is at the Penobscot County Jail.


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Hancock County man sentenced to 10 years for child porn


BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A Hancock County man has been sent to prison for 10 years after the laptop he sent in for repairs was found to have sexually explicit photos and videos of children on it.

John Tapley was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor after pleading guilty in December to a charge of possession of child pornography.

The 58-year-old Sedgwick man brought his laptop in January 2013 to an Ellsworth computer repair shop, where a technician found the images and alerted police.

Police executing a search warrant found multiple pornographic images and videos of children, along with evidence that Tapley sent images to another man online.

Tapley, a registered sex offender, has two prior convictions for unlawful sexual conduct.

Crews recover body in Penobscot River


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Bangor Police Department are investigating after a body was recovered from the Penobscot River early Sunday morning.

On Monday, police identified the person as 43-year-old William Bell of Glenburn.

Bangor Police received a call that a man had fallen into the river just before 10:00 Saturday night. The Bangor Fire Department and Maine Marine Patrol searched the river throughout the night. Officials said the body was recovered near Front Street on the waterfront around 5:15 Sunday morning.

Bangor Police said the identity of the man will not be released until an autopsy is completed by the Medical Examiner's Office.


Orono man who lured teen to her death to be sentenced


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A man who used a fake Facebook profile to lure a 15-year-old girl to her death, will be sentenced Friday.

A jury convicted 22-year-old Kyle Dube for the March 2013 kidnapping and murder of Nichole Cable. Police say Dube staged Nichole's kidnapping as part of a botched plot in which he planned to later rescue her and look like a hero.

Nichole died of asphyxiation and was found after an eight-day search near Glenburn.

A judge will sentence Dube this morning at the Penobscot County Courthouse in Bangor, he faces 25 years to life in prison for the murder conviction and up to 30 years for the kidnapping conviction.