Man who killed teacher in fatal crash sentenced to 2.5 years


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Scott Ramsdell, the man who pleaded guilty to OUI and manslaughter charges back in March for killing Denise Golding in a car crash has taken a plea agreement. 

In January of 2014, officials said Ramsdell struck and killed the East Millinocket teacher on Route 9 in Eddington.

Ramsdell's plea deal states he will serve about two-and-a-half in prison with four years of probation. He must also pay $2,100 in fines and his license will be suspended for six years. 

Before the sentencing, Ramsdell addressed the court stating he was sorry and there was nothing he could do about the accident. Golding's family sat in court Tuesday morning with tears running down their faces. Her daughter said, "there is no justice in a case like this." 

 


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Startup "accelerator" program comes to Bangor



BANGOR, Maine
(NEWS CENTER) --  The University of Maine and the Maine Technology Institute are teaming up to help people who want to develop a startup company.

They've created a program called scratchpad, known as a "seed accelerator," to get entrepreneurs money and provide them with mentors.

Similar to other business accelerators around the country, companies chosen by Scratchpad will be eligible for up to $25,000 for their business.

They'll also have daily meetings with mentors and the scratchpad team. The program is targeted at companies in fields that use local resources and have high growth potential, like forest products or IT.

Entrepreneurs also have to keep themselves and their company in Bangor for the duration of the program.

Harkins is hoping more applications come in before the deadline later this month, just not too many.

Bangor police investigating reported Motel 6 robbery


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --  Bangor Police Department are currently investigating a report of a robbery at a Motel 6 in Bangor Thursday night.  

Police say the male suspect had threatened the motel employee by saying he had a weapon, but did not display a weapon. According to police the suspect left the motel on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.

The suspect was described as a white male, approx. 5’7” tall, heavy set , with dark hair and a beard. He was described as wearing a red t-shirt and a baseball hat.

Anyone who thinks they have information about this case is asked to contact Bangor Police. 


Last year expected for Hammond St Senior Center garden


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Hammond Street Senior Center is moving, and with it, its extensive roof top garden.

The greenery, made up of decorative and crop bearing plants, has been under the care of senior center and master gardener volunteers for years. In 2009, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension stepped in to help them expand the garden and even create an irrigation system.

The center's staff says they are still searching for a new building to move into.


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Maine woman sentenced for intent to distribute bath salts


BANGOR, Maine(AP) -- A Maine woman will spend two years in prison for possession with intent to distribute bath salts.
    
Federal prosecutors say 29-year-old Krystal Bell of Corinth will also spend three years in supervised release and must pay a $1,000 fine. She pleaded guilty in February.
    
Court records say law enforcement agents stopped Bell at a post office in St. Albans, Maine, in May 2014 when she was picking up a package mailed from China. Records say Bell told agents the package contained Alpha-PVP and she intended to deliver it to someone else.
    
Prosecutors say Alpha-PVP is a controlled substance that is among a group of illegal street drugs commonly called bath salts.


Bangor Councilor Baldacci to run for Congress


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci has announced that he's running for Congress.

Baldacci filed papers to run for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Maine's Second District Wednesday. He is the brother of former Governor and Congressman John Baldacci.

His entry into the race means he'll be running against Democrat Emily Cain. The seat is currently held by Republican Bruce Poliquin.

Baldacci said his Maine roots, and his experience as a small business owner and a lawyer, would both help him be a good representative for the second district.

"I've lived and worked in this district almost my entire life. I know people all across here and I know their concerns about the economy, about jobs, about opportunity for the kids and we need to address those concerns in realistic ways," said said Baldacci.

Maine schools benefit from Music Matters program


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some Maine schools will getting a boost at the end of the summer to help their music programs continue to grow.

That program that offers the funds is called Music Matters and gathers returnable bottles to raise money.

"What better way to raise some money then with an obvious solution like returnable, so with that kind of start, we worked with Darling's, Machias and myself to implement this program...right now it's $12,000 dollars, we'd like to put $1,000 into 12 different schools this year, and then grow that number and change out the schools and try to spread the wealth throughout the state," said Chris Rudolph of Waterfront Concerts.