St. George Church leaders react to arrest of Father Metropoulos


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- News of the arrest of Father Adam Metropoulos on possession of child pornography and violation of privacy charges stunned members of St. George Greek Orthodox Church. There are about 90 families that make up the church parish.

Lee Speronis is the president of the nine member church council. He said he spent most of Monday night on the phone with other council members. He wouldn't comment on the criminal investigation, but said that the church council would be moving Thursday's regularly scheduled meeting to Tuesday night so they could address the arrest and how to move forward.

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Code violations at The Grove cause concerns


ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The giant drinking parties at the Grove has worried town officials, but at a meeting Monday night they discussed that it's not just wild behavior that's the problem, but also unfixed code violations.

According to the Orono Police Chief, the town inspector has been inspecting the apartment complex on a regular basis since early August and has found multiple violations, many of which have not been addressed. The Grove will have to pay the town between $100 and $2,500 in penalties per violation for every day the problems continue to go unfixed. This could bring the total out to be anywhere from $28,000 to more than $600,000 in penalties.

Greek Orthodox priest accused of video taping an unsuspecting woman in the shower


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Bangor area Greek Orthodox priest was arrested Monday afternoon after a woman claimed he video taped her in the shower. Adam Metropoulos, 52, is charged with violation of privacy and possession of child pornography.

The investigation began Saturday when the woman reported the alleged video taping to Bangor Police detectives. Sgt. Tim Cotton said she was in the shower she she looked across the bathroom and saw what seemed to be a camera in a basket on a wall. She then exited the shower and examined the basket.

"It, in fact, was a camera and was, in fact, recording her activity in the shower," said Sgt. Cotton.

Bangor Police interviewed Metropoulos and searched his home where police said they found child pornography. They seized computer equipment, hard drives, memory cards and disks.

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Officials investigate hit and run crash in Orrington


ORRINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Penobscot County Sheriff's Office released the names of the two people involved in a hit and run crash in Orrington Saturday.

Fifty-nine-year-old Robin Rie of Brewer was making a turn off Route 15 into a vegetable stand Saturday around 11:20 a.m. when her SUV was struck from behind. The Sheriff's office said 29-year-old Marc Sparks of Bucksport was driving the 2002 Dodge sedan the hit Rie's car and forced it off the road and into a
nearby house.
Officials said Sparks briefly stopped, then fled the scene.

Deputies found Sparks and his vehicle in Bucksport where he confirmed his involvement in the car accident.

Freese building renovations underway


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Construction is underway at the historic Freese's building on Main Street in Bangor Monday.

The city acquired the building two years ago and Bangor Housing Development began planning the renovation project. The plans include commercial space and ten new apartments. The building isn't in prime condition and Mike Myatt of Bangor Housing Development said the project will completely transform the landmark.

"There's not water service, there's no electrical service, there's no plumbing. We basically have an empty shell and everything needs to be put in for that. All the units will have new sheet rock and flooring, kitchen and bathrooms. Nothing is here, it is just an opening template," said Myatt.

This will be the first time the entire building will be occupied since the department stored closed in 1985.


Madison, Skowhegan paper mills decrease in value


MADISON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The cities of Madison and Skowhegan are facing rising taxes because of the several million dollar devaluation of both of their paper mills.

The Board of Assessors devalued both the UPM Madison paper mill and Skowhegan's Sappi Fine Paper mill. According to the Skowhegan Town Manager, the town's mill went from $567 million in 2013 to $463 million this year. Madison's town manager said their mill dropped from $221 million to $80 million.